Stone claims five-shot Memorial Am victory
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
CARMICHAEL, Calif. – In the 16-year history of the Memorial Amateur, no golfer has broken 200 for 54 holes at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course.
That still holds true, but on a cloudy Memorial Day, Stockton’s Joshua Stone came as close as any player has come to breaking that number by shooting three consecutive rounds in the 60s to post 10-under 200 and win by five strokes.
“It feels really good to put three really good rounds together,” Stone said. “I converted par 5s and took advantage of the short par 4s where I had birdie opportunities.”
Stone – who entered the day with a two-shot lead – made just one bogey on Monday, cruising to victory for his second career win at Ancil Hoffman.
He also won the Sacramento County Amateur Championship in 2009 after posting 69-68.
This weekend’s rounds of 67-66-67 broke the tournament record by two. Stone eclipsed two-time champion John Catlin’s three-round total of 202 from 2012.
“It’s just a real classic layout,” Stone said of the par-70, 6,689-yard host course. “You have to keep it in the fairway and I hit it straight, so I like that.”
Matt Cohn of San Francisco finished in second place at 205 after an even-par 70 on Monday.
This year’s event was held in honor of two fallen members of the United States Armed Forces, both friends of tournament director John Rochelle.
“With the tournament being dedicated to those fallen members of our military, it’s special,” Stone said.