The Real Deal
The Southern California PGA, along with presenting sponsor Carlsbad Golf Center, were proud to conduct the inaugural Women’s California State Open in 2016. The event was held on October 12th and 13th at the beautiful Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon, and saw a field of 65 women from all over the country tee it up with dreams of being crowned the first ever Women’s California Open Champion, hoisting the hardware, and earning a coveted exemption into the Arizona Women’s Open.
The Championship was set to begin at 7:30 a.m. the morning of October 12th, but Mother Nature had other plans. As the contestants were registering for the event, so was the fog. The visibility was so poor in the morning that a fog delay went from a measly 30 minutes to an eventual 3 hour delay, which prompted the start to be moved to a shotgun at 11:30 to accommodate all participants. With such a delay it would be easy for many of the players to be thrown off their game, but these women proved that they were just as strong mentally as they are physically by posting some impressive scores on day 1. However, no one was better than the young amateur, Jr. Ryder Cup player and SCPGA Junior Tour Member, Alyaa Abdulghany of Newport Beach. Fresh off her appearance of representing USA at the junior Ryder Cup, she was able to card an impressive round of 65. Her flawless round included a stunning 7 birdies, and no blemishes on her card to hold a two shot lead heading into the final day.
The contestants were re paired based on their day one score, and returned to Morongo the following morning for the final round. Thankfully the fog did not appear, and play was allowed to begin as scheduled at 7:30 AM. Each woman stood over their first tee shot and knew that they had work to do to chase down the talented teenager Abdulghany and they knew that they would have to post some impressive numbers to even have a chance. Abdulghany was also aware that everyone in the field was gunning for her, and that she couldn’t let her foot off the gas, and she didn’t. She cruised in her final round to post 69, which saw her pencil in 5 birdies on the card, to post a two day tournament total of ten under par 134. Her score was not only good enough to be crowned low amateur, but also the Overall Champion of the event. Congratulations and great playing Alyaa!
Congratulations also is order to Alison Curdt, PGA, who fired a two day score of 143 (-1) and place in solo 11th to claim low SCPGA Professional honors.
Last but not least, congratulation goes to Kim Welch of Sherman Oaks who made an ace on the eighth hole on day #2!
Thank you to the partners of the inaugural event: Carlsbad Golf Center, Callaway Golf, Tracy Lane Foundation, PGA Professional Mark Wilson, and Titleist. This event would not have been possible without the support that was provided.
Finally thank you to Morongo Golf Club for opening their doors and being so hospitable for the inaugural event.