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.
2015 Tournament Results
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.
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.
|2015||Sean Birren||Brookside GC|
||River Ridge 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|