Flores Captures State Fair Title

Sept. 6, 2005

Incoming UCLA freshman Erik Flores of Grass Valley captured the 81st California State Fair Men's Amateur Championship Monday at the MacKenzie Course at Haggin Oaks.

Flores fired rounds of 67-70-68-205 (-11) to become the youngest winner of the event in its 81-year history, according to tournament officials.

Last year, Flores finished second to UCLA's Peter Campbell. This year, Campbell tied for 14th at three-under par 213.

'It was nice to keep the UCLA streak alive,' Flores told the Sacramento Bee.

Flores, Mark Peterson and Anthony Verna were tied at nine-under par through 14 holes Monday. Verna eliminated himself with a three-putt double bogey at the 15th and finished fourth at 209 (-7).

Flores' remarkable recovery at the par-4 16th drove a dagger into Peterson's chances. After severely hooking his drive, Flores managed to put his approach on the green 40-feet away. He sank the sharp-breaking left-to-right putt and watched as Peterson three-putted from 25 feet.

The final two holes, both par-5s, were devoid of drama as Flores won his first event outside the junior circuit.

Former Bruin John Poucher tied for eighth at 211 (-5) and future Bruins James Lee and Lucas Lee tied for 12th and 14th, respectively. Sophomore Daniel Im tied for 21st at 215 (-1). Junior Chris Heintz and sophomores Craig Leslie and Matt Marshall missed the cut after two rounds.

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