Tim Hogarth carries a two-shot lead into the final round
PASADENA, CA (August 12, 2017) - Tim Hogarth
of Northridge, CA went five under over his last seven holes, including two eagles, to shot a four-under 66 and take a two shot lead into the final round of the Southern California Public Links Championship at Brookside Golf Club.
Hogarth and Tyler Schafer came into the round tied for the lead at four-under after matching 68s on the #1 Course at Brookside.
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The field moved over to the par-70 #2 Course for round two, where a pair of golfers shot the low rounds of the tournament. Ryan Miranda of Los Angeles and Brandon Mai of Poway each had a five-under 65, with Mai making four birdies in the last five holes. Miranda moved up to solo second place, two shots behind Hogarth, while Mai is tied for third, four shots back.
Hogarth played a flawless front nine of two under par but ran into trouble at the start of the back nine, bogeying the par-three 10th and making double at the par-five 11th. Little did he know he would play his next five holes in 14 shots.
Hogarth started his run by making birdie at the par-three 12th. After a par at 13, he made an eagle two at the drivable par-four 14th. Another par was followed by yet another eagle, this time on the par-five 16th. Two pars to finish and it was a 66 for an eight-under 134 total.
Behind Hogarth and Miranda sit three players--Jonathan Rodriguez-Minkoff (Los Angeles), Chad Hambright (Lake Elsinore) and Mai--tied for third place at four under 138.
Schafer had a one-over 71 and is alone in sixth at three under 139.
Hogarth will be tough to catch. He is a seasoned competitive amateur with a career full of wins in Southern California and beyond, most famously his win in the 1996 U.S. Public Links.
His most recent win came in the Pasadena City Championship earlier in the summer.
Hogarth has been in the mix all season long in Southern California Golf Association events but is yet to pick up a victory, having finished tied for 10th at the Southern California Amateur and tied for 12th at the Southern California Mid-Amateur.
ABOUT THE SCGA Public Links
The SCGA Public Links Championship is formerly the
PLGA Amateur Championship, which started in 1968.
This Championship is open to amateurs who are
members of the SCGA who have a current Handicap
Index of 5.4 or below at the time of registration.
Players who are listed on a private or semi-private
club’s member roster are ineligible. The
Championship will have 104 players compete over
holes of stroke play with the top 30 players and ties
advancing after 36 holes to the final round.
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