Craig Davis makes it four in a row at the SCGA Senior Am
Craig Davis (SCGA)
Four-peat. Yes, you read that right.
Craig Davis once again set records at the SCGA Senior Amateur Championship at Red Hill CC in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Davis, a former Arizona Wildcat, began the day six shots back of the lead as the Thursday’s final round commenced. After notching round of 2-over 72 and 1-over 71, Davis had just one name in front of his on the leaderboard. Six-time SCGA player of the year Randy Haag stood in the way of Davis’ history-making day.
Finding it hard to kick his round in gear, Davis was scoreless through his first six holes before dropping a shot on the par-5 7th. Immediately gaining the stroke back, Davis nabbed a birdie on the par-4 8th to get back to even on the day.
Although stagnant, Davis was gaining ground on Haag. Three over on the day, Haag picked a stroke back up with a birdie on No. 9 as he made the turn. The lone birdie of his day was likely the only thing that went right for Haag. Freefalling through the back nine, Haag was six over from hole Nos. 11-15, (which included a three putt from four feet on No. 12) giving way to Davis. His final round 80 came to an end with a bogey on the last to give Haag a T-4 finish at 5-over 221.
While Haag slumped his way through the backside, Davis stayed within his game. Making bogeys on the par-5 12th and 14th, Davis did not let the long holes derail his round as he gained the dropped shots back with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17.
The pair of birds propelled him from a four-way tie for the lead to the outright lead with just one hole to play. On the par-4 18th, Davis made a stress free par. Davis’ final round 70 netted him not just the championship, but SCGA Senior Player of the Year honors.
His four consecutive SCGA Senior Amateur Championship wins surpasses John Olive’s run of three in a row from 2001-03.
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ABOUT THE Southern California Senior Amateur
This event is open to members with handicap
of 9.4 and below and are age 55 and above.
Competitors compete in 18 holes of qualifying play
order to reach the final field of 84 players. In the
championship, players compete over 54 holes of
play over three days. The top 30 players and ties
advance after 36 holes to the final round to
the overall Senior Amateur Champion.
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