Christopher Evans Captures The 2020 SoCal Open
(LA QUINTA, CA – SEPT. 3ND, 2020) Christopher Evans of Bermuda Dunes went wire-to-wire to claim the 2020 Southern California Open with a three-day total of 19-under par, 197 at Indian Wells Golf Resort and Desert Willow Golf Resort.
Evans went into the final round with a three-shot lead over fellow competitor Samuel Cyr of La Jolla. Holding the overnight lead didn’t faze Evans, as he continued his stellar play with birdies on holes #3, #6, #11, and #14. The lone blemish in his round came on the par-4 #16 which he bogied after being stymied behind a fairway-lined tree.
“Feeling on top of the work. Super grateful to hoist this trophy for the second time. It’s one of the oldest professional championships in the United States and it’s an honor, there are a lot of big names that have won this Open over the years” said Champion Christopher Evans.
This marks the second time Evans has hoisted the Open trophy, the first coming from his 2018 victory at Industry Hills Golf Club.
Cavin McCall of Pauma Valley Country Club and Michael Block of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club shared Low Club Professional honors for the Open, finishing at 11-under par 205 and tied for 16th place. Garret Boe of Clovis and Ryan Plodkowski of San Diego earned Low Amateur honors carding a 13-under par 203 finishing tied for fifth in the Open.
Special thank you to Host PGA Director of Golf Joe Williams, PGA of Indian Wells Golf Resort, Ryan Szydlowski, PGA of Desert Willow Resort and their entire staff for the hospitality.
Thank you to the following Rules Officials for volunteering their time and assisting in the SoCal Open: Chairman Ron O’Connor, PGA, Keith Reinking, Lee Wortman and Gary Albin.
(LA QUINTA, CA – SEPT. 2ND, 2020) – Christopher Evans from Bermuda Dunes distanced himself from the pack to take the SoCal Open lead heading into the final round. The field was cut down to the low 81 players with the cut line at three-under par.
Evans had his game dialed-in for the second straight day with an eight-under par 64 on the Desert Willow – Firecliff Course. He was on cruise control from start to finish with a blemish-free round highlighted by birdies on holes #1, #5, #7, #9, #12, #14, #15, #18.
Samuel Cyr of La Jolla, currently sitting in second place and three-shots off the lead, carded a seven-under par on the picturesque Indian Wells – Players Course.
A flurry of players sit in a tie for third at 11-under par, among them Cole Madey of West Linn, Oregon who had the low round of the tournament with a nine-under 63 on the Indian Wells – Player Course.
Special thanks to Host PGA Director of Golf Joe Williams, PGA of Indian Wells Golf Resort, Ryan Szydlowski, PGA of Desert Willow Resort and their entire staff for the hospitality. We also want to thank all rules officials on site for the duration of the championship, Chairman Ron O’Connor, PGA, Keith Reinking, Lee Wortman and Gary Albin.
The final round will commence at 7am tomorrow, Thursday, September 3rd, be sure to follow along on Social Media though @SCPGA!
(LA QUINTA, CA – SEPT. 1ST, 2020) A three player share of the eight-under lead and an army of contenders within a couple shots of the lead after 280 players teed it up in the desert for the first round of the SoCal Open.
This marks the 55th Southern California Open Championship, which was first held in 1913. This 54-hole Championship is contested across both the Indian Wells Golf Resort – Players Course and Desert Willow Resort – Firecliff Course.
A bunched up leaderboard saw Derek Castillo of Yorba Linda, Eddy Lai (a) of San Jose, and 2018 SoCal Open Champion, Christopher Evans of Bermuda Dunes card opening rounds of eight-under par, 64 on the Indian Wells Course.
The overnight leaders limited their mistakes and took advantage of the par-5’s. Castillo had two stellar eagles on his scorecard at the par-5 7th and 14th while Evans eagled the 7th.
With 103 players at one-under par or better, a lot can happen heading into round two as the players switch courses. With 13 players within two strokes of the leaders, day two could see a big shakeup at the top of the leaderboard.
After tomorrow’s second round, the field will be cut to the top 70+ ties, and the final round will be contested on the Indian Wells Resort Player Course.
Special thanks to Host PGA Director of Golf Joe Williams, PGA of Indian Wells Golf Resort, Ryan Szydlowski, PGA of Desert Willow Resort and both of their entire staff for the hospitality. We also want to thank all rules officials on site for the duration of the championship, Chairman Ron O’Connor, PGA, Kieth Reinking, Lee Wortman and Gary Albin.
Round two will commence at 7am tomorrow, Wednesday, September 2nd, be sure to follow along on Social Media though @SCPGA!