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Once more into the fray: Tiger Woods announced on Twitter that he will play for the first time this year in the Farmers Insurance Open on Jan. 25-28 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla. He's also set to play in the Genesis Open Feb. 15-18 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, which is operated by Woods' event management company, TGR Live, and benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. The 42-year-old Woods has won a record seven titles in the Farmers and also captured the 2008 U.S. Open, the last of his 14 major titles, in an epic 19-hole playoff over Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines. Woods wrote on Twitter: "Excited to start my season off in SoCal at @ FarmersInsOpen and @genesisopen." A pair of aces: Eight year-old Anthony Chung of Alhambra made two holes in one during the Southern California Golf Association Junior Golf Foundation's Fall League Tournament at Don Knabe Golf Course in Norwalk. Chung, who plays out of Los Amigos Golf Course in Downey, aced the third hole from 75 yards and holed his tee shot form 100 yards at No. 6 in the par-3, nine-hole event. Chung posted a score of 28 and tied for second in the Grammar School Division behind Dylan Brack, who finished at 24. A pair of accolades: Collin Morikawa of La Canada Flintridge is AmateurGolf.com's 2017 California Player of the Year for the second straight time. The 20-year-old Morikawa, a junior at Cal, captured the award by finishing first in a point system based on major national and state ama- teur events throughout the year. The highlight of Morikawa's season was his victory in the Northeast Amateur, where he held off Shintaro Ban of San Jose and Theo Humphrey by two strokes at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rhode Island. Way beyond middlin': Stewart Hagestad earned AmateurGolf.com's 2017 Mid-Amateur Player of the Year award, which is based on a I N T H E N E W S point system in major amateurs over the course of the year. The 26-year-old Hagestad, from Newport Beach and USC, actually began his run in September of 2016, when he captured the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in Elverson, Pa. That earned him a spot in the 2017 Masters in April at Augusta National, where he not only became the first Mid-Amateur champion to make the cut, but finished as low amateur in a tie for 26th. Winning: Pavan Sagoo of England won twice in two months on one of golf's hallowed regions, the Monterey Peninsula. In January, Sagoo, a senior at St. Mary's College in Moraga, cap- tured the second McClure Cup by four strokes at Bayonet-Blackhorse Golf Course in Seaside. That follows Sagoo's December victory at the AmateurGolf.com Christmas Classic at Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey. Yealimi Noh of Concord closed with a 5-under-par 67 to win the Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship by three strokes over Elizabeth Wang of San Marino on the South Course at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Noh, a 16-year-old junior at Carondelet High who also won the 2017 AJGA Girls Championship, carded seven birdies in the final round and recorded a score of 65-70- 67—202, 14 under. Jamie Cheatham of Rancho Santa Fe won the AmateurGolf.com La Costa Classic by two strokes over Josh McCollum of Upland on the Legends Course at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad. Cheatham, a sophomore at Cal, posted a score of 72-69—141, 3-under-par, while McCollum was second at 71-72—143, followed by Clay Seeber of Newport Beach at 74-17—145. 12 JAN/FEB 2018 P H O T O M I C H A E L W E I N S T E I N P H O T O M I C H A E L W E I N S T E I N P H O T O C O U R T E S Y S C G A Anthony Chung Collin Morikawa Tiger Woods

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