MONTEREY, Calif. -- Three current and former Saint Mary's golfers finished among the top-10 in stroke play to qualify for match play competition at the 102nd California Amateur Championship at Monterey Peninsula Country Club today.
Rising senior Dalan Refioglu shot the day's second-lowest score with a 2-under par 70 to finished tied with former teammate Mac McClung for sixth place in the 156-player field with a 36-hole score of even par 144. Ben Geyer shot 69-76 to finish in a tie for ninth place with a 1-over par 145.
The trio are among 32 players in the field to qualify for match play, which begins tomorrow morning. Refioglu is seeded sixth and will face former Long Beach State golfer Benjamin Lein from Diamond Bar, Calif. at 9:36 a.m. McClung is the seventh seed and will play Dan Sullivan from Pasadena, Calif. beginning at 9 a.m. Sullivan is a 46-year-old USC grad who did not play collegiate golf.
Geyer is the 12 seed and will face Nick Moore of Seaside, Calif. at 8:33 a.m. Moore, a former collegiate baseball player, earned medalist honors at the the 2013 Northern California Public Links Championships.
Refioglu's score today tied for the low score at Monterey Peninsula's Shore Course. He went 1-over on the front nine with a birdie on hole four and bogeys on holes six and eight. The Foster City, Calif. native then made a charge on the back nine with three birdies, including consecutive birdies on the final two holes of the round.
McClung, a recent SMC graduate from Fremont, fired rounds of 73-71 in the two rounds. In today's second round on the Dunes Course, he showed consistency in posting just one bogey to go with two birdies. Yesterday, McClung registered five birdies but offset those with two bogeys and two double bogeys en route to a 1-over 73.
Geyer, the reigning Northern California Golf Association Player of the Year, carded rounds of 69-76 to finish stroke play at 1-over par. Yesterday on the Shore Course, he carded four birdies and an eagle on the par 5 16th hole to go with three bogies. Today on the Dunes Course, he had three birdies but was saddled with five bogeys and a double on the par 3 10th hole.
Rising senior Nick Sako finished in a tie for 67th place with a 10-over par 154. He followed yesterday's 78 on the Dunes Course with a 76 in today's round at the Shore Course.
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 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.