June 21, 2014
San Diego resident Xander Schauffele reached the pinnacle of amateur golf in the Golden State.
Schauffele, a senior-to-be at San Diego State and the No.8 seed, won the prestigious California State Amateur Championship on Saturday at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, knocking off No.2 seed Beau Hossler of Mission Viejo, 2-up.
With the win, Schauffele joins an illustrious list of former winners of the event including Johnny Miller, Mark O’Meara and John Cook. In both Friday’s quarterfinals and semifinals, Schauffele, 20, also won 2-up.
“I’m really excited,” Schauffele told the Southern California Golf Association’s Julia Pine. “We were both playing so well. It just felt like we were matching each other shot for shot.”
That they did.
With Schauffele holding a 1-up lead after the first 18, the two went on to halve the first six holes of the afternoon round before Schauffele went 2-up with a birdie on the 25th hole.
Hossler, who plays at the University of Texas, struck back with a birdie on the 26th hole (the par-3 8th) but Schauffele went back to 1-up with a birdie on the 28th hole.
On the 30th hole, Hossler, 19, cut the lead to 1-up with a birdie. From there, the two Southern California players halved the next five holes.
On the 36th hole and final hole of regulation, Schauffele shut the door on the victory, making birdie to Hossler’s par.
In both of his quarterfinals and semifinals wins, Hossler, who became a sensation during one point of the second round at the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club after he held the outright lead, had won in extra holes.
This past season, Schauffele was named to the PING All-West Region Team. At last year’s U.S. Amateur Championship at Brookline, he’d reach the Round of 16.
Coming into the championship, Schauffele was the No.44 ranked amateur in the world. Hossler, who was making his California State Amateur debut, was ranked No.86.
The morning round was a back and forth affair the entire way, with neither Beau Hossler nor Xander Schaufelle able to build more than a 1-up lead.
Hossler took a quick 1-up lead to open the match with a birdie on No.1. Schauffele made it all-square with a par on the 4th, but Hossler retook a 1-up lead when Schauffele bogeyed the 8th.
The two see-sawed from there, with Schauffele winning the 9th with a birdie and Hossler winning the 13th for yet another 1-up lead.
Following a Hossler bogey on No.14 that again made the match all-square, Hossler birdied the par-3 16th for a 1-up lead.
A Schauffele par on the 17th and birdie on the 18th gave Schauffele a 1-up lead at the break.
Schauffele will now have his name on both the Edward B. Tufts Trophy, which goes to the winner, and the trophy that is handed out to the medalist. Schauffele was co-medalist at the 2013 championship at Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
June 20, 2014
The morning started out with the guarantee that two Northern California players would remain alive in the brackets. By the end of the day, none remained.
On what was a busy day at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Southern California players Xander Schauffele and Beau Hossler defeated Paul Smith of Turlock and Matt Hansen of Los Osos, respectively, in the semifinals of the 103rd California State Amateur Championship to advance to Saturday’s 36-hole championship finale.
In the first semifinal match, Schauffele, the No.8 seed, took advantage of a 3-up lead up and held on to defeat the No.4 seeded Smith, 2-up.
The No.44 ranked amateur in the world, Schauffele, who plays at San Diego State, got the edge early when following a pair of Smith bogeys on No.3 and No.4, he birdied the 5th.
Smith, who plays at USC, moments laterclosed the gap to 2-up with a birdie on the 6th, but Schauffele made it 3-up again with a birdie on the 9th.
On the back-nine, Smith,who before becoming a Trojan was an NCAA Division II PING All-American pick at CSU-Stanislaus, valiantly tried to get back in it. He’d birdie the 11th and win the the 14th with a par to trim Schauffele’s lead back to 1-up.
After halving holes No.15 through No.16, Schauffele got the victory when Smith bogeyed the 18th.
In the other semifinal, Hansen, the No. 90 ranked amateur in the world, got the early advantage, taking a 2-up lead through seven thanks to a birdie on the 5th and another birdie on the 7th.
But Hossler, who made a splash at the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club by holding the outright lead during one point of the second round, wouldn’t give in.
Following a Hansen bogey on the 9th that cut the lead to 1-up, Hossler, the No.86 ranked amateur in the world, eagled the par-5 10th and birdied the 11th to suddenly take his own 1-up lead. Following another Hossler birdie on the 13th, it was Hossler, the No.2 seed, who suddenly held a 2-up advantage.
