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SCGA Senior Amateur Championship

June 26-28, 2017 at Hacienda GC

This event is open to members with handicap indexes of 9.4 and below and are age 55 and above. Competitors compete in 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 over three days. The top 30 players and ties advance after 36 holes to the final round to determine the overall Senior Amateur Champion.

Championship Info Exemptions

Qualifying Results Results

Davis wins first SCGA Senior Amateur title

Photos Results

The 2017 SCGA Senior Amateur Championship was a true test of golf. After three days of competition with the area’s best seniors, not a single player in the field finished under par, a testament to the difficulty of the course layout. After the smoke cleared, Craig Davis of Chula Vista held on for his first SCGA championship, earning a 1-shot victory over Mike Rowley of San Luis Obispo at Hacienda GC.

“It feels great to pull out a victory at an event like this,” said Davis. “It’s a very difficult golf course. It was very stressful out there. Almost any hole can be double bogey with a bad swing.”

The longtime SCGA competitor opened the championship by stringing together two impressive rounds, putting himself in a tie for the overnight lead heading into the final day of play with Hacienda member Rick Doebler.

Davis for the most part found a way to minimize errors around the small and tricky greens, keeping big numbers off the scorecard. The San Diego CC member started his opening round slowly, bogeying two of his first six holes. But Davis was able to right the ship on his second nine, birdieing No. 14, the longest par-4 on the back.

Davis’ second round was a bit more colorful. Three birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey all the front nine led to a 1-over score at the turn. He turned the jets quickly though, birdieing No. 10 and 11 before dropping one shot at No. 15, carding an even par 71 for the day and 1-over overall.

On the final day of play, Davis jumped out to a blistering start birdieing two of his first three holes, giving himself a five-shot cushion. After a couple standard pars, Davis hit a wayward tee ball and two ensuing poor putts, leading to double-bogey and rattling the leader.

“The greens dried out a little bit and I had trouble with the speed,” said Davis. “Seemed like I was coming up short or going long on almost all of my first putts.”

Davis made the turn at even for the day, but his putter continued to betray him. Three bogeys in four holes saw his lead shrink to two. Another three-putt on the par-3 16th hole and things got tense for Davis.

After reaching a greenside bunker in two on No. 17, Davis blasted out and two putted to maintain a one-shot lead. Standing on the final tee box with a slim lead, Davis striped a drive and put his approach to 25 feet. The newly minted senior lagged his first putt to a few feet and kicked in his par for the victory.

“I was obviously a bit shaky down the stretch,” said Davis. “But I held on for the win and that’s all that matters, right?”

Known throughout SCGA lore for hosting the 1994 SCGA Amateur where a young Tiger Woods took home the title, Hacienda served as the championship host of this Senior event for the first time since 2007.

Past Winners

Year Winner Site
2017 Craig Davis
Hacienda GC
2016 Robert Blair
Wilshire CC
2015 Gary Vanier
Ranch Course at the Alisal
2014 Jeff Burda
Annandale GC
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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