Atherton resident Jonathan Garrick remained alive in the 102nd California State Amateur Championships with another impressive effort in the Round of 16 on Thursday at the Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach.
Garrick, who earned the final berth in the 32-man field for match play after winning a seven-player playoff on Tuesday, eliminated two-time NCGA Amateur Match Play champion Jon Catlin of Gold River, 3 and 2.
"I got off to a bad start in stroke play (on Monday) and I've fought back ever since, so it's kind of a rebirth," said Garrick, a member of the UCLA men's golf team. "I didn't fully expect to be in the match play (field) and now I'm playing much better and giving myself some good opportunities, and fortunately I've been able to capitalize on them."
Catlin was seeded No. 17 while Garrick is No. 32 and now just two wins from playing in Saturday's 36-hole championship match. In order to do that, he would have to win his quarterfinal and semifinal matches, both on Friday.
Against Catlin, Garrick started the day just like the day before by winning the first hole when Catlin bogeyed the 410-yard par-4. Garrick bogeyed the second but went 1-up again with a birdie on the 370-yard par-4 third.
After going back-and-forth the first six holes of the match, Garrick went on tear winning four straight holes Nos. 7-10. The highlight of that stretch, which the 18-year-old will forever take with him is holing out for a double-eagle on the par-5 ninth. Choosing to play a hybrid off the tee with the tees playing up, Garrick then went for the green with his second shot from 260 yards out -- using a 3-wood.
"I thought I overcut it and it came up a little short, but then we got up to the green and couldn't find it anywhere," said Garrick, who went on to explain they thought the ball plugged in the bunker before ever looking in the hole.
Catlin gained a stroke back with a birdie on the 13th, a par-5, but he bogeyed the next hole as Garrick went 3-up. The two halved the next two holes to give Garrick the victory.
Garrick's quarterfinal opponent will be No. 24 seed Matt Hansen of Los Osos, who beat No. 25 seed Sam Johnston 3 and 1. Hansen was in control the majority of the match with a slight slipup on Nos. 6-8 where he lost three straight holes to go 1-down. However, the rising senior at UC Davis got things together on the back-nine, not losing a single hole from that point forward, while winning Nos. 9,12, 13 and 17.