Northern California Open
Bayonet / Black Horse GC
September 10-12, 2012
SEASIDE – Anthony Verna, a professional from Orinda won the 85th Northern California Open at Bayonet / Black Horse GC with a three-day score of 212, four-under par. Verna needed a sudden-death playoff to capture the title as fellow professional Jason Schmuhl also finished 54 holes of play at 212. Verna’s win proved well deserved as he was the only player to post all three rounds of even-par or better (71-72-69).
Former California State Amateur Champion and current professional Geoff Gonzalez—the last NCGA player to win a State Amateur in 2009—held a share of the 36-hole lead at two-under par 142, but came up just short of the playoff finishing at 213, three-under par, after a final round 71. Gonzalez tied for third with Chirs Parra from Dallas, Texas.
Low amateur honors went to Eric Grimberg of Moraga, who finished 54 holes at 222, six-over par, tied for 23rd overall. Josh Stone of Stockton was next among amateur ranks finishing alone in 31st at 224, eight-over par. Carmichael’s Austin Roberts posted a three-day score of 225, nine-over par to tie for 32nd place. Daniel Wittlinger of Reno, Nev. finished alone in 48th place at 230, 14-over par, while Peyton Smith of Atherton finished at 231, 15-over par to tie for 49th place. Fredrik Palmer of Modesto was the last of the six amateurs to make the cut and he finished in 52nd place with a score of 235, 19-over par.