Southern California Sr.: Tolly wins 4-man playoff

LA HABRA HEIGHTS, Calif. (Sept. 18, 2007)--Rich Tolly of Laguna Hills gave himself an early birthday present at Hacienda Golf Club today. One day before his 57th birthday, Tolly won a four-man, three-hole aggregate playoff by two shots to capture the 30th Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Senior Amateur Championship.

One of those he defeated, first-round leader Robert Carver of Fullerton, captured the SCGA Super Senior Amateur Championship (for golfers age 65 and older) by 10 shots over Robert Wernick of Rancho Mirage.

The 72-year-old Carver, the Hacienda GC club champion, was bidding to become the first person ever to win both events and the oldest to win a SCGA individual title, but ultimately a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 seventh hole and a double-bogey 7 on the 10th hole left the door open for his challengers. After shooting 1-under-par 70 yesterday, Carver shot 77 today for a 147 total, 5-over-par for the two rounds.

“It just wasn’t meant to be,” Carver said after the playoff.

Tolly, a member at El Niguel CC, also finished at 147 (74-73) and when he signed his scorecard assumed he was out of championship fray.

“I didn’t think I could win,” he said later, ”because there were too many good players in front of me. So, when I found out I was in a playoff, I was stunned.”

That a playoff was needed at all was courtesy of two-time champion Steve Bogan of Placentia, who came to the 416-yard, par-4 finishing hole with a two-shot lead. Bogan left his approach shot short of the green, but still need only to make bogey to secure his third title.

“The last thing I told myself was not to leave it short,” said Bogan later.

He didn’t, powering the chip through the green and into a greenside bunker, then failing to get up and down.

That left Bogan, Carver, Tolly and Jim Seymour of Bakersfield, who also shot 74-73, to battle it out in a three-hole, total-score playoff. Tolly and Seymour both made par 4s on the first playoff hole (the 387-yard ninth), while Bogan and Carver posted bogey 5s. Tolly, Seymour and Bogan all made par 5s on the 17th hole, but Carver’s bogey 6 left him two shots behind.

On the 18th hole, Tolly nailed a six iron-shot 157 yards into the wind, stopping 12 feet from the flagstick. Seymour’s approach shot landed in a greenside bunker and when he flew his explosion shot into a bunker behind the green, the door was open for Tolly, who two-putted for the victory.

“I’m absolutely speechless,” said Tolly afterwards. “I’ve never won anything in my life and to win this event against this quality field is unbelievable. I hit every shot really solid in the playoff and it turned out to be enough.”

Tolly’s 25-year-old son, Ryan, was caddieing and proved to be a critical asset on the 429-yard 14th hole.

“I had about a 15-foot birdie putt,” said Rich Tolly later, “and I read to break right. Ryan said, ‘No way, dad; it’s going to break a ball to the left.’ Good thing I listened to him because it rolled right in the hole.” That was his only birdie on the day; he also had three bogeys and 17 pars (including the playoff holes).

Full results follow, with * denoting Super Senior golfer::

