Aztec senior claims medalist honors by two strokes
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September 4, 2017 (Sacramento) - San Diego State men’s golf senior Blake Abercrombie captured medalist honors Monday after winning the 93rd California State Fair Amateur at MacKenzie Golf Course at Haggin Oaks Complex.
Abercrombie carded a 16-under-par 200 (66-64-70) to edge Stanford junior Isaiah Salinda (-14) by two strokes on the par-72, 6,991-yard layout. In addition, Stanford senior Bradley Knox and Devondeep Bling tied for third at 13-under, while UCLA junior Patrick Murphy (-12) followed closely in fifth on a crowded leaderboard.
With his total, Abercrombie finished one shot off the tournament record of 199 set by Robert Hamilton in 2001 and Matt Hansen in 2011.
In his first season as a full-time starter in 2016-17, Abercrombie garnered all-Mountain West accolades after posting a 72.64 scoring average, which ranked third on the squad. The Rocklin, California, native was the Aztecs’ No. 1 finisher in three events last season, including SDSU’s own Lamkin San Diego Classic, where he tied for second to earn MW Golfer of the Week honors.
Earlier in the year, Abercrombie also tied for third at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in New Mexico, helping the Aztecs the first of two team titles on the season. In all, he finished with 14 rounds at or below par, including four in the 60s.
According to the tournament’s website, the California State Fair Amateur is one of the oldest and most prestigious amateur championships in the West. Other notable champions include Ken Venturi (1950), Al Geiberger (1955), George Archer (1963) and Kevin Sutherland (1984).