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25th Annual California Senior Amateur Championship

California Senior Amateur Player Handbook Pairings / Results Yardages November 16, 2016 It wasn’t the way Santa Barbara resident John Pate wanted to finish, but it got the job done. Pate shot a final round 4-over 76 and survived a late charge by Randy Haag, claiming his second California Senior Amateur title in three years by three shots on a cold and blustery Wednesday at par-72 Lake Merced Golf Club. With the victory, Pate joined Jeff Burda (2008-2010 ) and Jim McMurtrey(1994, 1995 and 1998) as multiple winners of the championship. “I feel like as a Mid-Amateur that I underachieved,” said the 57-year-old Pate, who finished with a three-day total of even-par 216. “Maybe as a senior I’ll overachieve.” The keys to Pate’s win came in the first and second rounds, when he posted rounds of 71 and 69, respectively, on a Lake Merced course that was playing tough due in part to thick rough. His 69 came on a day when the next lowest score was a 72. It would give him a comfy four shot lead entering the finale. “I could’ve gone lower than the 69. I left a lot of shots out there,” said Pate, who captured his first California Senior Amateur crown in 2014 at Poppy Hills in his senior debut. “My short game really came through.” In a final round that he described as a “dumpster fire”, Pate. the brother of professional Steve Pate,  went 5-over through 17 holes with zero birdies. He’d collect his lone birdie at a perfect time, however, sinking a 3-footer on the 18th to seal the deal. The 18th was the only fairway he hit in regulation. Earlier on the par-4 16th, he escaped with only a bogey after his ball found an indentation on the collar of the green. “The ball was so down so much that I thought I was going to whiff it,” Pate said. “I was lucky to get out of there with a bogey.” All the while, Pate also had to fend off a feisty Haag. Looking for his first California Senior Amateur title, Haag made things interesting with a 71 that included three birdies on his back-nine. The Olympic Club member and record six-time NCGA Player of the Year, who’d entered the round eight shots behind Pate, had a chance to apply more pressure on the 18th but missed his 3-foot birdie try. Earlier in his round, Haag missed numerous other putts from within six feet. “When you’re eight shots behind, you can’t miss putts from within six feet,” said Haag, who came in at 219. “I knew the scores would be there would...

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California Senior Amateur Championship Qualifying

OCt. 17, 2016

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California Senior Amateur Championship Qualifying

Player Information Sheet Pairings / Results  Course Yardages

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California Senior Amateur Championship Qualifying

Oct. 14, 2016

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California Senior Amateur Championship Qualifying

Player Information Sheet  ** UPDATED 10/4/16 ** Pairings / Results  ** UPDATED 10/4/16 ** Course...

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California Senior Amateur Championship Qualifying

Oct. 3, 2016  

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105th Annual California Amateur Championship

Player Handbook Pairings/Results June 25, 2016 In its 105-year existence, the prestigious California Amateur Championship had never seen a pair of brothers both hoist the Edward B. Tufts Trophy, let alone in back to back years. But Shintaro Ban of San Jose made that happen Saturday, surviving a grueling week of golf at Valencia CC to win the tournament just one year after his older brother Shotaro did. “It’s absolutely a dream come true,” said Ban. “To forever have my name under his on that trophy, I can’t believe this really happened.” With his mom and coach by his side, Ban sealed the deal on a 5&4 finals victory on Valencia’s 14th green, collecting a par on a three-foot putt and visibly relaxing for the first time in 32 holes. With a smile across his face, he hugged his caddie, UNLV teammate Justin Chong, as well as his mother and coach, who drove from Northern California late last night, arriving at 1 a.m. this morning, to be there for the finals. Ban’s mother walked off the green with tears in her eyes. Ban beat out UCLA-bound Hidetoshi Yoshihara, who battled hard all day but eventually succumbed to Ban’s incredible play, which included birdies on three of the last five holes of the championship. “I just kept telling myself to stay focused, and to stay aggressive,” said Ban, who pumped two of his longest drives of the day on the 30th and 31st holes of the match. Despite never trailing, Ban was never in dominant control of the match, as each time it looked like he was pulling away Yoshihara would make a critically clutch shot. In Round 1, Ban’s lead grew to as much as 5up, but as soon as it did, Yoshihara won back-to-back holes, bringing the advantage back down to 3. But like most champions, Ban refused to get rattled. Despite looking upset about the two-straight blemishes on the scorecard, he walked up to the 18th green and sunk a birdie putt to head into the break with his lead back up to a comfortable 4. But Yoshihara, who recently won the CIF State High School Golf Championship, earning himself an exemption into this event, never quit. After a brief rest from the 95 degree heat, which had plagued the tournament all week long, the two men returned to action, but it was Yoshihara who looked steadier, trimming Ban’s 4up lead to just 2 within a five-hole stretch that included two birdies by the eventual runner-up. But Ban could not be stopped, and avoided trouble the rest of the way, slamming his foot down on the gas...

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California Amateur Championship Qualifying

Sierra View Player Information Sheet Pairings / Results Course Yardages May 23, 2016 Carmel’s Luke Vivolo emphatically stamped his ticket to this year’s California Amateur Championship. Vivolo, the 2014-2015 Big West Player of the Year at UC Davis, fired a course record-tying, medalist 10-under 62 in a qualifier held Monday at par-72 Sierra View CC in Rocklin. Vivolo, who recently graduated from UC Davis, carded an eagle (hole No.1) and nine birdies to go against his lone miscue of the day, a bogey on the par-4 13th. Robert Meyer had previously held the course record by himself. Ben Corfee, who won last year’s NCGA Four-Ball Championship with Scott Raber, and Kevin Velo finished tied for second place at 66. Finishing tied for fourth at 68 were Jeremy Sanchez and Evan Knight. The final four automatic spots went to Ryan Gronlund, Jeremy Price and Ryan Knop (69) and Zachary Solomon (70). Sanchez and Knop were teammates of Vivolo this season at UC Davis. This year’s California Amateur Championship will be held June 20-25 at Valencia CC in...

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California Amateur Championship Qualifying

Player Information Sheet Pairings / Results Course Yardages May 18, 2016 Greg Gildea, who recently transferred to Fresno State, was medalist at Dragonfly GC after posting a stellar, bogey-free 6-under 66. Gildea carded an eagle on the par-5 13th and added four birdies. Finishing in second place at 69 was recent Alameda Commuters champion Peter Kuest. The other three players advancing through the qualifier with scores of 70 were Lane Pulliam, Bryce Loosigian and Peter Faragia. The first alternate spot went to Blake Hathcoat at 71. The second alternate was Sam Engel (72). This year’s California Amateur Championship will be held June 20-25 at Valencia CC in Valencia....

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