SAN DIEGO (November 4, 2006) -- Former SCGA Amateur champion Tim Hogarth of Northridge captured the 2006 Buick Invitational Amateur qualifying tournament with a 5-under-par score of 67 on the Torrey Pines South Course, earning the one sponsor exemption out of a starting field of 100 players with a 0 or better handicap.
Hogarth's 67 posted was the lowest score in Buick Invitational amateur qualifying history.
Hogarth -- the 1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links, 1999 California Amateur and 2004 SCGA Amateur champion -- defeated Bi O Kim of Irvine on the first playoff hole after making a par while Kim made bogey on the par-4 first hole. UCLA's Chris Heintz finished in third place with a 68.
"I'm really excited about this win today. Torrey Pines is such a great golf course and I can't wait to play in the Buick Invitational,"said Hogarth, who also played in the 1997 Masters, where he was paired with golf legend Gary Player.
This is the 22nd year the Century Club of San Diego has sponsored this event that will enable Hogarth to compete against 155 other professional players at Torrey Pines from January 22-28. Only three players have made the professional cut in the previous 20 years: Pat Duncan in 50th place in 1989, Steve Haase 75th place in 1989 and Charley Hoffman in 76th place in 1996.
67 -- Tim Hogarth, Northridge; Bi O Kim, Irvine.
Hogarth won the qualifying spot on the first playoff hole.
68 -- Chris Heintz Brea.
69 -- Chis Cho, San Diego; Peter Campbell, Encinitas.
70 -- Aaron Goldberg, San Diego.
71 -- Jamie Puterbaugh, San Diego; Jonathan Petke, Rancho Santa Magarita; Kevin Chappell, Brea.