At least seven current, future and former Saint Mary’s golfers will take part in the Annual NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championships this weekend at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.
Current SMC golfers Connor Blick, Perry Cohen, Jonathan De Los Reyes and Hunter Rappleye will be joined by incoming freshmen Jeffrey Inouye-Wong and Even Peterson as well as former champion & current head coach Scott Hardy in the 156-golfer field.
The tournament is scheduled for Friday-Sunday with one 18-hole round each day on the par 71, 7,002 yard Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed course. Following Saturday’s second round, a cut will be made with the low 40 and ties advancing to Sunday’s final round.
Former SMC golfers Ben Geyer and 1999 graduate Hardy are two of the few multiple winners of the event. Hardy won the 2004 and 2011 tournaments Geyer earned medalist honors at the 2012 and 2013 tournaments. Geyer also shares the 54-hole tournament record with a score of 11-under-par 205 in 2013 in one of the few events held at Bayonet Golf Course in Seaside.
According to the NCGA, the event was first played in 1944 and has been won by notables such as Ken Venturi and Johnny Miller. The original 72-hole event was cancelled in 1966 when the NCGA decided to add the now-popular Four-Ball Championship.
A renewed format began in 2004, a 54-hole event staged at Poppy Hills every year. During the Poppy Hills renovation in 2013, the championship was held at Bayonet/Black Horse GC in neighboring Seaside.