SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (July 29, 2012) -- After leading the tournament by five strokes after Saturday’s round with a score of 7 under par 64, James Holley, a junior at San Diego State and resident of Chatsworth, hung on with an even par round of 71 on Sunday to enter a sudden death playoff, taking the championship on the first extra hole. Coming from behind to tie Holley after 36 holes was JJ Holen, resident of Castaic and Long Beach State golfer, besting the field on Sunday with a 65, earning his playoff spot.
On the first hole of sudden death, Holley put his second shot 8 feet from the hole and made his birdie putt. Holen’s second shot landed beside the green, with his chip shot just missing the mark and an opportunity to continue the playoff.
Both golfers finished the regulation 36 holes with scores of 7 under par 135.
Holley is a two-time winner of the Simi Valley City Championship, having won last year’s tournament as well, with a score of 132 over two rounds, or 10 strokes under par.Placing third in the Championship Flight, with rounds of 70 and 66, for a total of 6 under par 136, was Tim Hogarth of Northridge.
Torrance’s Lewis Simon shot rounds of 71/68 to take fourth place at 139, or three shots under par.
The Senior Championship flight was won by Dave Crawford of Camarillo, with a two-day even par total of 142, having come from behind with a second round score of 2 under par 69. Crawford bested Bret Mackay of Valencia, who shot 146, or 4 over par.