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SCGA Mid-Am: Wilson holds on to win by 1


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INDIAN WELLS, April 22 – Last year, veteran Northern California Golf Association amateur Jeff Wilson of Fairfield (east of Berkeley) decided to join the SCGA to play in the association’s major championships.  Good decision, Jeff!

The 44-year-old Wilson, often a standout in Northern California and national events, took a 5-shot lead into the final round of the 25th SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship today and needed every shot of that margin to outlast Kevin Marsh of Henderson, NV, by one shot at Toscana CC.

Wilson, who belongs to SilverRock Resort in La Quinta, shot a 1-over-par 73 today and finished at 206, 10 under par over the Jack Nicklaus-designed South Course.  Marsh, the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and 1996 SCGA Amateur winner who belongs to La Cumbre CC, closed with a 68 today for a three-round total of 207.

Will Tipton of Corona del Mar, playing on his home course, shot 74 today finished in third place at 212, a shot in front of Scott McGihon of Bermuda Dunes, who closed with a 69 today for a 54-hole total of 213.

Although Wilson has been medalist three times at the U.S. Mid-Amateur and has been a semifinalist in that event three times, this was his first major individual victory. “When you’re trying to win a tournament,” said Wilson after his round, “sometimes it’s hard to slam the door.”

Wilson had four birdies and five bogies on his round today.  “It wasn’t quite as easy as yesterday,” said Wilson after his round.  “I hit the ball as well as I did yesterday, but I lost all confidence in my putter and got very tentative.”  Emblematic of those problems was the 426-yard 18th hole, where Wilson carved in a lovely 8-iron shot and then proceeded to three-putt.  “I was glad I had a two-shot margin,” he said later.

Marsh strung together birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5 to close a six-shot deficit but bogied two of his final three front-nine holes to finish with a 2-under-par 34.  He then birdied two of his first four holes on the back side but finished with five consecutive pars. “I played very well today tee to green,” he said “but I couldn’t get a putt to drop. On No. 13, I hit my worst putt all day and it went in, but that was the only one.”

The top five finishers earned exemptions into this year’s SCGA Amateur and California Amateur and the top 10 earned exemptions into next year’s SCGA Mid-Amateur.

Final results from Toscana Country Club follow:

