Connolly Extends His Lead at NCGA Stroke Play
Daniel Connolly will try to close it out at Poppy Hills on Sunday<br>(NCGA photo)
Daniel Connolly will try to close it out at Poppy Hills on Sunday
(NCGA photo)

PEBBLE BEACH, CA (July 8, 2017) - Daniel Connolly, a rising sophomore at SMU University, shot a two-under 69 to extend his lead to five shots heading into the final round of the Northern California Stroke Play Championship at Poppy Hills Golf Course.

In round one, Connolly had the low round by three shots, a three-under 68. On Saturday he again had the low round in the field, with an unusual round that consisted of seventeen pars and an eagle on the par-five ninth hole.

The 2016 San Francisco City champion, Connolly will start the final round five shots ahead of AmateurGolf.com member Anthony Madrid (71-71=142), and six ahead of Derek Ackerman (72-71=143).

If anyone is going to catch Connolly, it would seem to have to be those two players, as the next group of players on the leaderboard are nine shots back. Bradley Vu, Finigan Tilly and Ian Oehlschlaeger are all tied for fourth at four-over 146.

The only other players to break par on day two were Connor Blick and Bradley Reeves, each shooting a one-under 70.

The top 40 and ties survived the cut and will play the final round on Sunday. The cut fell at 11-over 153. The 2014 champion Bobby Bucey was among those missing the cut.

Results: NCGA Stroke Play
1CADaniel ConnollySan Francisco, CA35068-69-71=208
2CADerek AckermanHalf Moon Bay, CA23072-71-71=214
3CAMatt CohnSan Francisco, CA14071-76-68=215
T4CABrad ReevesWoodbridge, CA14078-70-68=216
T4CAAnthony MadridStockton, CA14071-71-74=216

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First played in 1944, the NCGA Stroke Play Championship has a special history, as the tournament has been won by the likes of Ken Venturi and Johnny Miller. The sterling silver perpetual trophy was donated by the San Francisco Examiner in 1944.

Championship play is 54 holes of stroke play (18 holes per day). After 36 holes the field will be cut to 40 players and ties. Pre-qualifying required for non- exempt players. Open to players with handicaps of 5.4 or lower.

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