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Swing Tip Tuesday – Rick Sessinghaus, PGA

Swing Tip Tuesday – Rick Sessinghaus, PGA

Want to sink more putts? Watch this Swing Tip Tuesday featuring Rick Sessinghaus, PGA.

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Inland Empire Duo Share Crown

Inland Empire Duo Share Crown

A story that has become unto familiar in the SCPGA’s Inland Empire Chapter has found a way to make headlines in the AAA Division. Michael Drake, of Canyon Crest Country Club, and Kenny Pigman, of Goose Creek Golf Club, managed to outlast one of the largest AAA fields of the year with each firing an impressive 5-under (67) and sharing the title, purse and points from this great stroke play event that is becoming a yearly tradition at South Hills Country Club in West Covina, CA. This is Pigman’s second straight AAA Stroke Play title, and with this win he vaulted himself into the top spot of the AAA Player of the Year standing. Drake matched Pigman stroke for stroke, and claimed his second AAA title of 2014 after winning the inaugural AAA/Women’s Pro-Pro Mixed Scramble back in May. Larry Correa, of La Purisima Golf Club, used seven birdies on the front nine to climb the leaderboard and finish with an impressive 4-under (68) to take third place all to himself. Joshua Kelley, of Twin Lakes GC, took fourth place, and was the last player to shoot under par when he posted his 3-under (69). The AAA Player of the Year standings are getting tighter and tighter after each event, and this week was no different as Dean Tonneslan, La Jolla Country Club, fell from the top spot for the first time in 2014. Players are battling for the last few spots on the AAA North/South Cup Team, as we only have two more events where points can be earned to represent the section against the Northern California PGA.  Please visit www.scpga.com or contact Dave Kuhn at the SCPGA offices for more information or if you have any questions. Once again, thank you to everyone for their continued support of the AAA and we are excited to see everyone in Fallbrook on October 9th. For complete results from South Hills CC please click here.

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A note for SCPGA Professionals and Apprentices

A note for SCPGA Professionals and Apprentices

A local golf club has sent a note to notify local PGA Professionals regarding a fraud/scam that they encountered and stopped. Staff members at the facility answered phone calls where a customer was fishing for information from a previous tee time. They then used the information received by calling back and asking for a free round as they only played two holes. They indeed had never played at the facility and were looking for free rounds of golf.

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Gilman Runs Away with 115th California State Open

Gilman Runs Away with 115th California State Open

Congratulations to the 115th California State Open champion Chris Gilman of Yorba Linda, CA. Gilman shot a four-day total of 268 with rounds of 63, 64, 71 and 70. After taking the lead on day one of the tournament, at 9-under par, 63, he captured it finishing at 20-under par. The nearest competitor to Gilman was Stephen Hale of Bakersfield, at 13-under par, seven shots back of the champion.

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SCPGA Introduces Catalyst

SCPGA Introduces Catalyst

Introducing “CATALYST: Creating Success and Change in Your Career and Club” - a bi-weekly webinar to improve education and skills of PGA Professional in one hour.  PGA Professionals can participate in a bi-weekly webinar from their office and earn one MSR credit on a specific topic during each session after completing a ten question exam. Those passing with 70% or higher will receive one MSR credit.

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Heros Golf Course Benefit for Veterans Set for tomorrow

Heros Golf Course Benefit for Veterans Set for tomorrow

Palisadians and supporters from around Los Angeles plan to take part in the first ever Heroes Golf Course Benefit for Veterans on Wednesday evening, July 30.

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Gilley Rallies to Claim Second Title in Three Years

Gilley Rallies to Claim Second Title in Three Years

Chris Gilley, PGA of Seacliff C.C. found himself two down with three to play against Steve Holmes, PGA who played remarkably steady golf all week and didn’t look to leave any openings for Gilley. On 16 however, Gilley found a crease after he played a great wedge shot to make birdie while Holmes couldn’t convert a difficult short-sided up and down to match the birdie. On 17, Gilley made the only par of the day on the difficult par 3 while Holmes’ par attempt slid just below the hole. With the match square going into the 18th hole, both players struck beautiful drives and had similar approaches to a well protected green. Gilley played first and stuck his approach to 6 feet to put the pressure on. Holmes’ approach ended up around 30 feet below the hole and had a makeable birdie putt.  His attempt just burned the edge of the hole and par was conceded. In 2012, Gilley defeated Chris Starkjohann, PGA of Torrey Pines Gold Club & Outings in the very same situation by making birdie on the 18th hole. This time, Gilley confidently rolled the six foot putt in and had completed a remarkable comeback to capture his second SCPGA Match Play Championship.

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Family Golf Day

Family Golf Day

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