TOLUCA LAKE — Make it 53 consecutive years without a repeat champion at the California Amateur Championship.
Josh Anderson became the latest in a long line of defending champions who failed to repeat in the prestigious tournament.
One of the bigger upsets occurred Thursday morning when 21st-seeded James Erkenbeck knocked off the fifth-seeded Anderson, 2 and 1, during the second round of match play at the tournament’s 97th installment at Lakeside Golf Club.
Anderson, who won the tournament for the first time last year at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach, saw his bid to repeat fall short during the tournament’s inaugural appearance in Southern California. The last athlete to win in consecutive years was Frank “Bud” Taylor, who accomplished the feat in 1955.