Ernst Wins Memorial Amateur
CARMICHAEL, Calif. (May 25, 2009) -- There was a golfer on a skateboard, 30-handicappers rattling around the trees screeching "Fore!" and 5-year-olds doing somersaults in the fairway.
What there wasn't Monday at Ancil Hoffman during the final round of the Memorial Amateur Championship was on-course leaderboards. Amateur tournament. Public course. So when overnight leader Derek Ernst bogeyed the 18th hole from a greenside bunker to complete a final round of 2-over-par 72, he assumed his day was done, and not with a happy ending.
"When I made the turn, I saw that someone was 4 under," Ernst said. "I figured there was no way the winning score would be any worse."
Wrong. Ernst's three-day total of 3-under 207 tied him at the top with Folsom's Kevin Lucas, who shot a 64 to rally from 16th, eight shots off the lead. Ernst was determined not to waste his reprieve. (click here for full story from sacbee.com)
ABOUT THE Memorial Amateur
Founded by Vietnam Veteran John Rochelle;
coincidence that this first class, traditional
place on Memorial Day weekend. 54 hole
event w/ 36 hole cut. Field limited to 105
NCGA Points Event. Played on one of the
fee golf courses in America. One of the most
amateur events in Northern California.
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