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SCGA Public Links Championship

Aug. 24-26, 2018 at River Ridge 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 who have 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 member roster are ineligible. The Championship will have 104 players compete over 54 holes of stroke play with the top 30 players and ties advancing after 36 holes to the final round.

Hotels Register

Brandon Mai wins first SCGA title


With a birdie on the second playoff hole of the 2017 SCGA Public Links Championship, Brandon Mai of Poway, Calif. completed a final-day comeback to snatch victory away from three-time champion Tim Hogarth.

"It feels pretty good to win," said Mai. "I haven't had a win in awhile so it feels good to come out here and play three good rounds."

Mai opened the tournament Friday with a 73 on Course No. 1 at Brookside GC in Pasadena, before firing a 65 on Course No. 2 Saturday. Beginning the final round four shots behind Hogarth, Mai's closing-round 71 back on Course No. 1 would be enough to force the playoff. After playing his opening nine in 2-under par, Mai had an eventful back nine, carding two more birdies and three bogeys.

"I finished my round bogey-bogey so I was feeling a little nervous coming off," he said. "But I got it done which felt nice."

Hogarth, who shared the Round 1 lead after a an opening 68 and held a 2-shot advantage heading into the final round after a Round 2 66, struggled a bit Sunday, posting a 3-over par 75 on a course he knows well. The Northridge golfer, who won the event in 1998, 1999 and in 2011 (at Brookside), missed a short look for birdie on the first playoff hole before falling to Mai's par the following hole.

Hogarth and Mai finished the 54-hole event at 5-under par 209, while William Wells of Lemon Grove and Genki Tamashiro of Torrance finished just 1 shot behind at 210. Rounding out the Top 5 was Newport Laparojkit of Montebello, Tyler Schafer of Long Beach and Ryan Miranda of Los Angeles. Wells shots Sunday's best round with an impressive 6-under par 66.

The SCGA Public Links Championship began with 103 golfers, before cutting to the Top 30 and ties after 36 holes. Other past winners in the field included 2008 Champion Dan Sullivan who finished tenth.

Past Winners

Year Winner Venue
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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