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NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship

111th NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship | Spyglass Hill GC | August 11-15, 2014

 

2013 Amateur Match Play Champion: Ben Geyer

The oldest of the NCGA’s major events, the Amateur Match Play Championship, dates back to 1903 when it was first played at San Rafael GC.

The antique sterling silver trophy reveals a who’s who of historical Northern California amateur golfers including Pebble Beach course designer Douglas Grant, Charlie Seaver, Lawson Little Jr., as well as current and past PGA Tour players Kevin Sutherland, Arron Olberholser, Spencer Levin, Matt Bettencourt, Roger Maltbie and Ray Leach.

Varying formats have been used over the 106 years of competition but today the tournament is 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying, followed by a 32-person seeded match play bracket. The one-day final match is a 36-hole test of stamina and concentration after a week of golf at Spyglass Hill. The match play event has been played at Spyglass Hill every year since 1966, with the exception of 1996 when the course was closed due to renovations.

The largest winning margin was in 1930 when Herbert Schultz beat Hugh Ditzler by 11 & 10 at Castlewood GC, this was equaled in 2004 when Spencer Levin claimed the title. The longest final match was seen in 2007 when Ryan Hallisey triumphed on the 39th hole over Jeremy Gearhart, equaling the record set in 1947. Notable runner-up finishers include Ken Venturi and Johnny Miller, with Jack Neville having finished runner-up more than any other player, five times.

The event often determines the NCGA’s Player of the Year award with 700 points awarded to the winner. Multiple-time Player of the Year winners Casey Boyns and Randy Haag have both claimed the championship twice. Over 300 players attempt to qualify for the championship each year and the event is open to anyone with a handicap index of 5.4 or less.

 

Qualifying Information

ENTRIES CLOSE: June 20, 2014

Qualifying for the Amateur Match Play Championship will be held on July 18 at the following sites:

Elkhorn GC | Haggin Oaks GC | Paradise Valley GC | Rancho Canada GC | Riverside GC | Roddy Ranch GC | San Juan Oaks GC

Format: 18 holes qualifying. 100 players plus ties (including exempts) will advance to the championship.

All players must qualify except the following: All past champions prior to 2004 (beginning in 2004, this is a 10-year exemption), players who reached the quarter-finals the preceding year, the top 10 and ties from the preceding year’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship, the following current NCGA champions: Public Links, Senior, Junior, Master Division, Valley Amateur and Valley Senior Amateur. Players who reached the quarterfinals of the CGA in the previous year are also exempt. Exemptions are also granted to the top 15 players on the preceding year’s final NCGA Points List. Each exempt player is required to submit an entry prior to the closing date. Amateur Match Play Exemptions

 
About Spyglass Hill

Spyglass Hill No. 14

Ranked number 11 on “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” list by Golf Digest for 2011-2012. Spyglass Hill was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., as a part of the master plan for the Pebble Beach ocean front between Cypress Point and Pebble Beach. Opened in 1966, the design features two distinctly different kinds of terrain that influence the way the holes look and play. The first five holes roll through sandy seaside dunes challenging the golfer to carefully pick the safest path. The following 13 holes are cut through pine trees with elevated greens and strategically placed bunkers and lakes to grab the errant shot. Spyglass Hill is rated one of the toughest courses in the world from the Championship tees, boasting a course rating of 75.5 and a slope rating of 147. The PGA Tour consistently lists Spyglass Hill’s holes 6, 8 and 16 among the toughest on the tour, and during the 1999 United States Amateur, the stroke average of the field during medal play was in excess of 79.

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Tournament Recaps

Ben Geyer just keeps making history. A month after becoming the first player in 54 years to win back-to-back titles in the NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Geyer became the first player in 51 years to win the NCGA Amateur Stroke Play and Match Play championships in the same year. He accomplished that by winning the110th NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship at Spyglass Hill on Friday beating Andrew Morgan 5-and-4 in the 36-hole final. Read Full 2013 Recap | 2013 Bracket Results

Given the spectacular nature of Spyglass Hill’s first five holes, it might come as a surprise that NCGA Amateur Match Play Champion Jake Yount now has a special affinity for the iconic course’s back nine. The champion made do this week by playing his best golf on Spyglass Hill’s final nine. In his four matches leading up to the 36-hole final, Yount trailed early in three of the four before making a move on the back nine to finish off his opponents. Friday told a different story, though, as Yount got off to a quick start and cruised to the finish line, winning 6 & 4 over Eric Ash. Read Full 2012 Recap | 2012 Bracket Results

