NCGA Players of the Year
Geyer Clinches Second Straight NCGA Player of the Year Award
And what a five tournaments they were.
Geyer began his defense with a win at the amateurgolf.com Wine Country Cup in January. After a second-place finish in March at the amateurgolf.com Diablo Valley Amateur, he made it to match play at the California State Amateur in June.
Geyer, who recently completed his collegiate career at St. Mary’s, was knocked out in the first round of match play – but he would not be beat again in NCGA play.
Geyer crushed the field at the NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship in July, defending his title with a nine-stroke victory at 11 under that also tied the event’s scoring record. The win made Geyer the first back-to-back winner of the Stroke Play Championship in 54 years.
Geyer chased more history at the NCGA Match Play Championship in August. Admitting that he was motivated to discover that no one had won both the NCGA Match Play and Stroke Play championships in the same season since John Lotz in 1962, Geyer qualified as the No. 13 seed, but only reached the 18th hole once in his five matches.
Geyer capped off his dominating summer with a 5-and-4 win over Cal’s Andrew Morgan in the championship match.
“To (win both events) is really special, and a nice way to go out,” said Geyer, who soon turned professional.
Geyer entered Pre-Qualifying for Q-School at the end of August, but tied for 57th out of 74 players at San Juan Oaks.
Geyer beat out California State Amateur champion Corey McElyea in the season-long points race, 1,570-1,495. Santa Cruz’s McElyea, a senior at UC-San Francisco, won the State Amateur the week after competing in the U.S. Open at Merion. McElyea capped an incredible June by also winning the Monterey City Amateur.
Monterey’s Nick Moore finished third at 1,394 points in 10 events, collecting his first two NCGA majors this year. Moore won the NCGA Public Links in April, and the NCGA Valley Amateur Championship in September. Moore also qualified for the U.S. Public Links, won the Salinas City Match Play, and reached the quarterfinals of the California State Amateur.
Austin Roberts finished fourth (1,240) and Matt Cohn took fifth (1,141).
Knoll Rolls to Third Straight Senior Player of the Year Award
Knoll was the previous record-holder by earning 2,726 points in 2011. Knoll has three of the top four points totals of all-time.
Knoll got his record-year in 2012-13 going by reaching the semifinals of the 2012 U.S. Senior Amateur last October. A month later, he tied for second at the California Senior Amateur.
Knoll won six tournaments worth at least 100 points, including 200-pointers at the Merced County Senior and Sacramento City Senior. For the year, Knoll played in 27 events, beating out four-time NCGA Player of the Year Casey Boyns, 3,006-2,642. Boyns played 21 events, highlighted by wins at the Senior State Amateur, NCGA Senior Amateur Match Play and Monterey City Senior.
Gary Vanier finished third with 2,253 points in 13 events, while capturing three NCGA majors – the Senior Championship, the Senior Valley Championship, and the Senior Four-Ball Championship. Vanier, the 2006 Senior Player of the Year, also won the San Francisco Senior City and the Alameda Commuters Senior Championship.