Left-hander Matt McCarty of Scottsdale, Ariz., got up-and-down for par on the second playoff hole to beat Austin Murphy of Morgan Hill and win the Bayonet Black Horse Amateur Championship at Bayonet Golf Course in Seaside.
McCarty, a junior at Santa Clara, and Murphy, a sophomore at West Coast Conference rival Pepperdine, made pars on the first extra hole before Murphy missed the fairway on the second, hit his approach into a greenside bunker and could not save par.
Playing bogey-free in the final round, McCarty posted a score of 69-74-69—212, 4-under-par, while Murphy wound up at 74-70-68—212.
“Today was great,” said McCarty, who captured the 2014 Arizona Junior Match Play Championship and tied for first in the 2015 Arizona State High School Championship. “Bogey free and 3-under again, which was really nice.
“My chipping actually won me this tournament. If you miss the greens out here you need to get up and down and it’s not easy to hit most of them so chipping and putting is very important out here.”
Said Murphy: “I really started getting it going on the back nine (in the final round). I was hitting it pretty close to the hole, hitting fairways and knocking down 10-footers or so, and I knew I was in it for the win.”
Charles Osborne of Reno was third at 67-74-72—213, while Ethan Ashbrook of Santa Maria shot 74-71-70—215 to tie for fourth with Christian Banke of Danville, who totaled 74-70-71—215, while Lane Pulliam of Kingsburg carded a score of 73-72-71—216 to tie for sixth with Sean Yu of San Jose, who wound up at 69-74-73—216.
Casey Scott of Indio posted a score of 74-72-71—217 to tie for eighth with Eddy Lai of San Jose, who finished at 70-76-71—217, Matt Cohn of San Francisco, who wound up at 73-73-71—217, and Austin Fox of Folsom, who came in at 70-75-72—217.
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