City prices up, tee times down

This comes from staff writer Rick Orlov: In the first month since the city of Los Angeles dramatically
increased its
green fees and added a non-resident fee, the number of rounds played
is down
by almost 6,000, city Parks officials said.
However, the amount of money received by the city was up more than
$157,000
because of the higher fees. Officials said they will have to wait to
see if
any of the golfers come back to city courses as players adjust to the
higher
fees.

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SCGA Amateur this weekend at Saticoy CC

Here is a release from the Southern California Golf Association about this weekend’s SCGA Amateur at Saticoy Country Club in Somis …

SATICOY COUNTRY CLUB SET TO CHALLENGE 109th SCGA AMATEUR CONTESTANTS JULY 18-20

SOMIS, July 14 — Last year when Brett Kanda won the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Amateur Championship, he shot 275 (9 under par) over the par-71 Victoria Club course in Riverside. When the 109th edition of the nation’s second oldest, continuously contested amateur golf championship tees off at Saticoy Country Club in Ventura County on Friday, July 18, don’t expect the winning score to be that low. “In fact,” said one veteran SCGA observer, “I’d take 290 for 72 holes and relax in the clubhouse.”

Saticoy, the home club of SCGA President Bob Lowe, will be the first Ventura County course to host the amateur and one of the most challenging in recent memory. For one thing, at 6,984 yards from the back tee, it’s more than 500 yards longer than Victoria Club. As was the case at the recent U.S. Open, the SCGA will vary tee lengths on several holes, including the treacherous par-3 10th hole, which will play from 170 to 144 yards from an elevated tee to a narrow green fronted by bunkers and a pond.

Although the club dates from the 1920s, it moved to its present hillside location in 1964. William Francis Bell (often called Billy Bell, Jr., although he wasn’t a “junior” since his father was William Park Bell) designed the 1964 layout. What Bell (who also designed Torrey Pines and Industry Hills) created was considered a championship layout from the day it opened. Among the major championships the club has hosted are the 1998 SCGA Mid-Amateur and the 1996 and 2003 SCGA Four-Ball Championships, along with qualifying events for U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur and other major national events.

However, 40 years later, the course was in danger of becoming outdated, so the club invited several noted architects, including Tom Doak, Robert Muir Graves and John Harbottle III, to inspect the facility and make recommendations. “All of the architects said the same thing,” remembers Lowe: “Great routing, good collection of holes, weak bunkers.”

Harbottle — well known for his work in remodeling courses such as Hillcrest CC and Hacienda GC — was selected for the remake of Saticoy. “John did a great job of bringing the course back to its historical roots while, at the same time, modernizing it for contemporary play,” explains Lowe. “In our case, John really went back to the bunker concepts of Billy Bell’s dad, William P. Bell, adding lots of capes and bays and bringing bunker edges around the front of the greens so that players no longer could simply bounce the ball on the greens.”

When 2004 SCGA Amateur champion Tim Hogarth played the newly renovated course for the first time, he commented, “I’m going to have to re-learn how to play this course.” It’s a sentiment shared by many.

Kanda of La Crescenta, three-time champion Scott McGihon of Bermuda Dunes and newly crowned California Amateur champion Nick Delio of Valencia will be chasing history in the championship, which runs July 18-20.

A field of 84 golfers will play 36 holes on Friday, July 18, with players teeing off at 7:20 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. from the first and 10th tees. The field will be trimmed to the low 42 scorers and ties after the second round. The third round will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and the final round will begin at the same time on Sunday.

Live hole-by-hole scoring will be available at www.scgaamateur.org.

The 21-year-old Kanda, a sophomore at UNLV, is bidding to become just the seventh player ever to win back-to-back titles. After playing superlative golf for 63 holes last year at Victoria Club in Riverside, Kanda had to withstand a scary finish, that began with a double bogey on the 10th hole and bogeys on the 11th and 13th holes. Eventually, he righted the ship and finished three shots in front of Brian Edick of Valencia (who finished runner-up for the third consecutive year).

