POWAY, CA – Marissa Chow of Honolulu, HI wins the 3rd Annual Women’s California State Open with a five-shot wire to wire victory at Maderas Golf Club.
Chow carried over the steady play from round one, where she built a four shot lead, and carded ten consecutive pars in the final round until birdieing the 11th. Megan Thothong of Dallas, TX and Hannah Kim of Sana Ana each kept firing to make a charge, but the error-free Chow never slipped heading down the stretch finding three birdies to only one bogey on the closing nine to finish with a two-under par 70 in the quest for the title.
“What’s funny is I didn’t really realize what I was shooting until I hit that back nine stretch” says Chow. “I wasn’t too comfortable on the first nine, but I just let it all go on the back nine and the ball just started rolling.” Marissa secured her victory with a birdie on the 18th hole, closing out a successful two days of play finishing eight under par, 136 total.
“It feels amazing. There are some really good players” commented Chow. “This is my second one as a pro and first one here and I will always remember the first.”
Low amateur honors go to SCPGA Junior Tour Alumni, Haley Moore of Escondido. Opening her first round with an even-par 72, Moore came out and separated herself from the field of amateurs with a second round three under par 69. Moore finished with a two day total of 142 (-3) total and placing her in solo second place. “The SCPGA Junior Tour definitely prepared me for where I am in college and this tournament today” said Haley Moore, SCPGA Junior Tour Alumni.
Congratulations to Jamie Jacob (a) of Encinitas for carding her first career Hole-in-One! Jacob hit a smooth 168-yard five-iron into the 15th hole for the Ace.
Chow will join past champions, Brianna Do (2017) and Alyaa Abdulghany (2016) on the perpetual trophy, which is housed at the SCGPA Headquarters. Chow also carries the torch of her predecessors going “wire-to-wire” for this third annual championship.
Special thanks to the presenting partner, Carlsbad Golf Center, and Susan Roll whos generous contributions make this event possible. Also a thank you goes to Christie Quinn for her care of this championship and spreading the word to the LPGA. We would also like to thank host facility Maderas Golf Club, PGA General Manager Patrick Galloway and PGA Director of Golf Corrie Sternquist for their dedication to the event. Lastly, thank you to the support of Product Partners, Pepsi & Haus of Grey.
POWAY, CA – The 3rd Annual Women’s California State Open commenced this morning at Maderas Golf Club with seven states represented in the field of 57 players. The 36-hole championship is held over two-days, with the field consisting of both professional and amateur women golfers who aim to join past champions, Brianna Do (2017) and Alyaa Abdulghany (2016).
Marissa Chow of Honolulu, HI, set the pace in round one and holds a four-stroke advantage over the field after posting a commanding six-under, 66. Chow began her morning steady with a one-under front nine, but found her groove on the back-nine, carding a blemish-free side with five birdies to finish the day at six-under par and pull away from the pack.
Chow will be joined by Hannah Kim of Santa Ana, CA and Megan Thothong of Dallas, TX in the final pairing tomorrow for the conclusion of the Championship. Kim & Thothong each posted opening subpar rounds of 70, and are sitting in a two-way tie for second place at two-under.
Ingrid Gutierrez Nunez of Albuquerque, NM currently leads the way for Amateurs with a first round of one under, 71 and is tied for fourth place.
The final round will conclude tomorrow, July 12th, with a 7:00am a single tee start following a re-pairing based upon round one scores. Follow along with the action on social media @SCPGA.
Maderas Golf Club – Poway, California
In its 119th year of existence, the California State Open will be played June 26th – 29th, at Maderas Golf Club in Poway, CA. The field of 150+ players will consist of PGA professionals, past champions, top performers in 2017 and players exempt based on performance and a number of open qualifiers, making this one of the strongest fields in recent memory. This elite group of professionals and amateurs will tee it up for the opportunity to have their name engraved on the Championship trophy alongside the likes of defending champion David Gazzolo, the venerable Walter Hagen, first Masters winner Horton Smith, U.S. Open champion Gene Littler, PGA champion Jerry Barber, PGA Tour winners such as Dutch Harrison, Jimmy Powell, Roger Maltbie, Dennis Paulson, Greg Twiggs, Kirk Triplett, Tim Norris, Rex Caldwell, Ron Reif, and Jason Gore.
Having first been played in 1900 and considered a PGA TOUR event in the 1920’s and 30’s, the California State Open has always boasted one of the most competitive State championship fields. The Championship will commence over four days and 72-holes with a 36-hole cut to the low 60 competitors on Wednesday evening. Spectators are welcome to walk along and cheer on their favorite players at the Championship and admission is free. All tournament information is available on www.scpga.com. The California State Open is owned and operated solely by the Southern California PGA.
The Championship will be a 72-hole stroke play tournament contested over four days. Following the conclusion of 36-holes, the field will be cut to the Top 60 players and ties who will play the final rounds on June 28th & June 29th with a single morning wave of starting times.
Championship is open to both Professionals and Amateurs. To enter the Championship field, participants must either qualify or meet one of exemptions.
June 26 -27
Morning (7:20AM – 9:27AM) and Afternoon (12:00PM – 2:00PM) Waves
*Players will Flip Waves From Day 1 to Day 2
June 28 – 29
Morning Wave (7:20AM – 9:00AM)
*Subject to Change Based on Number of Participants Making the Cut
ABOUT MADERAS GOLF CLUB
Maderas Golf Club in San Diego, a Johnny Miller masterpiece. The top rated Golf Course in San Diego County offers beauty and challenge as it winds through the cliffs, rock outcroppings, creeks, and forests of the inland hill country of north San Diego.
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San Diego’s top rated golf course, Maderas Golf Club is quietly tucked away amidst the rolling hills of north San Diego, just minutes from downtown. Designed by Johnny Miller and Robert Muir Graves, Maderas offers a unique combination of golf course strategy and design mastery, while taking the concept of upscale golf in San Diego to exhilarating levels.
17750 Old Coach Road
Poway, CA 92064
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