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Bonner closes in on second title in as many weeks

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Bonner closes in on second title in as many weeks

Ripon resident Andrew Bonner earned a spot in today’s final round of the JGANC Championship Match Play held at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED June 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Andrew Bonner showed no signs of slowing down in the semifinal round of the Junior Golf Association of Northern California Championship Match Play Wednesday at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.

The top-seeded player in the 14-17-year-old boys championship flight once again ended a match early, eliminating No. 4 Justin Suh with a five-hole lead and three holes remaining. He will take on No. 3-seeded Shintaro Ban of San Jose for the tournament title today. Ban defeated 18th-seeded Robbie Parden, 3 and 1.

Bonner, a native of Ripon, is putting on a show at his home course this week, starting with an impressive 8-under 63 in Monday’s stroke-play qualifying round. On Tuesday he opened the match play tournament with a dominating 7-and-6 victory and followed that with a 6-and-5 win. Earlier Wednesday, Bonner dispatched No. 24 Nick Rogers 5 and 3 to advance to the semifinals.

Bonner seeks his second tournament championship in as many weeks. His 8-under 63 on Day 2 of the Tokay Junior Woodbridge Invitational clinched him that title and provided a big momentum boost going into the JGANC Championship Match Play.

Bonner, who will be a senior at Modesto’s Central Catholic next fall, previously finished second in the Stockton Golf & Country Club Junior Classic June 4 and third in the Castlewood Junior April 9-10.

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