FINAL ROUND RECAP
POWAY, CA— The final round of the 2018 California State Open concluded today on another sunny day at Maderas Golf Club. Andre De Decker of Menlo Park, CA had a very impressive performance on the tough track, which provided a stern test for the players this week. He rounded out day four with a 1-under par 71, which put him at 11-under 277 for the tournament and gave him a 3-shot victory. His wire-to-wire victory included a first round 63, which tied Charley Hoffman’s course record, and put him in a great position right off the bat.
De Decker started the round off slow, +1 thru 7, before birdieing the par 5, 8th. He was able to save that momentum on the next hole, by holing a 15-footer for par after airmailing the green in the back bunker. He and Sam Cyr of La Jolla, CA, who had 7 birdies through his first 11 holes, were neck and neck heading into the middle of the back nine, before Cyr faded after back-to-back double bogies. De Decker holed another set of crucial putts down the stretch, holing a 10-footer for par on 15 and a tricky downhill 5-footer on 16, which essentially sealed the deal.
Round four provided ample scoring opportunities for the rest of the field as well, with Mario Beltran of Miami, FL shooting an 8-under 64 to vault himself into second place alone, finishing at 8-under 280 for the week. He had a flawless round, which included 6 birdies and an eagle on the par 5 8th. Justin De Los Santos of Chatsworth, CA also had a great round, shooting a 7-under 65 with two eagles on the day, to jump into third place at 281. Past champion Jeff Hart, PGA also took it low, firing a 6-under 66 to sneak into fourth place at 282 and the low PGA professional. The top five was rounded out by 2016 and 2017 champ David Gazzolo of Riverside, CA, and Daniel Miernicki of Santee, CA. Both finished at 5-under for a four-day total of 283.
Low amateur honors was taken by local Poway resident, Franklin Huang, who had a solid round of 4-under 68, to put him in a tie for 7thplace for the week at 4-under 284. Huang was one of three players in the field to play in the US Open just a few weeks ago. He played golf at Stanford University, just like champion De Decker, and graduated in 2018.
We want to extend a thank you to the host course of the 2018 California State Open, Maderas Golf Club, for being such a gracious venue this week, along with all the staff that allowed this tournament to take place. Also a big thank you to our veteran Rules Officials, who volunteered their time this week to help the event run as smooth as possible.
ROUND THREE RECAP
POWAY, CA – The third round at Maderas Golf Club provided another electric day of golf, which included a flurry of hole-outs and movement on the leaderboard. Overnight leader, Andre De Decker stayed steady, shooting an even-par 72, to stay at 10-under par and maintain his 4-shot advantage. Kelby Scharmann and Sam Cyr are at 6-under par, shooting 68 and 71 respectively, putting them in a tie for second. Daniel Miernicki had the low round of the day, a 5-under 67, which included 5 birdies and an eagle on the par four 6th, moving him into a tie for 4th along with Redford Bobbitt. Brandon Tsujimoto sits as low amateur going into the final round, currently at 3-under and solo seventh place. With 25 contestants under par thru three rounds, round 4 should provide nothing short of an exhilarating finish in the California State Open.
Two hole-in-ones were recorded in today’s round; Mj Morin made an ace on hole 4 from 168 with a pitching wedge, and Genki Tamashiro jarred one on hole 7 from 219 with a 4-iron.
The final round will begin at 7:20AM tomorrow morning at Maderas Golf Club. Be sure to follow along for live scoring as the action unfolds.
ROUND TWO RECAP
POWAY, CA – Maderas Golf Club provided another vigorous test of golf for the players in the second round of the 2018 California State Open Championship. Andrew De Decker followed up yesterday’s course record-tying 63 with a respectable 71 in demanding afternoon conditions, putting him at 10-under for the week. He currently sits 4 shots ahead of two-time defending champion, David Gazzolo, who fired a 2-under par 70 today. Past champion Ray Beaufils and La Jolla resident Sam Cyr headline the pack of contenders who look to make up some ground tomorrow, with both sitting at 5-under. The current low amateur, Christian Rajcic, sits a 3-under which puts him in a tie for 6th.
ROUND ONE RECAP
POWAY, CA – Round one of the 2018 California State Open has concluded out at beautiful Maderas Golf Club in Poway, CA. On a typical sunny Southern California day, it was Andre De Decker of Menlo Park, CA who rose to the top. De Decker tied Charlie Hoffman’s course record of 63, -9, a scintillating round which included 8 birdies and 1 eagle to just one bogey. He followed up back-to-back birdies on 8 and 9 with a hole-out eagle 2 on number 10, which provided a nice spark in the middle of the round. Two-time defending champion David Gazzolo, started off strong with an afternoon round of 68, which currently puts him in a tie for second along with Christian Rajcic. Scoring conditions should be optimal for tomorrow’s round, as players vie to make the cut of top 60 and ties.
Play resumes tomorrow at 7:20AM with a split tee start off of one and ten. Representing the SCPGA in the field are nine PGA Members, six Associates, and fifteen SCPGA Junior Tour members/alumni. Follow along with the action during tomorrow round on social media! @SCPGA
Maderas Golf Club – Poway, California
In its 119th year of existence, the California State Open will be played June 26th – 29th, at Maderas Golf Club in Poway, CA. The field of 150+ players will consist of PGA professionals, past champions, top performers in 2017 and players exempt based on performance and a number of open qualifiers, making this one of the strongest fields in recent memory. This elite group of professionals and amateurs will tee it up for the opportunity to have their name engraved on the Championship trophy alongside the likes of defending champion David Gazzolo, the venerable Walter Hagen, first Masters winner Horton Smith, U.S. Open champion Gene Littler, PGA champion Jerry Barber, PGA Tour winners such as Dutch Harrison, Jimmy Powell, Roger Maltbie, Dennis Paulson, Greg Twiggs, Kirk Triplett, Tim Norris, Rex Caldwell, Ron Reif, and Jason Gore.
Having first been played in 1900 and considered a PGA TOUR event in the 1920’s and 30’s, the California State Open has always boasted one of the most competitive State championship fields. The Championship will commence over four days and 72-holes with a 36-hole cut to the low 60 competitors on Wednesday evening. Spectators are welcome to walk along and cheer on their favorite players at the Championship and admission is free. All tournament information is available on www.scpga.com. The California State Open is owned and operated solely by the Southern California PGA.
The Championship will be a 72-hole stroke play tournament contested over four days. Following the conclusion of 36-holes, the field will be cut to the Top 60 players and ties who will play the final rounds on June 28th & June 29th with a single morning wave of starting times.
Championship is open to both Professionals and Amateurs. To enter the Championship field, participants must either qualify or meet one of exemptions.
June 26 -27
Morning (7:20AM – 9:27AM) and Afternoon (12:00PM – 2:00PM) Waves
*Players will Flip Waves From Day 1 to Day 2
June 28 – 29
Morning Wave (7:20AM – 9:00AM)
*Subject to Change Based on Number of Participants Making the Cut
ABOUT MADERAS GOLF CLUB
Maderas Golf Club in San Diego, a Johnny Miller masterpiece. The top rated Golf Course in San Diego County offers beauty and challenge as it winds through the cliffs, rock outcroppings, creeks, and forests of the inland hill country of north San Diego.
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San Diego’s top rated golf course, Maderas Golf Club is quietly tucked away amidst the rolling hills of north San Diego, just minutes from downtown. Designed by Johnny Miller and Robert Muir Graves, Maderas offers a unique combination of golf course strategy and design mastery, while taking the concept of upscale golf in San Diego to exhilarating levels.
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