By Steve Breazeale
A first round score of 63 (-9) helped propel Jason Gore to a first-place finish at the 2013 Oakley Southern California Open at Monarch Beach Golf Links on November 6.
Gore, a native of Valencia, Calif. was able to hold off the talented professional and amateur field assembled by carding rounds of 63, 72 (+2) and 68 (-2) for a winning total of 203 (-9). The tournament was held at nearby Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course and shifted to Monarch Beach Golf Links for the final two rounds.
Gore is a current member of the Web.com Tour, a feeder circuit for the PGA Tour. Gore has one PGA Tour win (the 2005 84 Lumber Classic) and played collegiate golf at Pepperdine University. Gore took home the $12,000 first-place purse.
Stephen Gangluff of Carlsbad finished runner up with a total of 204 (-8), just one stroke behind Gore. Gangluff barely missed an eagle putt on the final hole of competition, which would have forced a playoff.
After several years of lying dormant, the Southern California Open was resurrected by Monarch Beach Golf Links general manager Eric Lohman this year. The Southern California Open is the third oldest golf championship in the United States.