By Jack Persons
CARLSBAD, Calif. (June 19, 2014) -- Medalist Jason Anthony was knocked out of the California State Amateur on Thursday at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, making the tournament anyone’s for the taking.
Sidney Wolf took down Anthony 2 & 1, only making two birdies and an eagle to Anthony’s six birdies on the day. The bogeys and doubles piled up for Anthony, however, as Wolf won three of the last four holes of the match to close out his competitor.
Anthony jumped out to the early lead in the match, making birdie on the second and third holes to go 2-up, but doubled the fourth and bogeyed the eight to drop back to all square.
The match went back and forth until the long par-4 14th hole, which Wolf won with a par to Anthony’s double, squaring the match. The two halved the 15th, but Wolf went par-birdie on 16 and 17 to win both holes and secure the victory.
With the top-seeded Anthony ousted, the University of Texas’ Beau Hossler becomes the highest seeded player left in the tournament. The second-seeded Hossler had quite the showing on Thursday to move into quarterfinals.
Playing UNLV commit Shintaro Ban, Hossler birdied each of his first five holes, taking a quick 4-up lead that Ban could not come back from.
Ban won the 6th, 10th, and 13th holes in the match against Hossler, but his opponent quickly rebounded each time, taking the 8th, 11th, and 14th holes to push the match back to 4-up. Hossler then made birdie on the 15th hole to match Ban’s birdie, giving Hossler the 4 & 3 victory. He ended the day with seven birdies.
Hossler will play Lorens Chan of UCLA for a berth in the semifinals on Friday. The other quarterfinalists include Xander Schauffele of San Diego State, who will face Paul Smith of USC; Paul Smith, who will square up against Ryan Knop, a UC Davis commit; and incoming Gonzaga freshman and third-seeded Will Brueckner, who will look to take down Matt Hansen, who recently finished his career at UC Davis and garnered an All-America honorable mention this year from Golfweek.
The quarterfinals will be held on Friday morning, with the semifinals set for the afternoon. The 36-hole final is scheduled for Saturday.
Results and live scoring can be viewed below.
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. Nonexempt players must qualify. An
entrant may play in only one qualifying event,
belongs to clubs in both Southern California
and Northern California. The 18-hole
rounds will determine the qualifiers.
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
playoff, if necessary, to determine the final
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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