AGC San Diego Amateur Preview: Strong field to tee it this weekend at Aviara
The 18th hole at Aviara is one of the most dramatic finishing holes in Southern California<br>
The 18th hole at Aviara is one of the most dramatic finishing holes in Southern California
CARLSBAD, Calif. — Though defending champion Sean Crocker will not be in the field, a solid amount of local talent will hit Aviara Golf Club on Saturday as the AmateurGolf.com San Diego Amateur presented by Callaway Golf kicks off.

Golfers will play the host course of the LPGA's Kia Classic, Aviara Golf Club, which is the only Arnold Palmer-designed course in San Diego County.

Notable players in the field include St. Mary's College golfers Roman Aragon and Perry Cohen, both sophomores, UNLV teammates Redford Bobbitt and Chris Tuulk, as well as Yorba Linda brothers Ricky and Derek Castillo, the latter of whom has committed to play for UNLV beginning in 2016.

AmateurGolf.com contributors Jeremy Gomberg and Kyle Rector will also be in this weekend's field. Gomberg played on a Division III National championship team while at University of Redlands and Rector has had solid top-20 finishes at the last two SCGA Mid-Ams.


Named by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as one of the best resort golf courses in America, and the No. 1 golf resort in Southern California according to the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, the Aviara Golf Club overlooks the beautiful Batiquitos Lagoon ecological reserve. The only San Diego golf course designed by Arnold Palmer, Aviara features a memorable coastal layout: par 72, 18 holes over 7,007 yards uniquely sculpted around rolling hillsides, native wildflowers, and plenty of bunker and water challenges.

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