GRANT RAPPLEYE WINS CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR TOURNAMENT
Grant Rappleye sealed his tournament victory with an eagle on the final hole.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State junior Grant Rappleye tied the course record with a 9-under-par 63 to win the 86th California State Fair Men's Amateur Golf Championship on the Alister MacKenzie course at Haggin Oaks on Monday.
Rappleye finished the 54-hole event with a total of 69-68-63-200, placing him just one stroke off the tournament record set by former Hornet Robert Hamilton in 2001.
In his final round, Rappleye tallied eight birdies and just one bogey through his first 17 holes. He closed the tournament with a dramatic eagle on the 18th to win the event by three strokes.
Instead of laying up, Rappleye opted to use his 5-wood and placed the 240-yard shot 18 inches away from the hole.
"I looked at the pin set sheet and knew that it was set up perfectly for my cut," Rappleye told the Sacramento Bee. "I was never going to lay up because even if I missed the green I figured I'd be no worse than par and I'd make Patrick (Bauer) have to eagle (for the win.)"
Rappleye, who was the only player among the top 15 in the tournament not to use a caddie, returns to collegiate action on Sept. 13 when the Hornets compete at the Palouse Cougar Invitational hosted by Washington State.
Fellow Hornet Jake Johnson tied for ninth at the State Fair, shooting 67-68-72-207. Cameron Rappleye tied for 34th at 69-72-74-215.