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SCGA Amateur Championship

July 11-14, 2019 at Lakeside GC

Started in 1900, the SCGA Amateur Championship crowns the best amateur player of the Association. The Championship site is traditionally held at the home club of the current SCGA President. Since the inaugural Championship, the SCGA Amateur has enjoyed an illustrious history of great champions, including Tiger Woods and Al Geiberger to more recent stars including Beau Hossler and Patrick Cantlay. This Championship is open to members with a Handicap Index of 5.4 and below. Competitors undergo 18 holes of individual stroke play qualifying in order to reach the final field of 84 players. In the Championship, players compete over 72 holes of individual stroke play with the top 42 and ties advancing after the first 36 holes.

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Fryer Goes Wire-To-Wire For SCGA Amateur Title

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Joe Fryer seemingly never broke a sweat until the back nine of the final round at the 119th SCGA Amateur Championship at La Jolla CC. The brilliant ball-striker logged three straight rounds in the 60s before carding a final round 2-over 73 to hang on for a three-shot victory, leading the championship wire-to-wire.

“I’ve been working really hard to get here,” said Fryer. “I’ve had my eye on this championship all season. To set out with a goal and to be the champion at the end, it feels beyond good.”

Fresh off a top-10 finish at the Big West Championships in May, the Long Beach State senior kept momentum rolling at La Jolla CC. Born in Bristol, England, Fryer tore up the front-nine of this William P. Bell design, carding 14 birdies on the opening nine for the week.

“I hit a lot of drivers on the short par-4s on the front, so I was being really aggressive,” said Fryer. “That led to a lot of good looks at birdie and was able to convert a few over the course of four rounds.”

During Sunday’s final round, under perfect blue skies and a hint of Pacific Ocean breeze, Fryer got things cooking early with a perfect drive on the short par-4 first hole. A crafty wedge to five feet led to an opening birdie and a quick four-shot lead.

Fryer gave the birdie right back on the par-3 second hole after being unable to get up-and-down from behind the green and began to show slight signs of wear. He flared a drive on No. 3 and hooked a tee ball on No. 4, but was able to scramble magnificently for par on both occasions.

“I just tried to stay patient when I wasn’t hitting the ball that great,” said Fryer. “I kept to my game plan which was to keep the ball below the hole and I was able to hang on.”

Throughout the final round, it was clear that Fryer didn’t have the patented superior ball striking that afforded him a commanding lead. However, he found a way to grind his way around the golf course, using a superb short game and a strong mental approach.

Making the turn at 1-under par, Fryer held a five-shot advantage and hoped to coast into the clubhouse as SCGA Amateur Champion. But it’s never that easy.

Fryer bogeyed four straight holes beginning on No. 11. His once reliable short game betrayed him during a nervous stretch for both Joe and his cast of family and friends that came out to watch.

“I found the beach three times in a row,” said Fryer. “My bunker play is normally pretty good but I wasn’t able to get them up-and-down so I had to just continue to play my game until the 18th where I sealed it.”

Sitting on a two-stroke lead, Fryer found the fairway on the uphill dogleg par-4. From 168 yards out, the champion flushed an 8-iron with a tight draw that never left the flagstick. His approach nearly flew in the hole and spun to three feet for a kick-in birdie on the closing hole.

“I really like this place [La Jolla CC],” said Fryer. “Reminds me a lot of SeaCliff CC in Huntington Beach where I play a lot. The poa annua greens are quick and sloped so there’s some strategy with where to leave your approach shots. I just felt really comfortable out there.”

Stanford sophomore Ashwin Arasu placed second in the championship with a 6-under total for the week. Arasu climbed to within two shots of the lead but took a triple-bogey on No. 13 after his tee ball found the brush on the right side of the fairway. Arasu bounced right back with consecutive birdies on the next two holes but it was too little, too late.

2016 SCGA Mid-Amateur Champion Corby Segal turned in the score of the final round with a 4-under 67 that catapulted the SCGA veteran into the top-3. With four birdies in a six-hole stretch, Segal put the leaders on notice, posting a score and waiting in the clubhouse to see how things would shape up. Fryer’s laser on 18 ending any chance of a brilliant comeback.

With the victory, Fryer is exempted into next year's SCGA Amateur Championship, which will be held at Lakeside GC, as well as the 2019 California Amateur Championship, which will head to Monterey Peninsula CC.

Past Winners

Year Winner Site
2018 Joe Fryer
La Jolla CC
2017 Sam Choi
Mission Hills CC
2016 Rico Hoey
Barona Creek GC
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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