The 40-year-old McGihon, who won the SCGA Amateur in 2000 and again in 2005 and 2006, is bidding to become just the fourth golfer to win four or more SCGA Amateur titles. Paul Hunter won five times (1908, 1909, 1921, 1924 and 1926). Four-time champions are Dawson (1942, 1945, 1946, 1952)

The 18-year-old Delio, who won the 97th California Amateur Championship last month at Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake, could become the first person since Johnny Dawson in 1942 to win the California Amateur and SCGA Amateur in the same year. The long-hitting Delio, a sophomore at Cal State Northridge, got into the state tournament as an alternate and made the most of it, pounding 15-year-old Austin Roberts of Carmichael, 7 & 5, in the 36-hole championship match.

ABOUT THE SCGA AMATEUR

The SCGA Amateur is one of the nation’s oldest continuously contested amateur golf championships. The first SCGA Amateur was held less than one year after the Southern California Golf Association was formed on July 29, 1899. Only the Utah Amateur, begun in 1899, has a longer consecutive string (the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur both predate the SCGA Amateur but both USGA events were suspended during war years).

Throughout its rich history, the SCGA Amateur has been won by some of the greatest golfers in history, including George Von Elm, Dawson, McCormick, Al Geiberger and, in 1994, Tiger Woods, who set single-round (62) and 72-hole (270) scoring records winning at Hacienda GC. Equally impressive are those who tried and failed to win the title, including such professional major winners as Craig Stadler, Corey Pavin, Scott Simpson, Mark O’Meara and Phil Mickelson.

ABOUT THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GOLF ASSOCIATION

Founded in 1899, the Southern California Golf Association is one of the oldest and largest regional golf associations in the world, with more than 160,000 individuals who belong to more than 1,250 clubs in Southern California and Baja California. Among its many services, the SCGA provides handicap indexes for its members; uses its own state-of-the-art handicap computer system at all clubs in Southern California; provides course ratings and Slope ratings for all clubs in the association; publishes FORE Magazine, an award-winning, four-color bimonthly publication for members; publishes the annual Southern California Directory of Golf; runs one of the most dynamic golf web sites in the world; conducts 13 championships and dozens of qualifying events for itself and the United States Golf Association; and presents dozens of seminars throughout the year for individuals and member clubs.

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AK in the UK

Here’s a story from the Associated Press on former Studio City resident Anthony Kim …

