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California Amateur: First Round Results

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (June 19, 2006) -- Brian Edick saved the best for last. The 21-year-old University of California Irvine senior, playing in the next-to-last group of the day, posted eight birdies en route to a 6-under-par 66 at Poppy Hills Golf Course, good for a three-shot lead after the first round of the 95th California Amateur Championship.

Edick leads fellow Valencia resident and UCLA student Brandon Christianson, who was in the day's final group, and had three birdies and 15 pars for a 3-under-par 69. Sean McNamara of Monte Sereno, who was an early starter, held the lead for most of the day with a 2-under-par 70, while nine golfers finished at 1-under-par 71.

Two in the 71 log jam -- Scott McGihon of Bermuda Dunes and Robert Funk of Canyon Lake -- helped the South to a 10-shot lead in the Roger Lapham Challenge Cup, which is conducted concurrently with the first two stroke-play rounds. With the best five of six scores counting for the team total, the South posted 365 to the North's 375.

The 21-year-old Edick (he turns 22 on July 1) -- runner-up in last year's SCGA Amateur Championship -- had two birdies and two bogies in his first eight holes, before making birdies on six of his last 10 holes.

"Some days it's a little easier than others," said Edick with a modest shrug after finishing his round. "I've had too many rounds where you get to 3- or 4-under par and then have it go the other way. You try to keep hitting shots and stay in the moment. If par is the best you can make, you try to make par. If bogey is the best you can do, you try to make bogey. Then you try to make your birdies when you can. You try not to get ahead of yourself."

David Westerfield of Bakersfield, who struggled to an 83, called Edick's round "a thing of beauty. When he got in trouble he took his punishment, but other than that, it was fairways, greens and putts. It was a lot of fun to watch."

Edick made some key putts on the back nine ("You can't shoot 66 on this course without making some big putts," he allowed) and finished strongly, getting up and down from the fringe on No. 17 and then two putting from 90 feet up and over a steep ridge on the par-5 finishing hole. He made a six-footer on No. 18 for his final birdie.

Christianson played in this event last year but didn't make the cut, so today's round was payback. "I played really consistent, really well," said Christianson. "Brian and I grew up together and he was in the group in front of me, so as I watched him doing well, I sort of fed off of that."

McNamara bogied the difficult par-3 second and par-4 fifth holes and shot 38 on the front nine. He stepped it up on the back nine, birdieing all three par-5 holes and another birdie on the par-13th. He didn't post a score higher than a 4 en route to a back-nine 32.

McGihon, the reigning Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Amateur champion, had the day's most eventful round, posting seven birdies, six bogies and five pars en route to his 71. "It was definitely not the type of round I expected," said McGihon, who is noted for his steady demeanor and equally steady play. Funk -- who won this year's SCGA Mid-Amateur on his home course, Bear Creek Golf Club - also rode the roller coaster, posting five birdies and an eagle 3 on the finishing hole, along with four bogies and a double-bogey 5 on the 11th hole.

All three are among the 60 golfers hoping to move on after tomorrow's stroke-play round at Poppy Hills, the Northern California GA home course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and used in the PGA Tour's AT&T National Pro-Am. The 60 low scorers will play a third stroke-play round at famed Pebble Beach Golf Links after which the field will be trimmed to the low 32, who will begin match play on Thursday. The championship will conclude with the 36-hole final match on Saturday. All matches are played at Pebble Beach.

Both of last year's finalists struggled. Defending champion Don DuBois of Newport Beach, seeking to become the first back-to-back champion in more than 50 years, is tied for 61st after an opening-round 76 and the player he defeated, Joseph Bramlett of Saratoga, struggled to a 77. The last person to successfully his title was Dr. Frank "Bud" Taylor in 1954-55.

95th California Amateur Championship

At Poppy Hills Golf Course, Pebble Beach, CA 6,833 yards, par 72

18-hole results:

# 66 -- Brian Edick, Valencia.

# 69 -- Brandon Christianson, Valencia.

# 70 -- Sean McNamara, Monte Sereno.

# 71 -- John Yeun, Brea Steve Woods, Cupertino Matt Marshall, Los Gatos Randy Haag, Burlingame James Meyer, Dana Point Robert Funk*, Canyon Lake Michael Carpenter, Irvine Scott McGihon*, Bermuda Dunes Jeff Gilchrist, Carmichael.

# 72 -- Freddy Wolfe, Piedmont Peter Campbell, Encinitas Jim Stevens, La Quinta Jordan Nasser, Anaheim Hills Aaron Goldberg, Carlsbad Scott Hardy*, Pittsburg.

