Zalatoris wins second Trans-Miss, OSU duo finishes in top 15

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SAN FRANCISCO – Will Zalatoris from Plano came to The Olympic Club and the 113th Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship this week with two goals. Firstly, he wanted to play 72 holes, something he was unable to do in 2014 when Zalatoris won this tournament in the rain-shortened affair at Southern Hills Country Club. More importantly, Zalatoris also wanted to put his name on the trophy a second time. 

“Just like Jack Nicklaus,” he said early in the week.


Aspiring to emulate the game’s all-time greatest champion has to be among the most ambitious of goals, but in this respect Zalatoris and Nicklaus share common ground. With a 5-foot par putt on iconic 18th hole at The Olympic Club’s Lake Course, Zalatoris on Thursday scored a one-shot victory over Ruben Sondjaja from Ames, Iowa. Zalatoris recorded a 72-hole score – mission accomplished, there, too – of 6-under 274 to win the prestigious championship for a second time.


Just like Jack Nicklaus.


The Golden Bear, before the first of his record 18 major championships, won the Trans-Miss Championship in 1958 and ’59. Zalatoris held off Sondjaja, the Iowa State senior who clawed his way to an even-par 70 in the final round to post 5-under 275 overall. University of Texas junior Doug Ghim from Arlington Heights, Ill., finished third at 2-under 278. Four players tied for fourth at even-par 280.


Oklahoma State teammates Sam Stevens of Wichita and Brendon Jelley of Tulsa finished 12th and tied for 13th, respectively. University of Oklahoma teammates Brad Dalke of Hobart and Max McGreevy of Edmond also notched top 35 finishes. Complete scores are below.

For Zalatoris, who grew up in the Bay Area before his family moved to Texas in 2004, his second Trans-Miss Championship was sweeter than the first, when lightning and heavy storms cut the event to 36 holes.


“I wanted to solidify this after I won it the first time,” said Zalatoris, a Wake Forest junior with two collegiate victories in addition wins at the 105th Texas Amateur and the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2014. “In the back of my mind, yes, I did want on that trophy twice with Jack Nicklaus. That was a huge goal. It wasn’t easy, though.”


Zalatoris made it look pretty simple through the first two rounds. Playing on what he called “cruise control,” he shot rounds of 66-65 to stake a one-shot lead over Arizona State senior Jared du Toit headed into Thursday’s 36-hole finale. Zalatoris stumbled with a third round 74 while du Toit torched the final three holes with birdie-eagle-birdie to grab a three-shot lead through 54 holes.


During the final round, however, du Toit found himself in trouble time and again — he suffered two unfortunate plugged lies in bunkers — and wilted with a 10-over 80. Sondjaja, who began the final round tied with Zalatoris at 5-under, kept pace over the final hours of the championship. As the marine layer crept in from the nearby Pacific Ocean and created an eerie fog over the historic golf course that has hosted five U.S. Opens, Sondjaja piled up par after par while one group behind him Zalatoris did the same.


Zalatoris finally broke through with an 8-foot birdie on the ninth hole to take a one-shot lead. The moisture in the air made the mid-50-degree temperatures feel much colder, but Zalatoris and Sondjaja remained steady in the elements. When Zalatoris walked in a 20-foot birdie on the famous par-5 16th, he pushed his lead to two shots. A minute later, Sondjaja rolled in a 3-footer for birdie on 17 to trim the advantage back to one.


Sondjaja missed the 18th green on his approach and scrambled for his par. That left the stage for Zalatoris, who eased in his par-saving putt for the victory.


“Today was just awesome,” he said. “Especially with having friends and family around me here, it means a lot. I can’t wait to get this trophy home to Dallas. You have no idea.”


Sondjaja, for his part, was upbeat after receiving his runner-up crystal hardware. He broke through for his first college win at the Hawkeye Invite in April and knows he’s trending in the right direction.