This time, it was Hansen who refused to fold. A two-time Division I PING All-West Region team pick while at UC Davis and the No.22 seed, Hansen cut it back to 1-up with a crucial birdie on the 16th.
On the 17th, Hossler made a great save for par to keep Hansen at bay. But Hansen brought it back to all-square with a birdie on the 18th.
The two went to sudden death where Hossler prevailed, winning on the 19th hole with a birdie.
Hansen had been no stranger to pulling off the upset. In each of his three prior matches, he’d bumped out a higher seed.
For Hossler, it was his 43rd hole of the day.
The morning quarterfinals featured a pair of Northern California head-to-head match ups with berths in the semifinals on the line.
Smith took an early lead and never let it go, knocking out Pleasanton resident Ryan Knop, 3 and 1.
Smith went 1-up on the par-4 1st when Knop bogeyed. Another Knop bogey on No.3 and a Smith birdie on the 4th quickly made it 3-up.
Knop, who recently helped Foothill High claim its record sixth CIF/NorCal Boys’ Golf Championship crown and is a regular on the Junior Tour of Northern California, did manage to cut the deficit to 2-up with a birdie on No.5, but that would be as close he’d get.
The two would halve the next 11 holes, with Smith sealing the victory with a par on the 17th.
Like Smith, Hansen also jumped out to a quick 2-up lead in defeating Walnut Creek’s William Brueckner, 2 and 1.
But Hansen had a much tougher time shaking Brueckner. While Hansen forged a 2-up lead through five, Brueckner, who’s headed to Gonzaga University in the fall, made his first stab at a comeback with a birdie on the par-3 8th.
Two holes later, Brueckner, 17, made it all-square with another birdie on the 10th. Hansen didn’t establish control again until Brueckner slipped with bogeys on the 12th and 14th. Brueckner won the 15th with a par to cut it to 1-up, but Hansen ended the match with a par on the 17th.
In the other quarterfinals matches, Schauffele defeated No.16 Sidney Wolf of Valencia, 2-up, while Hossler outlasted No.7 seed Lorens Chan of Honolulu on the 24th hole in what was an epic duel.
During regulation, Hossler and Chan halved 14 holes. Hossler shot 2-under, while Chan went 1-under.
Due to the length of the Hossler-Chan quarterfinals match, the starting time for the Hossler-Hansen semifinals match was pushed back almost an hour.
Saturday’s 36-hole championship match begins at 7:30 a.m. Former winners of the prestigious championship include Bobby Clampett, Johnny Miller and Mark O’ Meara.
June 19, 2014
No.1 seed Jason Anthony of Fairfield is gone, but there’s still plenty of Northern California firepower left at the California State Amateur Championship.
A pair of NorCal players are even guaranteed to reach the semifinals.
In what was the stunner of the day, No.1 seed Jason Anthony of Fairfield was upset by No.16 Sidney Wolf of Valencia, 2 and 1 in the first match of the morning.
Early on, Anthony, a former standout at Fresno State, jumped to a quick 2-up lead with birdies at No.2 and No.3. But Wolf didn’t flinch.
Wolf won the 4th hole with a bogey, and got it back to all-square with a par on the par-3 8th. Later, Anthony took a 1-up lead with a birdie on the 13th, but Wolf again responded, winning No.14 with a par and No.16 with a par. Wolf sealed the upset with another birdie on the 17th.
Four NorCal players, meanwhile, continued to march through the brackets.
In what was the lone NorCal head-to-head second round match, No.12 Ryan Knop of Pleasanton knocked out No.5 Trevor Clayton of Clovis, 5 and 4. For Knop, who recently helped Foothill High claim its record sixth CIF/NorCal Boys’ Golf Championship crown, it was a case of taking control early and never letting up.
A member of the Junior Tour of Northern California, Knop won No.1 with a par and birdied No.3 to take a fast 2-up lead. Clayton tried to claw his way back, twice cutting the deficit to 1-up, but following a Clayton birdie on the 7th, it was all Knop.
Knop, who’s already committed to UC Davis, swept holes No.10 through No.13, playing the stretch at 2-under thanks to birdies on the 10th and 11th.
Also advancing to the quarterfinals was No.4 seed Paul Smith of Turlock, who sent No.20 Jonathan Chang of Corona packing with a 3 and 2 win.
