Montgomery - Ron Schroeder of Montgomery claimed a one stroke victory over defending champion Jonathon Mathias of San Antonio in the 2006 South Region Amateur at Walden on Lake Conroe in Montgomery. It was literally a fight to the
finish in a two man battle between Schroeder and Mathias. The two began the final round tied for the lead with Stephen Paterson of Austin, but Paterson stumbled early and was never in contention. Mathias had a three stroke lead with four holes to play, but Schroeder birdied holes 15 & 16, and when Mathias’ approach on the 18th hole found the water, Schroeder was able to two putt for par and claim the title.
Schroeder’s final round 73 left him at four over par 220 for 54 holes. The double bogey at the last hole gave Mathias a 74 (221). Marshall Piper was a alone in third three strokes back after tying the low final round score with an even par 72. Walden member John Beatty also had a final round 72 to move into a fourth place tie with Michael Whitehead at 226.
“I think Walden [on Lake Conroe] is the most challenging course in South Texas,” Schroeder says. He has a good track record on the course as the two time defending champion of the Devlin Cup, an amateur event hosted by the club each year. Schroeder is also the defending Houston City Amateur champion, and knows how tough today’s competitive amateur golf scene is. “Most of he time if you are four over par you don’t think you have much of a chance, but here you are going to be in the hunt.”
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