PEBBLE BEACH, CA (May 27, 2016) - Make it two in a
row for Casey Boyns.
The longtime Pebble Beach caddie shot a final
round 1-under 70 Friday at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf
Course to come from two strokes back and win the 55th
annual NCGA Senior Championship.
In winning the title last year, Boyns had shaken off
a rare monkey on his back. At the 2013 championship
at Spyglass Hill, Boyns appeared to have his first Senior
Championship title locked up but he’d go on to card a
disastrous quintuple-bogey 10 on the par-4 14th at
Spyglass Hill. He’d eventually lose in a sudden-death
playoff to Gary Vanier.
The 60-year-old becomes the first back-to-back
winner of the NCGA Senior Championship since Jim
McMurtrey won two in a row in 1994-1995.
“I’m satisfied to win it once. This is big. I’ve kind of
been floundering,” said Boyns, who finished with a
three-day total of 1-under 212. “It feels good.”
The only player in the field to shoot par or better
each of the three rounds, Boyns got going with a pair of
birdies on holes No.4 and No.5. On the par-5 4th, he’d
reach the green in two with a 3-wood. A hole later on
the par-4 5th, he drained a 32-foot putt for birdie.
“After those two holes I was like, ‘OK, I’m in the
game,'” said Boyns, who has now won a record 21
NCGA overall titles. “I was just trying to make par on
While Boyns finished with a front-nine 1-under 35,
second round leader Steve Wilson and record 6-time
NCGA Player of the Year Randy Haag, who began the
day four behind Wilson, had front-nine scores of 41 and
39, respectively. After making the turn, Boyns
continued to apply the heat. On the par-5 10th he card
another birdie, while on the par-3 11th he sank a
curling 18-footer to save par.
“On the back-nine I just wanted to keep it in play
and not make any big mistakes,” Boyns said. “Usually, I
can get quick and that’s when things can go sour. I just
told myself to slow down.”
Wilson, who was looking for his first NCGA title,
never recovered en route to a 78 and third place finish
at 218. Haag managed to pull out a 73, but came in at
271, five behind the winner.
“I just had a bad day,” Wilson said. “I didn’t hit the
ball well enough.”
Fourth place went to Serrano CC member Mark Morgan
at 22o after a 72. Former California Senior Amateur
champ John Pate was fifth at 223 following a 76.
Haag and Boyns, two of the greatest California
amateurs of all time, couldn’t remember the last time
the pair had been in the same final pairing. The
championship did mark the first time the pair finished
one-two in an NCGA championship.
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