Aug. 31 - Sept. 1, 2020, Mission Viejo CC
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 individual stroke play qualifying in order to reach the final field of 84 players. In the Championship, players compete over 54 holes of individual stroke play with the top 42 players and ties advancing after 36 holes to the final round.
Torey Edwards Builds On Phenomenal 2020 Season With Victory
It was a long time coming for Long Beach State product Torey Edwards. The perennial front-runner had been searching for his first SCGA victory since the 2017 Tournament of Club Champions, and he found it at Mission Viejo CC with the Mid-Amateur Championship crown.
Edwards opened the championship with rounds of 4-under 68 and 1-under 71 during the 36-hole marathon first round and found himself holding a one-shot lead over La Quinta’s Cullen Brasfield.
But right from the start, Edwards didn’t have his A-game, and a pack of savvy veterans smelled blood in the water. 2016 SCGA Mid-Am Champion Corby Segal came charging out of the gates with birdies on the first two holes to put himself in a tie for the lead.
Meanwhile, 2017 SCGA Mid-Am Champion Dan Sullivan was cooking up something special a few groups in front of the leaders. The SCGA stalwart opened the championship with 70-76 and found himself seven strokes behind Edwards to start the day. However, when the final round began, Sullivan started to drain every putt he looked at and ended up posting a championship-low 6-under 66 which earned him a tie for the lead in the clubhouse.
Down the stretch, Edwards, Segal and last year’s runner-up Ryan Wilkins were chasing Sullivan’s hot round. Segal and Wilkins suffered a few setbacks, clearing the way for Edwards who seemingly found his groove on the back-nine.
After a birdie on No. 14, Edwards was tied for the lead with five holes left to play. He stepped to the No. 17 tee and smoked a drive down broadway on the short par-5, setting himself up for a go in two. Edwards left his iron shot a few feet off the fridge, but was able to get up-and-down for the birdie and a one-shot lead. Needing par for the championship, Edwards found the left rough on the final fairway, but left himself a great angle into the back right hole location. The lefty hit a baby draw towards the center of the green, leaving himself a 20-footer. He brushed the uphill putt towards the hole and left himself four feet for the victory, which he converted.
|2020||Torey Edwards||Mission Viejo CC|
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