Saticoy CC is hosting the 20th playing of the California Golf Association’s Senior Amateur Championship on November 14-16. First played in 1992, the CGA Senior Championship is the state’s premier event for players aged 55 and over bringing together the top players from both the Northern and Southern California Golf Associations.
Jeff Burda (pictured), winner of this year's SCGA Senior Amateur Championship, will return to the field to defend his CGA Senior title. The Modesto, native, and member of Del Rio Country Club and PGA West, has won the last three playings of this championship and comes into the week as one of the favorites. Last year, he won by an impressive five strokes.
Burda will tee off Monday morning at 9 a.m. He is in a featured pairing with current NCGA Senior Amateur Champion, Jim Knoll and former SCGA Senior Amateur Champions, Howie Knodt and Brad Larsen.
Casey Boyns, the three time NCGA Player of the Year, makes his CGA Senior debut in the group following Burda at 9:10 a.m. Boyns is one of the most accomplished players in California history, winning two California State Amateur Championships, two NCGA Amateur Championships and numerous other NCGA titles. This is Boyns first year on the Senior circuit and he has already captured the NCGA Senior Match Play Championship. He is in a featured pairing with 2010 NCGA Senior Player of the Year, Mark Miller, 2008 SCGA Senior Match Play Champion, Boyd Martin and Don Ludwig, who tied for 5th in last year’s championship.
Other past CGA Senior Champions in the field include Ted Lyford (2002), Rob Thompson (2004), Steve Bogan (2006) and Gary Vanier (2007).
The championship consists of 54 holes of stroke play (18 holes per day). After 36 holes are completed, the field is cut to the low 33 players and ties for the final 18 holes. Stay tuned to scga.org for full coverage of the three-day event.
Saticoy CC is one of the finest private, member-owned golf clubs in Southern California. The club was founded in 1921 and incorporated on October 27, 1927 as the Ventura County CC and then reorganized as Saticoy CC in 1946. In 1964, the club moved from what is now the Saticoy Regional Golf Course to its existing location.
Bound by their love of the game, Saticoy members enjoy one of the west coast’s finest tests of golf. A celebrated William F. Bell design, Saticoy recently has hosted 2009 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying and the 2008 SCGA Amateur Championship. Even par will be a great score as Saticoy’s bunkering and greens will test even the most skillful player.