ANTIOCH -- Mark Miller and Casey Boyns might want to think about keeping their partnership going.
Miller and Boyns have played together in two tournaments now, and have won both. Their second victory came in June at the 14th annual NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Miller and Boyns shot a 7-under 65 on June 15 to come from five shots down and win the tournament by three.
Miller is Antioch born and bred. He still lives in Antioch and has had a dental practice in town for 36 years. Boyns is a caddy at Pebble Beach, second in seniority, according to Miller.
"He caddies there in the morning, and in the afternoon he tries to sneak out and play golf," Miller said. "I've played against him a long time."
On the other hand, Miller has also won some tournaments with Herb Jensen. In fact, Miller, 60, has been pretty successful in a lot of tournaments the past few years.
"Once I turned 55, I went full-bore," he said. "Instead of joining a country club, I decided to go around and play tournaments whenever I can. I play Northern California and Southern California."
Miller's NCGA profile page is testament to going full-bore. It says he won the 2011 Monterey Bay Senior Championship, the Senior Wine Country Cup the same year and the Monterey Bay Senior Four-Ball Championship as well. Miller had tied for first in the latter the year before. He earned Senior Player of the Year honors in 2007 and 2009. In 2007,
Miller attended Antioch High School, where he was on the golf team. He played at Diablo Valley College for two years under coach Hal Buffa, then went on to the University of the Pacific, where he played under coach Glen Albaugh. Miller said Albaugh, who is also a sports psychologist and author of the book "Winning the Battle Within," had a profound influence on him.
"I tell you, I hit the ball bad, I hit the ball in the water, it doesn't even bother me," Miller said.
Miller then attended Pacific's dental school in San Francisco. He drifted away from the game for a little while.
"I went through my middle years and played softball and didn't play golf that much," he said.
Miller said his biggest win came at the Golf Week Senior Amateur at PGA West in Palm Springs about four years ago. His family -- wife Trudie and son Robert -- have been more than supportive. Miller said his speech when he won Senior Player of the Year included this:
"I have to thank my wife for asking where I'm playing golf this weekend, rather than if I'm playing golf this weekend."
But Miller added that he has a lot of key people helping him along. Ron Parsons, a retired pro who teaches at the at Roddy Ranch golf club, and former state senior amateur winner Bobby Olds are key influences.
"I have good support from my wife, I have a good pro that taught me and I have a good friend who taught me the golf ball does not know how old you are," Miller said.