In what will boast one of the strongest fields of
2015 Championship season, the SCGA Mid-
Championship kicks off Monday at Santa Ana CC.
Every past champion of the event since 2005
Robert Funk, who is currently out of golf due to
injury, will be in the field, looking to add another
SCGA Major to their resume. This will be the
time since 1988 that Santa Ana CC will host the
event, which is played over 54 holes and two
Veteran and five-time winner Tim Hogarth
look for his record sixth Mid-Amateur title as
some revenge, having come up a shot short of
victory last year at Valencia CC, losing to first-
SCGA champion Ramie Sprinkling. (pictured,
The two battled it
out down the stretch before a bogey on the 17th
of the final round all but put Hogarth out of
contention. Despite being the defending SCGA
of the Year, Hogarth is looking for his first SCGA
since the 2013 Tournament of Club Champions.
Other past champions in the field include
Almquist (2011), Jeff Wilson (2008), John
(2005), Scott McGihon (2002) and John Pate
Coming in, however, possibly playing the
golf is Jeff Forston, who earlier this week won
first SCGA title at the Foursomes Championship.
Fortson is on somewhat of a roll, having just last
month earned medalist honors to qualify for the
inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
He's a longtime SCGA Mid-Amateur competitor,
has yet to finish at the top of the leaderboard.
Fortson is a three-time U.S. Mid-Amateur
Non-exempt participants go through 18
qualifying to make the field at the SCGA Mid-
Amateur, which tops at a field of 84 competitors.
players will play 36 holes on Monday, with the
and ties advancing to Tuesday's final round.
-- Kyle Rector of the AmateurGolf.com staff will
competing for the second straight year, having
qualified both times at Shadowridge [Editor]