Golf: Seven from Big Canyon to compete in U.S. Senior Am qualifier at La Jolla

Seven Big Canyon Country Club members will be in La Jolla Monday to try to eventually set up some home-course advantage and gain plenty of love from the Newport Beach community.

Steve Collins, Don DuBois, James Held, Mike Moorhead, Jim Morris, Gary Singer and Todd Palmaer of Big Canyon will compete in the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship sectional qualifier at La Jolla Country Club.

The top five out of Monday's U.S. Senior Amateur qualifier at La Jolla will be able to compete in the 60th annual United States Golf Assn. event that takes place at Big Canyon Sept. 13-18.

"From the standpoint of the club it would make for some really nice local support if one or a few of them qualified for the championship," said Warren Caves, a Big Canyon member and co-chair of the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship. "All good players. It wouldn't surprise me if one or two of those guys make it. That would be fun."

Peter Daley and Steve Rhorer of Costa Mesa and Scott Lucas of Corona del Mar are also in Monday's qualifier at La Jolla.

Starting times at La Jolla range from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Results will be posted at

Sectional qualifying ends Aug. 27 and will have been played at 51 sites throughout the country.

Admission to the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship at Big Canyon is free.

— Steve Virgen

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