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California Amateur Championship

June 18-23, 2018 at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

This is one of the nation’s oldest state amateur golf championships. The championship originated in 1912 and was held at Pebble Beach Golf Links from 1919 until 2006. In 2007 the CGA broadened the scope of this prestigious championship by rotating the weeklong event to selected courses throughout the state, alternating between Northern California and Southern California every other year. Players must have an index of 4.4 or less, qualifying is available statewide for both NCGA and SCGA players, players may only attempt to qualify once. The championship consists of 156 players who will play 36-holes of stroke play to determine the 32 player match play field. The final match is played over 36 holes. During the stroke play portion of the tournament a simultaneous team competition takes place between the NCGA vs. SCGA competing for the Roger Latham Cup.

Exemptions

PJ Samiere wins 106th California Amateur

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In what will instantly go down as a classic, the 106th California Amateur Championship was won Saturday by PJ Samiere, who birdied the iconic 18th hole of the Lake Course at The Olympic Club, the match's 36th hole of the day, to secure a 1 up victory over Noah Norton of Chico.

"Patience and perseverance, that's what it took," said Samiere. "But I'm really excited about this win."

Patience is right, as Samiere quickly fell down in the match early, struggling with his driver to find himself 4 down through five holes. Samiere went 3-over par during that five-hole stretch, far off the pace set by Norton's 1-under through five.

"The thought definitely crossed my mind that it just wasn't my day," said Samiere. "I started thinking a little negatively after all those bogeys. But I had to turn it around in my head. You never know what can happen."

Samiere and Norton would play the next five holes evenly, before another timely birdie by Norton on the 11th hole of the match would balloon his lead to five. Samiere would, however, birdie the 12th hole to pickup his first won hole of the day. He would then go on to birdie 17 and 18, cutting Norton's lead down to two to end the morning round.

"I started feeling better about my driver towards the end of the first 18," said Samiere. "I knew if I stayed patient and waited for it to come around it would. I started making some putts and got things going."

With the momentum having swung pretty significantly, Samiere and Norton re-approached the first tee box after a brief pause for the start of the final 18. Samiere, who had already won back-to-back holes, picked up right where he left off, collecting a birdie on the par-5 533-yard first hole to close the gap to one. A win with a par on Hole 2 put the match at All Square for the first time since it began.

That's when things got good. Samiere, a golfer at San Diego State, and Norton, a golfer at Georgia Tech, played the final 14 hole of the tough Lake track in 2-under and 1-under par respectively, with two lead changes and three different stints at All Square during that stretch. Norton would regain the lead on the match's 23rd hole, Samiere would tie it back up with a birdie on Hole 25, and the eventual champion would take his first lead of the day with a par on the following hole. Norton would tie it, Samiere would again take a 1 up lead, and Norton would again tie it, bringing the match to its 35th hole all tied up.

"I came out of my hybrid a little too much and blocked out to the right," said Samiere of his drive on No. 17, a 522-yard par 5 that the duo was playing for the second time Saturday. "But I had a really good lie, and I had a hit a similar chip a few holes before, so I knew I had a good feel for it."

Samiere's chip would sail right over the greenside bunker, and disappear out of his view.

"I heard people say "go in" and realized that might be it," said Samiere.

The putt did not go in, but it was close. Norton conceded it, and then stepped over his own ball, which was in the bunker. Now knowing he needed to match Samiere's birdie to keep the match All Square, Norton successfully went up and down, knocking in a five-foot putt to head to 18 tied up.

After both competitors safely made it on the green in regulation, Norton was first to putt, staring at an eight-footer for birdie. He would miss low, giving Samiere the opportunity to knock in his six-footer for the win, with the iconic Olympic Club clubhouse looming in the background.

"I thought he was going to make his, especially with how well he was playing," said Samiere. "When he missed, I just told myself it was time to be clutch. It was on a great line and I knew it was in about halfway there."

