Public Links Championship
Aug. 22-24 (Gross), Aug. 23-24 (Net)
The SCGA Public Links Championship is formerly the PLGA Amateur Championship, which started in 1968. The competition is open to amateurs who are members of an SCGA club (public or affiliate) who have a current USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 8.0 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.
2014 Tournament Results
The change of scenery didn't stop Jeff Coburn, who successfully defended his title Sunday at the 2014 SCGA Public Links Championships. Moving away from Brookside GC for the first time in four years, the Championship saw its first back-to-back winner since it was taken over by the SCGA in 2011. Coburn shot rounds of 69, 64 and 71 at River Ridge GC to run away with a 7-shot victory.
"Yesterday it was definitely attack mode," said Coburn, who in Round 2 fired seven birdies, one eagle and had just one bogey. "But entering the final round of play with such a big lead, I figured pars would do it so I definitely played more tentatively."
Coburn entered Sunday with a hefty 9-stroke lead, using Saturday's 8-under-par round to all but secure his title. He credits his putter for helping him secure the low-round of the tournament.
"I was basically making every putt yesterday," Coburn said after his win.
The run-away victory was a stark difference from last year's nail-bitter, in which Coburn was forced to make a tough, downhill 12-foot par putt on the 18th hole of the final round to secure his win by one stroke over 2012 Champion Dan Sullivan. Sullivan once again saw his creep up the leaderboard, using a final round score of 2-under-par 70 to finish in a tie for third. Also finishing in third place was 2011 Champion Tim Hogarth, who 73, 69 and 71 to finish in the Top 5 and take over first place in the race for SCGA Player of the Year.
But a new face also slipped into the Top 5 of an event that has seen Coburn, Hogarth and Sullivan dominate in recent years, as 16-year-old Mason Glinski shot a Round 3 score of 6-under-par 66 on his home course to snatch second place away from the decorated veterans. Glinski, who lives on the course, recorded seven birdies in somewhat windy conditions Sunday, recording the lowest round of the day by four strokes.
The gross portion of the SCGA Public Links Championship spanned three days, with competitors playing the Lakes Course at River Ridge twice, and the Vineyard Course once. The competition began with 75 competitors, with only the top 22 moving on to Sunday's final round.
The Championship also contains a net division, in which competitors are broken up into two flights based on their Handicap Index. The 36-hole event took place Saturday and Sunday on both the Lakes and Vineyard Courses, with Wayne Spencer of Moreno Valley Ranch GC winning the Bobby Jones flight and Nitin Mehta of River Ridge Men's GC besting the field in the Jack Nicklaus flight.
Sunday's net action was highlighted by an albatross off the clubs of 20-year-old Vanesa Villa, who recorded the double eagle on her first hole of the day, draining her 200-yard approach shot.
|2014||Jeff Coburn||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|