If the skinny cypress trees at Ancil Hoffman just off the eighth fairway and right of the ninth green aren’t removed before next year’s Memorial Amateur, tournament founder/director John Rochelle said he will mark them as “ground under repair.”
Derek Trofimczuk’s tee shot on No. 9 – his final hole Sunday – stuck in a cypress. Because it was 30 feet up, the ball couldn’t be identified and Trofimczuk was forced to declare it lost. The resulting triple bogey caused the 20-year-old from Cameron Park to miss the cut by one stroke.
In the final round Monday, Jonny Baxter’s drive on No. 8 lodged in the cypress and caused the UC Davis senior to incur a one-stroke penalty for an unplayable lie. Baxter, who tied for third, was in second place at the time.
“For guys to be penalized like that, I can’t see the equity,” Rochelle said. “If the trees were 20 yards right or left, that’s a different ballgame.”
If the trees survive, Rochelle said he would mark them so no penalties would be assessed.
• Matt Hansen, the Memorial runner-up, just completed his fourth season playing for UC Davis at the highest level of college golf. He’s played in the nation’s top amateur events, the U.S. Amateur included, but he said he’s never played before a crowd the size of the one during Monday’s final round.
“It was the biggest crowd, start to finish, I’ve ever been followed by,” he said. “It was a lot of fun.”
Credit the Cameron Champ factor. A crowd of about 200 followed the final threesome, which included Champ – the long-hitting local player and eventual winner – Hansen and Baxter.
• Rochelle is still sold on the idea that Ancil Hoffman would make a suitable home for a United States Golf Association amateur event. His next step, he said, is to get the Northern California Golf Association to evaluate and, hopefully, recommend the course.
“(The USGA) yields to their expertise,” Rochelle said.
• Cameron Park’s Corey Pereira (Washington) tied for 19th at the NCAA Division I Men’s Individual Championship on Monday in Hutchinson, Kan. Loomis’ Austin Smotherman (SMU) tied for 29th, and his Mustangs advanced to Tuesday’s eight-team match-play finals where Smotherman lost 3 and 2 to Alabama’s Bobby Wyatt and SMU lost 3-2 to the Crimson Tide. Oklahoma State and Alabama each won twice Tuesday and will play for the team title today.
• Hansen, Pereira, Kevin Sutherland, Kevin Lucas, Owen Taylor, Cameron Rappleye and Marc Engellener will compete Monday in U.S. Open sectional qualifying at Lake Merced and Olympic Club.
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