Sagoo Takes Home a Christmas Classic Win for the Holidays
03 Dec 2017
by Yianni Gogonas of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for AGC Christmas Classic, Del Monte Golf Course, Pavan Sagoo Rankings

Pavan Sagoo (courtesy Kevin Cassidy)
Pavan Sagoo (courtesy Kevin Cassidy)

MONTEREY, California (December 3, 2017) -- St. Mary's College senior Pavan Sagoo capped off his weekend at Del Monte Country Club with a win at the AmateurGolf.com Christmas Classic. For the collegiate standout, who is more than ready to finish his finals and return to his family in England for the academic break, this win is a perfect way to wrap up a fall golf season in which he finished in the top-20 at every collegiate event he has played.

Related: Pavan Sagoo posts 65 to lead AGC Classic by one

Opening with a 7-under-par 65, the Sagoo managed to roll in another six birdies on Sunday en route to shooting 68. His tournament total of 133 was good enough to secure a 6-shot victory for the English born golfer. Sagoo's 11-under-par performance stands alone as the best finish at a Christmas Classic since AmateurGolf.com accepted operations of the tournament from tournament founder Casey Boyns in 2002.

After his graduation this spring, Sagoo will head overseas and set his sights on a Tour Card at the European Tour’s Qualifying School.

Lucas Carper, who was very much in the hunt after opening the event with a 66 on Saturday, played with Sagoo in the final round. Despite Carper’s best effort to keep pace with the St. Mary’s standout, a 73 from the high school junior wouldn’t be enough catch Sagoo on the windy December afternoon.

Rounding out final group was George McNeely, another up-and-coming high school standout. McNeely, who was playing locally as a resident of Carmel, came off the first tee with purpose, making three birdies in his first six holes. Unfortunately for McNeely, he would not be able to keep up his brilliant run, finishing with a 4-over-par 76 for to finish the event at even par.

Glenn Andrade and Charles Balisha
Glenn Andrade (L) and Charles Balisha

In the senior division Glen Andrade and Tony Ralph shot 76 both days, finishing with totals of 152 for the tournament. The event went into sudden death on the first hole, where Andrade won his first AmateurGolf.com title.

Charles Balisha of Turlock, CA won the Net Division for the second time in the last four years, shooting two straight rounds of 74 to win by three shots. Craig Dowd of Bakersfield was the runner-up, finishing with a net total of 151 in his first AmateurGolf.com start.

Results: AGC Christmas Classic
1EnglandPavan SagooEngland10065-68=133
2CALucas CarperSan Jose, CA6566-73=139
3CASean YuSan Jose, CA3071-70=141
4CASean EtowIrvine, CA3074-68=142
5CAChristian BankeDanville, CA3072-71=143

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ABOUT THE AGC Christmas Classic

The Christmas Classic was founded by 2-time California State Amateur Champion Casey Boyns over 20 years ago and it always attracts a great field. This is our most popular event, and year in and year out it sells out. Field limited to 104 players; Championship, Senior, Women, and Net divisions.

Your entry fee includes two rounds of golf (cart at players expense), $4500 in Callaway Golf certificate prizes, $20 lunch certificate, and a great weekend at one of the Monterey Peninsula's wonderful classic courses, "Old" Del Monte.

Players age 25 and over compete in the Championship Division, (same tees, same prize opportunities) and if there are at least 10 Mid- Ams, a separate prize will be awarded.

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