FAIRFIELD — There are some birthday presents you just can’t buy.
Aaron Beverly gave his dad, former Vanden High and Solano Community College football coach Ron Beverly, one of those when he won the Fairfield City Amateur championship, Sunday.
The 2012 Armijo High graduate and current Sacramento State University player followed the 71 he shot at Paradise Valley Golf Course on Saturday with a 70 on Sunday to finish at 141, three shots better than Amol Mahol of YOC San Francisco.
First-round leader Hunter Rappleye of Valley Hi Country Club ballooned to a 78 on Sunday after opening with a 69. He finished in a tie for fourth at 147.
“The way I won it was good,” Beverly said. “To win it on my dad’s birthday was even better.”
Beverly and Mahol were tied at 2-under heading into the par-4 16th and Beverly ended up with a birdie on the hole while Mahol bogeyed it. The same happened on the par-5 17th.
“I got excited on back nine because the guy I was playing with was the leader,” Beverly said. “It was head to head last three holes.”
Beverly three-putted for bogey on the last hole, but he had more than enough of a lead to win.
It was Beverly’s second win in three years in city competition. In 2011 he captured the Fairfield City Junior title. He liked this year’s win a little better “because it was against a little bit older people I think who are more skilled than juniors.”
Beverly’s city title followed up a solid freshman season at Sacramento State.
“It went well, but I could’ve played better,” Beverly said. “It was a great learning experience all around. I got to travel to Texas and Washington. I took it as learning year and grew from it.”
Behind Beverly, the top city finisher was Brendan O’Connell of Paradise Valley, who tied for 16th at 154.
Steve Hendrick of Hiddenbrooke Golf Course repeated as Seniors Division champion, rebounding from a first-round 77 to fire a second-round 70 to finish at 147, four shots better than Wade Nonnenberg of Whitney Oaks Golf Club.
The top city senior finisher was Somboon Kitapan of Paradise Valley, who tied for sixth at 154.
Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.