One for the Ages
Late last year, Tim Hogarth got what amounted to a wakeup call about his golf game. “Six months ago, I wasn’t good enough to be named to the Seaver Cup team,” said Hogarth (the inaugural Seaver Cup, a competition between the SCGA and Northern California GA, was held at Ojai Valley Inn in December).
“So I went back to Randy Petersen at Alondra Park, who was my coach in college and asked him to work with me. I’m playing 100 percent better than I was in December, thanks to him.”
Is he ever just ask Gary Vanier and the rest of the field in the 88th California Amateur Championship. In one of the most dramatic matches in tournament history, the 33 year old Hogarth defeated 48 year old Gary Vanier to win the title in a match that went 38 holes at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Amateur Public Links champion, had birdied the 548 yard, par five 18th hole to take a 4 up lead after 18 holes, a margin which in previous championship matches was usually enough to allow the leader to coast home comfortably.
But the 48 year old Vanier validated his reputation as one of the nation’s toughest amateur match play contestants by shooting 34 34 68 during the afternoon, including a heart stopping birdie on the 18th hole that forced overtime.
After both players parred the first hole, Vanier missed a six foot birdie putt on the par 5 second hole to make Hogarth the 25th person ever to win medalist honors (which he captured in 1997) and the championship.
It was just the sixth overtime final match in tournament history and the first since Mike Brannan edged Dick ibetter coque huawei mate 20 pro Runkle on the 37th hole in 1973. This was also the third longest overtime match; Bob Risch took 39 holes to defeat Vic Loustalot in 1970 and Mac Hunter, Sr. went 39 holes to turn back Gene Littler in 1949.
For Hogarth, coque samsung a20 fortnite it was the culmination of a remarkable six months that has seen him in five of the seven tournaments he has entered, including his second Los Angeles City Championship.
For Vanier, the loss was a heartbreaker. He was seeking to become the oldest person ever to win the title and to tie Pebble Beach GL designer and five time California Amateur champion Jack Neville for the longest stretch between victories, 17 years.
“My hat’s off to Gary,” said Hogarth after the match was over. “When my coque samsung a5 2017 mot game’s off during a match, I’m off; there’s nothing I can do to fix it. Gary went to the driving range and somehow corrected whatever was bothering him in the morning, then came out and shot a brilliant round.
“I felt like he was overwhelming me,” continued Hogarth, “that I was counterpunching all afternoon, just trying to hang on and find a way to win.”
That he did was testimony to Hogarth’s heart and his skill, even when he wasn’t playing his best. He took everything that Vanier could throw at him, including some miraculous scramble shots, blizzard world of warcraft o6557 coque iphone 11 1coques8iphone9246 but never lost the lead.
“I had to call on all of the things that I’ve learned as a match play player to win this match,” said Hogarth. Amateur] Publinks.”
A clue to what might happen in the afternoon came on the coque iphone 6 luffy and brother chibi z0951 coque samsung galaxy s7 harry potter silicone second hole when Vanier hit his drive and second shot in the rough, only to nearly hole his eagle chip, leaving it two inches from the cup. Although Hogarth rolled in a downhill, seven foot putt to halve the hole, Vanier’s magic was a precursor of things to come.
Vanier ever so slowly chipped away at the margin. After winning par 3 fifth hole, Vanier put his third shot on the par 5 ocean side sixth into the greenside bunker, where he faced an awkward lie near some overhanging grass. Meanwhile, Hogarth drove in the right side of the fairway and laid up 40 yards short of the green.
“That was a very important hole,” Hogarth would say later. “He hasn’t seen the fairway in three shots and I’m in front of the green. I’m supposed to hit the chip stiff, make birdie and go back to 4 etui et coque iphone 6 up. At that point, he might say to himself, ‘I’ve played my heart out and I’m still only where I was when the afternoon started.’”
Instead, Vanier exploded his bunker shot to one inch from the cup, Hogarth hit an coque disney iphone 6 plus indifferent chip and pulled the birdie putt, and the margin was still 3 up.
Vanier continued to grind. When he won the ninth with a par and the 11th by rolling in a 10 foot downhill birdie putt, the margin had shrunk to one hole.
The par three 12th proved to be pivotal, as Vanier reached the green 15 feet from the hole while Hogarth pulled his tee shot into deep rough 30 yards left of the green, the ball burying in grass that was on top of a French drain. “I had zero chance if I had been forced to hit the ball from there,” Hogarth admitted later, but he was granted relief, only to have his ball nestle back down in the deep grass. Undaunted, Hogarth landed his wedge softly and drained a 15 foot putt for par.
Vanier, whose coque a10 samsung prime approach shots coque marbre pour samsung a20e all afternoon were hit with radar like accuracy, nearly backed up his third shot on the par five 14th into the hole, and when Hogarth missed a birdie chip from the back collection area by a whisker, the match was all square.
On the par four 15th, coque iphone 6 warhol Vanier made his only bad shot of the afternoon, shanking his approach from the left rough nearly out of bounds to the right and under a tree. As a result, Hogarth regained his 1 up lead, which he promptly lost after pulling his approach shot on the 16th into gnarly rough short and left of the green.
On the par thee 17th, Vanier’s tee shot plugged under the lip of the front bunker. “That’s as good as I can hit a three iron,” said Vanier later. “I guess the golf gods coque iphone 6 souple silicone got me.” Given the opening, Hogarth coque strangers things iphone 6 responded by lacing a three iron shot to within two feet of the cup. Vanier conceded without even trying to hit from his impossible lie.
On the 548 coque iphone 6 radiant yard, par 5 finishing hole, Vanier lofted his third shot 10 feet left of hole and, after Hogarth missed his longer birdie putt, Vanier coque iphone 6 piglet drilled his 10 footer, reacting with a rare show of emotional joy, fist odd future donut supreme z4048 coque iphone 11 1coques8iphone11746 in the air.
‘Once he made that putt,” admitted Hogarth later, “I thought it was all over. I couldn’t believe he made it. He had all the momentum and I was really down at that point. My only hope was somehow to attack on titan logo wings l3095 coque samsung galaxy s7 coque samsung galaxy a5 2017 cute get to the second hole, because I knew my length would be a benefit on that hole.”
As it turned out, Hogarth was a prophet. “I couldn’t believe he missed that putt,” said Hogarth after Vanier’s final attempt rolled by the left edge. “He coque stranger thing iphone 6 had made everything all afternoon; I was sure we were going to the third hole.” coque mali iphone 6 Instead, California Golf Association President Ralph Temple was handing Hogarth the gold medal.
In contrast to the afternoon’s brilliance, the morning round was characterized more by grittiness than greatness.
Hogarth who had been under par through his first four matches during the week struggles to a 2 over par 38 on the front nine, then righted the ship to shoot even par on the back, capped off by a birdie on the finishing hole.
Vanier struggled even more with three double bogies in his round of 79, including one on the par 4 first hole. Early on, the match see sawed back and forth, the first halved hole was the par 5 sixth, by which time Vanier had rebounded from being 2 down after two holes to take a 1 up lead with a birdie 2 on the fifth.
Both players had their chances; Vanier missed a six foot birdie putt on queen of the stone age w3827 coque samsung galaxy s7 the par four sixteenth and Hogarth missed a three foot par putt on the par three 17th after exploding delicately from a greenside bunker…