Casey Boyns is a longtime caddy at Pebble Beach Golf Links, but he’s also a very good golfer.
The 63-year-old Boyns, a member of the Northern California Golf Association Hall of Fame, rallied in the final round to win the 28th California Senior Amateur Championship by one stroke over Craig Davis of Chula Vista and Don DuBois of Newport Beach at Wilshire Country Club www.wilshirecountryclub.com in Los Angeles.
“It feels real good,” said Boyns, who won the NCGA Senior Amateur Match Play Championship earlier this year. “The older you get, the wins are further and few between. It’s nice to come down to the Southland and get a win. I’d never won down here before.
“I made some putts and that was the difference. I sank some bombs. In my mind, I had a one-stroke lead … and I figured if I could make pars on the last few holes, I’d be good.”
Boyns, whose ninth NCGA senior major title puts him one behind Gary Vanier and also won the 2013 California Senior Amateur, finished with three straight clutch pars to post a score of 76-69-70—215, 4-over-par.
Davis shot 74-71-71—215 and DuBois wound up at 75-69-72—216, while Scott Anderson of Bakersfield was fourth at 74-71-73—218, and David Nelson of Reno totaled 69-74-76—219 to tie for fifth with 2017 champion Mark Morgan of Shingle Springs, who wound up at 74-77-68—219.
Jeff Burda of Modesto, who claimed the title three straight years through 2010, carded a score of 77-70-73—220 to tie for seventh with Dan Savidge of El Cajon, who finished at 76-74-70—220, while defending champion Jeff Wilson of Fairfield shot 76-73-72—221 to tie for ninth with Robert Funk of Canyon Lake, who came in at 71-74-76—221.
Jim Knoll, who captured the title in 2013, tied for 11th at 71-74-77—222.
In the annual North/South Senior Challenge, which pits three of the NCGA’s best players against three players from the Southern California Golf Association (best two-out-of-three scores through the first two rounds of the tournament), the SCGA won by 10 shots, 289-299.
The SCGA team’s scores were Davis (71), Dubois (69) and John Mack (77). Team NCGA was represented by Senior Player of the Year Randy Haag (80), Wilson (73) and 2019 NCGA Senior winner Mike Rowley (75).
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