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105th Annual California Amateur Championship

Player Handbook Pairings/Results June 25, 2016 In its 105-year existence, the prestigious California Amateur Championship had never seen a pair of brothers both hoist the Edward B. Tufts Trophy, let alone in back to back years. But Shintaro Ban of San Jose made that happen Saturday, surviving a grueling week of golf at Valencia CC to win the tournament just one year after his older brother Shotaro did. “It’s absolutely a dream come true,” said Ban. “To forever have my name under his on that trophy, I can’t believe this really happened.” With his mom and coach by his side, Ban sealed the deal on a 5&4 finals victory on Valencia’s 14th green, collecting a par on a three-foot putt and visibly relaxing for the first time in 32 holes. With a smile across his face, he hugged his caddie, UNLV teammate Justin Chong, as well as his mother and coach, who drove from Northern California late last night, arriving at 1 a.m. this morning, to be there for the finals. Ban’s mother walked off the green with tears in her eyes. Ban beat out UCLA-bound Hidetoshi Yoshihara, who battled hard all day but eventually succumbed to Ban’s incredible play, which included birdies on three of the last five holes of the championship. “I just kept telling myself to stay focused, and to stay aggressive,” said Ban, who pumped two of his longest drives of the day on the 30th and 31st holes of the match. Despite never trailing, Ban was never in dominant control of the match, as each time it looked like he was pulling away Yoshihara would make a critically clutch shot. In Round 1, Ban’s lead grew to as much as 5up, but as soon as it did, Yoshihara won back-to-back holes, bringing the advantage back down to 3. But like most champions, Ban refused to get rattled. Despite looking upset about the two-straight blemishes on the scorecard, he walked up to the 18th green and sunk a birdie putt to head into the break with his lead back up to a comfortable 4. But Yoshihara, who recently won the CIF State High School Golf Championship, earning himself an exemption into this event, never quit. After a brief rest from the 95 degree heat, which had plagued the tournament all week long, the two men returned to action, but it was Yoshihara who looked steadier, trimming Ban’s 4up lead to just 2 within a five-hole stretch that included two birdies by the eventual runner-up. But Ban could not be stopped, and avoided trouble the rest of the way, slamming his foot down on the gas...

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California Amateur Championship Qualifying

Sierra View Player Information Sheet Pairings / Results Course Yardages May 23, 2016 Carmel’s Luke Vivolo emphatically stamped his ticket to this year’s California Amateur Championship. Vivolo, the 2014-2015 Big West Player of the Year at UC Davis, fired a course record-tying, medalist 10-under 62 in a qualifier held Monday at par-72 Sierra View CC in Rocklin. Vivolo, who recently graduated from UC Davis, carded an eagle (hole No.1) and nine birdies to go against his lone miscue of the day, a bogey on the par-4 13th. Robert Meyer had previously held the course record by himself. Ben Corfee, who won last year’s NCGA Four-Ball Championship with Scott Raber, and Kevin Velo finished tied for second place at 66. Finishing tied for fourth at 68 were Jeremy Sanchez and Evan Knight. The final four automatic spots went to Ryan Gronlund, Jeremy Price and Ryan Knop (69) and Zachary Solomon (70). Sanchez and Knop were teammates of Vivolo this season at UC Davis. This year’s California Amateur Championship will be held June 20-25 at Valencia CC in...

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California Amateur Championship Qualifying

Player Information Sheet Pairings / Results Course Yardages May 18, 2016 Greg Gildea, who recently transferred to Fresno State, was medalist at Dragonfly GC after posting a stellar, bogey-free 6-under 66. Gildea carded an eagle on the par-5 13th and added four birdies. Finishing in second place at 69 was recent Alameda Commuters champion Peter Kuest. The other three players advancing through the qualifier with scores of 70 were Lane Pulliam, Bryce Loosigian and Peter Faragia. The first alternate spot went to Blake Hathcoat at 71. The second alternate was Sam Engel (72). This year’s California Amateur Championship will be held June 20-25 at Valencia CC in Valencia....

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California Amateur Championship Qualifying

The event was held at Goose Creek

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California Amateur Championship Qualifying

Player Information Pairings/Results Yardage May 9, 2016 Nine players punched their tickets to this year’s California Amateur Championship after getting through a qualifier held Monday at par-70 San Jose Country Club. A trio of players–Henry Hughes of Palo Alto, Cole Nygren of San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz’ Peter Wood shared medalist honors after all came in with scores of 70. Five players–Miguel Delgado, Chris Parkinson, Sean Etow, Michael Perchak and Carter Walling finished T-4 at 71. The ninth and final automatic spot came down to a playoff between seven...

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