Hansen falls in state amateur golf semifinals

Morro Bay High graduate and Los Osos native Matt Hansen’s underdog run through the California Amateur Golf Championships in Carlsbad came to an end in a closely contested semifinal bout Friday evening.

After wins over the 11th- , sixth- and third-seeded golfers to advance to the semis, the 22nd-seeded Hansen fell in 19 holes to second-seeded Beau Hossler of Mission Viejo.

Hossler, the No. 86 amateur in the world who held a brief lead in the second round of the 2012 U.S. Open, eagled the par-5 10th hole and birded the 11th and 13th to take a two-stroke lead over Hansen.

Hansen, who rounded out his career at UC Davis by winning the Big West Championship, cut the advantage to one stroke with a birdie on 16 and scored another birdie on 18 to force sudden death.

Hossler was able to birdie the first hole in overtime while Hansen, the No. 90 amateur in the world, made par.

Hossler will face Xander Schauffele, the eight seed from San Diego, in a 36-hole championship finale today at La Costa Resort.