Past Champions

 


Year Course Champion Runner-Up Score Medalist (score)
1903* San Rafael GC A.Guthrie Harvey (187) W.P. Johnson (189)
1904* San Rafael GC A.Guthrie Harvey (182) W.P. Johnson (194)
1905 No Championship
1906 San Francisco GC Frank C. Newton Frank Kales 5 & 4 John Lawson 83
1907 San Francisco GC Frank C. Newton B.D. Adamson 10 & 9 Frank Newton 83
1908 San Francisco GC Frank C. Newton Frank Kales 3 & 2 Campbell Whyte 83
1909 San Francisco GC Douglas Grant Jack Neville 4 & 3 Douglas Grant 82
1910 San Francisco GC D.P. Fredericks A.A. Cuthbertson 10 & 9 Campbell Whyte 80-73-153
1911 San Francisco GC Frank Kales Jack Neville 7 & 6 Robin Y. Hayne 79
1912 Claremont CC Campbell Whyte D.P. Fredericks 3 & 2 Frank Kales 72
1913 San Francisco GC John F. Neville Frank Kales 2 & 1 Vincent Whitney 77
1914 Presidio GC H.K.B. Davis Jr. Jack Neville 1 up Fletcher Elliot 76
1915 Claremont CC Robin Y. Hayne Warner Sherwood 6 & 4 Robin Y. Hayne 75
1916 Menlo CC Douglas Grant Roger Lapham 37 holes H.K.B. Davis Jr. 77
1917 San Francisco GC Douglas Grant Jack Neville 1 up Douglas Grant 71
1918 Beresford CC D.P. Fredericks Vincent Whitney 3 & 2 F.W. Von Schrader 77
1919 Burlingame CC R.K. Coleman Jr. Vincent Whitney 6 & 5 Douglas Grant 69
1920 California CC Sam L. Conlan Jr. Jack Neville 5 & 4 Russell Smith 78-77-155
1921 San Francisco GC Norman MacBeth Vincent Whitney 3 & 2 Russell Smith 78-77-155
1922 Olympic Club C.H. Walter John McHugh 3 & 1 John McHugh 77-77-154
1923 Berkeley CC George Ritchie John J. McHugh 6 & 5 John J. McHugh 155
1924 Lake Merced GCC John J. McHugh Capt. A. Bullock-Webster 1 up Francis Brown 156
1925 San Francisco GC George Von Elm Randolph Wilhelm 3 & 2 George Von Elm 76
1926 Beresford CC Capt. A. Bullock-Webster Claire Griswold 2 & 1 Oscar Willing 73
1927 Del Paso CC George Ritchie C.H. Walter 3 & 2 John McHugh 74
1928 Orinda CC Lawson Little Jr. Dr. Jack Wolf 1 up Claire Griswold 72
1929 Olympic Club John McHugh George Ritchie 4 & 2 Dr. Jack Wolf 73
1930 Castlewood CC Herbert Schultz Hugh Ditzler 11 & 10 G. Schwartz, J.Ritchie 73
1931 Lake Merced CC Lawson Little Jr. Mel Thompson 8 & 6 Dr. Jack Wolf 73
1932 San Jose CC Charlie Seaver Charlie Ferrera 1 up Lawson Little 74
1933 California Golf Club Charlie Seaver James “Babe” Ritchie 7 & 6 Ernest Pieper 73
1934 Orinda CC Stuart Hawley Jr. Jim Ritchie 1 up Vern “Spec” Stewart 72
1935 San Francisco CC Frank Dolp Jim Molinari 1 up Ernest Pieper 73
1936 Del Paso CC Frank Shelden Charley Swanston 3 & 2 Tommy Dwyer 70
1937 Lake Merced CC Don Edwards Mat Palacio 6 & 5 Mat Palacio 72
1938 Pasatiempo GC Mat Palacio Ernest Pieper 2 up Mat Palacio and Ernie Carli 73
1939 Claremont CC Mel MacNaughton Walter Myers 11 & 9 G.C. Ehmann 66
1940 Harding Park GC William Fritz Jim Molinari 1 up (36 H) Don Kennedy 70
