"It can also be a detriment in that you are expected to do better because you are the host. It's a great deal and a pretty big section. I'll take pride in representing the section, the club and myself. You want to make your members proud."
Milligan and Oakmont assistant professional Donny Lee will be among the field of 149 in the three-day tournament, which will feature 54 holes of stroke-play. The field, which will consist of PGA golf professionals from across Central and Southern California, will be cut to 60 and ties after 36 holes.
The top 11 will qualify for the 2011 PGA Professional National Championship, which will be held June 26-29 at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa. The champion from the section tournament will receive one exemption to the 2011 Bob Hope Classic in January and the champion and runner-up earn exemptions to the 2010 Soboba Classic Nationwide Tour event in September. The top 30 finishers will receive exemptions into the 2010 California State Open, which will be played in November.
Ron Skayhan of Hillcrest Country Club captured the Southern California championship last season at Barona Resort & Casino in Lakeside. The tournament, which began in 1924, hasn't had a participant repeat since Jeff Freeman accomplished the feat in 1998 and 1999.
Oakmont, which underwent major renovations in 2009, has hosted some top events throughout its illustrious history.
Oakmont hosted the LPGA Valley of the Stars Tournament Tour in 1999 that saw Catrin Nilsmark top favorite Annika Sorenstam on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. The club has also hosted the Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur Championship five times, in addition to being the site of the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championship in 2003.