SOLVANG, September 28 - Steve Bogan was chasing history but wouldn't allow himself to think about it. Instead, the 58-year-old Placentia resident used an unlikely second-hole birdie to propel himself to a 5-under-par 67 and a three-shot victory over Tony Reboton of Palm Desert in the 29th Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Senior Amateur Championship at the Ranch Course at The Alisal.
Ray Vanyo of Banning posted his second consecutive 75 today and overtook first-round leader Ralph Rubenstein of La Quinta to win the 7th SCGA Super Seniors title by one shot.
Bogan, the 2004 SCGA Senior Amateur champion who won the California Golf Association Senior Amateur title last June in Pebble Beach, became the first player to win the state and SCGA senior titles in the same year. He also became the sixth person to win the SCGA Senior Am title two or more times, and his victory today clinched SCGA "Senior Player of the Year" honors for 2006.
"I didn't allow myself to think about the implications of winning again," said Bogan, who was the California Amateur medalist in 1987. "After the way I struggled yesterday, I couldn't afford to."
Instead, Bogan went to the range yesterday evening and believed he had worked out some problems. "Today on the range, it looked like I had half-way figured out what was wrong, so I stopped hitting before I lost it," he said with a shrug. His 67 today, together with his 74 yesterday, gave him a 3-under-par 141 total for the two rounds over the immaculately groomed, but challenging, tree-lined Alisal Ranch Course.
Reboton, the 2003 Northern California GA senior champion, came into today's final round bidding to become the first player to win both the NCGA and SCGA senior titles, but he slipped to a 2-over-par 74 and finished at even-par 144 for two rounds. "Unlike yesterday," said Reboton after4wards, "I couldn't make any putts today. He finished with two birdies and four bogies today, the opposite of what he posted in round one.
Rick Herrera of Orange, who also doubled No. 8, and two-time U.S. Senior Amateur champion Kemp Richardson of Laguna Niguel tied for fifth; Richardson, with a 2-under-par 70, was the only beside Bogan to finish under par in today's round.
Bogan was upset with himself when he three-putted the par-5 opening hole. However, on the second hole, he rolled in a downhill, sharply breaking 40-footer for birdie and never looked back. "If that doesn't hit the hole, it's off the front of the green," said Bogan. "Instead it ran right into the center of the hole and that got my head back in the game."
Bogan later chipped in for a birdie on the par-3 ninth hole and drained a 40-foot birdie putt on the 13th hole en route to his victory. Bogan's only bogey was on the short 15th hole, but he rebounded with a birdie 3 on the next hole and parred in for the victory.
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