It's down to the final 16 at California Amateur
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 21, 2017) - No.1 seed Eddy Lai of San Jose got through his first obstacle in the match play portion of this week’s California Amateur at the prestigious Olympic Club. It’s a good thing too, because he’s one of just five Northern California players left in the brackets.

Lai, a former standout at Bellarmine Preparatory who’s headed to UCLA in the fall, took a 1-up lead after the first hole and never looked back, knocking out No. 32 seed Jason Anthony, 3 and 2, in Wednesday’s opening Round of 32. Anthony had entered the event leading the points standings for NCGA Player of the Year honors.

Following Lai’s opening victory, however, the Lake Course became a haven for players hailing from Southern California. Nine of the 16 matches in the Round of 32 saw a Northern California player taking on a player from the Southland. The Southern California players went 9-0 in those matches.

Between the NorCal/SoCal match-ups, there were also five opening matches that saw a NorCal player taking on a fellow NorCal player. As a result, Lai will be joined by only four other Northern California players–Ben Corfee, Noah Norton, Bradley Knox and Joshua McCarthy–come Thursday’s Round of 16 matches.

Along with the Southland tidal wave, it was also a day of upsets, as the No.2, No.3 and No.4 seeds all were sent packing. No.2 seed Justin Suh, a former two-time Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year (2013, 2015) who’s now at USC, fell to Norton, an incoming freshman at Georgia Tech, 4 and 3.

No.3 Isaiah Salinda, another JTNC product from nearby South San Francisco, fell 1-up to No.30 Brian Song of Beverly Hills. The No.4 seed, Robert Hamilton of Gold River, who won the 2001 NCGA Four-Ball title and was the oldest player left in the brackets, lost 4 and 3 to Temecula’s Jake Williams.

Results: California Amateur
WinHIP.J. SamiereKailua, HI600
Runner-upCANoah NortonChico, CA400
SemifinalsCAHenry ChungCerritos, CA300
SemifinalsCASpencer SoosmanWestlake Village, CA300
QuarterfinalsCADanny OchoaCarlsbad, CA200

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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, even if the golfer belongs to clubs in both Southern California and Northern California. The 18-hole qualifying 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 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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