Christopher Evans, of The Plantation Golf Club, is the 2018 Southern California Open Champion with rounds of 70-70-66 for a three-day total of nine-under par, 206. Evans snuck up on the field, starting the final round eight shots off the lead, but didn’t let the deficient alter his steady play, making it look simple in the wet conditions, carding two eagles along with two birdies en-route to the low round of the day, six-under par 66.
Steady rain rolled in early and hung around for the duration of the day. Evans, who is a native of Washington, was unfazed by the constant drizzle and was able to turn the conditions into an advantage. The champion knew coming into the final round he had to claw he was back up the leaderboard but “wasn’t sure if I would be in the position to win but knew if I threw in a low round today, maybe a chance.”
Evans, who resides in Bermuda Dunes, is the 91st champion of this prestigious tournament, which is the third oldest professional golf championship in the United States. The inaugural tournament was hosted in 1900 and won by Hugh May with a 72-hole score of 371.
Finishing runner-up and claiming the title of Low PGA Professional honors was Kenny Pigman, PGA of Goose Creek Golf Club. Pigman, who also finished runner-up at the 2017 Southern California Open, carded 72-65-70 for a three-day total of, eight-under, 207.
Low Amateur recipients are Hunter Epson of Long Beach and Christian Rajcic of Ramona both finishing tied for fourth in the Championship three shots off the lead at 208, seven-under par. Hunter and Christian are each an alumni of the SCPGA Junior Tour.
Special thank you to Industry Hills Golf Club, PGA Director of Golf Dave Youpa, Golf Course Superintendent Brian Hammond and their entire staff for hosting this Championship for the second year. Lastly, thank you to the Rules Officials for volunteering their time and assisting in the SoCal Open.
Thank you to our partners for supporting the SoCal Open; Titleist, Pepsi, California Canopy, SCNS Sports Foods.
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