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Eric Hogg, Utah Open, Two-Time State Am Champion, Passes Away
Eric Hogg, one of only six golfers in Utah history to win both the Utah State Am and the Utah Open, passed away this past week at the University of Utah hospital due to complications from pneumonia. He was 51 years old.
In lieu of a funeral, his father Darrell, along with Doug Cornia and Christine Young are planning to hold a memorial golf tournament in April or May at Mountain Dell Golf Course where all his friends can share memories of their association with him.
He suffered debilitating injuries in a car accident just over a year ago, but was on the mend and played on the Glenmoor 8-Man Senior team this past year where he played remarkably well given his injuries.
He grew up in Salt Lake City and learned golf at Bonneville Golf Course under the encouragement and tutelage of head pro Dick Kramer. He played on two Utah Junior Americas Cup teams sponsored by the UGA.
He graduated from Skyline High School in 1980 and played on the golf team. The teams won the 4-A championship in 1979 and 1980 and Hogg was medalist both years.
He played on the University of Utah golf team for two years. As a sophomore he earned one of the few spots in the NCAA championship reserved for individuals whose team didn’t qualify for the tournament.
His college coach, Ron Branca, said, “Eric was a very kind person, and recently expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to play on the university golf team. He had enormous talent and was one of Utah’s best players ever.”
He won the State Am in 1981 at Hidden Valley and again in 1988 at Riverside Country Club. In 1989 he qualified for the U.S. Open in New York and in 1991 he won the Utah Open.
He caddied for a year on the LPGA Tour, including a stint with Heather Farr.
At various times he worked on the grounds crew at Bonneville and Mountain Dell and prior to his accident had his own pallet business and worked at Rite Aid.
Doug Cornia, his closest friend ever since their childhood years, said, “He was a humble person, and had time for everyone. He never judged others. One of the thrills of my lifetime was to caddy for him at the Utah Open.”
Joe Watts, former UGA Executive Director, said, “Eric had some personal struggles that kept him from reaching his full potential, but he was a very kind, gentle, and soft spoken person and achieved golf greatness in Utah. I loved the guy.”
“He loved the game and his fellow competitors and that is where he found peace,’’ Watts said.
Christine Young has been an almost constant caretaker since his accident and she deserves big thanks from Eric’s friends for her kindnesses to him. She became his soul mate and was with him when he passed away.
Eric was born August 20, 1962 in Denver, Colorado to Darrell and Marcine Hogg. He was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his father Darrell, Sun City, Arizona; his sister Amy Porter-Nichols, Oklahoma; four nieces, a grand-niece, aunts and uncles and a special friend Christine Young and many friends.