Hogan Signs with Dogs
July 21, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Over the years, Mike Watney has been a great judge of golf talent. He went to the south Valley and plucked another gem in Bryan Hogan.
The Hall of Fame Fresno State coach just finished his 30th season as the Bulldog head coach and returned to the same area that produced two-time All-WAC player and 2007 WAC medalist Grant Doverspike.
In addition, Watney has recruited and coached several PGA Tour players, including stars Nick Watney and Kevin Sutherland.
In all, Watney has coached 29 collegiate All-Americans.
So when he's excited about the prospects of a young player like Hogan, people listen.
"First of all, it's a thrill to sign a Hogan to play golf for us," said Watney. "I'm sure we'll have some fun with that name but his golf game is no joke. He is a very good golfer who can really play. People may be familiar with that name because just recently, he had a great battle with Bulldog Junior Todd Angel at the Fresno City Championship. Todd eagled the last hole to nip Bryan by a stroke."
Hogan was the Bakersfield area Player of the Year in his junior and senior seasons and he led to team to three Valley championships. He's a two-time Valley individual champion.
Last weekend, he shot 70-68 in the Fresno County Amateur to tie championship (no playoff was held). Earlier this summer, Hogan shot 68-67 to win the Arvin City Championship.
"I expect that Bryan will step right into the lineup and make an immediate impact with the team," he said. "That's a bold statement but he is that good."
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