SCGA Amateur: Travers on record-setting pace

SANTA BARBARA, July 10 -- Scott Travers, the standout golfer from Trabuco Canyon, stands at 14 under par today, to lead the 111th SCGA Amateur Championship by one shot over Santa Barbara's Jack Perry at La Cumbre Country Club in Santa Barbara.

Travers, the 22-year-old California State Amateur champion who plays out of Santa Clara University, is not only on the fast track to shatter the SCGA Amateur scoring record, but become the first player since 1942 to win concurrent SCGA Amateur and California State Amateur titles.

"I'm feeling confident, my wedge game is really good right now and I'm putting pretty well," Travers said. "I'm not hitting as many fairways as I'd like, but it can be a birdiefest out here if you play the course right."

With dad Morse on the bag, Travers collected seven birdies and two bogeys in his third-round 66, to go 68-65-66--199. Hot on his tail, however, is local favorite Perry, a recent Santa Barbara High School graduate bound for Northwestern. Perry's shot 66-67-67--200 in the event, thanks to hitting 17 greens and a solid short game.

"I gave myself a good look at birdies," Perry said after his round. "Playing in your hometown, there's always a little more expectation, but I'm just trying to think of the final round as another day of golf.

The SCGA Amateur-California State Amateur combo win has only happened twice in the events' simultaneous 99-year history: Dr. Paul Hunter won his second California Amateur (and was medalist) in 1921, along with his first SCGA Amateur win later that year. Most recently, Johnny Dawson collected his first SCGA and California State Amateur titles in 1942.

The previous SCGA Amateur scoring record is 14-under-par 270, which was set by Tiger Woods in 1994 during his first SCGA Amateur win at the par-71 Hacienda Golf Club.

Also in the hunt for the title is two-time SCGA Amateur champion and 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Kevin Marsh of Henderson, Nev., a La Cumbre member who's drawn a crowd over the weekend with his 68-70-66--204, 9 under par. Marsh is tied with 2004 SCGA Amateur champion Tim Hogarth of Northridge, 70-66-68.

Alone in fifth place is Patrick Cantlay of Los Alamitos, the 2010 CIF-CGA High School Boys champion. Cantlay, who defeated Perry in a playoff for the CIF title, is at 8-under 65-71-69--205.

Ryan Barry of San Diego scored a hole-in-one on the 159-yard seventh hole with his pitching wedge (he's currently tied for 35th at 6 over par). Sam Smith of Turlock shot the low round of the tournament so far, an 8-under 63, to catapult him into a tie for sixth place (70-75-63).

The final round will be played tomorrow at 8 a.m., with the leaders teeing off at 9:30.

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