by Adam Herzog
Competitive amateur golfers from all around Southern California gathered at San Clemente Municipal Golf Course on October 20 and 21 for the annual city championship. The tournament takes place every October, and is known for assembling a stellar field of high school, college and scratch amateurs.
This year, Santa Margarita resident Jeff Coburn continued his recent success at the tournament, firing rounds of 68-69 for a 135 (-9). It was his second win in the last four years. San Clemente resident Dan Sullivan finished in second place, two strokes behind Coburn.
The tournament is a two-day event, and the field is cut from 160 players to 80 after the first day of play. The first round was plagued by rainy conditions, but those who overcame the weather to make the cut were rewarded with a hat sporting the words “I made the cut!”
The low round of the tournament was shot by San Clemente resident Casey Strohsahl, who nearly shot himself back into contention with a second round 66 (-8).
“(The round) should have been better,” Strohsahl said after carding his 66. “I left several putts inches short of the hole and bogeyed the 17th hole after hitting my best drive of the day.”