SCGA Public Links Championship

Aug. 21-23 (Gross), Aug. 22-23 (Net)

The SCGA Public Links Championship is formerly the PLGA Amateur Championship, which started in 1968. The Gross Championship is open to amateurs who are members of a SCGA club (public or affiliate) who have a current index of 5.4 or below at the time of registration and do not have playing privileges, a membership or a handicap index at a course or club which the general public is excluded. The Championship will have 144 players compete over 54 holes of stroke play with the top 39 players and ties advancing after 36 holes to the final round.

The Net Championship is open to all amateurs who are members of a SCGA club (public or affiliate) who have a current index as of the date of registration and do not have playing privileges, a membership or a handicap index at a course or club which the general public is excluded. This championship is a 36-hole individual net stroke play event.


2014 Tournament Results

Photos Results - Net Results - Gross

The change of scenery didn't stop Jeff Coburn, who successfully defended his title Sunday at the 2014 SCGA Public Links Championships. Moving away from Brookside GC for the first time in four years, the Championship saw its first back-to-back winner since it was taken over by the SCGA in 2011. Coburn shot rounds of 69, 64 and 71 at River Ridge GC to run away with a 7-shot victory.

"Yesterday it was definitely attack mode," said Coburn, who in Round 2 fired seven birdies, one eagle and had just one bogey. "But entering the final round of play with such a big lead, I figured pars would do it so I definitely played more tentatively."

Coburn entered Sunday with a hefty 9-stroke lead, using Saturday's 8-under-par round to all but secure his title. He credits his putter for helping him secure the low-round of the tournament.

"I was basically making every putt yesterday," Coburn said after his win.

The run-away victory was a stark difference from last year's nail-bitter, in which Coburn was forced to make a tough, downhill 12-foot par putt on the 18th hole of the final round to secure his win by one stroke over 2012 Champion Dan Sullivan. Sullivan once again saw his creep up the leaderboard, using a final round score of 2-under-par 70 to finish in a tie for third. Also finishing in third place was 2011 Champion Tim Hogarth, who 73, 69 and 71 to finish in the Top 5 and take over first place in the race for SCGA Player of the Year.

But a new face also slipped into the Top 5 of an event that has seen Coburn, Hogarth and Sullivan dominate in recent years, as 16-year-old Mason Glinski shot a Round 3 score of 6-under-par 66 on his home course to snatch second place away from the decorated veterans. Glinski, who lives on the course, recorded seven birdies in somewhat windy conditions Sunday, recording the lowest round of the day by four strokes.

The gross portion of the SCGA Public Links Championship spanned three days, with competitors playing the Lakes Course at River Ridge twice, and the Vineyard Course once. The competition began with 75 competitors, with only the top 22 moving on to Sunday's final round.

The Championship also contains a net division, in which competitors are broken up into two flights based on their Handicap Index. The 36-hole event took place Saturday and Sunday on both the Lakes and Vineyard Courses, with Wayne Spencer of Moreno Valley Ranch GC winning the Bobby Jones flight and Nitin Mehta of River Ridge Men's GC besting the field in the Jack Nicklaus flight.

Sunday's net action was highlighted by an albatross off the clubs of 20-year-old Vanesa Villa, who recorded the double eagle on her first hole of the day, draining her 200-yard approach shot.

Past Winners

Year Winner Club Affiliation
2014 Jeff Coburn River Ridge GC
2013 Jeff Coburn
Brookside GC
2012 Dan Sullivan Brookside GC
2011 Tim Hogarth Brookside GC
2010 Andrew Kramer Los Serranos GC
2009 Ed Susolik La Mirada GC
2008 Dan Sullivan Brookside GC
2007 Tye Alexander Chester Washington GC
2006 Tye Alexander Chester Washington GC
2005 Keith Kinsel Brookside GC
2004 Patrick Carrigan Santa Anita GC
2003 Iain Macdonald Jurupa Hills GC
2002 Travis Johnson Skylinks GC
2001 Patrick Carrigan Los Serranos GC
2000 Michael Turner Sepulveda GC
1999 Tim Hogarth Southern Counties GC
1998 Tim Hogarth Hastings Ranch GC
1997 Ron Quick Victoria GC
1996 Michael Turner Sepulveda GC
1995 Jim Lundstrom Knollwood GC
1994 Michael Turner Sepulveda GC
1993 Michael Turner Sepulveda GC
1992 Michael Turner Sepulveda GC
1991 Robert Valerio Skylinks GC
1990 Jim Lundstrom Sepulveda GC
1989 Tony Chieffo Sepulveda GC
1988 Craig Steinberg Sepulveda GC
1987 Ray Vanyo Sepulveda GC
1986 Michael Turner Sepulveda GC
1985 Greg Bruckner Alondra Park GC
1984 Tom Stankowski Sepulveda GC
1983 Ray Vanyo Sepulveda GC
1982 Vick Wilk Sepulveda GC
1981 Corey Pavin Sepulveda GC
1980 Craig Steinberg Sepulveda GC
1979 Chuck Wallace Recreation Park GC
1978 Mike Bellmar Lakewood GC
1977 Mike Bellmar Lakewood GC
1976 Mike Bellmar Lakewood GC
1975 Roger Fagan Western GC
1974 Don Rindfleisch Recreation Park GC
1973 Gary Singer Fairmont GC
1972 Dick Mortenson Skylinks GC
1971 Tony Perrara Recreation Park GC
1970 Bob Risch Alondra Park GC
1969 Bob Henry Western GC
1968 Willard Bryan El Dorado Park GC

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