Murrieta’s Inbee Park back atop Rolex World Rankings after LA Open
April 23, 2018:
Murrieta resident Inbee Park came up just a couple shots short in the inaugural HUGEL-JTBC LA Open over the weekend at Wilshire CC, but that didn't stop the LPGA Hall of Famer from moving up the charts. With her runner-up finish in the LA Open, Park took over the No. 1 spot in the Rolex World Rankings for the fourth time in her career. Park, a South Korean superstar on the pro tour, replaced Shanshan Feng of China, who took over the top spot in November. Feng fell to No. 2, with Lexi Thompson going to No. 3.
SCGA Junior Member Cameron Sisk Shoots a 59 at Steele Canyon GC
April 16, 2018:
Five days after posting a 64 in the Final Round of the Ping Heather Farr Classic in Mesa, AZ and just two days after his 18th birthday, Cameron Sisk shot an amazing -12, 59 from the tips on the Canyon and Ranch courses at Steele Canyon GC. Cameron is currently finishing up his senior year at Valhalla High School and is committed to play his collegiate golf at Arizona State University.
Norman Xiong Makes it Three Straight at the Western Intercollegiate
April 10, 2018:
Oregon Duck and Canyon Lake, Calif. native Norman Xiong won the Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Club this weekend for his third consecutive victory. Norman birdied the third playoff hole to edge out fellow Southern California native Collin Morikawa for medalist honors. With the victory Norman became the University of Oregon career-leader in victories with six and also set the single-season record for victories with five. The Ducks' next tournament will be the PAC-12 Championships at Rolling Hills CC from Apr. 23-25.
THREE IN A ROW! @NormanXiongGolf claims medalist honors for the third tournament in a row as he birdies the third playoff hole to win the Western Intercollegiate. It's also his fifth win of the season and sixth of his career. #GoDuckspic.twitter.com/aC2qwlm4oi
Murrieta native Rickie Fowler (-14) settled for a runner-up finish in the 2018 Masters on Sunday — the third second-place result in a major tournament during his career. Despite falling one shot short of champion Patrick Reed, Fowler said his performance at Augusta National was a preview of things to come and that he's "ready to go win a major." Fowler now has eight top-five finishes in majors, as well.
Two-time SCGA Amateur champion Beau Hossler finished runner-up at the Houston Open after falling in a playoff to Ian Poulter. Hossler nearly drained a long birdie putt on the final hole of regulation to win. The second place finish is his best-ever finish on the PGA TOUR.
University of Oregon sophomore and Canyon Lake native Norman Xiong won both the Duck Invitational (-11, 202) at Eugene CC and The Goodwin (-15, 198) at TPC Harding Park this week. With his victory at The Goodwin, Norman set a new record for wins in a season at the University of Oregon with four while also tying the school record for career wins with his fifth career victory as a Duck.
Collin Morikawa of La Cañada Flintridge also had a strong showing as he finished in a tie for fifth place at 6 under-par, helping his Cal Bears to a second place team finish.
Norman Xiong picks up his second win of the week with a win at The Goodwin to set a new Oregon record for wins in a season with four. The Ducks as a team put together a strong showing finishing in fourth place at 10 under. #GoDucks
Rose Zhang Punches Ticket to First LPGA Tournament With ANA Junior Inspiration Win
March 27, 2018:
Rose Zhang (2021) of Irvine won the 2018 ANA Junior Inspiration, her first ever AJGA Invitational win, this weekend at Mission Hills CC to qualify for the LPGA's first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration. Rose birdied the final hole to post a final round 69 which was enough to edge out a win by one stroke over second-round leader Ashley Menne of Surprise, Arizona. The ANA Inspiration will tee off Thursday, Mar. 29 on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills CC.
Southern California Natives Named to 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup Teams
March 20, 2018:
Five Southern California locals were named to represent the United States at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a Ryder Cup-style competition, which will be played July 6-8 at Evian Resort Golf Club. The two women representatives are UCLA's Lilia Vu of Fountain Valley and Stanford's Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach. Representing the men are Sahith Theegala of Pepperdine and Chino Hills, Oklahoma State's Matthew Wolff of Westlake, and making his second appearance in the event, Collin Morikawa of California Berkeley and La Cañada Flintridge.
