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Canyon Lake golf team clinches 125th SCGA Team Play Championship

The Canyon Lake Saturday team celebrates victory at the 125th SCGA Team Play Championship. Photo by Bonnie Dubbs.

The Canyon Lake Saturday golf team emerged victorious, clinching the 125th SCGA Team Play Championship. The Canyon Lake team consists of 37 players, with 16 players competing each week.  

SCGA Team Play began in 1900 and has grown to include more than 230 clubs and 8,000 participants annually. Canyon Lake dominated the regional group #18, which included Bear Creek, Eagle Glen, and Anaheim Hills.

Scoring the most match points, 197, in the entire league, Canyon Lake finished with a strong 5-1 record. The team was placed into a 32-team bracket and played single-elimination matches each week. 

Despite challenging weather conditions the first two weeks, Canyon Lake managed to get past Seven Oaks (Bakersfield) and then Silver Lakes (Helendale). In the round of eight, Canyon Lake took on perennial team play powerhouse Red Hill Country Club (Rancho Cucamonga). Red Hill has won either Thursday or Saturday Team Play a record seven times since 2005. ” We felt like it was David vs Goliath, and just like David, we were able to take out Red Hill, making it to the final four,” team captain Jesse Beecher said.

On April 24, Canyon Lake took on Bella Colina Country Club (San Clemente) and scored its fourth victory in a row and a ticket to the finals.   

In the championship match on April 28, Canyon Lake faced Sundale Country Club (Bakersfield). Eight players from this team played for Buena Vista Country Club in 2022 and won the championship 46-2.  “We knew this was going to be a challenge, and not only would it require our best play of the season, but we would also need all the luck we could get,” Beecher said. In a closely contested final, Canyon Lake emerged victorious with a score of 26-22. 

“I want to thank all the non-playing team members who came out to support us,” Beecher said. “Canyon Lake had strong support. Thank you to Pat Kemball, Ron Bemoll, Rich Moline, Ryan Good, Ray Frerye, David Campbell, and all the spouses. Special thanks to Bonnie Dubbs for taking hundreds of pictures. And thank you to Mike Pinto, who was following the action from Arizona and sent us money to help buy everyone drinks. This is a great achievement for our club and community.”

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