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California State Amateur: Trimble is Medalist

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (June 19, 2007)-- With fierce winds continuing to rake the Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Dunes and Shore Courses, Blake Trimble of Rancho Santa Fe fired a 2-over-par 74 today to earn medalist honors at the 96th California Amateur Championship.

The 20-year-old Trimble, who stunned the field with a 5-under-par 67 at the end of the day yesterday (when the winds were strongest), played the Shore Course today and ended with 67-74--141 for two rounds, good for a five-shot margin over Brett Kanda of La Crescenta, who shot even-par 72 today on the Dunes Course for a two-day total of 146.

Eddie Olson of Aptos finished third at 147; Kanda and Olson were teammates of Trimble at UNLV (Trimble is transferring to the University of San Diego) this fall.

The low 32 scorers advanced to match play beginning tomorrow, with the final five spots being determined by a three-hole playoff involving 10 people. The second round of match play is Wednesday, quarterfinals and semifinals are Friday and the 36-hole championship match is Saturday. All matches will be played on the Shore Course.

The South defeated the North, 778-780, in the annual Roger Lapham Challenge Cup, which concluded today.

Listed below are those who made the cut. For complete scores, click on the tournament name above next to "see also" and click on the "results" tab.

-- 141 --
Blake Trimble, Rancho Santa Fe, 67-74

-- 146 --
Brett Kanda, La Crescenta, 74-72

-- 147 --
Eddie Olson, Aptos, 72-75

--148 --
Tim Honeycutt, Placerville, 79-69

-- 149 --
Ben Murray, La Quinta, 76-73
Brady Myers, Colusa, 72-77
Jose Sanchez, Carmel, 71-78
Joseph Greiner, Saugus, 75-74

-- 150 --
Darren Slackman, Indio, 77-73.

-- 151 --
Aaron Goldberg, Carlsbad, 77-74
Cody Slover, Visalia, 72-79
E.J. Kahn, Los Angeles, 73-78
Gary Havro, Claremont, 72-79
Jeff Wilson, Fairfield, 77-74
John Pate, Santa Barbara, 75-76
Jon Dechambeau, Clovis, 75-76
Keith Kinsel, Glendale, 78-73

-- 152 -- Casey Boyns, Pacific Grove, 74-78
Earl Cross, Grass Valley, 79-73
Eric Mina, Fremont, 76-76
Gerry Simoni, Carlsbad, 78-74
Gregor Main, Danville, 79-73
Sihwan Kim, Buena Park, 77-75
Todd Strible, San Marcos, 75-77

-- 153 --
Justin Estrada, Yuba City, 78-75
Mark Etue, Escondido, 81-72
Scott Almquist, Coto de Caza, 79-74.

154 -- Robert Funk, Canyon Lake, 76-78; James Erkenbeck, San Diego, 75-79; Kory Storer, Hillsborough, 77-77; John McClure, Austin, 74-80; Josh Anderson, Murrieta, 79-75.

NOTE: Funk, Erkenbeck and Storer birdied the first playoff hole. McClure and Anderson advanced on the third playoff hole.

ABOUT THE California Amateur

The Championship is open to amateur golfers who have established current indexes of 4.4 and are members in good standing of the Southern California Golf Association, the Northern California Golf Association, or the Public Links Golf Association of Southern California. AN ENTRANT MAY PLAY IN ONLY ONE QUALIFYING EVENT, even if the golfer belongs to clubs in both Southern California and Northern California. The 18-hole qualifying rounds will determine the qualifiers. 78 players from Southern California will play in the championship (exempt players included). If necessary, a playoff will determine the final position(s) at each qualifying site.

Top 200 golfers in the Golfweek amateur rankings who belong to the SCGA or NCGA are automatically exempt.

The championship field will play 36 holes of qualifying at a Northern or Southern California Location, with the low 32 golfers from that combined field moving on to match play (with a playoff, if necessary, to determine the final spots). Two rounds each of 18-hole match play will follow on Thursday and Friday and the 36-hole final match will be on Saturday.

The location will rotate yearly between Northern and Southern California locations.

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