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SCGA Senior Amateur Championship

June 17-19, 2019, at El Niguel CC

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.

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Davis Goes Back-To-Back In The Senior Amateur

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History repeated itself at the 41st playing of the SCGA Senior Amateur Championship at North Ranch CC in Westlake Village. Defending champion Craig Davis found himself eight strokes behind the leader to begin the final round, but at the end of the day, Davis was somehow holding the trophy.“It feels great because I honestly didn’t have any expectations,” said Davis, an ex-Arizona Wildcat. “I used to play here in college against USC and never played well. So, after that tough first day I was just trying to get into the top-10.”

Hometown legend Keith McLaughlin, a member at North Ranch CC, opened the tournament with two blistering rounds of 2-under 70, leaving him with an overnight lead of six strokes going into the final day. That’s when the member bounces dried up for McLaughlin, who wasn’t able to get going early, posting a 2-over 38 at the turn. He still owned a two-stroke lead heading into the back nine, but McLaughlin struggled to turn the momentum around. While Davis played a group ahead of McLaughlin, the Thousand Oaks native bogeyed No. 11 and doubled No. 12, leaving himself little room for error down the stretch. Meanwhile, Davis was charging ahead of the final group. Making the turn at 2-under, the defending champ was putting all the pressure on McLaughlin.

“After that disappointing opening round, I just tried to play as well as I could,” said an ecstatic Davis. “It’s a tough golf course so I knew other players would have a hard time scoring out there.”

After a bogey on the downhill par-5 No. 12, Davis got it right back at No. 14 with a birdie on the par-4. With the leader faulting, Davis looked to pounce and post a score in the clubhouse for the leaders to chase. He did just that, getting up-and-down from the greenside bunker on No. 18, posting 3-over for the championship.

“I just hit it really straight and drained some putts,” said Davis. “It all came together when I needed it most.”

With Davis atop the hill overlooking No. 18, McLaughlin teed his ball up on the final hole’s tee box needing a par to force a playoff. His tee ball flared right but he had an opening for his second shot into the green. McLaughlin left his approach 40 feet above the hole, leaving himself a treacherous downhill two-putt for the tie. He zoomed the first putt six feet past the hole and was unable to hit the comebacker.

With the win, Craig Davis became only the fifth player in SCGA history to win back-to-back Senior Amateur Championships, joining John Olive (2001-03), Ed Rieu (1993-94), Bud Bradley (1991-92) and Ted Richards, Jr. (1980-81).

Past Winners

Year Winner Site
2018 Craig Davis
North Ranch CC
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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