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2013 Seaver Cup
Dec12

2013 Seaver Cup

The NCGA won 20 out of a possible 24 points to dominate the SCGA and win its second straight Seaver Cup. The NCGA won 33.5-14.5, and swept the SCGA in all three team competitions this year. Learn more

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USGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship Qualifying – Poppy Hills GC

Pairings – Player Information – Yardages – Results December 1, 2014 The first time Tim Mickelson met Jake Yount was at the 2004 U.S. Junior Championship at the Olympic Club. Then, Mickelson was the head coach at the University of San Diego, and Yount was one of the prospects he had his eye on. Come May, the duo will return to the historic Olympic Club, only this time they’ll be teammates. Mickelson and Yount were one of three teams advancing through a qualifier for the 2015 inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship held Monday at the  new par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course, posting a medalist-earning 8-under 63. Also earning spots in the championship, to be held May 2-6, were the team of Jason and Ryan Higton (64) and the tandem of Brady Exber and Kevin Marsh (65). While in San Diego, Mickelson, now the head coach at Arizona State and the younger brother of Phil Mickelson, built USD into a national contender. Yount, 27, would end up playing for Mickelson there from 2005-2009. “Every time I play with him it ends up that I’m against him, so it’s going to be nice to be on the same team for a change,” Yount said. While Yount remains active on the amateur circuit (he won the 2012 NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship), Mickelson is more busy coaching. The 37-year-old only plays 25-30 rounds a year and Monday’s qualifier was just his fourth round in the last two months. Just recently, the younger Mickelson made news by hiring Phil as an interim assistant coach at ASU, albeit Phil  is mostly helping with recruiting. Come May’s championship, Tim will look to gain some inside Olympic Club knowledge from his older brother. “I’ll ask him if I can get his yardage book,” Mickelson said. Mickelson and Yount didn’t need much assistance in the qualifier, as the pair racked up nine birdies against just one bogey. Among the highlights were Mickelson chip-in birdies on holes No.1 and No.3. Following a front-nine 4-under 32, the two really got going, carding four straight birdies from holes No.10 through No.13. “It was typical four-ball,” Mickelson said. “Neither one of us were out of it on any of the holes. We really ham and egged it.” For the Higton brothers, who hail from Fresno, it was also an afternoon where just about everything went as planned. Jason, 35, and Ryan, 32, would pencil in eight birdies with just one bogey coming on the 17th. The only real catch for the Higton’s was trying to figure out where they stood on the leaderboard. While in at 64, Jason forgot that since its...

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U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship Qualifying

Pairings – Player Information – Yardages – Results July 28, 2014 Rocklin resident Lynne Cowan and four others are headed to this year’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Cowan punched her ticket after earning medalist honors with a 3-over 76 in an 18-hole qualifier held at San Luis Obispo Country Club on Monday. Cowan won this year’s NCGA Women’s Senior Amateur Championship and also won the California Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at Poppy Hills Golf Course. She is a multiple winner of the California Women’s Amateur Championship. Also earning trips were Kelly Wilson of Cameron Park and Pat Cornett of Mill Valley, who both came in at 77. Cornett was captain of the 2012 USA Curtis Cup squad. The other two players advancing through the qualifier were Renata Young of Walnut Creek (78) and Julia Puscheck of Pismo Beach (79). This year’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship will be held Sept. 6-11 at Harbour Trees GC in Indiana.    ...

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U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship Qualifying

Pairings – Player Information – Yardages – Results July 28, 2014 Justin Warthen of Nipomo is headed to this year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Warthen earned his way into the championship on Monday, carding a medalist-earning 5-under 66 in an 18-hole qualifier held at par-71 San Luis Obispo Country Club. Joining Warthen as qualifiers were Michael Walton of Indian Wells, who shot 70, and Ramie Sprinkling of Camarillo, who had a 71. First alternate is Michael Rowley of San Luis Obispo (72). Second alternate is Nick Mears (72) of Bakersfield. This year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship will be held Sept. 6-11 at Saucon Valley Country Club in Pennsylvania.  ...

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U.S. Girls’ Junior Qualifying

Pairings – Results A number of Northern California players earned spots in the upcoming U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship in a qualifier held Monday at Stockton Golf and Country Club. Leading the way with a medalist-earning 69 was Maria Davis of Vallejo. Coming in tied for second at 69 were San Jose resident Samantha Hutchison and Concord resident Yealimi Noh. Finishing in a tie for third at 72 were Danville’s Ty Akabane and Kiran Sangha of San Mateo. Others earning spots included Jessica Luo of San Jose and Amelia McKee of Paso Robles, who each came in at 74. This year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur will be held July 21-26 at Forest Highlands GC in Flagstaff,...

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U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifying – Riverbend GC

Pairings – Player Information – Yardages – Results June 16, 2014 Samuel Kim of Irvine and Matt Marrese of Bellevue, Wash. punched their tickets to this year’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Kim, senior-to-be at Northwood High, and Marrese finished as medalist and runner-up, respectively, in Monday’s 36-hole qualifier held at par-72 Riverbend GC in Fresno. Kim was on fire, finishing the day at 7-under 137 after rounds of 68-69. Over his 36 holes, Kim carded 11 birdies to go with just four bogeys. Marrese took second at 145 (73-72), eight shots behind Kim. Marrese’s day included seven birdies, six bogeys and a double-bogey. Modesto residents Daniel Pea and Matthew Robinson finished fifth and sixth, respectively, after coming in at 148 and 149. This year’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will be held July 21-26 at the Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands,...

