Monday, November 14, 2005

North Tops South in TGA Texas Shoot-Out Matches

The final event of the Texas Golf Association tournament season wrapped up over the week, with the North team besting the South for the TGA Texas Shoot-Out championsip.

The Texas Shoot-Out is a Ryder Cup-style event. This year it was played at Fort Worth's Colonial Country Club.

Here's the report from the TGA:

The South squad took the early lead in the Saturday morning Four Ball matches by collecting 6.5 points to the North's 5.5 in very windy conditions. The wind continued to blow at 20-25 mph all day, which made the afternoon Foursomes (Alternate Shot format) extremely challenging.

The south squad kept the hot teams of Steve Gill & Ron Schroeder and Terrence Miskell & Jonathon Mathias together for the afternoon matches and it paid off big. Both teams swept all three available points and won an impressive 4.5 points out of a possible 6 for the day. When the dust settled the South expanded their lead by picking up 7.5 points, while the North scraped out some crucial points down the stretch to wind up with 4.5 for their Foursome total. After Saturday's matches the South was once again sitting on an overnight lead of four points.

After losing the first two Texas Shoot-Out events, the North rallied on Sunday. Last-minute changes to the singles match line-up by North Captain Ryan Finn paid off. The conditions on Sunday morning were near perfect for the Singles Matches and the North players came out hot. The first four North players posted nine out of a possible 12 points for their team and the momentum had shifted. Bob Neal, Steve Galko, Chuck Palmer, and Roger Marcincuk all played extremely well, and appeared to relish the singles format. Terrence Miskell was the anchor for the South team, however his 3-point contribution wasn't enough. Single Match total - North Team: 16 points, South Team: 8 points.

Needing only 24.5 points for the trophy and title, the Comeback at Colonial was complete. The North won 26-22 to claim the Texas Shoot-Out for the first time. Hard-fought matches on one of the best classic courses in the world made for an
exciting conclusion to the TGA season.

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