Hogarth wins again

This is a partial press release of Hogarth’s SCGA Mid-Am Championship, courtesy of the SCGA:

TIM HOGARTH OF NORTHRIDGE WINS 24TH SCGA MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP BY EIGHT SHOTS

MISSION VIEJO, April 24 Tim Hogarth came into the 24th Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Mid-Amateur Championship at Mission Viejo Country Club feeling confident with good reason, it turned out. The 40-year-old Northridge resident fired a 2-under-par in todays final round to win his second SCGA Mid-Amateur title by a record eight shots.

Hogarth — winner of the 2004 SCGA Amateur, 1999 California Amateur (the same year he won his other SCGA Mid-Amateur title) and 1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links titles, along with numerous other prestigious events — was the only player to finish under par for each round, shooting 70-71-70 211 , 5 under par over the 6,943 yard Robert Trent Jones, Sr.-designed layout that was dubbed Mission Impossible when it opened in 1967.

John Pate of Santa Barbara finished a distant second at 219 after posting his third consecutive round of 73 in the two-day, 54-hole event for amateur golfers age 25 and higher. David Bartman of Los Angeles finished third at 219, two shots in front of three-time SCGA Amateur champion and 200- SCGA Mid-Am winner Scott McGihon of Bermuda Dunes.

I wasnt surprised, said Hogarth after his round, which included an eagle 3 on the eighth hole and three birdies. I generally know coming in how may game is going to feel and I had a lot of confidence this week after preparing with my long-time instructor, Randy Petersen.

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