Amateur Championship

July 10-12, 2015 at Oakmont CC

This is the oldest championship conducted by the SCGA. Started in 1900, this event crowns the best amateur player of the Association. The event is limited to players with handicap indexes of 5.4 and below. Competitors undergo 18 holes of qualifying play in order to reach the final field of 84 players. In the Championship, players compete over 72 holes of stroke play with the top 42 and ties advancing after the first 36 holes. The championship is traditionally held at the home club of the current SCGA President.

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Nathan Celusta wins 2015 SCGA Amateur Championship

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It had been quite some time since Nathan Celusta had found the winner's circle. So long, in fact, that he can't even remember his last tournament win. This one, though, will be hard to forget.

Celusta, a 38-year-old from Newbury Park, Calif., shot a 1-under-par 70 in the final round to claim victory at the 116th SCGA Amateur Championship at Oakmont CC, joining a list of past champions that includes Tiger Woods, Al Geiberger, John Merrick, Patrick Cantlay and Beau Hossler. He finished 4 strokes better than runner-up and University of Oregon sophomore Aaron Wise, who finished with a four-round total of 4-under-par 280.

Celusta held the outright lead after Rounds 2 and 3, and at one point in Round 4 extended his advantage over the rest of the field to 6 shots. With six holes to play and a 6 shot lead over Wise, Celusta looked like he had the tournament in the bag. But Wise was back in the mix after Celusta bogeyed the par-4 13th, his first blemish of the day, and a Wise birdie on No. 14. On hole 15, Celusta found himself in the front greenside bunker, again giving Wise the chance to creep a little closer.

With the door starting to crack open enough for a comeback, Celusta quickly slammed it shut, getting up and down on 15 and draining a long birdie putt on No. 16 to all but secure victory.

"When I look back at this tournament those are the two things that are going to stick out to me, that par save on No. 15 and the putt on No. 16, which really had no business going in the hole," said Celusta. "Aaron was putting so well, and I had been starting to leak a little oil, so to be able to turn it around right there was huge for me."

Celusta would finish the round with back-to-back bogeys, but the ending had already been written. With a tap-in bogey to end his day in front of a gallery of more than 100, Celusta would finally breathe a sigh of relief.

"This is the biggest win of my life," said Celusta, who spent a brief amount of time on the Tour nearly a decade ago. "I'm extremely proud of myself. To win this event, with this strong field, it certainly means a lot to me."

Celusta played solidly all weekend, putting together rounds of 67, 68, 71 and 70. He carried a hot putter all tournament, taming the tough Oakmont CC greens that he said reminded him a lot of the greens at his home course, Saticoy CC.

"I played in a qualifier on Monday prior to the tournament and I just seemed to figure something out with my putter towards the end," said Celusta, who works as the controller at Sherwood CC. "I was fortunate enough to be able to stay in that mental space and rely on my putter all week."

Joining Celusta and Wise in the Top 5 was Jonathan Sanders of the University of Washington, who finished at 3-under-par, and Corby Segal and Pete Fernandez Jr., who both finished at 2-under-par. It was Fernandez who shot the low round of the tournament, blazing Oakmont for a 6-under-par 65 on Saturday.

