LA QUINTA, CA – Joseph Tamarkin of Oakmont Country Club wins the 2018 A.P.A.Championship, posting a six-under 66! The A.P.A season finale was hosted at Mountain View Country Club and the 29 player field battled in La Quinta to not only claim the Championship title but to also finalize the OMEGA A.P.A Player of the Year standings, and earn a spot onto the North/South Cup team.
Heading into a playoff after each carding a six-under, 66’s in regulation was Joeseph Tamarkin of Oakmont Country Club and Scott Cherry of Mission Hills Country Club. Tamarkin played steady on the front with four-birdies though nine, but stumbled early on the back, taking a double on the par-five eleventh. Unfettered, it was a birdie on 13, and four more in a row on 14 through 18 to find himself in contention for the title. Likewise, Cherry had a blemish-free round which included six-birdies in regulation to force the playoff.
Lating four-holes in the playoff, Tamarkin was able to defeat Cherry on the par-three 12th, after a pushing holes 18, 10 & 11. With a clutch up and down on the eleventh to continue the playoff, Tamarkin said. “That shot on eleven was probably the best shot I’ve ever hit in my life. A severe downhill lie and I had to carry a bunker over my head…. and I birdied the next hole to win it.”
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING 10 PLAYERS WHO EARNED A SPOT ON THE NORTH/SOUTH TEAM:
November 12-13, 2018 at The Ranch Course at Alisal
Mark Geddes of Coronado G.C.
Bobby Nickell of Arroyo Trabuco G.C.
Raj Samara of Friendly Hills G.C.
Patrick Strandemo of The Santaluz Club
James Hopsprung of Black Golf G.C.
Steve Tanis of Goose Creek G.C.
Scott Cherry of Mission Hills G.C.
Steve Saunders of Temecula Creek Inn
Kody Carrillo of Dos Lagos G.S.
Zack Eddy of Mesa Verde G.C.
*Two captains picks will be released at a later date. (Captain: Robin Shelton, PGA)
Special thanks to our partners; Maui Jim, PGA TOUR & Under Armour.
Thank you host facility Mountain View Country Club and Desert Chapter President Michael Holyk, PGA!