Tanner Hughes wins 30th Annual Christmas Classic
Christmas Classic winner Tanner Hughes (c)
with runner up Riley Elmes (right)
and 3rd place finisher Clayton Madey
MONTEREY, California (December 7, 2014) -- University of California golfer Tanner Hughes emerged from a tight pack Sunday to claim the 30th Christmas Classic, presented by Callaway Golf. He posted 5-under 138 for the 36 hole tournament to edge Riley Elmes of Oregon by two strokes.
Hughes' 4-under 68 on Sunday at Del Monte was an excellent score given the length the wet course was playing. After an unremarkable 1-over start through the first seven holes, Hughes caught fire with birdies at 8, 9, and 11 and three more coming in, against just one bogey on the challenging 16th. (He answered that with a comeback birdie on No. 17.) Hughes fired 3-under 33 on the back nine.
"I just played solid all day," said Hughes after accepting the trophy.
Sebastien Crampton of Pacific Grove made the comeback of the tournament and posted the lowest round, going 81-67.
The senior division was captured by the tournament founder Casey Boyns of Monterey in a playoff over Dale Bougennec of Pleasant Hill. Both players matched cards of 74-72 and exchanged leads several times on the back nine before tying the 18th with pars.
It was the third time that Boyns has won the tournament in sudden-death. (Twice in the Championship and once in the senior.)
Charles Balisha of Turlock played steady golf in winning the Net Division at 2-under 142. Chris Ladd of Petaluma mad a nice run at him on Sunday, shaving 10 shots off his first round score with a net 67.
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
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
(cart at players expense), $4500 in
Callaway Golf certificate prizes,
$20 lunch certificate,
weekend at one of the Monterey Peninsula's
wonderful classic courses, "Old" Del Monte.
MID-AM DIVISION: For players age
25-49. Compete alongside the younger players in
Championship Division, (same tees, same prize
opportunities) and if there are at least 10 Mid-
separate prize and trophy will be awarded.
SUPER SENIORS: For players age
65+. Compete alongside the younger players in
Senior Division, (same tees, same prize
opportunities) and a
separate prize and trophy will be awarded for
WOMEN: Will play in the Championship Division but from a shorter tee. Net players will
play in the Net Division but from a shorter tee.
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