June 21, 2013
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - UC Davis standout Matt Hansen continued his run through the 102nd California State Amateur Championship on Friday morning, beating UCLA's Jonathan Garrick, 4 and 2, to advance to the semifinals at Monterey Peninsula Country Club. He eventually lost to Bryson Dechambeau of Clovis, 5 and 4, in the semifinal.
Garrick, who finished second for UCLA at the NCAA Tempe Regional in May, led the 24th-seeded Hansen 1-up through six holes before Hansen squared the match on the seventh hole. Garrick regained the lead heading to the back nine but Hansen went on a tear, winning five of six holes, beginning with the 11th, to secure the win. He had four birdies in that run.
Hansen earlier beat Sean Crocker and Sam Johnston by identical 3-and-1 scores to secure his spot in the quarterfinals against Garrick. Hansen earned his berth into the 32-player match play after shooting rounds of 72 and 74 in stroke play earlier this week, tying for 23rd at 6 over.
In his semifinal loss to Dechambeau, Hansen birdied the first hole to take the initial lead before the Conference USA Freshman of the Year captured four of the next five in taking the lead for good. Hansen scored birdies on the eighth and 13th holes but halved each with the SMU freshman.
Aggie coach Cy Williams said Hansen is believed to be the first Aggie golfer to advance to the semifinals.