SACRAMENTO, Calif. (September 5, 2016) -- Huntington Beach native Ramiz Jamal captured the 92nd California State Fair by three shots on Labor Day Monday with a final round 66 played at the MacKenzie Golf Course at Haggin Oaks.
Jamal, a sophomore at UC Irvine, entered the final round at 7-under par one shot back of Ben Corfee, Bryan Wise, and Patrick Murphy.
"I told myself before the round that if I lose, someone is going to have to beat me. I'm not beating myself," said Jamal.
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Jamal certainty didn't beat himself, he stayed present in his own game and played the first 16 holes bogey-free and 4-under par. It was on the walk to his 2nd shot on hole 17 that he saw the leaderboard of the final pairing showing only single-digit scores. At 11-under, Jamal knew he had at least a two-shot lead with two par 5's to play. Two testy up and downs for birdie closed the door on the rest of the field and capped off Jamal's bogey-free effort.
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"My caddie and I have a phrase called '10/10' which means give 100 percent on the preparation for each shot and 100 perfect on the execution," said Jamal. "I gave all I had to each and it paid off coming down the stretch."
First and second round leader Byran Wise also finished birdie-birdie to shoot 2-under 70 and take solo 2nd at 10-under. His playing partner Patrick Murphy finished with three birdies for a 71 and a solo third place. Cal Bear Collin Morikawa tied with Jamal for the round of the day with a 66 that jumped him into a tie for 4th place with Lee Gearhart, Brandon Bauman, and Ben Corfee.
This year's State Fair showcased players from a handful of top division one programs including Stanford, Cal Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Davis. For many of these players the State Fair provides an opportunity to prepare for or earn a roster spot in their upcoming fall season tournaments.