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22nd Annual CGA Senior Championship

San Gabriel CC
November 4-6, 2013


November 6, 2013

2013 CGA Senior Amateur Champion: Jim Knoll

Jim Knoll completed his journey for a wire-to-wire victory at the 22nd Annual CGA Amateur Championship on Wednesday, but it was no easy task. Coming into the final round with a seven-stroke advantage, the Sunnyvale resident won by a margin of two strokes finishing with a 54-hole score of 212, 1-under-par at San Gabriel CC.

After two under-par rounds on Monday and Tuesday with a 70 and 66, the 61-year-old wasn’t quite the same player posting a final round 76. Things looked to be right on track for another under-par round after opening with a birdie on No. 2, but six bogeys over the final 16 holes (Nos. 3, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 15) made Knoll sweat it out a little more than he likely wanted. After making a surprising bogey on the short par-4 15th—a hole Knoll birdied the first two days—his lead was cut to one with Gary Vanier right on his tail. However, a bogey by Vanier on No. 17 gave Knoll a two-shot lead going into the final hole where he would make his third straight par to win the title.

Vanier of Pleasant Hill—a former CGA Senior champion in his own right—finished second with a 54-hole score of 214, consisting of rounds of 73, 70 and 71. Defending champion Casey Boyns of Monterey finished in third with a three-day total of 220, scoring rounds of 71, 73 and 76. Tying for fourth and rounding out the top five at 221 were three-time CGA Senior Champion Jeff Burda of Modesto and Iain McDonald of Fullerton.

With the win Knoll adds this prestigious event to his already illustrious amateur career. A month ago Knoll became the first NCGA competitor to win three consecutive Senior Player of the Year awards and set a new point total for a season. Additionally, Knoll has several NCGA majors to his name: NCGA Public Links, NCGA Senior, NCGA Master Division, NCGA Senior Four-Ball and NCGA Senior Valley (twice).

The CGA Senior Amateur Championship is scheduled to return to Northern California in 2014 at the newly-renovated Poppy Hills GC.

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November 5, 2013

Jim Knoll

Jim Knoll distanced himself even further on Tuesday, expanding his lead to seven strokes at the 22nd Annual CGA Amateur Championship. After opening with the only under-par round on Monday—a 1-under-par 70—Knoll was one of only two players to post a red number, but his was something else. The Sunnyvale resident fired 5-under-par 66 on Tuesday in a bogey-free effort, which included birdies on Nos. 1, 4, 5, 6 and 15 at San Gabriel CC. The three-time NCGA Player of the Year, who has yet to win a CGA Senior Championship, sits at 136, 6-under-par going into tomorrow’s final round.

In second place after 36 holes and the only other player to post a sub-par round Tuesday is Gary Vanier of Pleasant Hill. Vanier followed his first round 73 with a 1-under-par 70 to be positioned at 143, 1-over-par. Casey Boyns of Monterey is in third place with a 144, 2-over-par total, following his first round 71 with a 73. In fourth place is another NCGA member Ken Noonan of Pacific Grove, who’s totaled 145, 3-over-par after the first two days with rounds of 73 and 72. Alone in fifth place at 146, 4-over-par is Todd Palmer of Corona del Mar with rounds of 72 and 74.

With the outstanding play of Knoll, Boyns and Vanier, the NCGA won the CGA Senior Cup for the sixth straight year beating the SCGA team 423 to 458. The NCGA’s fourth team member, Terry Foreman, missed the 36-hole cut with rounds of 80 and 79 to finish at 159, 17-over-par. Two of the SCGA members players made the cut David Delich (153, 11-over-par) and Craig Calkins (154, 12-over-par).

Tuesday’s 36-hole cut came at 154, 12-over-par with 38 players advancing for Wednesday’s final round. Final round play will begin at 8:00 a.m. off the No. 1 tee, with the final group of Knoll, Vanier and Boyns pegging it at 10:00 a.m.

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2013 CGA Senior Cup North Team (Champions): Terry Foreman, Jim Knoll, NCGA Vice President Brian Morse (captain), Gary Vanier and Casey Boyns.


November 4, 2013

Jim Knoll has captured the lead after the first round of the 22nd Annual CGA Senior Amateur Championship. The Sunnyvale resident, who recently won his third NCGA Senior Player of the Year, fired the only under-par score on the day with a 1-under-par 70. The 61-year-old had five birdies on the day to go along with four bogeys.

Closely following him is defending champion Casey Boyns of Monterey at even-par 71. Boyns had three birdies and three bogeys on the day, in his quest to become only the third player to successfully defend his title. Tied for third place at 1-over-par 72 are Todd Palmer of Corona Del Mar and Donald Barker of Woodland Hills. In a six-way tie for fifth at 2-over-par 73 are Dan Bieber, Gary Vanier, Iain Macdonald, Craig Gandy, Tim Dougherty and Ken Noonan.

In the CGA Senior Cup the NCGA leads the SCGA 214 to 237. The Senior Cup, which involves four pre-selected players from the NCGA and SCGA, counts three of the four players score for the first two days of the event. The NCGA team includes Boyns, Knoll, Vanier and Terry Foreman, while the SCGA team consists of Dan Pouliot, Craig Calkins, Dave Delich and Michael Turner. The NCGA is seeking a sixth consecutive victory in the CGA Senior Cup Challenge.

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Author: Jerry Stewart

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