Olympic Club – Ocean Course
April 29, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO – No playoff was needed to decide the nine qualifying spots available at The Olympic Club’s Ocean Course on Monday. Exactly nine players came in at 72 or better to capture the nine spots for the 102nd California Amateur Championship this June.
Medalist honors went to Art Golden of Hanford and Mark Mance of Whitefish, Mont., who both fired rounds of even-par 71. Golden, a member of Kings CC, started off slow, got hot in the middle of his round and ended poorly. The 26-year-old, who started on the eighth hole, double-bogeyed the 12th hole, before making four birdies over his next 11 holes (Nos. 16, 18, 2 and 5). With his birdie at par-3 fifth getting him to two-under par with two holes to play, Golden finished off with back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 6 and 7. Luckily for Golden he could afford those mistakes and still walked away with shared medalist honors with Mance.
Mance, an Olympic Club member, had a smooth and steady round. Starting off No. 1, the 45-year-old converted eight straight pars before making a birdie on the par-4 ninth. On the back nine, Mance would take a bogey on No. 12 before trading a birdie for a bogey on the 15th and 16th.
The other seven players to qualify all finished up at one-over par 72, tied for third place: Dashiell Lindsell (San Mateo), Chris Hyland (San Francisco), Steven Fink (Las Vegas, Nev.), Bradley Knox Jr. (Menlo Park), Andrew Buchanan (Los Altos Hills), Aleksei Koika (Burlingame) and Joshua Granger (Monrovia).
A playoff was needed to decide the alternate spots as four players tied for 10th place at two-over par: John Jarvata (Oakland), Jerry Ledzinski (Carmel), Jordan McRobie (Costa Mesa) and Andrew Tilton (San Mateo). After the first playoff Ledzinski earned first alternate, while after four playoff holes McRobie earned second alternate.
The 102nd Annual CGA Amateur Championship will take place June 17-22 at Monterey Peninsula CC in Pebble Beach.