California Amateur Championship

June 16-21, 2014 at La Costa Resort & Spa

The SCGA conducts both qualifying and championship play for the California Golf Association. The CGA is a joint association of both the Southern California and Northern California Golf Association staffs and Board Members. Players may compete in the California State Amateur or CGA Senior Amateur Championships as determined by their age and current index.

Exemptions Pairings/Results

Cory McElyea wins 102nd California Amateur

Results

Courtesy of NCGA

Last Saturday Cory McElyea (pictured) was finishing up his weather-delayed second round at the 113th U.S. Open at Merion GC in Ardmore, Penn. This Saturday McElyea wrapped up a weeklong spectacular display of golf at Monterey Peninsula CC in Pebble Beach, Calif. to win the 102nd California Amateur Championship 3 and 2 over 2012 SCGA/CIF High School Champion Bryson DeChambeau.

While McElyea had a hectic week—which included flying across the country this past Sunday to California to play in this year’s championship—there’s no doubt that his experience playing on the biggest stage in golf helped him ultimately prevail as the latest California Amateur Champion.

“I think I was a lot more mentally prepared [coming into this event],” said McElyea. “Just realizing that I could play with some of the world’s best [at the U.S. Open].”

The 21-year-old Santa Cruz native took an early lead in Saturday’s 36-hole final and never looked back, leading from the third hole forward. McElyea won his first three holes Nos. 3, 4 and 6, by making pars, while DeChambeau made bogeys. On the par-3 seventh hole McElyea extended his lead further with a birdie to go 4-up. Then at the beginning of the back-nine things really looked to be getting out of hand when McElyea won the first three holes (Nos. 10-12) with a made birdie putt on No. 10, a conceded birdie on No. 11 and a conceded par on No. 12 to go 7-up.

However, the rest of the nine wasn’t smooth sailing for McElyea as DeChambeau cut his lead to 4-up at the end of the first 18 holes by winning Nos. 14, 15 and 18, two of those holes with birdies. When the second 18 holes began, DeChambeau continued his momentum by winning the second hole with a birdie and the third with a par cutting McElyea’s lead to 2-up.

“Playing with a big lead you just have to keep doing the same thing,” said McElyea. “But I didn’t feel like I was playing that bad, Bryson was just playing great, he made a lot of putts.”

The lead looked like it may have been cut down to a single hole on the par-4 sixth with McElyea under a tree in the right rough and DeChambeau in the middle of the fairway. With McElyea hitting his approach first, he advanced his shot to 20 yards short and right of the green with the flag in the back left; DeChambeau then got aggressive with his second shot and went over the green short-siding himself. McElyea was then able to get up-and-down from his location, while DeChambeau chipped to six feet and missed his par putt, going 3-down. In many ways that hole was a microcosm of DeChambeau’s day.

“It was just bad management,” said DeChambeau of the shot. “In the end I just didn’t manage my game as well as I should have.

McElyea and DeChambeau then traded holes with McElyea winning the seventh with a par and then DeChambeau winning the eighth with a birdie. Then came the shot of the day on the par-5 ninth when McElyea holed-out for an eagle from 60 yards with a 60-degree wedge to retake a 4-up lead with nine holes to go.

“That was definitely the turning point by far,” said McElyea of the importance of the shot.

DeChambeau would go on to win the 28th hole with a conceded five-foot birdie after McElyea missed his par putt, then the Clovis resident looked to be in great position to cut the lead once again to two holes, but he missed a four-foot birdie putt on the 29th hole to halve. McElyea would then win the 30th and 31st holes to go up dormie-5, but DeChambeau made back-to-back birdies on the 32nd and 33rd holes to extend the match a little further. Then on the 34th hole after DeChambeau missed a 15-foot birdie putt, McElyea had a 10-foot par putt to close out the match that found the bottom of the cup.

With his win McElyea now joins at elite group of golfers and will have his name added to the Edward B. Tufts Trophy alongside the likes of major winners Johnny Miller, Ken Venturi, Gene Littler and Mark O’Meara, and he couldn’t be more thrilled.“It’s awesome,” said McElyea. “Looking at some of those names, it’s pretty cool that my name will be etched on that trophy.”

Results

Past Winners

Year Winner Medalist Team Site
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
1931 David Martin No qualifying Pebble Beach Golf Links
1930 Francis I’i Brown Lawson Little Pebble Beach Golf Links
1929 Jack F. Neville J.J. McHugh
Fay Coleman
Pebble Beach Golf Links
1928 J.J. McHugh Jack Gaines Pebble Beach Golf Links
1927 J.J. McHugh George Von Elm Pebble Beach Golf Links
1926 H. Chandler Egan Donald Moe
Oswald Carlton
Pebble Beach Golf Links
1925 George Von Elm H. Chandler Egan Pebble Beach Golf Links
1924 Capt. A. Bullock-Webster Frank Godchaux Pebble Beach Golf Links
1923 J.J. McHugh Willie Hunter Pebble Beach Golf Links
1922 Jack F. Neville E.S. Armstrong Pebble Beach Golf Links
1921 Dr. Paul Hunter Paul Hunter Pebble Beach Golf Links
1920 Dr. Paul Hunter Robert Hunter Pebble Beach Golf Links
1919 Jack F. Neville Douglas Grant Pebble Beach Golf Links
1918 Douglas Grant No qualifying Del Monte GC
1917 Chas H. Walter Douglas Grant Del Monte GC
1916 Larry Cowing No qualifying Del Monte GC
1915 E.S. Armstrong Heine Schmidt Del Monte GC
1914 H.K.B. Davis No qualifying Del Monte GC
1913 Jack F. Neville No qualifying Del Monte GC
1912 Jack F. Neville No qualifying Del Monte GC

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