“Even-par at the Olympic Club is a good score any day,” he said. “With what was on the line today, I think it was a respectable score. I’m really proud of myself for the way I played under the gun. Was it my best game today? Probably not, but I’m happy with how I played.”


SMU coach Jason Enloe won the Low Mid-Amateur honors with a score of 10-over 290. He tied for 40th overall. The top 30 finishers are exempt into the 114th Trans-Miss Championship, to be played next summer at Prairie Dunes Golf Club in Hutchinson, Kan.


There was much to celebrate this week at The Olympic Club. Twenty-three of the top 200 players in the World Amateur Golf Rankings competed, making it one of the top amateur tournaments in the world this year. Zalatoris entered the week ranked 60th, a number that surely will improve when the new rankings are published.


The golf course, too, provided a memorable canvas on which Zalatoris painted his victory. Built in 1927, The Olympic Club has not only stood the test of time; it has tested the very best who have ever played the game. In 1955, unheralded Jack Fleck defeated Ben Hogan in an 18-hole playoff. Webb Simpson won the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club when he held off Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell. The Lake Course also was the site of the Billy Casper’s 1966 U.S. Open victory, the one in which Arnold Palmer surrendered a seven-shot lead with nine holes to play.


For the 113th Trans-Miss Championship, the hillside course framed by towering Monterey pines and cypress trees — nearly 40,000 of them — played tough, fair and, most of all,  consistent. The stroke average never altered more than a half-stroke between all four rounds and finished at 73.49. That was a testament to the daily set up by the Texas Golf Association staff who conducted the event, as well as to the club’s maintenance staff. That hard-working group is led by Director of Golf Maintenance Troy Flanagan, a former Trans-Miss Golf Association Turf Scholarship winner.


The TMGA extends its most sincere gratitude to The Olympic Club members and staff, as well as our volunteers, for their tireless efforts in making this year’s championship a rousing success. For more information about the 113th Trans-Miss Championship, click here.


113th Trans-Miss Amateur Championship
The Olympic Club, Lake Course
San Francisco, Calif.
July 13, 2016


Will Zalatoris, Plano, Texas – 66-65-74-69–274

Ruben Sondjaja, Ames, Iowa – 68-70-67-70–275

Doug Ghim, Arlington Heights, Ill. – 71-67-69-71–278

John Oda, Honolulu , Hawaii – 68-69-77-66–280

Hayden Shieh, Fremont, Calif. – 72-69-73-66–280

Blake Collyer, Melbourne , VIC – 73-70-68-69–280

Max Greyserman, Boca Raton, Fla. – 74-71-70-65–280

Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas – 69-70-72-71–282

Rhett Rasmussen, Draper, Utah – 70-71-71-70–282

Braden Bailey, Groves, Texas – 68-69-70-75–282

Jared du Toit, Scottsdale, Ariz. – 69-63-70-80–282

Sam Stevens, Wichita, Kan. – 71-71-74-67–283
Brendon Jelley, Tulsa, Okla. – 70-69-73-72–284

