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TOURNEYS AND TOURS Tim Hogarth’s golfing reputation as one of the charm Three’s a Southland’s strongest and most decorated amateur players precedes him. So when Hogarth was handed the 2009 SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship trophy at Hacienda GC in La Habra Heights, after shooting a 2-under-par 70-71- 69—210, the feelings were of knowing, surprise, awe and amazement that he could do it again. It’s the third time that Hogarth has won the SCGA Mid-Amateur; his previous wins came in 1999 and 2007. As the multiple titleholder mentioned after his win, “No matter how many wins I get, each one feels great — they’re all sweet.” —Katie Denbo The championship recap: Hogarth entered the final round three shots back of first-day leader Tyler Crawford, a Rancho Mirage resident who had fired back-to-back 69s.While Crawford bogeyed four of his first five holes in the final round, Hogarth played consistently and although Crawford righted the ship, a costly double-bogey on the par-4 15th hole combined with a birdie from Hogarth on 17 secured the title. Coto de Caza’s Jason Bittick tied with Crawford for second at 1-under 215, while Manhattan Beach’sWilliam Degenhart (215) and Mark Scheibach of Bermuda Dunes (217) took fourth and fifth place. Pastwins andmaking history: Hogarth is the only player to have won the coveted Triple Crown: The SCGA Amateur (2004), SCGA Mid-Amateur (1999, 2007, 2009) and the California State Amateur (1999). In 2008 he added an SCGA Tournament of Club Champions win, and with partner John Pate, he won the 2004 and 2005 SCGA Foursomes Championships. On a city level, he has won six Los Angeles City Amateurs, six Kelly Cup Invitationals and two Pasadena City Amateurs, which he will defend his Pasadena City title come May. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment is his 1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship title, which led to an invitation to the 1997 Masters Tournament. continued on page 44 FORE Magazine • May/June 2009 www.scga.org 43

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Three’s a charm<br /> <br /> Tim Hogarth’s golfing reputation as one of the Southland’s strongest and most decorated amateur players precedes him. So when Hogarth was handed the 2009 SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship trophy at Hacienda GC in La Habra Heights, after shooting a 2-under-par 70-71- 69—210, the feelings were of knowing, surprise, awe and amazement that he could do it again.<br /> <br /> It’s the third time that Hogarth has won the SCGA Mid-Amateur; his previous wins came in 1999 and 2007. As the multiple titleholder mentioned after his win, “No matter how many wins I get, each one feels great — they’re all sweet.” —Katie Denbo The championship recap: Hogarth entered the final round three shots back of first-day leader Tyler Crawford, a Rancho Mirage resident who had fired back-to-back 69s. While Crawford bogeyed four of his first five holes in the final round, Hogarth played consistently and although Crawford righted the ship, a costly double-bogey on the par-4 15th hole combined with a birdie from Hogarth on 17 secured the title.<br /> <br /> Coto de Caza’s Jason Bittick tied with Crawford for second at 1-under 215, while Manhattan Beach’s William Degenhart (215) and Mark Scheibach of Bermuda Dunes (217) took fourth and fifth place.<br /> <br /> Past wins and making history: Hogarth is the only player to have won the coveted Triple Crown: The SCGA Amateur (2004), SCGA Mid-Amateur (1999, 2007, 2009) and the California State Amateur (1999). In 2008 he added an SCGA Tournament of Club Champions win, and with partner John Pate, he won the 2004 and 2005 SCGA Foursomes Championships.<br /> <br /> On a city level, he has won six Los Angeles City Amateurs, six Kelly Cup Invitationals and two Pasadena City Amateurs, which he will defend his Pasadena City title come May.<br /> <br /> Perhaps his biggest accomplishment is his 1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship title, which led to an invitation to the 1997 Masters Tournament.<br /> <br /> About the champion: Hogarth, 42, is a Cal State Northridge golfing alum who works in the health food industry. Born in Hawaii, he now lives in Northridge and has a wife and two children. After playing as a professional for one year, he regained his amateur status and started playing in SCGA events in 1997.<br /> <br /> On Hogarth’s favorite personal golf moment: “There have been many great moments, but when I think about stepping on the tee of the Masters, alongside Gary Player and when Byron Nelson was still around, that was pretty special.<br /> <br /> And along with that, winning the<br /> <br /> U. S. Amateur Publinks, which is what got me to the Masters in the first place.” On his dream foursome: “I don’t have a dream foursome. I’d just like the chance to play with my dad one more time. He picked up the game after he saw how much fun I was having.” On great golf shots: “I’ve only had one hole-in-one in my whole life. I was 18 years old playing at Porter Valley CC. That was it! I’ve also never had a double eagle; that would be nice.” On his favorite club: “I think my driver is my strongest club. I hit it pretty consistently. I even hit with it in the fairway sometimes when I have a long shot; that’s fun to do.” On his best time of year to play: “I don’t know what it is, but the week of the Masters always does something for me and my game. It gets my blood flowing and gets me excited to play. I think it helped me at in winning the Mid-Amateur again this year.”

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