For Smith, who plays at USC, it was an uphill climb. He’d open slowly, posting bogeys on both the 1st and 2nd holes to instantly fall behind two holes.By the time the duo made the turn after the 9th, however, Smith, who before becoming a Trojan was an NCAA Division II PING All-American pick at CSU-Stanislaus, rallied back with birdies at No.4 and No.9 to bring the match back to all-square.
On the back-nine, Smith took control starting with an eagle on the par-5 10th. He later got it to 2-up with a par on the 12th, but Chang came back, winning holes No.13 and No.14 to knot it up again.
Smith went on to win the 15th and 16th holes to regain the 2-up advantage, but Chang refused to fold, winning the 17th with a birdie. Smith finally ended it by making a par on the 18th, while Chang bogeyed.
Knop and Smith will be joined in the quarterfinals by fellow NorCal players Will Brueckner of Walnut Creek and Matt Hansen of Los Osos.
Brueckner, a 17-year-old Junior Tour of Northern California standout and the No.3 seed, slipped by No.19 Mark Anguiano, 1-up.
Headed to Gonzaga in the fall, Brueckner had to work to dispatch Anguiano, who entered the event as the No.60 ranked amateur in the world. The two exchanged a pair of birdies and pars to finish their front-nine at all-square.
On the pivotal back-nine, Anguiano took a 1-up lead with a birdie on the 11th. The pair then halved their next two holes before Anguiano bogeyed the 14th. Anguiano later slipped with another bogey on the 17th, with the two matching birdies on the 18th.
In the first round, Brueckner won on the 20th hole.
For Hansen, meanwhile, it was his second upset win in two days. The 22-year-old former UC Davis standout and No.22 seed eliminated No.6 seed Carter Pool of San Diego, 2 and 1.
A two-time Division I PING All-West Region team pick while an Aggie, Hansen took a 1-up lead with a par on No.3 and never gave up the lead. Following two pars at No.8 and No.10, his lead mushroomed to 3-up. Pool managed to cut the gap to 1-up with a birdie on the 13th, but Hansen had none of it, penciling in a birdie on the 17th to seal the deal.
In the first round, Hansen birdied both the 18th and 19th holes to advance.
While the four are still alive, No.18 seed Shintaro Ban of San Jose, like Anthony and Clayton, saw his run come to an end. Ban, the winner of this year’s San Francisco City Amateur, fell 4 and 2 to No.2 seed Beau Hossler of Mission Viejo. Hossler became a sensation at the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club when, during the second round, he at one point held the lead alone.
Also advancing from the Southern California contingent was No.8 seed Xander Schauffele of San Diego. Currently the No.44 ranked amateur on the planet, Schauffele knocked off No.24 Jacob Knapp of Costa Mesa, 1-up.
Like the second round Knop and Clayton match, Friday’s quarterfinals will involve NorCal players going head-to-head. Smith will face Knop in one quarterfinals match, while Brueckner and Hansen will tangle in another.
The other two quarterfinals matches will feature Schauffele facing Wolf and Hossler taking on No.7 seeded Lorens Chan of Honolulu.
The semifinals will take place following the quarterfinals, with the 36-hole finale slated for Saturday.
June 18, 2014
It looked like a great match just in the brackets. It was even better when the two hit the links.
No.1 seed Jason Anthony of Fairfield and No.32 seed and defending champion Cory McElyea of Santa Cruz opened the first round of match play at this week’s 103rd California Amateur Championship on Wednesday by engaging in a heavyweight fight over the par-72 Champions Course at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad. When it was over, Anthony had advanced to the second round, claiming a victory on the 20th hole (the par-5 2nd) with a birdie to McElyea’s par in what was the marquee match of the day.
If the rest of the week is like that, it’s going to be a State Am to remember.
In the first match of the morning, Anthony, a former standout at Fresno State, jumped to a 2-up lead with a birdie on No.5 and an eagle on the par-5 6th, later making it 3-up when McElyea bogeyed the 9th.
On the back-nine, however, it was McElyea’s turn, as the recent University of San Francisco grad carded birdies on the 11th and 13th to cut Anthony’s lead to just 1-up. It remained that way until the 18th, when McElyea finally caught Anthony after Anthony bogeyed the par-5 hole.
Joining Anthony among the early first round winners was No.4 seed Paul Smith of Turlock. Smith, who plays at USC, never trailed in dispatching San Francisco’s Jack Persons, 3 and 2.