Frank Garber, Kirkland, Wash. – 70-70-72-72–284

Collin Morikawa, La Canada Flintridge, Calif. – 69-73-70-72–284

Andy Zhang, Winter Garden, Fla. – 72-71-67-74–284

Denzel Ieremia, Ames, Iowa – 69-74-69-72–284

Jose Luis Montano, Miami, Fla. – 72-72-69-71–284

Thomas Lim, Moorpark, Calif. – 70-69-72-73–284

KK Limbhasut, Berkeley, Calif. – 68-72-75-70–285

Maverick McNealy, Portola Valley, Calif. – 71-69-72-73–285

James Derby, Columbus, Ga. – 73-68-72-72–285

Theo Humphrey, Greenwich, Conn. – 71-71-71-72–285

Brad Dalke, Norman, Okla. – 71-71-68-75–285

Cameron Young, Scarborough, N.Y. – 75-69-72-69–285

Andrew Buchanan, Los Altos, Calif. – 73-70-72-71–286

Dylan Wu, Medford, Ore. – 71-70-70-75–286

Kyle Sterbinsky, Yardley, Pa. – 73-71-73-69–286

Gavin Hall, Pittsford, N.Y. – 73-71-73-70–287

Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif. – 72-71-73-71–287

Max McGreevy, Edmond, Okla. – 67-75-70-76–288

Corey Pereira, Cameron Park, Calif. – 71-70-78-69–288

David Kim, Redondo Beach, Calif. – 70-69-72-78–289

Stratton Nolen, Austin, Texas – 73-69-71-76–289

Brandon Bauman, Las Vegas, Nev. – 69-71-78-71–289

Sahith Theegala, Chino Hills, Calif. – 72-73-71-73–289

Jacob Solomon, Dublin, Calif. – 75-70-72-72–289

Andrej Bevins, Elk Grove, Calif. – 70-75-74-70–289

Brian Song, Beverly Hills, Calif. – 72-71-71-75–289

Jason Enloe, Dallas, Texas – 73-71-72-74–290

Gordon Neale, Trabuco Canyon, Calif. – 67-75-72-76–290

Eric Ansett, Spokane, Wash. – 76-69-75-70–290

Matthew Perrine, Austin, Texas – 74-70-78-69–291

Blaine Hale Jr., Dallas, Texas – 74-70-73-75–292

Nahum Mendoza, Chula Vista, Calif. – 73-71-74-74–292

Sean Walsh, Keller, Texas – 71-71-76-75–293

Trevor Clayton, Clovis, Calif. – 73-72-73-75–293

Chase Hanna, Leawood, Kan. – 74-71-72-77–294

Shintaro Ban, San Jose, Calif. – 70-71-76-77–294

Thomas Walsh, High Point, N.C. – 70-71-77-76–294

David Bolen, Lubbock, Texas – 70-71-76-77–294

Zach Zaback, Farmington, Conn. – 75-70-73-77–295

Isaiah Salinda, South San Francisco, Calif. – 71-74-78-73–296

James Anstiss, Hammond, La. – 71-73-76-76–296

Daniel Wetterich, Cincinnati, Ohio – 70-73-76-77–296

John Flaherty, Glastonbury, Conn. – 71-74-75-77–297

Spencer Soosman, Westlake Village, Calif. – 73-72-78-74–297

Franklin Huang, Poway, Calif. – 74-71-75-77–297

Alistair Docherty, Vancouver, Wash. – 74-71-74-78–297

Hunter Rappleye, Elk Grove, Calif. – 74-71-75-77–297

Andre Garcia, Mansfield, Texas – 69-74-77-78–298

Sulman Raza, Eugene, Ore. – 74-71-74-79–298

Jeff Swegle, West Des Moines, Iowa – 74-71-77-77–299

Dominic Kieffer, Byron, Minn. – 70-73-78-80–301

Vincent Martino, Southlake , Texas – 70-72-WD

—————–MISSED THE CUT———————

Clancy Waugh, North Palm Beach, Fla. – 75-71

Mike McCoy, Des Moines, Iowa – 74-72

Michael Perras, Pasadena, Texas – 70-76

Christopher Petefish, Danville, Calif. – 74-72

John Jonas, Jacksonville , Fla. – 74-72

Derek Bayley, Rathdrum, Idaho – 72-74

Ryann Ree, Redondo Beach, Calif. – 73-73

Cole Madey, West Linn, Ore. – 73-73

