The best high school golfers in the state will converge upon San Gabriel CC Wednesday to battle it out for the 2012 CIF/CGA State High School Championship. Six teams advanced out of both the North and South qualifiers to San Gabriel, along with the top nine individuals from both tournaments not on a qualifying team. Past champions of the State High School Championship include World No. 1 Amateur Patrick Cantlay (2010) and PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler (2006).
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With its gently sloping terrain, view of the San Gabriel Mountains and large mature oak trees, San Gabriel Country Club is one of the most respected golf clubs in Southern California.
San Gabriel Country Club was founded in 1904 on fertile land which was part of the historic San Gabriel Mission. The 1904 golf course was nine holes with oiled sand greens. The course was enlarged to 18 holes in 1912 by golfer-architect Norman Macbeth. Grass greens were added in 1920 as part of changes by architect William "Willie" Watson. Further improvements to the course design were achieved by renowned golf architects William Park "Billy" Bell in 1930, Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1967 and Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 1997.
San Gabriel Country Club is the oldest golf club in Los Angeles and Orange counties still operating in its original location, with its clubhouse at the same site as is initial 1904 clubhouse. The club has the oldest 18-hole golf course in Southern California, dating from 1912, located on its original site. In 2011, the club hosted the 112th SCGA Amateur Championship, won by then-UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay.
Aaron Beverly - Beverly was the winner of this year's Northern California High School Championship. shooting a 4-under par 68 and earning the first-place title in a playoff. He attends Armijo High School.
Ryan Burgess - Burgess was the 2012 AJGA Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Champion, earning him his first GolfWeek Player of the Week shortly afterwards. His team, Torrey Pines High School, won its third-straight SCGA/CIF Southern Regional Championship last week at Brookside GC. Burgess is currently ranked No. 71 in the AJGA rankings and has committed to playing collegiate golf at SMU.
Bryson DeChambeau (pictured) - DeChambeau fired a 66 at Brookside GC last week to win the Southern California High School Championship. The Clovis East High Scool senior made it to the 2011 U.S. Amateur Round of 32, and has committed to play golf at SMU next year. He is currently ranked No. 132 by the AJGA.
Jonathan Garrick - Garrick's No. 5 ranking by AJGA makes him the highest ranked junior in the field for Wednesday's tournament. The St. Francis High School senior will be joining the UCLA Bruins next year, and was the 2011 Northern California High School Champion.
Beau Hossler - After placing fifth at the SCGA/CIF Southern Regional last week, the 17-year-old Hossler, who last year was the youngest participant in the 2011 U.S. Open, will look to boost his already rising image this week at San Gabriel. Earlier this year, Hossler was named by ESPN as one of its 18 under 18 stars. Though just a junior, Hossler is committed to play collegiate golf with National Champion Texas in 2013. He is ranked No. 7 by AJGA.
Spectators are permitted and must adhere to the dress code listed below and will not be permitted golf carts. Cell phone use is not permitted on all areas of the property except the parking lot area. This includes checking voicemail messages, e-mail or text messages. Spectators should turn cell phones off or to silent mode while on the property. Spectators may purchase food and beverage items with cash. Restrooms are located in the clubhouse, at #4 tee and #11 tee.
PLAYERS, COACHES and SPECTATORS must be properly attired:
Men: Tailored slacks, Bermuda-style golf shorts (no shorter than 4” above the center of the back of the knee), knickers with knee socks, collared shirts with sleeves, mock turtlenecks and sweaters. Shirts are to be tucked in at all times, except for shirts that are designed to be worn not tucked in.
No jeans or denim of any color are permitted, nor cutoffs, cargo-style shorts or pants, camouflage shorts or pants, swimwear, football jerseys, or any type of shirt with printed phrases or slogans.
Billed hats and visors are to be worn forward. All hats and visors are to be removed in all clubhouse areas except in locker rooms, golf shop and on north patio.
Soft-spiked golf shores are required. No sandal-style golf shoes. Metal-ceramic spikes are prohibited. Beach style flip flops are prohibited.
Ladies: Golf skirts and Bermuda-style shorts (no shorter than five inches above the center of the back of the knee), tailored slacks and capris, collared shirts with no sleeves or crew neck shirts with sleeves, blouses and sweaters. Blouses should be long enough to cover the belt line while at rest. No jeans or denim of any color are permitted, nor cutoffs, cargo-style shorts or pants, camouflage shorts or pants, swimwear, football jerseys, or any type of shirt with printed phrases or slogans. Beach-style flip flops are prohibited.
PLEASE NOTE: Cargo-style or denim clothing of any color, including designer jeans, is not permitted on the premises at anytime.