California State Am: 3 Tie for medalist honors

TOLUCA LAKE, June 17 — Scott McGihon of Bermuda Dunes and two teenagers — Matt Hoffenberg of Simi Valley and Alex Kim of Fullerton, whose combined ages don’t add up to McGihon’s — shared medalist honors at the 97th California Amateur Championship at Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank and Oakmont Country Club in Glendale.

The 40-year-old McGihon, a former three-time winner of the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Amateur, fired a 3-under-par 67 today over the par-70 Lakeside layout and finished at 140, 2 under par for 36 holes. Hoffenberg, 18, posted an even-par 72 and Kim, 18, shot a 3-under-par 69 over the par-72 Oakmont CC to finished tied with McGihon.

A total of 32 players advanced to match play, 17 from Southern California and 15 from the North. Match play begins Wednesday and the second round of will be played Thursday. Quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for Friday and the 36-hole championship match will be played Saturday. All matches are at Lakeside GC.

Among those advancing was defending champion Josh Anderson of Murrieta, who shot 2-under-par 68 today at Lakeside and tied for fourth. Anderson is seeking to become the first golfer since Dr. Frank “Bud” Taylor in 1954-55 to win back-to-back California Amateur titles.

Also advancing today were 2006 California Amateur champion Jordan Nasser of Anaheim Hills and 1994 medalist and champion Steve Woods of Cupertino.

Among those who failed to move on were1999 California Amateur champion Tim Hogarth of Northridge, 2005 state am winner Don DuBois of Newport Beach and last year’s runner-up, Joe Greiner of Saugus.

View complete, hole-by-hole scores HERE.

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North Team tops South to win Roger Lapham Cup

The North Team topped the South by one shot to win the Roger Lapham Challenge Cup. From left: Captain Vaughn Kezirian, Jeff Burda, Martin Trainer, Taylor Travis, Randy Haag, Scott Hardy and Ryan Hallisey. Photo by Katie Denbo/SCGA.

BURBANK, June 17 -- For the first time in three years, the Northern California Golf Association was victorious in its efforts to regain the team title as it topped the Southern California squad by one stroke, 721-722, in the Roger Lapham Challenge Cup at the California Amateur Championship today.

After shooting a 3-under-par 357 at the par-72 Oakmont CC yesterday, the North team came into the final round at Lakeside GC with an eight-shot lead. Randy Haag (72), Ryan Hallisey (73), Scott Hardy (77), Jeff Burda (72), Martin Trainer (76), and Taylor Travis (71) shot a 14-over-par 364 at the par-70 course and finished with an 11-over-par 721 overall, with the low five of six individual scores counting toward the total. The NCGA now has a 12-7 overall record in the annual team challenge, which is contested over the state amateur's two rounds of stroke play.

The SCGA rallied at Lakeside but fell short in the end. 2007 California Amateur Champion Josh Anderson led the South team with a 4-under-par 68, whole three-time SCGA Amateur runner-up Brian Edick and 2007 SCGA Amateur Champion Brett Kanda each shot 1-under 71 in the effort; Anderson and Edick both eagled the 468-yard par-5 second hole.

Results For California Amateur Golf Championship
WinCANick DelioValencia, CA700
Runner-upCAAustin RobertsMonterey, CA450
SemifinalsCAMatt HoffenbergSimi Valley, CA280
SemifinalsCAScott McGihonPalm Desert, CA280
QuarterfinalsCAJosh DupontPoway, CA210

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ABOUT THE California Amateur

The Championship is open to amateur golfers who have established current indexes of 4.4 and are members in good standing of the Southern California Golf Association, the Northern California Golf Association, or the Public Links Golf Association of Southern California. Nonexempt players must qualify. An entrant may play in only one qualifying event, even if the golfer belongs to clubs in both Southern California and Northern California. The 18-hole qualifying rounds will determine the qualifiers.

The championship field will play 36 holes of qualifying at a Northern or Southern California Location, with the low 32 golfers from that combined field moving on to match play (with a playoff, if necessary, to determine the final spots). Two rounds each of 18-hole match play will follow on Thursday and Friday and the 36-hole final match will be on Saturday.

The location will rotate yearly between Northern and Southern California locations.

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