AGC San Diego Amateur: Logjam at the Top After Round One
The view from the clubhouse at Aviara at No. 18
The view from the clubhouse at Aviara at No. 18

CARLSBAD, Calif. (December 17, 2018) -- We promised you perfect weather, but we didn't say the golf course was easy. At The Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club this month, the weather has been so dry that the conditions are closer to summer than winter.

That means fast, firm, undulating greens where two-putting from any distance can be a challenge.

In the Championship division, there are seven players tied for the lead, a possible AmateurGolf.com record. Rather than list all of their names, we will tell you about one of them that had anything but a boring day.

Stanford golfer Ashwin Arasu (San Diego) had 7 birdies on his round, five of them on a back nine where he fired 4-under 32. Ashwin had started on No. 6, and after making his final back nine birdie on the challenging 18th, he suffered a triple bogey on No. 1 and a bogey on No. 2 to take the wind out of his sails, but bounced back with a birdie on No. 3, and a par on his final hole, the par-5 5th.

With so many players in striking distance (including four more who posted 3-over 75) the tournament is wide open for the taking on Monday.


Jaime Jacob fired even par 72 to pace the Women's Division. Jacob (Encinitas) is one of four players in the field from the Cal State San Marcos women's golf team. A shot back after a 1-over 73 is Amy Matsuoka (Newport Beach) while 2015 champion Sarah Lawrence (Duvall, Wash.) is two back after a 2-over 74.

Bruce Loman of Newport Coast posted a 3-over 75 to take a two shot lead into the final round over Jim Ream of Cerritos. Defending champ Ed Susolik of Newport Beach is six shots back after an 81. But don't count anyone out, especially Susolik. Last year he grabbed the title by following up a first round 80 with a 3-under 69 in the final round.

Monday's final round is again an 8:00am shotgun; pairings can be accessed using the links at the top of the page.

Results: AGC San Diego Amateur
1CARyan BisharatEl Cajon, CA10074-69=143
2CAAshwin ArasuSan Diego, CA6574-73=147
3CASam KimIrvine, CA3074-74=148
T4CADylan VanderVeerEl Dorado Hills, CA3078-71=149
T4CAEverton HawkinsIrvine, CA3076-73=149

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ABOUT THE AGC San Diego Amateur

*An SCGA Points Event*

The San Diego Amateur returns to Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad. Once again we are going to be treated like pros at one of the best venues in Southern California, Aviara Golf Club -- as seen on TV during the LPGA's Kia Classic played in March!

This is a gross competition with Championship, Senior, and Women's divisions.

Your entry fee includes 2 rounds of golf with cart, prizes, trophies for division winners, and the opportunity to play a Tour-proven golf course in a competitive setting. Special rates for practice rounds and lodging will be offered.

MID-AM DIVISION: For players age 25-49. Compete alongside the younger players in the Championship Division, (same tees, same prize opportunities) and if there are at least 10 Mid- Ams, a separate prize and trophy will be awarded.

SUPER SENIORS: For players age 65+. Compete alongside the younger players in the Senior Division, (same tees, same prize opportunities) and a separate prize and trophy will be awarded for low super senior.

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