California Summer Tournament Preview
09 May 2005

Carlsbad, CA (May 9, 2005) -- The number of amateur golf tournaments continues to rise as summer nears. Players have multiple events to choose from instead of waiting weeks between competitions. Here are some of my picks of top upcoming tournaments to help you sort through the mess.

Amateurgolf.com Monterey Bay Championship (May 28-29)
We have to plug our own event, but with good reason. It’s a 36-hole event that makes the perfect Memorial Day excursion. Bayonet and Blackhorse are two of the state’s finest courses and hosted everything from a Nationwide Tour (the Monterey Peninsula Classic) to PGA Tour Qualifying School. The narrow, tree-lined courses will test every facet of a player’s game, especially their ball striking. That’s why the winning score always hovers around par.

San Luis Obispo County Championship (May 21-22)
A little farther down California’s Central Coast, and one week earlier, is another quality event. The author is a little impartial to this event, having lived in San Luis Obispo for five years and played in this event several times. The field has featured players from San Diego State, Cal, Cal Poly, UC San Diego, USC, among others, in the past several years. If you have time, make time for a practice round. Not only is San Luis Obispo a beautiful area, but the tournament’s two courses, Chalk Mountain and Dairy Creek, have a lot of blind shots.

Orange County Golf Championship (May 21-22)
This 36-hole event is held at Strawberry Farms Golf Course, a beautiful Orange County layout. Plus, the clubhouse offers free wireless Internet, allowing players to check in at the office if need be.

Pasadena City Championship (May 19-22)
The other events scheduled for this weekend are great tournaments, but if you can get Thursday and Friday off work and travel to Pasadena, there is no reason to pass on this event. It’s one of Southern California’s majors. Last year’s field included the likes of former U.S. Mid-Amateur champ Greg Puga four-time SCGA Amateur winner Craig Steinberg. It’s also one of the rare city championships that plays four rounds in four days. There is a 36-hole cut, but those who make it are generously rewarded. They usually earn an additional tee prize and guaranteed scrip. Also, Brookside No. 1 is a good layout that hosted the 1969 Los Angeles Open and is in the shadow of the world-famous Rose Bowl.

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