Southern Cal. 4-Ball: Marsh/Downing lead

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2008) — 2008 Southern California Golf Association Player of the Year Kevin Marsh of Henderson, NV and his partner, George Downing, Jr. of Santa Barbara, fired a 7-under-par 65 today and have a one-shot lead over two teams at the midpoint of the 18th SCGA Four-Ball Championship at Red Hill CC.

The final round will be played Tuesday with tee times beginning at 7:55 a.m.

Marsh, who grew up in the Santa Barbara area and still belongs to La Cumbre CC, and Downing posted a combined seven birdies and 11 pars in their round.

They hold a one-shot advantage over Tyler Crawford of Rancho Mirage and his partner, Bryson Groat of Palm Desert, and Richard Simonin and Johnny Holmes, Riverside.

Four other teams are another shot back; in all, 13 teams broke 70 over the 6,578-yard, par-72 course designed in the 1920s by legendary golf course architect George C. Thomas, Jr.

Downing shot 2-under-par 70 today and Marsh, winner of this year’s SCGA Amateur Championship in July, had a 71. Each player had two bogies but they “ham ‘ n egged” it perfectly as they both made birdie on only one hole.

Both Crawford-Goat and Simonin-Holmes could have tied for the lead but each team had both players make bogey 5 on the second hole in the better-ball format.

Groat also made an eagle 3 on the 501-yard seventh hole, while Holmes made an eagle 2 on the 363-yard ninth hole

--Courtesy SCGA

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