Zach Hammond ties course record to win San Bernardino County Amateur
San Bernardino, CA (May 31, 2016) - Zach Hammond shot a miraculous 10-under 60 in the final round of the San Bernardino County Am on Monday. His stellar round was good for his second victory in three years, and a share of the course record at Riverside Golf Club. Better yet? One of the players that owns a share of that record is Hammond's father.

Anthony Perea came out of the gates strong on Saturday, with an opening round of 64 to claim the early lead. Despite being five shots back, Hammond regained the 36 hole lead with a bogey free second round score of 3-under 67. As the final round progressed, it was lights out for the field. Hammond’s play was near perfection as he pulled away from the pack to win by 14 strokes.

The Press-Enterprise reported:

"His round was flawless, literally flawless,” [playing partner] Blalock said. “I think he hit one bad shot all day, the chip on 12. Other than that he hit every shot where he wanted to hit it.”

The 60 tied the San Bernardino Golf Club course record already established by Hammond’s father and course superintendent Sonny Hammond, Brandon Hillpot and Tommy Moore Jr. All three of those golfers are former County Am champs, but all of them accomplished their feats during non-tournament rounds.

“Hey, I’ll take it,” Hammond said with a laugh. “After the first round, I wasn’t expecting it.”

Next up for the former UC Riverside golfer is a possible chance to qualify for the U.S. Open. He is first alternate for the California sectional qualifier on June 6th and hoping for a chance to compete.

Defending champion Ben Tolsma fired a final round 2- over 72 to finish in fifth place, and first round leader Anthony Perea would finish 2-under overall to claim runner-up.

Results For San Bernardino County Amateur
1CAZach HammondLake Arrowhead, CA7569-67-60=196
2CAAnthony PereaPhelan, CA50210
3CAJacob WilliamsFontana, CA25211
4CABrian BlalockRedlands, CA25212
5CABen TolsmaApple Valley, CA25214

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ABOUT THE San Bernardino County Amateur

54-hole stroke play event held at three different San Bernardino area golf courses. Championship flight and two handicap flights. There was a San Bernardino County resident requirement, but starting in 2019 the tournament is open to all golfers.

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