|16th California Women’s Championship Title winner Stephanie Arcala
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Next up is the Women’s Golf Association of California Championship being held at the Santa Maria Country Club on July 31st. It is a game of the North versus the South, in which the Women’s Golf Association of Northern California and the Women’s Southern California Golf Association choose six players from each association to play in the 29th annual Women’s Golf Association of California State Team matches.
The traditional matches first began back in 1982. Four members were chosen from each association to participate in head-to-head individual match play at scratch. Each team included one senior member, and the matches were played to 18 points; one point for winning a hole, ½ point for halving hole and 0 for a hole lost. Each player was selected for the team based on a point system that was determined by their participation and performance in WGANC and WSCGA events.
Since then the format has expanded to six players per association with a requirement that the last team be comprised of senior players. The format has since evolved from the individual matches to a team partnership in which two players from one association are teamed as partners against two players from the opposing association. The match play event is broken up into three formats of play: holes 1-6 are four ball, holes 7-12 are modified scotch and holes 13-18 are two-person scramble. One point is awarded for each format and one point is awarded for the most total hole points won over the 18 holes. A total of four points is available per match, and twelve points are available for the entire contest. Continuing the tradition, the North and South teams will meet this year on July 31st at the Santa Maria Country Club.
Santa Maria Country Club is nestled deep in Santa Barbara County and about three miles south of the city, Santa Maria. The club was first incorporated in the early 1920’s and was articulately restructured in the late 80’s by architect Ken Killian. It has since boomed into a beautiful 120 acre course that is elegantly landscaped with hundreds of Monterey pines and Cypress trees, lined with dozens of ornamental plants, and articulately decorated with waterfalls and lakes, adding not only to the design but also the overall challenge.
The country club’s rich history, dating back to the 1920s and surviving through the great depression, along with its beautiful location make it the ideal place for the two associations to continue their tradition. The event begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday with an 11:30 a.m. check-in time. Scheduled tee times for the matches are 12:30 p.m., 12:40 p.m. and 12:50 p.m.
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