PEBBLE BEACH, California (December 21, 2014)
We can't recall the last time anyone has won
to-back AmateurGolf.com championships. And
our historians are checking it out, we can tell
sure that nobody had ever won the Christmas
(Del Monte) and the Tour Championship in the
That is, until today.
Tanner Hughes played nearly flawless golf
Sunday at a challenging Poppy Hills Golf Course,
fresh off a 2013/2014 redesign by Robert Trent
Jones, Jr. The course plays almost links-like
requires the type of shotmaking that Hughes was
able to demonstrate.
And relatively new greens that had received
quite a bit of rain didn't stop him from making
big putts, including an 8-footer for birdie on the
5 18th, with his next closest opponent, first
leader Sean Crocker of USC, looking at a nearly
birdie from close range.
"I thought the putt was probably to
win," said Hughes, who added, "I hit the
green in two, but left the first putt short and was
glad to finish off the round that way."
Hughes is currently a redshirt freshman at
and if he continues to play like this he'll likely
himself traveling with the team next year.
Until then, he has vaulted to the top of the
AmateurGolf.com Tour rankings and will take
not only the two titles he won in December, but
title of "Player-of-the-Year" as well. Not
a bad way to close out 2014.
SENIOR AND NET DIVISIONS
Mark Miller and Dale Bouguennec tied at 145
after shooting bookend tournament rounds of 71-
(Bouguennec) and 74-71 (Miller). After finishing
final hole tied, they headed to the tight-driving
No. 1 for a playoff. Miller won with a par after
splitting the fairway while Bouguennec had to
for bogey after finding the trees left off the tee.
Still, Bouguennec, a very consistent (and
golfer from Pleasant Hill, has had an excellent
of December. He tied for the lowest score in
Christmas Classic and Tour Championship, but
playoff with two of California's best Seniors; first
Casey Boyns at Del Monte and then Mark Miller
|Net winner Andrew Zacks (L) w/ Sr
Miller, from Antioch, will win the Senior
of-the-Year title again in 2014 - congratulations!
The Net field, playing the same tees as the
seniors, was topped by Andrew Zacks of San
Francisco. Zacks posted a gross 79 for net 70 in
first round, and followed with a 81 net 72 on
to win by 4 shots over Chris Ladd.
Zacks made things a bit interesting by
little "hockey" around the hole on the
17th green (hey, we all do it from time to time)
his caddie Audra Keppler, the 2014 NCGA
Am champ and newly-turned pro, lightened
by asking a non golf question as they walked off
"What's your favorite food Andrew?"
A pro golfer, and pro caddie too.
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