An NCAA Division II PING All-American at CSU-Stanislaus before becoming a Trojan, Smith forged a 2-up lead through the first seven holes with a par on the par-3 3rd and a birdie on the 7th. Persons managed to later cut the gap to 1-up with a birdie of his own on the 11th, but Smith stormed right back with a birdie on the 13th and a match sealing birdie on the par-3 16th.
Also moving on were 19-year-old Clovis resident Trevor Clayton and 17-year-old Ryan Knop of Pleasanton.
Clayton, a sophomore at CSU-Stanislaus and the No.5 seed, knocked out No.28 Andrew Morgan of Long Beach, 2-up. All-square through their first nine, Clayton got a birdie on the 10th and par on the 12th to take a 2-up lead. Morgan cut the deficit back to 1-up after a Clayton bogey on the 13th, but Clayton went on to win three of the last five holes to earn the victory.
Knop, who recently helped Foothill High claim its record sixth CIF NorCals team title, moved on with a tight 1-up win over No.28 Dalan Rafioglu of Foster City. Seeded No.12, Knop never trailed but saw Rafioglu cut what was a 3-up lead to 1-up with a par on the 12th and a birdie on the 13th. Knop immediately went back to 2-up with a par on the 14th, but Rafioglu again made it 1-up after a birdie on No.17. The two halved the 18th, giving Knop the win.
Also pickup a win and staying alive was recent San Francisco City Amateur champ Shintaro Ban. The No.18 seeded Ban, who hails from San Jose, slipped by No.15 Kevin Fitzgerald of Riverside, 3 and 1.
The difference for, Ban, who’ll start playing at University of Nevada-Las Vegas in the fall, was three key birdies–coming on the 8th, 10th and 15th that gave him a 3-up lead.
Like Anthony, both No.3 seed William Brueckner of Walnut Creek and No. 22 Matt Hansen of Los Osos needed extra holes to get through.
Facing upset-minded No.30 seed Austin Amaya of Yorba Linda, Brueckner, a 17-year-old Junior Tour of Northern California standout, trailed by two through the first seven holes. Brueckner, winner of the 2013 San Francisco City Amateur came roaring back, however, winning three of the next four holes to take a 1-up lead. With an Amaya win on the 18th, the pair went to extra holes. On the 20th hole, Brueckner emerged victorious when Amaya carded a double-bogey.
Earlier on the 16th, Brueckner had an up and down that would’ve impressed even Phil Mickelson. On the par-3 hole, Brueckner pulled his tee shot left of the green into the water hazard. Taking off both his socks and shoes, he decided to play the ball as it lied, putting good club on it and sending it over the green and into a bunker. After replacing his footwear, he walked into the bunker and holed out for par.
Hansen, a two-time Division I PING All-West Region team pick while at UC Davis, did pull off the upset. The 22-year-old, who is seeded No.22, moved on with a 19th hole win over No.11 Byron Meth of San Diego.
Hansen originally took control with birdies on the 8th and 9th for a 2-up lead, but Meth birdied the 11th and parred the 12th to bring the match back to all-square. Meth later took a 1-up lead on the 15th and looked to close the door, but Hansen came through in the clutch, posting a birdie on the 18th to keep the match going.
On the 19th hole (No.1), Hansen again shook off the pressure, carding another birdie to eliminate Meth and advance to the second round.
While there are still seven Northern California players alive, three saw their State Am journeys come to an end.
No.10 seed Justin Suh was the victim of an upset, falling 2 and 1 to No.23 Tyler Torano of Chula Vista. Pleasanton resident and No.14 seed Tanner Hughes lost to No.19 Mark Anguiano, 5 and 3, and No.27 Shotaro Ban, the older brother of Shintaro, fell 3 and 1 to No.6 Carter Pool of San Diego.
Suh held a 1-up lead through 10 holes but lost the 14th, 15th and 17th holes. On both No.15 and No.17, Torano carded birdies.
Among the Southern California players still alive is No.2 seed Beau Hossler of Mission Viejo. Hossler, who became a sensation at the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club after he briefly held the lead outright in the second round, advanced with a 3 and 2 win over No.31 Daniel Ragsdale of Oak Park.
No.8 seed Xander Schauffele of San Diego also moved on, winning his match on the 21st hole.
