The Honors Matches
The Honors Matches are a biennial team event between the top players from the SCGA and SCPGA. The inaugural match was played in 2007 and this year’s competition marks the sixth playing of these matches. At these matches, the SCGA and SCPGA honor and celebrate an individual from each organization for their past accomplishments and dedicated service to the game of golf. Past SCGA honorees include Bud Bradley, Mark Johnson, Steve Horrell, Tom Morgan, and Jim Vernon. Past SCPGA honorees include Eddie Merrins, Len Kennett, Ron O’Connor, Jerry Anderson, and Tom Barber.
The teams are selected based upon their respective points systems. The top eight players and top four seniors are invited to represent their respective Associations. The first four of these matches (2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012) have been won by the SCGA and the SCPGA won the fifth edition of the matches in 2014.
SCGA wins back Honors Matches title
In the 6th playing of the biennial Honors Matches, the SCGA put on a strong showing, besting the SCPGA 35-19 in the two-day event, played at La Quinta CC. After Day 1 Four-Ball matches that left the two teams closely matched, Day 2 went the way of the amateurs, as the SCGA expanded its two-point lead during the Monday singles matches to win by 16.
Continuing his impressive 2016 season was Stewart Hagestad of Big Canyon CC, who won all three of his singles match points on Monday while recording six birdies over 17 holes of play. Hagestad, who spent the summer playing golf on the East Coast and earned victories at both the MGA Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur, will follow up the Honors Matches by heading to The Los Angeles CC to participate in the Walker Cup Practice Session. Also sweeping their Monday points were senior player Mark Harding and Lakeside member Bowen Osborn.
But competitive golf was just one piece of the Honors Matches event, which also featured the honoring of SCPGA's Pat Rielly, PGA and the SCGA's past president Bill Cunerty for their dedication and service to the two organizations and the Southern California golf landscape.
The teams for the Honors Matches are selected by each Association based on their points list. Four senior spots are also held for each squad.
Jeff Burda (2016 SCGA Senior Player of the Year, 2-time SCGA Senior Amateur Champion, 3-time California Senior Amateur Champion)
Craig Calkins (2015 SCGA Senior Tournament of Club Champions Winner, 2016 SCGA Senior Match Play Champion)
Scott Gibson (Reached the Round of 32 at 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, Top 10 finish at 2016 SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship)
Nick Geyer (2016 SCGA Public Links Champion, 6th place finish at 2016 SCGA Amateur Championship)
Stewart Hagestad (2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion, 2016 Met Amateur Champion and 2016 MGA Player of the Year)
Mark Harding (2015 California Senior Amateur Champion, 2016 SCGA Senior Four-Ball Champion)
Tim Hogarth (2016 SCGA Match Play Champion, 5-time SCGA Mid-Amateur Champion, 1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links Champion)
John McClure (2016 U.S. Senior Amateur Quarterfinalist, 2016 SCGA Senior Amateur Top 5 finish)
Bowen Osborn (2015 SCGA Four-Ball Champion, Qualified for 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship)
Corby Segal (2015 SCGA Tournament of Club Champions Winner, 2015 SCGA Stableford Team Champion, 2016 SCGA Mid-Amateur Champion)
Dan Sullivan (2-time SCGA Player of the Year including 2016, 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Semifinalist)
Danny Wax (2015 SCGA Four-Ball Champion, 3rd place at 2015 SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship)
|2016||La Quinta CC||SCGA, 35-19||Pat Rielly, Bill Cunerty|
|2014||Indian Wells CC||SCPGA, 27-18|
|2012||Toscana CC||SCGA, 33-12|
|2010||Indian Wells CC||SCGA, 17-13|
|2008||Indian Wells CC||SCGA, 23.5-12.5|
|2007||SCGA GC||SCGA, 8.5-6.5|