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PAUMA VALLEY, Calif. (July 2, 2012) -- The 35th annual SCGA Senior Amateur Championship kicked off Monday at Pauma Valley Country Club. After an exciting round of action, only two players managed to break par, paced by first-round leader Dave Delich of Colorado Springs.

The Pauma Valley member and 2008 and 2011 Colorado Senior Match Play Champion fired a first-round 3-under par 68 over the 6,700 yard layout to take a one-stroke lead over Ken Noonan of Pleasanton. Delich, who only plays Pauma Valley a few times a year, aced the par-3 12th hole en route to an opening nine of 34. Noonan, who got in as an alternate last week, had four birdies and two bogeys to put himself one back.

Defending champion and reigning Senior Player of the Year Jeff Burda is part of a group of four players who shot even par 71, within striking distance of the leader.

Seventeen players are within five shots of the lead and the championship is still very much up for grabs.

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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