Fresno’s Peter Kuest is the only remaining local golfer at the 105th California Amateur Championship, winning his round-of-16 match Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals at par-71 Valencia Country Club.
Kuest, who just graduated from Clovis West High and will play at BYU in the fall, won the final two holes to beat Gilroy’s Ryan Slater 2 up.
Seeded eighth in the match-play bracket, Kuest will face No. 32-seed Eddy Lai of San Jose, who beat top-seeded Bryan Baumgarten 2 and 1. Their match will tee off at 7:30 a.m. Friday.
Fresno’s Greg Gildea and T.J. Masters were eliminated in the round of 16. Gildea lost 4 and 3 to San Jose’s Shintaro Ban; Masters fell 2 and 1 to Northridge’s Tim Hogarth.
U.S. Junior Amateurs – Kingsburg’s Brian Stark finished third at a U.S. Junior Amateur Championship qualifier, earning first-alternate rights into next month’s tournament in Tennessee.
Stark, who will be a sophomore at Central Valley Christian in the fall, totaled a 5-under-par 139 Monday at Belmont Country Club.
Joseph Chun of Irvine and Noah Norton of Chico grabbed the qualifying berths after both finished at 8-under 136.
The U.S. Junior Amateur is July 18-23 at Honors Golf Course in Ooltewah, Tenn.