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  1. ROBERT GAUTNEY: 'Wide open field' set for City Amateur

    By Robert Gautney
    Thursday, Jul 24 2014 05:57 PM

    Following runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011, Manav Shah finally broke through with his first Bakersfield City Amateur golf championship last year.

    But Shah has another tournament commitment and will not be back to defend his title, so a new champion will rise to the top this weekend many of the best local amateur golfers compete in the 35th annual tournament at Sundale Country Club.

    With only one former champion in the field (2003 winner Scott Anderson), this year's champion will most likely be a first time winner, too.

    "It looks like it's a wide-open field this year" says Sundale director of golf Al Sandrini. "We have quite a few college players, some players from out of town, and the old guard will give the tournament a nice mix."

  2. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Local golfers finish fifth and seventh at the SCGA Amateur

    Local golfers Manav Shah and Pete Fernadez, Jr. finished in fifth and seventh place respectivelyat the SCGA Amateur Championship this past weekend on the Rancho Santa Fe golf course. Shah, a Centennial grad now playing at UCLA, shot rounds...

  3. ROBERT GAUTNEY: North of the River Championship canceled due to lack of participants

    Could this be a sign of things to come? Another golf tournament has been canceled due to a lack of participation. This time, it's the rather new North of the River Championship at Haggerty-North Kern golf course. The Third NOR...

  4. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Season shaping up to be good for Frontier grad Shain

    It's shaping up to be a nice summer for Frontier High grad Meghan Shain. The junior-to-be at Santa Clara University just finished equal 10th at the Porter Cup on the Niagara Falls CC in New York last week. Shain shot 75-69-74 for a 5-over...

  5. Robert Gautney: Enjoying Father's Day and the US Open

    It's the U.S. Open weekend. It's one of my favorite weekends, not only for the U.S. Open golf tournament but because it's Father's Day on Sunday to boot. I usually spend Father's Day watching every second of the final round of the U.S....

  6. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Pitts struggles in US Open sectional qualifying

    Things just didn't go too well for local pro Justin Pitts in U.S. Open Sectional qualifying at The Olympic Club in San Francisco on Monday. Pitts, who was the medalist in Local Qualifying at Industry Hills with a 69 three weeks ago and who...

  7. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Pitts' red-hot finish leads to 8-under 63 at Kern River

    Justin Pitts had quite the finish last week during his round on the Foss-Kern River golf course, and it came unexpectedly. One-over-par through 14 holes, Pitts, who just happens to own the KR course record at 13-under-par 57 (May of...

  8. Robert Gautney: Stockdale grad Fernandez to compete in NCAA regional

    Stockdale High graduate Pete Fernandez, Jr. is headed to the NCAA Regional in Eugene, Ore., after he was selected as an at-large player this week. Fernandez, a junior at UC Irvine, will compete at the Eugene Regional at Eugene Country Club,...

  9. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Local golf teams gear up for postseason

    It's post league/conference time for the high school and college golf teams in town. Here's a quick look at who's still playing. In high school (boys), Stockdale High won the Southwest Yosemite League, Garces High won the Southeast Yosemite...

  10. Robert Gautney: Junior golfers encouraged to join KCJGA summer program

    If you have a junior golfer and they are not part of the Kern County Junior Golf Association summer program, now is the time to make the move and have them join. The KCJGA will hold 11 tournaments this summer, starting June 2 and...

  11. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Kilmer ties for 24th at SCGA Mid-Amateur Championships

    Bakersfield had one chance for a top finish in the SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Valencia CC this week, and while Ron Kilmer didn’t earn a silver plate (top-5), he didn’t disappoint either. Kilmer finished a respectable T-24 with...

  12. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Why The Masters is golf's event of the year

    It's Masters week. Just about every golf columnist and golf writer for practically every golf magazine, golf weekly and newspaper will have written about the Masters by publication today. And since they each were allowed to put in their two...

  13. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Test your skills at Myrtle Beach amateur tournament

    You think your net game can stack up to the best in the world? Whether you are a scratch golfer, a single digit player or perhaps struggle to break 100, the annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur handicap championship affords you the...

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