And then there were 32
Here's where the fun begins.
After two days and 36 holes of stroke play, the field of 156 competitors has been cut down to 32 at the 103rd California Amateur Championship. Leading the way was Jason Anthony of Fairfield, Calif., who put together rounds of 69 and 71 to finish the stroke play portion of the event at 4-under-par 140. His medalist honors earn him the No. 1 seed in Match Play, which begins Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. and concludes Saturday with a 36-hole, two-player final round.
The 32-player was field needed a bit more than 36 holes to decide, with 33 golfers falling within the 3-over-par cut line. Eight players participated in a playoff, which took place on the Champions course's 16th hole. With birdies by Shotaro Ban of San Jose and Jordan Weir of El Dorado Hills, par ended up being good enough to advance, with the birdies being matched by five pars and one bogey by Stewart Hagestad of Newport Beach. Hagestad failed to advance.
The Round of 32 is highlighted by a number of intriguing match ups, beginning with the first one of the day. After a solid two days of play from Anthony, he is rewarded with a battle against the Championship's defending champion Cory McElyea, who survived the one-hole playoff to make match play. The two face off at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Another solid matchup will be at 9:09 a.m., when Tyler Torano of Loyola Marymount University faces off against Justin Suh, who is playing some of the best golf of the early summer. Suh recently earned the individual championship at the CIF/CGA State High School Championship, and less than one week later claimed victory at a local city championship. Torano has had match play success, last year advancing to the Rd. of 16 in the SCGA Match Play Championship.
The third marquee matchup is the last of the day is No. 11 Byron Meth vs. No. 22 Matt Hansen, which despite their seeds is a battle between two of the finest amateur golfers in Southern California.
Hole-by-hole live scoring will be available on scga.org the remainder of the Championship. Also, stay tuned to the SCGA's Twitter and Facebook accounts for more from the 2014 California Amateur.
In the North/South team competition, the South team came out victorious, winning by ten strokes. The team competition takes place over the first two days of the Championship, with each Association (the NCGA and SCGA) selecting six participants to represent their team. The best five scores are counted. The South team was led by San Diego State golfer Xander Schauffele, who recorded two rounds of 1-under-par 71.
Schedule of Events
Monday, June 16 - 154 players compete in stroke play. Tee times starting between 7:30-11:40 a.m. on both Champions and Legends Courses
Tuesday, June 17 - 154 players compete in stroke play. Tee times starting between 7:30-11:40 a.m. on both Champions and Legends Courses
Wednesday, June 18 - 32 competitors compete in first round of match play on Champions Course starting at 7:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 19 - 16 competitors compete in second round of match play on Champions Course starting at 7:30 a.m.
Friday, June 20 - Quarterfinal matches, followed by semifinal matches, on Champions Course starting at 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 21 - 36-hole final match on the Champions Course starting at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.