California Senior: Knoll extends lead
SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2013) -- Jim Knoll distanced himself even further on Tuesday, expanding his lead to seven strokes at the 22nd Annual CGA Amateur Championship. After opening with the only under-par round on Monday—a 1-under-par 70—Knoll was one of only two players to post a red number, but his was something else. The Sunnyvale resident fired 5-under-par 66 on Tuesday in a bogey-free effort, which included birdies on Nos. 1, 4, 5, 6 and 15 at San Gabriel CC. The three-time NCGA Player of the Year, who has yet to win a CGA Senior Championship, sits at 136, 6-under-par going into tomorrow’s final round.

In second place after 36 holes and the only other player to post a sub-par round Tuesday is Gary Vanier of Pleasant Hill. Vanier followed his first round 73 with a 1-under-par 70 to be positioned at 143, 1-over-par. Casey Boyns of Monterey is in third place with a 144, 2-over-par total, following his first round 71 with a 73. In fourth place is another NCGA member Ken Noonan of Pacific Grove, who’s totaled 145, 3-over-par after the first two days with rounds of 73 and 72. Alone in fifth place at 146, 4-over-par is Todd Palmer of Corona del Mar with rounds of 72 and 74.

With the outstanding play of Knoll, Boyns and Vanier, the NCGA won the CGA Senior Cup for the sixth straight year beating the SCGA team 423 to 458. The NCGA’s fourth team member, Terry Foreman, missed the 36-hole cut with rounds of 80 and 79 to finish at 159, 17-over-par. Two of the SCGA members players made the cut David Delich (153, 11-over-par) and Craig Calkins (154, 12-over-par).

Tuesday’s 36-hole cut came at 154, 12-over-par with 38 players advancing for Wednesday’s final round. Final round play will begin at 8:00 a.m. off the No. 1 tee, with the final group of Knoll, Vanier and Boyns pegging it at 10:00 a.m.

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ABOUT THE California Senior Amateur

The California Senior Amateur Championship began in the fall of 1992, and is the state championship for players age 55 and over. The first two tournaments were played at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. In 1994, the event was moved to Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, and in 1995, a simultaneous NCGA vs. SCGA team portion of the championship was added. Starting in 2010 this 54-hole stroke play championship will rotate to selected courses throughout the state. Players must have an index of 7.4 or less and may attempt to qualify at any location in the state.

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