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105th California Amateur tees off Monday

June 15, 2016


For just the fifth time in its 105-year existence, the California Amateur Championship will be held in Southern California, beginning Monday, June 20 at Valencia CC. The event gathers the best 156 amateur players in the state and puts them through 36 holes of stroke play before the low 32 competitors advance on to match play.

The Championship truly separates great players from the rest of the pack, as the eventual champion will be put through a grueling six-day, seven-round event. The California Amateur has advanced the careers of past champions such as Jason Gore, Charlie Wi, Mark O’Meara, John Cook and Ken Venturi. It has also hosted a number of the game’s most famous names, who battled but never hoisted the trophy, men such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Corey Pavin and Craig Stadler.

Recently, California’s finest collegiate golfers have dominated the event, as the youngsters have won nine of the last ten playings of the Championship. Notable collegians in this year's field include 2014 U.S. Amateur Champion Gunn Yang of San Diego State, Justin Suh of USC Sahith Theegala of Pepperdine and Hidetoshi Yoshihara, who is fresh off a win at the CIF State Championship and is headed to UCLA to play golf in the fall.

Other notables set to compete include Corby Segal of Santa Clarita, a PGA TOUR caddie who is coming off a phenomenal year that included an SCGA Mid-Amateur win, a victory at the SCGA Tournament of Club Champions and appearances at the U.S. Mid-Amateur and U.S. Amateur Championships, and Tim Hogarth, one of the most accomplished amateur in the region who is also the 1999 California Amateur Champion and 1997 medalist.

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 20 - 156 players compete in stroke play. Tee times starting between 7:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m.and 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Tuesday, June 21 - 156 players compete in stroke play. Tee times starting between 7:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. and 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Wednesday, June 22 - 32 competitors compete in first round of match play starting at 7:30 a.m.

Thursday, June 23 - 16 competitors compete in second round of match play starting at 7:30 a.m.

Friday, June 24 - Quarterfinal matches, followed by semifinal matches, starting at 7:30 a.m.

Saturday, June 25 - 36-hole final match starting at 7:30 a.m.

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Is this a free event for anyone to come watch or are tickets available for purchase?