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Two-time winner Nick Moore leads the NCGA PubLinks Championship
First round leader Nick Moore <br>(NCGA Photo)
First round leader Nick Moore
(NCGA Photo)
SEASIDE, CA (April 24, 2017) - Nick Moore made the best out of what was a crummy way to start the day.

After nearly missing his tee time when he was involved in a car accident en route to the course, a sore Moore went on to take the first round lead in this year’s NCGA Public Links Championship, carding a 1-over 72 Monday at Poppy Hills Golf Course.

Moore, the 2015 NCGA Player of the Year and a member at Bayonet/Black Horse GC, was the epitome of steady. The 2015 Public Links champion and record three-time NCGA Valley Amateur winner would card 15 pars and tack on a birdie on the par-5 9th to go against just two bogeys.

While Moore is atop for now, there’s a slew of players right on his heels. Five players—Aleksei Koika, Jeremy Villafuerte, Tanner Makimoto, Anthony Valdez and defending champion Matt Cohn—are just a stroke behind after opening with matching scores of 73. Valdez had a nice turnaround, posting a back-nine 34 after opening with a 39 on the front.

Valdez had a nice turnaround, posting a back-nine 34 after opening with a 39 on the front. Cohn, meanwhile, looked to be in great shape after a front-nine 33. The E-club San Francisco member would however stumble at the end, playing his last three holes at 4-over due in part to a closing double-bogey on the 18th.

Also having a nice opening round was Bayonet/Black Horse GC member Steve Donnelly. A 58-year-old regular on the NCGA Senior circuit, Donnelly opened with a 76, leaving him just four strokes off the lead.

Coming off a third place finish at last year’s championship, Moore is no stranger to playing through adversity. When he won Player of the Year honors in 2015, he’d secure the title by capturing the Valley Am after getting through a grueling 9-hole playoff in nearly 100 degree heat. In order for Moore to have won Player of the Year honors, he had to win the Valley Am title.

Tuesday’s second round will see play shift over to par-72 Bayonet Golf Course in Seaside. Play will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the leaders going off at 9:31 a.m.

ABOUT THE Northern California Pub-Links

Qualifying at multiple sites. Players must have a numeric index of 5.4 or less for the championship flight. Players entering the handicap flights must have a numeric index of 5.5 to 36.4 (40.4 for women) inclusive. Handicap entries will be divided equally into two flights (President and Director).

PLAYERS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE ARE INELIGIBLE FOR THE HANDICAP FLIGHT. The NCGA adheres to the USGA membership restrictions for entry into the Public Links Championship. Contestants must be bonafide public course players who do not hold playing privileges with any course from which the general public is excluded or privileges with any private club maintaining its own course. Exceptions: A bonafide public course member may hold incidental privileges with a course not open to the public when such privileges are provided by : (1) An educational institution of which he is a student; or (2) Federal Armed Service of which he is a member; or (3) An industry by which he is employed.

Format: 18 holes qualifying for all flights (index used for handicap flights). In the championship flight, 36 players (including exempts) will advance to the championship proper. In the handicap competition, 36 players from the President’s Flight and 36 from the Director’s Flight will advance to the championship proper for 36 holes (18 holes per day) of play at 100% of course handicap.

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Results For Northern California Public Links Golf Championship
1CANick MooreSeaside, CA15072-75=147*
T2CASteve PerezMadera, CA10076-71=147
T2CAJeremy VillafuerteNewark, CA10073-74=147
T2CAAleksei KoikaBurlingame, CA10073-74=147
5CABen PetersRedwood City, CA5074-75=149

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