Bryan Martin of Thousand Oaks, CA becomes the 116th Champion of the California State Open with a four day total of 20-under-par, 268, shooting a 68 in the final round for a one stroke victory. Martin opened up his first round in the State Open with a 7-under 65 to take the early lead and never looked back, as his name was positioned at the top of the leaderboard the entirety of the Championship.
The final round unfolded to become an exciting one, as the 72nd hole of the State Open proved to be the decider. Xander Schauffele of San Diego was four shots back to the leader Martin as the final round began, but Schauffele put himself right back in the mix with four consecutive birdies on holes 4 thru 7 to turn with a 32 on the front nine. Bryan Martin maintained the lead though by a mere stroke despite the early surge, posting a one-under 35.
Continuing the birdie theme on the back nine, Xander found his eighth and most important birdie of the day on the par 3 17th that would tie the Championship with Martin at 20-under-par. The magic would then end for Schauffele as the charge fell just short on the 72nd. Xander, standing just inside 20 feet away for birdie, would three putt bogey the final hole of the Championship to post a very impressive 65 and finish at 19-under-par for the four days. Martin hit the 72nd green in regulation, needing to two putt for the victory. The lengthy first putt was nicely read by Martin, leading to par and finish with a 68 at 20-under and one stroke clear of the field.
Martin never faulted staying bogey free on the final 9 holes of the California State Open, shooting a 33 for a final round of 68. Bryan posted rounds of 65-69-66-68 to top the field of 156 players and becomes the 116th Champion of the storied California State Open to have his names etched in the trophy by the likes of the great past champion Walter Hagen.
Richard Kim of Los Angeles took low amateur honors finishing the tournament at 15-under-par. Kim’s consistent play with rounds of 67-69-69-68 put him tied third. Leading the way for PGA Professionals was Steve Holmes of Westlake Village Golf Club finishing 9-under-par.
Congratulations to Bryan Martin on the great wire-to-wire win!
Thank you the host Morongo Golf Club for their continued support of the State Open and their entire staff for their assistance. Another big thank you goes to the Southern California PGA Rules Committee and the countless hours and dedication to the California State Open.