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SCGA Public Links Championship

May 3-4, 2019, at Recreation Park GC/El Dorado Park GC

The SCGA Public Links Championship is formerly the PLGA Amateur Championship, which started in 1968. This Championship is open to amateurs who are members of the SCGA and belong to a public or affiliate golf club with a current Handicap Index of 5.4 or below at the time of registration. Players who are listed on a private or semi-private club’s roster must also be listed on a public or affiliate roster to be eligible. The Championship is conducted over 36 holes of individual stroke play.

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Brandon Gama wins first SCGA title


Coming out of the gates with a blistering 8-under 64, Brandon Gama took any suspense out of the equation for the 51st SCGA Public Links Championship at River Ridge GC in Oxnard.

The Santa Barbara native felt right at home at River Ridge GC, backing up his opening round 64 with a 3-under 69 to give himself a 7-stroke lead heading into the final day of play. His final round 73 was more than enough to hang on for his first-ever SCGA title at 10-under par.

“It feels good to win close to home,” said Gama. “My game felt really easy the first two days but I was definitely nervous going into the final round. I really wanted to win and having a big lead afforded me the chance to just hang on.”

Gama’s impressive opening-round 64 included eight birdies and not a single blemish on the scorecard. He rolled in four birdies on the front nine and another four birdies on the back nine, ensuring himself a four-shot cushion heading into day two.

During the second round, it was more of the same for the La Purisima GC member. Tossing in six birdies and three bogeys, Gama stretched his lead to seven and put himself in a position to coast to victory on the championship’s final day.

“I grew up playing public golf courses so it’s awesome to win an event designed to showcase public talent,” said Gama. “I hadn’t won in a few years so this definitely boosts my confidence.”

Tongun Lako Losarah (Mountain Meadows GC) finished in second place at 5-under after firing 70-70-71. Timothy Snyder (Tierra Rejada GC) rounded out the podium finishing third with a final tally of 3-under.

Past Winners

Year Winner Venue
2018 Brandon Gama River Ridge GC
2017 Brandon Mai
Brookside GC
2016 Nick Geyer
Brookside GC
2015 Sean Birren
Brookside GC
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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