After weeks of play, the 2012 SCGA Team Play Season draws to a close at the Classic Club in Palm Desert this Friday and Saturday. One of the most popular SCGA programs, SCGA Team Play began in 1900 and has grown to include more than 246 clubs and 8,000 participants each year.
Thursday Bracket Thursday Pairings
Woodland Hills CC and Bear Creek GC square off in the Thursday Team Play Finals at Classic Club on Friday. Woodland Hills CC is looking for its first title since 1966. They navigated their way through the bracket by defeating Antelope Valley CC, Rolling Hills CC, North Ranch CC and finally Industry Hills GC to reach the finals. Bear Creek GC out of Murrieta is looking for its first Thursday championship since 2000. After defeating Arrowhead CC, Mission Lakes CC, and PGA West, they defeated Mesa Verde in the semifinals to reach the championship.
Saturday Bracket Saturday Pairings
Red Hill CC and Fullerton GC will face off in the Saturday Team Play Finals on the Players Course at the Indian Wells Golf Resort. Red Hill CC returns to the Saturday finals after losing in a tight battle last year and will be looking for its first Saturday championship since 2007. The club, based out of Rancho Cucamonga, defeated Mesa Verde CC, Coto De Caza, Industry Hills GC and Sundale CC to reach the finals. Fullerton GC returns to the Saturday finals for the first time since 2009 after defeating Anaheim GA, Encinitas Ranch GC, Balboa Park GC and Bear Creek GC.
All of the teams will be playing Classic Club in Palm Desert. Classic Club was home to the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (now Humana Challenge) in 2006-2008. The 6,226 yard layout offers an enjoyable, yet demanding, test of golf. The rolling terrain and generous landing areas are accompanied by 30 acres of water features, which swim beneath the course’s 14 bridges. The pine trees and pine straw add a unique element to this new and impressive desert layout.
This competition is open only to regular member clubs maintaining at least one 18-hole golf course of at least 5,000 yards in length. Participating clubs may enter one 16-man team in a Thursday league, a Saturday league, or both, for each qualifying course they maintain. Clubs are arranged in groups of four, and their respective 16-man teams play a series of six home and away matches within their assigned group. All competition includes both single and four-ball match play. Group winners then meet in single elimination play-offs, culminating in an 18-hole championship.