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.

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