Woolsey Wins 110th California Amateur Championship
CARMEL, Calif. – University of Washington Golfer Noah Woolsey won the 110th California Amateur Championship on Saturday finishing with a 2 & 1 victory over Menlo Park's Weston Payne.
Saturday's final match against Payne was played over 36 holes with Payne taking an early lead out of the gate. Payne went 3-up over the first three holes and kept his 3-up lead until Woolsey won the 10th and the 12th to bring the lead back to just 1-up. Payne would get back to 3-up, a lead he would hold until the fifth hole of the second round when Woolsey rattled off three-straight wins to bring the match back to a tie.
After the turn, Woolsey won the 10th, 11th and 14th to get to his own 3-up lead. Payne cut it to 1-up by winning the 15th and 16th. Woolsey would then clinch the victory by winning the 17th for his first career California Amateur Championship with a 2 & 1 victory.
Woolsey advanced to the finals after a tense semifinal match against Thomas Hutchinson (San Jose, CA/UC Davis) that was sent to extra holes. Hutchinson was 2-up with five to play when Woolsey took the 14th and then won the 18th forcing a tie and extra golf. Woolsey went on to win the 21st hole sending him into the championship match.
In both the quarterfinals and Round of 16, Woolsey held the lead throughout en route to two-straight victories. He defeated Charlie Reiter (Palm Desert, CA/University of San Diego) 3 & 2 in the quarterfinals and knocked out Matt Cohn (San Francisco, CA) with a 5 & 3 victory. During the Round of 32, Woolsey picked up a 3 & 2 win over Finigan Tilly (San Carlos, CA/University of California). Tilly took an early 1-up lead but Woolsey went 1-up on the seventh hole and kept his lead throughout the rest of the round for the victory.
During the two-day opening stroke play rounds, Woolsey finished second out of 156 with an 11-under 133 (67-63) earning his spot in the match play portion of the prestigious tournament.