Geyer Secures First Professional Win at eGolf Tour West’s Arrowood Open
Ben Geyer (Saint Mary's College)
By Stewart Moore
Oceanside, CA – Ben Geyer of Arbuckle, CA won eGolf Tour West’s inaugural Arrowood Open on Thursday, posting a final-round 67 to notch a 17-under 196 total, good for a runaway, four-shot victory and his first professional title.
Geyer, a former Saint Mary’s College star, posted rounds of 65-64—129 (13-under) at host Arrowood Golf Club to seize a four-shot lead heading into Thursday’s third and final round of the 54-hole event.
“I just wanted to take it one shot at a time today,” Geyer said. “I wanted to make as many birdies as I could, but also allow for some easy pars. I got off to a good, solid start, which was refreshing and allowed me to trust it more.”
An outward nine of 2-under 34 on day three pushed Geyer to 15-under par, but dropped his lead to just three as birdies flew early and often on the scenic Arrowood layout. The tournament, however, turned back in the former Gael’s favor, as birdies on 11 and 13 took him to 4-under for the day and 17-under par total.
From there, Geyer cruised to the house, recording pars on his final five holes en route to his first professional win, as well as the event’s $8,500 first-place prize.
“It feels amazing. I won a couple of times in college, and all the best players in those events were in this event,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for some of the older guys as well; everyone is solid out here. It feels great to win against a field this good.”
The win, which took Geyer up to No. 4 on the tour’s money list with $14,250 in earnings, marked a third-straight top-15 effort on the season. The 2013 West Coast Conference co-Player of the Year and 2012 WCC individual champion rallied from two opening missed cuts to open the year, posting a T11 finish at the rain-shortened Oak Valley Classic and a career-best T5 at last week’s Championship at Morongo.
First-round leader Grant Rappleye of Elk Grove, CA and Jake Sarnoff of Manhattan Beach, CA tied for second, four shots back of Geyer at 13-under 200. Both players earned $4,830.
Rappleye, a triplet playing eGolf Tour West alongside brother Cameron, opened the week with an 8-under 63, fell five shots back of Geyer with a second-round 71, then rallied with a closing 66 to earn a career-best, T2 finish.
Sarnoff, who played in the final threesome alongside Geyer, birdied five of his first 14 holes to reach 14-under par – within three shots of the lead. The former Loyola Marymount golfer failed to record another red number from there on in, bogeying the par-4 16th to round out a final-round 67.
Michael McCabe of Venice, CA finished in solo-fourth place at 10-under 203, earning $4,000 for the week. The finish marked his fourth-straight top-10 on eGolf Tour West.