  Name/Hometown Rd.1 Rd.2 Tot.
T1 Rich Tolly, Laguna Hills, CA 74 73 147
T1 Steve Bogan, Placentia, CA 74 73 147
T1 Robert Carver*, Fullerton, CA 70 77 147
T1 Jim Seymour, Bakersfield, CA 74 73 147
T5 Steve Rhorer, Costa Mesa, CA 75 74 149
T5 Scott Parker, Placentia, CA 73 76 149
T5 Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, CA 73 76 149
8 Jerry Michals, Carlsbad, CA 75 76 151
9 Dave Crawford, Camarillo, CA 76 76 152
T10 Warren Caves, Newport Beach, CA 80 73 153
T10 Charley Griswold, Ojai, CA 80 73 153
T10 Gregory Hetzer, San Pedro, CA 79 74 153
T10 Steve Yavorsky, Capistrano Beach, CA 75 78 153
T10 Rick Herrera, Orange, CA 73 80 153
T10 James Myers, Oceanside, CA 74 79 153
16 Robert Forster, Huntington Beach, CA 74 80 154
T17 Scott Monroe, Julian, CA 76 79 155
T17 Bob Stermon, San Diego, CA 76 79 155
T17 Stephen Friend, Redondo Beach, CA 74 81 155
T20 Jim Krusen, San Diego, CA 80 76 156
T20 Jim Lovell, Yorba Linda, CA 79 77 156
T20 Karl Stewart, Hemet, CA 78 78 156
T20 Donald Ludwig, San Diego, CA 77 79 156
T24 Jim Saivar, San Diego, CA 81 76 157
T24 Robert Wernick*, Rancho Mirage, CA 82 75 157
T24 Paul Shimoff , Redlands, CA 78 79 157
T27 Michael Uptegraff, Irvine, CA 81 77 158
T27 Richard Oh, Chino Hills, CA 78 80 158
T27 Patrick Rohan, San Diego, CA 78 80 158
T30 Peter Daley*, Newport Beach, CA 80 79 159
T30 Bob Jordan, La Habra, CA 78 81 159
T30 Mas Matsumoto*, Monterey Park, CA 78 81 159
T33 Randy Blackman, Glendora, CA 81 79 160
T33 Robert Latiano, Carlsbad, CA 80 80 160
T33 Chip Bridges, Encinitas, CA 80 80 160
T33 Steven Hakes, San Diego, CA 76 84 160
T33 Frank Merhar*, La Jolla, CA 87 73 160
T38 James R. Haxton, Santa Ana, CA 81 80 161
T38 Tony Reboton, Palm Desert, CA 81 80 161
T38 Thomas Hofman, Sierra Madre, CA 82 79 161
T38 Rene Grivel, San Juan Capistrano, CA 85 76 161
T38 George Hunter, Agoura Hills 76 85 161
T38 Larry Grant, Westminster, CA 87 74 161
T44 Allen Belknap, Alta Loma, CA 85 77 162
T44 Beau Miller, Los Angeles, CA 85 77 162
T46 Jack Rector, Thousand Oaks, CA 81 82 163
T46 Donald Garczewski, Carlsbad, CA 84 79 163
T46 Michael Hogan, Oxnard, CA 80 83 163
T46 Stephen Shuchter, San Diego, CA 85 78 163
T46 Don Baker, Woodland Hills, CA 85 78 163
T46 William Cvengros, San Juan Capistrano, CA 85 78 163
T52 Lee Anson, Escondido, CA 82 82 164
T52 Ralph Rubenstein*, La Quinta, CA 84 80 164
T52 Lloyd Sappington*, Ranch Santa Fe, CA 83 81 164
T55 Ray Vanyo*, Banning, CA 84 81 165
T55 John Donnelly, San Diego, CA 85 80 165
T57 Mike Wilcock, Irvine, CA 80 86 166
T57 Bill Cunerty, Mission Viejo, CA 80 86 166
T57 Tom Eastlack*, Prescott, AZ 83 83 166
T57 Barry Glaser, Upland, CA 80 86 166
T57 Jim Miller*, Carlsbad, CA 84 82 166
T57 Douglas Swinehart, Pauma Valley, CA 84 82 166
T63 Ken Krieger*, La Quinta, CA 82 85 167
T63 Dick Logan*, San Diego, CA 83 84 167
T63 John Paige, La Jolla, CA 83 84 167
66 Bill Clemo*, Ventura, CA 83 85 168
T67 Robert Vales*, Cardiff, CA 82 87 169
T67 Avio Piombetti, Encino, CA 88 81 169
T69 Howard Paulson*, Yorba Linda, CA 85 85 170
T69 Herbert Young*, Los Angeles, CA 85 85 170
T69 David Hamdorf, San Clemente, CA 87 83 170
T69 Douglas Tambara, Huntington Beach, CA 87 83 170
T73 Steve Wilson*, Solana Beach, CA 83 88 171
T73 Philip Lawler, Lake Forest, CA 85 86 171
T73 Bill Brooks* , Simi Valley, CA 87 84 171
T73 Patrick Russell, Camarillo, CA 93 78 171
T77 Stephen Grubman, North Hollywood, CA 85 87 172
T77 Bob Claydon, Aliso Viejo, CA 86 86 172
79 James Hopkins, West Hills, CA 87 86 173
80 Bruce Short, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 85 90 175
81 Jerome Napier*, Venice, CA 92 85 177
82 Tom McCutcheon*, Cypress, CA 85 94 179
83 Bob Warburton*, Bermuda Dunes, CA 91 90 181

Story by Robert D. Thomas, SCGA

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Tournament eligibility will be based on the player’s current index of 10.4 and below. Senior Amateur entrants must have reached their 55th birthday by the start of the tournament. Super Senior Amateur entrants must have reached their 65th birthday by the start of the tournament.

One 18-hole stroke play qualifying round. Qualifying for the Senior and Super Senior Championships will be held simultaneously at the qualifying sites. Seniors will play from a longer set of tees than the Super Seniors. If eligible for both, players must choose which event they want to qualify.

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