Roddy Ranch GC
May 2, 2013
ANTIOCH – St. Mary’s College Junior Nick Sako took medalist honors Thursday in CGA Amateur Qualifying at Roddy Ranch GC. Sako fired a score of two-under par 70 to edge out Alex Franklin, who finished at one-under par 71.
Beginning his round off No. 10 tee, the Menlo Park native started his round quickly with birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 to get to two-under par. He would go on to finish his front-nine at two-under par by adding two birdies (Nos. 15 and 18) and two bogeys (No. 14 and 16). On his back-nine, Sako would briefly get to three-under par after a birdie on the par-4 fifth hole, before closing out his round with a bogey-5 on No. 9.
Franklin, the only other under-par score posted, found himself two-over par after his first eight holes. On his ninth hole (No. 18), the San Rafael resident finally made a birdie, which spurred on a back nine that included three more (Nos. 1, 6 and 8) to go along with a bogey (No. 4).
Besides Sako and Franklin, seven other players qualified for the championship, five of them doing so without having to participate in a playoff. Andrej Bevins (Elk Grove), Marcus Potter (San Jose), Cody Robinson (Discovery Bay), Trevor Clayton (Clovis) and Ryan Han (Hollister) each posted a score of even-par 72 to seize one of the nine available qualifying spots.
Michael Decker (Pebble Beach) and Corey Pereira (Cameron Park) were the final two players to earn spots for the championship by having to participate in a sudden-death playoff with four other players: Chris Laub (Tiburon), Ryan Knop (Pleasanton), Dalan Refioglu (Foster City) and Christopher Macasaet (Sacramento). The playoff quickly broke in half after the first playoff hole with Decker, Pereira and Refioglu advancing with pars. The three would then battle it out for an additional three holes, and on the fourth playoff hole, Decker made birdie to advance. On their sixth playoff hole, Pereira and Refioglu got things settled with Pereira advancing with a par, while Refioglu made bogey for first alternate. Laub, Macasaet and Knop played an additional four playoff holes to determine the second alternate spot, which went to Laub after making a birdie.
The 102nd California State Amateur will take place June 17-22 at Monterey Peninsula CC in Pebble Beach, Calif.