Beginning the day four-strokes behind leader Taylor Travis, rising UCLA sophomore Anton Arboleda got off to a blazing start Friday, finding himself five-under par through his first seven holes of the final round of the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship. Eliminating the four-stroke deficit just six holes into the round, Arboleda even held a one-stroke lead early into his back nine.
It was Chris Williams of Moscow, Idaho who got hot late, however, eventually stealing the victory away from both Arboleta and Travis, who both finished in a tie for second place at 279 nine-under par. Williams birdied his final hole of the competition to secure the win.
Arboleda ended the tournament with his strongest round of golf, firing a 67 five-under par Friday. The course, however, did see four competitors shoot rounds of 66 six-under par on the day, including champion Williams.
Next up for Arboleda, he will play in the U.S. Amateur qualifying at North Ranch CC on Monday before heading to the SCGA Match Play Championship August 8-10 at Sandpiper GC.