EAGLE, Idaho (July 10, 2008)--Stroke-play medalist, Erik Flores of Grass Valley, Calif., and Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, BC, continue to dominate after winning two Thursday today at the 107th PNGA Men’s Amateur’s being held at BanBury Golf Club in Eagle, Idaho.
In a California match-up, Flores, 21, played his morning match against Josh Dupont of Powey, Calif. Flores made it impossible for Dupont to even have a chance, making seven birdies in eleven holes of play, winning the match 8 & 7. In the afternoon match, Flores was given more of a challenge, but still lead the entire match, closing it out on the hole 17, winning the match 3 & 1.
Hadwin, 20, also breezed through his morning match, defeating Andrew Vijarro of Bend, Ore., 5 & 4. Hadwin was 5-up after nine holes of play and never let Vijarro back into the match, as they halved the last six holes.
In his afternoon match, Hadwin was put to the test by Bryan Martin of Thousand Oaks, Calif. Through nine holes of play, Martin lead the match 3-up. In fact, Hadwin trailed the entire match through eleven holes of play, but turned up the heat and made four consecutive birdies to Martin’s four pars, turning the match to his favor, going 1-up with four holes to play. Hadwin and Martin both made pars on holes 14, 15, and 16, and Hadwin ended the match on hole 17, making birdie and winning 2-up.
Hadwin is the only player left that is not from California. The seven players from California that have advanced to the quarterfinals include: Erik Flores of Grass Valley, Calif , Stephen Hale, Bakersfield, Calif, Matt Grush, Los Angeles, Calif., George Gandranata, Emeryville, Calif., Jason Kang, Valencia, Calif, Blake Trimble, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Kent Yamane, San Jose, Calif.
The championship continues Friday with the quarterfinals and semifinal matches, and the 2008 PNGA Men’s Amateur concludes on Saturday with a 36-hole final.