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Stroke play concludes at 100th Annual State Amateur Championship

Chian remains at top as tournament moves to match play


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Philip Chian of Long Beach State followed up his round of 67 Monday with another impressive round of two-under par 69 on Tuesday to claim medalist honors at the 100th Annual California State Amateur Championship and the number one seed in match play competition beginning tomorrow. He finished stroke play six-under par as the event, which is being held at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, heads into match play with the remaining 32 players.

It didn’t look good for Chian early in the round as he had three consecutive bogeys on holes two through four. Then, after converting his first birdie on the eighth hole, he gave it right back on the ninth with another bogey, making the turn at 3-over for the day, 1-under for the tournament.

“I guess I was nervous [at the start of the round],” said Chian, “I scrambled the first six holes.”

But something changed at the start of his second nine and he came out firing, scoring five birdies and four pars, posting an incredible 31, 5-under par.

“My putter just started getting hot,” said the Long Beach State junior. “I was just a lot more focused on the back nine; instead of thinking not where to hit it, I thought of where I should hit it.”

The participants were again treated to an unusually nice San Francisco day, with clear skies and temperatures in the upper 70s. Wednesday’s round will take place on the Lake course, and begin at 7:30 a.m. in groups of two off tee number one. All players have now competed on both the Lake course and Ocean course.

Chian finished with a three-stroke lead over Jake Johnson of Cameron Park, who matched Chian for a two-under par today on the Lake course and claimed the second seed in match play. Closely behind him was Cory McElyea of Santa Cruz and Xander Schauffele, who will be joining Chian at Long Beach State in the fall, who both fired two-under par rounds, four strokes back of the lead.

Defending champion Scott Travers finds himself on the wrong side of the cut after an un-Travers like six-over par round. Tied for 18th at the conclusion of Round 1, Travers shot a 77 on the difficult Lake course to fall out of contention.

Freshman Ben Doyle of La Jolla High School, who last month captured the CIF/SCGA Southern California High School Championship at Brookside GC, shot a 73 to go along with yesterday’s 70, and finds himself in a tie for 16th. At one-over par on the tournament he will move on to match play and tee off at 9:27 a.m. facing Jack Perry of Santa Barbara.

The cutline for match play came at 145 (4-over) and had nine players competing for the last two spots in a sudden death playoff. John Catlin of Carmichael and Mark Harding of Hermosa Beach outlasted the other seven players and draw the top two seeds in the first round, respectively.

Match play will feature two USC players (including Pac-10 Champion Martin Trainer), two Long Beach State athletes, two former champions (Geoff Gonzalez and Josh Anderson) and three-time SCGA amateur champion Scott McGihon.

In the head-to-head battle between the SCGA and NCGA, Northern California prevailed, winning the Roger Lapham Trophy for the first time since 2008. Each team, made up of six players, is selected by their respective association. The North got off to a strong start and nine-stroke first-day lead. which they never relinquished. Final results are based on the best five scores for each association for the teams two-day total score.

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