Skyler Ngo (Coronado City Championship Photo)
Skyler Ngo, a senior at San Diego State, erased a one-shot deficit to enter the final round en route to winning the 2023 Coronado City Championship at Coronado Golf Course in Coronado, Calif.
shot a first-round 4-under 68 to trail Parker Sisk
and Scotland Schmidt
by one shot heading into the second round.
Then Ngo caught fire, recording five birdies in his first seven holes to propel himself into the lead. He would play the last 11 holes at 1-over, but he was far enough out in front that no one was able to put the pressure on him.
"My ball striking was solid all week," Ngo said. "I was able to control where the ball was going a majority of the time, and my chipping was great. I got up and down seven out of eight times for the tournament."
Ngo added, "I knew I needed a start hot, so I just channeled my inner athlete and knew what I needed to do. I had full confidence in every shot."
After those seven holes, Ngo had turned the one-shot deficit into a three-shot lead.
"My mindset was to come out aggressive and put some pressure on the leaders and see if they break," Ngo said. "I was feeling confident in my game, and I knew if I could make some birdies early, I would be in a good spot."
Ngo also won the 2019 Las Vegas City Amateur a couple of years ago and can add this one to his resume.
The leaderboard was littered with San Diego State golfers, with Justin Hastings
and Shea Lague
finishing T2, Jack Townsend
finishing T5, and Jackson Moss
"It's a great confidence booster going into the season personally knowing that I can play well enough to win," Ngo said. "It's also nice to see that all my teammates who played in the tournament played well, and as a team, we are looking strong."
In the Senior Division, Jason Bittick went wire-to-wire to win by eight shots, shooting 2-under with rounds of 72-70.
Brian Smyth and Jack Plotkin finished T2 at 6-over.
Gary Barker, Tony Ralph, and Jonas Cikotas finished T4 at 8-over. Curtis Worley finished in solo seventh place at 9-over.
ABOUT THE Coronado City Championship
stroke play event with Open and Senior divisions. Must
be at least 16 years of age with current amateur
status. Max handicap 6.0. Played in memory of
longtime Coronado GC Professional John Ruedi.
Coronado GC is one of San Diego's most scenic
golf courses -- with views of the bay and city
skyline from famous Coronado Island.
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