LA HABRA HEIGHTS, Calif. (April 13, 2009) -- Tyler Crawford of Rancho Mirage shot a 4-under-par 69-69—138 today, to lead the field of the 26th SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship by three shots going into the final round tomorrow at Hacienda GC in La Habra Heights.
Crawford, a 35-year-old Mississippi State University alumnus who plays out of Mission Hills CC, “could’ve easily had a 65 in the afternoon,” said playing partner Jason Pridmore of a second-round score that included Crawford making two bogeys and a double-bogey en-route to his 69. Five of his six second-round birdies came in his first nine holes of the afternoon.
Tim Hogarth of Northridge, who won the SCGA Mid-Amateur in 2007 and most recently the 2008 SCGA Tournament of Club Champions, shot a 70-71—141 on the par-71 course, and will play with Crawford in tomorrow’s final pairing. Jason Bittick of Coto de Caza shot a 73-69—142 while Manhattan Beach’s William Degenhart reversed those rounds for the two to share a tie for third.
First-round leader Bowen Osborn of Santa Monica, who shot a 68 this morning, faltered in the second round. A two-stroke penalty for being late to the tee led to an 83 in the afternoon and a 12-over 151 on the day. “The first round was really good,” he said, “but then I kind of got out of it.”
Hacienda, an original Willie Watson design that was remodeled in 2007 by John Harbottle III, received rave reviews of its 6,925-yard layout. With firm greens, ample trees and tight fairways, many players called the course a hidden gem in fantastic condition. Donald O’Connor of Carlsbad, who made the cut at 154, summed it up: “There aren’t many places that I’d play every day, but this is definitely one of them,” he said after his round. “You have to use every club in your bag, it’s a fantastic course.”
The field of 84 was cut to the top 42 and ties (14-over 156), with tee times beginning tomorrow, April 14, at 8:00 a.m. Spectators are welcome and admittance is free of charge. Live scoring will be available every three holes - click on the link below to access.