Congratulations to all Southern California PGA Professionals named by GolfDigest – Best Teachers in California:
Dave Stockton, Stockton Golf
Dave Phillips, Titleist Performance Institute. Oceanside, CA
Phil Rodgers, Carl Welty and Derek Uyeda, The Grand Del Mar
Kip Puterbaugh, Bob Knee, Bruce Nakamura Jamie Puterbaugh and Jason Puterbaugh, Kip Puterbaugh’s Golf Academy at Aviara
Jamie Mulligan, Virginia Country Club
Brady Riggs, Woodley Lakes Golf Course
Gregg McHatton, Vista Valencia Golf Course
David Wright, Wright Balance Technology
Bryan Lebedevitch and Josh Myers, PGA West Golf Academy – La Quinta Resort & Spa
Eddie Merrins, Bel-Air Country Club
Tom Sargent, Mesa Verde Country Club
Glenn Deck, The Resort at Pelican Hill
Don Parsons, Don Parsons Golf Instruction
Don Brown, Harbor Park Golf Practice Range
Chris Smeal, Tom Wischmeyer and Justin Hicks, Stadium Golf Center & Batting Cages
Roger Gunn, Tierra Rejada Golf Club
Ryan Kennedy, Oakmont Country Club
Bob Madsen, Sycuan Golf Resort
If you are an active PGA member in good standing, the Section leadership encourages you to consider running for one of the available at-large positions on the SCPGA Board of Directors. Two three-year term positions are available. As a successful member of the board, one should be energetic, enthusiastic, interested and self-motivated. The experience as a Director will have a positive impact on both you and your career. The benefits of participation on the board include working alongside and sharing ideas with some of the brightest and most influential members and leaders in our Association.Read More
By: Tim Mitchell, PGA at Pelican Hill Golf Resort
One shot that my students always seem to struggle with is short shots around the greens. It really doesn’t matter the degree of difficulty. It could be a relatively easy bump and run shot to an unguarded hole location close to the edge of the green, or a shot that needs to be hit high and soft, over a bunker, to a tight hole location. I believe most of my students don’t understand the more basic variables of the kinematic chain to help them control the speed of the golf club for these shots. Here’s how I try to educate and help them become more proficient with this skill.Read More
The champion will be crowned after 36 holes due to inclement weather conditions. The cut has been made at 60 and ties.Read More
The Southern California PGA Professional Championship began today, September 14th at the beautiful Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club as 156 PGA Professional contended in hopes of being crowned the 90th Section Champion. The Championship caliber course was a great test in the first round with only two players posting subpar rounds with a familiar name atop the leaderboard.Read More
The beautiful and always challenging La Purisima Golf Course played host to the 2015 National Car Rental Southern California Assistant Championship on August 31 through September 1. The field for this year’s event was a strong one which included the likes of the 2014 Assistant Champion Kenny Pigman, PGA and 2006 Southern California PGA Section Champion Ross Marcano, PGA. However, it was the hometown favorite Larry Correa that proved home course knowledge is vital in posting two rounds under par on one of the more testing golf course in Southern California.
Larry Correa, 38, posted a final-round 69 for a tournament total of 140 and a five-stroke victory over Kenny Pigman, PGA of Goose Creek Golf Club.
The first round of the event was a challenging one with constant winds of 20 mph blowing throughout the afternoon. According to the majority of the players the theme for this round was to “just hang around” and almost all would have been happy with a score of around even par. Only three players were able to post this score being Larry Correa (71), Kenny Pigman, PGA (72) and Kenneth Pineo (73), leading to a three man race heading into the final day.
Round two’s conditions were the exact opposite of the first with little to no wind was blowing in the morning. These conditions, along with his knowledge of the course, set Larry Correa up for a day full of birdies and pull away from the field. The front nine on Correa’s card was spectacular, which included 5 birdies, to card an impressive 31. This front nine score along with his closest competitors stumbling was what allowed Correa to cruise on the back nine for the eventual win. Correa’s remarkable two day score of 140 (-4) was good enough to win the 2015 National Car Rental Assistant Championship by five (5) strokes. Congratulations and great playing, Larry!
The event also served as a qualifier for the 39th PGA Assistant Championship at PGA Golf Club (Wannamaker Course) in Port St Lucie, Florida. Congratulations to these players who will be making the trip, and representing the SCPGA: Larry Correa, Kenny Pigman, PGA and Joshua Rider.
A big “thank you” to National Car Rental for sponsoring the Southern California PGA’s Assistant Championship. A special “thank you” to Stacy Correa, and the staff at La Purisima for their hospitality. Finaly, to our Rules Officials who made the trip and dedicated their time to officiate the event, Ron O’Connor, PGA and Keith Reinking.