Sisk returns home from Ireland for share of California Am lead
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Just days removed from a trip to the quarterfinals at the Amateur Championship in Portmarnock (Ireland) Golf Club, Cameron Sisk is back in his home state and at the top of the California Amateur leaderboard. The Arizona State player opened with 7-under 65 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course and shares the first-round lead with Jamie Cheatham.

Sisk, of El Cajon, Calif., didn’t have a bogey on his card on Monday. He opened with four straight birdies, added another at No. 6, then had two more on his back nine to get to 7 under.

Sisk ended his college season with a tie for second at the NCAA regional at Stanford Golf Course.

As for Cheatham, a Rancho Santa Fe resident who plays for Cal, his opening 65 included eight birdies with a bogey thrown in at No. 4. Cheatham had to birdie the final hole to stay tied with Sisk atop the leaderboard.

Thomas Hutchison of San Jose is solo third with a 6-under 66. The UC Davis player also traveled to Portmarnock last week, but only made it as far as the Round of 32.

Sean Yu, who plays for San Jost State, and Josh McCollum, who plays for Chico State, are tied for fifth.

Jason Anthony had a strong start to the month with back-to-back victories at the Billy Bell Cup at the NCGA Mid-Amateur and after Monday, was tied for sixth at 3 under.

Devon Bling, the U.S. Amateur runner-up who played the U.S. Open earlier this month, is one shot behind Anthony and part of an eight-man tie for ninth.

Defending champion Bobby Bucey will have to make up some ground on Tuesday to get back inside the top 32 and earn a spot on the match-play bracket. Bucey opened with 3-over 75 on the Shore Course and is tied for 57th.

Results: California Amateur
WinCAWilliam MouwChino, CA600
Runner-upCAChristian BankeDanville, CA400
SemifinalsCACaden FioroniLa Jolla, CA300
SemifinalsCAJoshua McCarthyDanville, CA300
QuarterfinalsCARamiz JamalHuntington Beach, 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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