SCGA Public Links Championship

Aug. 12-14, Brookside GC

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.

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USD Asst. Coach Nick Geyer snags first SCGA title

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Finishing with an impressive 10-under par, Nicholas Geyer of San Diego claimed the SCGA Public Links Championship title with a 5-stroke victory at Brookside GC’s Course.

With two rounds each scoring 4-under par Friday and Saturday, 68 and 66 respectively, Geyer entered the final day of competition leading the field and giving himself the edge he needed to hold the win with a cool 2-under par 70.

“Today was a little more nervy,” said Geyer. “The course was really hard, with tricky pin placements throughout, and it always feels a little heavier going into the final day with the lead.”

Geyer managed to keep his cool, making the turn at 9 with a 10-stroke lead. He attributes some of his success to not being a scoreboard watcher.

“I had a strong front 9, 3 birdies and 1 bogey," said Geyer, “So I knew I was in a good place, but to be honest I didn’t know where I stood in the tournament. I make a conscious effort not to check the scoreboard.”

Geyer’s strong front 9 started with a birdie on the 1st hole, but that wasn’t his only memorable hole of the tournament.

In the second round Geyer had a phenomenal eagle on the 16th with a 25-yard pitch shot to hole-out.

He notes his final birdie of the tournament on hole 17 was one of the most important scores of the round.

“I didn’t know where I stood, but it seemed important to sink the putt.”

Geyer is currently the assistant golf coach for the University of San Diego, leaving him with little time to spend on his own game.

“My practice time is limited so I focus on lots of putting and keeping my swing in check. I try to just stay consistent and focus on efficiency in my practice time.”

But being a coach does have one distinct advantage, watching golf.

“I watch a lot of golf,” said Geyer. “Competitions, qualifiers, recruitment – I get a constant analysis of course management, which makes me more conscious of my own decisions when playing.”

Geyer has been a strong SoCal golfer for many years now, both as a pro and an amateur. After a few years of trying out the pro game, Geyer reapplied for amateur status after realizing his love for the spirit of the game lacked when a pay check was involved.

“Getting my amateur status back was a relief. I love to compete and I love the game of golf. When playing pro I lost some of that passion,” said Geyer. “Playing amateur golf is much more fulfilling and I play all of the time, I can’t get enough.”

Geyer is not kidding about that, he has a busy couple weeks of tournament play coming up, including the USGA Mid-Am Qualifier and the SCGA Match Play Championship.

Past Winners

Year Winner Venue
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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