SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF. (Oct. 17, 2011) -- Somebody needs to tell James Holley that golf is really a tough sport. In just his fourth year of playing he has already carded two wins for the year, one at the Simi Valley City Championship and now one at the San Clemente City Championship where he fired a final round 68 at the "Pride of the Pacific" San Clemente Municipal Golf Course.
Being four shots back at the start of the day, with some big names to pass, the 19-year-old from Chatsworth fired a 68 to get into playoff with the seasoned veteran from Canyon Lake, Robert Funk.
In the playoff Holley drove it green high on the par-4 first hole and knocked his eagle chip to four feet. Funk hit his approach to 15 feet but made an uncharacteristic 3-putt bogey to allow Holley two more putts for the win.
"The greens were pretty tough and there were some nasty pins," commented Holley. "I made a 5 footer on 18 for birdie to get to 5 under, and I didn't think I was in contention for the win."
Adam Capasso and Jeff Coburn both booked rounds of 71-70--141 to finish in a tie for third.
Max Cohen shot 72-70--142 and finished in a five-way tie for fifth. But it was his advice to his good friend Holley just before the playoff that made the difference.
He was a big help in the playoff," said Holley. "He kept me focused and was a key to my win.
First round leader Mark Sumida had a tough second day as he fell to a tie for 17th with rounds of 67-78--156 for the event.