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Mid-Amateur Championship

May 1-2, 2017 at Ironwood CC (South)

The SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship is open to members ages 25 and older with a Handicap Index of 5.4 and below. Competitors undergo 18 holes of qualifying play in order to reach the final field of 84 players. In the Championship, players compete over 54 holes of stroke play with the top 42 players and ties advancing after 36 holes to the final round.

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Corby Segal wins first SCGA Mid-Amateur title

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An 18-foot putt, a fist pump and a smile capped off 54 holes and two days of golf Tuesday afternoon, as Corby Segal defeated the rest of the field to win the 2016 SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Brentwood CC. An SCGA tournament veteran, Segal's win was his first in the event, which began in 1984. He put together rounds of 70-72-72 for a total score of 2-under-par 214, besting runner-up Sean Birren by a stroke, and overcoming what was looking like a rough 18th hole to secure the win.

"I've joked around a lot about winning my first crystal from the SCGA, but it sure does feel good," said Segal. "I've worked my butt off for it."

Heading to the final hole of play nursing a 1-shot advantage, Segal had trouble with his approach shot on the 388-yard par 4, coming up short of the green. After his third shot found the green about nearly 20 feet past the hole, it seemed clear Birren would secure his par, meaning a bogey by Segal would send the tournament to extra holes. Relying on his putter and his caddie, Segal confidently stepped up to the putt and drained it, ending the Championship and giving himself his second SCGA title, having also won last year's SCGA Tournament of Club Champions. Segal, who caddied for PGA TOUR player Briny Baird for years and now works for Tom Hoge, knows how important the extra assistance can be, and turned to a local Brentwood CC caddie and friend for the tournament.

"Kelly really helped me out a lot," said Segal. "Even when I wasn't trusting the read, I knew I trusted Kelly and just went with it and it worked."

Segal and Birren were both part of a three-way tie atop the leaderboard to begin play Tuesday after being two of the only three men to survive Monday's 36-hole marathon affair under par. The third was Brentwood CC Club Champion Danny Wax, winner of the 2015 SCGA Four-Ball Championship and a clear crowd favorite amongst his fellow members. With a small gallery following the three-person final group all day, scores remained tight throughout the morning. Birren, however, would take his first outright lead of the tournament at the turn, with Segal struggling to a bogey and Birren earning one of three birdies on the day.

But the lead would not last long for the former SCGA Public Links Champion, as Birren struggled to a bogey on No. 10 and another one on No. 13. Simultaneously, Wax, who was one stroke off the lead, struggled with his putter, missing four-foot putts on holes 10 and 11 to fall away from the two top contenders.

Battling back and forth down the stretch, Birren would miss his best opportunity to tie Segal at the top of the leaderboard on the par-3 17th hole, where Segal struggled to a bogey but Birren failed to knock in his short par putt.

With the win, Segal earns an exemption into the 2016 California Amateur Championship. In addition, the Top 5 competitors all earn spots in this year's SCGA Amateur Championship, which will take place July 8-10 at Barona Creek GC. Wax would wind up tying Brian Edick for third place, with Ken Cruz of Fullerton coming in fifth.

In total, 465 competitors tried to earn a spot in the final 84-person field, that was determined after five qualifiers. The top 42 players and ties advanced on from Monday's two rounds to the third round of play.

Past Winners

Year Winner Site
2016 Corby Segal Brentwood CC
2015 Jeff Wilson
Santa Ana CC
2014 Ramie Sprinkling Valencia CC
2013 Robert Funk Bermuda Dunes CC
2012 Tim Hogarth Rancho Santa Fe GC
2011 Scott Almquist Mesa Verde CC
2010 Tim Hogarth Hillcrest CC
2009 Tim Hogarth Hacienda GC
2008 Jeff Wilson Toscana CC
2007 Tim Hogarth Mission Viejo CC
2006 Robert Funk Bear Creek GC
2005 John McClure North Ranch CC
2004 Mantor Hays Pauma Valley CC
2003 Eric Wang Mesa Verde CC
2002 Scott McGihon Big Canyon CC
2001 Craig Steinberg Lakeside GC
2000 John Pate Virginia CC
1999 Tim Hogarth Victoria Club
1998 Pat Duncan Saticoy CC
1997 Brian Ricketts San Gabriel CC
1996 Craig Steinberg Victoria Club
1995 Brad Larsen De Anza CC
1994 Mark Johnson Indian Ridge CC
1993 Mark Johnson Yorba Linda CC
1992 Craig Anderson Bear Creek GC
1991 Sandy Galbraith Apple Valley CC
1990 Mitch Voges La Purisima GC
1989 Mark Johnson Apple Valley CC
1988 Buzz Greene Santa Ana CC
1987 Steve Lass Apple Valley CC
1986 Sandy Galbraith Wood Ranch GC
1985 Bernie LeBeau Bakersfield CC
1984 Jim Myers Apple Valley CC

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