Ray Otis Captures 2016 Northern California PGA Match Play Championship

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The Northern California Section of the PGA is pleased to announce that Ray Otis, PGA Head Professional at CordeValle Golf Club (San Jose, CA), claimed title to the 2016 NCPGA Match Play Championship today. Otis won 8 & 6 in the final round at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif., defeating Steve Watanabe, PGA Teaching Professional at The Bridges Golf Club (Lafayette, CA). The semifinal round was also played today in Pebble Beach, Calif. at Cypress Point Club.

Prior to becoming a PGA Professional, Raymond Otis participated in numerous local and national tournaments and enjoyed an accomplished career. He won the NCPGA Assistant Match Play Championship in 2006 and was named the NCPGA Assistant Player of the Year shortly after. Otis was elected to PGA Membership in 2009, and became Head Golf Professional at CordeValle in 2012.

Steve Watanabe is a PGA Class A Professional with 8 years of teaching experience. He has had 19 professional career wins and was the NCPGA Assistant Player of the Year in 2010.  

This event is made possible through the sponsorship of presenting partners PGA TOUR and OMEGA, and supporting partners Greg Norman and Sterling Cut Glass.  For more information or to view results from rounds 1 through 4, please visit the official website of the NCPGA at www.ncpga.com.

Final Round Matches– Pebble Beach Golf Links: Pebble Beach, CA (Par 72)

Ray Otis, CordeValle Golf Club, defeated Steve Watanabe, The Bridges Golf Club, 8 & 6

Semifinal Round Matches – Cypress Point Club: Pebble Beach, CA (Par 72)

Steve Watanabe, The Bridges Golf Club, defeated Dave Carr, Teal Bend Golf Club, 2 up

Ray Otis, CordeValle Golf Club, defeated Jason Owen, California State University, 1 up

About the Northern California Section of the PGA of America (NCPGA)

Organized in 1920 to promote interest in the game of golf, the birth of this association was heralded as an important step to the advancement of the game in this district. The Northern California Section is one of the forty-one designated Sections of the PGA of America, the world’s largest working sports organization.  With over 1,100 dedicated PGA Professionals and apprentices at over 500 golf facilities in Northern California and Northwestern Nevada, the association continues to have a positive impact on the game of golf and communities both regionally and nationally.  For more information, please visit www.ncpga.com.

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