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NCGA Master Division: Boyns is back

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (July 10, 2007)-- One of Northern California 's elite amateurs re-entered the winner's circle after an eight-year absence.

With a one-stroke win at the NCGA Master Division Championship at Spyglass Hill, Casey Boyns re-established himself at the top of the NCGA's best players. The 51-year-old captured the championship, for competitors aged 40-54, through a steady short game that produced a final-round, even-par 72 despite missing eight greens. This result was as much of a surprise to the champion as anyone.

"I'm always shaky, I never feel good," the Pebble Beach caddie said. "I'm a scrapper."

Indeed the victory adds to a resume that stretches back more than 25 years. Four NCGA Public Links Championships (81, 83, 87, 96), two San Joaquin Valley championships (82,93), two Sacramento Valley championships (90,96), two Four-Ball titles (94,96), two NCGA Amateurs (87,96), two State Amateurs (89,93) and three NCGA Player-of-the-Year awards (87,89,96) all add up to perhaps the most decorated amateur in Northern California in recent times.

The Master Division title is the sixth different NCGA championship captured by the Pacific Grove resident and the first NCGA title in 11 years.

"I was just starting to think that I couldn't do it anymore," Boyns said regarding his dry spell that stretched back to the 1999 Nor Cal Open title that represents his last significant win.

But there were always moments - Boyns made a memorable run to the quarterfinals in this year's State Amateur where he lost to eventual champion Josh Anderson in extra holes.

"During my dry spell, I felt like I was hitting it better, but my short game went away," said Boyns.

But not today.

Birdies on 14, 15 and 17 sealed the deal, leading to a closing nine-hole score of 34, an even-par final round and a 146 total on the par-72, 6,784-yard course.

Discovery Bay's Steve Wilson took second, after notching a birdie on the first playoff hole. The four-time qualifier for the U.S. Mid-Amateur finished regulation tied with first-round leader John Justus of Green Valley .

With the win, Boyns assumes the lead in the race for NCGA Player of the Year over Randy Haag of The Olympic Club. Haag, another three-time winner of that award, was in contention, but faded in the second round with a 78.

Full results follow:

Name Score
Casey Boyns  74-72--146
Steve Wilson  75-72--147
John Justus  70-77--147
Darryl Donovan  75-73--148
Conrad Nilmeier  71-77--148
John Desantis  81-69--150
Steve Pacheco  77-73--150
Jim Wilson  75-75--150
Jose Sanchez  74-76--150
Jamie Looper  75-76--151
David Smith  73-78--151
Randy Haag  74-78--152
Jamie Edman  81-72--153
Brian Ruiz  79-74--153
Michael Stieler  78-75--153
John Balfanz  81-73--154
Rich Frieble  80-74--154
Michael Wiechers  77-77--154
Greg Loosigian  76-78--154
Ben Whipple  75-79--154
Robert Fulton  75-79--154
David Capel  81-74--155
John Turnacliff  78-77--155
Christopher Blair  77-78--155
Bob Burnett  79-77--156
Robert Levin  78-78--156
Gregory Isom  78-78--156
Clayton Davis  77-79--156
Dan Bieber  73-83--156
Brad Bulcock  80-77--157
Kevin Kobalter  80-77--157
Anthony Gray  84-73--157
Ron Collet  82-76--158
Rich Rowley  80-78--158
Jim Williams  79-79--158
Steve Plescia  78-80--158
Robert Goodwin  83-76--159
Michael Granelli  79-80--159
Scot Lance  75-84--159
Richard Ramsay  82-78--160
Charles McDonald  81-80--161
Mark Van Deusen  83-78--161
Dean Prince  81-80--161
Brady Myers  78-83--161
Gary Wing  81-81--162
David Ujihara  82-80--162
Bob Miroyan  81-81--162
Ken Noonan  83-79--162
David Yip  84-78--162
Mark Gardner  79-83--162
Dennis Dachtler  79-83--162
Paul Moore  82-81--163
Adam Fink  79-84--163
Gary Conklin  84-79--163
George Erbez  85-78--163
Scott Terry  82-82--164
Philip Yim  81-83--164
David Sand  83-81--164
Luis Gandara  81-83--164
David Rebman  83-81--164
Joel Goldsmith  88-76--164
John Silvester  82-83--165
Charles Duty  82-83--165
Paul Rice  80-85--165
Patrick Pernice  84-81--165
Gene Van Puymbroeck  80-86--166
Greg Glunt  86-80--166
Ken Webb  87-79--166
Craig Gandy  86-80--166
Steve Duffy  82-85--167
Joseph Zanassi  84-83--167
Mark Hemenez  82-86--168
Steve Halsey  84-84--168
Glenn Hessler  88-80--168
Kyle Lowery  83-86--169
Bud Garmany  84-85--169
Brian Rugne  89-80--169
Craig Johns  84-86--170
Michael O'Shaughnessy  84-86--170
Andrew Overton  85-85--170
Pradeep Bakshi  87-83--170
Lawrence Lopez  85-86--171
Paul Herrfeldt  85-86--171
Bob Maas  89-82--171
Les Mitsuoka  85-88--173
Ray Kong  86-87--173
Robert Williams  86-88--174
James Ramon  88-86--174
Ron Siskey  92-83--175
John Murray  91-84--175
Jon Kowalski  89-89--178
Rick Hicklin  91-87--178
Hardy Saffold  91-87--178
Paul Loui  95-85--180
Garth Keehan  98-82--180
Keith Schwartz  92-89--181
Eric Fischer  94-87--181
Haig Shahinian  89-95--184
Jerry Davisson  89-98--187

 

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