2016 SCGA Women's Amateur Champion and junior at UCLA, Lilia Vu won her fourth straight tournament in a row at the Wildcat Invitational, leading the Bruins to their fifth win of the season. This is the second time she has won four straight events as a collegiate, which had never been done at UCLA before, and also marks her eighth collegiate victory, another UCLA record. Lilia will look to continue her momentum at the ANA Inspiration which will be held at Mission Hills CC beginning Mar. 29.
San Diego native Phil Mickelson earned his 43rd career PGA TOUR victory this weekend at the World Golf Championships - Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City. Phil used a consistent weekend, which he shot all four rounds in the sixties, to hold off a strong weekend push from Justin Thomas, who set a new course record with a round of 62 on Saturday and a 64 on Sunday, which included a spectacular eagle hole out on the 72nd hole to force a sudden victory playoff. Phil would go on to win on the first hole of the playoff, making a par on the Par 3 17th hole.
12 SCGA Juniors Highlight the Field for ANA Junior Inspiration
March 01, 2018:
The ANA Junior Inspiration just announced its field of 48 of the most talented junior golfers from around the world who will compete with the hopes of earning an exemption into the LPGA's first major championship of the season, the ANA Inspiration. Of those 48 golfers, 12 are current or former SCGA Junior members: Amari Avery, Hailey Borja, Zoe Antoinette Campos, Brianna Chacon, Alexa Melton, Brianna Navarrosa, Calista Reyes, Brooke Seay, Kailie Vongsaga, Elizabeth Wang, Nicole Whiston, and Rose Zhang. The ANA Junior Inspiration will take place from March 22-25 and will be played on Mission Hills CC's Dinah Shore Tournament and Pete Dye Challenge Courses.
UCLA Standout Lilia Vu Invited to LPGA’s ANA Inspiration
February 28, 2018:
Fountain Valley native and 2016 SCGA Women's Amateur Champion Lilia Vu has been invited to play in the 2018 ANA Inspiration. The second ranked amateur by the Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking and reigning Pac-12 Women's Champion, Vu will be making her first start on the LPGA Tour since qualifying for the 2015 U.S. Women's Open. The tournament is hosted at Mission Hills CC in Rancho Mirage, CA the week of Mar. 26 - Apr. 1.
Former USC Trojan Jamie Lovemark Earns Seventh Place Finish at The Honda Classic
February 26, 2018:
Torrey Pines graduate, Jamie Lovemark used a strong start at the Honda Classic this weekend to finish with a total score of 3 under-par, good for sole possession of seventh place. This is already Jamie's second top-10 finish of the season; he will take a week off before looking to continue to build on this momentum at the Valspar Championship beginning on Mar. 8.
The Genesis Open at Riviera CC featured a number of Southern California natives, but two young-guns in Patrick Cantlay (T4) and Xander Schauffele (T9) rose above the rest on their way to Top-10 finishes. Both Cantlay and Schauffele will make their next start at the World Golf Championships - Mexico Championship which tees off Thurs., Mar. 1.
Sean Crocker Makes Quarterfinals of the World Super 6 in Australia
February 14, 2018:
Westlake Village native and former USC Trojan, Sean Crocker finished the 54-hole stroke play portion of the tournament in a tie for second place to qualify him for the final day of six-hole knockout match play to determine the winner. Crocker won his opening match of the match play format, but lost in the quarter final to eventual champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
The 2018 Genesis Open kicks off tournament week with its Collegiate Showcase, which teams PGA TOUR professionals with current collegiate stars including SCGA alumni Spencer Soosman, a Longhorns sophomore by way of Westlake Village who led Westlake HS to become the first high school to win consecutive CIF State Team championships in 2014 and 2015.
Genesis Open Monday Qualifier To Be Held at Industry Hills GC
February 12, 2018:
Tons of notable names are vying for a spot in the Genesis Open via the Monday qualifier at Industry Hills GC. SCGA Amateur Champions Rico Hoey and Bhavik Patel, FORE Magazine cover boy Max Homa and SCGA Junior star Ricky Castillo are all in the field. Follow along with live scoring below!
Patrick Cantlay Holes an Ace in the First Round of AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
February 08, 2018:
Patrick Cantlay, of Servite High School and UCLA, made a hole-in-one on the 11th hole at Monterey Peninsula C.C., just his second hole of the tournament at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Cantlay is in the hunt for his second win of the season in just his fifth start.
