June 29, 2012
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Matt Hansen came up just short in the quarterfinal round of the 101st California State Amateur Championship, falling in 23 holes to Saint Mary's Ben Geyer on Friday at the La Cumbre Country Club in Santa Barbara.
Hansen had a consistent lead throughout the first 18 holes of match play, jumping out to a 3up lead in the first five holes. He managed back-to-back birdies on holes two and three before adding a par on five for the early advantage.
Hansen never trailed in the first 22 holes but Geyer brought the match all-square on two separate occasions, including on the 18th hole. After four consecutive pars for both players in the playoff, Geyer took advantage of a Hansen bogey on 23 to seal the win.
In the round of 18, Hansen posted seven birdies for the day despite the loss. Geyer added a pair of eagles in the first nine holes to help steal the match. Hansen put the pressure on with consecutive birdies on 15 and 16 to take a 2up lead heading into the final two holes. Geyer responded with two birdies of his own to force the playoff.
Hansen fired a 5-under 66 in the quarterfinal round prior to the playoff. He also managed rounds of 69 and 68 in the first two matches of the tournament, respectively.