Southern California Senior Amateur Championship: Burda Leads

RIVERSIDE, CALIF (June 13, 2013) -- Three- time defending California State Senior Amateur Champion Jeff Burda of Modesto fired a 68 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the 34th Annual SCGA Senior Amateur Championship at Victoria Club in Riverside. The PGA West member had three birdies and only one bogey over the par 70 layout.

Burda hit all nine greens on the front nine but shot one-over 36. He rebounded with birdies on 11, 13, & 15 and a scrappy par save on 18 out of the greenside hazard to take the lead.

“I hit it well today, but I just could not get the putter going,” Burda said.

Burda enters the final round with a narrow lead over current Northern California Senior Amateur Champion Jim Knoll. Knoll, a member at Moreno Valley Ranch, hit 16 out of 18 greens on his way to a solid 69 under perfect scoring conditions.

Seventeen players are within five strokes of Burda’s lead. Included in this group is defending SCGA Senior Amateur champion Brad Larsen (72), two-time SCGA Senior Champion Steve Bogan (73), Victoria Club member Karl Stewart (72) and Greg Grohs (71) out of Santa Anita GC. The final round begins at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow off both the 1st and 10th tees.

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ABOUT THE Southern California Senior Amateur

Tournament eligibility will be based on the player’s current index of 10.4 and below. Entrants must have reached their 55th birthday by the start of the tournament.

One 18-hole stroke play qualifying round.

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