Cal has always been a big supporter of the State Fair Men's Amateur Championship.
As the Bears rose to the top of college golf, the annual tournament at Haggin Oaks benefited from their high-profile presence.
Now, they've gotten a little too good, at least for this holiday weekend's local competition.
Brandon Hagy, the defending State Fair champion, and Joel Stalter, both starters on last season's Cal team that won a record 11 of 13 tournaments, will be at Haggin Oaks. So will Bears Pace Johnson and Shotaro Ban. But starters Max Homa, Michael Kim and Michael Weaver won't after making the United States Walker Cup team that will compete against a team from Great Britain and Ireland on Sept. 7-8 in Southampton, N.Y.
"It's kind of a bummer, but I don't blame them," said Haggin Oaks head pro Mike Woods.
Here are nine other players to keep an eye on:
Cory McElyea, a U.S. Open qualifier, is a USF senior and the California State Amateur champion.
Roseville's Corey Eddings won the State Fair Junior last week at Mather and advanced to the round of 16 at last month's U.S. Junior.
Corey Pereira of Cameron Park set the course record at DarkHorse last week with an 8-under-par 64. He will play for Washington in the fall and is paired with Hagy for the first two rounds.
Sacramento's Cameron Champ is ranked in the top 10 among national juniors and paired with Stalter.
Matt Hansen is the 2011 State Fair winner, a UC Davis senior and paired with McElyea.
Sacramento State sophomore Aaron Beverly won his hometown Fairfield City Amateur earlier this month.
Josh Sedeno of Roseville won the Sacramento City Junior earlier this month.
Grass Valley's Logan Lowe has taken up regular residence high on junior-event leaderboards.
Cody Paladino is a Baylor graduate and Connecticut Amateur champion.
Saturday and Sunday tee times run from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday's final round featuring the low 45 players starts at 7 a.m.
Doug Sanders, 80, a 20-time winner on the PGA Tour nicknamed the "Peacock of the Fairways" for his stylish attire, will be the honorary chairman for this year's First Tee of Greater Sacramento Invitational on Sept. 16 at Serrano.
A.J. Musser, the first assistant at North Ridge, shot a 10-under 62 to break the course record by a shot.
Matt Holm (Emerald Lakes) and Charlie Gibson (Morgan Creek) earned spots in October's PGA Senior Club Professional Championship in Virginia.
Call The Bee's Steve Pajak, (916) 326-5526.