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California State Am: McGlasson rolls into Quarters

PEBBLE BEACH (June 23, 2005) --Edward McGlasson is happy he didn't take his finals on time.

The rising senior at the University of Colorado took his exams early so he could qualify for the State Amateur. McGlasson moves on to the quarterfinals Friday in the CGA (State) Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach after defeating Eddie Olson 5 and 4. A terrific approach shot to within five feet on the treacherous 8th hole jumpstarted McGlasson's day. Four holes later, consecutive birdies ended the match on No. 14.

"This is the perfect course for match play," said McGlasson. "The course is fair and tests all aspects of your game." Having played Pebble only a handful of times, McGlasson is relying on his Dad's course knowledge. His father, a former NFL lineman, has played the famed links more than 20 times and is carrying the bag and reading greens for his son this week.

Rick Reinsberg of Lafayette is carrying his own bag, but is still making quick work of his match play opponents. The former Cal golfer cruised through his morning match, winning 6 and 5, and several hours later dispatched Doug Miller, 4 and 3. Three birdies in six holes after the turn propelled the NCGA Four-Ball champion (with partner Scott Hardy) to victory this afternoon.

"I hit the ball very well today," said Reinsberg. "I hit a great fairway bunker shot on No. 10 that got me going." Reinsberg's best showing in this event is the round of 16. Despite knowing the course well, he has tremendous amount of respect for the greens and acknowledges, "the putts can get away from you very easily."

Continuing a trend of the medalist bowing out early, Jordan Cox lost on the 16th hole to Eric Riehle. A two-under-par 34 at the turn was offset by a bogey, double bogey, bogey stretch on the back nine. Joseph Bramlett and Chris Heintz each won the 18th hole with respective birdies, while Don Dubois needed a par on the 19th hole to defeat Steve Woods.

Also moving on to the quarterfinals, was John Pate of Santa Barbara and Scott McGihon of Bermuda Dunes. The quarterfinalists tee off at 6:10 a.m. Friday, with the semifinals starting at noon. A 36-hole final is scheduled for Saturday morning. Live scoring will continue to be provided for the remainder of the matches.

Please click here for complete results from match play on Thursday, 6/23.

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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