Nathan Clark surges on final day to claim the Inland Empire Amateur
RIVERSIDE, CA (September 5, 2016) -- After beginning the final day of the Inland Empire Amateur three behind Nathan Clark put together the low round of the week with a 6-under 65 to finish at 8-under and three-strokes ahead.

Clark, a sophomore at Cal Poly, had a mundane start to his final round at Victoria Club with five straight pars. However, back-to-back birdies on the 6th and 7th holes got him going. Despite a bogey on the 9th Clark had hit his stride and on the closing nine he carded five birdies to finish with a blistering bogey-free 5-under 31.

The birdies for Clark came on the 11th, 12th, 14th, 16th and 17th holes.

Chad Hambright matched Clark's low round of the week with a 6-under 66 of his own, as he finished 5-under and in second place. Hambright parred his first hole before rolling in four straight birds on Nos. 2-5 and after he eagled the par-5 7th he was able to sign for an outward 6-under 29. On the back nine Hambright cooled off a bit with three birdies, two bogeys and a costly double-bogey.

36-hole leader Brandon Tsujimoto, a senior at UC Riverside, ended up tied for third with Cal State Northridge senior Sam Engel at 4-under. Rounding out the top-five is first round leader Ryan Smith who completed the weekend 2-under.

Results For Inland Empire Amateur Championship
1CANathan ClarkUpland, CA10071-71-65=207
2CAChad HambrightLake Elsinore, CA6573-72-65=210
T3CABrandon TsujimotoPomona, CA3070-69-72=211
T3CASam EngelNorthridge, CA3074-66-71=211
5CARyan SmithCA3068-73-72=213

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ABOUT THE Inland Empire Amateur

The Inland Empire Amateur Championship is a three day event played at three courses in an area where Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernadino and Orange Counties all come together. Format is 54- holes of stroke play with the top 40% advancing to the final round. Played each year over Labor Day weekend.

Championship Flight - 3.0 and below
First Flight - 3.1 to 6.5
Second Flight - 6.6 to 10.0
Third Flight - 10.1 to 15.0

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