AGC Silicon Valley: Marr braves conditions for win
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MORGAN HILL, Calif. (Jan. 12, 2014) -- Australian-born Mac Marr, a Sophomore at St. Mary's showed that spending a Christmas break in Australia (where it's summer) can help anyone's golf game.
In bitter cold and windy conditions on a course where downwind green speeds ran more than 15 on the Stimpmeter, he was able to control his golf ball and better the best score of the day by two. He was the only player to shoot par or better and remain under par for the tournament.
Marr shot 70-72=142 to edge fellow Gaels golfer Cody Robinson by five shots. Marr was 3-under through 12 holes, highlighted by a six-hole stretch in the middle of the round where he was 4-under from Nos. 7-12. He and Robinson were tied for the lead entering the day and were able to make it a 1-2 finish for St. Mary's.
A stunning comeback highlighted the Senior Division as 2013 amateurgolf.com Player-of-the Year Mark Miller of Antioch shot 157 for a one stroke win over Mike Parnow by one. Miller started the day six shots off of the lead.
In the Net Division, another current POY was able to capture victory. Vince Steele shot a net 148 to win by nine over Scott Carelli.
ABOUT THE AGC Silicon Valley Amateur
The Silicon Valley Amateur is the first
tournament to have, on its past winner's list, a
champion. That would be Collin Morikawa, who won
2016 title. Just over 4 years later, he won the PGA
Championship just up the road at TPC Harding Park
2021 marked the announcement of Baylands Golf
Links as the tournament's new host venue. And wow,
did players enjoy it. It's
location in Palo Alto is fitting -- as the original garage
where Hewlett Packard was founded is located there,
and today's biggest tech companies dot the area
like the Canadian Geese on the fairways and
near Baylands in the winter. Like
Corica Park in Alameda, Baylands was recently
completely redesigned as a new course from the dirt
up, under the hand of architect Forrest Richardson,
the results are stunning.
This is a gross competition with Championship, Senior and Women's divisions. There will be no Net division.
For players age
49. Compete alongside the younger players in the
Championship Division, (same tees, same prize
opportunities) and if there are at least 10 Mid-Ams, a
separate prize and trophy will be awarded.
For players age
65+. Compete alongside the younger players in the
Senior Division, (same tees, same prize
opportunities) and a
separate prize and trophy will be awarded for low
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