June 29, 2009
DALY CITY, Calif. - Cal State Northridge sophomore Nick Delio, the defending California Amateur Champion, was ousted in the semifinals of the 2009 edition of the championship at Lake Merced G.C.
Delio, seeded second in the tournament, defeated Gregor Main of Danville 2 and 1 in the opening round of June 19. He then advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Micah Burke of Los Angles (4 and 3) in the round of 16 on June 25. Delio met Scott Travers of Trabuco Canyon in the quarterfinals and won 3 and 1 to advance to the semifinals against Jeff Wilson of Fairfield. Wilson, seeded 30th, eliminated former Matador Tim Hogarth in the opening round 4 and 3.
Wilson then held off Delio on the 19th hole of their semifinal match. Coming into the 18th hole 1 down, Delio made a 40-foot birdie putt to win the 18th and extend the match, but faltered when he bogeyed the par-4 19th (first) hole to Wilson's par. Wilson was never down in the match, and as many as 3 up after five holes thanks to four birdies on his first four holes. The match was squared on holes nine through 12 thanks to a pair of Delio birdies and a Wilson bogey, but in the end, Wilson persevered. Delio was looking to become the first back-to-back champion since Dr. Frank "Bud" Taylor in 1954-55.
Another Big West golfer, Geoff Gonzalez of Cal Poly captured the title after defeating Wilson 3 and 2 in the final.
Delio and Gonzalez made it entirely a Big West affair earlier in the tournament when both combined 36 holes of sub-par golf for 9-under-par 135s, to share medalist honors.
Delio shot a 66, the second-lowest score of the round, and paired with his day-one score of 69 shared honors with Gonzalez. Knowing pre-round that he had to shoot a 66 to tie, Delio birdied five of the nine front-side holes for a total eight birdies, while going 4-under on the par-5 holes.
Gonzalez fired an 8-under-par 64 in the final stroke-play round, just one stroke shy of equalling the course record of 63 set by Nationwide Tour player Roger Tambellini.
- GO MATADORS -