San Diego Amateur winner Scotland Schmidt
On a day that matched the weather in his first name's country, Scotland Schmidt
of San Diego shot a final round 68 to claim the San Diego Amateur title by two strokes.
It was the second-straight year that a mid-amateur player has taken the title at the historic San Diego Country Club.
Schmidt opened the day two strokes behind San Diego State golfer Liam Koeneke
, who fired 6-under 66 on a glorious weather day in round one. But the weather in round two made a 180-degree turn, and it looked more like Scotland than San Diego with intermittent rain and steady winds.
Enter the experienced mid-amateur Schmidt, an admitted "late bloomer" competing with D1 collegiate golfers like Koeneke. Schmidt made the turn in 2-under 34, taking the lead over from Koeneke. He sealed the deal with a birdie on 15 and chip-in eagle on 16 followed by another birdie on No. 17.
With the rain coming down hard and fast, Schmidt had a three-shot lead on the 18th tee, and a bogey was enough for a two-stroke victory.
Schmidt's total of 8-under 136 was especially solid given the second-round conditions. Koeneke recovered on the back nine with a 2-under 34 to shoot even par on the day and finished in solo second at 6-under 138. Zack Missigman
of Goodyear, Ariz., who plays for St. Mary's College, finished in third place at 3-under 141.
Jim Plotkin L-R: Jim Plotkin, David Ujihara, Maurice Choi
of Carlsbad brought home his second AmateurGolf.com San Diego senior title in a playoff over Steve McPherson
of Hemet. Plotkin, who also won the San Diego Amateur at Aviara in December, opened with a 70 and finished the final round at 79, opening the door for McPherson.
On the first playoff hole -- the difficult par-4 10th at San Diego CC -- Plotkin drove it in the center of the fairway while McPherson's drive trickled into the fairway bunker into an unplayable lie. It was a tough break that Plotkin was able to take advantage of.
of Brea posted 7-over 151 to win the super senior title; Maurice Choi
of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. posted 4-over net to win the net division crown.
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Your entry fee includes 2 rounds of golf, cart fee,
trophies for division winners, and
the opportunity to play two days at Golf Digest’s
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golf courses in a competitive setting. Championship,
Senior, and Net divisions.
For players aged 16 and over who have a USGA or
equivalent index of less than 5.5
For players age 50 and over (as of the tournament
date) with a handicap index of less than 8.0. Note:
Must be 55 and over for NCGA Senior Points.
For players 16 and over with handicap between 5.5
MID-AM (subdivision of Championship)
For players age
25-49. Compete alongside the younger players in the
Championship Division, (same tees, same prize
opportunities) and if there are at least six Mid-Ams,
separate prize and trophy will be awarded.
SUPER SENIORS (subdivision of Senior)
For players age
65+. Compete alongside the younger senior players
Senior Division, (same tees, same prize
opportunities) and if there are at least six players 65
separate prize and trophy will be awarded for low
WOMEN (subdivision of Championship)
Will play in the Championship
Division but from a shorter tee; if there are at least
six women in
the field, a separate prize and trophy will be
awarded. Net players will
play in the Net Division but from a shorter tee.
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