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SCGA Amateur: Marsico still leads, Cantlay three back

SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (July 9, 2011) -- Maxwell Marsico of Las Vegas remains the leader of the Amateur Championship after Round 3, shooting another impressive round to go twelve-under par for the tournament. But it was U.S. Open low amateur Patrick Cantlay who had the round of the day, recording six birdies and firing a six-under par, 65. He is now nine-under par overall and three-strokes behind Marsico.

“I played well today,” said Cantlay, who went on to say that he definitely has better than a 65 in him. “I’ll try and do that tomorrow.”

University of San Diego golfer Manav Shah of Bakersfield also made his way up the leader board, and finds himself in a tie with Cantlay after an impressive round of 67 for a three-round total of 207, nine-under par. Shah has recorded just one bogey in the tournament’s 54 holes.

“I played even par on the front and my putter got hot on the back, went four-under,” said Shah. “I’ve been trying to hit the green and give myself more opportunities to make birdie. If I do that, I give myself a good shot [to win].”

Marsico followed up rounds of 67-66 yesterday with a 68 today. The University of Pennsylvania golfer is becoming more and more comfortable with the San Gabriel CC course as the weekend progresses.

“It’s really just about putting the ball in the fairway,” said Marsico when asked what made him successful. “The greens are small so as long as you put the ball on the green, you give yourself a good shot at birdie.”

It would seem to be a three-man race headed into tomorrow, as Steve Lim of USC sits in fourth place, six-strokes behind the leader after firing a round of 66.

The final round of action begins tomorrow at 8 a.m., with Marsico and Cantlay teeing off at 9:39 a.m. Shah will play with Lim, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

"I think you just have to take it one shot at a time,” said Marsico when asked about his emotions headed into the final round. “Tomorrow I’ll probably hit a three-wood off the tee and that’s all that’s really going through my mind.”

ABOUT THE Southern California Amateur

The SCGA Amateur is one of the nation’s oldest continuously contested amateur golf championships. The first SCGA Amateur was held less than one year after the Southern California Golf Association was formed on July 29, 1899. Only the Utah Amateur, begun in 1899, has a longer consecutive string (the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur both predate the SCGA Amateur, but both USGA events were suspended during war years).

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 association members with a Handicap Index of 5.4 and below. Competitors undergo 18 holes of qualifying play in order to reach the final field, who 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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Results For SCGA Amateur (Southern California) Golf 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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