Matthew Sutherland Takes Home First Place as he Shot -8 par
The 59th annual Sacramento County Men’s Amateur Championship is open to all male amateur golfers with a current GHIN Index of 5.0 or less at the time of registration. The tournament was contested at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course on Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, 2023. The tournament is open to all male amateur golfers with a current GHIN Index of 5.0 or less at the time of registration. The Sacramento County Men’s Amateur Championship also gave golfers the opportunity to qualify for the State Fair Championship.
Day One of Play
July 15th & 16th ended up being scorching hot days but that did not stop the Sacramento County Men’s Amateur Championship. It took place as scheduled and saw 96 contestants participate, teeing off from the challenging “Gold” tees, with a course length of 7000 yards.
At the end of the first day, the tournament saw 24 players performing at par or better, while 10 players managed a score of -2 or better. Notably, 5 golfers were tied for the lead, each with an impressive score of -4.
The Final Round
The excitement continued on Sunday with a lively leaderboard, showcasing numerous players tied at scores of -6 and -7. In the thrilling final round, Julian Monas made an exceptional performance, shooting a remarkable 65, and securing the clubhouse lead at -7. But it was not over because several groups were still playing on the course. It was Matthew Sutherland, accompanied by his caddie and brother Andrew (pictured on the right), who stole the show. Matthew sealed his victory with a birdie on the 18th hole, distinguishing himself from the rest and ultimately winning the tournament with an outstanding score of -8. You can view the full results here.
This triumph wasn’t Matthew’s first; he had previously claimed victory in the 2023 Sacramento City Championship held in June. His golfing prowess had been evident before as he won the 2021 Sac County Championship alongside his father, David Sutherland, a former 1984 Sac County Champion who proudly caddied for him. The previous year, Matthew secured a notable 2nd place in the 2022 California State Fair Championship. Hailing from Carmichael, CA, Matthew has been actively participating in Sac Golf Council tournaments since the tender age of 10. Currently playing for the Fresno State golf team, he will soon complete his senior season. Notably, his current index stands at an impressive +5.
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