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Daniel Connolly leads with stellar 64 at NCGA Valley Am
Daniel Connolly would like to continue his NCGA run <br> [photo courtesy of NCGA]
Daniel Connolly would like to continue his NCGA run
[photo courtesy of NCGA]
MODESTO, Calif. (Aug. 7, 2017) -- San Francisco resident Daniel Connolly is looking to make it two in a row.

Fresh off his first NCGA victory at July’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Connolly grabbed the first round at this week’s annual NCGA Valley Amateur, posting a sizzling 8-under 64 Monday at par-72 Del Rio Country Club in Modesto. The 64 is only two shots off the all-time NCGA scoring record of 10-under 62, set by Trevor Clayton during the 2014 NCGA Valley Amateur at The Reserve at Spanos Park.

A sophomore at Southern Methodist University, Connolly was on pace for a 62. Starting on the back-nine, he opened with a 5-under 31 that featured an eagle on the par-5 15th, four birdies and a bogey. After making the turn, he toured Del Rio’s front-nine at 3 under, bogey free.

Also starting hot was Green Valley CC member Jason Anthony. The leader in the NCGA Player of the Year points standings, Anthony posted a solid 67 that featured seven birdies and two bogeys, leaving him just three behind Connolly.

Poplar Creek GC member Christian Banke and E-Club East Bay member Devin Hua are both tied for third at 68. Lurking just five shots behind Connolly is Monterey’s Nick Moore, who has won the event a record three times. Moore, the NCGA’s Player of the Year in 2015, is the two-time defending champion and has won the Valley Am in three of the last four years.

The 36-hole championship scoring record is 133, co-held by Clayton and 2009 winner Steven Chung.

ABOUT THE Northern California Valley Amateur

This single event takes the place of the now-extinct NCGA San Joaquin Valley and NCGA Sacramento Valley Amateur Championships. Players must have a numeric index of 5.4 or less.

Format: 18 holes stroke play qualifying. 70 players plus ties and exempts will advance to the championship proper. Championship will be 36 holes stroke play, 18 holes per day. Senior division Championship will be 30 players plus ties and exempts from qualifying.

Senior division for players 55 and up with handicaps 7.4 or less.

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Results For Northern California Valley Amateur & Senior Amateur Golf Championship
1CAJason AnthonyFairfield, CA20067-67=134
2CADaniel ConnollySan Francisco, CA14064-73=137
3CAMatt RobinsonModesto, CA8071-68=139
4GuamDevin HuaGuam8068-72=140
T5CABerk HarveySan Jose, CA8073-68=141

View full results for Northern California Valley Amateur & Senior Amateur Golf Championship

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