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SCGA Team Play Finals

April 22, 2018 at Sandpiper GC

One of the most popular SCGA programs, SCGA Team Play began in 1900 and has grown to include more than 230 clubs and 8,000 participants each year. This competition is open only to regular member clubs maintaining at least one 18-hole golf course of at least 5,000 yards in length. Participating clubs may enter one 16-man team in a Thursday league, a Saturday league, or both, for each qualifying course they maintain. Clubs are arranged in groups of four, and their respective 16-man teams play a series of six home and away matches within their assigned group. All competition includes both single and four-ball match play. Group winners then meet in single elimination play-offs, culminating in an 18-hole championship.

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“Sunday Funday” took on a new meaning for a pair of clubs over the weekend, as the SCGA crowned two new champions in the Team Play Finals Championship at Sandpiper GC in Santa Barbara.

Lifting a trophy for the first time in 13 years, Dove Canyon GC captured the Team Play Championship in the Thursday Division by defeating Braemar CC 32-16. In the Saturday Division – a rematch of the 2017 final – Los Coyotes CC earned its first-ever Team Final title by downing Red Hill CC 36-12.

Sunday’s respective championship matches culminated a four-month regular season and month-long postseason at scenic Sandpiper, where perfect weather conditions created a memorable atmosphere for players, captains and spectator galleries alike.

Thursday Division

During dinner with his squad the night before the SCGA Team Finals, captain Rich Levin had a moment of clarity and was able to reflect on the significance of appearing in the championship match with his buddies.

“It kind of dawned on me yesterday of how lucky, how fortunate we are to have each other,” Levin shared Sunday after Dove Canyon cruised to its first Team Play title since 2005. “We had 30 guys up here and we’re all friends; we love to play golf together all year long. And to be able to compete together like this, it’s fantastic. It makes you step back and think about our fortunate we are to be able to do that.”

Jason Bittick set the tone for Dove Canyon on Sunday. He earned two points by defeating Braemar’s Craig Courtney 5 & 3 in singles action. Bittick also shot a net 68 and teamed with Nicholas Punto to pick up two more points with a 1-up victory in Four-Ball.

Dove Canyon won five of the eight Four-Ball pairings to pull away.

“It feels great. What a wonderful day here at Sandpiper, where the weather couldn’t have been better,” Levin said. “The SCGA couldn’t have done more to make this any better and our playing opponents at Braemar were awesome.”

Levin recalled how Dove Canyon’s typical Saturday Team was converted into a Thursday Team as a result of evolving family dynamics.

“A lot of us had kids and weekend golf wasn’t in the picture, but we slowly got the right guys together to compete,” he said. “It feels great to finally be at this level, competing and succeeding The club, I know, is super proud. They’ve been very supportive.”

It took “passion and joy,” according to Levin, to emerge victorious. But he also pointed to a special group of supporters who had equal impact on the result.

“From start to finish, we owe our wives and significant others a lot of credit. They put up with a lot, and a lot of the time they probably feel like golf widows,” Levin shared. “But we love you guys, we’ll be home soon and we’ve got something really special planned.”

Saturday Division

Before the last groups had even pulled up to the 18th green Sunday, members of the Los Coyotes CC team were already shouting “Redemption” during an unofficial celebration.

One year earlier, Los Coyotes found itself on the losing end of a 29-19 defeat to Red Hill CC in the Team Play Saturday Division Championship. With revenge on their mind, however, LCCC golfers were clearly on a mission at Sandpiper, romping their way to a 36-12 win over Red Hill to win the rematch.

David Ujihara, captain of the Los Coyotes CC team, shared a theory following Sunday’s final.

“The SCGA should just forget the playoff rules and let us and Red Hill battle in the 2019 championship in the rubber match,” he said with a smile, when asked if the teams will make it a three-peat for finals appearances next year.

