June 29, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- Santa Clara University's Scott Travers--the 2010 WCC Player of the Year--is the best amateur golfer in California. Travers, a native of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., out-dueled hometown favorite Harry Rudolph of La Jolla to win the 99th California State Amateur Championship at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club in San Diego.
Travers birdied four of the first six holes Saturday to establish an earlylead and went on to win the title by sinking a six-foot putt on the 33rd hole of theday - going up by four with three to play.
"At the end of it I could barely see straight, it was such a long day," saidTravers after the round. "There must have been a 100 people out there and 90people were rooting for Harry. I was trying not to let all that affect me. I was justtrying to be really steady and win holes."
The 2010 California State Amateur began on Monday, June 21st with 155players vying for 32 spots in the match play portion of the tournament. After winson Wednesday on Thursday, Travers defeated multiple NCGA champion RandyHaag of Burlingame, Calif., Friday morning, (3 and 2) advancing to the semifinalsthat afternoon where he beat Sacramento State all-conference standout GrantNorton (5 and 3), setting up a 36-hole playoff for the title against Rudolph.
"Before I played today everyone was telling me `way to go' and`congratulations' but I hadn't won anything yet," said Travers. "I had to stick tomy same routine this morning. After the first tee shot my nerves were gone - andbirdying the first hole definitely helped."
When Travers finished the first 18 holes, leading by three, he walked intothe Rancho Santa Fe clubhouse to find his change of clothes hanging in ArnoldPalmer's locker. He returned to the course and immediately birdied two of thenext four holes to go up by four with 14 to play - leading the whole way.
"Without question this was the biggest tournament win for me," saidTravers, who capped his junior season at Santa Clara this year by qualifying forthe NCAA Regionals. "Knowing you can finish tournament's and doing it wire-towirewas great for me. I won the UCI Invite last season near my hometown up inIrvine and that was special but this was so much harder to win. This also does somuch for my confidence to play at this level to six straight days."