Amateur roundup: Paladino beats Bears at State Fair

Cody Paladino

Cody Paladino

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Cody Paladino beat a pair of University of California players on Aug. 30 to win the California State Fair title at Haggin Oaks’ Alister MacKenzie Course in Sacramento.

The 83rd annual State Fair ended with Paladino, a former Baylor player, beating Cal’s Joel Stalter and Brandon Hagy in a playoff.

All three players finished 54 holes at 14-under 202. Paladino and Stalter closed with 66, and Hagy shot 67.

Paladino opened play with a 66 and remained atop the leaderboard.

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LAZARE PREVAILS IN WORLD AM GROSS DIVISION: Lyon Lazare of Villa Park, Calif., won the gross division at the 2013 World Amateur Handicap Championship.

Lazare, a recent graduate of Chapman University, shot a 7-over 79 Aug. 30 at the rugged Dye Course at Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to win the gross championship. The focus on a gross championship began this year and was sponsored by amateurgolf.com.

Lazare, also a skilled musical composer, co-medaled at a U.S. Open local qualifier earlier this year. As a senior at Chapman, Lazare earned All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors thanks to a 76.2 scoring average. He led the team in five of 12 rounds played.

Lazare won the men’s 49-and-under division to advance to the championship round at the Handicap Championship. Other divisional low gross winners included Mike Westrum, Lynn Cormier, Ray Darmstadt and Gigi Kimball.

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MURRAY RALLIES AT FORT WORTH CITY CHAMPIONSHIP: Jeff Murray trailed by a stroke entering the final round of the Fort Worth City Championship on Sept. 1, but a 68 propelled him into the lead and he eventually won by three shots. Murray finished 54 holes at 2-under 139. The event was played at Meadowbrook Golf Course and Pecan Valley Golf Course’s Hills and River courses.

First-round leader Mike Schille tied for second with Colby Amparan at 1-over 142.

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SCHULTZ HOLDS OFF LUTZ AT CANADIAN SENIOR: David Schultz held off a hard-charging Chip Lutz on Aug. 30 to win his first Canadian Senior Amateur Championship at The Briars Golf Club.

Schultz entered the final round with the lead, and managed to fend off the highly ranked Lutz, who led early in the competition.

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