SACRAMENTO, Calif. (September 1, 2014) — Ryan Sloane went wire-to-wire at the California State Fair Masters, winning by an astounding 10 shots over the nearest competitor.
The native of Santa Clara, Calif. native, (who now lives in Campbell) fired rounds of 64-66-66, which was 20-under par at Bing Maloney Golf Course, to capture the title and shatter the previous record of 13-under par.
Sloane has shown an ability to go low as recently as this summer's USGA Public Links qualifier, where he tied the course record of 63 at Boundary Oaks, then followed up with a 69.
He also played in the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur, taking 32nd place in the qualifying shooting 72-74 at the Country Club of Birmingham. He lost in the first round to Bradley Bastion, who ended up losing to the eventual winner Mike McCoy in the quarterfinals. The former pro, who played for Santa Clara, has played in six USGA events. But he has never shot more than 20-under for three rounds.
The host course, Bing Maloney, is just over 6500 yards with several reachable par 5s and soft greens that rewarded accurate iron play. But it is also tree lined, which is where Sloane really took advantage.
"I hit my driver straighter than my putter," he joked. "The only time I don't hit it is when going too far will put me in trouble."
Sloane also told AmateurGolf.com that he wasn't really nervous until he was standing on the last tee. (He started the day with a 7 stroke lead which might have helped.)
"I got to 20-under with a birdie from the trees at No. 17," said Sloane. "I had never been that low and even though it is a fairly easy hole, I was a little nervous on the 18th tee. Fortunately, I found the fairway and wedged on for an easy par."
Finishing in second place was Jeff Weiss of Roseville, who was the only player besides Sloane to shoot all three tournaments rounds in the 60's. Weiss was consistent over Labor Day weekend, shooting rounds of 68-69-69.
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