Ending the point season and securing the Northern California Senior Player of the year award is really nice and a great honor. But honestly I feel that Mark Morgan had a better year. He again for the second year in a row beat me on the last hole (36th) of the NCGA Valley Amateur. He beat me in the NCGA Senior Amateur at Poppy Hills, and was a serious threat to win every event he played in, along with qualifying for the US Senior Open, his first professional major.
Ok, I’m not here to write about Mark, but he was more deserving than me, but just didn’t have the opportunity to play in enough events to get it done. In the end, we both had to play in the last point event of the year…….the TRACY CITY, on a course that is split by highway 5 heading to LA in the middle of nowhere. I won’t say anything negative about the course, it was just we both needed to play to have a chance at NCGA Senior Player of the Year.
The tournament did not go well for me, after being even par with three holes to go on day one, I went double bogey, bogey, and a 10 on the last hole. Mark standing on the 36th tee box had a one shot lead, and a par on the last hole would have secured him player of the year. He unfortunately made a double bogey. I was actually disappointed for him, and had rather he made par and won both the event and the title this year. He deserved it!
Finally a world ranking matters when you are a senior golfer, that means over 55 years of age. This past year the USGA starting exempting the top 15 ranked Senior amateurs off the WAGR. It was how I avoided the tough qualifier to get into this years event.
Despite needing ankle surgery scheduled for December 18th, I have three WAGR events before I go under the knife. This week is the California State Senior Amateur, followed my next week I will fly to Costa Rica for their Championship in San Jose which carries WAGR points. I’ll end the season with an event in Florida the Dixie Senior Amateur.
My current ranking is 7th in the Senior Amateur World, but that can change quickly as events fall off that you did well in. Its a 104 week window for your events to count. This is a motivator to play in events that now count in the WAGR ranking, meaning they must be at least 54 holes, no 36 hole events count. So all the 36 hole events I play in need to be re-thought.
I’ll be giving updates on my progress on the STATE SENIOR AMATEUR, as I am paired with Senior super-star Jeff Wilson. You can also follow live scoring Monday – Wednesday this week at http://www.ncga.or
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