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California State Amateur

104th California State Amateur Championship | Lake Merced GC | June 22-27, 2015

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2014 champ Xander Schauffele.

The California Amateur Championship is one of the nation’s oldest state amateur golf championships and dates back to 1912 when the California Golf Association was founded. The California Amateur Championship was originally held at Del Monte GC but shifted to Pebble Beach Golf Links when it was built in 1919. The championship remained at Pebble Beach through 2006, with the exception of 2000 when it was played at Bayonet and Blackhorse GCs due  to the U.S. Open being hosted at Pebble Beach. In 2006, the championship began a new tradition of rotating to courses around the state, alternating between Northern California and Southern California. The tournament has seen many top names including Ken Venturi in 1951, Johnny Miller in 1968, Bobby Clampett in 1978/1980, Duffy Waldorf in 1984 and Mark O’Meara in 1979. Standout golfers who have tried to win the title and failed, include Craig Stadler, Corey Pavin, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Woods reached the semifinals in 1994 before falling to Ed Cuff.

Qualifying Is Available Statewide for Both NCGA and SCGA Players

ENTRIES CLOSE: April 22, 2015 (for the Northern California qualifiers) and April 22, 2015 (for the Southern California qualifiers).

ELIGIBILTY: This championship is open to amateur golfers who have an established current index of 4.4 or below as of the time of registration and are members in good standing of the Northern California Golf Association and/or Southern California Golf Association. PLAYERS MAY ATTEMPT TO QUALIFY ONCE

PLAYER INFORMATION AND PAIRINGS: Complete Tournament Information which includes practice rounds, pairings, starting times and yardages played will be emailed and posted online after entries close.

ENTRY FEE: $85. Players qualifying for the championship proper will pay an additional $225. Exempt players pay only $225.

REFUND POLICY:Full 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.

FORMAT: One 18-hole qualifying round will determine the championship qualifiers. 156 players, including exempts, will advance to the championship. If necessary, a playoff will determine the final position(s) at each qualifying site. The championship field will play 36 holes of stroke play at La Costa Resort and Spa (Champions and Legends Courses). The top 32 players will advance from stroke play to single elimination Match Play beginning Wednesday and concluding with the 36-hole final match on Saturday (Match Play will be conducted on the Champions Course).  Note: Carts are not permitted for the qualifying rounds or the championship proper. The CGA will use United States Golf Association guidelines in determining cart exemptions for ADA-approved disabilities. 

***Northern California Qualifying Sites and Dates: Cameron Park (May 4) | La Rinconada (May 6) | TBD (May 11) | TPC at Stonebrae (May 26)

***Southern California Qualifying Sites and Dates: Shadow Ridge and Victoria Club (May 4) | Rustic Canyon and Seacliff (May 7) | Seven Oaks (May 11) | Bernardo Heights and Mountain View at La Quinta (May 18)

EXEMPTIONS: All exempt players must still meet eligibility requirements and register online for the championship prior to the entry closing date:

1)Past Champions (as of 2003, this is a 10-year exemption): 2014 Xander Schauffele, 2013 Cory McElyea, 2012 Kevin Marsh, 2011 Bhavik Patel (p), 2010 Scott Travers (p), 2009 Geoff Gonzalez (p), 2008 Nick Delio (p), 2007 Josh Anderson (p), 2006 Jordan Nasser, 2005 Don Dubois, 2004 Spencer Levin (p), 2001 Darryl Donovan, 1999 Tim Hogarth, 1998 Ed Cuff Jr., 1994 Steve Woods, 1993 Casey Boyns.

2)2014 Round of 32 Match Play Qualifiers: Jason Anthony, Cory McElyea, Sidney Wolf, Ricky Owaki, Xander Schauffele, Kethan Reddy, Scott Oxandaboure, Jacob Knapp, Paul Smith, Jack Persons, Michael Tolladay, Jonathan Chang, Trevor Clayton, Andrew Morgan, Ryan Knop, Dylan Refioglu, Beau Hossler, Daniel Ragsdale, Kevin Fitzgerald, Shintaro Ban, Lorens Chan, Jordan Weir, Justin Suh, Tyler Torano, William Brueckner, Austin Amaya, Tanner Hughes, Mark Anguiano, Carter Pool, Shotaro Ban, Byron Meth, Matt Hansen

3) Current NCGA/SCGA Champions: 2014 SCGA Amateur Champion Beau Hossler, 2014 SCGA Match Play Champion Brett Silvernail, 2014 SCGA Mid-Amateur Champion Ramie Sprinkling, 2014 SCGA Public Links Champion Jeff Coburn, 2014 NCGA Amateur Champion Matthew Seramin, 2014 NCGA Stroke Play Champion Bobby Bucey, 2014 NCGA Junior Champion Justin Suh, 2014 NCGA Public Links Champion Austin Roberts.

