I watched Kevin stick shot after shot close en route to his 64 in the first qualifying round, then of course I wrote that a college bomber would win the 101st Cal Amateur. Like most everything I have been doing regarding golf lately I was dead wrong. Kevin a past USGA Champ (Mid Amateur) can flat out play this game. I’ve seen Kevin light it up on several occasions, recently at the 2010 Stocker Cup where I think he was 4 or 5 under par on the last 6 holes at the Preserve. Not many amateurs can close like that, Kevin is special he can!!
What’s great about this years champ is he is a great guy, humble, friendly, and gracious. It’s great to see a Mid-Amateur player take this title after 6 college players in a row have won this prestigious event. I must be honest though, La Cumbre was not a venue you’d expect for a California State Amateur Championship, especially after the north hosted at this years US Open site, The Olympic Club. No knock here on Southern California, they just cannot get the top courses in SoCal to give up their courses. It a shame this event had to move away from Pebble Beach after it’s almost 100 years there.
I’ll keep my challenges brief, my game is near an all time low, my world ranking has plummeted to below the top 300 mark, and most likely I will fall out of the top 400 soon, putting my exempt status in the Mid Amateur in jeopardy. With my lone major coming up, I need to re-focus and get my head on straight. I will attempt to throw everything I have at getting my form back for the British Senior Open by July 26th. This years event is at Turnberry, a course I have never played before. I’ll be playing a practice round with Michael Allen Monday afternoon, and I hope some of his 2012 magic rubs off on me.
This game can be cruel and punishing, and it will expose every and any weakness in your game and character. Next up will be the NCGA Stroke play at Poppy Hills on July 13-15th, followed by the US Amateur qualifier on the 16th at Marin Country Club. More coverage and a photo gallery of from the US OPEN still to come