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Southern Cal News & Notes- SCGA Am Exemption, and more

The winner of the 2005 Rancho Santa Margarita Amateur, to be held April 2 and 3 at Tijeras Creek Golf Course, will be granted a spot in the 106th playing of the SCGA Amateur, to be held July 8 through 10, also at Tijeras Creek.

It will be the first time in recent memory a victory at a city championship will earn entry into Southern California’s premiere event.

“Each year, the (exemptions) are a little bit different,” SCGA director of communications Bob Thomas said. “There is no particular rhyme or reason to it. When we talked about hosting the event (at Tijeras Creek), they wanted to know if we could put the champion in the field. We knew it would be a boost to their tournament and we like to give that boost.”

The SCGA also made the move because the winner of the tournament will have proven he can succeed at Tijeras Creek in a top-notch tournament.

“Our goal with exemptions is to get the best players into the field so they don’t have to go through the qualifying process,” Thomas said. “This is just an example of this. They usually have a decent field (for the RSM Amateur) and I’m sure they are going to have a stronger field now. And obviously, it’s being held at the same course as our tournament.” Entries for the RSM Amateur are due March 15.(Follow the links above to find out more...amateurgolf.com membership required)

USGA entries will be online again this year. Applications for the three Opens (Senior, Women’s and the main event) are currently available. The first applicant for the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst signed up nine minutes after entries were posted at usga.org.

Entries for the 2005 Lompoc City Championship, to be held at La Purisima Golf Course, are due March 9. (search our tournament database using 'Lompoc' to find out more) Lompoc is located in northern Santa Barbara County, but the course is worth the drive. The track is tough (75.6/143 rating), but the suffering it inflicts is worthwhile because it is No. 100 in Golf Digest’s nationwide “Top 100 You Can Play” list.

Other events approaching are the SCGA Foursomes on March 21 and 22, the Goleta City on March 26 and 27 and the Southern California Public Links on April 2, 3, 16 and 17.
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