Senior Championship

June 30-July 2, 2014 at Annandale GC

This event is limited to players with handicap indexes of 10.4 and below and are age 55 and above. Competitors compete in 18 holes of qualifying play in order to determine those that will advance to the championship. 90 players advance to play 36 holes of stroke play over two days to determine the Association’s Senior Amateur Champion.

2014 Exemptions

Late surge gives Vanier 2013 Senior Championship

Photos Results

It looked like it was going to be a two-man race. Heading into the final nine holes of the 2013 SCGA Senior Amateur Championship, Greg Hetzer and Steven Fink were neck-and-neck, each sitting at the top of the leaderboard at 3-under par. Fink had held a share of the lead after Round 1, and Hetzer had dominated Virginia CC's front nine Tuesday morning, recording two birides seven pars. But when the championship concluded Tuesday afternoon, neither of them were holding the trophy.

Instead, Gary Vanier, a member of Moreno Valley Ranch GC, came from behind with a very impressive final nine holes to steal away the championship and win his first SCGA Senior Amateur title.

"I got into a groove there towards the end and was just playing really consistently," said Vanier. "And Fink came back down to earth a bit, so that helped as well."

Playing together in the final pairing of the day, Fink and Vanier found themselves tied for the lead heading into the 18th hole, a long par 5. A perfect drive by Vanier into the middle of the fairway set him up for what was eventually a two-foot par putt for the victory. Vanier put together rounds of 70 and 69 for a two-day total of 3-under par 139, while Fink, Hetzer and Gary Singer finished one stroke behind in a tie for second place.

The low round of the tournament came off the clubs of Craig Calkins, who followed up a first-round 74 with an impressive 67 on Tuesday that included six birdies.

Vanier is no stranger to major amateur titles, having won the California Amateur Championship back in 1982 at Pebble Beach. In 2007, he won the CGA Senior Amateur Championship at Poppy Hills GC. He will head to San Gabriel CC later this year in an attempt to win his second CGA Senior title and complete the "California Senior Sweep" for 2013, having now won this year's SCGA Senior and NCGA Senior titles.

Round 1 leaders Fink and 2011 Champion Jeff Burda finished T2 and T7, respectively. Fink seemed to be cruising along Tuesday, finding himself 3-under par through 11 holes, before falling apart and carding a bogey on four of the final seven holes. Burda followed up his first-round 69 with a second-round 75, struggling with his putter most of the day.

The top-10 finishers earn exemptions into this year's CGA Senior Amateur Championship, which will be held Nov. 4-6 at San Gabriel CC. The same group also earns exemptions into next year's SCGA Senior Championship.

Photos Results

Past Winners

Year Winner Site
2013 Gary Vanier Virginia CC
2012 David Delich Pauma Valley CC
2011 Jeff Burda Victoria Club
2010 Brad Larsen Santa Ana CC
2009 Howie Knodt North Ranch CC
2008 Clark Heath Industry Hills GC
2007 Rich Tolly Hacienda CC
2006 Steve Bogan Ranch Course at The Alisal
2005 Scott Monroe Pauma Valley CC
2004 Steve Bogan Wilshire CC
2003 John Olive The Farms
2002 John Olive Ranch Course at The Alisal
2001 John Olive Victoria Club
2000 Ted Lyford Mesa Verde CC
1999 Joe Byrom Redlands CC
1998 Frank Merhar Ranch Course at The Alisal
1997 Bob Wernick Saticoy CC
1996 Ralph Rubenstein La Jolla CC
1995 Paul Ladin La Cumbre CC
1994 Ed Rieu Rolling Hills CC
1993 Ed Rieu Soboba
1992 Bud Bradley Warner Springs Ranch
1991 Bud Bradley Antelope Valley CC
1990 Jack Brogan Redlands CC
1989 Bob Pastore Ojai Valley Inn
1988 George Lombino The Club at Morningside
1987 Bob Pastore Crystalaire CC
1986 John Richardson Victoria Club
1985 Dick Runkle The Alisal
1984 Ted Richards, Jr. Arrowhead CC
1983 Alton Duhon Antelope Valley CC
1982 Dick Lytle Redlands CC
1981 Ted Richards, Jr. Las Posas CC
1980 Ted Richards, Jr. Glendora CC
1979 John Richardson Red Hill CC
1978 Ted Richards, Jr. Wilshire CC

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