Marsh, Perry among final eight at California Amateur

Santa Barbara’s own Kevin Marsh and Jack Perry are among the quarterfinalists at the 101st California Amateur Championship being hosted at La Cumbre Country Club.

The final eight were decided on Thursday from a field of 16 on the second day of match play. The tournament began with 156 hopefuls.

Defending champion Bhavik Patel survived Maxwell Marcisco, advancing on the 20th hole.


Marsh, a former USGA Mid Amateur Champion who went to high school locally at Dos Pueblos, outdueled Benjamin Lein in a 2-up decision. Marsh won two of the final three holes for the victory.

Perry came from behind to top Mark Miller 2-and-1. The former Santa Barbara High player currently playing at Northwestern didn’t win a hole until the ninth and took the lead for good on the 11th green.

Sean Crocker, Matt Hansen, Ben Geyer, Cameron Rappleye and Ronnald Monaco fill out the rest of the quarterfinal spots.

Patel is matched up with Monaco, Rappleye with Marsh, Crocker and Perry, and Hansen with Geyer.

The golfers play two rounds on Friday to decide the finalists for Saturday’s 36-hole championship round.

The public is free to attend as long as they follow La Cumbre Country Club’s dress code that requires a collared shirt and no jeans.