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SoCal Senior Am: Heath takes 1-shot win

CITY OF INDUSTRY, July 1 — Clark Heath of Coto de Caza almost didn’t make the field for the 31st SCGA Senior Amateur Championship, but he made his first appearance in the event a memorable one by grinding out a one-shot victory today at Industry Hills Golf Club.

The 56-year-old Heath, a Continental Airlines pilot for 30 years, had to survive a two-hole playoff in a qualifying round at Shadowridge CC to get into the field.  Once there, he shot 71-73 — 144, 2 over par over the challenging Zaharias Course, and finished one shot ahead of Michael Miyasaki of La Habra, who had today’s best round, an even-par 71, for a two-round total of 145.

Steve Rhorer of Costa Mesa finished third at 146 (74-72), a shot in front of three golfers, including first-round leader Frank Merhar of La Jolla, who slipped to a 77 today after shooting 70 yesterday.

With his wife, Trish, as his caddie, Heath, a three-time club champion at Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club, posted three birdies on the front nine and his 2-under-par total for 27 holes had him four shots clear of the field.  Then the wheels came off, as he went bogey, bogey, double bogey over the next three holes and saw his lead shrink to one.  “It was a struggle out there,” he admitted after the tournament was over.

With Miyasaki sitting in the clubhouse at 3 over par for the tournament, Heath righted the ship, making three consecutive pars before knocking a wedge approach shot to within six feet of the hole on the 416-yard 16th hole and sinking the birdie putt.  “That was huge,” he said later, “because it gave me a little cushion going into the last two holes.”

On the 188-yard 17th hole, Heath two-putted from 80 feet (“another turning point,” he would say later), and although he made bogey 6 on the final hole, it was enough for the victory, which Heath termed his “biggest win ever.”

Miyasaki had closed to within a shot of the lead after making birdie 2 on the 179-yard 14th hole but a bogey 5 on the 16th hole turned out to be the difference.  “I had my chances,” he said later, “and just couldn’t close the deal.”

Rhorer had a severely up and down beginning to his round, making just one par in his first eight holes, along with three birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey 5 on the par-3 seventh hole.  He finished with nine pars and a birdie 2 on the 17th hole but it proved to be too little, too late.

After posting a 2-under-par 70 yesterday, Merhar could not follow it up in his bid become a two-time champion (he won in 1998).  He made six bogeys today and his only birdie came on the par-5 finishing hole.

The top six finishers will be among the 16 seniors who will play in the SCGA Senior Match Play Championship August 12-14 at Sandpiper Golf Course in Santa Barbara.  The “junior” portion of the event will feature 32 golfers; that list will be finalized in early August.

Full results from 6,531-yard, par-71 Industry Hills Golf Club's Zacharias Course follow:

