DeChambeaus at Monterey Peninsula CC
June 21, 2013
PEBBLE BEACH – Six years ago in 2007 Jon DeChambeau qualified for match play of the 96th Annual California State Amateur Championship at Monterey Peninsula CC as the No. 10 seed. This year he finds himself once again at Monterey Peninsula CC for the California State Amateur Championship, but this time caddying for his 19-year-old son Bryson, who earned the No. 29 seed. For the past few days now Jon has been walking with his son each and every match including his round of 16 and quarterfinal matches that went extra holes.
“Being a caddy for my son is rewarding,” said Jon.
It was an ephemeral run for him in the match play portion of the 2007 championship as Jon lost his first round matchup to two-time California State Amateur champion Casey Boyns in 19 holes. This year, while he’s not playing in the championship, he’s lasted longer than he did in 2007 now that Bryson is on the brink of a California State Amateur title. As you can imagine there’s no question that this year has been more enjoyable for him than 2007.
“Just being out here with my son is spectacular,” he said.
While Bryson is the one making all the shots and playing the incredible golf he is, including an eight-under par showing Friday afternoon, Jon is likely part responsible for his son’s run.
“I think history always helps you,” said Jon. “It’s allowed me to sort of help him understand that it’s not about hitting it close, it’s about hitting it in the right spot on this golf course.”
Even though Jon was the 10th seed in 2007, he hopes the 10th seeded Cory McElyea won’t be victorious tomorrow.
MCELYEA’S CRAZY WEEK: After spending all of last weekend at the U.S. Open in Merion, McElyea didn’t arrive back in California until Sunday night. Despite missing the cut, McElyea had a great time and got to meet pros like No. 2 player in the world Rory McIlroy.
“It was a great experience,” said McElyea.
Playing golf on a big stage also helped him prepare for this week not only for the pressure-packed putts, but also playing on well-manicured greens.
“The greens are quicker here,” said McElyea. “Merion had five inches of rain, so that slowed them down some. Out here these greens dry out because of all the wind.”