Gibson leads Banke at start of Bayonet Black Horse Amateur
Andrew Gibson (Houston Athletics photo)
Last month, Christian Banke came up one match short in the California Amateur. The San Diego State player has rebounded nicely, and now finds himself near the top of another leaderboard. Banke, of Danville, Calif., fired the day’s second-best score in the opening round of the Bayonet Black Horse Amateur.
Banke’s opening 4-under 68 included a front nine consisting of nine consecutive pars. He had five birdies and a bogey on the back. It was one shot short of leader Andrew Gibson’s 5-under 67.
Gibson is a Scotland native who plays for the University of Houston. He’ll begin his junior season in the fall.
Behind Gibson, the leaderboard has a heavy California slant. Nicklaus Rivera, a Pacific Grove resident, had a 3-under 69 for solo third. Rivera has finished inside the top 15 in this tournament each of the past two years.
Three men are tied for fourth at 2 under and eight more are at even par and tied for seventh.
ABOUT THE Bayonet Black Horse Amateur
54-hole tournament with a 36-hole cut hosted at the
always-tough Bayonet course at Bayonet Black
Seaside, California. In a relatively short amount of
time since the tournament was founded in 2015, it
has turned into one of the top amateur events on
west coast, drawing top collegiate and mid-am
to the Monterey Peninsula. Open to amateur golfers
with an official and verified handicap index not
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