MURRIETA, Calif. — Winter turns to Spring and finally, Southern California golfers can return to the course. Well, we don't think they ever left, but certainly they will return now with a purpose as the 2015 SCGA Championship season kicks off this Monday with the 13th SCGA Foursomes Championship. The event, which has been contested at 11 different courses in its 12-year existence, will again visit a new track as it heads to Bear Creek GC in Murrieta for a two-day competition.
The Foursomes Championship consists of two-person teams participating in an alternate shot format competition, with one player teeing off from the odd-numbered holes and the partner teeing off from the even holes. All golfers must have a Handicap Index of 6.4 and below.
Returning to this year's competition is defending champion Phil Walker of San Diego, who last year won an exciting battle with his partner Cory Gladstone on the fourth playoff hole for the duos first win in the event. Walker's two-foot putt for par on the 18th hole of Hacienda GC sealed the deal, and while The Farms member hopes for a repeat performance this year, he will attempt to do so with a new partner in Ryan Bogan of Rancho Santa Fe.
Looking to get some revenge, however, will be the team of Mark Manwaring and Cass Traub, who lost to Walker and Gladstone in extra holes just a year ago. No strangers to team victories themselves, Manwaring and Traun won the 2012 SCGA Four-Ball Championship, and look to add their first Foursomes title to their resume.
Also in the strong field is the duo of Tim Hogarth and Corby Segal, longtime SCGA Tournament participants. Hogarth, a five-time SCGA Mid-Am Champion, won the SCGA Foursomes Championship in 2004 and 2005, and looks to kick off his 2015 season where he left off last year, winning the SCGA Player of the Year honors. He'll begin Round 1 on Monday paired with 2011 and 2012 Champions Mark Miller and Dan Sullivan, who look to become the first team to win the Championship three times.
Bear Creek’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Course boasts a 7,157-yard, 72-par tournament-caliber experience. The natural terrain of rolling hills, four streams and two lakes present a picturesque site. Little of the natural terrain was disturbed and minimal grading was required. Special attention was given to the 200-year-old oak trees that dot the course. In some areas, a whole line of play was redesigned to save one tree. Fashioned after the classic golf courses of Scotland, the course was constructed to the strictest standards, under the personal supervision of Jack Nicklaus.
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