Past Winners

Year Winner Site
2015 Nathan Celusta
Oakmont CC
2014 Beau Hossler
Rancho Santa Fe GC
2013 Beau Hossler San Diego CC
2012 Bhavik Patel
Big Canyon CC
2011 Patrick Cantlay San Gabriel CC
2010 Scott Travers La Cumbre CC
2009 Austin Graham
Wilshire CC
2008 Kevin Marsh
Saticoy CC
2007 Brett Kanda
Victoria Club
2006 Scott McGihon Bakersfield CC
2005 Scott McGihon
Tijeras Creek GC
2004 Tim Hogarth
Hillcrest CC
2003 Roy Moon Torrey Pines GC
2002 Nico Bollini
El Caballero CC
2001 John Merrick
La Jolla CC
2000 Scott McGihon Rancho Santa Fe GC
1999 John Pate Industry Hills GC
1998 Greg Padilla
1997 Craig Steinberg
Lakeside GC
1996 Kevin Marsh Santa Maria CC
1995 Charlie Wi
Santa Ana CC
1994 Tiger Woods
Hacienda GC
1993 Todd Demsey
Brentwood CC
1992 Craig Steinberg
Fairbanks Ranch CC
1991 Craig Steinberg
Bel-Air CC
1990 Pat Duncan
Wilshire CC
1989 Paul Stankowski
Glendora CC
1988 Craig Steinberg
Annandale GC
1987 Greg Starkman
Braemar CC
1986 Dave Sheff
Hillcrest CC
1985 Brad Greer
Virginia CC
1984 Brad Greer
San Gabriel CC
1983 David Hobby
Santa Maria CC
1982 Mark Blakely
Stockdale CC
1981 Greg Twiggs
Stardust CC
1980 Jon (Bud) Ardell
Oakmont CC
1979 Jeff Hart
Hacienda GC
1978 Brian Gaddy
Bel-Air C
1977 Doug Clarke
La Jolla CC
1976 Tony Sills
California CC
1975 Lee Davis
Wilshire CC
1974 Jim Porter
Brentwood CC
1973 John Richardson El Niguel CC
1972 Mark Pfeil
Hillcrest CC
1971 John Beetham
Virginia CC
1970 Gary Sanders Oakmont CC
1969 U.T. Thompson III
Hacienda GC
1968 Barry Jaeckel Lakeside GC
1967 Greg Pitzer Riviera CC
1966 John A. Jacobs Victoria Club
1965 Richard Davies Annandale GC
1964 Larry O. Brown San Gabriel GC
1963 Bruce McCormick Hillcrest CC
1962 Larry Bouchey Virginia CC
1961 Ted Richards Jr. Los Angeles CC
1960 Ben Alyea Brentwood CC
1959 Alan Geiberger Oakmont CC
1958 Frank Hixon Wilshire CC
1957 Verne Callison Lakeside GC
1956 Alan Geiberger Santa Ana CC
1955 Jerry Steelsmith Annandale GC
1954 Ted Richards Jr. San Gabriel CC
1953 Fletcher Jones Los Angeles CC
1952 John W. Dawson Hillcrest CC
1951 Jim Ferrie Virginia CC
1950 Jim Ferrie Oakmont CC
1949 Jerry Douglas Victoria Club
1948 Bruce McCormick Wilshire CC
1947 Bruce McCormick Los Angeles CC
1946 Bobby Gardner Virginia CC
1945 John Dawson San Gabriel CC
1944 John Dawson Lakeside GC
1943 Smiley Quick Hillcrest CC
1942 John Dawson Los Angeles CC
1941 Pat Abbott Oakmont CC
1940 Smiley Quick Lakeside GC
1939 Frank Hixon Annandale GC
1938 Pat Abbott California CC
1937 Jack Gaines Riviera CC
1936 Roger Kelly San Diego CC
1935 Harry Wesbrook Los Angeles CC
1934 Charles Seaver Bel-Air CC
1933 Harold Thompson Brentwood CC
1932 Jack Gaines San Gabriel CC
1931 David Martin Los Angeles CC
1930 Fay Coleman Midwick CC
1929 Gibson Dunlap Bel-Air CC
1928 Fay Coleman Midwick CC
1927 George Von Elm Lakeside GC
1926 Paul Hunter California CC/Brentwood CC
1925 George Von Elm Los Angeles CC
1924 Paul Hunter Annandale GC
1923 Willie Hunter Midwick CC
1922 George Von Elm Flintridge CC/Pasadena GC
1921 Paul Hunter Los Angeles CC
1920 E.H. Seaver Los Angeles CC
1919 Douglas Grant Los Angeles CC
1918 R.J. Cash, Jr. Los Angeles CC
1917 Windsor B. Walton Midwick CC
1916 Harold B. Lamb Los Angeles CC
1915 E.S. Armstrong Midwick CC
1914 Carleton Wright San Gabriel CC
1913 Norman Macbeth Los Angeles CC
1912 E.S. Armstrong Los Angeles CC
1911 Norman Macbeth Los Angeles CC
1910 Wm. Frederickson Annandale GC
1909 Paul Hunter Annandale GC
1908 Paul Hunter Los Angeles CC
1907 Sterling Liness Los Angeles CC
1906 Wm. Frederickson Los Angeles CC
1905 Walter Fairbanks Los Angeles CC
1904 W.K. Jewett Los Angeles CC
1903 Walter Fairbanks Los Angeles CC
1902 H.M. Sears Pasadena CC
1901 Walter Fairbanks Los Angeles CC
1900 Charles E. Orr Los Angeles CC

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