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Jim Knoll leads Calif. Senior Amateur
-- NCGA Photo
-- NCGA Photo

SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2013) -- Jim Knoll has captured the lead after the first round of the 22nd Annual CGA Senior Amateur Championship. The Sunnyvale resident, who recently won his third NCGA Senior Player of the Year, fired the only under-par score on the day with a 1-under-par 70. The 61-year-old had five birdies on the day to go along with four bogeys.

Closely following him is defending champion Casey Boyns of Monterey at even-par 71. Boyns had three birdies and three bogeys on the day, in his quest to become only the third player to successfully defend his title. Tied for third place at 1-over-par 72 are Todd Palmer of Corona Del Mar and Donald Barker of Woodland Hills. In a six-way tie for fifth at 2-over-par 73 are Dan Bieber, Gary Vanier, Iain Macdonald, Craig Gandy, Tim Dougherty and Ken Noonan.

In the CGA Senior Cup the NCGA leads the SCGA 214 to 237. The Senior Cup, which involves four pre-selected players from the NCGA and SCGA, counts three of the four players score for the first two days of the event. The NCGA team includes Boyns, Knoll, Vanier and Terry Foreman, while the SCGA team consists of Dan Pouliot, Craig Calkins, Dave Delich and Michael Turner. The NCGA is seeking a sixth consecutive victory in the CGA Senior Cup Challenge.

ABOUT THE California Senior Amateur

The California Senior Amateur Championship began in the fall of 1992, and is the state championship for players age 55 and over. The first two tournaments were played at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. In 1994, the event was moved to Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, and in 1995, a simultaneous NCGA vs. SCGA team portion of the championship was added. Starting in 2010 this 54-hole stroke play championship will rotate to selected courses throughout the state. Players must have an index of 7.4 or less and may attempt to qualify at any location in the state.

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