California Senior Amateur: Craig Davis comes from behind to win
Craig Davis (NCGA Photo)
Craig Davis (NCGA Photo)

Chula Vista resident Craig Davis has had special things happen at Red Hill Country Club before.

Back in 2020, Davis wrapped up this fourth straight SCGA Senior Amateur title at the Inland Empire layout.

On Wednesday, Davis performed magic there again.

He'd post a final round 4-under 68, the low round of the championship, and later defeated Paul Smith in a sudden-death playoff to claim the 2023 California Senior Amateur Championship.

When it counted the most, Davis was at his best. In the final round, he'd post four birdies with zero bogeys. Three of the birdies came in succession from holes Nos. 12-14.

Smith, from Oxnard, carded a final round 70. Davis would clinch the victory on the third hole of the playoff.

Tim Hogarth of Simi Valley shot a 70 to finish solo third at 213.

Olympic Club member Randy Haag, who was going for a three-peat, carded a final round 72 to finish T-4 at 215 with Ron Ewing.

Results: California Senior Amateur
1CACraig DavisChula Vista, CA70070-74-68=212
2CAPaul SmithVentura, CA40071-71-70=212
3CATim HogarthNorthridge, CA30069-74-70=213
T4CARandy HaagOrinda, CA30073-70-72=215
T4CARon EwingAtwater, CA30070-72-73=215

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ABOUT THE California Senior Amateur

The California Senior Amateur Championship began in the fall of 1992, and is the state championship for players age 55 and over. The first two tournaments were played at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. In 1994, the event was moved to Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, and in 1995, a simultaneous NCGA vs. SCGA team portion of the championship was added. Starting in 2010 this 54-hole stroke play championship will rotate to selected courses throughout the state. Players must have an index of 7.4 or less and may attempt to qualify at any location in the state.

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