Tim Hogarth of Northridge simply added to his long list of tournament titles.
The 56-year-old Hogarth led virtually all the way and coasted to a 13-stroke victory over Jeff Burda of La Quinta in the 45th Southern California Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship at Santa Ana Country Club.
Hogarth was coming off a missed cut in the 67th U.S. Senior Amateur Championship at The Kittansett Club in Marion, Mass., where he shot 82-82—164.
“My confidence was pretty low,” said Hogarth, who was making his debut in this event after winning the SCGA Mid-Amateur four times and earning three SCGA Player of the Year awards. “I had a little bit of a hole I needed to dig out of, so this tournament really helped me. It meant a lot to play the way I did.
“Typically those (huge) leads don’t happen unless I feel very strongly about my game. I putted pretty well. That certainly isn’t the strongest part of my game, but I made a lot of putts.”
Hogarth, who captured the 1999 California State Amateur Championship, the 1996 USGA Public Links Championship and about two dozen NCGA titles, posted a score of 64-67-70—201, 15-under-par, while Burda who won this title in 2011 and 2015 plus the recent SCGA Senior Match Play Championship, was second at 72-69-73—214, followed by Robert Funk of Canyon Lake at 68-72-75—215.
Iain Macdonald of Fullerton shot 73-74-69—216 to tie for fourth with John Mack of Alta Loma, who totaled 71-73-72—216, and Don DuBois of Newport Beach, who wound up a 74-69-73—216.
Craig Davis of Chula Vista, who won this tournament four straight times from 2017-20, carded a score of 69-75-73—217 to tie for seventh with Scott Anderson Sr. of Bakersfield, who finished at 73-73-71—217, and Bob Grassa of San Diego, who wound up at 71-70-76—217.
Jim Plotkin of Carlsbad totaled 72-79-67—218 to tie for 10th with Mike Rowley of San Luis Obispo, who shot 73-74-71—218, Greg Cesario of San Marcos, who finished at 67-76-75—218, and John Adams of San Clemente, who came in at 73-69-76—218.
The top 10 finishers earned exemptions into the 2022 California Senior Amateur Championship in November at Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz and the 2023 SCGA Senior Amateur at Ironwood Golf Club in Palm Desert.
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