Luke Dugger of Davis finally claimed his first victory of 2022 after finishing in the top 10 on six occasions without claiming the trophy.
Dugger, a senior at Holy Names University in Oakland, made two birdies and an eagle down the stretch to shoot 4-under-par 68 in the final round and beat A.J. Fitzgerald of Salinas by one stroke in the AmateurGolf.Com Winter Invitational on the South Course at Corica Park Golf Club in Alameda.
In the tournament sponsored by Callaway Golf, Dugger holed out from 95 yards for an eagle on the 14th hole before adding birdies at Nos. 15 and 17 to post a score of 70-68—138, winning for the first time since capturing the Peninsula Amateur and the Antioch City Championship in 2021.
Fitzgerald, who made a birdie on the 14th hole to take a two-stroke lead, was alone in second at 67-72—139, while Baron Szeto, who won the 2021 Alameda Commuters at Corica Park, finished at 70-70—140 to tie for third with Daniel Connolly of San Francisco, who wound up at 72-68—140.
Defending champion Beau Forest of Redding shot 72-70—142 to tie for fifth with Mitchell Hoey of Alamo, who finished at 73-69—142, and Griffin Long of Davis, who totaled 69-73—142.
Daniel Kim of San Jose carded a score of 76-67—143 to tie for eighth with Eric Yun of Menlo Park, who wound up at 72-71—143, Ash Hakim of San Ramon, who finished at 71-72—143, and Joshua Wang of Palo Alto, who came in at 67-76—143.
Kaylyn Noh of Rocklin, who won the 2022 Big West Conference Women’s Championship for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, captured the AGC Winter Invitational Women’s Division with a score of 69-68—138, followed by Selena Tang of Fremont at 68-71—139.
Elizabeth Scholtes of Alameda was third at 73-75—148, followed by Allison Yang of Santa Clara at 78-76—154, and Penny Chai of Alameda at 81-75—156.
Michael Staskus of Los Altos claimed the Senior Division by making a par on the second playoff hole after he and Jeff Weiss both birdied the first extra hole.
Staskus posted a score of 72-74—146, while Weiss finished at 73-73—146.
Daniel O’Connor of San Francisco was third at 76-71—147, while Craig Miyamoto of Sacramento, the defending champion, shot 75-74—149 to tie for fifth with Tony Ralph of Sunnyvale, who also wound up at 75-74—149.
Daniel Connolly of San Francisco won the Mid-Amateur Division with a score of 72-68—140, while Marc Engellenner of Rocklin totaled 72-72—144 to tie for second with Nate Jetter of Pleasanton, who wound up at 71-73—144.
Ryan Knop of Los Angeles was fourth at 71-74—145, while Austin Fisher of Scottsdale, Ariz., shot 77-69—146 to tie fifth with Jack Jaffe of Palo Alto, who wound up at 73-73—146.
The AmateurGolf.com Winter Tour series continues with the Silicon Valley Amateur, which is scheduled for Jan. 7-8 at Baylands Golf Links in Palo Alto.
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