Lezlie Sterling / Bee file, 2009

Derek Ernst, left, shakes with Kevin Lucas after winning the Memorial Amateur at Ancil Hoffman.

Making the Rounds: Before first tour win, Ernst ruled at Hoffman

Published: Wednesday, May. 8, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 8, 2013 - 9:57 am

Derek Ernst's playoff victory Sunday in the Wells Fargo Championship was relatively easy. With David Lynn scattershooting his ball all over the 18th hole, all the PGA Tour rookie needed was a par for his first victory.

In 2009, a 19-year-old Ernst thrilled the crowd at Ancil Hoffman with a birdie-birdie-birdie finish in a three-hole Memorial Amateur playoff to beat Kevin Lucas.

Ernst, tipping his hand as to what was to come on the world's biggest golf stage four years later, went 2-3-3 on Hoffman's Nos. 9, 10 and 18. Players familiar with the course will be even more impressed, considering Nos. 10 and 18 play as par-5s the rest of the year.

Ernst was born in Woodland, grew up in Clovis and attended UNLV.

NCAAs or bust

• UC Davis seniors Demi Runas and Amy Simanton will make their fourth appearance in the NCAA Division I Women's Championship when the Aggies begin play in the Central Regional on Thursday in Norman, Okla. Beverly Vatananugulkit, Andrea Wong and Betty Chen round out the team.

• UCD's Tyler Raber (El Macero) and Sacramento State's Ryan Williams and Jordan Weir (El Dorado Hills) were selected to compete as individuals in the NCAA D-I Men's Championship. The three will begin regional play May 16 in Pullman, Wash.

U.S. Open local qualifying

Austin Roberts (Carmichael) was the medalist at U.S. Open local qualifying Monday at Almaden in San Jose. The 20-year-old amateur shot a 5-under-par 67. Justin Estrada (Yuba City), David Brown (Auburn) and Matt Hollinsead (Roseville) failed to advance in a six-player-for-two-spots playoff after shooting 72s.

Cameron Champ (Sacramento) was one of five players advancing at Butte Creek in Chico. Tom Johnson (Del Campo High School) also advanced.

Et cetera

• Folsom Lake College's Tom Crowther and Joel Slak qualified for the state community college championship next week in Carmel.

• Many names of players who qualified for next week's Masters tournament were listed in the Scoreboard of Tuesday's Bee. Those of Rocklin High School's Andrew Penney (1-over-par 73 at Wildhorse) and Blake Abercrombie (74, advanced in a playoff) were not.

Call The Bee's Steve Pajak, (916) 326-5526.

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