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Ban edges Bonner for JGANC match play championship

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Ban edges Bonner for JGANC match play championship

Andrew Bonner follows his approach shot on Hole 3 at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club Tuesday.

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POSTED June 15, 2012 2:22 a.m.

Andrew Bonner’s bid to win a second straight tournament title came up short in the final round of the Junior Golf Association of Northern California Championship Match Play at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club Thursday.

The talented Ripon native was edged out by San Jose’s Shintaro Ban 2 and 1 following a dominating three-day run that got him to that point in the 14-17-year-old boys championship flight.

Bonner started the week by qualifying as the No. 1 seed with an 8-under 63 in stroke play. None of his first four contests — which included a 7-and-6 victory in the opener for the tournament’s most lopsided win — in match play reached the 16th hole.

Bonner was coming off last week’s championship effort in the two-day Tokay Junior Woodbridge Invitational. He previously earned a second- and third-place finishes in the Stockton Golf & Country Club Junior Classic and Castlewood Junior, respectively.

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