4) 2015 State CIF Champion: TBD, June 2015

5) 2014 SCGA Amateur Championship (Top 5 finishers): Beau Hossler*, Tyler Torano, Tim Hogarth, Gunn Yang, Manav Shah

6) 2014 NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship (Quarterfinalists): Aaron Beverly, Scott Hardy, Bobby Bucey*, Ryan Han, Matthew Seramin*, Robby Salomon, Corey Pereira, Matt Cohn

7) 2014 U.S. Amateur Match Play Qualifiers: Byron Meth, Xander Scahuaffele*, Tyler Torano*, Beau Hossler*, Rico Hoey, Bryson DeChambeau, Janothan Garrick, Eli Cole, Jonathan Chang

8) NCGA/SCGA members listed on the top 200 on the WAGR as of March 1, 2015: 

9) Special Exemptions as selected by the CGA: TBD

* Signifies exempt from a previous category

(p) Signifies player is no longer an amateur

Tournament Recaps

Xander1San Diego resident Xander Schauffele reached the pinnacle of amateur golf in the Golden State. Schauffele, a senior-to-be at San Diego State and the No.8 seed, won the prestigious California State Amateur Championship on Saturday at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, knocking off No.2 seed Beau Hossler of Mission Viejo, 2-up. With the win, Schauffele joins an illustrious list of former winners of the event including Johnny Miller, Mark O’Meara and John Cook. In both Friday’s quarterfinals and semifinals, Schauffele, 20, also won 2-up… Read Full 2014 Recap

Last Saturday Cory McElyea was finishing up his weather-delayed second round at the 113th U.S. Open at Merion GC in Ardmore, Penn. This Saturday McElyea wrapped up a weeklong spectacular display of golf at Monterey Peninsula CC in Pebble Beach, Calif. to win the 102nd California Amateur Championship 3-and-2 over Bryson DeChambeau. While McElyea had a hectic week—which included flying across the country this past Sunday to California to play in this year’s championship—there’s no doubt that his experience playing on the biggest stage in golf helped him ultimately prevail as the latest California amateur champion… Read Full 2013 Recap

Kevin Marsh won the 101st California State Amateur Championship at La Cumbre CC in Santa Barbara on Saturday, beating Ben Geyer 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. Marsh, a Santa Barbara resident, turned the match into his favor on the par-5 12th hole on the opening 18 as he birdied and Geyer parred to take a 1 up lead. Marsh would never allow Geyer to square the match from that point forward and played some great golf allowing Geyer to only win three holes the rest of the way, while he won six… Read Full 2012 Recap

 

