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Delio is king of match play

Saugus High graduate wins tournament for second straight year

Posted: August 11, 2010 10:23 p.m.
Updated: August 12, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Saugus High graduate Nick Delio holds the Southern California Golf Association Match Play Championship trophy on Wednesday at Sandpiper Golf Club in Santa Barbara.

 

Saugus graduate and Cal State Northridge golfer Nick Delio won the Southern California Golf Association Match Play Championship at Sandpiper Golf Club in Santa Barbara for the second consecutive year.

Delio, who will be a senior at CSUN this season, defeated Santa Barbara’s Jack Perry on Wednesday 3 and 2 to claim the title again.

The 20-year-old entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed and won his opening round of 32 match on Monday, two more matches on Tuesday and another two on Wednesday.

“It feels pretty sweet to defend,” Delio said. “Every tournament kind of feels the same. You want to win every tournament, but to defend also feels really great.”

Delio’s toughest match of the three days was in the semifinals on Wednesday, when he outlasted Kevin Marsh in 21 holes.

Marsh was 2 up after 15 holes. Delio birdied 16 to Marsh’s par, then the pair matched each other with pars on 17. Delio’s birdie on the par-3 18th hole kept the match going. On the par-4 21st hole, Delio birdied to Marsh’s bogey, sending him to the finals.

”He played solid. It was actually kind of fortunate. I wouldn’t say lucky, but a lot of stuff has to line up and go your way to win these things,” Delio said.

Delio was 4 up on Perry after 13 holes and wrapped things up on the 16th hole.

The 2008 California State Amateur champion won the NCAA Southwestern Regional to make the NCAA Division I Golf Championships in May and finished 103rd overall at the Division championships in June.

On Aug. 3, Delio finished fourth at a U.S. Amateur Championship qualifier in Rancho Santa Fe, missing the cut for the event by one stroke. He is the first alternate from his qualifier.

Valencia graduate and University of California, Berkeley golfer Max Homa did qualify, though. The tournament begins Aug. 23 at Chambers Bay in Dupont, Wash.

Homa was also in the SCGA Match Play Championship, but lost in the first round to Marsh.

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