Southern Califormia Tournament of Champions: Hogarth is victorious

SEAL BEACH, Calif. (Dec. 9, 2008) -- Tim Hogarth of Northridge and Brookside GC shot a blazing 7-under-par 65 at Old Ranch CC in Seal Beach to win the championship flight of the SCGA Tournmant of Club Champions today, his first time winning the tournament and his first time playing the course.

Hogarth, one of the SCGA’s most decorated champions and the only player to win the SCGA Amateur, California Amateur and SCGA Mid-Amateur championships, hit all 18 greens in regulation on the 6,831-yard Ted Robinson, Sr., design, also tying the course’s record set in 2004. Hogarth took a two-shot victory over Donald O’Connor of Carlsbad and San Luis Rey Downs GC, who tied for 18th in last year’s event. It is Hogarth’s second club championship at Brookside, and he had won six club championships at Woodland Hills CC.

“It was a very solid day for me,” Hogarth said after his round. “It was a nice way to finish off the year; I’ve never win this tournament so I’m very happy to play this well on a course that I’ve never seen before.”

There was a six-way tie for third place at 1-under-par 71: Defending champion David Bartman (Los Angeles/Brentwood CC), Peter Booth (Carlsbad/Lake San Marcos CC), Andrew Kramer (Chino Hills/Los Serranos GC), Wayne Merich (Moorpark/Tee Club), Howie Knodt (Chula Vista/San Diego CC), and Jim Ream, Jr. (Cerritos/Old Ranch CC), who also holds the course record.

Rick Doebler of Fullerton and Hacienda GC shot a 1-under-par 71 at Black Gold GC to win the first SCGA Senior Tournament of Club Champions by three shots.

The championship is Doebler’s first SCGA win, in which he collected two birdies and only one bogey in the effort. He topped an impressive list of SCGA accomplished players in a five-way tie for second at two-over 74: 2007 SCGA Senior Amateur champion Rich Tolly (Laguna Niguel/El Niguel CC), 2006 SCGA Super Senior champion Ray Vanyo (Banning/Mission Lakes CC), Don Baker (Woodland Hills/Woodland Hills CC), Stephen Friend (Redondo Beach/Pacific Coast GC), and Jim Seymour (Bakersfield/Bakersfield CC).

Allen Mar, a 10-year member of the Los Angeles Chinese GC, shot a net 2-over-par 72 to win the President Flight of the SCGA’s Tournament of Club Champions, while Tom Lytle of The Jag Group and Calvin McClure of Moorpark CC were crowned co-champions of the Secretary Flight with a net 2-over as well, at Marbella CC in San Juan Capistrano.

Mar, 54, a consultant out of South Pasadena, won his fifth club championship to earn a spot in this year’s TOCC event; despite a triple bogey on the 18th hole and two other bogeys, he shot an eagle and a birdie to earn the title. There was also excitement amongst his group when Bill Miller of Temeku Hills CC in Temecula aced the group’s first hole of the day, the 206-yard par-4 fourth hole using a hybrid.

“A body massage on the practice range [provided by Body Balance] loosened my back, and my playing partner aced our first hole,” he said after his round. “I was ready to play some golf after that!”

Three players were one shot back at 73 to force a card-off; Peter Villalobos of TVMC and Valley Center won second, while Bill Hagen of Twin Oaks GC and Fallbrook won third. Brian Parker of La Canada-Flintridge CC and La Crescenta won fourth and Perry Hunt of Meadowlark and Huntington Beach won a card-off for fifth place at 4-over-par 74.

Co-champions were crowned in the Secretary Flight. Lytle, 44, a glazier from Rancho Santa Margarita, shot three net birdies and although the course was tough, he said, “I was happy with the way I played.”

McClure, a 48-year-old maintenance manager from Simi Valley, was critical of his putting despite collecting six birdies, but “drove and hit my irons well,” he said. “I had three great guys to play with too.”

Kenneth Mirhan of Back Tees GC and South Pasadena took sole possession of third place with 3-over-par 73, while a card-off at 74 resulted in Diamond Bar and Santa Fe GA’s Brian Tickenoff collecting fourth place. John Hauscarriague of Anteater GC and Mission Viejo won fifth place.

Larry Rentler of Los Osos Sea Pines GC and Francis Crisologo of Pinoy Golfers of America both shot net 1-under-par 71 at Shadowridge GC in Vista, to be crowned co-champions of the Vice President Flight of the SCGA Tournament of Club Champions. Juan Rodruguez, Jr. of The Golferz Club recorded a net 7-under-par 65 to win the Treasurer’s Flight title.

This is the first year any of the champions have played in the event. Playing to a 12.2 index, Rentler, 72, an engineer from Morro Bay, recorded four net birdies and a net eagle in his effort, although slipped with three bogeys and a double-bogey. “I felt comfortable today after having played yesterday and I had a few good birdie shots,” he said after his round.

Crisologo, 37, an engineer from Long Beach and an 8-year member of his club, played to a 12.9 and collected seven net birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey to tie for the title. “I hit the fairway pretty consistently off the tee,” he said. “I hit a 6-iron fro the fairway bunker on the second hole, 180 yards uphill into the win, and landed the ball 8 feel from the pin.”

By means of a card-off in the Vice President Flight with even-par 72, Jeffrey Lewis of CSC Golf League in Del Mar won second place and Larry Ryan of the Lake Elsinore Elks in Lake Elsinore won third place. Another four players tied for fifth at 1-over-par 73, and Doug Parizek (R Golf Club/Simi Valley) and Hieu Nguyen (Alsri GC/Long Beach) won fourth and fifth place, respectively.

In the Treasurer Flight, the 27-year-old Rodriguez, a sales manager from Murrieta in his first year playing in The Golferz Club, fired four net eagles in his round, en route to a 7-under-par 75 and a seven-shot victory.

“The round was very fun, the lessons have been paying off,” Rodriguez said. “The highlight of my round was my chip-in for birdie [net eagle] on 14.”

Dave Schagrin of Garden Grove and the Southern California Dental Golf Association came in second at even-par 72, while John Uribarri of Aguanga and IVMGC and Jesse Field of San Diego and Single Golfers of San Diego, took third and fourth places, respectively, by means of a card-off; both tied at 1-over-par 73. Also by card-off at 2-over-par 74, and John Blackley (Los Angeles/Argyle GC) finished fifth.

Results For Southern California Tournament of Club Champions
1CATim HogarthNorthridge, CA10065
2CADon O'ConnorCarlsbad, CA6567
T3CADavid BartmanLos Angeles, CA3071
T3CAAndrew KramerChino Hills, CA3071
T3CAHowie KnodtPauma Valley, CA3071

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ABOUT THE SCGA Tournament of Club Champions

Men’s club champions are invited to play in this 18- hole event. The club champion must have a Handicap Index of 2.4 or below as of the date of registration. They must be an amateur member in good standing with the SCGA and a member on the club’s active SCGA roster at the time they won the championship. This Division will compete without handicaps. Men’s club champions with a Handicap Index of 2.5 and above will play in the net divisions.

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