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Saturday, Jul 19 2014 10:31 PM

ROBERT GAUTNEY: Local golfers finish fifth and seventh at the SCGA Amateur

BY ROBERT GAUTNEY Tee to Green

Local golfers Manav Shah and Pete Fernadez, Jr. finished in fifth and seventh place respectivelyat the SCGA Amateur Championship this past weekend on the Rancho Santa Fe golf course.

Shah, a Centennial grad now playing at UCLA, shot rounds of 71-70-73-71 to finish at 3-under-par 285 and that earned him the fifth and final silver plate for a top 5 finish. He was nine strokes back of the winner -- Beau Hossler of Mission Viejo who carded three 68s and a 72 in route to a four stroke win.

Fernandez, a Stockdale High grad who will be a 5th year senior at UC Irvine this year, was a tick back of Shah with rounds of 76-73-68-71 to finish at even-par 288.

A total of 70 players competed and it took a score of 153 to make the 36-hole cut. Ryan Roodzant (BCHS) shot 79-78 to miss the cut by four strokes.

Shain misses out on Match-Play in Public Links

Frontier High grad Meghan Shain, now entering her junior year at Santa Clara, shot rounds of 77-74 and missed out on qualifying for the 64 player match-play field in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in Dupont, VA. this week

Shain's score was just three strokes from a playoff at 148 for the last five qualifying berths. Shain had qualified for the championship by shooting a 75 at Spanos Park GC in Stockton earlier this month.

It's been a busy summer for Shain as she has competed in the Porter Cup in New York, the Long Beach City Amateur, the Western Amateur in Pennsylvania (she won her match-play flight) and now the Public Links in Virginia.

In qualifies for U.S. Women's Amateur

Kaley In, a Stockdale High grad who just completed her freshman year at UC Irvine, qualified for the Women's U.S. Amateur by virtue of some gutty shots at the Sectional Qualifying at the Palos Verdes CC on July 7.

In shot a 2-over 73 that put her into a tie for 10th place with five other players. Only 10 spots were up for grabs, so the 6 players were playing for just the one last berth!

In had to make a 10-foot par putt on the first playoff hole to advance with two other players and then won the playoff with an 18-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole!

She now will advance to Glen Cove, N.Y., Aug. 4-10 to compete on the Nassau CC with the best amateur players in the world.

As a nice side note, In was chosen as second team All-Big West and First Team All Freshman for the Anteaters as she averaged 75 for her freshman year.

U.S. Amateur Sectional at Seven Oaks CC

Seven Oaks Country Club will host a U.S. Men's Amateur Sectional Qualifying this Monday. The tournament is a one-day, 36-hole event with 2-3 qualifying spots up for grabs to advance to the U.S. Amateur Championship in August.

Some of the top local players that will be competing include Manav Shah, Pete Fernandez, Jr, Neil Bautista, Jeremy Choi and Ron Killmer. Tee times begin at 7 am for the first round.

At Valencia Country Club last week, Centennial High's Tyler Burnes, the BVarsity Boys Golfer of the Year, finished T-22 in a field of 58 players in his quest to qualify. Burnes shot 152 but it took a score of 3-under 139 make the top 3.

Tony Denesha competed at the Hacienda Country Club in La Habra on Thursday, but his results were not available.

Bakersfield City Amateur

Entries are being accepted for the 35th Bakersfield City Amateur Championship at Sundale CC July 26-27. Entry is $110 and includes two rounds of golf, tee prize and awards.

There will be a championship flight (3 index and below) and a handicapped flight for players with indexes at four or above with both gross and net awards and second day awards too. There is also a seniors flight for those 50 and over by July 26.

The event is part of the Michelob Ultra/Sports Authority Player of the Year Series where players earn points for top 10 finishes in championship flight play.

Deadline to enter is July 23 at 5 p.m. Proceeds, as they have been since the inception of the tournament, will benefit Child Abuse Prevention through the Bakersfield Exchange Club. Call the Sundale pro shop at (661) 831-5224 to enter or to get more information.

Chip Shots

* Bill Frankhouser, Jr and playing partner Bryan Lynn won the prestigious Satori Cup Invitational at the Los Angeles CC last week. Both are members at Stockdale CC.

* Bhavik Patel finished T-38 in the Utah Championship in Sandy, Utah, last week with rounds of 66-66-68-76. Patel was in line for a Top 5 finish, perhaps even better finish as he was T-7 after 54 holes, but his final round pushed him back. It is not known if injury again plagued him, but he is now 77th on the money list and will probably need a win, a runner-up finish or several Top 5 finishes to crack the regular season-ending top 25 and a berth on the 2014-15 PGA Tour. Including this week (Patel is not playing) there are six more events left before the Web.com Tour playoffs, four tournaments that decide the final 25 spots for the PGA Tour.

* The PGA Tour will be back in action at the Canadian Open next week, the Champions Tour will be taking part in the U.S. Senior Open next week the LPGA Tour is participating in the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, OH this week.

* Remember that a Handicap Index is based on potential, so post ALL of your rounds for an accurate index of your ability against a course and fellow competitors! Don't be hesitant to report top individual and team performances, holes-in-one or any other golf related news, both amateur and professional that you think the readers would like to know about and keep Tee to Green posted on results for college players, etc. to the e-mail address below.

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

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