BY ROBERT GAUTNEY Contributing golf columnist Gautney@att.net
The 17th Arvin City Amateur Championship is scheduled to be played this weekend on the Sycamore Canyon golf course in Arvin, but a small field, if the tournament is played, will compete.
As of Wednesday afternoon, only a handful of players had signed up to play in the event which is the first of six of the Michelob Ultra/Sports Authority Player of the Year tournaments in which players earn points in the championship flight towards the 2012 Player of the Year title.
A call to the pro shop on Wednesday produced a "we are hoping for some late entries" reply. Last year about 25-30 players competed.
Anyone that would like to play should call the Sycamore pro shop at 854-3163. They will take entries thru Friday afternoon. The $90 entry includes both rounds greens fees and a practice round after 1 p.m this Friday.
Last year, Bryan Hogan, now a professional, won with a score of 68-71 for a 5-under 139 total. The first-round record is 66 by Jeff Brumfield in 2000 and Chad Wensel in 2003. The final round mark is 66 by Justin Pitts in 2007. Brumfield owns the tournament record when he added a 68 to his opening 66 in 2000 for a 10-under 134 total.
The top 10 in the championship flight earn points with two bonus points to any player that ties or breaks one of the existing records.
Locals shut out in Cal Am qualifying
Bakersfield had participants at two sites on Monday in qualifying for the California State Amateur, but unfortunately no one advanced into the finals which will take place June 25-30 at La Cumbre CC in Santa Barbara.
At Cypress Ridge in Arroyo Grande, Steve Roodzant finish equal 13th with a score of 78 and was followed by Jack Henneberry (81) and Hunter Robinson (86).
It took a score of even-par 72 to earn one of the four spots available from the field of 32 players. Niall Platt from Santa Barbara was medalist with a 66.
At La Quinta CC, David Lauritzen from Ridgecrest shot an 86 and finished 52nd from a field of 74 players. It took a score of even-par 72 to earn one of the eight qualifying spots. Ryan Heisey from Orange was medalist with a 67.
Scott Anderson was scheduled to compete at Wood Ranch CC in Simi Valley but withdrew.
Fresno City Women's Amateur
Bakersfield had four participants in the 85th Fresno City Women's Amateur Championship that was played last weekend on the par-73 Riverside Golf Course in Fresno.
Meghan Shain, a senior at Frontier High headed to Santa Clara, led the way with a seventh-place finish on rounds of 82-76. Abby Marina, a senior at Stockdale High headed to Sonoma State was equal 12th with rounds of 85-84.
Michelle Martel (Frontier/CSUB) was 14th and Lexi Keeter (Frontier/CSUB) was 15th.
The tournament was won by Morgan Thomas, a sophomore at Cal Poly SLO with a score of 1-under 145 (72-73), while former Fresno State player and current FSU assistant coach Holly Bare was second at even-par 146 with a pair of 73s.
This weekend, many local players will be competing in the men's, seniors and handicapped flights of the tournament on the same course. Results of local players will be in next week's column.
Four Headed to High School Regionals
The number is down to four after the CIF Central Section Individual golf championship at the Mifflin-Buena Vista golf course on Monday.
P.J. Carmichael of Centennial and Tyler Whitehead of BHS led the local contingent with even-par 72s while Brett Kettler of Liberty (73) and Rito Guzman of Garces (75), were the other two to advance into the CIF Southern California Regionals next Thursday in Pasadena. Guzman earned his spot through a card-off with other players who shot 75s.
Clovis West's James Trevino was medalist with a 2-under 70. Twelve individuals (including our local four), plus the two teams from Clovis West and Clovis North, the Division I and II champions, will compete next week.
Summer Junior Clinics
Two long time running junior clinics are coming up with the Foss-Kern River clinic scheduled next week and the Haggerty-North Kern clinic the week after.
Call the KR pro shop at (661) 872-5128 and NK pro shop at 399-0347 to get more information. Neither clinic costs to participate and there are no advanced sign-ups. Boys and girls ages 7-17 are invited out.
Entries underway for 1st North of the River Amateur
The first North of the River Amateur Championship will take place at Haggerty-North Kern on June 23-24. Entry is $90 and includes both days greens fees and range balls. Entry deadline is June 20.
The tournament, which will affectionately be dubbed the "Oildale Open", is a replacement for the former Kern County 4-Ball Championship, and will be one of the six tournaments that currently comprise the Michelob Ultra/Sports Authority Player of the Year Series.
There will be both gross and net awards with gross and net skins both days. Call the NK pro shop at 399-0347 to sign-up and you will need to provide a contact number and your handicap ID number.
-- Ridgeview High senior Karly Lux will call New Jersey home for the next four years after she signed a letter of intent with Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J. Lux was the SYL player of the year this past fall.
-- The Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles has been named as the host course for the 2017 United States Amateur Championship. The USGA made the announcement last Sunday. Riviera will be the host next week for the NCAA Division I golf championships that will run May 29-June 3.
-- Jordanne Barr, Meghan Shain and Meggan Bunker will compete in qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open at Industry Hills GC on May 29. Barr and Shain are amateurs and Bunker (formerly Bellows) is a professional.
-- Meghan Shain and Kendall Huser, former BHS/Cal State Northridge, shot a best-ball 75 to win their second straight Sundale CC Women's Club Treasure Hunt tournament at Sundale CC earlier this week.
-- The 3rd Roger Gunning Memorial will be June 22 at BCC. Entry is $150 and includes golf with cart, lunch, awards dinner, raffle, auction and more including a chance for a $10,000 hole-in-one. It's a 12:30 shotgun start and proceeds benefit the Light Brigade which helps youth baseball in Kern County. Additionally, some scholarships will be awarded to current BC players. LA Dodger great Maury Wills will participate in the golf tournament and as a guest speaker at the awards dinner. Wills will camp out at one of the par-3s and hit a ball with each group. Call George Culver at (661) 706-3775, Bob French at (661) 428-6843 or Teri Gunning-Graf at (661) 205-3830.
-- With the cancellation of the Women's Kern County Amateur this week, perhaps the governing body of the tournament might want to open the event up to any amateur, which might draw interest from our surrounding counties. Another suggestion would be to find a weekend date that doesn't conflict with any other major event in which our local amateurs participate. Having a seniors flight, or even multiple seniors flights like the Men's Kern County Senior Championship would also be a good idea. Anything positive to bring back participation in the 75-year-old event!
-- The Bakersfield College women's golf team is seeking players for the 2012-13 year. Ladies that play golf and are planning on or are already enrolled at BC, and are interested should contact Coach Bob Paillet at (661)808-7868 or via e-mail at Rpaillet@bakersfieldcollege.edu.
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