Calfornia State Amateur: Schauffele tops Hossler in final
San Diego State junior Xander Schauffele with his
California State Amateur trophy (SCGA photo)
CARLSBAD, Calif. (June 21, 2014) -- After a grueling week of stroke-play qualifying and four rounds of match play, San Diego State's Xander Schauffele found a way to muster 36 more solid holes of golf, winning the California State Amateur Championship with a 2-up win over Beau Hossler at Omni La Costa.
Schauffele earned the No. 8 seed after 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying and caught fire during match play, ultimately defeating Turlock's Paul Smith in Friday's semifinal to advance to the championship match.
On Saturday, Schauffele finished the morning 18 1-up thanks to wins on Nos. 17 and 18. When the afternoon 18 began, he simply didn't look back, winning holes on No. 7 and 10 before closing it out with a birdie-4 on the par-5 18th.
Schauffele knocked off No. 16 Sydney Wolf in Friday morning's quarterfinals. Wolf had previously beaten top seed and stroke-play qualifying medalist Jason Anthony in the second round.
Hossler, who plays his college golf at the University of Texas, entered the match-play competition as the No. 2 seed. He cruised through his first two matches and showed he can win tight ones as well on Friday.
Hossler beat USC's Lorens Chan in 24 holes in the morning quarterfinal before prevailing over No. 22 Matt Hansen in 19 holes in the semifinals.