California Amateur Championship

June 22-27, 2015 at Lake Merced GC (Daly City)

The California Amateur Championship is conducted by the Southern California and Northern California Golf Associations. This championship is open to amateur golfers who have an established current index of 4.4 or below as of the time of registration and are members in good standing of the Northern California Golf association and/or Southern California Golf Association. Qualifying is available statewide for both NCGA and SCGA players, players may only attempt to qualify once.

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Shotaro Ban wins the 104th California Amateur Championship

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Moments after clinching the title, Shotaro Ban saw his mom and the two happily exchanged hugs.

After a long and emotional week, the 21-year-old was finally a champion.

Ban, a senior at Cal, defeated 17-year-old Roseville resident Joshua Sedeno, 5 and 4, on a breezy Saturday at Lake Merced Golf Club to win the 104th California Amateur Championship. With the victory, he’ll join the likes of Johnny Miller, Mark O’Meara and Ken Venturi as players who have their names etched on the prestigious Edward B. Tufts Trophy.

“It’s very special to have my name on that,” said Ban, who lives in San Jose. “There are so many names on that trophy that have gone on to do great things. Hopefully this is a stepping stone for me and I can build off of it and do bigger things in the future.”

Ban’s victory also marked the first for a Bear in the championship. Charlie Wi won the title in 1990, but that was before he transferred to Cal from University Nevada-Reno. Bears who never even reached the final include Max Homa, James Hahn and 2012 U.S. Amateur runner-up Michael Weaver.

“It’s awesome. Hopefully I pave the way for other players in the program,” said Ban, who was the No.25 seed. “I want to try and be a role model for future Bears.”

Having taken a 3-up lead in the morning portion of the 36-hole finale, Ban slipped early in the afternoon round when he missed a 4-foot par putt on the 2nd hole to drop his lead to 2-up.

Through the next five holes, the No.26 seeded Sedeno, who was looking to become one of the event’s youngest winners (Mac Hunter won at age 16 in 1972), had chances to further cut into Ban’s lead but continually was denied. On the 22nd hole (No.4), the Del Oro High senior missed a 4-foot putt for a win, while on No.23 his par putt stopped an inch short of the cup, giving Ban a win.

A hole later on No.24, Sedeno, who’s already committed to Southern Methodist University in 2016, three-putted for a halve. On the 25th, he was stuck with an awful lie in the rough off the left side of the green. Hitting nearly from his knees, his third shot skipped through the green for bogey, giving Ban a 4-up lead.

“I had a huge chance in that stretch to get the match back to all-square, and it went the other way,” said Sedeno, who won this year’s Memorial Championship at Ancil Hoffman GC. “I should’ve stayed calm and kept in my routine.”

From there, Ban kept the 4-up lead until he lost the 28th hole (No.10) after yet again pushing his drive to the right near the fence of the driving range.

Two holes later though, Sedeno was again snakebit after he couldn’t get up-and-down from a bunker to save par. On the 31st hole (No.13), Ban made it up 5-up by sinking a clutch 7-footer for birdie. The two would halve the next hole with birdies.

“I didn’t feel like I had it won until that last putt,” said Ban, whose previous win came at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate in February. “I’ve seen too many crazy things happen. My mentality all day was to take it one hole and one shot at a time.”

In the morning round, Ban took a 3-up lead, even winning a hole without having to step on the green.

On the par-5 18th, Sedeno pushed his approach shot right behind a cluster of bushes. With no shot at the green possible, Sedeno looked to simply get back into play somewhere near the putting surface. His shot ended up in one of the cypress trees that guard the green and never came down. With Ban sitting two just off the front of the green, Sedeno opted to concede the hole, giving Ban a 3-up lead at the break.

“I had a tough lie and I played aggressive and it didn’t work out,” Sedeno said.

Earlier, Ban had jumped out to a quick 1-up lead with a birdie on No.1 and upped his lead to 2-up with a win on the 5th. He’d up his lead to 3-up when he sank a 21-foot putt for birdie on the par-3 12th, but Sedeno temporarily cut the deficit back to 1-up with wins on holes No.14 and No.15. Ban rebuilt his cushion to 3-up with his win on the 18th and a win on the 17th, where Sedeno missed a 4-footer for par.

Despite the loss, Sedeno showed all week that he can compete with the big boys. In earlier rounds, he’d knock out St. Mary’s No.1 Jonathan De Los Reys and UCLA senior Jake Knapp, who was coming off an appearance in last week’s U.S. Open.

“It’s a good experience going forward,” said Sedeno, who also fought off an achy back and neck all week after the car he was riding in was rear-ended on his way to Daly City. “ Not a lot of kids my age get this kind of experience against this quality of players.”

Ban also had to grind. In earlier rounds, he defeated Bears teammates Ben Doyle and Keelan Kilpatrick. In both Friday’s quarterfinals and semifinals, he’d hold on for a pair of 1-up wins.

“The whole week is a grind, and this golf course is phenomenal. Throughout the week we had sun, wind, fog, just about every condition. Add those conditions to the course and it’s even harder,” Ban said. “I just tried to stay within myself.”

For Ban, there won’t be much time to celebrate. Early Sunday morning he heads to Washington to start playing in the Sahalee Amateur Championship. It’ll be his third appearance in that championship in the last three years.

“I’ve got to get my game in tip-top shape,” he said.

- Courtesy NCGA

Past Winners

Year Winner Medalist Team Site
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
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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