In Wednesday’s second round, Anthony will take on No.16 Sidney Wolf of Valencia, while Smith will face No.20 Jonathan Chang of Corona. In a clash between NorCal players, Knop will face Clayton, while Ban will try to knock out Hossler. Hansen will look to upset Pool, while Brueckner will take on Anguiano.
The first match tees off at 7: 30 a.m.
June 17, 2014
Get to match play.
That was the No.1 goal for everyone in Tuesday’s second round of stroke play qualifying at this week’s California State Amateur at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad.
More than securing a berth as one of the low 32 to move on was Fairfield resident Jason Anthony, who earned medalist honors with a final round 1-under 71 on the Legends Course for a two-day total of 4-under 140. Anthony, a former standout at Fresno State, had four birdies and three bogeys over the final round, good enough to earn him the No.1 seed in the match play bracket.
Two other Northern California players–Paul Smith of Turlock and William Brueckner of Walnut Creek–came in at 141, just a stroke shy of matching Anthony, following rounds of 68 and 72, respectively. Smith was one of the day’s big movers. A day after opening with a 73, Smith, who plays at USC, caught fire on the Champions Course carding six birdies to go with just two bogeys. Brueckner, who was one of the six co-leaders to begin the day and was also on the Champions Course, posted four birdies with four bogeys.
Also coming in at 141 after a 72 on the Champions Course was 2012 U.S. Open sensation Beau Hossler of Mission Viejo. Hossler, who now plays at the University of Texas, had a steady second round, carding two birdies and two bogeys.
Finishing the stroke play portion in a tie for fifth at 142 was four players including Trevor Clayton of Clovis, San Diego resident Xander Schauffele and Hawaii’s Lorens Chan. A day after opening with a 69, Clayton managed to nab only two birdies while carding three bogeys. Schauffele, who was co-medalist at last year’s championship at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, repeated his first round, carding four birdies and three bogeys for another 71.
Early in the second round, it appeared that San Diego’s Byron Meth would be the player to catch. Meth opened the day with a brilliant 6-under 30 on the Champions Course front-nine that got him to 5-under. He’d go on to play the back-nine at 4-over, however, thanks in part to a double-bogey on the 15th to come in at 143 (T-9).
Also finishing at 143 following a second round 73 was San Jose resident Justin Suh. Suh entered the championship on a roll. He recently won the individual title at the CIF State Boys’ Championship and followed that up with a victory at the Santa Clara County Championship.
Another big mover on the day was San Jose resident Shintaro Ban. Ban, winner of this year’s San Francisco City Amateur, went from a first round 76 to a 68 that featured eight birdies. The only two things that halted Ban’s progress were a pair of double-bogeys on holes No.1 and No.9.
Ryan Knop of Pleasanton and Matt Hansen of Los Osos, two other Northern California players who shared the first round lead, also advanced to match play, shooting rounds of 75 and 76, respectively, to finish T-12 and T-20.
Among those failing to advance to match play were 2013 co-medalist Corey Pereira (149), record six-time NCGA Player of the Year Randy Haag (150) and recent NCGA Public Links Championship winner Austin Roberts (157).
Both Shotaro Ban, the older brother of Shintaro, and defending champion Cory McElyea of Santa Cruz, who came in tied for 26th at 147, had to survive a playoff to earn some of the last match play berths.
Only 11 players were able to finish under par in the two rounds of stroke play qualifying.
In the North/South Challenge, the South came out on top by five strokes, 724-729, to earn the Roger Lapham Trophy.
Wednesday’s play will consist of the first round of match play, to be held exclusively on the Champions Course. Among the intriguing first round match ups will be the No.1 seeded Anthony taking on McElyea, the No.32 seed.
June 16, 2014
A group of Northern California players, and a guy who made a huge splash at the 2012 U.S. Open, had strong openings as play got underway at the 103rd annual California State Amateur on Monday at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad.
Five players hailing from NorCal–Fairfield’s Jason Anthony, Pleasanton’s Ryan Knop, Clovis’ Trevor Clayton, Matt Hansen of Los Osos and William Brueckner of Walnut Creek–all opened with 3-under 69’s in the first round of stroke play qualifying. Also carding a 69 for a share of the lead was Mission Viejo’s Beau Hossler.
