Upsets were omnipresent in the opening round of match play in the 102nd California State Amateur Championship at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach with 10 of the lower-seeded players advancing out of the 16 matches.
None was more apparent than No. 32 seed Jonathan Garrick, who beat co-medalist Xander Schauffele of San Diego, 4-and-3, in the opening match of the morning. It was a wild 18 hours for Atherton's Garrick, who had to sink an eight-foot birdie putt on Tuesday evening to capture the final match-play spot over six other players, but now he finds himself advancing to the Round of 16.
"I had a 15-foot putt that I had to make at the end of regulation (yesterday) and fortunately I made it and that carried some confidence into the playoff where I made birdie," said Garrick. "I had a lot of confidence going into today and felt refreshed and fortunate to be in the match play field."
Garrick grabbed an immediate lead over Schauffele with a birdie on the 410-yard par-4 first on the Dunes Course. He grabbed a 2-up lead when Schauffele bogeyed the 370-yard par-4 third. Another bogey by Schauffele on the 424-yard par-4 sixth gave Garrick a 3-up advantage before Garrick bogeyed the 403-yard par-4 eighth.
Garrick's lead went back to 3-up when Schauffele double-bogeyed the 412-yard par-4 12th. Garrick closed out the match on the 621-yard par-5 15th when Schauffele bogeyed.
Garrick, who just finished his first season at UCLA, will face No. 17 seed Jon Catlin of Gold River in Thursday's Round of 16. Catlin, a two-time NCGA Amateur Match Play champion, advanced with a 1 up win over No. 16 Jay Hwang of Fullerton. Catlin and Hwang had 13 halves during their 18-hole battle.
Garrick, meanwhile, will be the only local player in the Round of 16. Sacred Heart Prep grad Dalan Refioglu of Foster City, the No. 6 seed, was eliminated by No. 27 Pace Johnson of Fresno, 2 and 1.