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  1. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Sorenson shares thrill of PGA Tour event

    By Robert Gautney
    Wednesday, Mar 11 2015 05:13 PM

    When Chad Sorensen won the Southern California PGA Club Car Aggregate Series Northern Trust Open qualifying tournament at Hacienda Country Club on Feb.9, he knew he was in for a special treat.

    After all, that win earned him the So Cal PGA's lone berth into the PGA Tour's Northern Trust LA Open at Riviera CC Feb. 19-22.

    Over the years, Sorensen had played on the Hooter's Tour in 1996 and the Spanos Tour in 2004. He said that the biggest tournaments he had played in were "probably the Nevada and California State Opens." But Sorensen's weeklong experience as part of the PGA Tour went way beyond what he had imagined.

    "Just unbelievable," said Sorensen, 46, who along with his brother Alan has operated the Mifflin-Buena Vista golf course in...

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    ROBERT GAUTNEY: Golden State Tour season begins Wednesday at BCC

    The Golden State Tour, the longest-running developmental golf tour in the U.S., kicks off its 2015 spring season this week with the TRB Bakersfield Open at Bakersfield Country Club. The 54-hole event will run Wednesday through Friday, and...

  3. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Kids Day a highlight at La Quinta

    How about spending a full day with your young children while at the same time taking up a little bit of professional golf viewing? It's all possible at the always popular "Kids Day" during the final round day of the Humana Challenge in La...

  4. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Top local golf performances of 2014

    Before the 2015 golf year picks up a head of steam, let's take a look back, as this column has for the past 28 years, to the top performances of the year. 2014 proved to be another solid year of top-level accomplishments by local golfers,...

  5. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Local Golden State Tour event set for Feb. 4-6

    During the first week in February of next year, many of the best male golfers in the world will be applying their trade on the rolling fairways of the Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego in the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open....

  6. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Field of 49 determined for Tour

    There were a total of 49 players that earned some form of exemption in the Tour Qualifying Tournament at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens this week. Local pro Bhavik Patel wasn't one of them, but more on him a bit...

  7. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Highlights of a memorable golf trip

    I took a golf trip recently. It had been a while since any out-of-town trip involved golf. But I knew this one was going to be special and I was right. Escape to the sunny side they called it. Quail Lodge and Golf Club, in Carmel. Nestled...

  8. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Monterey course proves tough for State Senior Amateur field

    The Poppy Hills golf course in Monterey proved to be a tough assignment for the best senior amateur golfers in California (and a handful of out-of-state players too) as no player from the field of 95 was able to match par or better this...

  9. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Local entries come up short at SCGA Four Ball Championship

    The magic that got them there was nowhere to be found for our two local teams competing in the 2014 SCGA Four-Ball Championship at the Saticoy CC in Somis this week. Ron Killmer and Nick Vallejo finished tied for 12th and Blake McPherson...

  10. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Bautista looks to defend title in Kern Amateur

    Neil Bautista knows his share of the history of Kern County golf. As the defending champion of the Men's Kern County Amateur, he is already a part of that history. Coupled with his win in this year's Bakersfield City Amateur in July, he is...

  11. TEE TO GREEN: Bakersfield duo wins NCGA four-ball championship

    After years of competing in top level amateur four-ball events, Bakersfield duo Scott Anderson and Mark Pavletich finally won the big one. And they did it in dramatic fashion while also setting a record. Anderson and Pavletich shot...

  12. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Roadrunner men's team making strides

    The CSUB men's golf team has made huge strides through the first two tournaments of the 2014-15 season as the Roadrunners finished with its best scores in a few years. First, the Roadrunners posted a 54-hole score of 894 in the Rutgers...

  13. Robert Gautney: Seymour set for US Senior Amateur at Newport Beach

    Jim Seymour has earned his way to the U.S. Men's Senior Amateur Championship twice before, but both times his tournament ended after the 36 holes of stroke- play qualifying. After previous trips to New York and Chicago, Seymour is hoping a...

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