Barclay Brown (AmateurGolf.com Photo)
Stanford graduate senior Barclay Brown
used two rounds of 3-under 67 to win the 2024 Silicon Valley Amateur at the Stanford University Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.
This was the first year the Silicon Valley Amateur was played at the Stanford Golf Course, and Brown was able to take advantage to win by three shots.
"The course was awesome," Brown said. "Same as yesterday, I had a couple of great guys that I was playing with, and they played solid rounds and kept me going. I knew I needed to keep playing well to stay in it, and fortunately, was able to hit just enough good shots."
Brown entered the round down by one shot to first-round leader Brandon Knight of Pleasanton, Calif., but after an eagle on the opening hole by Brown and a par from Knight, Brown took over the lead and never relinquished it.
"From there, I was able to just keep it solid and birdie the easy holes and hit a couple more good shots on the par-5's to have eagle putts, which didn't go in but gave me easy birdies and kept it carefree," Brown said.
Knight, Keshav Mungali of Belmont, Calif., and Ben Friedman of Mill Valley, Calif., finished T2 at 3-under. Kush Arora of Pleasanton, Calif., finished in solo fifth place at 2-under.
Brown played the first round with the Mid-Amateur Champion, Weston Payne. Payne, of Berkeley, Calif., finished at 2-over to win the Mid-Amateur Division by six shots over Adam Petrocelli of Pacific Grove, Calif.
Payne, a California graduate who was in enemy territory this week at Stanford, has a history of success at the Silicon Valley Amateur. Payne won the 2021 Silicon Valley Amateur by setting the competitive course record at Baylands Golf Links with an opening round of 9-under 63. Related: WESTON PAYNE BIRDIES 18 TO WIN SILICON VALLEY AMATEUR
"I played a nice round today," Payne said. "A few mistakes, but overall, pretty solid. I drove the ball nicely. I have always been a solid mid-long iron player, so I hit a couple of good shots on the par-3s and drove it really well."
Payne added, "I had a couple of foul balls, but for the most part, I kept it in front of me."
Senior Championship Division
Jim Williams sinking the winning putt
Jim Williams of Orinda, Calif., won the Senior Championship Divison by one shot at 5-over after shooting rounds of 72-73.
Brian Smyth of North Tustin, Calif., finished in solo second place at 6-over with rounds of 73-73.
Williams and Smyth went back and forth throughout the entire round and went into No. 9 (the final hole for the group with them starting on the back nine), tied at 6-over. Williams had a 15-foot birdie putt from the fringe to win it, and the ball found the bottom of the cup.
"I was glad it went in, and I didn't have to hit any more shots," Williams said about the final putt. "I just kind of held it together."
Williams had to overcome back spasms as well during his round.
"The course was long and tough and was a good test for us," Williams said.
With Williams (a Super Senior) winning the overall Senior Division, Ray Kong of San Diego, Calif., was awarded the Super Senior Division trophy at 10-over while Ashlyn Johnson of San Mateo, Calif., was the low Women's scorer at 17-over.
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
. Just over four years later, he won
Championship just up the road at TPC Harding Park
in San Francisco. Multiple PGA Tour star and
fellow 2023 USA Ryder Cup team member Max Homa
also won the
For 2024, the tournament is moving to a new venue
Stanford University Golf Course. Tournament players
will relish competing at a course normally reserved
university students and faculty. Please note that
play on Monday and Tuesday, and expect this event
fill very quickly.
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and Morikawa went through the Silicon Valley
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.
MID-AM (subdivision of Championship)
For players age
49. Compete alongside the younger players in the
Championship Division, (same tees, same prize
opportunities) and if there are at least six Mid-Ams,
separate prize and trophy will be awarded.
SUPER SENIORS (subdivision of Senior)
For players age
65+. Compete alongside the younger senior players
Senior Division, (same tees, same prize
opportunities) and if there are at least six players 65
separate prize and trophy will be awarded for low
WOMEN (subdivision of Championship)
Will play in the
from a shorter tee. If there are at least six women in
the field, a separate prize and trophy will be
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