Graham Brockington, Palo Alto, Calif. – 75-72

Miguel Delgado, Novato, Calif. – 74-73

Ryan Benton, Dothan, Ala. – 77-70

Cooper Dossey, Austin, Texas – 75-72

Stuart Macdonald, Vancouver, BC – 75-72

Tee-k Kelly, Wheaton, Ill. – 71-76

Gunn Yang, San Diego, Calif. – 73-75

Pete Fernandez, Costa Mesa, Calif. – 74-74

Hunter Shattuck, Jacksonville, Texas – 73-75

Ben Albin, Santa Fe, N.M. – 74-74

Ahmed Ali, Palo Alto, Calif. – 73-75

Chris Babcock, Shoreline, Wash. – 71-77

Blake Windred, Newcastle, NSW – 73-75

Ben Corfee, El Macero, Calif. – 73-76

Nick Heinen, Edmond, Okla. – 72-77

Josh Seiple, Castle Rock, Colo. – 70-79

Jeff New, Scottsdale, Ariz. – 75-74

Justin De Los Santos, Chatsworth, Calif. – 79-70

Yechun (Carl) Yuan, Lake Mary, Fla. – 70-79

Zach Smith, Dublin, Calif. – 71-78

Gabriel Lench, Sanford, Fla. – 74-75

Perry Cohen, La Jolla, Calif. – 73-76

Kory Storer, Burlingame, Calif. – 73-76

Andrew Ertel, The Woodlands, Texas – 74-76

Andrew McCain, Minneapolis, Minn. – 80-70

Kiran Day, Perth, AUS – 78-72

Andrew Whalen, Ephrata, Wash. – 76-74

David Snyder, McAllen, Texas – 73-77

Gray Townsend, Winston Salem, N.C. – 74-76

Sam Triplett, Scottsdale, Ariz. – 78-72

Alberto Sanchez, Nogales, Ariz. – 77-73

Patrick Murphy, Crossfield, AB – 74-77

Matthew Walker, Ottumwa, Iowa – 76-75

Sean Elliott, Sandy Springs, Ga. – 74-77

Brad Wilder, Ft. Wright, Ky. – 71-80

AJ Crouch, Jacksonville, Fla. – 76-75

Robert Salomon, Marina, Calif. – 75-76

Eddie Wajda, Brookfield, Wis. – 74-77

Rupert Kaminski, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 76-75

John Sawin, San Francisco, Calif. – 79-73

Grant Bennett, Lewisville, Texas – 77-75

Matthew Green, Lake Lotawana, Mo. – 78-74

Chelso Barrett, Surry, N.H. – 74-78

Conrad Ray, Redwood City, Calif. – 73-79

Patrick Soli, San Carlos, Calif. – 75-77

Sean Carlon, Albuquerque, N.M. – 77-75

Patrick Cover, Huntersville, N.C. – 76-76

Sebastian Crampton, Pacific Grove, Calif. – 79-74

Aaron Whalen, Ephrata, Wash. – 76-77

Draegen Majors, Tulsa, Okla. – 80-73

Stephen Molinelli, Burlingame, Calif. – 77-76

Daniel Connolly, San Francisco, Calif. – 73-80

Tyler Strafaci, Davie, Fla. – 77-76

Stephen Griggs, Carmichael, Calif. – 75-79

Luke Vivolo, Carmel, Calif. – 77-77

Kyle Suppa, Honolulu, Hawaii – 81-74

Samuel Kim, Irvine, Calif. – 80-75

Walker Huddy, Studio City, Calif. – 77-79

Viraat Badhwar, San Jose, Calif. – 76-80

Michael Feuerstein, San Diego, Calif. – 79-77

Michael Cotton, Katy, Texas – 74-83

Jordan Gumberg, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – 76-81

Mark Mance, Whitefish, Mont. – 75-84

Cody McManus, Phoenix, Ariz. – 77-82

Matt Cowan, Spicewood, Texas – 83-77

Daniel Levin, New York, N.Y. – 83-78

Stephen Sparolini, San Francisco, Calif. – 81-81

Lawrence Field, Tulsa, Okla. – 81-82

Andrew Garner, Paradise Valley, Ariz. – 81-82

Joshua Irving, Dallas, Texas – 82-81

Bryon Shumate, Fort Smith, Ark. – 85-79 

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