RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA (March 22, 2005) -- Defending champions Tim Hogarth of Northridge and John Pate of Santa Barbara got a first-hand lesson in the term "rub of the green" and used it to win the 3rd SCGA Foursomes Championship at Red Hill Country Club.
In capturing their second consecutive SCGA Foursomes title, Pate and Hogarth fired a 1-over-par 73 today and finished with a two-round total of 145, also 1 over par, in the difficult alternate-shot format. They finished a shot in front of Mark Gardner and Ted Lyford of Redlands, who had the day's best round, 1-under-par 71, over the venerable layout designed by George C. Thomas, Jr., and finished at 146. Patrick Carrigan of Alhambra and Keith Kinsel of Glendale finished another shot back in third place.
The first-round co-leaders Pete Wlodkowski of Carlsbad and Pat Mateer of Mission Viejo, and Jim Vallone of San Dimas and Donald Wells of Glendora, could not keep up the pace and finished tied for fourth and in 10th, respectively.
Hogarth, last year's SCGA Amateur champion, and Pate, who won the SCGA Amateur in 1999, appeared to have their second consecutive SCGA Foursomes title well in hand. They began their second round with consecutive birdies and were leading by four shots after making birdie 4 on the 15th hole. Then things got interesting.
They made double-bogey 5 on the 15th hole after what Pate later ruefully described as "shank, skull, three putts" and then bogied the 16th hole, as well. After making par 4 on the 17th hole and holding a two-shot lead, Pate hit an eight iron from 160 yards away from the 18th hole. "I thought it would be short when I hit it," Pate said later. To the contrary, the shot carried over the green and bounced on the cart path. However, it struck a rules official's golf cart, preventing it from bouncing out of bounds. Such a deflection is known in golfing parlance as "rub of the green."
Hogarth chipped 15 feet past the flagstick, Pate lagged his par putt to within inches of the hole, and Hogarth made what became the winning putt.
The victory adds another major trophy for Hogarth and Pate, In addition to their SCGA Amateur titles, Hogarth has won the 1996 U.S. Amateur, 1999 California, 1999 SCGA Mid-Amateur and four Los Angeles City Amateur titles. In addition to capturing the SCGA Amateur in its centennial playing, Pate has won the 2000 SCGA Mid-Amateur, was runner-up in the 1995 California Amateur, and has won the SCGA Tournament of Club Champions title twice.
3rd SCGA Foursomes Championship
at Red Hill Country Club; Rancho Cucamonga, CA
6,611 yards; par 72
FINAL 36-hole results:
145 -- John Pate, Santa Barbara-Tim Hogarth, Northridge, 72-73.
Mark Gardner, Redlands-Ted Lyford, Redlands, 75-71.
Patrick Carrigan, Walnut-Keith Kinsel, Glendale, 73-74.
Chris Rouk, Irvine-Dennis Reiland, Irvine, 73-75
Pete Wlodkowski, Carlsbad-Pat Mateer, Mission Viejo, 71-77.
John Mack, Alta Loma-Gary Havro, Claremont, 77-72
Scott Crawshaw, Pasadena-Jeffrey Payne, Garden Grove, 75-74.
Steve Pircher, Manhattan Beach-Robert Forster, Huntington Beach, 75-75
Michael Donovan, Fullerton-Randal Cross, Bakersfield, 75-75.
Jim Vallone, San Dimas-Donald Wells, Glendora, 71-80.
Mel Collins, Long Beach-Gregory Hetzer, San Pedro, 78-74
Rob Kring, Murrieta-Michael McCrary, San Marino, 76-76
David Ujihara, Brea-Gary Wing, Irvine, 75-77
Patrick Duncan, Rancho Santa Fe-Michael Rowley, San Luis Obispo, 79-73.
Alan Braden, Escondido-Mark Schlosser, Vista, 78-75
Jonathan Petke, Rancho Santa Margarita-Jon Petke, Mission Viejo, 77-76
Bob Erling, Murrieta-Peter Lane, Riverside, 77-76
Warren Caves, Newport Beach-Michael Carpenter, Irvine, 80-73
Mark Etue, Carlsbad-Donald O'Connor, Carlsbad, 75-78
Craig Steinberg, Oak Park-Michael Turner, Sherman Oaks, 75-78
Mark Rossi, La Verne-Dan Sullivan, Pasadena, 74-79
Robert Osborn, Glendora-Jim Osborn, Hacienda Heights, 73-80.
