CGA Amateur Championship Qualifying
San Jose CC
April 23, 2012
SAN JOSE – Sixteen year-old Maverick McNealy led all scores at San Jose CC on Monday with a 5-under 65 as nine players earned spots for the 101st California State Amateur Championship. The Portola Valley resident was able to convert five birdies and an eagle on the day to post the lowest score by three strokes over his fellow competitors. Coming in a three-way tie for second at 2-under par were three other young guns: Nicolo Galleti, Peter Gibbs and Parker Ramsey. Galleti, 17, matched McNealy’s five birdies, but relinquished strokes with three bogeys. The older two, 22 year-old Gibbs and 19 year-old Ramsey, had very similar scorecards as both had four birdies, four bogeys, one eagle and nine pars in their respective rounds.
Alone in fifth place at 1-under par was Pleasanton’s Matthew Miller, who had a volatile round with six birdies and five bogeys. Ronnald Monaco and Justin Pagila tied for sixth place with even-par 70s and the two couldn’t have had more contrasting rounds. Monaco scored 15 pars along with two birdies and a double-bogey, while Pagila had six birdies, two double-bogeys and two bogeys. The final two players to qualify at 1-over 71 were Kit Carson and Michael Brockington, who beat out four other players in a playoff. Carson’s round was aided greatly by an ace on the par-3 third hole, whereas Brockington converted three birdies and four bogeys in his round.
The championship proper will take place at La Cumbre CC in Santa Barbara on June 25-30. Qualifying continues on Wednesday at Bayonet GC in Seaside.