For only the second time, The Olympic Club hosts the California Amateur
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 19, 2017) - Four players share the lead after the first round of the 106th California Amateur, played at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
But the leaderboard is deceiving. With half of the field playing the Ocean Course with a stroke average just under 74, and the other half playing the Lake Course averaging 78 shots, there really are two leaderboards in one.
The top 27 scores in relation to par were shot on the Ocean Course, led by four players at four under par 67. Ben Corfee of El Macero was the first to post the number, going out in the first group and making eight birdies against four bogeys.
Blake Abercrombie of Rocklin followed with a six birdie, two bogey round, as did < href="http://www.amateurgolf.com/Rankings/18472/Joshua-McCarthy">Josh McCarthy of Danville.
Eddy Lai played in the second-to-last group and had a bogey free round with four birdies to create the four-way tie.
Danny Ochoa of Carlsbad and P.J. Samiere of San Diego each had three under 68s to sit tied for fifth.
On the Lake Course, it was a different tournament. No one broke or even matched par, as the course showed why it has so many times been chose as a U.S. Open venue.
Daniel Connolly of San Francisco and David Laskin of Elk Grove tied for the low round on the Lake, each shooting a one-over 72. Eight players were one shot behind them at two-over 73.
In all, 27 of the 36 rounds of 80 or higher were shot on the Lake Course.
Tomorrow the field is flipped, with everyone switching courses. Only then will the leaderboard reflect the true order of players, with the field cut to 32 players for match play.
In the simultaneously held North/South Challenge, which features six of the best of the SCGA taking on six of the NCGA’s best for the Roger Lapham Trophy, the SCGA leads after the first round, 352-357. The SCGA was led by Samiere’s 68 and a 70 by Spencer Soosman. The NCGA was paced by three 71’s—Noah Norton, Justin Suh and Jason Anthony.
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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