The NCGA Player of the Year is contested from Oct 1st thru the end of September each year. This past October I arguably had my best month ever in amateur golf with three wins (Olympic Club Championship, Stocker Cup & NCGA Masters 4 Ball with partner Darryl Donovan) Then came the beginning of the year when I won again twice (Amateur Golf.com Diablo Valley Amateur and the Scratch Players Mid Am) after finishing second in the California Mid amateur I believe I may have retained the largest lead in points I’ve ever had. BUT….a very big but, all the really big point events were still to come, and when they came, my game was in full retirement mode.
It’s painful to recite all the missed opportunities, but never mind my poor play, how about the spectacular play of both Ben Geyer and Michael Weaver, whom currently lead the points race with 1631 & 1585 respectively. The year I’ve had, even with the early wins doesn’t even come close to what these to young guns have accomplished this year. To just name a few, Geyer has won back to back events shooting -10 in both (Contra Costa Amateur & Antioch City) to go along with his State Amateur runner up and NCGA Stroke Play Championship. Ben is deserving of the title, but so does Michael Weaver who was one nasty lip out from winning the Grand Daddy of them ALL the US Amateur at Cherry Hills. I have never rooted so hard for anyone in my life than when I was watching Michael. He deserved to win, but somehow it just didn’t happen. I know Michael, and have played against him head to head several times (most recently in last years semi finals of the NCGA Amateur) and impressive he was, long and straight off the tee, beautiful iron game and a almost flawless short game. Both Michael and Ben deserve to be the 2012 NCGA Player of the Year.
Even if somehow I win the Valley Amateur, and pass these guys in points, I will still have them well ahead of me. Currently in 3rd an needing to win the Valley Amateur at Riverbend, I am just not well prepared to think I have a realistic chance. I think Danny Paniccia, and Matt Cohn are my two picks. On the senior side we have Mr. Casey Boyns, an amateur golfing legend, who recently went all the way to the quarter finals of the USGA Mid Amateur and is now exempt into next years event. GREAT JOB CASEY!!
This is the Valley Amateur preview courtesy of the NCGA – STAY TUNED FOR RESULTS AND COMMENTS!!
September 14, 2012
2011 Valley Amateur Champion: Logan Goulding
The 9th Annual Valley Amateur Championship will take place this coming Monday and Tuesday at Riverbend GC in Madera for the second year in and a row, and if it’s anything like last year’s event, it should be captivating theatre. Last year Logan Goulding beat Mike Stieler in a sudden-death playoff, but under the most unusual of circumstances. Stieler accidentally kicked his ball on the second playoff hole, adding a penalty stroke to the score of his hole, which would ultimately be the difference.
That incidence is without mentioning other dramatic storylines:
Yes, the Valley Amateur returns, and while it might not live up to last year’s billing, there are some interesting storylines still to consider, even before the first ball is teed up.