Playing the Champions Course, Anthony, coming off a win at the recent Fresno City Amateur Championship, posted five birdies but also had a double-bogey on the par-4 9th. Knop, who recently helped Foothill High claim its record sixth CIF NorCals team title, had five birdies to go with two bogeys. Brueckner, who won the CIF NorCals individual title, was at 4-under through 17 holes before carding a bogey on the 18th to finish his round. Hansen was simply solid, carding four birdies to go with just one bogey.
Hossler, who now plays at the University of Texas, had one of the wilder 69’s, posting six birdies to go with a bogey and double-bogey on the par-3 11th on the Legends Course. On the 10th, Hossler had made birdie to get to 5-under.
It was at the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club that a then-17-year-old Hossler burst onto the national golf stage, even stealing the limelight from Tiger Woods, after at one point taking the outright lead in the second round. He’d go on to finish tied for 29th in the championship.
Among those in at 70, just a stroke behind the leaders, is San Jose resident Justin Suh. The senior-to-be at Evergreen Valley High, who was last year’s Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year, had four birdies and a pair of bogeys. Just two weeks ago, Suh won the individual title at the CIF State Boys’ Golf Championship San Gabriel Country Club in San Gabriel, posting an 18-hole score of 4-under 67.
Defending champion Cory McElyea of Santa Cruz shot a first round even par 72 on the Legends Course and is tied for 18th.
San Francisco City Amateur champion Shintaro Ban opened with a 76. NCGA Public Links Championship winner Austin Roberts also carded a 76.
Following Tuesday’s second round, a cut will be made with the low 32 advancing to match play on the Champions Course.
In the North/South Challenge, which takes the best five of six scores from each squad, the South squad leads, 359-362. Hansen led the NCGA team with his 69.
June 12, 2014
Considering not only who but what he had faced the week prior, Santa Cruz resident Cory McElyea had good reason to head into the 2013 California State Amateur Championship feeling pretty good about his chances.
Just a week before arriving at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, McElyea had competed in the U.S. Open at Merion GC in Ardmore, Penn.
“I think I was a lot more mentally prepared,” McElyea said. “Just realizing that I could play with some of the world’s best at the U.S. Open.”
Not to mention competing on a USGA-prepped venue.
Come Saturday’s 36-hole championship finale on the Shore Course at MPCC, McElyea’s experience at Merion came in handy. Along with playing another tough track, the then 21-year-old University of San Francisco junior squared off with Southern Methodist University standout Bryson DeChambeau.
McElyea shrugged it all off, taking an early 3-up lead in the morning round that later expanded to 7-up. DeChambeau never gave up though, eventually cutting the deficit to 2-up early in the afternoon round.
The momentum shifted back to McElyea for good on the par-5 9th when McElyea holed out for an eagle from 60 yards out to take a 4-up lead with nine holes to play.
In the end, McElyea walked away with a 3 and 2 victory, joining the likes of Johnny Miller, Mark O’Meara and Bobby Clampett as winners of the prestigious event.
“It’s awesome,” McElyea said. “Looking at some of those names, it’s pretty cool that my name will be etched on that trophy.”
Starting Monday at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, the race to capture the illustrious Edward B. Tufts Trophy will begin anew as the 103rd California State Amateur gets underway.
For McElyea, who has since graduated from USF, this year’s championship will most likely be his last. At a junior clinic he co-hosted in April, he hinted that he plans on turning professional at the end of the year.
McElyea faces some tough odds in repeating though. The last player to repeat as State Am champ was Dr. Frank Taylor back in 1954-1955. As usual, the State Am field is also loaded with talent.
One, Portola Valley resident and Stanford freshman Maverick McNealy, will look to follow in McElyea’s footsteps. McNealy is competing in this year’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
Others to keep an eye on include San Jose residents Justin Suh and Shintaro Ban, Monterey resident Austin Roberts and Seaside’s Nick Moore.
Suh has been on fire lately, having recently won the CIF State Boys’ Championship Individual title and the Santa Clara County Championship.
Earlier this year, Ban walked away with a win at the annual San Francisco City Championship. Roberts won this year’s NCGA Public Links Championship, while Moore reached last year’s quarterfinals before falling to Dechambeau.
Both Monday and Tuesday’s action will consist of stroke play qualifying to be held on La Costa’s Champions and Legends courses. The low 32 players will then advance to match play, which will be held on the Champions course.
La Costa has hosted the PGA Tour’s Tournament of Champions for 30 years, the Accenture Match Play Championship seven times, and most recently the LPGA Kia Classic.