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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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Theegala Etches Name in SCGA Lore With Runaway Win

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The cream rose to the top in the 120th SCGA Amateur Championship at Lakeside GC as Pepperdine senior Sahith Theegala ran away from a stacked field of the region’s best to earn his first SCGA title with a blemish-free final round of 5-under 65.

“It feels unbelievable,” said an elated Theegala. “I've played this event for quite a while now, so to have my name etched on that trophy is pretty special. It really hasn't even set in yet.”

In what was one of the most anticipated final groups in recent memory, Theegala headed into the final day with a one-shot lead over Lakeside GC member and course record holder Trip Morris, with USC’s Charlie Reiter lurking close behind.

But Theegala mashed the gas pedal early on Sunday and never let up. He turned on the jets with a front-nine 3-under 32, which included superb ball-striking and flawless lag putting on the speedy Lakeside green surfaces. Theegala had a tap-in birdie on No. 2 after reaching the par-5 in two, and backed that up with an improbable birdie on No. 4 after spraying a drive left into the trees. His remarkable recovery shot left him a few yards off the green. Then on the 225 yard par-3 ninth, Theegala lasered an iron to the tucked flagstick before rolling in a 25-footer for another birdie. Morris fell back and found himself 1-over at the turn, with disappointing bogeys on No. 3 and No. 9 while Reiter could never jumpstart his round, making the turn at even par.

The crowds for the final group were enormous all day. With the entire Theegala crew out supporting their guy and Lakeside members out in droves following the hometown kid, it made for a surreal scene all afternoon.

“It was unbelievable. I haven't played many tournaments in a long time, so it was great having such a crowd of family and loved ones,” said Theegala. “It meant the world that they all came out to watch and support me.”

Theegala didn’t falter at all on the back-nine, continuing to fire at flagsticks and roll in putts with a silky smooth stroke. He birdied the short par-4 12th, before stuffing one to eight feet on No. 16 to seal the deal. His blistering final round helped distance himself by eight strokes ahead of second place.


An All-American for the Pepperdine Waves, Theegala came into the championship ranked No. 71 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and was part of Team SCGA for the 2018 Pacific Coast Amateur with young SoCal superstars Matt Wolff and Colin Morikawa.

Further down the leaderboard, USC’s Sam Kim used a strong weekend of 64-68 to climb into third place. Reigning U.S. Amateur runner-up and UCLA Bruin Devon Bling went 69-66-68 after a disappointing opening-round 72 to snag fourth place. Reiter finished T-5 with Pepperdine commit Caden Fioroni at 3-under.

Past Winners

Year Winner Site
2019 Sahith Theegala
Lakeside GC
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
The SCGA GC
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 CC
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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