They were playing at Pebble Beach’s Spyglass Hill Golf Course on Friday, and they were competing for a Northern California Golf Association Amateur Match Play Championship rather than for a collegiate tournament title.
But for UC Davis golfer Matt Seramin and Sacramento State’s Aaron Beverly it also was another chapter in the Causeway Classic rivalry.
And, with Seramin’s clutch 13-foot putt on the 36th hole, this round went to the Aggie senior.
“We are so proud and happy for Matt. To see his hard work pay off with such a historic victory is just amazing,” said UCD golf coach Cy Williams. “He became the first Aggie golfer to win this prestigious event while still in college — that is quite a feat.”
With Seramin and Beverly all square entering the final hole, the Aggie was the first to face a challenging situation when his drive rolled into the rough along the right-hand side of the fairway. Even though he responded with a brilliant second shot that landed 13 feet past the flagstick, Seramin faced another pressure-packed situation once he arrived to the green.
Both players had putts for birdie, but Seramin’s was more than twice as far from the hole as Beverly was looking at a 6-footer.
“It was a downhill slider from right to left,” explained Seramin regarding his final putt of the tournament. “I just tapped it, played the break and let it slide in.”
With Seramin watching from a distance after connecting on his putt, Beverly was now forced to hole out to stave elimination. Seramin’s remarkable come-from-behind, championship-clinching effort became official once Beverly’s ball crawled past the hole.
Earlier in the day Seramin trailed by five after 17 holes.
Able to trim his deficit by one at the midway point, Seramin climbed his way back into contention after posting a birdie on No. 20. After each player recorded matching pars on the following hole, Seramin drove to the green on a 369-yard par four, a swing that allowed him to complete an eagle moments later.
“I was five down with more than 18 holes to play. I figured that if I played solid golf, and did not make many mistakes, I would have a chance,” said the San Geronimo native.
A birdie on No. 31 marked the first time all day that the Seramin held the lead — a brief advantage that disappeared after Beverly rebounded to capture the following hole.
The two then matched scores on the next three holes to set up the exciting finish.
Seramin was seeded 26th after 36 holes of stroke play then beat Michael Tolladay (1-up), Ricky Owaki (1-up) and Robby Salomon (4 and 2) to reach the semifinals on Thursday. There, the Aggie standout came from behind to top Matt Cohn on the 19th hole.
UCD women’s volleyball
Anna Donald, an accomplished prep volleyball player, who will begin her senior season at St. Francis this fall, has committed to UCD for 2015.
Though she also considered UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, Cal Poly and Loyola Marymount, Donald eventually chose to follow in the footsteps of many family members, along with former Troubadour teammate Allie Wegener, who helped the Aggies go 14-15 overall last season.
“It is such a relief,” Donald said of making her choice. “All of my family has gone to UC Davis, including both of my parents and all of my aunts and uncles. Originally I thought it would be way too close to home. But I did the campus tour and fell in love with the campus.”
Last fall, Donald was part of a St. Francis squad that went 34-9 and reached the Sac-Joaquin Section finals.
Hot Shots basketball
Tryouts for the Davis Hot Shots eighth grade through varsity-level teams — as well as sign-ups for next month’s fundamentals clinics for grades four through varsity — are set for Monday and Tuesday at Harper Junior High, 4000 E. Covell Blvd.
Registration for tryouts will take place upon arrival, with eighth-grade workouts going from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and varsity running from 10:30 a.m. to noon, but forms can be found at www.davishotshots.com. Information such as cost also can be found on that site.
Sign-ups for the fundamental clinics — set to run once a week for four weeks in September — will be taken Monday and Tuesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Meet the new DHS AD
The Davis community is invited to meet new Blue Devil athletic director Jeff Lorenson at an event Tuesday on the DHS Quad.
Lorenson will be available to meet Devil fans between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. with refreshments provided by The Hotdogger.