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Semis underway at California State Am

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif (June 24, 2011) – Randy Haag defeated medalist and #1 seed Philip Chain and faces 2009 U.S. Amateur semifinalist Bhavik Patel (shown at left), who took out Tain Lee of San Juan Capistrano 4 and 3.

Haag’s quarterfinal match was testament to his experience. After getting 2-down to medalist Philip Chian quickly, the veteran recovered with two birdies, including one made after hitting a tree with his tee ball. Haag then proceeded to play virtually mistake-free golf, letting the 20-year-old Chian make two critical errors: a bunkered tee shot on the 15th and a three-putt bogey on 16 that proved the difference in the match.

In the other semifinal match, Jake Johnson of Cameron Park defeated Sam Smith of Turlock 4 and 3. The Sacramento State golfer faces the other mid-amateur left in the field, Kevin Wentworth of Arnold, who needed all 18 holes of his quarterfinal to defeat Cory McElyea of Santa Cruz.

ABOUT THE California Amateur

The Championship is open to amateur golfers who have established current indexes of 4.4 and are members in good standing of the Southern California Golf Association, the Northern California Golf Association, or the Public Links Golf Association of Southern California. AN ENTRANT MAY PLAY IN ONLY ONE QUALIFYING EVENT, even if the golfer belongs to clubs in both Southern California and Northern California. The 18-hole qualifying rounds will determine the qualifiers. 78 players from Southern California will play in the championship (exempt players included). If necessary, a playoff will determine the final position(s) at each qualifying site.

Top 200 golfers in the Golfweek amateur rankings who belong to the SCGA or NCGA are automatically exempt.

The championship field will play 36 holes of qualifying at a Northern or Southern California Location, with the low 32 golfers from that combined field moving on to match play (with a playoff, if necessary, to determine the final spots). Two rounds each of 18-hole match play will follow on Thursday and Friday and the 36-hole final match will be on Saturday.

The location will rotate yearly between Northern and Southern California locations.

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Results For California Amateur Golf Championship
Place  Pts
WinCABhavik PatelBakersfield, CA700
Runner-upCAKevin WentworthArnold, CA450
SemifinalsCARandy HaagBurlingame, CA280
SemifinalsCAJake JohnsonCameron Park, CA280
QuarterfinalsCAPhilip ChianCovina, CA210

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