Etow Claims Historic Monterey City Title

Sean Etow of Aptos captured the historic Monterey City Amateur Championship by four strokes over Kent Kao of Pinole at Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey.

The Monterey City Amateur was first played in 1912 when Jack Neville won it seven years before he helped design Pebble Beach Golf Links. The tournament has been contested since 1953 at Old Del Monte—which opened in 1897 and is the oldest golf course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi River.

The 28-year-old Etow, who played at Palma High in Salinas and Academy of Art in San Francisco, shot 69-74-70—213, 3-under-par, while Kao, a junior at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, finished at 72-73-72—217.

Etow took charge in the opening round with three birdies on the first four holes and two more on the front nine en route to his 69 and took a one-shot lead that he stretched over the next two days.

Robert Funk of Canyon Lake was third at 72-72-74—218, followed by Ben Soicher of Mill Valley at 71-77-71—219 and Lucas Carper of San Jose at 74-77-69—220.

Brian Ma of Milpitas carded a score of 70-74-77—201 to tie for sixth with Jason Brown of Oakland, who finished at 76-74-72—222, while Edward Hackett of Santa Clara totaled 75-72-76—233 to tie for eighth with Justin Polk, also of Santa Clara, who came in at 75-73-75—223, and Shane Haag of Salinas was 10th at 76-70-78—224.

Arron Goodin of San Francisco claimed the Net Championship with a score of 73-76-67—216, followed by Thomas Frincke of Berkeley at 71-75-77—223, while Charles Balisha of Turlock shot 77-73-81—231 to tie for third with Dan Kataoka of Palo Alto, who finished at 77-78-76—231 and Levi Breck of Monterey, who wound up at 75-77-79—231.

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