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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.

ABOUT THE Southern California Senior Amateur

This event is open to members with handicap indexes of 9.4 and below and are age 55 and above. Competitors compete in 18 holes of qualifying play in order to reach the final field of 84 players. In the championship, players compete over 54 holes of stroke play over three days. The top 30 players and ties advance after 36 holes to the final round to determine the overall Senior Amateur Champion.

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