Past Champions

Year Champion Runner-Up Margin Medalist
1912 Jack F. Neville D.P. Fredericks 2 & 1 Robin Y. Hayne, 78-74 – 152
1913 Jack F. Neville E.S. Armstrong 5 & 3 E.S. Armstrong, 74-76 – 150
1914 H.K.B. Davis Heine Schmidt 5 & 4 Heine Schmidt, 70-72 – 142
1915 E.S. Armstrong Heine Schmidt 6 & 5 Heine Schmidt, 72-72 – 144
1916 Larry Cowing R.Y. Hayne 5 & 4 Robin Y. Hayne, 75-74 – 149
1917 Chas. H. Walter Douglas Grant 1-up Douglas Grant, 70-74 – 144
1918 Douglas Grant J.K. Wadley 8 & 7 Douglas Grant, 74-74 – 148
1919 Jack F. Neville Dr. C.H. Walter 5 & 4 Douglas Grant, 74-74 – 148
1920 Dr. Paul M. Hunter E.S. Armstrong 6 & 4 Robert Hunter, 76-73 – 149
1921 Dr. Paul M. Hunter Gerald Marx 6 & 5 Paul Hunter, 78-75 – 153
1922 Jack F. Neville Robert Hunter 11 & 9 E.S. Armstrong, 71-74 – 145
1923 J.J. McHugh Fred Wright 9 & 8 Willie Hunter, 72-72 – 144
1924 Capt. A. Bullock-Webster Rudie Wilhelm 7 & 5 Frank Godchaux, 78-72 – 150
1925 George Von Elm Frank Dolp 2 & 1 H. Chandler Egan, 73-71 – 144
1926 H. Chandler Egan J.J. McHugh 2 & 1 Donald Moe, 75-68 – 143, Oswald Carlton, 73-70 – 143
1927 J.J. McHugh Paul Hunter 8 & 7 George Von Elm, 68-72 – 140
1928 J.J. McHugh Chandler Egan 6 & 5 Jack Gaines, 75-75 – 150
1929 Jack F. Neville F.C. Stevens, Jr. 3 & 1 J.J. McHugh, 80-73-153, Fay Coleman, 77-76-153
1930 Francis H.I. Brown Fay Coleman 10 & 9 Lawson Little, 73-75 – 148
1931 David Martin Ernie Pieper, Jr. 10 & 9 No qualifying
1932 Neil White H. Thompson 3 & 2 No qualifying
1933 Charles Seaver Dr. Cliff Baker 2-up No qualifying
1934 Stuart Hawley Don Edwards 1-up John Robbins, 71-71-142, Jack Nounman, 71-71-142
1935 Jack Gaines Stuart Hawle 2 & 1 Ernie Pieper Jr., 76-72 – 148
1936 Mat Palacio, Jr. J.M. Rea 1 up Roger Kelly, 72-71 – 143
1937 Roger Kelly Mat Palacio 12 & 10 Ernest Combs, 73-70-143, Frank Flixon, 71-72-143
1938 Roger Kelly Bob McGlashen 8 & 7 Roger Kelly, 74-70 – 144
1939 Jack Gage Walt Gilliam 3 & 2 Roger Kelly, 72-72 – 144
1940 Ed Monaghan Jack Gage 7 & 5 Rennie Kelly, 73-72 – 145
1941 Ernie Pieper Jr Bob Gardner 4 & 2 Ralph Lomelli, 72-74 – 146
1942 John Dawson Bob Gardner 3 & 1 Bud Brownell, 66-73 – 139
1943 Elmer Clites Bob Rosburg 8 & 6 Henry Suico, 70
1944 Ernie Pieper Jr. Bob Rosburg 5 & 4 Bob Rosburg, 72
1945 Bruce McCormick Jack Nounnan 4 & 3 John Dawson, 69-75 – 144
1946 Bruce McCormick Ernie Pieper Jr . 2 & 1 Eli Bariteau, 71
1947 Bob Gardner Smiley Quick 2 & 1 Morgan Fottrell, 71
1948 Eli Bariteau Bob Rosburg 37th hole Russell York & Bob Silvestri, 72
1949 Mac Hunter Gene Littler 39th hole Tal Smith, John Dawson, Gene Littler 69
1950 Bob Gardner Willie Barber 7 & 5 Fred Jordan, 72
1951 Ken Venturi Dr. Frank Taylor 7 & 6 Bud Holscher, 74-68 – 142
1952 Bob Silvestri Bruce McCormick 1-up Gene Littler, 71-71 – 142
1953 Gene Littler Dr. Frank Taylor 5 & 4 Ken Venturi, 68-71 – 139
