Amateur Net Championship
Apr. 13-14, 2015 at Industry Hills GC
This event started in 1993 in order to give all SCGA members an opportunity to compete in a major association tournament regardless of his/her handicap index level. Competitors compete over 18 holes of qualifying net stroke play to move on to the championship. A total of 180 players will qualify for the Championship which is 36 holes. The qualifying and championship fields are divided into flights of different handicap levels.
2015 Event Recap
What started with more than 850 hopefuls ended with four champions, as the 2015 SCGA Amateur Net Championship concluded at Industry Hills GC at Pacific Palms Resort. Both the Ike and Babe courses were used for the two-day tournament, hosting 180 players who had already made it through 18 holes of qualifying to earn a spot in the SCGA's premier net championship. The championship field is divided into four flights of different handicap levels.
Bobby Jones Flight
J.P. Iriart of El Prado Men's GC took the win in the Bobby Jones Flight, putting together rounds of net 71 and net 68 for a two-day total of 4-under-par. Iriart managed to edge out Chris Carlson of Bear Creek GC by two strokes to win his first SCGA Championship.
"I played very conservatively both days," said Iriart. "I've had a number of disasters here over the last few years playing both of these golf courses, so essentially I hit a lot of hybrids off the tee and just tried to grind it out."
The win came in Iriart's second time playing in the SCGA Amateur Net Championship, having earned a sixth place finish a few years ago.
"Finishing just out of the Top 5 the last time was kind of a motivator for me to come back and try to get in the Top 5 and even win it," he said.
Carlos Hernandez of Rio Hondo Men's Club was the only other competitor to shoot under par, with a two-day total of 1-under. Rounding out the Top 5 was Dale Foley of Upland Hills CC in fourth place and James Meyer in fifth place.
Jack Nicklaus Flight
The Jack Nicklaus Flight, where competitors played the Babe Course Monday followed by the Ike Course Tuesday, was won by Curtis Lew of Screaming Eagles GC. Lew managed net scores of 66 and 68 to beat the rest of the field by six strokes at 9-under-par.
Earning a second place finish was Aaron Marsh of Upland Hills CC, whose rounds of 71 and 69 earned him second place at 3-under-par. Carmelo Valdivia of Toluca Lake Men's GC finished in third place, Dennis Boyd of Almansor Men's GC finished in fourth and Ivan Castillo of Industry Hills GC took advantage of his home course familiarity to earn a fifth place finish.
Arnold Palmer Flight
Angelo Cofino of Skylinks Men's GC waited 12 years for this, but it finally happened again, as the SCGA member who also won the SCGA Amateur Net Championship back in 2003 won it again in 2015. For Cofino, the win is a long time coming.
"Since I won the Championship in 2003, I've actually missed qualifying every year since until this year," said Cofino. "I was finally able to make it again and it worked out."
Cofino shot net 72 on the Ike Course on Day 1 before following that up with a final round score of net 67 on the Babe Course.
"The first day I struggled a lot," said Cofino. "I couldn't keep my ball in play. Today I kept the ball in play and hit 14 greens in regulation. I putted and chipped well too and that was enough."
He was able to earn the victory by edging out Albert Lopez of Pacific Coast GC, who finished just one shot behind. Ono Molina of LA County GC finished third with Ron Fernandez of Sunset Hills CC and Mike Swain of San Diego Defense Industry GC finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
Ben Hogan Flight
"There were ups and downs in my place," said Haley, a first-time SCGA Amateur Net Championship participant. "I made some shots and hopefully they end up where I aim them."
|2015||J.P. Iriart (Bobby Jones); Curtis Lew (Jack Nicklaus); Angelo Cofino (Arnold Palmer); Mike Haley (Ben Hogan)||Industry Hills GC|
Carlos Hernandez (Bobby Jones); Bob Osborn, Jr. (Jack Nicklaus); James Kim (Arnold Palmer); Keith O'Donnell (Ben Hogan)
||Industry Hills GC|
|2013||Chris Chen (Bobby Jones); Jimmy Tatum (Jack Nicklaus); Curtis Woolley (Arnold Palmer); Don Slayton (Ben Hogan)||The Alisal|
|2012||William Davison (Bobby Jones); Teddy Collins (Arnold Palmer); Clifton Tucker (Ben Hogan); Joel Keily (Jack Nicklaus)||Industry Hills GC|
|2011||Arturo Chavez (Bobby Jones); Christopher Nayve (Arnold Palmer); Ron Wrobel (Ben Hogan); Rick Cook (Jack Nicklaus)||Industry Hills GC|
|2010||Stephen Glass (Bobby Jones); Mark Duvernay (Arnold Palmer); Fred Tooze (Ben Hogan); Mike Banducci (Jack Nicklaus)||Industry Hills GC|
Carlos Hernandez (Bobby Jones); Ted Collins (Arnold Palmer);
Michael August (Ben Hogan); Dave Keays (Jack Nicklaus)
|Industry Hills GC|
Michael Sheehan (President); Yu-Nin Shang (VP)
Richard Trejo (Secretary); David Heil (Treasurer)
|Industry Hills GC|
Jeffrey Dotti (President); Rolando Ventura (Secretary)
Mark Hamilton (VP); Chris Sheppard (Treasurer)
Mike Chiovare (President); Bret McKay (VP)
Steve Tandberg (Secretary); DJ Kavanagh (Treasurer)
|PGA of So. Calif. GC|
Randy Cumming (President); Raymond Natividad (VP)
Ankur Patel (Secretary); Marianus von Korff (Treasurer)
|Steele Canyon GC|
Tom Roa (President); Earl Stallard (VP)
Gregory Palmer (Secretary); Todd Gross, Jeffrey Palmer (Treasurer) Landmark Golf Club
|Oak Quarry GC|
Tom Roberson (President);
Angelo Cofino, Joe Kauanui (VP)
Robert Sperry (Secretary); Henry Yu (Treasurer)
|Indian Wells Golf Resort|
David Greatbanks (President); Michael Reen (VP)
Ray Salberg (Secretary); Jim Bass (Treasurer)
|Cypress Ridge GC|
Justin Dunham, Bakersfield (President); Mike Lopata (VP)
Broc Glover (Secretary); Joseph Shea (Treasurer)
|Desert Princess CC|
Richard Beale (President); Joe Gaynor (VP)
John Petchel, Forbes Grimstad, John Evans (Secretary);
James Haffner (Treasurer)
|Rams Hill CC|
Tom Sullivan/George Matakovich (President);
Albert Lopez (VP)
|Red Hill CC|
Jon Tisdale (President); Rodney Walker (VP)
Randy Orton (Secretary); Douglas Joyce (Treasurer)
|Indian Wells Golf Resort|
Gregory Hart/Gabriel Armendariz (President);
Gregory Ullery/Don Barneson (VP)
Dave Hellman (Secretary); Clyde Ahrens (Treasurer)
Harry Schneider (President); Scott Gruber (VP)
James Barber (Secretary); Jimmy Kight (Treasurer)
|Desert Princess CC|
Dean Yoshiyama (President); Al Clement (VP)
Robert Ross (Secretary); Jim Parke (Treasurer)
|Palm Valley CC|
Larry Stulac (President); Terry Wright (VP)
James Allen (Secretary); Dale Hanson (Treasurer)
|Menifee Lakes CC|
Tom Pringle (President); Lance Takata (VP)
Daniel Douglas (Secretary); Don Barnes (Treasurer)
|River Course at The Alisal|