SCGA Match Play: Down to the last matches

GOLETA, August 11 -- Kemp Richardson of Laguna Niguel collected seven birdies in his semifinal round and topped defending champion Boyd Martin of Corona del Mar, 5 and 4, to advance to tomorrow’s final match of the SCGA Senior Match Play Championship at Sandpiper GC in Goleta. There, Richardson will meet 2009 SCGA Senior Amateur champion Howie Knodt of Chula Vista, who dismissed Mike Miyasaki of La Habra 1 up.

In regular action, SCGA Amateur champions will go head-to-head with California State Amateur champions in tomorrow’s semifinals, when multiple SCGA champion Tim Hogarth of Northridge, the most decorated amateur golfer in Southern California, will face 2008 California State Amateur champion Nick Delio of Valencia. Josh Anderson of Murrieta, the 2007 California State Amateur champion, will face 2009 SCGA Amateur champion Austin Graham of San Clemente. The final round will be played tomorrow afternoon, and live scoring will be available at www.scga.org.

In two rounds of matches today, the regular match play contestants competed through the Round of 16 and quarterfinal fields, while the seniors played quarterfinal and semifinal matches.

Regular quarterfinals: Tim Hogarth (1) of Northridge defeated Johnny Mac Arthur (25) of Newhall, 5 and 4. Mac Arthur’s rollercoaster round, which was both birdie- and bogey-heavy, was no match for Hogarth, who was as much as 4 up after 12 holes. Hogarth closed the match, though, when he parred the 17th hole to Mac Arthur’s bogey. How they got there: Hogarth defeated Alex Shi Yup Kim (16) of Fullerton, 2 up, while Mac Arthur dismissed Moorpark’s Wayne Merich (24), 1 up.

Nick Delio (4) of Valencia defeated George Downing (28) of Santa Barbara, 20 holes. Downing eagled the first hole of the day, a 524-yard par-5, but bogeyed four of the next eight holes. Delio birdied and bogeyed every other hole through 10, in a see-saw match that left Delio the winner. How they got there: Delio defeated 2005 California State Amateur champion Don DuBois (13) of Newport Beach, 1 up. DuBois and Delio also faced each other in the Round of 16 last year, with DuBois winning 3 and 2. Delio was able to avenge that loss taking out DuBois on the 18th hole with a clutch 8-foot par putt to win 1 up. Downing defeated good friend and Santa Barbara resident John Pate (12) in 19 holes— The Santa Barbara Showdown between Downing and Pate proved to be a great battle with Downing winning with a conceded 15 foot eagle on the 19th hole (hole 1). Pate had forced extra holes after draining a12-foot birdie putt on 18.

Josh Anderson (10) of Murrieta defeated James Erkenbeck (15) of San Diego, 5 and 3. After both birdieing the first hole, Anderson took advantage of four Erkenbeck bogeys, steadily building his lead up and birdieing the par-5 15th hole to close the match. How they got there: Anderson dismissed Pat Duncan, Jr. (26) of Rancho Santa Fe, 3 and 1. Erkenbeck defeated Kevin Marsh, the 1996 and 2008 SCGA Amateur champion, 3 and 2.

Austin Graham (6) of San Clemente defeated Matt Grush (19) of Los Angeles, 1 up. In the closest match of the day, Graham continued his solid summer play when the 2009 SCGA Amateur and Long Beach City champion held off Grush for the last five holes to close out the match at 1 up. How they got there: Graham defeated 2006 SCGA Mid-Amateur champion Robert Funk (11) of Canyon Lake, 2 and 1. Grush defeated 2008 SCGA Mid-Amateur champion Jeff Wilson (3) of Fairfield in 19 holes. Both Wilson and Grush shot 3-under par 69s in their match, and halved each hole until the 13th. Grush never led the match, only squaring it when Wilson three-putted the 18th hole to send the match to extra holes. Grush, who is the 2008 State Fair champion, will not defend his State Fair title this year, as he announced that he will turn pro in September after the U.S. Amateur Championship.

Senior Division:

Howie Knodt (1) of Chula Vista defeated Mike Miyasaki (13) of La Habra, 1 up. Although both players kept their semifinal match close, Knodt, the 2009 SCGA Senior Amateur champion, took advantage of three consecutive bogeys by Miyasaki on holes 15-17 for a 1 up victory. How they got there: Knodt defeated Patrick Hanley (9) of Venice, 5 and 4. Miyasaki defeated Warren Caves (5) of Newport Beach, 2 up.

Kemp Richardson (3) of Laguna Niguel defeated Boyd Martin (2) of Corona del Mar, 5 and 4. Richardson unleased seven birdies through 14 holes on defending champion Martin, in the largest senior margin win of the day. How they got there: Richardson defeated James Myers (11) of Oceanside in 21 holes. Martin defeated Steve Yavorsky (10) of Capistrano Beach, 3 and 2. Martin continued his stellar play in the morning round with another front-nine 33 (as he did in yesterday’s morning round) to take an early lead on Yavorsky.

Results For Southern California Match Play Golf Championship
WinCANick DelioValencia, CA250
Runner-upCAAustin GrahamSan Clemente, CA160
SemifinalsCATim HogarthNorthridge, CA90
SemifinalsCAJosh AndersonMurrieta, CA90
QuarterfinalsCAJohnny MacArthurHart, CA50

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ABOUT THE Southern California Match Play

The Match Play and Senior Match Play championships began in 2008 as a means of bringing new credence and incentive to the SCGA points program. The SCGA points program awards points to golfers who give strong performances in SCGA, USGA, CGA and other selected outside tournaments. The championship fields consist of 32 players in single elimination match play. The top 24 players on the Match Play Points List earn automatic invitations to compete. The remaining 8 spots into the field are filled through a one day qualifying event. Match Play qualifying is open to members with a Handicap index of 5.4 and below at the time of registration.

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