Top 2 seeds fall at SCGA Senior Match Play
PASADENA, Calif. (Aug. 5, 2013) -- For the first time in event history, the SCGA held a qualifier for the final eight spots in this year's Senior Match Play Championship. It turns out that was a game-changer, as both the No. 1 seed David Delich and No. 2 seed and defending champion Greg Hetzer were both eliminated in the tournament's opening round Monday, losing to Steve Bogan and Jeffrey Gipner, respectively. Both Bogan and Gipner qualified for the event Thursday at Brookside GC.

Most senior golfers stayed away from Annandale's finishing holes, as six of the 16 head-to-head matches were completed before the par-4, 16th hole. Just Patrick Duncan of Rancho Santa Fe and Don Eklund of San Diego won in dramatic fashion, each besting their opponents on the 19th hole to advance to Tuesday's Round of 16.

Other notables to advance include 2011 CGA Senior Champion Mark Nickeas and last year's Pasadena Senior City Champion Michael Turner.Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Following the Round of 16, the quarterfinals will begin at 12:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE Southern California Senior Match Play

The Match Play and Senior Match Play championships began in 2008 as a means of bringing new credence and incentive to the SCGA points program. The SCGA points program awards points to golfers who give strong performances in SCGA, USGA, CGA and other selected outside tournaments. The championship fields consist of 32 players in single elimination match play. The top 24 players on the Senior Match Play Points List earn automatic invitations to compete. The remaining 8 spots into the field are filled through a one day qualifying event. Senior Match Play qualifying is open to members 55 and older with a Handicap Index of 10.4 and below.

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