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SCGA Team Play Finals
April 17, 2016 at The River Course at the Alisal
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.
2016 Finals Recap
After months of play and more than 100 teams in each division, Coto de Caza G&RC and Meadowlark GC emerged victorious Sunday in the 2016 SCGA Team Play Finals, held at The River Course at the Alisal. One of the most popular SCGA programs, Team Play includes more than 245 clubs and 8,000 participants each year. Teams advance through regular season action as well as playoffs to reach the finals, where they compete in both singles matches and a best ball competition to crown the eventual champion.
In the Thursday Division, Coto de Caza, playing in its first ever finals, beat out four-time winner Antelope Valley 27-21 to claim its first Team Play Championship. Led by Team Captain Rick Contrucci, who was able to win his own singles match and secure two points for his team, Coto de Caza secured the win when Yen Shan sunk a putt on the 17th hole. What followed was a celebration for the ages, as most of Coto de Caza's team was already surrounding the green. Cheers, fist pumps, high fives and celebratory drinking commenced, as the team from Orange County enjoyed its first victory.
"Oh my god," said Karl Webber, who has been a member of Coto de Caza's Team Play squad since 1991. "I've been doing this for more than 20 years and to win is just exhilarating. This is the best group of guys I've ever played with, they are truly stupendous."
Leading the way for the Thursday champions were the duos of Brian Madden/Karl Webber, Jay Skenderian/Paul Guziak and Shan/Stuart Peck, which all secured six points each for their squad.
En route to the finals, Coto de Caza defeated 2014 Champions Red Hill CC in the quarterfinals, and easily beat Canyon Crest GC in the semifinals. In all, the winners beat out 108 clubs that competed this season.
"It's the most unbelievable experience, said Contrucci, after receiving a victory ice bath over his head from the rest of his team. "It's everything we planned on and fought for all year. We've had the greatest damn time we could possibly imagine. We're a team, we're a brotherhood. These are the greatest guys you'll ever meet. We'll do anything we can for one another and always have our partner's back. We play to win and always win as a team."
In the Saturday Division, Meadowlark GC dominated El Camino CC, which was making its first finals appearance. Meadowlark won by the score of 31-17, securing victory with a number of players still out on the course.
"I didn't want to know where we stood at first," said playing Captain Sean Barbosa. "But around hole 9 I asked an asst. captain and heard we were in the lead."
Meadowlark, whose victory was the club's first since 2004, was led by the pairings of Gary Wells/Richard Eaton and Joe Stafford/Alan Zimmer, who both swept their potential points. But it was a total team effort from Meadowlark, which received points from every pairings on the course.
"It was more than just these 16 guys though," said Barbosa. "We had 39 guys qualify for team play this year, which was great because it gave me some flexibility but tough because it meant a lot of people couldn't play. I said from the beginning that the best 16 guys would be here today and they are. It was a great team victory."
To reach its first finals in 12 years, Meadowlark defeated Burbank Men's GC in the quarterfinals and Sundale CC in the semifinals. A total of 123 teams participated in the SCGA's Saturday Team Play division in 2016.
|Year||Thursday Champion||Saturday Champion|
|2016||Coto de Caza G&RC||Meadowlark GC|
The Los Angeles CC
||Industry Hills GC|
Red Hill 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|
|2007||Mission Hills||Red Hill|
|2005||Red Hill||Dove Canyon|
|2003||Los Angeles (Cardinal)||Industry Hills|
|2002||Antelope Valley||Silver Lakes|
|2000||Bear Creek||Porter Valley|
|1998||San Luis Rey Downs||
|1996||San Luis Rey Downs||Chula Vista|
|1995||San Luis Rey Downs||Dove Canyon|
|1991||Friendly Hills||Porter Valley|
|1989||Industry Hills||Indian Hills|
|1988||San Luis Rey Downs||Brookside|
|1987||Antelope Valley||Santa Barbara|
|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|
|1975||Quail Lake||Porter Valley|
|1974||Quail Lake||Quail Lake|
|Mission Valley (scratch)|