story by Miguel Melendez, courtesy Pasadena Star News>
PASADENA, Calif (May 16, 2010) -- Standing from
a distance behind the gallery to avoid watching the
final group, Greg Moss couldn't help but crack a smile
when it finally came to an end.
He knew it was over because all eyes were on him
as to congratulate his gritty performance.
Moss made a frantic rally that started with a birdie
from a bunker on the 13th hole to all but catapult
him atop the leaderboard to win the 75th annual
Pasadena City Amateur Championship on Sunday at
Brookside Golf Club.
Moss birdied the 13th and 14th holes en route to a
back-nine 35 to finish at even-par 286.
"When I pulled it out of the 13th I thought I would
be right in it," the Sherman Oaks resident said. "I
couldn't make a putt all day. I had two holes before
where I couldn't get anything going. But when I got
that birdie I was ready to go."
It was Moss' first victory since winning the West
Coast Conference golf championship a year ago with
"I hadn't played this tournament in a couple of
years," he said. "Before I was trying just to make
cuts and get into the weekend and I hadn't been
playing well recently.
"But I knew I'd done enough in the last year or
so, made the progress where I felt I could compete.
Once I saw (three-time defending champion Tim)
Hogarth's name get out (withdraw) you knew I had a
big smile because anytime he's in it you know he's
going to contend."
Ramsey Sahyoun, the third-round co-leader with
Sarnoff, missed a 35-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole
that would have given him the victory, and he missed
a six-footer for par that would have forced a playoff.
He finished second at 75-287.
It was first appearance in the tournament for the
senior from Campbell Hall High School who is headed
to USC on scholarship next season. He had no birdies
on the back nine.
"I was playing cautious on the front nine," he said.
"I was too aggressive with my putt, actually, and it
cost me at the end.
"I was just trying to be more aggressive. I tend to
be more conservative, but I tried to be more
aggressive. I was confident with the putter. I figured
let's hit it hard, but it didn't pay off."
Sahyoun had a double bogey on the eighth hole.
"I let a lot of people back in with that shot," he
said. "I was never sure of that shot. But I'm happy
that I was in contention. It was fun to test myself."
Kevin Fitzgerald of Riverside finished third at 74-
288. Sarnoff finished a distant 10th with an 84-296.
"I think the word for the day is sloppy," Fitzgerald
said. "I had some good shots and I hit some bad
ones. Little things around the greens weren't good. It
was really up and down. I didn't feel I had control of
where I was hitting the ball."
Tournament Notes from
* In Friday's second round, Moss came within a
shot of tying the Brookside G.C. course record with
an 8-under 62 on the No. 2 course. How's that for a
turnaround? Moss, 24, on on Friday told the
Pasadena Star-News that the "holes felt like a
basketball hoop." Moss missed a 6 foot birdie putt on
the 18th to tie the record, then shot 76 on the No. 1
course on Saturday, the same way he started.
* Course records aside (they can always be beaten
anyway), putting your name on the trophy of a 75
year old historic golf tournament is and entirely
* Three time defending Champion Tim Hogarth
withdrew after a first round 75 to attend to personal
* * *
About the Pasadena City Championship
The Brookside Men's Golf Club, in association with
The City of Pasadena and American Golf, continues a
storied history of amateur golf in Southern California
with the 75th playing of the Pasadena City
Each year this historic tournament is held on two
outstanding public golf courses, both true tests of golf
and always in top playing condition. Brookside course
#1 has been a venue for the Los Angeles Open,
USGA Public Links and many SCGA and PGA
qualifying events. The courses are adjacent to the
historic Rose Bowl in beautiful Pasadena, California.