By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP National Writer
SOUTHPORT, England — Anthony Kim stopped off on his way to the clubhouse, whipped
out his pen to sign a few autographs, then looked back impatiently at his caddie, still
loitering on the ninth green.
“Let’s go, E!” he barked toward Eric Larsen. “You know how cranky I get when I’m hungry.”
Kim was just kidding around, but it wouldn’t be out of line to say those words carried
meaning.
This guy isn’t waiting around for anyone. There are places to be, golf tournaments to win.
Maybe even a major.
In his second year on the PGA Tour, Kim has won on two of the most challenging courses and
established himself as the latest would-be contender to Tiger Woods’ throne. With the king on
hiatus — Woods is sitting out the rest of the year to recover from knee surgery — the
expectations on this cocky 23-year-old from Los Angeles have only intensified heading into the
British Open.
“He’s got a lot of game,” Jim Furyk said. “I just don’t see a lot of weaknesses. I haven’t
played a lot with him, but when I have, I haven’t seen him do anything poorly.”
Kim picked up his first tour victory in May at the Wachovia Championhip, running away with a
five-stroke victory at Quail Hollow. He followed up with a two-stroke win at the AT&T Classic
over the Fourth of July weekend at Congressional, an especially poignant triumph since Woods is
the tournament host.
Could Kim be the one who has both the talent and, even more important, the swagger to go
swing-for-swing with the perhaps the greatest player ever?
Before we get ahead of ourselves, remember that plenty of others have tried and failed to
provide Woods with the only thing lacking in his brilliant career: a true challenger.
Everyone from Sergio Garcia to Adam Scott has been promoted as a potential rival to Woods, but
all have been found to be woefully lacking based on that very demanding standard. David Duval
had a run at No. 1, but his career fell apart just when he seemed ready to serve as the Tom
Watson to Woods’ Jack Nicklaus. Phil Mickelson has three major titles and might be the only
current player to approach Woods’ shot-making ability, but even Lefty will concede that he’s
got no chance of being anything more than a second banana.
Which brings us to Kim.
He doesn’t shy away from the comparison.
“You aren’t going to see too many people do what he’s done,” Kim said of Woods. “I just feel
lucky to be mentioned in the same breath. I know everyone is kind of looking for someone to
challenge him. It’s going to be tough, but I’m just going to keep working hard and see where
that gets me.”
When asked if he has the sort of game that could measure up to a player with 14 major
championships, Kim replied, “I’d love to think so. At the end of the day, I don’t know who has
enough talent to overtake him. But I know if I give it everything I’ve got, I’ll have a pretty
good chance to contend.”
Kim’s confidence is most tellingly revealed in his body language.
During a practice round that began late Monday afternoon and stretched into the evening, he
didn’t just walk the course — he strutted, his shoulders bobbing up and down with a deliberate,
distinct cadence.
After practicing some testy shots from a deep pot bunker, Kim could have walked out of the sand
on the shallow back side, like everyone else. Instead, he leaped onto the green over a wall of
imbedded sod, as if to show nothing could hold him back.
He stood at the next tee bouncing a golf ball off the face of his driver with monotonous
precision while carrying on a conversation with his practice partner, Mark O’Meara.
“I really like the guy,” Furyk said. “He’s got a real confident feel about him. Even as a
rookie, just the way he handled himself, walking around the locker room. He almost appears
cocky, but I don’t see that side of him when he talks to you. He’s just very confident. He has
a lot of belief in his ability.”
With good reason, according to O’Meara, who’s taken Kim under his wing and seems determined to
nurture him along just as he once did with another dazzling young phenom — Tiger Woods.
“This kid here is the best young player I’ve ever seen come along, besides Tiger Woods,”
O’Meara said. “He has the most skill, the most talent. He seems like he’s got an attitude, but
he’s not afraid.”
During his days as a tour regular, the 51-year-old O’Meara used to get up early for practice
rounds with Woods. Now, playing under a slowly darkening sky, the 1998 British Open champion
asked Kim if he wanted go out again Tuesday at 6:30 a.m.
“You get up that early?” O’Meara asked.
“Yeah, I get up early,” Kim replied.
Tiger who?
Even last year, when hardly anyone knew his name, Kim swaggered around like he was the one with
Woods’ resume. When the normally conservative Furyk wandered out to the driving range wearing a
pink shirt, the youngster let him have it.
“Look at you, stepping it up with the pink shirt,” Furyk remembers him saying.
Now, it might have been OK for someone such as Woods or Mickelson to get in a few good-natured
jabs at a player of Furyk’s stature. But a rookie?
Beyond his razzing skills — something Woods is also pretty good at — Kim has shown a killer
instinct on the course.
“You don’t see a lot of young guys like that get in contention on a tough course like Wachovia
and then just beat the snot out of everyone,” Furyk said. “He gets up two, pretty soon it’s
three, pretty soon it’s four. You have to have a lot of belief in yourself to do that.”
Kim certainly has his eyes on the bigger prizes. While playing the front nine at Royal
Birkdale, he shouted at Boo Weekley, another of his practice partners, “Hey, Boo, you ever
played Valhalla?” That, of course, is the site of this year’s Ryder Cup.
Kim also spent a good deal of time chatting with O’Meara and others walking with them about
financial planning, tossing around words such as “rollover” and “deferred payments” to handle
his rapidly growing fortune.
But there was plenty of time for fun, as well. Kim joked about everything from those infamous
British bathrooms — “I have to duck to get in the shower” — to his voracious appetite.
He once took on his best friend in a pizza-eating contest.
Twenty-two slices later, Kim was the winner.
Yep, this guy is good.

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No Tiger? No problem for Kim

Anthony Kim, who grew up in Studio City, won the AT&T National that Tiger Woods hosts. Kim wasted little time while Woods is out injured to collect his second win of the season. Perhaps, no one on the PGA Tour stands to gain more while Woods is out for the remainder of the season after knee surgery. Kim, who grew up a Tiger Woods fan, could be the challenger to Woods that fans have longed for. Mark O’Meara said his Kim’s swing was better when he was 21 years old than Tiger’s at the same age. Kim is ultra competitive and following in Woods’ footsteps. Kim recently fired his agent and hired IMG, the same company that represents Woods. And Kim is crazy talented, too.

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