18th NCGA Valley Amateur Championship | Schaffer’s Mill & Whitehawk Ranch | August 30-31 & August 30-September 1, 2021
Played for the first time in 2004 as a replacement for the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valley championships, the NCGA Valley Amateur has become a staple in the tournament season.
Drawing exceptional players during the late summer, the Valley Amateur has 500 points up for grabs to the champion at a time when the Player-of-the-Year race is coming to a close.
The 36-hole stroke play event is played at a venue in the San Joaquin or Sacramento valley each year and provides a top-level championship opportunity. Nick Moore is the only player to have won the championship three times.
A senior division is also held with past champions including several Senior Player of the Year honorees: Carl Selkirk, Gary Vanier, Jim Knoll and Jeff Burda. Vanier is the only three-time winner of the senior division having won in 2006 at Elkhorn CC and in 2007 and 2013, both at Riverbend GC. Knoll is the only other multiple-time winner, winning in 2008 at Winchester CC and again in 2011 at Riverbend GC.
Trevor Clayton set the single round championship record in 2014, shooting a 10-under 62 at Reserve at Spanos Park. Clayton’s 36-hole total of 133 tied 2009 winner Steven Chung for low 36-hole total. In 2015, Nick Moore defeated Blake Hathcoat in a 9-hole sudden death playoff. With his win in 2016, Moore became the first player to win the Valley Am three times.
2020 Senior champ Jeff Wilson set a Senior championship record for total score, shooting 138.
ENTRIES CLOSE: August 8, 2021
ENTRY FEE: $150
Amateur Division: Players must have a numeric handicap index listed on their club’s master report of 5.4 or less on the date of registration.
Senior Amateur Division: Players must have reached their 55th birthday on or before August 31, 2021 and have a numeric handicap index listed on their club’s master report of 7.4 or less on the date of registration.
FORMAT: 36 holes stroke play (18 holes per day). Field limited to the first 96 players per division.
Course & Dates – Both divisions will play Schaffer’s Mill in Round 1 and Whitehawk Ranch in Round 2. The Amateur Division will compete August 30-31 and the Senior Division will compete August 31-September 1.
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Jason Anthony, the NCGA’s defending Player of the Year, hasn’t played much at all this season. Along with getting married, the 37-year-old Anthony became a dad. And with COVID-19, he’s opted to not play as much to protect his newborn. In what was a rare appearance, Anthony still showed he’s one of the best amateurs in NorCal. Read Full 2020 Recap
Jason Melvin had admittedly been in a bit of a slump. Any bad mojo from that is now gone. Melvin, who plays out of Bayonet/Black Horse GC, captured his first NCGA title, posting a final round 3-under 69 Tuesday at par-72 Oakdale Golf and Country Club to win the annual Valley Amateur Championship by three shots over a group of four players. Read Full 2019 Recap
Monterey Peninsula CC member Jerry Ledzinski returned to the winners’ circle in dramatic fashion. Ledzinksi, whose last NCGA win came at the 2015 Mid-Amateur, captured the annual Valley Amateur Championship on Tuesday, defeating Jeffrey Inouye-Wong and Evan Peterson in extra holes at par-72 Winchester Country Ciub. It’s the second NCGA title for the 45-year-old Ledzinski. Read Full 2018 Recap
|2004||Bob Niger at Winchester CC||75-66–141|
|2005||Scott Hardy at San Joaquin CC||71-69–140|
|2006||Bob Niger at Elkhorn CC||69-68–137|
|2007||Cody Slover at Riverbend GC||69-71–140|
|2008||Steven Chung at Winchester CC||69-77–146|
|2009||Steven Chung at Turlock GCC||67-66–133|
|2010||Keith Okasaki at Morgan Creek GCC||67-72–139|
|2011||Logan Goulding at Riverbend GC||74-71–145|
|2012||Danny Paniccia at Riverbend GC||69-72–141|
|2013||Nick Moore at Riverbend GC||67-70–137|
|2014||Trevor Clayton at Reserve at Spanos Park||62-71–133|
|2015||Nick Moore at Dragonfly GC||70-67–137|
|2016||Nick Moore at Morgan Creek GC||69-73–142|
|2017||Jason Anthony at Del Rio CC||67-67–134|
|2018||Jerry Ledzinski at Winchester CC||72-73–145|
|2019||Jason Melvin at Oakdale G&CC||71-69–140|
|2020||Jason Anthony at Schaffer’s Mill||67-71–138|
Past Senior Champions
|2004||Carl Selkirk at Winchester CC||72-74–146|
|2005||Frank Abbott at San Joaquin CC||68-74–142|
|2006||Gary Vanier at Elkhorn CC||73-66–139|
|2007||Gary Vanier at Riverbend GC||70-69–139|
|2008||Jim Knoll at Winchester CC||77-65–142|
|2009||Herb Jensen at Turlock GCC||74-73–147|
|2010||Paul Balatti at Morgan Creek GCC||72-71–143|
|2011||Jim Knoll at Riverbend GC||72-67–139|
|2012||Jeff Burda at Riverbend GC||73-70–143|
|2013||Gary Vanier at Riverbend GC||73-72–145|
|2014||Joey Ferrari at Reserve at Spanos Park||70-71–141|
|2015||Dale Bouguennec at Dragonfly GC||72-70–142|
|2016||Mark Morgan at Morgan Creek GC||71-72–143|
|2017||Jeff Hoffman at Del Rio CC||70-75–145|
|2018||Mark Morgan at Winchester CC||70-70–140|
|2019||Mark Morgan at Oakdale G&CC||71-68–139|
|2020||Jeff Wilson at Schaffer’s Mill||72-66–138|