Chen Wins 97th State Fair Amateur by 1

Tony Chen of China, a freshman at Cal, held on for a one-stroke victory over five other golfers in the 97th California State Fair Championship on the Alister Mackenzie Course at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento. 

Chen, who won the won the Silverado Amateur by four shots on the North Course at Silverado Resort in Napa in July, birdied the last two holes for the third straight day for the third straight day to finish with a score of 66-70-67—203, 13-under-par. 

Ethan Davidson of Simi Valley, a junior at Sacramento State who birdied the first five holes of the final round, shot 68-71-65—204 to tie for second with Baron Szeto of Moraga, who won the Alameda Commuters in April and finished at 64-73-67—204, Connor Reis of Claremont, who wound up at 69-67-68—204, Mateo Fuenmayor of Beaverton, Ore., who totaled 62-70-72—204, and Cullen Brasfield of La Quinta, who came in at 69-67-68—204. 

Jaden Dumdumaya of Fairfield posted a score of 67-65-73—205, to tie for seven with Andre Lautee of Australia, who finished at 69-69-67—205 and Brandon Eyre of Salem, Ore., who wound up at 68-69-68—205, while Matthew Watkins of Novato was 10th at 71-68-68—207. 

John Jaramillo of Fair Oaks, the 2018 State Fair Senior Champion, shot a 75-65—140 to win the Senior Division again by four strokes over Mark Morgan of Shingle Springs, the 2017 California Senior Amateur champion, who totaled 72-72—144, and Tony Ralph of Sunnyvale, who finished at 71-73—144. 

Jeff Burda of Modesto claimed the Super Senior Division title for the third straight year with a score of 68-65—133, followed by Joe Ferrari of Stockton at 69-66—135 and Chuck Richesin of Lodi at 72–67—139.  

Previous winners of the State Fair Amateur include Verne Callison, Ken Venturi, Al Geiberger, Dick Lotz, George Archer, Bob E. Smith, Kevin Sutherland, Brandon Hagy, Devon Bling, Corey Pereira, Matt Hansen and Finigan Tully. 

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