23rd CGA State Senior Championship | Poppy Hills GC | November 10-12, 2014
First played in 1992, the CGA State Senior Championship is the state’s premier event for players aged 55 and over. For most of the event’s history, Poppy Hills was the host venue (1994-2009), although the initial contests were held at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. In 2010 the tournament began a rotation between north and south courses, with north courses hosting in even years and south courses hosting in odd years. Jim McMurtey and Jeff Burda are the only multiple winners of the events both having won three times each: McMurtey (’94, ’95 and ’98); Burda (’08-’10). Burda also holds the record for lowest 54-hole score, posting a 209 (seven-under par) in 2008, which included a final round 65. In 2007 Gary Vanier made history by becoming the only player to win both the CGA Amateur title and CGA Senior title in a career, until Casey Boyns matched the feat in 2012.
The championship also includes a team event during the first two rounds comprising four selected golfers from the NCGA and SCGA. The NCGA leads 12-6 in the series, which began in 1995.
ENTRIES CLOSE: TBD
Northern California qualifying sites: TBD
Southern California qualifying sites: TBD
ENTRY FEE: $85. Players qualifying for the championship proper will pay an additional $200, which includes cart and practice round. Exempt players pay only $200.
ELIGIBILITY: Players must have reached their 55th birthday by November 4, 2013 and have a numeric handicap index of 7.4 or less on their club’s Master Report at the time of registration. Eligible players may attempt to qualify for both the California Amateur and CGA Senior Amateur Championships. ONLY ONE ENTRY FOR THE SAME EVENT MAY BE FILED PER PLAYER, even if the player belongs to clubs in both Northern California and Southern California.
FORMAT: Qualifying – 18 holes. 112 players, including exempts, will advance to the championship proper. Championship – 54 holes of stroke play (18 holes per day). After 36 holes are completed, the field is cut to the low 33 players and ties for the final 18 holes.
EXEMPTIONS: California State Senior Amateur Championship Exemptions. REFUND POLICY: Refund less $10.00 processing fee if requested prior to closing date. 50% refund after the closing date and 48 hours prior to the event. No refunds will be honored within 48 hours of the event.
Jim Knoll completed his journey for a wire-to-wire victory at the 22nd Annual CGA Amateur Championship on Wednesday, but it was no easy task. Coming into the final round with a seven-stroke advantage, the Sunnyvale resident won by a margin of two strokes finishing with a 54-hole score of 212, 1-under-par at San Gabriel CC. After two under-par rounds on Monday and Tuesday with a 70 and 66, the 61-year-old wasn’t quite the same player posting a final round 76. Things looked to be right on track for another under-par round after opening with a birdie on No. 2, but six bogeys over the final 16 holes (Nos. 3, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 15) made Knoll sweat it out a little more than he likely wanted…2013 Recap
For the third straight day, a different name found the top of the 21st Annual CGA Senior Amateur Championship leaderboard at Del Rio GCC. But unlike the previous two days, Wednesday was the day where it mattered most. In the end, Casey Boyns came back from four shots down to win the title and be crowned the top senior amateur in the state of California…2012 Recap
Mark Nickeas of Lake Sherwood wrapped up a wire-to-wire California Golf Association’s State Senior Championship win at Ventura’s Saticoy CC. Nickeas posted a final-round six-over 78 to hold onto the six-stroke lead he began the final round. His five-over 221 total was good for a four-stroke win…2011 Recap
The person least impressed with Jeff Burda the player, it seems, is Jeff Burda.
“I don’t do anything particularly well. I don’t do anything particularly poorly. My game is just kind of there,” he reasons. “I do know how to manage my game fairly well.” Well, enough, if fact, to retain his status as one of Northern California premier amateurs. The pride of Modesto’s Del Rio Country Club added to his reputation by sweeping to his third straight California Senior Amateur title, a wire-to-wire job that left no doubt who fired the big guns at Fort Washington Country Club… 2010 Recap
Jeff Burda showed who’s boss. The Modesto resident began the day just one stroke ahead of a field stacked with the state’s best senior amateur players and captured a wire-to-wire victory at the California Senior Amateur Championship with a final-round four-under-par 68… 2009 Recap
Past Champions & Team Winners
|1992||Chuck Weil at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa||71-71– 142||N/A|
|1993||Paul Ladin at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa||73-69 –142||N/A|
|1994||Jim McMurtrey at Poppy Hills GC||71-75-72 – 218||N/A|
|1995||Jim McMurtrey at Poppy Hills GC||72-74-73 – 219||NCGA|
|1996||Paul Spengler at Poppy Hills GC||74-75-75 – 224||NCGA|
|1997||Cliff Davis at Poppy Hills GC||77-70-71 – 218||NCGA|
|1998||Jim McMurtrey at Poppy Hills GC||71-74-74 – 219||NCGA|
|1999||Tom Eastlack at Poppy Hills GC||74-75-71 – 220||SCGA|
|2000||Mike Riley at Poppy Hills GC||73-76-72 – 221||NCGA|
|2001||Roly Lamontagne at Poppy Hills GC||69-75-70 – 214||SCGA|
|2002||Ted Lyford at Poppy Hills GC||72-67-72 – 211||SCGA|
|2003||Joe Dudley at Poppy Hills GC||73-72-75 – 220||SCGA|
|2004||Rob Thompson at Poppy Hills GC||74-73-71 – 218||NCGA|
|2005||Bob Olds at Poppy Hills GC||73-71-75 – 219||SCGA|
|2006||Steve Bogan at Poppy Hills GC||75-74-75 – 224||NCGA|
|2007||Gary Vanier at Poppy Hills GC||73-75-73 – 221||SCGA|
|2008||Jeff Burda at Poppy Hills GC||74-70-65 – 209||NCGA|
|2009||Jeff Burda at Poppy Hills GC||66-77-68 – 211||NCGA|
|2010||Jeff Burda at Ft. Washington CC||68-73-70 – 211||NCGA|
|2011||Mark Nickeas at Saticoy CC||69-74-78 – 221||NCGA|
|2012||Casey Boyns at Del Rio CC||75-73-71 – 219||NCGA|
|2013||Jim Knoll at San Gabriel CC||70-66-76 – 212||NCGA|