HISTORY
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81 Years of Honor and Tradition

Historical records indicate that the 2016 Championship will be the 81st Pasadena City Tournament conducted at Brookside Golf Course, with the first held in 1929.

In its earliest years the Championship event was a match play format held over several days. It included some of the top amateur golfers in Southern California. Past tournament winners have included Elsworth Vines (of renown tennis fame) Bruce McCormick (a four-time winner) Ted Richards (a two-time winner), Art Butler, Charles Montalbano and Ed Fiori (a two-time winner) to name just a few.

The Modern Era

Although early records are not definitive, at some point in the late 1960s or early 1970s the tournament format changed to mirror todays professional tournament format. Changes included 72 holes of medal play now conducted over four days on both of Brookside’s courses. The cut is made after 36 holes. Handicap divisions were also added about that same time and played over 36 holes.

In the early 1980s, John McGraw and Rob Moore were named tournament co-chairmen. Under their skillful leadership the number of entries increased dramatically each year, and now averages 250 players in the scratch division and 360 golfers in the handicap flights.

John McGraw is no longer with us and is greatly missed, but his memory and the high standards he set are the inspiration for all current committee members.

A True Test of Golf

As one of the largest and most prestigious municipal golf tournaments conducted in the Western United States, the Brookside event is considered a true test of golf and is highly regarded by the area’s top amateurs, and handicap golfers as well.

Historically, the championship flight has attracted top golfers with professional ambitions, many of whom fulfilled those aspirations . Ed Fiori, Chuck Montalbano, David Berganio, are just three examples. Fiori had a long and successful PGA career and continues to thrive on the Senior Tour.

University and college golfers often enter as a tune-up for the NCAA, and Pacific 10 Conference tournaments. And of course, the event has long enjoyed hosting the very top amateurs. Golfers like Craig Steinberg, multiple winner of the prestigious SCGA Tournament; Tim Hogarth, former USGA Mid Amateur Champion and USGA Publinks champion; Greg Puga, former USGA Mid Amateur champion and many, many others have challenged the Brookside links in search of the top spot on the leader board.

And now the grand tradition continues bigger and better than ever in 2016! The Brookside Mens Golf Club, with the gracious support and cooperation of the City of Pasadena, American Golf Corporation, and the John Wells Golf Shop at Brookside, are dedicated to making this year’s Championships the greatest in tournament history.