Pos Player, Hometown +/- Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot
1
Jeff Wilson, Fairfield, CA -10 67 66 73 206
2
Kevin Marsh, Henderson, NV -9 71 68 68 207
3
Will Tipton, Corona De Mar, CA -4 70 68 74 212
4
Scott McGihon, Bermuda Dunes, CA -3 67 77 69 213
T5
Kent Wiese , Huntington Beach, CA -1 73 72 70 215
T5
John Balfanz, Bakersfield, CA -1 72 70 73 215
T7
Dan Jennings, Los Angeles, CA E 71 72 73 216
T7
Brandon DiTullio, Thousand Oaks, CA E 69 71 76 216
9
Tim Hogarth, Northridge, CA 1 76 72 69 217
T10
Keith Kinsel, Glendale, CA 3 72 73 74 219
T10
Scott Almquist, Coto de Caza, CA 3 76 73 70 219
T12
Jason Bittick, Coto de Caza, CA 4 71 74 75 220
T12
Masao Sugimoto, San Diego, CA 4 75 73 72 220
T14
Tyler Crawford, Rancho Mirage, CA 5 76 72 73 221
T14
Bill Frankhouser, Bakersfield, CA 5 74 73 74 221
T14
Howie Knodt, Chula Vista, CA 5 72 77 72 221
T17
Ted Olsen, Coto de Caza, CA 6 74 72 76 222
T17
Don DuBois, Newport Beach, CA 6 73 75 74 222
T17
John McClure, West Los Angeles, CA 6 70 75 77 222
T20
Scott Stevens, La Quinta, CA 7 77 71 75 223
T20
George Downing, Santa Barbara, CA 7 73 73 77 223
T20
Robert Funk, Canyon Lake, CA 7 74 72 77 223
T20
David Bartman, Los Angeles, CA 7 75 70 78 223
T20
Steve Bogan, Placentia, CA 7 76 73 74 223
T20
John Pate, Santa Barbara, CA 7 72 72 79 223
T26
John O'Donnell, Los Angeles, CA 8 75 73 76 224
T26
Brian Barre, Fullerton, CA 8 72 78 74 224
T28
John Adams, San Clemente, CA 9 75 75 75 225
T28
Pete Roberts, San Marcos, CA 9 74 76 75 225
T30
David Lebowitz, Santa Monica, CA 10 71 74 81 226
T30
Jerry Chang, Los Angeles, CA 10 72 76 78 226
T32
Michael Mendez, Chula Vista, CA 11 75 74 78 227
T32
Mark C. Miller, West Covina, CA 11 78 74 75 227
T32
Sal Gaytan, Tustin Ranch, CA 11 76 75 76 227
T35
Tim Lawlor, North Hollywood, CA 12 71 77 80 228
T35
Donald O'Connor, Carlsbad, CA 12 74 78 76 228
T37
James Meyer, Dana Point, CA 13 77 70 82 229
T37
Charley Black, Murrieta, CA 13 76 71 82 229
T37
Rick Winslow, La Quinta, CA 13 77 74 78 229
T37
Steve Yavorsky, Capistrano Beach, CA 13 77 74 78 229
T41
Gary Havro, Claremont, CA 14 74 76 80 230
T41
Jeff Clayton, Carpinteria, CA 14 75 76 79 230
T41
Rick Nolan, Trabuco Canyon, CA 14 75 77 78 230
44
Mark Etue, Escondido, CA 16 74 74 84 232
45
Byron Taylor, Carlsbad, CA 19 80 72 83 235
Did Not Make Cut          
CUT
Paul Rice, Redlands, CA 9 78 75   153
CUT
Jim Osborn, Hacienda Heights, CA 9 77 76   153
CUT
Dan Sullivan, Pasadena, CA 9 82 71   153
CUT
Gerry Simoni, Carlsbad, CA 9 75 78   153
CUT
Joey Behrstock, Beverly Hills, CA 9 75 78   153
CUT
Clarke Rheney, La Quinta, CA 9 76 77   153
CUT
Mark Modglin, Simi Valley, CA 10 75 79   154
CUT
Forrest Blake, West Hills, CA 10 79 75   154
CUT
Brad Miller, Costa Mesa, CA 10 77 77   154
CUT
Joe Sanders, La Quinta, CA 11 76 79   155
CUT
Greg Sato, South Pasadena, CA 11 76 79   155
CUT
Daniel Donovan, Manhattan Beach, CA 11 76 79   155
CUT
Cass Traub, Long Beach, CA 11 77 78   155
CUT
Dane Chapin, Carlsbad, CA 11 78 77   155
CUT
Jeff Johnston, Calabasas, CA 12 77 79   156
CUT
Don Ceglar, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 12 81 75   156
CUT
Dick Engel, Quartz Hill, CA 12 77 79   156
CUT
Jerry Ledzinski, Carmel, CA 12 76 80   156
CUT
Charles Kavanaugh, Irvine, CA 12 79 77   156
CUT
Jonathan Petke, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 13 78 79   157
CUT
Robert Osborn, Glendora, CA 13 79 78   157
CUT
Mark Manwaring, Long Beach, CA 14 79 79   158
CUT
David Ober, Riverside, CA 14 81 77   158
CUT
John Ramirez, La Mesa, CA 14 78 80   158
CUT
Doug Higgins, Oceanside, CA 16 77 83   160
CUT
Brandon Mojarro, Canyon Lake, CA 16 76 84   160
CUT
Nolan Taira, Irvine, CA 16 80 80   160
CUT
Dan Chappelle, San Diego, CA 17 83 78   161
CUT
Johnny Holmes, Riverside, CA 17 77 84   161
CUT
Darren Slackman, Indio, CA 17 80 81   161
CUT
Bryson Groat, Palm Desert, CA 17 82 79   161
CUT
Billy Crawford, Burbank, CA 19 84 79   163
CUT
Eddie Cho, Los Angeles, CA 19 85 78   163
CUT
Mark Sumida, Laguna Niguel, CA 19 80 83   163
CUT
John Philipson, Beverly Hills, CA 21 84 81   165
CUT
Patrick Carrigan, Walnut, CA 22 88 78   166
CUT
Dale Keene, Bakersfield, CA 25 84 85   169
CUT
Ross Edwards, Vista, CA 25 85 84   169
WD
Mark Coulter, Encino, CA 8        
WD
Patrick Duncan, Rancho Santa Fe, CA          
WD
Steve Mata, Vista, CA          
WD
Tim Mickelson, San Diego, CA          
             
             

 

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