Scott Almquist wins SCGA Tournament of Champions

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2011) -- Scott Almquist of Coto De Caza Golf and Racquet Club won the 37th Tournament of Club Champions at Newport Beach CC Monday. Club champions are invited to play in this 18-hole event, which is flighted based on Handicap Index. Almquist, the 2011 SCGA Mid-Amateur Champion, was the only player to shoot under par in the 128 player field. Almquist made one birdie and seventeen pars to shoot a 1-under 70.

Windy conditions, fast greens and a challenging course set up contributed to high scores for most of the field. “It was brutal out there but I like this course a lot. It’s a lot of fun out here,” he said. The average score of the day was 79.8.

Ryan O’Gulnick from Woodland Hills CC took second place at even-par 71. There was a six-way tie for third place at 1-over par 72.

The Newport Beach CC is located along Pacific Coast Highway in scenic Newport Beach. The maturity of the nearly 50-year old course makes it a popular stop of the Senior PGA tour as it is currently the host venue for the Toshiba Classic. The course was originally designed by William Bell in 1952 with later enhancements by Ted Robinson, Sr. The course record is 60, set by Tom Purtzer.

ABOUT THE SCGA Tournament of Club Champions

Men’s club champions are invited to play in this 18- hole event. The club champion must have a Handicap Index of 2.4 or below as of the date of registration. They must be an amateur member in good standing with the SCGA and a member on the club’s active SCGA roster at the time they won the championship. This Division will compete without handicaps. Men’s club champions with a Handicap Index of 2.5 and above will play in the net divisions.

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