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SCGA Team Play Finals

April 23, 2017 at Classic Club

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


Thursday Results Saturday Results Photos

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.

Past Winners

Year Thursday Champion Saturday Champion
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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