Perchak, Boyns Capture Titles in the NCGA Valley Amateur Championships

Mike Perchak made his first Northern California Golf Association victory a big one.

Perchak (pictured), a 33-year-old from Alamo claimed a four-stroke victory over Mark Stephens of Redding in the 20th NCGA Valley Amateur Championship at Dragonfly Golf Club in Madera.

“I’m to the moon over winning this tournament,” said Perchak, who also captured the McClure Cup earlier this year. “It’s such an honor and privilege to add my name to the list of NCGA champions.

“I really put the pedal down at the end, which helped give me some extra breathing room. I just trusted in the process.”

Casey Boyns of Monterey claimed the NCGA Senior Match Play title in a  playoff.

Perchak, who played San Ramon Valley High School and West Virginia University, carded a score of 61-67—128 for a tournament record of 18-under-par, while Stephens was second at 67-65—132.

In his first-round 61, Perchak made seven birdies on the front nine before adding an eagle at No. 13 and three birdies coming home, before adding an eagle on the sixth hole and six birdies in his second-round 67.   

Joey Hayden of Dublin shot 69-64—133 to tie for third with Danny Paniccia of Fresno, who also finished at 69-64—133, while Mikey Burkland of Alamo was fifth at 67-67—134, followed by Jack Hayden of Dublin, who wound up at 67-69—136.

Chris Marin of Monterey totaled 72-65—137 to tie for seventh with defending champion Kevin Cook of Fresno, who finished at 66-71—137, while Pace Johnson of Fresno was ninth at 72-66—138.

A.J. Fitzgerald of Salinas shot 71-68—139 to tie for ninth with Craig King of Santa Barbara, who wound up at 69-70—139, and Ben Ragland of San Ramon, who came in at 70-69—139.

NCGA Hall of Famer Boyns claimed his 27th NCGA title and 11th as a senior when he won the Super Senior Match Play title with a par on the second playoff hole to turn back Steve Schroeder of  .

Boyns, who recently won his first NCGA Super Senior Match Play crown, defeated Steve Schroeder, also of Monterey, with a par on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.

“It’s always fun to win,” said Boyns, a four-time NCGA Player of the Year. “The only way I was going to win was for (Schroeder) to make bogey, because I was hitting the ball that well, and the putts weren’t dropping for me at all.”

Boyns finished 36 holes with a score of 68-70—138, six-under-par, while Schroeder wound up at 69-69—138.

Chris Miller of Brentwood shot 73-68—141 to tie for third with Bryan Walters of San Francisco, who finished at 70-71—141, and Joey Ferrari of Stockton, who also wound up a 70-71.

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