Our Saturday Team was victorious on Febrauary 15 at home versus Santa Anita, defeating that squad by 34-14. This qualified LCFCC for the playoffs for the second year in a row. The following week, Santa Anita defeated us at Santa Anita, for our first loss of the season by a score of 19-29. We ended up 4-1-1 on the season, garnering 9 points; Santa Anita ended up 4-2 for the year with 8 points. Translation - the road win at Los Amigos and the road tie at Brookside were huge for us this year. Congratulations to everyone that participated.
We do not yet know how the seedings will work for the playoffs. In most cases the SCGA tries to arrange matches, at least for the first couple of rounds, among clubs that are relatively close to each other geographically. The SCGA puts together a bracket with 32 spots; it does appear that there were a few empty spots (i.e., there were not 32 groups that competed - appears there were only 30 this year) so there will be a couple of byes in the first round. These are determined by a blind draw. Last year we were beneficiaries of a blind draw and went straight into the second round where, unfortunately, we lost our split-squad match to Los Coyotes.
We do know that the playoffs will commence on March 21. As soon as we know who we are playing we will make a blog post and send an e-mail to the Team Members. Players are only eligible for the playoffs if they played in a regular season match. Also, team members should be aware that the playoffs are split-squad events; half of the team will play at home and half will play on the road. The SCGA will designate one club as the A team and one team as the B team. The A team will have their 1, 3, 5 and 7 pairings play at home (against their opponent's 1, 3, 5 and 7 pairings) and will send the 2, 4, 6 and 8 pairings to the B team's course.
The final two teams that work their way through the brackets will play the championship match at a neutral site; this year it is at Monarch Dunes GC on April 26 in Nipomo, CA (just south of San Luis Obispo).