Plano - Artie Starrs and David Leachman, both from Dallas, said they had played well throughout the 2006 TGA State Four-Ball Championship, but couldn’t get many putts to fall. But the putts fell for them over the final nine holes during the final round at the King’s Course of Gleneagles Country Club in Plano. Starrs and
Leachman birdied the first five holes on the back nine en route to a 7-under-par 65 and a two shot victory to claim the title.
“We finally made some putts on the back nine,” Starrs said. That included a lengthy par save on the 16th to keep the margin at two strokes. Starrs and Leachman were paired with John Stollenwerck and Malcolm Holland, but Holland didn’t arrive at the course until the group was making the turn to the back nine. He had been attending his daughter’s high school graduation activities. “When Malcolm showed up it was
like the whole group relaxed and we just started making the putts,” Leachman
It was the first TGA State Four-Ball championship for the duo that are both members at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas, and play quite a bit of golf together. They finished two shots ahead of defending champions Chris James of Austin and Kent Wiese of Houston, 2003-04 champions Terrence Miskell of New Braunfels and Titus Harris of Houston, and the team of Mark McEntire of Hutto and Deron Zinnecker of Austin (who shot the low round of the tournament with an 8-under-par 64). Gleneagles members Greg Smith and Mike Chisum of Plano, who were tied for the lead going into the final round, finished alone in fifth three shots back.
Full results are available on the TGA Web site.