Los Coyotes won five of the eight Four-Ball pairings and halved another with Red Hill. One of the most exciting victories of the day came from Byung Kim and Kyu Oh, who defeated Red Hill’s John Hadley and Campbell Finlay 1 up.

Michael Im and Ken Chong both posted net 68s to lead a dominant team victory in singles play. Los Coyotes won 11 of the head-to-head matchups and halved three, earning 25 points.

One of the most popular SCGA programs, Team Play began in 1900 and has grown to include approximately 230 clubs and 8,000 participants each year. This competition is open only to regular member clubs maintaining at least one 18-hole golf course of at least 5,000 yards in length.

Past Winners

Year Thursday Champion Saturday Champion
2018 Dove Canyon GC Los Coyotes CC
2017 Saticoy CC
Red Hill CC
2016 Coto de Caza G&RC
Meadowlark GC
2015 The Los Angeles CC
Industry Hills GC
2014 Red Hill CC
Saticoy CC
2013 Antelope Valley GC Fullerton
2012 Bear Creek GC Fullerton
2011 Chula Vista Links at RiverLakes Ranch
2010 El Dorado Park Glendora
2009 Alta Vista CC RiverLakes Ranch
2008 Red Hill Brookside
2007 Mission Hills Red Hill
2006 Saticoy Canyon Lake
2005 Red Hill Dove Canyon
2004 Mission Hills Meadowlark
2003 Los Angeles (Cardinal) Industry Hills
2002 Antelope Valley Silver Lakes
2001 MountainGate Hacienda
2000 Bear Creek Porter Valley
1999 Antelope Valley Victorville
1998 San Luis Rey Downs Balboa Park
1997 MountainGate Santa Barbara
1996 San Luis Rey Downs Chula Vista
1995 San Luis Rey Downs Dove Canyon
1994 Lakeside Santa Barbara
1993 MountainGate Balboa Park
1992 MountainGate Balboa Park
1991 Friendly Hills Porter Valley
1990 Rolling Hills Victoria
1989 Industry Hills Indian Hills
1988 San Luis Rey Downs Brookside
1987 Antelope Valley Santa Barbara
1986 Industry Hills Santa Ana
1985 Los Angeles (Cardinal) Friendly Hills
1984 San Luis Rey Downs Village
1983 North Ranch Los Alamitos
1982 Los Angeles (Gold) Porter Valley
1981 Los Angeles (Cardinal) Industry Hills
1980 North Ranch Porter Valley
1979 Huntington Seacliff Los Alamitos
1978 Los Angeles North Ranch
1977 Big Canyon Balboa Park
1976 Oakmont Friendly Hills
1975 Quail Lake Porter Valley
1974 Quail Lake Quail Lake
1973 Quail Lake
1972 Friendly Hills
1971 Indian Wells
1970 Indian Wells
1969 Candlewood
1968 Palos Verdes
1967 California
1966 Woodland Hills
1965 Wilshire
1964 Candlewood
1963 Crystalaire
1962 Palos Verdes
1961 Oakmont
1960 No playoffs
1959 Bel-Air
1958 Oakmont/Bel-Air (tie)
1957 San Gabriel
1956 Victoria
1955 Victoria
1954 San Diego
1953 Los Angeles
1952 Bel-Air
1951 Los Angeles
1950 Brentwood
1949 Virginia (handicap);
Mission Valley (scratch)
1948 California (handicap);
Lakeside (scratch)
1947 Lakeside
1946 Hacienda
1945 Santa Ana
1944 Riviera
1943 No matches
1942 Oakmont
1941 Oakmont
1940 Los Angeles
1939 Flintridge*
1938 Hacienda
1937 California*
1936 Oakmont
1935 California*
1934 Santa Ana
1933 California*
1932 Redlands
1931 Flintridge
1930 Rancho
1929 Los Angeles
1928 Los Angeles
1927 Rancho


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PastorShawn

Handicap Index: 5.2
Monday, April 20, 2015

I sense a rivalry is in the works! Not Rory and Jordan; Red Hill and LACC!