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Men's Golf

Five Gaels To Compete in California State Amateur
Release: Wednesday 06/16/2011 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. -- Four current Saint Mary's golfers, in addition to head coach Scott Hardy, are scheduled to compete in the 2011 California State Amateur Championships scheduled for June 20-25 at The Olympic Club, site of the 2012 U.S. Open.

In addition to Hardy, current Saint Mary's golfers Alex Bungert (Orange, Calif.), Ben Geyer (Arbuckle, Calif.), Eric Grimberg (Portland, Ore.) and Mac McClung (Fremont, Calif.) are entered into the competition.

This year's event is the historic 100th competition since it began in 1912.  The tournament is formatted for 36 holes (18 holes per day) of stroke play, with the top 32 players advancing to single-elimination match play.

According to the Northern California Golf Association website, the California Amateur Championship is one of the nation's oldest state amateur golf championships and dates back to 1912 when the California Golf Association was founded. The California Amateur Championship was originally held at Del Monte GC but shifted to Pebble Beach Golf Links when it was built in 1919.

The championship remained at Pebble Beach through 2006, with the exception of 2000 when it was played at Bayonet and Blackhorse GCs (the site of the 2011 Saint Mary's Invitational) due to the U.S. Open being hosted at Pebble Beach. In 2006, the championship began a new tradition of rotating to courses around the state, alternating between Northern California and Southern California.

The tournament has seen many top names including Ken Venturi in 1951, Johnny Miller in 1968, Bobby Clampett in 1978/1980, Duffy Waldorf in 1984 and Mark O'Meara in 1979. Standout golfers who have tried to win the title and failed, include Craig Stadler, Corey Pavin, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Woods reached the semifinals in 1994 before falling to Ed Cuff.