TOLUCA LAKE, Calif. (April 29, 2007) Tim Hogarth of Northridge continued his torrid streak of golf by completing a record-shattering feat, winning his fifth title and third straight at the 24th Kelly Cup at Lakeside Golf Club.
The 40-year-old Hogarth who earlier this week won the 24th Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Mid-Amateur Championship by a record eight shots at Mission Viejo Country Club closed with a 2-under-par 68 over the historic course and finished the prestigious invitational at 206, 4 under par.
He finished six shots in front of Nick Ushijima of Coto de Caza and former four-time SCGA Amateur champion Craig Steinberg of Oak Park; each closed with 69 today to finish at 212.
Hogarth opened with a sparkling 4-under-par 66 Friday, making five birdies against a single bogey.
"It was my best round in Kelly Cup competition," said Hogarth. "But it was a little misleading, usually they set the course up like a mini-U.S. Open, but this year it was more like the way Lakeside plays on a daily basis."
Despite that, the top 15 players collectively posted just seven subpar rounds for the 54 holes.
After struggling to a 72 yesterday, Hogarth had a 4-shot lead over a trio of golfers. But when he posted a 2-under-par 33 on the front nine, the tournament was essentially over.
"None of the people chasing me had made any kind of a move by then," said Hogarth. "At one point, I was nearly 10 shots ahead."
Only a double-bogey 5 on the 15th hole kept Hogarth from a second 66.
Hogarth continues to build on his remarkable amateur record. After regaining his amateur status, he won the 1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links championship, which led to an appearance at the 1997 Masters.
Hogarth is also the only person to win the California Amateur Championship (1999), SCGA Amateur (2004) and SCGA Mid-Amateur (1999, 2007) and he has won five Los Angeles City Amateur titles during the past 11 years.
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