Nedved wins Chico City Championship
24 Sep 2012
see also: Chico City Championship, Bidwell Park Golf Course

By ISAAC BRAMBILA-Correspondent

CHICO, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2012) -- No. 12 seed Jeff Nedved pulled the upset and took the Chico City Championship golf tournament for the first time Sunday at Bidwell Park Golf Course.

Not even sure if he was going to participate before the tournament started, Nedved surprised everyone by out-golfing No. 2 seed Dan DeKock in the 85th annual event's 36-hole match play final.

"I wasn't even going to play this year because I didn't think my game was good enough," Nedved said. "There are so many younger players whose swings have been so zoned in and they make very few mistakes."

Thirty-six holes were not necessary as Nedved, who was participating in his fifth Chico City Championship, beat DeKock 5 and 3.

A lot of practice, familiarity with the course and a little luck gave him the unexpected championship, Nedved said.

"'No way!' I thought, the furthest I'd made it to was the final 16," Nedved said.

In an up-and-down match, Nedved golfed a steady first 18 holes, but had trouble concentrating in the restart after the break, he said. His caddy and a couple of good putts kept him in the game.

As the match got closer and closer to the end, Nedved could see the victory consummating.

With five goles to go, Nedved was up by five and he knew that he just had to keep a steady game, he said.

ABOUT THE Chico City

The Chico City is a match play championship played over two weekends; 18 holes qualifying the first Saturday for championship flight, matches follow Sunday and on second weekend. Low 31 qualifiers and the defending champion qualify. Also, handicap, senior and women's flights of 16- players, seeded by index. NCGA Points Event.

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