Pepperdine’s Sahith Theegala Dominates the Field at The Waves Challenge
January 31, 2018:
Sahith Theegala of Pepperdine University finished the Waves Challenge at Saticoy C.C. at 11-under par, 16 shots clear of his next competitor. Theegala's performance led the Waves to their first win of the season with a comfortable margin of 37 shots over second-place UC Santa Barbara.
Lol. Pepperdine’s Sahith Theegala won a 54-hole college tournament by 16(!!!!) shots. He shot 70-68-67 at notoriously tough Saticoy CC. And yes, it was a Division I field.
Theegala made the cut in last year’s Genesis Open, shooting a first-round 67 en route to a T49.
Southern California locals Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, and Patrick Cantlay are set to tee off together for the opening rounds of the Farmers Insurance Open.
Great SoCal Farmers Open pairing: Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay. 9:30 a.m. Thursday on 10 tee North; All-world pairing of Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Hideki Matsuyama, 9:40 on North 10
Returning a duplicate result as last week's collegian event, there was a SoCal Golf sweep at this week's Nanea Pac-12 Preview, with UCLA Women's Golf capturing the team title and Hermosa Beach's Andrea Lee of Stanford earning her sixth collegiate individual win. Lee is in her sophomore season.
#SoCalGolf Shows Off At Stanford Intercollegiate Invitational
October 19, 2017:
The third-ranked Bruins overcame a seven-shot deficit on Wednesday at Poppy Hills GC to defend their Stanford Intercollegiate title, defeating the host Cardinal by three strokes. UCLA freshman Patty Tavatanakit shared medalist honors with Stanford's reigning FORE Magazine cover girl Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach.
Eighty junior golfers representing 30 U.S. states and one Canadian province have earned an invitation to Augusta National Golf Club to compete in the fifth annual Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals, to be conducted on Sunday, April 1, 2018, prior to the start of the Masters Tournament. Southern California is represented by five juniors:
Rico Hoey Wins Season’s Final Mackenzie Tour Event
September 18, 2017:
It was better late than never for 2016 SCGA Amateur Champion Rico Hoey, who captured his first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada victory on Sunday at the season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship to earn a spot in The Five and secure Web.com Tour status for 2018.
After an impressive summer that included a win at the Western Amateur and a dominating performance at The Walker Cup Matches, SCGA member Norman Xiong kept the momentum going with a season-opening win to kick off his sophomore season at the University of Oregon. With rounds of 68 and 65 at the Rod Myers Invitational in North Carolina, Xiong won the individual title while his Ducks came in second.
USC Women, SCGA’s Muni He Post Season-Opening Wins In Minnesota
September 13, 2017:
SCGA member Muni He earned a share of her first collegiate title, joining freshman Alyaa Abdulghany who was also under par to lead the USC women's golf team to its third straight season-opening win at the Minnesota Invitational.
Beau Hossler, Aaron Wise Among Web.com TOUR Graduates
August 28, 2017:
Twenty-five PGA Tour cards were handed out Sunday in Portland, Ore. Two-time SCGA Amateur Champion Beau Hossler and 2015 SCGA Amateur Runner-Up Aaron Wise secured guaranteed status for the 2017-2018 PGA TOUR season.
Reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion Stewart Hagestad, Collin Morikawa and Norman Xiong were all selected to the 2017 United States Walker Cup Team, the USGA announced Sunday at the conclusion of the U.S. Amateur Championship. The Walker Cup appearance will be a first for all three SoCal stars, as the 46th Walker Cup Match heads to The Los Angeles CC’s North Course Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10.
Edwin Kuang Wins California State Boys Junior Amateur
August 09, 2017:
Edwin Kuang of Murrieta won the 57th Annual California State Boys Junior Amateur Championship at Bear Creek Golf Club. Shooting an impressive two-day total of 7-under par, 137, Kuang won the tournament by four strokes. Kuang joins Rickie Fowler (2005) and Bryson Dechambeau (2010) as champions of this prestigious tournament.
Norman Xiong, a rising sophomore at the University of Oregon and native of Canyon Lake, Calif., joined a list of prestigious SCGA members Saturday by winning the Western Amateur. Earning medalist honors Thursday, Xiong continued his success in match play, ending his week with a 22-hole victory in the event's championship match. Xiong joins SoCal stars Beau Hossler, Jamie Lovemark, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as champions of the event.
