PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - UC Davis' Matt Seramin rallied to beat Matt Cohn on the 19th hole at Spyglass Hill Golf Course on Thursday, advancing to the Northern California Golf Association Amateur Match Play final where he will face Aaron Beverly of Sacramento State on Friday.
Beverly prevented an all-Aggie final when he beat incoming UC Davis freshman Ryan Han 1-up in the other semifinal. Beverly, who will be a sophomore for the Hornets this fall, will square off against Seramin beginning at 7 a.m. in the 36-hole championship. Both Seramin and Beverly redshirted for their respective collegiate programs this past season.
Seramin and Matt Cohn were all square after Seramin won the 11th hole. The pair matched scores over the next four holes before Cohn won the par-4 16th hole with a par to take a 1-up lead with two holes left. Both players posted par on the 17th hole but Seramin's par and Cohn's bogey on the par-4 18th tied it up, forcing extra play. Seramin won it on the next hole.
Seramin, seeded 26th after the 36 holes of stroke play, advanced to Thursday's semifinal by beating Michael Tolladay 1-up and Ricky Owaki 1 up on Wednesday. He then rolled past Robby Salomon 4 and 2 on Thursday morning in the quarterfinals.
Han who starred at San Benito High School in Hollister, was down by three holes to Beverly after just seven holes but then won the eighth and ninth holes at Spyglass Hill to get within one. He trailed by two holes with eight to play but eventually tied it with a birdie on the par-3 15th. Beverly then captured the 16th hole before holding off Han over the final two holes.
Han was seeded 12th after stroke play and then beat Connor Lawrence (7 and 6), Andrew Bonner (4 and 3) and Bobby Bucey (3 and 2) to advance to the semifinals.
Former Aggie Matt Hansen, who is readying for his professional career, moved on to the match play bracket after stroke play before being downed 2 and 1 to Brandon Wu.