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Northern California Stroke Play: Boyns wins again

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (July 22, 2007)-- A rejuvenated Casey Boyns is adding a rich chapter to Northern California golf lore.

With a win at the NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship Sunday at Poppy Hills that followed a victory at the NCGA Master Division at Spyglass Hill last week, the 51-year-old can now lay claim to seven different NCGA titles and 14 championships overall.

After establishing a four-stroke lead through two rounds, the champion began his final round leaky. “I don’t like being in the lead,” said Boyns. “I’d rather come from behind. But I know how golf is — something bad is always going to happen. I kept trying to play the golf course and not worry about what anyone else was doing.”

A front-nine, 3-over-39 left the Pacific Grove resident in a tie for the lead with UC Davis rising senior Matt Marshall. But a birdie on the par-5 12th hole, after finding two fairway bunkers, re-established a lead he would not lose.

The 12th was indicative of the champion’s back nine. When seemingly in trouble, Boyns would find a way to make something good happen — a skill born from his steep match-play experience (as two State Amateur and two NCGA Amateur titles would suggest). Boyns’ ability to save par or even birdie from almost anywhere could drive other competitors crazy, but his affable nature makes him a joy to play with. His final round, three-over 75 produced a two-under-par 214 total and a two-stroke win.

With two NCGA titles in the last two weeks, after being absent from the NCGA winner’s circle for 11 years, the champion felt somewhat relieved: “

It’s been wearing on me," he said.

The two titles also propelled Boyns to a commanding lead in the race for NCGA Player of the Year. Were the Monterey Bay Club member to win, it would be an unprecedented fourth award, joining ’87, ’89 and ’96.

“It’s (the Player of the Year award) not something I set out to do, I never set my schedule for that," said Boyns. "But I do want to go down as one of the better players (in Northern California). So it’s cool.”

After a playoff, Steve Woods of Coyote Creek took runner-up honors over Jeff Burda of Del Rio. The 35-year-old captured the State Amateur in 1994 and was medalist in that same event in 2006. Burda, a three-time winner of the NCGA Master Division, was just back from the U.S. Senior Open, where he missed the cut by three shots.

Defending champion Erick Justesen of eClub Sacramento briefly flirted with the lead, but was unable to establish any momentum on the back nine, fading to a tie for fifth.

Complete results follow:

Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Tot.
Casey Boyns 69 70 75 214
Steve Woods 72 71 73 216
Jeff Burda 73 72 71 216
Matthew Marshall 72 73 72 217
Erick Justesen 73 73 72 218
Rick Reinsberg 70 73 75 218
Bobby Powers 74 74 71 219
Jong Yoon 74 74 72 220
Ben Scribner 74 73 74 221
Nathan Pistacchio 77 69 75 221
Austin Beatty 77 75 70 222
John Enright 78 73 71 222
Brett Viboch 69 81 72 222
Scott Hardy 75 84 73 222
Kory Storer 74 74 74 222
Bob Niger 74 74 74 222
Andrew Biggadike 76 76 71 223
Jamie Looper 74 73 76 223
R.C. Orr 71 72 80 223
Grant Haney 76 75 73 224
Jim Knoll 77 73 74 224
Andrey Mindirgasov 78 73 73 224
Jon Bettencourt 75 74 75 224
Chad Vivolo 75 74 75 224
Michael Gillette 80 72 73 225
Kyle Prolo 76 73 76 225
Jeremy Harris 72 76 77 225
Andrew Rodriguez 75 69 81 225
Jim Wilson 78 72 76 226
Matthew Hollinsead 77 73 76 226
Jon Rosa 74 74 78 226
Kevin Fryer 72 75 79 226
Jarrod Mizusawa 75 75 77 227
Steve Pacheco 76 73 78 227
Eric Meeker 74 73 80 227
Scott Terry 75 76 78 229
Brian Thompson 77 73 79 229
Andrew Nottenkamper 76 76 79 231
Garth Watrous 74 78 80 232
Rob Adolph 77 75 80 232
Jeffrey Hollis 77 75 80 232
Conrad Nilmeier 78 73 81 232

--NCGA story

 

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