U.S. Women’s Amateur Returns to the Southland Monday
August 04, 2017:
With a field headlined by top female amateurs from Southern California, the U.S. Women's Amateur will make its Southland return Monday at San Diego CC. SCGA Women's Amateur Champ Andrea Lee, as well as many other familiar faces, will be in the field as the nation's best compete for a national title. For tee times, pairings, TV schedules and more, visit the link below.
Matt Wolff, a recent graduate of Westlake HS and Agoura Hills native, found himself on the wrong side of a 1up loss Saturday, falling on the 18th hole of the 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Wolff was the first Southern California golfer to make the final match sine Jay Hwang of San Diego lost to Jordan Spieth in the 2009 playing.
For the second straight year and third time in the last four years, the SCGA team captured the Morse Cup at the Pacific Coast Amateur with the team of Stewart Hagestad, Sahith Theegala and Norman Xiong.
Just four years after finishing as the SCGA Amateur Championship runner-up and three years after his dramatic California Amateur victory, San Diego State graduate Xander Schauffele picked up his first PGA TOUR win at The Greenbrier Classic.
Aaron Wise completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Air Capital Classic to lock up a PGA Tour card with his first Web.com Tour title. The 20-year-old Wise closed with a 2-under 68 in 100-degree heat at Crestview for a 21-under 259 total and a five-stroke victory over Monday qualifier Beau Hossler.
Rico Hoey (USC), the defending SCGA Amateur champion, has been named to First Team All-American by Golfweek, the publication announced today. On the women's side, Andrea Lee (Stanford) and Lilia Vu (UCLA, pictured) both represented the SCGA on the First Team.
Morikawa, Crocker and Xiong shine in Arnold Palmer Cup Victory
June 12, 2017:
The United States ran away with the Arnold Palmer Cup, beating Europe 19.5 - 11.5. California's Collin Morikawa was selected by players on both squads as the winner of the special exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational while USC's Sean Crocker earned three points and Oregon's Norman Xiong went 2-1-1.
On Tuesday, Cheyenne Woods was one of two competitors to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open at Industry Hills GC. In a qualifier run by the WSCGA, Brianno Do, a former UCLA golfer, took the second and final spot.
Arnold Palmer uncharacteristically and famously carded a 12 on Rancho Park GC's 18th hole during the 1961 L.A. Open. An original plaque was dedicated in 1963, and later stolen. A replacement “stone” was installed by the Recreation and Parks Department this week.
Native SoCal Stars Named Semifinalists for Nicklaus Award
May 03, 2017:
Rico Hoey (USC), Sean Crocker (USC), Sahith Theegala (Pepperdine) and Collin Morikawa (California) were all named semifinalists for the 2017 D-I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award. The five finalists, announced on June 1, will receive exemptions into the PGA TOUR's Barbasol Championship
Our reigning CIF State High School Champion Hidetoshi Yoshihara picked up his first collegiate victory this week at The Maxwell. The UCLA freshman won the tournament, which was held at Oak Tree GC in Okalhoma, by 1 stroke.
Freshman Hidetoshi Yoshihara took home his first collegiate trophy
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Sophomore Lilia Vu won her third-consecutive tournament on Tuesday, sharing first-place honors at the Silverado Showdown at the Silverado Resort and Spa. The UCLA single-season record for victories is four by Charlotte Mayorkas (2003-2004), who was also the only other Bruin to win three events in a row.
SCGA member and former USC Trojan Stewart Hagestad finished the Masters at +6, earning low amateur honors after becoming the first-ever U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion to make the cut on golf's greatest stage.
Sophomore Lilia Vu completed her dominant play at the Kapalua Bay Course, shooting a 1-under 71 on Wednesday to finish at 12-under (204) and win the Anuenue Spring Break Classic by seven shots. As a team, the Bruins were the only squad under par on Wednesday, winning the team title by 17 strokes.
Congrats to sophomore Lilia Vu on her 2nd collegiate win at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic!
Lucy Li, who made history when she qualified for the U.S. Women's Open at just 11 years old in 2014, became the first non-SoCal golfer to win the ANA Junior Inspiration Sunday. The junior event, which sends its winner to Southern California's own LPGA major and used to be run by SCGA Junior, this year became part of the AJGA tournament schedule and expanded from 18 to 54 holes.
Andrea Lee Headlines ANA Inspiration Amateur Invitations
March 15, 2017:
Last year's ANA Junior Inspiration winner and 2015 Women's Southern California Amateur champion, Lee (Hermosa Beach) looks to build off an impressive start to 2017 as she joins the ANA Inspiration field.
