SCGA Defeats NCGA for the Second Straight Time in California Amateur Cup

The Southern California Golf Association captured the California Amateur Cup for the second straight time, trouncing the Northern California Golf Association, 56.5-33.5, at La Quinta Country Club.

Team SCGA also won the biennial event in 2019 and has pulled even in the series at 5-5-2. Team NCGA had won four straight times before the SCGA turned things around two years ago.

After building a 22-8 lead in four-ball play on the first day, the SCGA finished things off by outscoring the NCGA in singles on the final day by a 34.5-25.5 margin.

Stephanie Tran, Cullen Brasfield and Torey Edwards led the SCGA by scoring three points with their singles victories, while Marc Engelenner was the NCGA’s only three-point winner, while NCGA champion Bobby Bucey wound up with 2.5 points.

The teams of Tongun LoSarah and Dan Sullivan, Satchel Herrmann and Ryan Wilkins, and Leanne Craig and Jennifer Peng all scored three-point victories for the SCGA during four-ball play on the opening day.

The teams of NCGA Hall of Famer Sally Krueger and three-time defending U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion Lara Tennant, Amol Mahal and Garrett Wagner, and NCGA Hall of Famer Casey Boyns and two-time NCGA Super Senior Player of the Year Jeff Burda each tallied 1.5 points in four-ball.

Three points are available for each match, one point for the front nine winner, one for the back nine victor and one for whoever wins the overall match, and any matches that are halved earn 1.5 points for each side.

The California Amateur Cup was first played in 1998 at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa with the name of the Charles Seaver Cup. The winning team receives the Seaver Cup, named for NCGA Hall of Famer Charles Seaver.

Seaver is one of two players to hold the NCGA, SCGA, and California Amateur titles at the same time, accomplishing the feat in 1933-34. The other was George Von Elm, who achieved it in 1925.

Each team is comprised of 20 players—12 men (including four Seniors) and eight women, who were including in the matches for the first time in 2018.

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