Daniel Connolly wins AGC Christmas Classic
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MONTEREY, Calif. -- Daniel Connolly posted the competitive round of his life today.

The 16 year old from the Olympic Club shot 8-under 64 at Del Monte G.C. and was able to vault past the round one leaders and claim the 36 hole Christmas Classic by four strokes over Matt Williams of Chico. He posted 74-64=138, 6-under par for the tournament.

Connolly, who made it to the round of 32 in the USGA junior this past summer, topped a solid field of high school and college players. He also had the shot of the day -- if not the tournament, that honor goes to Terry Foreman with his Saturday ace on the tough 14th -- on the par four 15th hole when he slam dunked a 97 yard wedge for eagle two.

"My caddie, Jordan Cox, told me to hit it 3 yards past the flag and spin it back," said Connelly. "It was fun seeing it fly in."

Cox, a former Stanford golfer who now plays professional golf, helped Connolly dial in his putting alignment and wedge control before the round and it really paid off. The pair took advantage of the frost delay to head over to Rancho Canada golf club and hit balls off the grass tee prior to today's round.

Mark Miller of Antioch, the most decorated senior player on the Amateurgolf.com tour, posted 70 in the final round to win the Senior division at 3-over 147 while Terry Foreman, also of Antioch, was two shots back at 149.

Marc Sanders of Turlock shot net 70 in the final round two win the Net division at 148.

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Results: AGC Christmas Classic
1CADaniel ConnollySan Francisco, CA10074-64--138
2CAMatt WilliamsSan Jose, CA6572-70--142
3CAWilliam BruecknerWalnut Creek, CA3075-69--144
T4CAJeremy SanchezSacramento, CA3072-74--146
T4CAStephen SparoliniSan Francisco, CA3075-71--146

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ABOUT THE AGC Christmas Classic


The Christmas Classic was founded by 2-time California State Amateur Champion Casey Boyns over 20 years ago and it always attracts a great field. This is our most popular event, and year in and year out it sells out. Field limited to 104 players; Championship, Senior, and Net divisions.

Your entry fee includes two rounds of golf (cart at players expense), $4500 in Callaway Golf certificate prizes, $20 lunch certificate, and a great weekend at one of the Monterey Peninsula's wonderful classic courses, "Old" Del Monte.


For players aged 16 and over who have a USGA or equivalent index of less than 5.5

For players age 50 and over (as of the tournament date) with a handicap index of less than 8.0. Note: Must be 55 and over for NCGA Senior Points.

For players 16 and over with handicap between 5.5 and 18.0.

MID-AM (subdivision of Championship)
For players age 25-49. Compete alongside the younger players in the Championship Division, (same tees, same prize opportunities) and if there are at least six Mid-Ams, a separate prize and trophy will be awarded.

SUPER SENIORS (subdivision of Senior)
For players age 65+. Compete alongside the younger senior players in the Senior Division, (same tees, same prize opportunities) and if there are at least six players 65 or over, a separate prize and trophy will be awarded for low super senior.

WOMEN (subdivision of Championship)
Will play in the Championship Division but from a shorter tee; if there are at least six women in the field, a separate prize and trophy will be awarded. Net players will play in the Net Division but from a shorter tee.

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