Northern California PubLinks: Hardy is champ

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (July 3, 2007)--Becoming a new father had a motivating effect on Scott Hardy as he claimed the NCGA Public Links Championship at Spyglass Hill.

With a one-stroke lead at the start of the final round, Hardy, the golf coach at Saint Mary’s College, would expand that margin in the final round, concluding with a five-stroke win. After an impressive two-under-par 69 and two-day total of 140, Hardy had eliminated the rest of the field.

"I knew (on the 18th) I was four-up on the guys I was paired with and figured a 67 would tie, so I liked my chances," said Hardy.

Hardy, and his wife/caddy Nancy, welcomed their first child recently and playing golf is no longer a priority.

"This is only the fifth tournament I’ve played and I practice less than that," said Hardy about his approach to the game.

It was a birdie on the 15th and another from the deep bunker on 16 that sealed the deal for Hardy. The Public Links Championship is the fourth NCGA title for the Pleasant Hill resident as he has also won the Valley Amateur, Stroke Play Championship and the Four-Ball Championship.

As for runner-up Bill Moore of Monterey Bay Golf Club, a three-over-par 74 was not enough to overcome the short game of Hardy.

"I got myself into a hole - you can’t chase a guy like Hardy at Spyglass unless he makes bogey" he said. "Today he wasn’t making bogey."

Draining a 15-footer at the 15th hole after sinking a birdie at 14, it looked as if the two would play it out till the end. However, with Hardy’s final birdie at the 18th, Moore knew he had given it his all, but came up short. Defending champion Arvo Voip and Riverbend’s Michael Stieler tied for third with a two-day total of 149.

Ron Aivazian of Sherwood Forest was able to come back from a one-stroke deficit to first-day leader David Fletcher and win the President’s flight. With a two-day, net five-under-par 137, Aivazian beat Fletcher by six strokes. In a three-way tie for third, Rocky Wolf of Palo Alto, Jack Dominguez of Rancho Solano and David Cox of Eagle Ridge all shot an impressive net 144. As the weather got cooler, the Director’s flight produced a two-hole playoff for first place between Manteca Park’s Roy King and San Jose Muni eClubhouse’s Quy Pham with King prevailing. Both men finished with a two-day net 129. Wayne Hoffer of Bennett Valley claimed third with a net 143.

Final results follow:

Name     Club     Score
Scott Hardy     amateurgolf.com     71-69--140
William Moore     Monterey Bay GC     72-73--145
Arvo Voip     San Jose Municipal GC     74-75--149
Michael Stieler     Riverbend GC     74-75--149
Jeremy Moreno     Riverbend GC     78-73--151
Bobby Powers     Spring Hills GC     76-75--151
Steve Pacheco     De Laveaga GC     75-77--152
Matthew Costello     The Bridges     74-78--152
Brady Myers     Colusa GCC     76-77--153
Kent Yamane     Silicon Valley Capital Club     79-74--153
Wes Leith     Wildhorse GC     81-72--153
Casey Boyns     Monterey Bay GC     73-80--153
Brian Swenson     The Bridges     78-76--154
Jason Simonetti     Salinas Fairways GC     76-78--154
Andrew Damron     B&B A/E GC     78-77--155
Robert Pereira     Vallejo GC     79-77--156
Jon Rosa     Porterville GC     80-77--157
Jeff Hoffman     Empire Ranch GC     75-82--157
James Hay     Diablo Grande GC     82-75--157
Jess Stimack     Bennett Valley GC     78-80--158
Jeffrey Hollis     Brighton Crest CC     80-78--158
Peter Lansburgh     Davis GC     81-77--158
Nick Rechedy     Presidio Players     77-82--159
Jason McHargue     Mariners Point Linksters GC     77-84--161
Charles McDonald     Shoreline GL     79-82--161
Richard Ramsay     Windsor GC     81-81--162
Luis Gandara     Golflinkster     81-84--165
Jake Geyer     Arbuckle GC     82-83--165
John Driver     Stevinson Ranch GC     85-80--165
Jared Wise     The Bridges     84-83--167
Robert Heaton     Antioch GC     81-88--169
Jasper Gill     Wildhawk GC     87-84--171
Yutaro Sakamoto     eClub South Bay     91-89--180
Jon Burkard     Alameda Junior GC     94-86--180



Results For Northern California Public Links Championship
1CAScott HardyPleasant Hill, CA15071-69--140
2CAWilliam MoorePacific Grove, CA10072-73--145
T3CAArvo VoipSan Jose, CA5074-75--149
T3CAMike StielerCoarsegold, CA5074-75--149
T5CAJeremy MorenoFresno, CA5078-73--151

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The NCGA Public Links Championship began in 1966 at Spyglass Hill and is the premier event for the public-course player. The tournament has always included a championship flight for players with handicap indexes of 5.4 or less and two handicap divisions for players with an index of 5.5 to 36.4. Contestants must be bona fide public course players who do not hold playing privileges in any course from which the general public is excluded.

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