Following her first career victory at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate and a tie for fifth at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, University of Arizona sophomore and Escondido native Haley Moore has been named the Pac-12 Golfer of the Month.
Since making the cut in the PGA Tour’s Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club, Pepperdine sophomore Theegala has not disappointed. He tied for 18th at The Prestige at PGA West, then recorded his first college win, posting a one-shot victory at the Southwestern Invitational.
USGA Announces Local Qualifying Sites for 117th U.S. Open Championship
February 21, 2017:
Nine SoCal courses have been announced as local qualifying sites:
- Indian Ridge CC (Grove Course), Palm Desert
- Andalusia CC, La Quinta
- La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad
- Bermuda Dunes CC, Bermuda Dunes
- Industry Hills GC (Eisenhower Course), City of Industry
- La Purisima GC, Lompoc
- Classic Club, Palm Desert
- Ironwood CC (South Course), Palm Desert
- Granite Bay GC, Granite Bay
Brooke Seay of Rancho Santa Fe used a hot start and an incredible finish to earn her first AJGA Invitational win at Reunion Resort on the second playoff hole. Seay sunk a 30-foot birdie putt to top Sweden’s Amanda Linner on No. 18 on the Watson Course.
Norman Xiong of Canyon Lake, Calif., a freshman at University of Oregon, won his first collegiate event Sunday, tying for first place with teammate Wyndham Clark at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club in Palm Desert.
Former SCGA/CIF High School Champ Kevin Dougherty of Murrieta survived a playoff Monday to qualify for this week's Genesis Open. Dougherty emerged from a six-player playoff to earn one of the final two available spots, birdieing the first playoff hole at Industry Hills GC.
Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach captured the individual title at the 22nd Peg Barnard Invitational, the third victory of the season for the Stanford freshman. She fired a pair of 4-under 67s to finish at 8-under 134, six strokes ahead of Kelsey Ulep of Oregon.
Crocker, Hoey and Morikawa Named To Ben Hogan Award Watch List
February 08, 2017:
Twenty-eight collegiate golfers have been named to the 2017 Ben Hogan Award watch list, issued annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer. USC's Sean Crocker and Rico Hoey and Cal's Collin Morikawa are looking to become the first SCGA members to win the award since Patrick Cantlay in 2012.
Genesis Open announces Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption
February 07, 2017:
Named after the SCGA Hall of Famer, the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption will grant a playing spot to a golfer representing a minority background, the Genesis Open announced today. Kevin M. Hall has been awarded this year's exemption, and will tee it up in the annual PGA TOUR event at Riviera CC next week.
Michael Block, PGA of Arroyo Trabuco GC earns exemption into Genesis Open
February 06, 2017:
Michael Block, PGA of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club outlasted the rainy and challenging conditions to earn an exemption into the PGA TOUR Genesis Open with his victory at the Club Car Aggregate Series hosted at El Caballero Country Club carding an 2-under par 69.
With this win, Block will appear in his ninth PGA TOUR event in addition to his three Major Championship appearances.
SCGA Alumni Lizette Salas To Be Inducted Into SCPGA Junior HOF
January 17, 2017:
The LPGA TOUR professional will receive the “Junior Hall of Fame” award during the annual SCPGA Junior Tour Banquet of Champions. Upon her graduation from USC in 2011, Salas began her professional golf career and hasn’t missed an LPGA TOUR season since.
SoCal golf fans are in for a treat when the CareerBuilder Challenge tees off later this week, as a number of young, local talent has committed to the field. Brandon Hagy, Max Homa, Xander Schauffele and NCAA Champ Aaron Wise will all be in the event, which begins Thursday.
Statement on Phil Mickelson Appearance at CareerBuilder Challenge
December 14, 2016:
Nick Raffaele, the CareerBuilder Challenge Executive Director and Desert Classic Charities CEO, on the recent news regarding Phil Mickelson:
“We’re disappointed to learn that Phil Mickelson has recently undergone a second surgery to repair a sports hernia, and we wish him well in his recovery. While he has yet to determine if his recovery will allow him to compete in our upcoming event, we are very much excited about his role as the ambassador for the CareerBuilder Challenge. We’re looking forward to having him here in La Quinta during the third week of January as a competitor and/or ambassador.”
Phil Mickelson has undergone a second surgery for sports hernia since the end of last season. There is no specific timetable for his return.