California Amateur: Hall is Medalist, Match Play Bracket Set
Medalist Cody Hall (NCGA photo)
Medalist Cody Hall (NCGA photo)

CARLSBAD, CA (June 19, 2018) – Cody Hall (Wildomar, CA), a rising senior at Cal State San Bernardino, shot a 6-under 66 on the Champions Course at the La Costa Resort to earn medalist honors at the 107th California State Amateur Championship.

Playing in his first California State Amateur, Hall opened the tournament with a 73 on the Legends Course, then shot the low round of the day by three shots, going bogey free with six birdies.

“I hit 17 greens today,” said Hall after his round. “I hit the ball nicely which was polar opposite of yesterday, made some putts. Everything just fell my way today.”

Hall now takes the #1 seed into match play on Wednesday. Finishing one shot back of Hall and with the #2 seed was Brad Reeves (Woodbridge, CA), who plays at the University of Arizona. Reeves was one of four players with the low round on day one a 3-under 69, and he followed it up with a 71 on the Legends Course.

Tied for third at 3-under 141 were UCLA rising junior Hidetoshi Yoshihara (Irvine, CA) and University of Washington rising sophomore Noah Woolsey (Pleasanton, CA).

Other players advancing to the match play stage include Ryan Sloane (Campbell, CA), who has won four straight California State Fair Masters titles in a row, and last year’s NCGA Mid-Amateur champion Bobby Bucey (Concord, CA). Sloane was 2 under for the qualifier and Bucey 1 under.

Another mid-amateur, reigning Kelly Cup champion Corby Segal (Santa Clarita) who also won the 2016 SCGA Mid-Amateur, was 1 under and made it comfortably to match play.

Eddy Lai (San Jose, CA), last year’s stroke play medalist who made it to the round of 16, shot 1 over to advance. Daniel Connolly, last year’s NCGA Stroke Play champion and the 2016 San Francisco City champ, was at the same score.

Thomas Hutchison (San Jose, CA) and Tyler Guo (Irvine, CA), who shared the lead after 69s in round one, struggled in the second round, both shooting 76 and flirting with the cut line. Both, however, made it with a shot to spare.

The other round one leader, Colt McNealy (Portola Valley, CA) was not so lucky, shooting 80 and falling outside the top 32.

The cutoff for the top 32 came at 2-over 146, and 35 players shot that score or better, necessitating an 8-for-5 playoff to complete the match play bracket.

Dan Sullivan (Pasadena, CA), last year's SCGA Mid-Amateur champion and a U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist two years running, was one of the five players making it through the playoff.

Among those eliminated in the playoff was the 1994 champion Steve Woods (Campbell, CA), which guarantees that the champion this week will be a first-timer. Woods was the only former champion in the field.

In the North/South Challenge, in which teams of six players from the NCGA and SCGA battle for the Roger Lapham Trophy, the NCGA claimed the trophy with a narrow three-shot win over the SCGA, 731-734. Both teams took 367 shots in the best-five-scores-out-of-six-players format on the second day of qualifying after the NCGA had taken a 364-367 lead after day one.

The tournament continues with the first round of match play on Wednesday.

Results: California Amateur
WinCABobby BuceyConcord, CA600
Runner-upCAHidetoshi YoshiharaIrvine, CA400
SemifinalsCAForbes CollinsLake Forest, CA300
SemifinalsCASixian (Tyler) GuoIrvine, CA300
QuarterfinalsCAZihao JinSan Diego, 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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