A modest fist pump coincided with the ball hitting the bottom of the hole, and the 106th California Amateur Championship was over.

"It's a great feeling," said Samiere.

With the win, Samiere becomes the second Aztec to win the Championship in the last four years, with now-PGA TOUR pro Xander Schauffele having defeated Beau Hossler in an equally as exciting final match in 2014 at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad. He becomes the fifth straight collegiate golfer to win the event. The 2018 California Amateur will return to La Costa next June.

Past Winners

Year Winner Medalist Team Site
2017 PJ Samiere Eddy Lai
Southern California The Olympic Club
2016 Shintaro Ban
Bryan Baumgarten and Andrew Levitt Northern California Valencia CC
2015 Shotaro Ban
Satch Herrmann Southern California
Lake Merced GC
2014 Xander Schauffele
Jason Anthony Southern California Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
2013 Cory McElyea Corey Pereira and Xander Schauffele Northern California Monterey Peninsula GC
2012 Kevin Marsh Bhavik Patel Southern California La Cumbre CC
2011 Bhavik Patel Philip Chian Northern California The Olympic Club
2010 Scott Travers
Scott Almquist
Kevin Fitzgerald
Southern California

Rancho Santa Fe GC and La Jolla GC

2009 Geoff Gonzalez
Geoff Gonzalez Southern California Lake Merced GC
2008 Nick Delio
Matt Hoffenbers
Alex Kim
Scott McGihon
Northern California Lakeside GC and Oakmont CC
2007 Josh Anderson
Blake Trimble Southern California Monterey Peninsula CC
2006 Jordan Nasser
Steve Woods Southern California Pebble Beach Golf Links
2005 Don DuBois
Jordan Cox Northern California Pebble Beach Golf Links
2004 Spencer Levin
Mark Sear Northern California Pebble Beach Golf Links
2003 Patrick Nagle
Roy Moon Northern California Pebble Beach Golf Links
2002 Eddie Heinen
Don DuBois Southern California Pebble Beach Golf Links
2001 Darryl Donovan
Jeff Wilson Northern California Pebble Beach Golf Links
2000 Nick Jones
James Stewart
Todd Miller
Southern California Bayonet and Blackhorse GC
1999 Tim Hogarth
Ed Cuff, Jr.
Steve Conway
Southern California Pebble Beach Golf Links
1998 Ed Cuff, Jr. Craig Steinberg Southern California Pebble Beach Golf Links
1997 Jason Gore Tim Hogarth Southern California Pebble Beach Golf Links
1996 Mark Johnson Jeff Gilchrist Northern California Pebble Beach Golf Links
1995 Jeff Sanday Mark Johnson Southern California Pebble Beach Golf Links
1994 Steve Woods Steve Woods Southern California Pebble Beach Golf Links
1993 Casey Boyns Gary Vanier Northern California Pebble Beach Golf Links
1992 Todd Demsey Harry Rudolph, III Southern California Pebble Beach Golf Links
1991 Harry Rudolph III Sandy Galbraith Southern California Pebble Beach Golf Links
1990 Charlie Wi Mark Johnson
Paul Stankowski
Southern California Pebble Beach Golf Links
1989 Casey Boyns Jerry Michaels Pebble Beach Golf Links
1988 Don Parsons Aaron Meeks Pebble Beach Golf Links
1987 Mike Springer Bob Lasken
Tim Loustalot
Steve Bogan
Pebble Beach Golf Links
1986 Terrence Miskell Dana Banke Pebble Beach Golf Links
1985 Sam Randolph Sam Randolph Pebble Beach Golf Links
