SCGA Routs NCGA, 55.5-34.5, in Cal Amateur Cup, Ties Series at 5-5-2

The Southern California Golf Association claimed the California Amateur Cup Match for the second straight year by defeating the Northern California Golf Association in a 55.5-34.5 romp at La Quinta Country Club.

The NCGA had won four in a row through 2020, but the biennial series that began in 1998 at Ojai Valley in and Spa now is tied 5-5-2.

The California Amateur Cup utilizes a format similar to the Ryder Cup, with three points available for each match, one point for the front nine, one point for the back nine and one point for the overall score, any matches that are halved earn one-half point for each team.

Play consists of 36 holes, with 18 holes of Four-Ball Match Play on day one, and 18 holes of Singles Match Play on day two.

The SCGA was fueled in part by three points wins in singles from Stephanie Tran, Cullen Brasfield and Torey Edwards. The NCGA’s only player to sweep his singles match was Marc Engelenner, while NCGA champion Bobby Bucey tallied 2.5 points.

The SCGA took a commanding lead in the opening round by outscoring the NCGA, 22-8, in Four-Ball play.

Scoring nine points for the SCGA were the tandems of Tongun LoSarah and Dan Sullivan, Satchel Herrmann and Ryan Wilkins, and Leanne Craig and Jennifer Peng. All three teams swept their respective matches.

The California Amateur Cup Matches were created in 1998 at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa as a biennial competition that brings together the best players from Northern and Southern California. The winning team receives the Seaver Cup, which is named in honor of NCGA Hall of Famer Charles Seaver.

Each team is comprised of 20 players: 12 males (four Seniors and eight non-Seniors) and eight females.

Participating players are selected by NCGA and SCGA members of the California Golf Association board, with consideration to Player of the Year Standings in the NCGA and SCGA. The 2019 championship marked the debut of females in the event.

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