CGA Amateur Qualifying – Rancho Murieta
Rancho Murieta CC
May 20, 2013
RANCHO MURIETA – Richard Gilkey of Bakersfield brought the desert heat with him to Rancho Murieta CC, scorching the layout with a five-under par 67 to win by three strokes. Gilkey got going early in his round making three birdies on his opening nine Nos. 5, 8 and 9 to make the turn at 33. A bogey on the 10th to start off his back nine was quickly made up for with back-to-back birdies on the 11th and 12th and an additional one on the 14th. He would finish his round by swapping a bogey on the 16th for a birdie on the 17th to come in with a 34, to total a 67.
Three players tied for second at two-under par 70: Mitch Card of Redding, Jon Peterson of Granite Bay and Craig Miyamoto of Sacramento. Card, who started his round off No. 10, made four birdies on Nos. 11, 13, 16 and 3, before finishing with back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6. Peterson, who also started on No. 10, took a bogey early in the round on No. 13, before recovering nicely adding birdies on Nos. 15, 5 and 8 to finish with a 70. Miyamoto began his round with a bogey on No. 1, but made birdies on Nos. 7, 8, and 12 to get to two-under. Over his final six holes, the Sacramento resident would trade a bogey on No. 15 for a birdie on No. 16.
Finishing in a three-way tie for fifth place at one-under par 71 and also qualifying were Jonathan Shaw, Shotaro Ban and William Johnson. Shaw of Mill Valley and Ban of San Jose each had three birdies and two bogeys in their respective rounds, while Johnson’s round was much more complex. The Weaverville resident, who started off No. 10, opened with a double bogey, but would make five birdies and eight pars over his next 13 holes. Over his final four holes, Johnson would go par-bogey-par-bogey to finish with a 71.
The final two qualifying spots went to Nicholas Noya of South San Francisco and Matthew Seramin of San Geronimo. The two competitors finished in a six-way tie for eighth place at even-par 72, beating out Brian Jones, Kit Carson, Michael Moreland and Brady Donoghue in a sudden-death playoff. Noya was the first to lock up a spot after the second playoff hole, while Seramin advanced after four playoff holes. Earning first alternate spot was Carson, while Donoghue earned second alternate.
The nine qualifying competitors from Rancho Murieta CC advance to the 102nd California State Amateur Championship at Monterey Peninsula CC, June 17-22.