Nick Delio Captures SCGA Match Play Championship

Aug. 19, 2009

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Cal State Northridge junior Nick Delio continued his excellent play during the summer months as he won the Southern California Golf Association Match Play Championship (Aug. 10-12) at Sandpiper GC in Goleta.

Delio, who reached the semifinals of the California Amateur in June, defeated Big West rival Austin Graham of UC Davis 1-up.

Complete recap courtesy of the SCGA

Nick Delio of Valencia fought off current SCGA Amateur champion Austin Graham of San Clemente through 18 holes this afternoon, to win the second SCGA Match Play Championship 1 up at Sandpiper Golf Course.

Delio, the 2008 California State Amateur champion and a golfer for Cal State Northridge, was 3 up through 14, but Graham scrambled to close the gap to 1 up on 16. A chip to 4 inches on the par-3 18th hole gave Delio a par to Graham's par, halving the hole and awarding Delio the championship title.

"My length (off the tee) is a huge advantage in match play," Delio said after his win. "Normally I'm always playing second, so I know what I have to do from the fairway based on what my opponent does."

The SCGA Rules and Competitions staff provided detailed hole-by-hole information for the final match:

Hole 1 (par 5, 524 yards): Both players hit driver in the fairway. Graham is 210 yards out and hits hybrid to 10 feet in front of the green. Delio is 180 out and hits 7-iron 12 feet left of the hole. Graham chips up to 18 feet below the hole and drains the birdie putt. Delio misses the eagle putt right a few inches. Hole halved with birdies.

Hole 2 (par 4, 471 yards): Both players hit driver in fairway. Graham hits 4-iron from 203 yards 6 yards short of green. Delio hits 6-iron 6 yards left of the green hole high. Graham hits a 27 yard chip 6 feet left of hole. Delio hits a 23 yard bump-and-run to 4 feet short of hole. Graham drains par putt just catching the left edge. Delio drains the par putt as well. Hole halved with pars.

Hole 3 (par 4, 424 yards): Both players hit driver in the fairway. Graham hits iron (pitching wedge) from 130 yards to 12 feet below the hole. Delio hits a 3/4 lob wedge from 97 yards to 9 feet above the hole. Graham misses birdie attempt on low side. Par putt conceded. Delio misses birdie attempt an inch to the right. Par putt conceded. Hole halved with pars.

View from Graham's approach shot on 10, 72 yards from the green. Below, a view from the famous par-3 11th tee.

Hole 4 (par 3, 265 yards): Into a slight breeze: Graham hits 3-wood on the front of the green short of hole 36 feet. Delio hits a 3-wood 30 yards short of the hole in front of the greenside bunker. Delio chips to 5 feet left of hole. Graham putts to gimmie range. Delio drains the par putt. Hole halved with pars.

Hole 5 (uphill par 5, 509 yards): Both players hit driver in the fairway. Graham hits 3-wood from 243 yards and pulls it left of the green 40 yards into the tall grass. Delio hits 4-iron from 222 yards, and is short of the green by 15 yards. Delio says he doesn't carry a 3-iron, which would have been the club. Graham chips to 35 feet left of hole. Delio chips to 3 feet above the hole. Graham's birdie putt misses above the hole. Par putt conceded. Delio drains the downhill birdie putt. Delio 1 up.

Hole 6 (par 3, 195 yards): Along the cliffs above the ocean. Delio hits 5-iron on green 45 feet below the hole. Graham hits 4-iron into right greenside bunker. Graham blasts out over the green, 6 feet into the fringe. Delio putts to gimmie range. Par put conceded. Graham misses 37 footer from fringe. Delio 2 up.

Hole 7 (par 4, 336 yards): Playing from the forward tee to entice players to drive the green. This tee was used during the first round but Delio had a bye so he has not played from it yet. Delio and his caddie (Dom, his father) discuss what to do and he ends up hitting 5-wood down the middle 71 yards from the green. Graham fans driver through the fairway into the right rough 81 yards from the green. Graham punches a superb 52 degree wedge under overhanging branches to 10 feet above the hole. Delio hits a 60 degree wedge to 18 feet below the hole. Delio misses the birdie putt. Par conceded. Graham drains the birdie. Delio 1 up.

Hole 8 (par 4, 391 yards): Graham hits driver down the middle to 110 out. Delio hits 3-wood down the middle just in front of Graham's to 108 yards. Graham hits pitching wedge to 15 feet below the hole. Great shot. Delio tried to hit a knock down wedge but pulls it to fringe left of hole. Delio chips it in with his 56-degree! Graham just misses birdie putt. Delio 2 up.

