Most Viewed Stories
Top sports moments: Ben Geyer wins WCC title, 2nd at California Amateur
Stage fright isn't a problem for former Pierce High standout golfer Ben Geyer.
Geyer, now a senior at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, began his summer by winning the West Coast Conference individual title and led the Gaels to the team title. He also collected first-team all-conference and academic all-conference honors for his effort on the golf course and in the classroom.
Once the collegiate season concluded, Geyer added to his growing resume of clutch performances, taking second place at the California Amateur Championship at La Cubre Country Club in Santa Barbara.
The 20-year-old overcame early deficits in all four of his match play pairings before losing to hometown veteran Kevin Marsh 4 and 3 on June 30.
"Not only did that keep me alive in the tournament but it helped mentally to know that I can come back any time," Geyer said.
He followed up his strong play at the California Amateur with a second place finish on July 6 in the Sahalee Players Championship Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. and won the 9th annual Northern California Golf Association Stroke Play Championship at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach on July 15.
On July 16, he just missed out on a return trip to the U.S. Amateur Championship golf tournament by two strokes at the qualifying event at Marin Country Club. In 2011, Geyer made it to the round of 16 in the U.S. Amateur Championships to top-ranked junior player Jordan Spieth of Texas.