John Adams, San Clemente-Jerry Maras, Westminster, 78-76
Brian Lindley, Corona del Mar-Robert Summers, Trabuco Canyon, 76-78
Jim Ream Jr, Cerritos-Mike Blum, Seal Beach, 77-77.
Joel Fieri, San Diego-Kent Taylor, Ramona, 78-77
Marty Temple, Anaheim-Mike Miyasaki, La Habra, 78-77.
Jack Rector, Thousand Oaks-Mark Monreal, Moorpark, 78-78
Thomas McGreevy, Huntington Beach-William Coleman, Huntington Beach, 77-79
Keith Gulla, San Bernardino-Stan Ware, Victorville, 76-80
Jeff Johnston, Calabasas-Greg Merfeld, Agoura Hills, 76-80
James Myers, Oceanside-Brett Atkinson, Carlsbad, 75-81.
Greg Grohs, Arcadia-Mike Harris, Encinitas, 76-81
Greg Grohs, Arcadia-Mike Harris, Encinitas, 76-81.
Michael Hernandez, Rancho Cucamonga-Raymond Duffy, Chino Hills, 81-77
Rick Nolan, Trabuco Canyon-John McDonald, San Clemente, 81-77
Jeffrey Gipner, Oceanside-Gary Logsdon, Oceanside, 80-78
James Popoff, La Habra Heights-Iain MacDonald, Fullerton, 75-83.
Jason Bittick, Coto de Caza-Steve DeLine, Yorba Linda, 79-80
David Oas, Encinitas-Fred Lynn, Carlsbad, 79-80.
Robert Suppelsa, Rolling Hills Estates-Chris Rossberg, Redondo Beach, 80-80
Tom Norys, Riverside-Todd Stires, Murrieta, 79-81
Jim Lovell, Yorba Linda-Wesley Tamashiro, Yorba Linda, 79-81.
Ed Holmes, Riverside-Johnny Holmes, Riverside, 81-80
Warren Shafer, San Diego-David Neshat, Encinitas, 81-80
Brad Scott, Monrovia-Robert Gross, Pasadena, 80-81.
Bill Borden, Alpine-Rick Winslow, La Quinta, 83-79
Dean Siskowski, San Marcos-Brian Leff, San Marcos, 81-81
Greg Creamer, Rancho Santa Margarita-Ron Reach, Mission Viejo, 79-83
J.P. Iriart, Alta Loma-David Gabonay, Rancho Cucamonga, Ca 79-83.
Rick Scott, Camarillo-Steve Fink, Las Vegas, NV 87-76
Bob Rogers, Torrance-Ben Serns, Harbor City, 85-78
Pete Kohles, Rolling Hills Est.-Larry Farrah, Long Beach, ca 84-79
Bret Taylor, Foothill Ranch-Rob Warren, Mission Viejo, 82-81
Kevin Unck, Alta Loma-Fred Williams, Fontana, 80-83.
Jay M. Ball, M.D., Anaheim Hills-Bill Paringer, Claremont, 83-81.
Ron Nakagawa, Bakersfield-Mark Charmley, Bakersfield, 85-80
Jim Olander, San Diego-Eric Olander, Lake Forest, 82-83
Greg Ross, Box Canyon-Emilio Mora, Simi Valley, 82-83
Chris Eldridge, San Clemente-Bob Claydon, Laguna Niguel, 80-85
Tom McCutcheon, Cypress-Garth Passantino, Long Beach, 80-85.
William Benford, Calabasas-Michael Benford, Calabasas, 82-84
Patrick Glover, Walnut-Don Dirian, San Dimas, 81-85
Ron Breuer, Toluca Lake-Sam Pintar, Toluca Lake, 80-86.
Don Good, Chino Hills-George Schmidt, Chino Hills, 85-82
Stephen Dunn, Rancho Santa Fe-Daniel Homan, Rancho Santa Fe, 84-83
Richard Rudell, Whittier-Robert Polzel, La Mirada, 83-84
Bert Ashland, Garden Grove-Larry Williams, Mission Viejo, 82-85
Daniel Donovan, Manhattan Beach-Richard Nordlund, Santa Barbara, 80-87.
Tim Daly, San Diego-Matthew Papuga, San Diego, 80-88.
Nicholas Bock, Tustin-Jay Baumgardner, Laguna Niguel, 88-83.