The 2007 amateur season will be remembered by Northern California golfers as the year that Casey Boyns was rejuvenated.
The 51-year-old Boyns hadn’t made an appearance atop the leaderboard in eight years coming into the season, but responded by taking a pair of wins in NCGA events, the Masters Division Championship, and the Amateur Stroke Play Championship en route to his record fourth NCGA Player of the Year award.
Looking back on the season, Boyns said he couldn’t quite put his finger on the reason for his success.
“I’m not really sure what it was,” said Boyns. “Maybe I played a bit more this year, or tried a bit harder, but it was certainly nothing physical.”
Boyns also found success in several of the team events, taking runner-up finishes at the Trans-Mississippi Four Ball Championship and the amateurgolf.com Monterey Peninsula Four Ball.
As a former college standout at Utah and currently making a living as a caddie at Pebble Beach, Boyns is certainly familiar with the ups and downs of a day at the course, which may explain why his attitude regarding his recent hot streak is guarded.
"I'm always shaky, I never feel good," said Boyns after the Masters victory. "I'm a scrapper."
“I don’t like being in the lead,” he said after the Stroke Play victory. “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.”
Guarded or not, he can still lay claim to being one of the best amateur golfers in Northern California history simply by citing his resume, which includes four Player of the Year honors (in 1987, ’89, ’96, and 2007), two California State Amateur titles (’89, ’93) and 14 overall NCGA titles.