California Amateur Championship

June 20-25, 2016 at Valencia CC

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.

Player Handbook Exemptions Match Play Bracket

Shintaro Ban Makes History

Photos Results

In its 105-year existence, the prestigious California Amateur Championship had never seen a pair of brothers both hoist the Edward B. Tufts Trophy, let alone in back to back years. But Shintaro Ban of San Jose made that happen Saturday, surviving a grueling week of golf at Valencia CC to win the tournament just one year after his older brother Shotaro did.

"It's absolutely a dream come true," said Ban. "To forever have my name under his on that trophy, I can't believe this really happened."

With his mom and coach by his side, Ban sealed the deal on a 5&4 finals victory on Valencia's 14th green, collecting a par on a three-foot putt and visibly relaxing for the first time in 32 holes. With a smile across his face, he hugged his caddie, UNLV teammate Justin Chong, as well as his mother and coach, who drove from Northern California late last night, arriving at 1 a.m. this morning, to be there for the finals. Ban's mother walked off the green with tears in her eyes.

Ban beat out UCLA-bound Hidetoshi Yoshihara, who battled hard all day but eventually succumbed to Ban's incredible play, which included birdies on three of the last five holes of the championship.

"I just kept telling myself to stay focused, and to stay aggressive," said Ban, who pumped two of his longest drives of the day on the 30th and 31st holes of the match.

Despite never trailing, Ban was never in dominant control of the match, as each time it looked like he was pulling away Yoshihara would make a critically clutch shot. In Round 1, Ban's lead grew to as much as 5up, but as soon as it did, Yoshihara won back-to-back holes, bringing the advantage back down to 3. But like most champions, Ban refused to get rattled. Despite looking upset about the two-straight blemishes on the scorecard, he walked up to the 18th green and sunk a birdie putt to head into the break with his lead back up to a comfortable 4.

But Yoshihara, who recently won the CIF State High School Golf Championship, earning himself an exemption into this event, never quit. After a brief rest from the 95 degree heat, which had plagued the tournament all week long, the two men returned to action, but it was Yoshihara who looked steadier, trimming Ban's 4up lead to just 2 within a five-hole stretch that included two birdies by the eventual runner-up. But Ban could not be stopped, and avoided trouble the rest of the way, slamming his foot down on the gas and playing the final nine holes of the match in an unbelievable 4-under par. That stretch included birdies on two-straight par-4 holes, playing at 387 and 386 yards on Saturday, where Ban striped his drives down the middle of the fairways to leave himself just 60 yards into the hole both times. Despite Yoshihara matching Ban's birdie the first time, the eventual champion proved to be too much, bringing his advantage to 5up through 31 holes before claiming victory after 32. It wrapped a week of play that included eight rounds of golf in six days.

"I came into this event having played two tournaments in the past two weeks, so I just came in thinking 'try and do your best,'" said Ban. "It's definitely hard on your endurance, especially out here in this heat, but I can't believe this is really happening."

For Ban, it was a dominant week of golf from start to finish, as the rising UNLV junior finished T4 during the stroke play portion of the event, which hosted 156 golfers on Monday and Tuesday. But he saved his best golf for match play, cruising through the bracket with wins of 6&5, 4&3, 5&3, 3&2 and eventually 5&4, beating out golfers from UC Berkeley, Fresno State, BYU and UCLA along the way. It is the biggest win of Ban's career, which also boasts a victory at the 2014 San Francisco City Championship.

Past Winners

Year Winner Medalist Team Site
2016 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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