Northern Cal Pub Links: Stone leads by three

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (April 25, 2011) -- Joshua Stone of Swenson Park GC has a three-shot lead after the first round of the 46th Annual NCGA Public Links Championship. Stone fired a 3-under 69 at Spyglass Hill on Monday giving him a solid lead on the rest of the field.

His closest competition is Matt Cohn alone in second after an even-par 72. Close behind in a tie for third includes two-time public links winner and defending -champion Scott Hardy at 1-over after 18 holes of play. Also in contention is the perennial Casey Boyns at 2-over, who has won this event four times (’81, ’83, ’87, and ’96), the most of any player.

Stone had a scorecard flooded with seven birdies, three on the front (1, 7 and 8), and four on the back (10, 11, 16 and 17). His 69 could have been much lower if it weren’t for a couple of miscues during his back nine. Stone who started his round off of the 10th tee, came to fourth hole at 4-under par when he then double-bogeyed the par 4 and bogeyed the fifth dropping him back at 1-under through 15 holes. He rallied though by birdying 7 and 8 to finish at 3-under.

Leading the President’s division is Dale Richards, who shot a 5-under net 67. In the Director’s division there is a two-way tie for first at 5-under net 67, those players are Ahmed Shah and Joyce Glatt.

The final round of the championship will be tomorrow at Spyglass Hill.

ABOUT THE Northern California Pub-Links

Qualifying at multiple sites. Players must have a numeric index of 5.4 or less for the championship flight. Players entering the handicap flights must have a numeric index of 5.5 to 36.4 (40.4 for women) inclusive. Handicap entries will be divided equally into two flights (President and Director).

PLAYERS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE ARE INELIGIBLE FOR THE HANDICAP FLIGHT. The NCGA adheres to the USGA membership restrictions for entry into the Public Links Championship. Contestants must be bonafide public course players who do not hold playing privileges with any course from which the general public is excluded or privileges with any private club maintaining its own course. Exceptions: A bonafide public course member may hold incidental privileges with a course not open to the public when such privileges are provided by : (1) An educational institution of which he is a student; or (2) Federal Armed Service of which he is a member; or (3) An industry by which he is employed.

Format: 18 holes qualifying for all flights (index used for handicap flights). In the championship flight, 36 players (including exempts) will advance to the championship proper. In the handicap competition, 36 players from the President’s Flight and 36 from the Director’s Flight will advance to the championship proper for 36 holes (18 holes per day) of play at 100% of course handicap.

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Results For Northern California Public Links Golf Championship
1CAScott HardyPleasant Hill, CA15073-71--144
2CAMatt CohnSan Francisco, CA10072-72--145
3CACasey BoynsPacific Grove, CA5074-73--147
T4CAJim KnollSunnyvale, CA5079-71--150
T4CABarry LogarFairfield, CA5073-77--150

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