1954 Dr. Frank Taylor Walt Gilliam 3 & 2 Dr. Wm. O’Neal, 68-72 – 140
1955 Dr. Frank Taylor Jack Lovegren 3 & 1 Tom Draper, 74-67 – 141
1956 Ken Venturi Dr. Frank Taylor 2 & 1 Bob Silvestri, 72-70-142, Ken Venturi, 72-70-142
1957 Tal Smith Dick Giddings 7 & 6 Dr. Wm. O’Neal, 69-73 – 142
1958 Eli Bariteau Dan Morgan 1-up Dan Morgan, 73-69 – 142
1959 Vern Callison Dick Runkle 6 & 4 Dan Morgan, 73-72-145, Bob Roos, 69-76-145
1960 Larry Bouchey George Gallios 7 & 5 Dr. Art Butter, 72-73 – 145
1961 John Richardson John Lotz 2 & 1 No Qualifying
1962 Dick Lotz Ron Cerrudo 5 & 3 John Lotz, 71-70 – 141
1963 Dr. Paul Travis Dick Runkle 3 & 2 Peter Choate, 75-66 – 141
1964 Steve Opperman Guy Bill 37th hole Ron Cerruclo, 76-79 -155
1965 Vern Callison Dr. Art Butler 5 & 4 Dr. Art Butler, 72-71 – 143
1966 Bob Eastwood Vic Loustalot 3 & 2 B. Eastwood, C. Sanudo, J. Bariteau  (149)
1967 Bob E. Smith Jim Rheim 7 & 5 Arne Dokka, 71-73 – 144
1968 Johnny Miller Les Peterson 12 & 10 Les Peterson, 72-72 – 144
1969 Forrest Fezler Steve Stimac 8 & 6 Ted Lyford, 73-73 – 146
1970 Bob Risch Vic Loustalot 39th hole Tom Smith, 75-72 – 147
1971 Doug Nelson Sandy Galbraith 8 & 7 Sandy Galbraith, 72-73 – 145
1972 Mac Hunter Bob Roos 2 up Mark Pfeil, 73-73 – 146
1973 Mike Brannan Dick Runkle 37th hole Mike Brannan, 70-71 – 141
1974 Curtis Worley Mike Brannan 2 & 1 Craig Stadler, 73-73-78 – 224
1975 John Cook Bob Blomberg 2 & 1 C. Richardson 74-77-77-228, C. Worley 77-73-78-228
1976 Mike Brannan Ron Commans 3 & 2 Scott Simpson, 72-70-76 – 218
1977 Lee Mikles Ted Lyford 2 & 1 Tom Culligan, 74-74-74 – 222
1978 Bobby Clampett Ray Pellegrini 5 & 4 Don Levin, 70-71-78 – 219
1979 Mark O’Meara Lennie Clements 8 & 7 Lennie Clements, 72-74-68 – 214
1980 Bobby Clampett Jim Kane 6 & 4 Bobby Clampett, 69-70-71 – 210
1981 Joe Tamburino Brian Lindley 4 & 2 Mike Bamblatt, 72-73-72 – 217
1982 Gary Vanier Bob Blomberg 3 & 2 Corey Pavin, 70-74-71 – 215
1983 Kris Moe Tracy Nakazaki 8 & 6 Gregg Twiggs, 68-77-72 – 217
1984 Duffy Waldorf Mark Phillips 2 & 1 Duffy Waldorf, 70-76-68 – 214
1985 Sam Randolph Brad Greer 5 & 4 Sam Randolph, 69-70-73 – 212
1986 Terrence Miskell Mike Blewett 5 & 4 Dana Banke, 70-70-74 – 214
1987 Mike Springer Bob May 4 & 3 B. Lasken, T. Loustalot, S. Bogan (219)
1988 Don Parsons Randy Haag 5 & 4 Aaron Meeks, 75-72-68 – 215
1989 Casey Boyns D. Stockton Jr. 3 & 1 Jerry Michals, 69-72-141, Gary Vanier,70-71-141
1990 Charlie Wi Gary Vanier 3 & 2 Mark Johnson, 73-69-142, Paul Stankowski, 73-69-142
1991 Harry Rudolph III Sandy Galbraith 3 & 2 Sandy Galbraith, 70-75 – 145
1992 Todd Demsey D. Berganio Jr. 5 & 4 Harry Rudolph, III, 74-69 – 143
1993 Casey Boyns Joey Ferrari 2 & 1 Casey Boyns, 73-70 – 143
1994 Steve Woods Ed Cuff 5 & 3 Steve Woods, 69-73 – 142
1995 Jeff Sanday John Pate 1-up Mark Johnson, 72-72 – 144
