Fallbrook Classic champion Chad Hambright stares down an iron shot during this week’s tournament. Valley News/Courtesy Nick Bland (ASHER Tour official)

FALLBROOK – Southern California weather has been anything but typical these last several weeks with many storms hitting the area. In fact, three straight ASHER Tour events have been reduced in length by a round due to weather with the cancellation of Wednesday’s final round of the Fallbrook Open.

In an eight-hour span from 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 to 6 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16, Fallbrook received 1.76 inches of rain which rendered the host Golf Club of California at Fallbrook layout unplayable.

As a result, ASHER Tour officials reduced this week’s event to the 36 holes already completed through Tuesday.

Fallbrook Open champion Chad Hambright of Canyon Lake prepares to play a shot in ASHER Tour competition. Valley News/Courtesy Nick Bland (ASHER Tour official)

Canyon Lake’s Chad Hambright, the overnight leader by two shots over Franklin Huang after rounds of 65-66=131 (-9), was declared the winner and took home $7,500 for his week’s work.

Over the course of 36 holes, Hambright made just one bogey on the 6,713-yard par 70 layout and ten birdies. It’s his third career victory on the tour.

Hambright is a 2013 graduate of Temescal Canyon who played collegiately at RCC, winning Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year honors in 2015.

Braeden Koran, playing out of Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, finished T17 after rounds of 74-65=139 (-1) and earned $530 for the week.

Christian Rajcic, also a Bear Creek member, finished T24 after rounds of 68-72=140 (E) and just missed out on the money by a shot.

Nick Berry (Bear Creek member) and Aiden Canada (Vista Murrieta graduate) both missed the cut.

The tour has two more local stops on their schedule starting with the Bear Creek Shootout March 27 and 28 (36 holes on day 1) along with another stop at Soboba Springs Golf Course on April 6 and 7.

Derryl Trujillo can be reached by email at socaltrekkie@gmail.com.