SCGA Amateur: Marsico leads after round one

SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (July 8, 2011) --Maxwell Marsico leads the field after the first round of the 112th Amateur Championship, shooting a four-under par 67. Round 2 of the tournament, which is being held at San Gabriel CC, is currently underway.

Easily the most popular player at the tournament was Patrick Cantlay, who played in front of a gallery of more than 75 people during Round 1. The rising UCLA sophomore didn’t disappoint, posting a two-under 69, good enough for a tie for third place. His UCLA teammate, however, finds himself alone in second place. Rising UCLA senior Alex Shi Yup Kim fired a three-under par 68, just one-stroke off the lead.

“I didn’t hit it very well, but I made a lot of putts out there,” said Kim. “The greens are really good, and I’ve been able to read them well. I was struggling coming in, so I was happy with my round.”

A slew of players find themselves tied with Cantlay, who was this year’s low amateur at the U.S. Open, for third. Ben Doyle, winner of this year’s SCGA/CIF High School Championship and one of the youngest players in the competition, fired a two-under par 69. Also shooting a 69 was Steve Lim of Los Angeles, Colin Featherstone of San Diego, Alex Angard and Jeff Wibawa of Encino, Jordan McRobie of Costa Mesa and 2006 SCGA Mid-Amateur Champion Robert Funk, 48.

“The course is good for me, nice and short, which brings an old guy into it,” said Funk after his round. “It was one of those rounds where I had a lot of pars going on early, but on the back I made a lot of birdies and an eagle.” When asked if he would make any changes for Round 2, Funk replied, “there’s one hole I’m going to hit driver on, and that is No. 8.”

Round 2 action began at 1 p.m.

Results For Southern California Amateur Championship
1CAPatrick CantlayLos Alamitos, CA40069-70-65-66--270
2CAManav ShahBakersfield, CA26070-67-67-67--271
3NVMaxwell MarsicoLas Vegas, NV16067-66-68-71--272
4CAKevin DoughertyMurrieta, CA16070-70-69-68--277
5CABhavik PatelBakersfield, CA16072-70-70-66--278

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This is the longest standing championship conducted by the SCGA. Started in 1900, this event crowns the best amateur player of the Association. Since the inaugural event, the SCGA Amateur has enjoyed an illustrious history of great champions, including Tiger Woods and Al Geiberger to more recent stars including Beau Hossler and Patrick Cantlay. The event is open to members with a Handicap Index of 5.4 and below. Competitors undergo 18 holes of qualifying play in order to reach the final field of 84 players. In the Championship, players compete over 72 holes of stroke play with the top 42 and ties advancing after the first 36 holes. The championship site is traditionally held at the home club of the current SCGA President.

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