Hole 9 (par 4, 398 yards): Into the wind. Delio hits driver down left side of fairway. Graham hits driver down the middle. Graham is 157 yards out. Delio is 120 yards out. Graham hits 6-iron and just misses the green 15 feet from the flag. Delio hits a knock down wedge onto the green 36 feet below the hole. Delio putts to gimmie range, par conceded. Graham chips to 6 feet and makes the downhill putt for par. Delio 2 up after 9.

Hole 10 (par 4, 315 yards): Playing from the forward tee to entice players to drive the green. Delio hits 3-wood 44 yards from the hole. Graham hits driver into right rough 77 yards from hole. Both players hit great shots into the green. Graham burns the edge and misses his birdie. Delio drains his birdie. Delio 3 up.

Hole 11 (par 3, 200 yards): Downhill par 3 with green a few yards from the beach. Both players hit 6-irons to 30 feet below the front right hole location but in the fringe. Delio is 1 yard behind Graham. Both players chip to gimmie range. Halved with 3s. Delio 3 up.

Hole 12 (par 4, 341 yards): Uphill hole. Delio hits 3-wood down the middle 80 yards from the green. Graham hits driver 88 yards from the green. Graham pitches to 10 feet right of the flag. Delio pitches to 36 feet below the hole. Delio putts to 2 feet past the hole, putt conceded. Graham drains the birdie putt. Delio 2 up.

Hole 13 (par 5, 532 yards): Along the cliffs above the Pacific. Graham pulls his drive left into the dirt area, left of the cart path. He is 250 yards out but behind a tree so has to lay up. Delio pounds his drive down the middle. He hits 5-iron to the middle of the green from 199 yards. Graham knocks an 8-iron from 145 yards 15 feet left of the hole (1 foot in the fringe). Delio is out 27 feet putting first for eagle. Delio just misses the eagle and is conceded the birdie. Graham misses the birdie try. Delio is 3 up.

From left, Delio, Graham and caddie Dom Delio watch Delio's tee shot on the oceanfront 12 tee box. Below, Graham putts for birdie on 16.

Hole 14 (par 4, 444 yards): Uphill, along the cliffs above the pacific. Both players pull their drives into the left rough, Graham is 175 yards out while Delio is 126 yards out. Graham hits 7-iron short of the back left hole location in the rough. Delio hits 52 degree on the green to 24 feet right of the flag. Graham almost holes the chip, conceded par. Delio leaves the birdie try a few inches short for a conceded par. Delio 3 up.

Hole 15 (par 5, 599 yards): Both players hit drives in the fairway. Graham is 309 yards from the hole, Delio is 278 yards from the hole. Graham takes driver off the deck! He pushes it a little right into the rough and short of the greenside bunker about 70 yards from the flag. Delio crushes 3-wood into the right greenside bunker. Graham pitches a stellar shot to 3-feet below the hole. So good that Delio conceded the birdie. Delio catches it heavy out of the bunker and leaves it in the rough 20 feet right of the hole. Delio misses the chip right. Graham wins the hole. Delio 2 up. (Graham later said "I knew I had to start making birdies late in the match, that's why I took driver off the deck.")

Hole 16 (par 4, 392 yards): Graham hits driver down the middle, is 142 to the flag. Delio pulls driver way left into the trees. He's 94 yards out but has to punch something under tree branches and over tall brush to it onto the green. Graham knocks 8-iron about 10 feet below the hole. Delio punches a little 6-iron and runs it to the middle of the green, about 21 feet below the hole. Great shot! Delio leaves the birdie putt a foot short, conceded for a par. Graham drains the birdie, what a clutch putt! Delio 1 up.

Hole 17 (par 4, 421 yards): Into the wind. Graham pulls his drive left into the dried out rough. Delio pushes his drive right and deflects a tree and rattles down. Graham hits 7-iron from 158 but pushes it a little and it ends up in the rough right of the green. Delio hits 9-iron from the right rough from 138 and ends up on the green 18 feet above the hole. Graham chips to 6 feet below the hole. Delio's birdie putt is left 2 feet short. Graham calmly nails the par putt. Delio knocks in the par as well. Delio dormie 1. We're going to 18!

Hole 18 (par 3, 174 yards): Front right hole location, wind at our back: Graham hits 8-iron short and left of the hole on the front of the green. Delio hits 9 iron and lands in the rough 15 yards short of the green. He didn't quite catch all of it like he needed to get it there. Graham's ball spun off the front of the green and is a few inches in the fringe. Delio hits a great chip to 4 inches. Graham has to drain this putt to extend the match, about 27 feet. Graham makes a great run at it and the ball rolls on the low side of the hole just missing. Nick Delio wins 1 up and is the 2009 Match Play Champ. A great battle as Delio shoots 67 and Graham shoots 68.

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