San Bernardino native qualifies for golf event

UC Riverside men’s golfer Scott Clayton fired a five-under-par 67 on Wednesday in the qualifying round of the California State Amateur Championship, finishing second in a field of 41 entrants. With his top four finish, Clayton becomes an automatic qualifier to participate in the 98th Cal State Amateur Championship, to be held at the Lake Merced Golf Club on June 22-27, 2009.

“Scott is playing really well right now,” Head Coach Paul Hjulberg announced. “He’s continuing where he left off at the end of our season.”

The San Bernardino, CA native tallied eight birdies during his 18-hole qualifying round at Oak Valley Golf Club on Wednesday, the most of any golfer on the day. He finished one stroke back of Tyler Crawford, who fired a six-under-par 66.

The Championship is open to amateur golfers who have an established current index of 4.4 or less as of the time of registration and are members in good standing of the Southern California Golf Association, Northern California Golf Association, or the Public Links Golf Association of Southern California

After the 18-hole qualifying round to determine the championship participants, 156 players from different qualifying sites will advance to the championship. The championship field will play 36 holes of stroke play with the top 32 players advancing from stroke play to single elimination match play.

UCR men’s golfer Kevin Fitzgerald also participated in the Oak Valley qualifying site, but finished just back of being an alternate, firing a one-over-par 71 to place eighth.