SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (July 9, 2010) -- California State Amateur champion Scott Travers of Trabuco Canyon continued his stellar play this week, currently tied for the lead with Santa Barbara's Jack Perry at 9-under-par 133 after the first day of the 111th SCGA Amateur Championship at La Cumbre Country Club.
Travers, 22, a Santa Clara University golfer, went 68-65--133 today, playing nearly flawless golf that included only one bogey in his second round. Travers defeated Harry Rudolph of La Jolla 4 and 3 in June at the State Amateur at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, but he says that didn't affect the way he played today.
"I tried to think of this as just another tournament," Travers said. "No expectations."
Perry, a Santa Barbara High School graduate bound for Northwestern in the fall, shot 66-67. Narrowly missing winning the CIF-CGA State High School Boys title when he lost in a playoff, but whose team won the state title, Perry amassed six birdies in each of his rounds, including an eagle-3 on the par-5 10th hole in round 1.
Three shots back, 2004 SCGA Amateur winner Tim Hogarth of Northridge overcame a rollercoaster first round to shoot 70-66--136, and is tied for third with 2010 CIF-State high school champion Patrick Cantlay of Los Alamitos, who shot 65-71. Cantlay defeated Perry in the State High School playoff to take the individual title.
Other notables in the hunt include two-time SCGA Amateur champion and past U.S. Mid-Amateur winner Kevin Marsh of Henderson, Nev., a member of La Cumbre who fired a 4-under 68-70--138 and is tied for fifth. Three-time winner and recently reinstated amateur Scott McGihon of Bermuda Dunes is tied for 22nd at 1-under 69-72--141.
The 2009 SCGA Tournament of Club Champions winner and reinstated amateur Jeff Coburn of Rancho Santa Margarita makes the cut at 67-72--139, tied for eighth, while CIF-SCGA high school champion Jake Katz of Thousand Oaks shot 72-68--140. Katz is tied with California State Amateur co-medalist Scott Almquist of Coto de Caza, 68-72--140.
The field has been cut to the low 42 scores and ties, with the cutline at 3-over-par 145. Those players will compete in 18 holes on Saturday and the final 18 on Sunday.