SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The magical ride for Aaron Beverly at the 2014 Northern California Golf Association Amateur Match Play Championship came up just short as the incoming sophomore was defeated on the 36th hole on Friday at Spyglass Hills.
Beverly had been the man to beat through the first seven rounds of the tournament. He was the top seed in the match play event after winning the two-round stroke play competition. Two dominating wins on Wednesday were followed by a pair of victories on Thursday to reach the 36-hole final on Friday against Matthew Seramin.
Beverly jumped to a 3-up lead after three holes with a par and two birdies. Seramin made his first move with birdies on the par-4 fourth and par-3 fifth to cut Beverly's lead to 1-up. The Fairfield, Calif., native responded by winning the next two holes and eventually built his lead to 4-up after 10 holes. After Seramin won the 11th hole with a birdie, the pair halved the next four holes. Beverly then pushed his lead to 5-up with a par on No. 16 and a birdie on the par-4 17th.
Momentum then swing in favor of Seramin starting with a birdie on the par-4 18th to. After a halve, Seramin narrowed Beverly's lead to 2-up with wins on Nos. 2 and 4. The latter came when Seramin holed out on the 369-yard, par-4 for an eagle. Beverly stopped the run with a par on par-3 fifth only to have Seramin square the match with victories on Nos. 6, 8 and 10.
The pair halved the next two holes before Seramin claimed his first lead of the day behind a birdie on the par-4 13th. Despite a bogey, Beverly knotted the match by winning the 14th. Things remained all square until the final hole where Seramin birdied the par-4 18th compared to a par from Beverly.
Along with his play at the NCGA tournament, Beverly also won the Fairfield City Amateur title for the second consecutive season. After redshirting last season, Beverly will enter his sophomore season with the Hornets this fall.