Bling Bounces Back, Claims State Fair Title

Devon Bling of Ridgecrest didn’t take long to get over losing in the final of the 118th United States Amateur Championship two weeks ago at Pebble Beach.

Bling, a sophomore at UCLA, collected five birdies on the back nine in the final round to capture the 94th California State Fair Amateur at http://Alister Mackenzie Golf Course at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento.

The 18-year-old Bling posted a score of 66-69-67—202, 14-under-par, to win by two strokes over Shawn Lu of Honolulu, who finished at 71-67-66—204.

Second-round leader Matt Cohn of San Francisco, the reigning Northern California Mid-Amateur champion, shot 65-69-72—206 to tie for third with Matt Lutz of Placentia, who wound up at 70-66-70—206, Trey Davis of Olivehurst, who totaled 67-73-66—206, and Thomas Hutchison of San Jose, who came in at 69-68-69—206.

Sam Harned of Rocklin posted a score of 68-73-66—207 to tie for seventh with Zach Smith of Isla Vista, who finished at 68-70-69—207, and Finigan Tilly of San Carlos, who wound up at 69-67-71—207, while Ramiz Jamal of Huntington Beach was 10th at 70-70-68—208.

Lucas Carper, 17, from San Jose and a UC Davis commit, finished in a tie for 12th at 63-72-75—210 after taking the first-round lead and being in contention much of the way.

Defending champion Bobby Bucey of Concord totaled 74-67-74—215 and wound up in a tie for 36th that included Robert Hamilton of Gold River, the 2000 and 2001 State Fair winner, who finished at 66-75-74—215.

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