1941 Orinda CC Bud Brownell Dee Replogle 4 & 3 Walter Gilliam 69
1942 Del Paso CC Jim Molinari Phil Gordon 3 & 2 (36 H) Eddie Frye 69
1943 Harding Park GC Jack McChesney Pat Casey 2 & 1 W.M. Higgins 72
1944 Olympic CC Ralph Hall Richard McCreary 3 & 1 no medalist – “war restrictions”
1945 California GC Ralph Hall Nelson Cullenward 6 & 5 Bill McCallum 72
1946 San Jose CC Ralph Hall E.O. Pieper, Jr. 2 & 1 Joe Diaz, Ernie Pieper 68
1947 Del Paso CC Capt. F.J. Moseley Paul Millett 39th hole Elmer Clites 68
1948 San Francisco CC Bob Silvestri E.E. Lowery 9 & 8 Robert Rosburg 70
1949 Meadow Club Talbert Smith Kenneth Venturi 8 & 7 Martin Stanovich 68
1950 Pasatiempo GC Robert Rosburg Kenneth Venturi 38th hole Robert A. Roos 67
1951 Olympic Club James Molinari Ernest Pieper 4 & 3 James Molinari 70
1952 Sequoia-Sunnyside Ed Castagnetto Cy Donaldson 8 & 6 Tom Beck 68
1953 Orinda CC Talbert Smith Eli Bariteau 6 & 5 Eli Bariteau 69
1954 California GC Daniel “Bob” Silvestri Paul Millett 9 & 8 Phil Getchell 68
1955 Del Paso CC Scotty McBeath Dennis Hession 3 & 2 Frank Mogey 70
1956 Silverado CC Robert Cardinal Ed Castagnetto 8 & 7 Ed Castagnetto 65
1957 Green Hills CC Bill Shook Ed Castagnetto 3 & 1 Nelson Cullenward 68
1958 Belmont CC John Brodie Tom Beck 5 & 4 John Spinola 69
1959 North Ridge CC Verne Callison David Bohannon 1 up Ron Luceti 68
1960 Del Rio GCC Richard J. Giddings Lloyd Rossi 4 & 3 Cliff Davis 69
1961 Stanford University John Lotz Kent Winton 1 up George Archer 67
1962 Silverado CC John Lotz Kent Winton 2 & 1 (36 H) Ron Cerrudo 68
1963 Valley Hi CC John Lotz Steve Oppermann 6 & 5 Steve Oppermann 66
1964 Silverado CC Ron Cerrudo Guy Bill 2 & 1 Guy Bill 66
1965 Olympic Club Ron Cerrudo Jack Chapman 7 & 6 Johnny Miller 69
1966 Spyglass Hill GC Vic Loustalot Bernard Magnusson 3 & 2 (36 H) Robert E. Smith 72-73—145
1967 Spyglass Hill GC Ross Randall Tom Culligan 4 & 2 (36 H) John Yelland 73-73—146
1968 Spyglass Hill GC Ray Leach Forrest Fezler 4 & 3 Forrest Fezler 78-70—148
1969 Spyglass Hill GC Lee Cook Greg Bean 2 & 1 (36 H) Ray Leach 151
1970 Spyglass Hill GC Steve Bohn Sandy Galbraith 1 up Jim Lathum, Jim Boer 74
1971 Spyglass Hill GC Doug Nelson Roger Maltbie 2 & 1 Sandy McCall 74
1972 Spyglass Hill GC Roger Maltbie Dallan Ragland 7 & 6 Bruce Robertson 71
1973 Spyglass Hill GC Chuck Van Linge Dean Prince 2 up no qualifying round
1974 Spyglass Hill GC Tom Culligan, III Dean Prince 3 & 2 no qualifying round
1975 Spyglass Hill GC Scott Hoyt Ray Pellegrini 10 & 9 no qualifying round
1976 Spyglass Hill GC Michael Brannan Scott Hoyt 3 & 1 no qualifying round
1977 Spyglass Hill GC Bryan Pini Rick Gordon 3 & 2 no qualifying round
1978 Spyglass Hill GC Bryan Pini Dennis Trixler 8 & 6 no qualifying round
