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102nd California State Amateur Championship Cory McElyea | Monterey Peninsula Country Club | June 17-22


into the 36-hole final. De- Chambeau cut his deficit to just 2-down through 21 holes, but McElyea regained control with a scrambling par on the 24th hole to pick up a surprising win. McElyea then iced the


match with the shot of the day, when he holed out for eagle on the par-5 ninth from 60 yards to go 4-up. The countdown was on


from there. “That was definitely


Cory McElyea It was quite a two weeks for Santa


Cruz’s Cory McElyea. First, McElyea played in the U.S. Open at Merion GC in Pennsylvania. Then, he won the California State


Amateur for the first time. McElyea flew across the country on


the eve of the 102nd California State Amateur and proceeded to qualify for match play on the Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Five matches later, the 21-year-old was hoisting the Edward B. Tufts Trophy. “I think I was a lot more mentally


prepared (coming into this event),” said McElyea, who shot 81-79 at Mer- ion. “Just realizing that I could play with some of the world’s best (at the U.S. Open).” McElyea raced to a 7-up lead on Bryson DeChambeau just 12 holes


the turning point by far,” McElyea said.


McElyea went up dormie-5 before


closing out DeChambeau 3-and-2. “It’s awesome to win,” said


McElyea. “Looking at some of those names, it’s pretty cool that my name will be etched on that trophy.” Those names include Johnny


Miller, Ken Venturi, Gene Littler and Mark O’Meara. McElyea’s toughest match was in the semifinals, when he needed 19 holes to outlast Cal redshirt Pace Johnson. DeChambeau, the 2011 Northern Cali- fornia Junior Tour Player of the Year, went to extra holes against Nick Moore and Johnny Macarthur. McElyea qualified


as the No. 10 seed after Roger Lapham Challenge Cup


A year after losing by 46 strokes, the NCGA exacted revenge with a 27-shot victory over the SCGA, 734-761. The NCGA had an impressive performance, as five team members (DeChambeau, Garrick, Moore, Johnson and Ben Geyer) advanced to match play. The scoring for the Challenge Cup is the best five scores out of six each day of medal play.


rounds of 73 at the Shore Course and 72 on the Dunes Course. Clovis’ DeChambeau, 19, was the No. 29 seed, rebounding from an opening 77 on the Shore Course with a 72 at the Dunes Course. Cameron Park’s Corey Pereira


and San Diego’s Xander Schauffele tied for co-medalist honors, finishing at 2-under 142. But Schauffele, who was seeded No. 1, was upset in the first round of match play by No. 32 Jonathan Garrick. (Garrick also hadan albatross in his Round of 16 win.) Pereira was knocked out in the Round of 16 by David Gazzolo, continuing a recent trend of chaos in match play. Since 1986, only three medalists


have gone on to win the California State Amateur. For the first time in recent memory, four Northern Californians comprised the final four—McElyea, DeChambeau, Matt Hansen and Johnson. Defending champion


Kevin Marsh was disqualified after the first round of stroke play for playing a ball that was later ruled to be out of bounds.


The 2014 California


State Amateur will be hosted at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad. It re-


Bryson DeChambeau


turns to Northern California in 2015 at Lake Merced GC, which also hosted in 2009.


52 / NCGA.ORG / SUMMER 2013


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