May 1, 2017
Fresno’s Blake Hathcoat and four others punched their tickets to this year’s California Amateur Championship.
Hathcoat, who plays at St. Mary’s shot a medalist-earning 3-under 69 in a qualifier held Monday at par-72 Merced Golf and Country Club. He’d card seven birdies on the day to go against four bogeys.
Finishing tied for second at 70 were Mike Stieler of Oakhurst and Justin Avery of Clovis. The final two automatic spots went to Santa Clara’s Devrath Das and Hayward’s Garrett Wagner, who tied for fourth at 71.
This year’s California Amateur Championship will tee off June 19-24 at the Olympic Club.