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San Diego County Open tees off in Eastlake after nearly 20-year hiatus

Posted at 7:46 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 22:53:06-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- While a number of Southern California golf courses have recently closed their doors, Eastlake Golf Course has done just the opposite. The newly renovated course has changed it's name, and has brought back a prestigious tournament. This week 132 golfers are teeing it up at the San Diego County Open.

"The San Diego County Open has been revived, "says Enagic Golf Club of Eastlake Vice President Neil Finch.

The tournament was last played in 2001, and makes a return after a nearly 20-year hiatus. The field is comprised of college golfers, as well as former PGA Tour players and Korn Ferry Tour players

"The Southern California Open and the California State Open are run by the Southern California PGA. One is held in the spring, and the other is in the summer. We're running this as the third major."

In fact, the tournament is one of the oldest in California dating back to 1929.

"In 1943 Sam Snead won it and Billy Casper won it in 1953 and 54. Gene Littler also won it twice."

The list pf past champions is quite impressive, and who knows, maybe this week's field includes a Master's or U.S. Open winner.

"This is kind of a stepping stone for players to get to the next level. There are a lot of really good golfers that in the future, you'll probably see play on the PGA Tour."

Now not only is the San Diego County Open making it's return, the Eastlake Golf Course has made some major renovations and even a name change. It's now the Enagic Golf Club at Eastlake"

"We actually added 11 new tees to stretch the golf course out to 6, 960 yards, and made it a par 71. The new layout makes it a really good test."