65 and older.
The SCGA Senior Amateur championship for golfers aged 55 to 64 will
have about 80 players, SCGA official John Alber said Thursday.
There are some players in the field, however, who are older than 64
and will play in the regular senior division, including 68-year-old Paul
Ladin of Westlake Village. Ladin captured the SCGA Senior Amateur title
in 1995 at La Cumbre and the California State Amateur championship in '93
The seniors will play Mesa Verde at 6,350 yards, while the super
seniors will play from about 5,900 yards. Tee times today will start at
Joe Byrom of San Diego is the defending champion of the SCGA Senior
Amateur, which began its annual competition in 1978. Byrom won last year
at Redlands. Earlier this month, Byrom was medalist in a qualifier for
the U.S. Senior Amateur at Oak Valley and will play in the national
championship Sept. 23-28 in Charlotte.
No local player has ever won the Southern California Senior Amateur
championship. Mesa Verde is hosting the event for the first time.
Daley, a Newport Beach resident, is listed with a 1.3 handicap index,
while Hinkle, of Costa Mesa, is 2.3. Dr. Michael O'Brien of Newport Beach
(7.1 index) also qualified for the SCGA Senior Amateur.
In late July, Daley teamed with Mesa Verde head professional Tom
Sargent to win the first Jones Cup at Newport Beach Country Club, a men's
pro-am in the Fletcher Jones Motorcars/Daily Pilot Club Championship
Series, which started the Tea Cup Classic for women in 1997.
Daley saved par for his team with a big up and down on No. 9 and
helped Mesa Verde finish at 2-under 69 for a one-stroke victory in the
Daley, 60, didn't start playing golf until age 41 and has never taken
a lesson in his life. But he has won the last two Mesa Verde club
Hinkle is a previous Mesa Verde club champion.