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Travers Captures California State Amateur Title

Phil Mickelson and played on powerhouse University of Arizona’s championship golf team in the early 1990s. The 40-year-old owner of Harry’s Coffee Shop in La Jolla was seeking his second State Amateur crown, previously winning in 1991. It was Travers, however, that shined in the final, with unshakable focus and his eye on the prize. Not appearing fatigued at all, especially after playing 15 rounds of golf in


Scott Travers of Arroyo Trabuco defeated La Jolla’s Harry Rudolph 4 and 3 in late June for the 99th Califor- nia State Amateur crown at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Travers, 22, the 2010

West Coast Conference Play- er of the Year out of Santa Clara University, picked up his biggest amateur win to date, birdieing four of his first six holes in the 36-hole final to establish an early lead he maintained until the 33rd and final hole. “I’ve really worked hard

the last few weeks, and to be honest, the win still hasn’t hit me,” Travers said with a smile after the win. “I know as a player, you have to be able to finish tournaments, and it’s a relief to do it.” Travers, the No. 19 seed,

took on the hometown favor- ite and No. 5 seed Rudolph, a reinstated amateur who grew up playing golf with

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is an Association member of the NCGA and will enter the NCGA Amateur at Spyglass Hill in August. Rudolph dismissed 2009

By Katie Denbo, Editor and Publisher, FORE Magazine

13 days thanks to participat- ing in last week’s Southwest- ern Amateur in San Diego, Travers carried his bag every round but the final and kept the same routine that was successful in prior rounds. “My ball striking was hit or miss this week, but what I did well was put myself in good spots,” he said. “I putted awesome, everything rolled really true. I’ve had some really close calls, and it was time to win.” The champion

Stocker Cup and 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Kevin Marsh, 37, of Hender- son, Nev., 1-up to reach the finals, while Travers defeated Grant Norton of Rancho Murieta, a redshirt senior at Cal State Sacramento and Burlingame’s Randy Haag, 51, an 11-time NCGA champion and four-time player of the year. Defending champion

Geoff Gonzalez of Diablo qualified for match play but was taken out by Rudolph in the first round. The 100th rendition of

the State Amateur will be conducted at The Olympic Club in June 2011.

Familiar Faces Win

NCGA Titles The NCGA major tournament season

kicked off with the Senior Championship in early April at Spyglass Hill, won by Jeff Burda for the second time in three years. The victory gave the Del Rio member the unprecedented and extraordinary distinction of winning an NCGA title in five decades. St. Mary’s Golf Coach Scott Hardy grabbed his second Public Links title in late April, jump-starting what may be his last year competing as an amateur. Hardy won in a playoff over Senior Player of the Year Mark Miller. Two near seniors took home top honors

at the Four-Ball at Spyglass Hill in early May as CordeValle’s Darryl Donovan (50) and Randy Haag (51) of The Olympic Club won their second Four-Ball title. It was Haag’s 11th overall NCGA gold medal. Mid-June saw Ron Johnson (Diablo)

and Peter Moren (Blackhawk) win the Senior Four-Ball at Poppy Hills by three shots over Burda and Jim Knoll

Other NCGA Champions Four-Ball Net: John Barss and Mike Barss (DeLaveaga GC)

Associate Club Four-Ball Net: Jimmy

Moore and Eddy Claessen (Caddy Club of Pebble Beach) Senior Net: President’s Flight: George Allen (Half Moon Bay); Director’s Flight: Steve Huddleston (Green Valley); Secretary’s Flight: Paul Agriesti (Greenhorn Creek)

Junior Tour (Championship Flights) Brookside: Boys: Bryson Dechambeau, Girls: Casie Cathrea Sierra Meadows: Boys: Bryson Dechambeau, Girls: Casie Cathrea Hunter Ranch: Boys: Nicolas Noya, Girls:

Casie Cathrea Oakmont: Boys: Andrej Bevins, Girls: Linda

Brown Poppy Hills: Boys: Justin Kim, Girls: So

Young Hwang Belmont: Boys: Kit Carson, Girls: Asia Adell

NCGA/CIF Boys’ High School Championship Team: Foothill HS Individual: Jarrett Link

Visit for complete coverage, photo galleries and scorecards for all NCGA championships.

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