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Hardy defends at NCGA Publinx

PEBBLE BEACH, Ca (April 26, 2011) -– Having experience matters and it showed Tuesday at the 46th Annual NCGA Public Links Championship at Spyglass Hill.

Scott Hardy defended his public links title with a solid 1-under par 71 giving him a two-day total of 144 and a one-shot victory over Matt Cohn. With the victory Hardy now has won three of the last five titles in this prestigious event, solidifying him as one of the top amateurs in the region.

Hardy, who played in the final group of the championship flight, didn’t start believing that he could win the event until the fourth hole. Joshua Stone who started the day with a three-shot lead on the field (four over Hardy) relinquished that lead after registering consecutive double bogeys on the second and third holes.

Despite struggles of his own to start the day by bogeying two of the first three holes, Hardy knew he was in the hunt for another title after seeing Stone falter.

“I thought I was tied for the lead after four (holes), so I figured from there on out, if I play well I have a real good shot (at winning),” he said.

Hardy did exactly that. Over the next eight holes Hardy made six pars and two birdies, and despite bogeys on 13 and 16, he converted birdies on 15 and 17 erasing the prior miscues. No birdie may have been bigger than his final one at 17.

After dropping back into a tie for the lead with Cohn (unknown to Hardy at the time) with a bogey on 16, Hardy had a breaking 20-foot birdie putt on the 17 that found the center of the cup. Hardy’s fellow-competitors all were inside of his approach shot with birdie putts of their own on the short par 4 17th.

“That putt was huge,” he said. “If it didn’t hit the hole it was going to go past it, so I was fortunate to have it go in for sure.”

The birdie proved to be huge because Cohn missed his 10-foot birdie putt only moments later, giving Hardy a one-shot lead going into the 36th hole.

It’s not easy for Hardy to put this victory into words, he feels very fortunate to win this event once again.

“I shocked myself this week,” he said, explaining that he has practiced very little lately and that this is his second tournament in the past seven months.

“To win this tournament means a lot me; it’s a great start to a good year.”

Besides the consistent play of Hardy, Cohn took second place with a two-day total of 145 (72-73). Casey Boyns added to his stack of medals as he finished in third place at 147 (74-73). First-round leader Stone had seen better days as he followed yesterday’s 69 with an 85, putting him in a tie for 10th place.

In the President’s Flight David Fletcher overtook first-round leader Dale Richards as he shot a net 67 giving him a two-day total of net 137. In the Director’s Flight Joyce Glatt won with a two-day total of 133 over Ahmed Shah at 136.

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
Place  PtsScores
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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