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Tim Hogarth and Howie Knodt are SCGA Players of the Year!
01 Oct 2009
by Katie Denbo

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Kudos to Southern California's most decorated amateur, Tim Hogarth of Northridge. The owner of the Triple Crown title has earned 2009 SCGA Player of the Year honors! The SCGA Senior Player of the Year is Howie Knodt of Chula Vista, who also earned the title last year.

Hogarth (left), 42, has a portfolio of titles almost too long to list. He had quite a run in 2009 though, and the victories that went toward his Player of the Year award include first-place finishes in the SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship, SCGA Tournament of Club Champions and (for the third year in a row) Pasadena City Championship; second-place finishes in the SCGA Amateur Championship and Los Angeles City Championship; semifinalist at the SCGA Match Play Championship; Round of 32 at the California State Amateur Championship (an event he won in 1999); and a fifth-place tie at the SCGA Four-Ball Championship. Hogarth was also the medalist at U.S. Open Local Qualifying by shooting a course-record 65 at Annandale Golf Club, and earned co-medalist honors at U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifying at El Caballero Country Club (he missed match play at the U.S. Amateur after being eliminated from a 27-man playoff).

Hogarth is also the only player in SCGA history to win the coveted Triple Crown title: SCGA Amateur (2004), SCGA Mid-Amateur (1999, 2007 and 2009) and California State Amateur (1999). If Hogarth can win the SCGA Four-Ball and Match Play events, he will have won every SCGA scratch event offered (excluding senior events, which he will likely dominate as well when he turns 55!).

Knodt, 56, had a magical 2009 season with several notable victories, including first place finishes in the SCGA Senior Amateur Championship, SCGA Senior Match Play Championship and (for the second year in a row) the San Diego Senior City Championship. He also took third place in the SCGA Tournament of Club Champions' Regular Gross Division.

Both of these guys are a lot of fun to watch and they'll be two to keep an eye on going into the fall tournament season!
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