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.

RegisterPairings-GrossPairings-NetPlayer Info - NetPlayer Info - Gross

2015 Tournament Results

Photos Results - Net Results - Gross

Capping off a summer of strong golf, Sean Birren of La Verne wrapped up his SCGA Tournament season Sunday with a convincing win at the 2015 SCGA Public Links Championship. Having recently come off of a win at the Industry Hills City Championship in July and a quarterfinal appearance at the SCGA Match Play Championship, Birren claimed his first SCGA gross title with a final round score of 2-under par 70. His bogey-free final round on Brookside GC's Course No. 1 gave him a 4-stroke victory.

"I've been trying for a long time to win one of these. I've come close a few times, but I knew it was bound to happen," said Birren of the win. "I've been working really hard on my game of late, and things have been falling into place. It feels really good."

Birren entered the final round of play trailing Daniel Yang of San Diego by a stroke. And for a while, Yang was cruising, playing his first 11 holes in 3-under par to jump out to a 3 stroke advantage. But then things started unraveling for the UC San Diego golfer, as he played his final seven holes in 6-over par.

Meanwhile, Birren just kept cruising, collecting two birdies and 16 pars in his final round. Once down by three, Birren finally squared things up when Yang double-bogeyed the par-3, 13th hole. He would quickly claim his first lead of the 54-hole tournament on the next hole, knocking in a birdie putt on hole 14 to take the top spot on the leaderboard, one he would never relinquish.

"It was a bit of a grind out there, I just tried to stay patient," said Birren. "I just tried to par as many holes as I could and collect the birdies that were out there."

Birren shot rounds of 67, 66 and 70 to win the tournament, finding himself four strokes ahead of David Kim of Buena Park and Yang when play concluded. Kim, along with Clayton Yamaguchi of Los Angeles, shot the lows rounds of the day Sunday with 69s. Yamaguchi would finish T4 with 2013 and 2014 Champion Jeff Coburn, who was looking to become the first person to win three-straight titles since Michael Turner in 1994.

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 includes 144 players who compete over 54 holes of stroke play, with the top 30 players and ties advancing after 36 holes to the final round.

Net Division

The 2015 SCGA Public Links Net Championship concluded Sunday afternoon at Brookside GC in Pasadena. Three flights of players competed in the 48th annual two-day Championship.

The Jack Nicklaus Flight saw Gurpreet Toor (Westlake Village Mens GC) emerge from a stacked leaderboard to take home top honors with an impressive 62 to parlay with his 75 on Saturday.

“It feels great,” said Toor. “It’s my first win of the season and it’s awesome. I just love coming out here.”

His total of 137 was one stroke better than both Ruben Escobar Jr. (SCGA eClub) and Ben Whitney (Mile Square Mens GC) who both shot 138.

The Bobby Jones Flight champion was Michael Keane (Lakewood Men’s GC) who showed consistency in carding 69 - 68 for a total of 137.

“I’m extremely exciting the SCGA continues to put this event on,” said Keane. “But a big thanks to the person who gave me a lesson this week. It definitely paid off.”

Greg Allfie (Chameleon Golf) came in solo second place after shooting 69 – 70 for a total of 139. Devin Engebretsen (Pigbodies Golf Association) and Jonas Cikotas (Whittier Narrows) both shot combined 140s to tie for third place.

The Arnold Palmer Flight first place champion was Marcelo Bernardo (San Juan Hills GC) who fired a final round 70 to match his blistering 65 on Saturday for a total of 135. Tanya Fansanella (Golf Southern Cal Club) finished second with 136 and Lawrence Darlak took home third place with a 139.

Past Winners

Year Winner Venue
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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