Andrew Spilman (L) with Simi Hills GM Brian Reed (Simi Hills photo)
SIMI VALLEY, CA (June 3, 2018) - The collegiate golfers from UC Riverside made their presence known at this year’s Simi Valley City Championship, taking the top 3 awards today. Their leader today, and the tournamentchampion, is Andrew Spilman from Simi Valley. Spilman carded a score of two under par 69during Saturday’s round and completed the tournament with a 5 under par 66 in the finalround. Spilman was a stand-out at Simi Valley High School and is now a junior and starter onthe UC Riverside golf team.
Tied for second place were two of Spilman’s UC Riverside teammates, Michael Wong (HongKong) and Brandon Tsujimoto (Pomona). Both players had two-day scores of 139, or 3 underpar. Tied for 4th place with scores of even par 142 were Brandon Resnick (Oak Park, currentlygolfing at Ventura College), Ryan Kyaw (Chatsworth, currently golfing at Cal Lutheran), and Alec Aronson (Simi Valley, a golfer at Hofstra University).
According to Simi Hills General Manager and Head Professional, Brian Reed, “We are extremelypleased with the condition of the course and pace of play.” Reed continued, “At thistournament, we made pace of play a priority over the past few years, and this year theseefforts have really paid off. By monitoring pace of play in a low-key but effective manner, and deliberately limitingthe size of the field, we were rewarded with a pace of play of 4 hours and 40 minutes for thefinal group in today’s round. We couldn’t be happier, and our tournament players are pleasedas well.”
Top honors in the Senior Championship flight went to Jeff Freedman (Simi Valley), scoring oneunder par 141 in two rounds. Freedman followed his one-over par round on Saturday with atwo-under 69 today (two strokes under par), to win the event by six strokes over Mike Hoyle(Chatsworth). In third place at 6 over par, was Don Baker (Woodland Hills).
Two players tied for both gross and net score honors in the Regular A Flight. After tie-breakers,Kyle Sewall (Moorpark) was awarded the top award in the gross competition with a two-dayscore of 10 over par, 152. Dan DeBruno (Thousand Oaks) was then awarded the netcompetition title in the flight, with a score of 142. Second place in the gross score competitionwent to Richard Graffeo (Camarillo), who shot 155, with third place honors going to PatrickWebb (Moorpark) with a 157. Completing the net competition in the A flight were SunnyBhullar (Thousand Oaks) shooting 143 for second place and Robert Masters (La Crescenta)taking third with a 145.
The B flight gross score champion is Michael Semder (Simi Valley), who shot 158 in two rounds.Semder bested Beto Sanchez (Oxnard) by two shots. Doug Boyle (Agoura Hills) and Danny Kim(Arcadia) tied for third place in the gross score competition, with scores of 163. The B flight netscore championship went to Randy Lutz (Simi Valley), with a net score of thirteen under par129. Tied for second low net in the B flight, at 135, were Simi Valley residents Steve Prokop andScott Schwartz.
In the Senior A flight, Ross Geller of Simi Valley took the gross score honors with a score of 150,a 5 shot lead over Scott Nance (Simi Valley) and Joe Lotta (Valencia)In the Senior A flight net competition, Richard Silagy of Simi Valley took the honors, with a scoreof 138 for two rounds. Mike Fisher (Simi Valley) took second place, one stroke back, and DannyDuggan (Simi Valley) was third with a net 141.
In the Senior B gross score competition, Jay Wheatley of Simi Valley took the honors with atwo-day score of 154. Vinod Chhabra (Northridge) took second place with a score of 161,followed by Mark Sawyer (Simi Valley) with a 168.
The Senior B flight net competition was won by Joe Hladek (Thousand Oak) with a score of 137.James Harkness (West Hills) placed second with 141, followed by Richard Simpson (Simi Valley)at 143.
The year’s Simi Valley City Championship was the 37th anniversary of this event. Next year’s38th edition is scheduled for June 1-2, 2019.
ABOUT THE Simi Valley City
This 36-hole tournament features play in 2 divisions
(regular and senior) and a total of 6 flights, including
the premier senior
championship and championship flights.
All golfers must have verifiable amateur status, and
all net flight participants must have a valid USGA
handicap, with a 12-month low index of no more
The regular division accepts entries from golfers age
17 and older (exceptions made on a case-by-case
basis). Golfers with a
12-month low index of 2.4 or better qualify for the
Championship Flight. Golfers with low index of 2.5
to 18.0 will play in net
The senior division accepts entries for golfers age 50
and over. Senior golfers with handicap indexes of
4.9 or better qualify for
the Senior Championship Flight, and other senior
golfers play in the two net flights for seniors.
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