A slew of some of the best players from the Junior Tour of Northern California will tee it up at next week’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and U.S. Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship.
St. Mary’s senior Jonathan De Los Reyes has had the hot hand before. He had it again in Sunday’s final round of the NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship, shooting a record 65 at Poppy Hills.
Hao Tong Li became the first Chinese player to hold either PGA Tour or Web.com Tour status when he joined the Web.com Tour this year. At No.45 on the money list, Li has a shot at earning PGA Tour playing privileges. The 19-year-old will be in Hayward next week for the Stonebrae Classic.
Lawson Little III, a longtime fixture at Quail Lodge Resort in Carmel Valley, died last week while traveling in Las Vegas. Little III was the son of legendary amateur, Lawson Little II.
A player from the north once again won the SCGA Senior Championship. Gary Vanier took his second title in two years on Wednesday. Jeff Burda won the event last year and in 2011.
The 81 juniors who will play in this year’s Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and Poppy Hills were named on Wednesday on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive Show. The event features Champions Tour members playing side-by-side with some of the best juniors in the country.
The USGA isn’t the only one who likes a creative course set-up. For at least a day, the par-3 8th hole at Lake Merced GC, which normally plays at 206 yards from the back tees, was turned into a pitch-and-putt playing at just over 100 yards.
Tom Watson had a birdie putt at the last to shoot his age, but was ecstatic to shoot 4-under 66 at a Del Paso course that he said has the toughest Open rough he’s ever seen.
This week’s U.S. Senior Open in Sacramento won’t look anything like what we just saw at Chambers Bay. But it nearly did.
The 4th hole at Lake Merced Golf Club will play in a pivotal role in determining the winner at this week’s California Amateur Championship. What is it that makes the hole so tough?