Jackson Rivera Wins Rancho Santa Margarita Amateur in Playoff
24 Feb 2020
by Kyle Rector of

see also: View results for RSM Amateur, Tijeras Creek Golf Club, Jackson Rivera Rankings

Jackson Rivera tees off on second hole of sudden death against Jack Smyth
Jackson Rivera tees off on second hole of sudden death against Jack Smyth

The Rancho Santa Margarita Amateur Championship kicks off the unofficial tournament season in Southern California. It also happens to be one of the first SCGA Points of the year. This helps to draw top Southern California Players to Tijeras Creek Golf Club for a challenging 36 hole event.

Rain, wind, and a course playing over 7,000 yards kept scores high, with only 3 players shooting under par in round one. USC golf commit and AJGA Top-ranked junior Jackson Rivera managed a first-round 73 in tough conditions. Sitting four shots behind first-round leader Will Stribling, Rivera shot a 2 under 70 in the final round to put himself in a playoff with Cal State Fullerton commit and Orange County local Jack Smyth.

Smyth failed to make par on the par-four 18th hole, three-putting from 40 feet. Rivera came close to winning the RSM back in 2018 when finished in 3rd place. In a playoff that lasted three holes, on the back nine of Tijeras Creek Golf Club, Jackson Rivera closed out the tournament with a birdie on hole number 12 giving him his first big amateur win in Southern California Golf.

Connor O'Brien finished in solo third (71-73--144), Jayden Cantafio shot (75-70--145) putting him in fourth place, and the low round of the tournament was Tyler See shooting (79-67--146) to grab a T-5 alongside past Southern California Player of the Year Dan Sullivan.

Results: RSM Amateur
1CAJackson RiveraRancho Sante Fe, CA7573-70=143
2CAJack SmythTustin, CA5070-73=143
3CAConnor OBrienIrvine, CA2571-73=144
4CAJaden CantafioTustin, CA2575-70=145
T5CATyler SeeGoleta, CA2579-67=146

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