2021 SCPGA PGA Professional ChampionshipSeptember 13-15, 2021 | The Farms Golf Club
Welcome to the 2021 Southern California PGA Section Championship landing page. Below you will find current tournament information, updates, and more.
146 of Southern California’s top playing PGA Professionals will converge on The Farms Golf Club in hopes of winning the SCPGA’s marquee tournament of the year. Additionally, the top-11 finishers will advance to the 2022 PGA Professional Championship and the Champion will earn an exemption into 2022 The American Express.
ROUND THREE RECAP – Kyle Mendoza defended his home turf at The Farms Golf Club to win the 2021 Southern California PGA Professional Championship at seven-under par 209 and becomes the 10th champion to win back-to-back titles in the 97th playing of the Section Championship.
Mendoza, who entered the final round one-shot off the leaders Jeff Hart Life Member and Michael Block of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, needed to battle adversity throughout his round if he wanted to pull off the victory. Coming off a recent bout with COVID-19 and an ailing back, Mendoza needed to dig deep mentally and physically if he were to repeat.
Kyle was able to get off to an early start and assert his presence at the top of the leaderboard with back-to-back birdies on holes 2 and 3. A missed short putt on the par-4 7th gave him the first bogey of the day but it didn’t derail his round and bounced back with a birdie on the par-5 9th to turn in a front nine two-under 34.
Making the turn, Mendoza had a misstep with a bogey on the par-4 10th. Then his putter caught fire, with lengthy birdie putts on holes 12 and 13. On the 220-yard par 3 16th he dunked his tee shot into the water but converted a clutch up-and-down to find himself two strokes behind leader Hart with two holes remaining in the Championship.
After a wayward tee shot on the par-4 17th, Mendoza pulled off an improbable cut punch shot to 20-feet. He emphatically drained the subsequent putt to pull into a tie for the lead after a costly Hart bogey.
With the Championship on the line, Mendoza and Hart had nearly identical 20-foot putts off the back fringe on the closing hole; however, it was the hometown hero Mendoza who drained the winning putt to complete the Hollywood ending.
“The fact that I was able to come out here and play the way I did was pretty cool. It’ll always be special to me for the rest of my life” commented Kyle Mendoza after his victory.
With the win, Kyle receives an exemption into the 2022 The American Express and a custom Club Car golf cart for the year.
Jeff Hart finished in solo second at six-under par 210 and Michael Block was close behind at five-under par 211.
The following players have qualified for the 2022 PGA Professional Championship at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa: Kyle Mendoza, Jeff Hart, Michael Block, Mark Geddes, Brian Smock, Rick Garboski, Ryan Kennedy, Andrew Kramer, Paul Dietsche, Alan Sorensen, Chi Choi, Vinnie Poncino, and Nate LeBlanc. Best of luck to these 13 professionals as they represent the Southern California PGA and vie for a chance to compete in the 2022 PGA Championship.
This Championship concluded the Rolex Section Player of the Year point race where Michael Block finished on top. This is Block’s eighth time in the past nine years to be named SCPGA Player of the Year.
Special thanks to our Rules Officials: Chairman Ron O’Connor, PGA, Gary Albin, Lee Wortman, Steve Frank and Rob Farkas. Big thank you to our presenting partners Cadillac, Club Car and Rolex and supporting partners TaylorMade, Titleist/Footjoy, Nike, PGA TOUR, ForeFitness, Golf Channel, Toptracer, Zero Friction, Sterling Cut Glass, Aso Water & Precise Yardage Books.
Finally, the Section sends a big thank you to The Farms Golf Club for hosting this year’s Section Championship. Thanks to PGA General Manager Scott Heyn and Golf Course Superintendent Troy Mullane for their hospitality this week.
ROUND TWO RECAP – At the conclusion of the second round, two familiar faces, Jeff Hart Life Member and Michael Block of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, find themselves in a deadlock at the top of the leaderboard at four-under par 140.
Hart, 2019 Champion, has been the definition of consistency as he followed-up his opening round 70 with another steady 70. His round consisted of four-birdies on holes 6, 8, 14, 18 and two bogeys on 1 and 17.
Block, 2017 and 2018 Champion, recorded the low round of the tournament as he propelled himself into a share of the lead. His second round five-under par 67 featured six birdies on holes 4, 9, 12, 13, 16, 18, and a lone bogey on hole 17.
Lurking a single-stroke back at three-under par 141 are defending Champion Kyle Mendoza of The Farms Golf Club, and Mark Geddes of Coronado Golf Course.
The quick greens and afternoon winds at The Farms Golf Club have been a strong test of golf as 63 players made the cut at 13-over par.
Tomorrow’s final round will promise a dramatic and pressure-packed finish at The Farms. Final round action begins at 7:30AM PDT.
ROUND ONE RECAP – The first round of the 2021 Southern California PGA Section Championship is complete at The Farms Golf Club with a three-way tie for first in the 97th playing of this championship.
Life Member Active Jeff Hart, The Plantation Golf Club’s Nate Williams and Spring Valley Lake Country Club’s Sean King are deadlocked at two-under par, 70, after 18-holes of play.
Five players find themselves a single shot off the lead at one-under par, and an additional four players are sitting two back after finishing at even par in the first round. A total of 139 PGA Professionals are vying for a piece of the $90,000 purse in this year’s event.
“This is a great test of championship golf and I’m really excited to see some of our best players in the section play well this week,” commented by Southern California PGA Section President, Robin Shelton after the completion of round one.
Concluding Tuesday’s second round, the low 60 players plus ties will make the cut into the final round. This Championship serves as the national qualifier for the 2022 PGA Professional Championship where the low 11 finishers will represent the Section in Port St. Lucie, Florida at the PGA Golf Club. The Champion also received a spot at the 2022 PGA TOUR The American Express and a customized Club Car golf car for a year.
Past champions in the field include: Kyle Mendoza (2020) Jeff Hart (2019), Michael Block (2017, 2018), Chad Sorensen (2015), Ryan Kennedy (2014), Alan Scheer (2013), Erik Wolf (2007), Scott Miller (2005), Geoff Dean (2003), Paul Dietsche (2002), and Paul Wise (1983, 1984).
ROUND ONE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Read the 2021 Championship Preview PROGRAM
2021 Section Championship PreviewAmberlyn Dorsey, PGA, & Scott Heyn, PGA
About the 2021 Southern California Section Championship, with Scott Heyn PGA
Tournament Preview with Director of Competitions, Max Despain
How to play hole# 13 at The Farms Golf Club, with Defending Champion Kyle Mendoza, PGA
How to play hole# 15 at The Farms Golf Club, with Defending Champion Kyle Mendoza, PGA
How to play hole# 16 at The Farms Golf Club, with Defending Champion Kyle Mendoza, PGA