1984 Duffy Waldorf Duffy Waldorf Pebble Beach Golf Links
1983 Kris Moe Gregg Twiggs Pebble Beach Golf Links
1982 Gary Vanier Corey Pavin Pebble Beach Golf Links
1981 Joe Tamburino Mike Barnblatt Pebble Beach Golf Links
1980 Bobby Clampett Bobby Clampett Pebble Beach Golf Links
1979 Mark O’Meara Lennie Clements Pebble Beach Golf Links
1978 Bobby Clampett Don Levin Pebble Beach Golf Links
1977 Lee Mikles Tom Culligan Pebble Beach Golf Links
1976 Mike Brannan Scott Simpson Pebble Beach Golf Links
1975 John Cook C. Richardson
Curtis Worley
Pebble Beach Golf Links
1974 Curtis Worley Craig Stadler Pebble Beach Golf Links
1973 Mike Brannan Mike Brannan Pebble Beach Golf Links
1972 Mac Hunter Mark Pfeil Pebble Beach Golf Links
1971 Doug Nelson Sandy Galbraith Pebble Beach Golf Links
1970 Bob Risch Tom Smith Pebble Beach Golf Links
1969 Forrest Fezler Ted Lyford Pebble Beach Golf Links
1968 Johnny Miller Les Peterson Pebble Beach Golf Links
1967 Bob E. Smith Arne Dokka Pebble Beach Golf Links
1966 Bob Eastwood Bob Eastwood
Cesar Sanudo
Jack Bariteau
Pebble Beach Golf Links
1965 Vern Callison Dr. Art Butler Pebble Beach Golf Links
1964 Steve Opperman Ron Cerrudo Pebble Beach Golf Links
1963 Dr. Paul Travis Peter Choate Pebble Beach Golf Links
1962 Dick Lotz John Lotz Pebble Beach Golf Links
1961 John Richardson No qualifying Pebble Beach Golf Links
1960 Larry Bouchey Dr. Art Butler Pebble Beach Golf Links
1959 Vern Callison Dan Morgan
Bob Roos
Pebble Beach Golf Links
1958 Eli Bariteau Dan Morgan Pebble Beach Golf Links
1957 Tal Smith Dr. William O’Neal Pebble Beach Golf Links
1956 Ken Venturi Bob Silvestri
Ken Venturi
Pebble Beach Golf Links
1955 Dr. Frank Taylor Tom Draper Pebble Beach Golf Links
1954 Dr. Frank Taylor Dr. William O’Neal Pebble Beach Golf Links
1953 Gene Littler Ken Venturi Pebble Beach Golf Links
1952 Bob Silvestri Gene Littler Pebble Beach Golf Links
1951 Ken Venturi Bud Holscher Pebble Beach Golf Links
1950 Bob Gardner Fred Jordan Pebble Beach Golf Links
1949 Mac Hunter Gene Littler
Tal Smith
John Dawson
Pebble Beach Golf Links
1948 Eli Bariteau Russell York
Bob Silvestri
Pebble Beach Golf Links
1947 Bob Gardner Morgan Fottrell Pebble Beach Golf Links
1946 Bruce McCormick Eli Bariteau Pebble Beach Golf Links
1945 Bruce McCormick John Dawson Pebble Beach Golf Links
1944 Ernie Pieper, Jr. Bob Rosburg Pebble Beach Golf Links
1943 Elmer Cites Henry Suico Pebble Beach Golf Links
1942 John Dawson Bud Brownell Pebble Beach Golf Links
1941 Ernie Pieper, Jr. Ralph Lomelli Pebble Beach Golf Links
1940 Ed Monaghan Rennie Kelly Pebble Beach Golf Links
1939 Jack Gage Roger Kelly Pebble Beach Golf Links
1938 Roger Kelly Roger Kelly Pebble Beach Golf Links
1937 Roger Kelly Ernest Combs
Frank Hixon
Pebble Beach Golf Links
1936 Mat Palacio, Jr. Roger Kelly Pebble Beach Golf Links
1935 Jack Gaines Ernie Pieper Jr. Pebble Beach Golf Links
1934 Stuart Hawley John Robbins
Jack Nounman
Pebble Beach Golf Links
1933 Charles Seaver No qualifying Pebble Beach Golf Links
1932 Neil White No qualifying Pebble Beach Golf Links


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