Past champ Hogarth among those advancing at the SCGA Match Play
Tim Hogarth (Northridge, Calif.) defeated Jordan Fisher (Pasadena, Calif.) 4 and 3 to advance to the second round at the Southern California Match Play at the La Costa Resort.
32 players began the match play phase of the championship on the Champions Course, which once hosted the WGC Match Play (Tiger Woods won twice there).
Hogarth, who won the SCGA Match Play in 2016, took control of his match early, going four up through seven holes and cruising from there. He will next face Cullen Brasfield of La Quinta.
Among those advancing are Jamie Cheatham of Rancho Santa Fe, who won the last tournament he played at La Costa, last year's AmateurGolf.com La Costa Classic. Cheatham, the No. 1 seed in this event, took out Joshua Song of Diamond Bar 5 and 4.
Others in the final 16 include last year's runner-up Cody Hall (Wildomar, Calif.), former SCGA Mid-Amateur champion Dan Sullivan (Pasadena, Calif.), Ventura City champion Blake Bourelle (Bakersfield, Calif.), former USC player Sam Kim (Irvine, Calif.) and AmateurGolf.com's own Kyle Rector (San Diego, Calif.).
Two rounds will be played on Wednesday, paring the field down to the four semifinalists who will play Thursday for the title.
ABOUT THE Southern California Match Play
The Match Play and Senior Match Play
began in 2008 as a means of bringing new credence
and incentive to the SCGA points program. The
points program awards points to golfers who give
strong performances in SCGA, USGA, CGA and other
selected outside tournaments. The championship
fields consist of 32 players in single elimination
match play. The top 24 players on the Match Play
Points List earn automatic invitations to compete.
The remaining 8 spots into the field are filled
a one day qualifying event. Match Play qualifying is
open to members with a Handicap index of 5.4 and
below at the time of registration.
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