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Bossio Leads Pacific Coast Amateur; Blair Tied for Fourth
BANDON, ORE. (July 26, 2012) – Jarred Bossio of Olympia, Wash. fired an even-par 70 today at Bandon Trails Golf Course and will take a three-shot lead over Max Marsico of Las Vegas, Nev. and Matt Rowitzer of Bellingham, Wash. into the final round of the 46th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. The 22-year-old Bossio, a recent graduate of the University of Idaho, is at 1-over-par 213 for 54 holes (the tournament is being played on the par-70 Bandon Trails and par-72 Bandon Dunes courses). Marsico, a 21-year-old University of Pennsylvania student, shot 1-under-par 69 today and finished at 216, while Rowitzer posted a 1-over-par 71 to tie Marsico for second place. Another five players are deadlocked for fourth at 219, six shots behind the leader, including Zac Blair of Utah, and Anton Arboleda of La Canada, Calif., runner-up in last year’s championship, who shot 1-under 69 today. Second-round leader Gaston De La Torre of Brush Prairie, Wash. ballooned to a 79 today and is tied for 10th place at 219.
Blair leads the Utah contingent with rounds of 77-70-72-219, followed by Mason Casper, 81-74-73-228; Nick Drost, 80-78-77-235; and Christian Jensen, 85-76-76-237 Bossio appeared as if he would put a hammerlock on the tournament when he stood on the tee of the 16th hole. To that point, he had posted four birdies against just two bogeys and hit a good drive on the 530 yard, par 5 hole. Although the winds that had bedeviled players for the first two rounds were relatively benign today, there were just six under-par rounds all day at Bandon Trails. One of those came from Michael Anderson of Phoenix, Ariz., who tied the competitive course record with a 4-under-par 66. Marsico looked like he, too, might challenge the course record as he posted a 3-under-par 32 on the front nine, but he couldn’t keep it going. After making bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11, he bounced back nicely with a birdie 3 on the tough 14th hole, but finished with a bogey on the final hole. “I really wish I could play No. 18 again,” said Marsico later. “I hit a good drive but the ball ended up in a huge divot and I just couldn’t do enough with it.” The final round will be played Friday at Bandon Dunes GC. Tee times begin at 7am tomorrow with the final group of three teeing off about 9am. Live hole-by-hole scoring will be at www.pacificcoastamateur.com.