CGA Senior Amateur Championship heads to San Gabriel CC
The 2013 CGA Senior Amateur Championship has attracted some of the strongest senior amateur competitors in the state, who will all converge upon San Gabriel CC next week for the 22nd playing of this prestigious championship. Included in the strong field is last year’s champion Casey Boyns from Monterey, who will be looking to defend his title.
The CGA Senior Amateur Championship began in the fall of 1992, and is the state championship for players age 55 and over. The first two tournaments were played at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. In 1994, the event was moved to Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, and in 1995, a simultaneous NCGA vs. SCGA team portion of the championship was added. Starting in 2010, this 54-hole stroke play championship began rotating to selected courses throughout the state. Players must have an index of 7.4 or less and may attempt to qualify at any location in the state.
Other notable players include Gary Vanier (pictured, top right), who comes into the event as the clear favorite. Vanier captured the NCGA Senior Championship at Spyglass Hill GC in early April. Then, only a short two months later, Vanier found himself in the winner circle again, capturing the SCGA Senior Amateur Championship title at Virginia Country Club. Also playing at San Gabriel CC is a familiar name in 3-time winner Jeff Burda of Medesto, California, who has a long list of accolades on his golf resume that includes the 2011 SCGA Senior Amateur Championship. Last but not least, NCGA and SCGA member Jim Knoll from Sunnyvale, California will look to capture his first win in this event. Knoll was awarded this year’s NCGA Senior Player of the Year, after receiving the same honor last year from the SCGA.
With its gently sloping terrain, views of the San Gabriel Mountains and large mature oak trees, San Gabriel CC is one of the most respected golf clubs in Southern California. San Gabriel CC is the oldest golf club in Los Angeles and Orange counties still operating in its original location, with its clubhouse at the same site as its initial 1904 clubhouse. The club has the oldest 18-hole golf course in Southern California, dating from 1912, located on its original site. The club was founded in 1904 on fertile land, which was part of the historic San Gabriel Mission. The 1904 golf course was nine holes with oiled sand greens. The course was enlarged to 18 holes in 1912 by golfer-architect Norman Macbeth. Grass greens were added in 1920 as part of the changes by architect William "Willie" Watson. Further improvements to the course design were acheived by renowned golf architects William Park "Billy" Bell in 1930, Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1967 and Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 1997.
The Championship begins Monday at 8 a.m.