Griffith Park club champ Damon Krause is now an LA City champ (Griffith Park photo)
LOS ANGELES, CA (June 17, 2018) - Damon Krause (Los Angeles, CA) is the 101st Los Angeles City champion after four under par rounds at Griffith Park gave him an impressive 13-under-par 275 total.
Krause, who was already a club champion at Griffith Park, now adds the historic city title to his résumé.
The 41-year-old Krause took the lead with an opening round 5-under 67 at the Wilson Course at Griffith Park to take a two-shot lead over Han Seop Lee (Chino Hills, CA) and Mason Troike (Orangevale, CA).
The field moved to the Harding Course for round two, and it was the 20-year-old Lee that grabbed the lead with a 6-under 66. Krause had an uneven 71 that left him three back, tied with Tongun Lako Losarah (Upland, CA).
It was in round three, back on the Wilson Course, that Krause took control of the tournament, matching his 67 from round one as both Lee (73) and Lako LoSarah (75) fell down the leaderboard.
With a three-shot lead over Lee entering the final round at the Wilson Course, Krause need a solid round and he got it, posting a 2-under 70 and not letting anyone get close to him. In each of the first three rounds Krause had six birdies on the card, but in the final round it was a solid three-birdie, one bogey round.
In the end he finished five shots clear of Lewis Simon (Torrance, CA) and Richard Kim (Los Angeles, CA), who shot 70 and 68 respectively to finish at 8-under 280.
Blake Brothers (San Juan Capistrano, CA) was fourth at 7 under, with Chuck Ruiz (santa Clarita, CA) fifth at 4 under.
Lee continued his backward slide in the final round, with a 77 that left him tied for 6th at 3-under 285. Lako Losarah and Will Strauss (La Jolla, CA) finished at the same number.
For Krause, it was a continuation of his good play in this championship over the last two years. Last year in tougher scoring conditions, he opened with a 77 but added rounds of 71-70-68 to get into a third place tie. This year, he did two better.
ABOUT THE Los Angeles City
72 Hole Stroke Play at Griffith Park (Wilson and
Harding) and Rancho Park Golf Course. The field will
be cut to 48 players and ties for the weekend. To
qualify to play in the Championship Flight you must
have an index of 3.5 or less. If you do not have an
official index number you may play in the
Championship Flight but you must provide a letter
from your PGA Golf Professional or College Coach
stating your ability to play in the Championship
and you will be placed at the end of the field. The
Maximum number of entries is 148. If entries are
oversubscribed players will be put on standby list in
order of applications received.
Handicap Flights play 54 Holes of Stroke Play. The
field will be cut to 30 players (top 6 in each flight)
Sunday’s final round.
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