BEVERLY ADVANCES TO NCGA AMATEUR MATCH PLAY FINAL
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State soon-to-be sophomore Aaron Beverly has turned August in to a month to remember with his play at the 111th Northern California Golf Association Amateur Match Play Championship.
Beverly opened August by becoming the medalist with rounds of 72-69-141 in the qualifying rounds. The Fairfield, Calif., native had one birdie and a bogey during his first round at Spyglass Hill. He pulled away from the field with five birdies and just two bogeys in the second round to help him secure the top seed for the 32-man match play tournament.
Beverly, who redshirted in 2013-14 for the Hornets while recovering from a shoulder injury, sent a message on Wednesday with a pair of 6 and 5 wins to move on to the final eight. The rest of the top 10 seeds did not find the same level of success as only No. 3 seed Corey Pereira (who won on the 20th hole) made it through the day.
On Thursday, Beverly won his first match 2-up over No. 25 Scott Hardy — the head coach at Saint Mary's. While the final score went in Beverly's favor, the majority of the match saw Hardy in the lead. The 38-year old birdied the second and fourth holes to take a 2-up lead before Beverly won the fifth. The score remained 1-up in favor of Hardy until Beverly parred the par-4 10th to make the match all square. Hardy regained the lead with a birdie on the par-3 12th but that advantage would be his last of the day.
Beverly sparked his comeback with a par on No. 13 and took a 1-up lead with a birdie on the par-4 14th. After halving No. 15, Hardy squared the match with a par on No. 16. With two par 4 holes remaining, Beverly recorded a birdie and par compared to a par and bogey from Hardy to end the match.
That victory led to a matchup against UC Davis commit Ryan Han for a berth into the championship. Beverly grabbed control early on with wins on the first, sixth and seventh holes to build a 3-up lead. However, Han answered with a par on the par-4 eighth and a birdie on the par-5 ninth to leave Beverly with a 1-up lead at the midway point. The pair traded wins on 10 and 11 and halved the next three holes before Han squared the match with a birdie on the par-3 15th.
With just three holes remaining, both golfers ran into trouble on the par-4 16th but it was Beverly who escaped with a bogey compared to the double bogey from Han. Beverly, who's playing in his first match play tournament of his career, had a chance to clinch the match after birdying the par-4 17th. Instead, Han drained a 12-foot downhill putt to send the contest to the 18th hole. There Beverly used a nice up-and-down from off the green to halve the hole.
Friday's final will pit Beverly against UC Davis senior Matthew Seramin who needed 19 holes to defeat Matt Cohn in the other semifinal. Seramin won his first two matches of the tournament 1-up before a 4-and-2 win in the quarterfinals.