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U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifying – Castlewood

Pairings – Player Information – Yardages – Results July 14, 2014 A trio of players punched their tickets to the upcoming U.S. Amateur Championship. Danville resident Cody Blick led the field, earning medalist honors with a 36-hole score of 10-under 134 in a qualifier held Monday at par-72 Castlewood Country Club. Blick’s play was stellar in both rounds, In the morning session, he carded five birdies with just one bogey for a 68. In the afternoon round, Blick went even deeper, posting a 66 that featured seven birdies and just one bogey. Also earning berths by placing second and third, respectively, were Walker Huddy of Studio City and Lorens Chan of Honolulu. Huddy had rounds of 67-68 to come in at 135, while Chan shot 66-70 for a 136. The first alternate spot went to Livermore’s Tanner Hughes, who came in fourth at 137 after rounds of 66-71. The second alternate is Patrick Grimes of Palo Alto, who shot a pair of 69’s for 138. Grimes had to beat out four other players in a playoff. This year’s U.S. Amateur Championship will tee off August 11-17 at  Atlanta Athletic Club in Atlanta,...

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USGA Senior Amateur Championship Qualifying

Pairings – Player Information – Yardages – Results August 18, 2014 Six-time NCGA Player of the Year Randy Haag is headed to this year’s U.S. Senior Amateur Championship. Haag, of San Francisco, fired a medalist-earning 6-under 66 in an 18-hole qualifier for the championship held Monday at par-72 Del Rio Country Club in Ripon. Haag’s round included seven birdies and just one bogey. Finishing second and also moving on was Fresno’s Conrad Nilmeier, who shot 69. Others advancing were Michael Staskus (70) of Los Altos, Jeff Burda of Modesto (71) and Bruce Hanavan of San Anselmo (71). Staskus won this year’s NCGA Senior Four-Ball title with partner Frank Pieper. Pieper is the first alternate after shooting a 73. The second alternate is Kimble Cater of Salinas, who also had 73. This year’s U.S. Senior Amateur Championship will be held Sept. 13-18 at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach....

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USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship Qualifying

Pairings – Player Information – Yardages – Results August 13, 2014 San Rafael resident Rachel Moreaux and three others are on their way to this year’s U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. Moreaux shot 2-under 70 to earn medalist honors in an 18-hole qualifier for the championship held at Sonoma Golf Club. Moreaux carded five birdies, but also had a triple-bogey. Finishing second and also advancing was Fairfield’s Tina Barker, who came in second at 75. Sandy Woodruff of Santa Cruz had 76 to place third, while Georgia’s Bonnie Grizzard claimed the fourth automatic berth with a 78. The first alternate is Rocklin’s Lynne Cowan, who came in at 78. Cowan won this year’s NCGA Senior Women’s Championship. The second alternate is Pleasanton’s Lisa Cobler, who also shot 78. This year’s U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship will be held Sept. 13-18 at Hollywood GC in New...

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U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship Qualifying – Spring Creek

Pairings – Player Information – Yardages – Results August 4, 2014 Lodi resident Kevin Wolf and two others are on their way to this year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Wolf shot a medalist-earning 8-under 62 in a qualifier held Monday at par-70 Spring Creek GC to stamp his ticket to the championship. Also earning automatic berths into the championship were Brian Edick of Valencia and Theodore Collins of San Francisco, who both advanced after shooting identical 69’s. The first alternate is Nick Ushijima of Hawthorne, who had 71. The second alternate is Ryan Sloane of Campbell, who also came in at 71. This year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship will tee off Sept.6-11 at Saucon Valley CC in...

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U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship Qualifying – Rancho Murieta

Pairings – Player Information – Yardages – Results July 31, 2014 A trio of players is on their way to this year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Jonas Mikals of Truckee, Zachary Solomon of Sacramento and David Bennett of Meadow Vista all advanced through a qualifier for the championship held Thursday at par-72 Rancho Murieta Country Club (North Course). Both Mikals and Solomon shared medalist honors, as they each came in with matching scores of 2-under 70. Bennett, meanwhile, shot 71 and beat San Francisco’s Matt Cohn in a playoff to earn the third and final automatic spot. Cohn, who also had 71, will be the first alternate. The second alternate is Costa Tzikas of Sacramento, who finished at 72. This year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship will be held Sept. 6-11 at Saucon Valley CC in Pennsylvania....

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U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifying – Almaden

Pairings – Player Information – Yardages – Results July 21, 2014 Pebble Beach resident Luke Vivolo and Salinas resident Matt Pinizzotto are headed back to the U.S. Amateur Championship. Vivolo shot a medalist-earning 9-under 133 and Pinizzotto shot 2-under 140 as the two finished one-two in a 36-hole qualifier held Monday ar par 72 Almaden Country Club. Vivolo, who plays at UC Davis, was sensational in both of his rounds. The former Carmel High standout carded rounds of 66 and 67 to easily claim first place. Overall, Vivolo carded 12 birdies to go with just three bogeys. Pinizzotto, who plays at UCLA, had rounds of 67 and 73 to move on. The Palma High product was buoyed by an eagle in his first round. Claiming the final third spot was Atherton’s Jonathan Garrick, who came in at 142 (72-70) and won a playoff between three players. The first alternate is Travis Sayer of San Jose, who shot 67-75. The second alternate is Hawaii’s Andrew Chin, who had rounds of 71-71. This year’s U.S. Amateur Championship will tee off August 11-17 at Atlanta Athletic Club in Georgia.    ...

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