Josh McCollum rolls to a Long Beach Match Play title
Josh McCollum was well-supported during the final match (Instagram photo)
Josh McCollum (Upland, Calif.) completed a strong two week run at the Long Beach Match Play Championship, first earning medalist honors and then riding the #1 seed all the way through the bracket to a finals win over Erick Liscio (Murrieta, Calif.).
McCollum, who said that he has been chasing this title for a few years, started the tournament with rounds of 68-67 on the El Dorado Park Blue Course to medal by three shots, with Liscio taking the #2 seed with rounds of 72-66. McCollum made three eagles in his two stroke play rounds.
From there, he was never seriously threatened en route to the final, with only one of his five matches going past the 15th hole. That match was the quarterfinal match against Brandon Trinkwon which McCollum won 2 and 1.
McCollum, who was well-supported by friends and family for the final match, was in good form coming into the tournament, having finished 7th in the Memorial Amateur over Memorial Day weekend.
Liscio defeated Nick Cantlay 4 and 3 to reach the final, with McCollum taking out Christopher Adnams 5 and 4.
Quarterfinalists included Tyler Schafer, Myoung Kim, Trinkwon, and Cole Griffo.
ABOUT THE Long Beach Match Play
Part of the Long Beach Golf Festival. 36
qualifying first weekend, followed by
following two weekends. Open to men amateur
golfers with a one-year established handicap and
month LI (Low Index) of 4.9 or better, OR who have
played high school or collegiate golf within the past
View Complete Tournament Information