1979 Spyglass Hill GC Jim Kane Chris Gutilla 3 & 2 no qualifying round
1980 Spyglass Hill GC Mike Rubio Gary Vandeweghe 5 & 3 no qualifying round
1981 Spyglass Hill GC Neil Robinson Mark Morgan 1 up no qualifying round
1982 Spyglass Hill GC Bill Malley Terry Foreman 4 & 3 no qualifying round
1983 Spyglass Hill GC Michael Allen Casey Boyns 6 & 5 no qualifying round
1984 Spyglass Hill GC Tom Silva Tim Loustalot 4 & 2 no qualifying round
1985 Spyglass Hill GC Tim Robinson Dana Banke 10 & 9 Dana Banke 217
1986 Spyglass Hill GC Kevin Sutherland John Childs 37th hole Terrence Miskell 215
1987 Spyglass Hill GC Casey Boyns Frank Schiro Jr. 1 up John Kennaday 68-74-75—217
1988 Spyglass Hill GC Steve Sear Frank Schiro Jr. 2 & 1 Steve Sear 74-76-74—224
1989 Spyglass Hill GC Mike Foster Ron Ewing 7 & 5 Pat Lay 72-74-71—217
1990 Spyglass Hill GC Terrence Miskell Brian Pemberton 3 & 2 Casey Boyns 72-74-72—218
1991 Spyglass Hill GC Mike Lane Jason Larson 6 & 5 Casey Boyns 74-73-74—221
1992 Spyglass Hill GC Randy Haag Darren Dragovich 7 & 6 Dennis Mitchell 74-74-72—216
1993 Spyglass Hill GC Randy Haag Joey Ferrari 3 & 2 Randy Haag 74-70-74—218
1994 Spyglass Hill GC Rod Souza Jon Bettencourt 2 & 1 Casey Boyns 70-71-74—215
1995 Spyglass Hill GC Jeff Gilchrist Randy Haag 3 & 2 B. Nottingham 72-73-73—218
1996 Poppy Hills GC & Rancho Canada GC Casey Boyns Arron Oberholser 5 & 4 Darren Slackman 70-71—141
1997 Spyglass Hill GC Gary Vanier Casey Boyns 3 & 2 Justin Russo 67-73—140
1998 Spyglass Hill GC Matt Christensen Ray Otis 37th hole Jim Wilson 73-75—148
1999 Spyglass Hill GC Darryl Donovan Bob Niger 3 & 2 Tom Johnson 80-68—148
2000 Spyglass Hill GC James Hay Randy Haag 2 up Tim Tipton 74-73—147
2001 Spyglass Hill GC Matt Bettencourt Scott Hardy 6 & 5 Jonathan Echols 71-70—141
2002 Spyglass Hill GC Spencer Levin Jason Higton 6 & 4 Matt Bettencourt 74-69—143
2003 Spyglass Hill GC Patrick Nagle Darryl Donovan 7 & 6 Randy Haag 73-67—140
2004 Spyglass Hill GC Spencer Levin Terry Foreman 11 & 10 Travis Esway 70-69—139
2005 Spyglass Hill GC Eddie Olson Eric Lillibridge 4 & 3 Eddie Olson 68-70—138
2006 Spyglass Hill GC Ryan Thornberry Eddie Olson 2 & 1 R. Thornberry, Kaz Hoffman 139
2007 Spyglass Hill GC Ryan Hallisey Jeremy Gearhart 39th hole Scott Hardy, 70-70—140
2008 Spyglass Hill GC Matthew Marshall Chris Marin 3 & 2 Matthew Hollinsead, 70-73—143
2009 Spyglass Hill GC George Gandranata Casey Boyns 1 up Mat Montez, 77-70—147
2010 Spyglass Hill GC John Catlin Scott Hardy 3 & 2 Randy Haag, 70-69—139
2011 Spyglass Hill GC John Catlin Michael Weaver 5 & 3 Kevin Wentworth, 68-71—139
2012 Spyglass Hill GC Jake Yount Eric Ash 6 & 4 Jay Myers, Austin Roberts 66-75—141
2013 Spyglass Hill GC Ben Geyer Andrew Morgan 5 & 4 Alex Franklin 71-69—140

* Championship was 36-hole stroke play in 1903 and 1904