1996 Mark Johnson Brian Crocker 8 & 7 Jeff Gilchrist, 69-73 – 142
1997 Jason Gore Scott Watson 6 & 5 Tim Hogarth, 71-67 – 138
1998 Ed Cuff Bobby Rodger 5 & 4 Craig Steinberg, 73-68 – 141
1999 Tim Hogarth Gary Vanier 38th hole Ed Cuff, 72-70-142, Steve Conway, 73-69-142
2000 Nick Jones (Bayonet/Blackhorse) Troy McKinley 2-up James Stewart, 71-72-143, Todd Miller, 73-70-143
2001 Darryl Donovan Travis Johnson 4 & 3 Jeff Wilson, 69-72 – 141
2002 Eddie Heinen Jonathan Echols 1-up Don Dubois, 75-71 – 146
2003 Patrick Nagle Spencer Levin 4 & 3 Roy Moon, 71-70 – 141
2004 Spencer Levin Buzz Peel 4 & 3 Mark Sear, 75-67-68 – 210
2005 Don DuBois Joe Bramlett 2 & 1 Jordon Cox, 71-69-72 – 212
2006 Jordan Nasser Jeff Gilchrist 3 & 2 Steve Woods, 71-70-66 – 207
2007 Josh Anderson (Monterey Peninsula CC ) Joseph Greiner 4 & 3 Blake Trimble, 67-74 – 141
2008 Nick Delio (Lakeside GC) Austin Roberts 7 & 5 A. Kim 71-69-140, M. Hoffenberg, 68-72-140, S. McGihon 73-67-140
2009 Geoff Gonzalez (Lake Merced GC) Jeff Wilson 3 & 2 Geoff Gonzalez, 71-64 – 135, Nick Delio 69-66 – 135
2010 Scott Travers (Rancho Santa Fe GC) Harry Rudolph 4 & 3 Scott Almquist, Kevin Fitzgerald 70-71–141
 2011 Bhavik Patel (The Olympic Club) Kevin Wentworth 8 & 6 Philip Chian, 67-69-136
2012 Kevin Marsh (La Cumbre CC) Ben Geyer 4 & 3 Bhavik Patel, 64-65-129
2013 Cory McElyea (Monterey Peninsula CC) Bryson DeChambeau 3 & 2 Corey Pereira 70-72-142, Xander Schauffele 68-74-142
2014 Xander Schauffele (La Costa Resort) Beau Hossler 2-up Jason Anthony 69-71-140
MULTIPLE CHAMPIONS MULTIPLE MEDALISTS
5 Jack Neville (1912-13, 1919, 1922, 1929) 3 Douglas Grant (1917, 1918, 1919)
3 J.J.McHugh (1923, 27-28) 3 Roger Kelly (1936, 1938-39)
2 Dr. Paul Hunter (1920-21) 3 John W. Dawson (1945, 1949, 1955)
2 Roger Kelly (1937-38) 2 Robin Y. Hayne (1912, 1916)
2 Ernie Pieper Jr . (1941, 1944) 2 E. Scotty Armstrong (1913, 1922)
2 Bruce McCormick (1945-46) 2 Heinrich Schmidt (1914, 1915)
2 Bob Gardner (1947,1950) 2 Gene Littler (1949,1952)
2 Eli Bariteau (1948, 1958) 2 Ken Venturi (1953,1956)
2 Ken Venturi (1951, 1956) 2 Dr. Wm. O’Neal (1954, 1957)
2 Dr. Frank Taylor (1954-55) 2 Dan Morgan (1958, 1959)
2 Mike Brannan (1973, 1976) 2 Dr. Art Butler (1960,1965)
2 Bobby Clampett (1978, 1980) 2 Sandy Galbraith (1971,1991)
2 Casey Boyns (1989, 1993) 2 Mark Johnson (1990, 1995)
2 Vern Callison (1959, 1965) 2 Steve Woods (1994, 2006)
MEDALIST-CHAMPION SAME YEAR BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPIONS
Douglas Grant (1918) Jack F. Neville (1912-1913)
Paul Hunter (1921) Dr. Paul Hunter (1920-21)
Roger Kelly (1938) J.J. McHugh (1927-28)
Ken Venturi (1956) Roger Kelly (1937-38)
Bob Eastwood (1966) Bruce McCormick (1945-46)
Mike Brannan (1973) Dr. Frank Taylor (1954-55)
Bobby Clampett (1980)
Duffy Waldorf (1984)
Sam Randolph (1985)
Casey Boyns (1993)
Steve Woods (1994)
Geoff Gonzalez (2009)