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Thursday, Jul 04 2013 09:01 PM

Robert Gautney: Stockdale grad Fernandez wins Long Beach City Amateur

BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer zewing@bakersfield.com

Pete Fernandez, Jr. will be entering his junior year at UC Irvine with a nice piece of hardware in his trophy case.

Fernandez, who prepped at Stockdale High and redshirted one year at Irvine, boxed the lowest round of tournament golf career with a 68 in the opening round and 70 in the final round at the Skylinks Golf Course  in the 43rd Long Beach City Amateur Championship, but it was a 10-under-par 62 in the second round at Recreation Park GC that people will be talking about for years to come.

All tallied, Fernandez shot 16-under-par 200 in the 54-hole event that had many of the top Southland players competing. And Fernandez needed every stroke as he won by a mere shot over Joey Kron, who erased a 3-shot second round deficit during the final round’s opening nine holes to lead by one entering the inward nine.

But while Kron couldn’t muster another birdie on the final nine, Fernandez birdied two of the last five and played solid par golf on the other seven holes to win.

Fernandez, who will be competing in the U.S. Amateur Sectional at Mission Viejo CC on July 22, will also have one other tournament on his schedule this month – The Long Beach Open July 25-28. He received an invitation to compete in the professional event by virtue of his LBCA victory.

“Couldn’t be more proud of him” his Father Pedro said via e-mail. “He will be graduating at the end of this year and then will begin his 5th year masters program in criminology while competing his final year of golf eligibility if everything goes as planned.”

This year at Irvine, Fernandez averaged 74.06 and was a second-team All Big West selection with four top-10 collegiate tournament finishes. Last year, Fernandez finished fourth in the LBCA and four years ago he won the Crosby Junior Memorial at Recreation Park.

BCC hosts U.S. Amateur Sectional

The Bakersfield Country Club will host one of six Southland U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifying tournaments over the next few weeks July 29.

It is not known how many spots will be up for grabs in the 36-hole one-day event, but typically 2-3 spots will advance to the U.S. Amateur Championship which will be August 12-17 at The Country Club of Brookline in Brookline, Mass.

According to the SCGA’s website, there are 17 Bakersfield amateurs that will be competing for a chance to play in our country’s showcase amateur event. Besides those 17, Pete Fernandez, Jr. and Manav Shah will also be competing at other courses. Fernandez will be at Mission Viejo CC and Shah at Fairbanks Ranch CC in Rancho Santa Fe.

Men’s Bakersfield City Amateur

The 34th Bakersfield City Amateur Championship will be July 27-28 at Sundale Country Club. Entry is $120 and includes two rounds of tournament golf, Saturday lunch and a tee prize.

The event is part of the Michelob Ultra/Sports Authority Player of the Year Series in which the top 10 in the championship flight earn points towards the 2013 Player of the Year award.  Neil Bautista won the first event, the North of the River Amateur last month at Haggerty-North Kern and leads the points standings with 22.

The city tournament will also have a handicapped flight for players with indexes of 4-10 and a seniors flight for anyone age 50 and over by July 28. Any player with an index above 10 may play down to that figure.

The net proceeds will benefit Child Abuse Prevention (Bakersfield Exchange Club) and the entry deadline is July 24 at 5 p.m. Call the Sundale pro shop at 831-5224 for further information.

Another cut for Patel on Web.com Tour

Local pro Bhavik Patel’s finish in last week’s United Leasing Championship in Newburgh, Indiana probably didn’t sit too well with the first year professional, but he still walked away with another cut made and a check for his 72 holes of work.

Patel made a triple-bogey seven on the par-4 18th hole in the final round and dropped from a probable top 25 finish to equal 54th. He earned $2,436 and now has earned $83,760 in 13 tour events and sits 29th on the money list after 14 events of the 25 event schedule.

The top 25 after the Web.com Tour Championship at the end of September will receive varied playing status on the 2014 PGA Tour. Currently, Scott Dunlap is 25th with $89,441. Michael Putnam leads the money list with $386,634.

The tour is off this week and will resume July 11-14 with the Utah Championship in Sandy, Utah.

KCJGA at Mifflin-Buena Vista

The Mifflin-Buena Vista golf course hosted this week’s Kern County Junior Golf Association’s tournament and the headline winners were Tyler Burns in the Boys 16-17 with a 77 and Jeannette Chhuon-Chan in the Girls 14-17 with an 81.

Jared Kinoshita (79) and Anthony Starbuck (80) were second and third in the Boys 16-17 and Lexi Keene (81) and Julia Stewart (82) were second and third in the Girls 14-17.

In the Boys 14-15, Justin Yang (80), Daniel Taylor (86) and Sahib Dhillon were 1-2-3, while in the Boys 12-13, Jacob Moran (82), Dakota Ochoa (86) and Grant Barskdale (93) were the top three.

The Boys 10-11 winner was Donovan Simos (47) with Hayden Hughes (49) second and Justin Yang (54) third. The Boys 9U winner was David Chhuon-Chan with a 42 and Akhil Gorla was second with a 50.

The Girls 13U winner was Madi Daniel with a 48 (she has won all five events) with Ann Verret runner-up at 57. Next week the KCJGA will be at Sundale CC on Tuesday.

Chip shots

  • The SCGA Amateur Championship will be next weekend, July 12-14 at the San Diego CC. At the time of this writing, the SCGA has not released the names of the participants so it is not known how many local players will be competing. Read next week’s column t find out.
  • Updated information (stats, etc.) on local players that are now competing in professional and college golf is always encouraged by Tee to Green as are golf related stories and information you believe that the readers would want to know about. Send the info to the email address listed below and don’t forget about those holes-in-one! And thanks in advance!

Tee to Green appears weekly at Bakersfield.com/sports. You can reach Gautney at gautney@att.net

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