Davis among those to advance at SCGA Senior Match Play
Craig Davis (SCGA photo)
MURRIETA, Calif. (Aug. 6, 2018) – The field is down to 16 men at the SCGA’s Senior Match Play Championship, and defending champion Craig Davis is one of them.
Davis, the No. 1 seed on the match-play bracket at Bear Creek Golf Club, got past Martin Penson by a 3-and-1 margin in Monday’s first round of the event. Penson put up a struggle on the front nine, and Davis limped around with four bogeys. On the back nine, however, Davis used three well-timed birdies to shut Penson out. Davis, of Chula Vista, Calif., will face John Fuller of Rancho Santo Margarita, Calif., in Tuesday’s Round of 16.
Below that on the bracket, Rob Campbell of Newbury Park, Calif., claimed the biggest winning margin of the day with his 6-and-5 defeat of Keith McLaughlin. Campbell’s day included an eagle, and five birdies – and that was just in 13 holes.
Other notables to make it through to the next round include Jeff Burda, a prominent player on the national senior amateur scene after victories at the 2014 Trans-Miss Senior and 2016 Golfweek
Senior. Burda defeated Steve Bogan, 3 and 2. Don Eklund, who has racked up a handful of victories in his home town of San Diego, also got through to the Round of 16. So did Craig Calkins, who defeated Burda to win this event in 2016.
ABOUT THE Southern California Senior Match Play
The Match Play and Senior Match Play
began in 2008 as a means of bringing new credence
and incentive to the SCGA points program. The
points program awards points to golfers who give
strong performances in SCGA, USGA, CGA and other
selected outside tournaments. The championship
fields consist of 32 players in single elimination
match play. The top 24 players on the Senior Match
Play Points List earn automatic invitations to
compete. The remaining 8 spots into the field are
filled through a one day qualifying event. Senior
Match Play qualifying is open to members 55 and
older with a Handicap Index of 10.4 and below.
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