Boyns Takes 3rd NCGA Sr. Match Play Title

Casey Boyns of Monterey is the first three-time winner of the Northern California Golf Association Senior Match Play Championship.

Boyns, who also claimed the title in 2011 and 2013, never trailed while trouncing Scott Anderson of San Ramon, 6 and 5, in the final at Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

“I had been struggling with my game lately, and frankly getting kind of frustrated with it, so this was a big confidence boost for me,” said Boyns, who captured the NCGA Senior Championship in 2015 and 2016, and is a member of the California Golf Hall of Fame and the Northern California Golf Hall of Fame.

“NCGA events like this one are really just top of the heap for us. So to win this thing is just great.”

Boyns took command by winning with birdies on the fifth, sixth and seventh holes before losing No. 8, but won the next hole to make the turn in 1-under-par 34. He again made three straight birdies to close out the match on the 13th hole.

In the semifinals, Boyns downed Jeff Britton of Carmel, 4 and 2, while Anderson moved on when Randy Haag of Orinda defeaulted.

Rob Thompson (2007, 2008), Dan Bieber (2010, 2014) and Randy Haag (2016, 2017) all have won the title twice.

Ron Johnson of Walnut Creek claimed the Super Senior Division for the second straight year when he chipped in for birdie on the final hole to turn back Mark Miller of Brentwod, 1 up.

“This is always such a great event,” Johnson said. “The field is fantastic, the weather was great. To be champion of this event is marvelous, and to do it back-to-back years is really special to me.”

Miller held a 1-up lead on the 16th hole, where Johnson sank a clutch 30-foot for par, before pulling even by hitting his approach shot to within three feet for a birdie that pulled him event.

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