# 73 -- Brad Shaw, Pacific Palisades David Bartman, Los Angeles Josh Bleyle, Mill Valley Brandon Beck, Oak Park Cameron Tringale, Laguna Niguel Brett Kanda, La Crescenta Adam Ichikawa, Los Altos Adam Porzak, Poway Adam Marshall, La Quinta Chris Heintz, Brea

Marc Peterson, Modesto Jerry Ledzinski, Carmel Louie Bishop, Murrieta Taylor Travis, Fremont Dominic Debellis, Brentwood John Pate*, Santa Barbara.

# 74 -- Gary Young, Redwood City Brian Bazzel, Carlsbad Roberto Galletti Jr., Clayton Jason Pridmore, Ventura Mark Modglin, Simi Valley Sean Schweikert, Alpine Kyle Thurston, Moorpark Steve Lass, Santa Barbara Bob Niger*, El Dorado Hills Jess Stimack, Santa Rosa.

# 75 -- James Erkenbeck, San Diego Bowen Osborn, Los Angeles Andrew Biggadike, Palo Alto Ryan Hallisey, Granite Bay Todd Strible, San Marcos Johnny Holmes, Riverside Dane Chapin, Carlsbad David Ober, Riverside Pete Roberts, San Marcos Ryan Thomas, Alameda Brian Woolf, Granada Hills John McClure*, Los Angeles Chris Kilkenny, Arcata Joshua Warthen*, San Diego John Adams, San Clemente Grant Doverspike, Bakersfield.

# 76 -- Dan Sullivan, Pasadena Dennis Carson, Burlingame Casey Boyns, Pacific Grove Ed Cuff, Murrieta Tim Lawlor, North Hollywood Brian Lindley, Corona del Mar Jon Peterson, Granite Bay Josh Twist, Rancho Murieta Eddie Olson*, Aptos John Hasse, Berkeley Don DuBois*, Newport Beach Jason Anthony*, Fairfield Matthew Pierce Jr, San Juan Capistrano Erick Justesen, Cameron Park Wes Leith, Davis Garett Wagner, Brentwood James Agate, Los Angeles Gregor Main, Danville.

# 77 -- Gerry Simoni, Carlsbad Steve Pircher, Manhattan Beach Andrew Bowdish, San Jose Jesse Contreras, Turlock John Dunn, Hidden Valley Lake Scott Almquist, Coto de Caza Samuel Weeks, San Mateo Mark Fernando, San Diego Patrick Schoettler, Fresno Steven Crane, San Francisco Joseph Bramlett*, Saratoga Paul Moore, Ukiah.

# 78 -- Stephen Molinelli, San Francisco Jim Wilson, Durham Mike Holt, Los Gatos Michael Drake, Riverside Jeffrey Hollis, Clovis Gregg Hileman, Daly City Tim Snow, Davis Terry Foreman*, Antioch Doug Miller, Thousand Oaks Andy Kitchen, Redlands.

# 79 -- Amit Chopra, Newport Coast Tommy Mansuwan, Woodland Hills Jake Yount, San Diego Erick Thorson, Westlake Village Ryan Bohning, Marina Chris Balster, Newport Beach Matt Oehlschlaeger, Caruthers Stefan Von Seeger, Rancho Murieta Chris Jensen, Los Altos Trent Tessler, Redwood City Jeremy Moreno, Fresno Greg Hash, Bakersfield Bob Erling, Murrieta Charles McDonald, San Jose Jason D'Amore, Manhattan Beach Zeric Hulvey, Santa Barbara.

# 80 -- Todd Angel, Clovis Chris Cuttone, Merced Patrick Duncan Jr, Rancho Santa Fe Darryl Donovan, Gilroy Dan Bieber, Alamo Ben Wescoe, La Jolla Michael Monaghan, San Diego Greg Sato, South Pasadena Tim Kellund, Berkely Ben Garner, Laguna Beach Sung Kim, Atwater Mac Hunter, Vista.

# 81 -- Rod Ghilarducci, San Rafael Erik Jarvey, Palmdale Jerome Mestman, San Diego Andrew Damron, San Diego Gary Tewell, Fremont David Hiebert, Los Altos Michael Wilson, Berkeley Elliott Wainwright, Hillsborough.

# 82 -- Mark Gardner, Redlands Bill Albers, La Quinta Don Elliott, San Jose Regan Kusmes, Newport Beach Kent Yamane, San Jose.

# 83 -- Michael Turner, Sherman Oaks Mark Sumida, Laguna Niguel David Westerfeld, Bakersfield Dwain Barfuss, Redding Bobby Powers, Watsonville Bryan Hogan, Bakersfield.

# 84 -- Kyle Marshall, Santa Clarita Steven Strong, Santa Rosa.

# 85 -- Jared Rankins, Ripon.

# 86 -- Trevor Carle, Santa Rosa.

# 87 -- A.J. Shiffert, Ivanhoe.

# 88 -- Kyle Candlish, Rancho Murieta Michael Gideon, Quartz Hill.

# 90 -- Clinton McCook, Carlsbad

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