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Bonner cruises into JGANC Match Play quarterfinals

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GOING FOR GREENS

Andrew Bonner chips onto the green on Hole 3 at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club on Tuesday.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED June 13, 2012 2:16 a.m.

RIPON — No one has come close to Andrew Bonner through 54 holes of the Junior Golf Association of Northern California Championship Match Play.

The 17-year-old Ripon resident is on an absolute tear at familiar Spring Creek Golf & Country Club, where he has spent countless hours honing his game.

Bonner was once again brilliant Tuesday after carding a head-turning 8-under 63 in Monday’s stroke play qualifying round. In the opening round of the championship flight (14-17 boys division) match-play tournament, the top-seeded Bonner made quick work of Pleasanton native Ryan Knop, 7 and 6. He then dispatched Jeremy Sanchez of Foster City, 6 and 5.

That sets up a quarterfinal showdown with No. 24 Nick Rogers of Santa Rosa, the highest seeded player remaining in the bracket. He upset ninth-seeded Jonathan Shaw 3 and 2 in the first round and ousted No. 25 Drew Nelson, 7 and 5.

Bonner and Rogers will meet on Hole 1 this morning at 7:30. The winner advances to the semifinals, which will take place in the afternoon. All final-round matches will be played Thursday.

Bonner has finished no worse than third in his three tournament appearances this season and won the Tokay Junior Woodbridge Invitational in Lodi last week.

Also qualifying for Tuesday’s match play round were Mantecans Will Brink, Brooke Riley and Tyler Griggs along with Ripon’s Tyler Ward.

Brink, who earned the 11th seed in the 32-man championship flight, held off Roseville native Corey Eddings in a 1-up victory. Brink was later eliminated by No. 6 Amay Poria of Morgan Hill, finishing 1-down.

In the girls 12-14 division, the sixth-seeded Riley fell to No. 3 Jacqueleine Ngo of Friant, 3 and 1. Griggs, seeded 10th, lost to No. 7 Isaiah Choi 3 and 1 in the 10-11 division. San Jose’s Eddy Lai, the No. 2 seed in 12-13 boys, defeated 15th-seeded Ward in the first round.

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