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Jack Mack owns the early California Senior Am Lead
Pauma Valley Country Club <br>(SCGA Photo)
Pauma Valley Country Club
(SCGA Photo)
PAUMA VALLEY, CA (November 6, 2017) - A Southern California player has won each of the last three California Senior Amateur Championships. Early on, the boys from the Southland are looking good again.

John Mack, of Alta Loma near Rancho Cucamonga, grabbed the lead in Monday’s first round of this week’s championship at par-71 Pauma Valley Country Club, posting a solid 2-under 69 that featured six birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey. Overall, of the 10 players at 72 or better, only one is a NorCal guy.

Terry Foreman of Brentwood, who’s missed time due to injuries, led the NorCal contingent with a 72.

The defending champion, John Pate of Santa Barbara, won in 2014 and last year at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City. In 2015, SoCal’s Mark Harding took the title. Pate opened this year’s championship with a 75.

Other NorCal players near the top of the leaderboard are former NCGA Senior Valley Am champ Mark Morgan, David Nelson of Reno, Dennis Dachtler of Folsom and Olympic Club member Randy Haag. The four each are T-11 after opening round scores of 73.

In the annual Senior Cup, which pits three players from the SCGA versus three players from the NCGA (best two scores out of three), the SCGA grabbed the first round lead, 144-148. Representing the NCGA are Haag (73), recent NCGA Senior Championship winner Tony Padilla (75) and Casey Boyns (79). The SCGA squad is comprised of Michael Rowley (72), Craig Davis (72) and Pate.

Following Tuesday’s second round a cut will be made with the low 33 and ties advancing to Wednesday’s final round.

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ABOUT THE California Senior Amateur

The California Senior Amateur Championship began in the fall of 1992, and is the state championship for players age 55 and over. The first two tournaments were played at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. In 1994, the event was moved to Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, and in 1995, a simultaneous NCGA vs. SCGA team portion of the championship was added. Starting in 2010 this 54-hole stroke play championship will rotate to selected courses throughout the state. Players must have an index of 7.4 or less and may attempt to qualify at any location in the state.

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