NORTH HOLLYWOOD, California (October 2, 2006) -- California state high school
champion Rickie Fowler of Murrieta and reigning California state and Southern
California Golf Association (SCGA) Senior Amateur champion Steve Bogan of Placentia
have won SCGA "Player
of the Year" and "Senior Player of the Year" honors for 2006.
Fowler totaled 855 points in just six events during the season, which began November
1, 2005 and ends October 31. Points were awarded for high finishes in SCGA and
USGA qualifying events and championships during that time frame and no point-earning
tournaments remain this month.
The 17-year-old Fowler, one of the nation's top-ranked juniors, finished 55 points
ahead of California Amateur champion Jordan Nasser of Anaheim Hills. David Bartman
of Los Angeles finished third with 760 points and Scott McGihon of Bermuda Dunes,
who won his second consecutive SCGA Amateur title at Bakersfield CC in July,
was fourth with 690 points.
Bogan, who became the first player to win the state and SCGA Senior Amateur titles
in the same year, easily outdistanced two-time USGA Senior Amateur champion Kemp
Richardson, 1285 to 505. Steven Hakes of San Diego finished third with 435 points.
In addition to winning the CIF-CGA State High School Boys championship at Santa
Maria CC last June, Fowler made the
round of 32 at the U.S. Junior Championship
last July at Rancho Santa Fe GC and reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur
in August. He also tied for third in the CIF-SCGA High School Southern Regional
in June at The SCGA Golf Course and, although it wasn't a point-scoring event,
finished sixth in last week's California State Open.
Steve Bogan captured SCGA Senior Player of the Year honors for
Founded in 1899, the SCGA is one of the nation's oldest and largest state/regional
golf associations, with more than 160,000 individuals who belong to more than
1,250 members clubs throughout Southern California and Baja California. The SCGA
provides USGA-approved handicap indexes for its members; measures and rates more
than 450 golf courses that are association members; has one of the nation's most
significant tournament programs, with more than 125 days of events available
to golfers of all abilities; is active in turfgrass research and junior golf;
and FORE Magazine and the annual Southern California Directory of Golf; and maintains
one of the nation's most dynamic association Web sites: www.scga.org.
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story courtesy SCGA