Mid-Amateur Championship

April 19-20, 2021, Victoria Club

This Championship is open to SCGA members with a Handicap Index of 5.4 or below. Players must be 25 years of age or older. Players must qualify or earn an exemption into the championship field.

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Stephen Hale Breaks Through With Epic Playoff Victory

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It was a long time coming for Stephen Hale, and it sure wasn't easy. The former Cal Bear needed to hold-off five-time SCGA Mid-Amateur Champion Tim Hogarth and defending champion Torey Edwards in a three-hole aggregate playoff for his first-ever SCGA individual title.

Hogarth began the final round with a 2-shot advantage over a stable of yearly contenders and savvy veterans. His championship-low opening round 4-under 67 set the pace for the top of the leaderboard and followed with a second-round 70, giving himself a small cushion heading into the final round of the 54-hole event.

Cullen Brasfield and Stephen Hale were both nipping at Hogarth’s heels to begin the day. Each carded 3-under 36-hole scores and found themselves paired in the final group.

Defending champion Torey Edwards started the final round three strokes back of Hogarth, but found his stroke early during the final round, opening with a par, then rattling off four straight birdies to take a one-stroke advantage after five holes.

Chaos ensued on the back-nine, with all the suitors heating up. Edwards birdied No. 10, 15 and 16 to post 8-under total in the clubhouse while the drama unfolded. Meanwhile, Hogarth was in cruise control with birdies on No. 10, 14 and 15 before a short miss for birdie on No. 16 and a pulled tee shot into the water on No. 17, leading to bogey.

With Hogarth and Edwards at 8-under, and Hale right behind them at 7-under, the stage was set on the last hole. On the par-5, Hogarth’s drive sailed left and clipped a tree, forcing him to lay up. Hale hammered a drive up the right side, and dumped his approach just short of the green and got up-and-down to post 8-under. Hogarth had a 20-footer to seal the deal, but it came up just short, forcing a three-way 3-hole aggregate playoff.

All three players carded pars on the first two playoff holes (No. 10 and 11) and headed to the par-5 18th in virtual sudden death. Hogarth found the left side creek off the tee, Edwards sliced his drive into the 10th fairway and Hale ripped a low draw right down Broadway, giving him a significant advantage. Up at the green, Hogarth nearly chipped in for par but lipped out his attempt, leaving him on the outside looking in. Next, Hale stepped up to his 25-footer from the fringe and rolled it directly in the center of the cup, leading to a huge fist pump. It was now all up to the defending champ, as Edwards stared down a 15-footer to extend the match but it curled slightly right, securing Hale’s first individual SCGA championship.

Past Winners

Year Winner Site
2021 Stephen Hale Victoria Club
2020 Torey Edwards
Mission Viejo CC
2019 Damon Krause
Virginia CC
2018 Jeff Wilson
The Saticoy Club
2017 Dan Sullivan
Ironwood CC
2016 Corby Segal
Brentwood CC
2015 Jeff Wilson
Santa Ana CC
2014 Ramie Sprinkling Valencia CC
2013 Robert Funk Bermuda Dunes CC
2012 Tim Hogarth Rancho Santa Fe GC
2011 Scott Almquist Mesa Verde CC
2010 Tim Hogarth Hillcrest CC
2009 Tim Hogarth Hacienda GC
2008 Jeff Wilson Toscana CC
2007 Tim Hogarth Mission Viejo CC
2006 Robert Funk Bear Creek GC
2005 John McClure North Ranch CC
2004 Mantor Hays Pauma Valley CC
2003 Eric Wang Mesa Verde CC
2002 Scott McGihon Big Canyon CC
2001 Craig Steinberg Lakeside GC
2000 John Pate Virginia CC
1999 Tim Hogarth Victoria Club
1998 Pat Duncan Saticoy CC
1997 Brian Ricketts San Gabriel CC
1996 Craig Steinberg Victoria Club
1995 Brad Larsen De Anza CC
1994 Mark Johnson Indian Ridge CC
1993 Mark Johnson Yorba Linda CC
1992 Craig Anderson Bear Creek GC
1991 Sandy Galbraith Apple Valley CC
1990 Mitch Voges La Purisima GC
1989 Mark Johnson Apple Valley CC
1988 Buzz Greene Santa Ana CC
1987 Steve Lass Apple Valley CC
1986 Sandy Galbraith Wood Ranch GC
1985 Bernie LeBeau Bakersfield CC
1984 Jim Myers Apple Valley CC

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