SCGA Mid Am: Hogarth Takes Round 1 Lead

MISSION VIEJO, California (April 23, 2007) -- Tim Hogarth of Northridge had never seen Mission Viejo Country Club until today when he teed off in the 24th Southern California Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship, but it has quickly moved up the list of his favorite courses.

The 40-year-old Hogarth -- who won this event in 1999, the same year he captured the California Amateur Championship -- shot rounds of 70-71 -- 141 and has a four-shot lead over James Meyer of Dana Point heading into the final round, which begins at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday). A total of 45 players made the cut by shooting 157 or better. The leaders will tee off at approximately 9:30 a.m. Live scoring will be at www.scga.org.

The 50-year-old Meyer rebounded from an opening round of 3-over-par 75 to post a 2-under-par 70 in the afternoon. Meyer and Hogarth had three of the four subpar rounds in two rounds over the Robert Trent Jones, Sr.-designed course that was dubbed "Mission Impossible" when it opened in 1967.

Another "grizzled veteran," 47-year-old John Pate of Santa Barbara is alone in third place at 146. The 2000 SCGA Mid-Amateur and 1999 SCGA Amateur champion posted a pair of 73 and is two shots ahead of three-time SCGA Amateur champion Scott McGihon of Bermuda Dunes, who rallied from an opening-round 76 to post even-par 72 in the afternoon but trails Hogarth by seven shots

"So much for local knowledge," said Hogarth with a wry smile after his afternoon round. "Actually, I got a bit lucky because it turns out that I hit driver sometimes when I shouldn't have. Normally I hit driver every chance I get, but on some of these holes, I can run out of fairway and the out-of-bounds comes into play."

Hogarth -- whose legendary amateur resume includes the 1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and the 2004 SCGA Amateur -- had four birdies and two bogies in his morning and came back with eight consecutive pars to begin the afternoon before three-putting for a bogey 5 on the ninth hole.

However, on the 404-yard, par-4 10th hole, Hogarth nearly holed his 8-iron approach shot, leaving a two-inch putt for birdie. He struggled to a bogey 5 on the 11th hole after putting his drive and approach into thick rough, but came back with another birdie on the par-4 12th. Birdies on the two par-5 closing holes and a bogey 5 on the tight 15th sent him into tomorrow's final round with the lead.

'As I've gotten older, I've learned how to prepare," says Hogarth. "I don't play as much as I used to, so it's vital that I prepare properly. If I get ready, I can expect to play well; if I don't, things aren't going to go well for me. I had a feeling that things would go well for me today."

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Results For Southern California Mid-Amateur Championship
1CATim HogarthNorthridge, CA35070-71-70=211
2CAJohn PateSanta Barbara, CA23073-73-73=219
3CADavid BartmanLos Angeles, CA14077-72-72=221
4CAScott McGihonPalm Desert, CA14076-72-75=223
T5CAScott AlmquistCoto de Caza, CA14075-77-72=224

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The SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship is open to members ages 25 and older with a Handicap Index of 5.4 and below. Competitors undergo 18 holes of qualifying play in order to reach the final field of 84 players. In the Championship, players compete over 54 holes of stroke play with the top 42 players and ties advancing after 36 holes to the final round.

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