110th California Amateur Championship

June 21-26, 2021, The Preserve GC

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 individual 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.

Championship Info Qualifying Info Exemptions

Noah Woolsey Adds Name To Long List of California Legends

Photos Results

Throughout the week, 22-year-old Pleasanton resident Noah Woolsey kept telling himself to believe. By the time it was over, it happened.

A senior at the University of Washington, the No.2 seed Woolsey erased an early three-hole deficit and came storming back to win the 110th California Amateur Championship over No.4 Wes Payne, 2 and 1, on a hot Saturday at The Preserve Golf Club in Carmel Valley.

Woolsey, who joins a list of California Amateur champions that includes Johnny Miller, Mark O’Meara and two-time winner Bobby Clampett, hadn’t won an event since 2019. Clampett, who grew up in Carmel Valley, was among the spectators taking in the action.

“The whole week, I was just walking down the fairway telling myself, ‘You can do this’, over and over and over. It kind of calmed me down.” said Woolsey, who was rooted on by among others his mom, Miegen, and dad, Phil. “It’s pretty crazy. I had a former California Amateur champ walking down the fairway with me. Just an incredible week.”

A day after earning a spot in the 36-final via a gritty semifinals win on the 21st hole, Woolsey would quickly find himself down three holes after he opened the morning 18 holes with three consecutive bogeys. He’d twice cut the lead back to 1-up, but entered the break down three when Payne responded with a pair of birdies of his own on holes Nos. 16 and 17.

It was time again to just believe.

“My parents and others gave me a lot of encouragement, and I knew there was still a lot of golf left,” said Woolsey, a former member of the Junior Tour of Northern California. “I reminded myself that I had come back in the semifinals and won. So why couldn’t I do that again?”

Through the first four holes of the second 18, Payne, a 31-year-old real estate agent from San Francisco, held firm. But then on both holes Nos. 5 and 6, Payne made bogey after coming up short of the green with his approach and three-putting, respectively. The lead was suddenly just 1-up.

A hole later on the par-4 7th, Woolsey kept the pedal to the metal by holing our from 106 yards for an eagle to tie the match. “When I holed out that flipped things around for sure,” Woolsey said.”It was like all the holes before didn’t matter.”

Still riding the momentum, Woolsey would go on to take his first lead of the match on the 28th) hole (par-4 10th) when Payne’s second shot bounded into the thick rough to the right of the green, leading to another bogey. Suddenly holding his first lead of the match, Woolsey kept it going with a birdie win on the 11th and a par win on the 14th to take a commanding 3-up lead.

Payne, the runner-up at last year’s NCGA Amateur Championship at Spyglass Hill, did cut the deficit back to 1-up with a par win on the 15th and a birdie win on the par-3 16th. But Woolsey yet again refused to give in. On the par-5 17th, still holding a 1-up lead, Woolsey hit a terrific pitch shot from just below the green to within a few feet of the flagstick to save par. Payne, meanwhile, could only watch as his own pitch attempt landed short, rolling back off the green and eventually leading to a bogey.

“I just played bad in the afternoon. There’s no other way around it,” said a dejected Payne afterwards. “I putted awful, and I hit some shots that I didn’t hit all week.”

Woolsey, meanwhile, will head to among other events such as the Pacific Coast Amateur with some extra confidence. And belief in himself. Earlier in the week, he was as member of Team NCGA Pacific Coast Amateur,

“I’m exhausted but also so excited,” he said. “I didn’t ever get fazed, even when I was down three through three. I just kept believing in myself.”

Recap courtesy of the NCGA.

Past Winners

Year Winner Medalist Team Site
2021 Noah Woolsey Christian Banke Northern California The Preserve
2020 Joey Vrzich
Stephen Hale Southern California Torrey Pines GC
2019 William Mouw
Sean Yu Southern California Monterey Peninsula CC
2018 Bobby Bucey
Cody Hall
Northern California Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
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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