Pos. Name/Hometown Rd.1 Rd.2 Tot.
1 Clark Heath, Coto De Caza, CA 71 73 144
2 Michael Miyasaki, La Habra, CA 74 71 145
3 Steve Rhorer, Costa Mesa, CA 74 72 146
T4 Jeff Hooper, Chatsworth, CA 73 74 147
T4 Chip Bridges, Encinitas, CA 72 75 147
T4 Frank Merhar, La Jolla, CA 70 77 147
T7 Patrick Hanley, Venice, CA 76 72 148
T7 Scott Parker, Placentia, CA 75 73 148
T7 Warren Caves, Newport Beach, CA 74 74 148
T10 Greg Mokler, La Quinta, CA 73 76 149
T10 Steve Yavorsky, Capistrano Beach, CA 73 76 149
T12 Steve Bogan, Placentia, CA 76 74 150
T12 Steve Lindstrum, Solvang, CA 73 77 150
T12 Rich Tolly, Laguna Hills, CA 73 77 150
T12 Robert Stermon, San Diego, CA 73 77 150
T12 Robert Carver, Fullerton, CA 71 79 150
T17 Marty Temple, Anaheim, CA 76 75 151
T17 James Myers, Oceanside, CA 76 75 151
T19 Howie Knodt, Chula Vista, CA 76 76 152
T19 Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, CA 76 76 152
T19 Peter Daley, Newport Beach, CA 75 77 152
T19 Rick Herrera, Orange, CA 74 78 152
T19 Jim Seymour, Bakersfield, CA 74 78 152
T19 Charley Griswold, Ojai, CA 74 78 152
T25 Randy Reznicek, Vista, CA 78 75 153
T25 Ken Knott, Los Angeles, CA 79 74 153
T25 Douglas Swinehart, Pauma Valley, CA 75 78 153
T25 Thomas Hofman, Sierra Madre, CA 73 80 153
T29 Bill Cunerty, Mission Viejo, CA 78 76 154
T29 Greg Aitkens, Mission Viejo, CA 78 76 154
T29 Jim Saivar, San Diego, CA 79 75 154
T29 Gregory Trompas, San Diego, CA 76 78 154
T29 Stephen Friend, Redondo Beach, CA 75 79 154
T29 Tim Black, Sierra Madre, CA 74 80 154
T35 John Dore, San Diego, CA 77 78 155
T35 Nyal Leslie, Santa Monica, CA 77 78 155
T35 Philip Hamilton, San Diego, CA 76 79 155
T35 Rich Morrison, Marana, AZ 77 78 155
T35 Mike Schell, Los Angeles, CA 78 77 155
T35 Bill Bullock, Irvine, CA 79 76 155
T35 Gregory Hetzer, San Pedro, CA 74 81 155
T35 Robert Greig, Los Angeles, CA 74 81 155
T35 Steven Hakes, San Diego, CA 83 72 155
T44 Parker Anderson, Santa Barbara, CA 78 78 156
T44 John Lavery, Mission Viejo, CA 77 79 156
T44 Larry Grant, Westminster, CA 76 80 156
T47 Jerry Michals, Carlsbad, CA 79 78 157
T47 Bill Brammer, San Diego, CA 80 77 157
T47 J.C. Massar, Pasadena, CA 80 77 157
T47 Dave Crawford, Camarillo, CA 80 77 157
T47 Ray Vanyo, Banning, CA 81 76 157
T52 Chips Swanson, Granada Hills, CA 78 80 158
T52 Topper Owen, Santa Barbara, CA 78 80 158
T52 Ted Lyford, Redlands, CA 77 81 158
T52 Kirk VonSalzen, Coto de Caza, CA 76 82 158
T52 Bryan Rolfe, Huntington Beach, CA 79 79 158
T52 James Hills, Hungtington Beach, CA 81 77 158
T58 Richard Oh, Chino Hills, CA 78 81 159
T58 Ed Holmes, Riverside, CA 77 82 159
T58 David Cornett, Newport Beach, CA 79 80 159
T58 Robert Acosta, San Pedro, CA 80 79 159
T58 Dan Struble, Lompoc, CA 84 75 159
T63 Lachlan Hough, Carpinteria, CA 78 82 160
T63 Steve Wilson, Solana Beach, CA 82 78 160
T63 John Billington, Santa Maria, CA 83 77 160
T66 Paul Ladin, Westlake Village, CA 78 83 161
T66 Richard Nordlund, Santa Barbara, CA 82 79 161
T68 Ivan Samuels, Indio, CA 78 84 162
T68 Mark Battista, Rancho Mirage, CA 84 78 162
T70 Jim Krusen, San Diego, CA 81 82 163
T70 Tom Fischer, Murrieta, CA 82 81 163
T70 Larry Hanes, San Clemente, CA 87 76 163
T73 Farrell Hinkle, Costa Mesa, CA 79 85 164
T73 Monte Amendt, Ventura, CA 82 82 164
T73 Rick Doebler, Fullerton, CA 85 79 164
T73 John McCarthy, Ventura, CA 86 78 164
T77 Jeffrey Smith , La Verne, CA 82 83 165
T77 Lee Tomlinson, Los Angeles, CA 84 81 165
T77 John Suzow, Newbury Park, CA 86 79 165
T80 Larry Burton, Oceanside, CA 78 88 166
T80 Howard Schwartz, Encino, CA 83 83 166
T82 Scott Sale, Los Angeles, CA 87 80 167
T82 Scott Monroe, Julian, CA 89 78 167
T82 Bruce Short, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 88 79 167
T85 Thomas Klauda, La Jolla, CA 78 91 169
T85 Bill Cushman, Santa Barbara, CA 79 90 169
87 Jeremy Evans, Los Alamitos, CA 85 86 171
88 Ronald Frederick, Temecula, CA 89 88 177

 

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