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in Santa Barbara and worked at La Cumbre on the driving range before becoming a junior member, and eventually, a full- time member. It also launched an impressive stretch of play that included winning his third Stocker Cup in four years in October. Thanks to that run, Marsh now has his eye on one of two spots on the Walker Cup team reserved for Mid-Ams. Marsh’s State Am title snapped a streak of six straight collegiate players winning the championship. Jordan Nasser, who started that streak in 2006, and Don DuBois, the last Mid-Am to win in 2005, are also registered to play in this year’s fi eld.


Monterey Peninsula County Club


Brett Kanda the next day. Anderson was taken to the brink of elimination again in both the quarterfi nals and semifi nals, where he needed 19 holes, and then 20 holes, to advance. But the battle-tested 18-year- old prevailed, and ultimately clinched the championship with his 4-and-3 win in the fi nals. Since Anderson won at MPCC in 2007, he enrolled at Pepperdine, where he played


four years, winning three tour- naments and earning 2012 All- American honorable mention. He advanced to the semifi nals of the 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links, and turned pro after fi nishing school in the summer of 2012.


While Anderson won’t be back, defending champion Kevin Marsh highlights the list of previous winners registered to play in this year’s State Am. Marsh, who won the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur, beat NCGA Player of the Year Ben Geyer 4 and 3 in the 36-hole fi nal at La Cumbre in Santa Barbara.


“I felt like I needed to win a State Am to fulfi ll a lot of the things I wanted to accomplish in the game,” said Marsh, a former roommate of Jason Gore at Pepperdine. “A USGA championship was huge, and winning a couple of Southern Cal amateur titles was big, as well as the Stocker Cup. “But the Califor- nia State Amateur, it doesn’t get much bigger that that. Being from California, it’s very important to me.” The win was a bit of a homecoming for Marsh, who grew up


Marsh also was the third straight SCGA player to win the


Defending champion Kevin Marsh


State Am, and seventh in the last eight years.


No player since Dr. Frank


Taylor in 1954 and 1955 has won back-to-back titles, and Marsh understands why. “Match play is a fi nicky thing,” Marsh said. “A lot of things have to go your way to win a match play tournament. You’ve got to play well, you’ve got to get a little lucky, and a lot of stars need to align. To win a tournament like that, it doesn’t happen very often.”


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Five-time champion Jack Neville at Monterey Peninsula County Club in 1927


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