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Ober comes from four back to grab Los Angeles City Senior title
David Ober
David Ober

After an opening round of even-par 72 on Griffith Park’s Harding Golf Course, David Ober, 52, of Riverside, Calif., entered Sunday’s final round of the Los Angeles City Senior tied for ninth place and four back of leader, and 2018 champion, Dan Sullivan.

“I was hoping to shoot one or two under and maybe squeak into third or fourth place,” said Ober, who finished second to Sullivan last year. “There were so many good players ahead of me, I honestly didn’t think I had a chance to win.”

But a 2-under 70 on the Wilson course in difficult conditions vaulted him past all eight players and secured him the win. His final-round score was three better than the next best score on a day when virtually every pin was tucked and balls were trampolining off the firm greens.

“Neither Sullivan (68, 74) nor I thought anyone was going to shoot under par today. The pins were too tucked and the greens too bouncy,” said co-runner-up Iain Macdonald (70, 74).

The win was Ober’s first ever in an open field event that included former champion and 13-time USGA qualifier Michael Turner (71, 77), 15-time USGA participant Keith Kinsel, (72, 80), 12-time USGA veteran Bob Valerio (74, 76), and current Morrison Cup and 2016 SCGA Senior Amateur champ Craig Calkins (71, 75).

“I’ve had some nice finishes over the years in some decent events, but I’ve never won anything other than a couple club championships. To win this tournament against a field like this is something I will never forget.”

David Ober contributed to this report

ABOUT THE Los Angeles City Senior

Minimum age of 50; Maximum Hdcp of 30. 36 Hole stroke play event with Championship and Handicap Divisions. To enter the championship flight you must hold a current index of 5.0 or less. Any player with a current index may enter the handicap flights if desired.

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