Thursday, May 25, 2006

Houston's Thelen Wins Callaway Tradition Championship

The Callaway Tradition Championship, one of the Southern Texas PGA's "majors," was played last weekend on the Player Course at The Woodlands Country Club. Here's the recap from the STPGA:

Houston’s Tim Thelen posted a course record-tying score of 6-under-par 66 for a 36-hole total of 137 to win the 2006 Callaway Tradition Championship at The Woodlands Country Club Gary Player Course by two-strokes over first-round leader Chip Craig of Kingwood.

Thelen, a two-time PGA of America Club Professional Championship winner and a five-time Southern Texas PGA Player of the Year, earned $2,100 for the victory. It was his second victory in a “major” STPGA tournament this year . . . he won the Srixon Spring Classic, presented by Mizuno, two months ago.

“It was really a pretty easy 66,” said Thelen, tongue firmly in cheek, of his record effort. “I missed one fairway by a foot and one green by a foot. It could have been better.”

Thelen took eight straight pars to begin his second round. He then scored birdies on four of the next seven holes and an eagle on No. 16 to reach the 6-under mark. Pars on the 17th and 18th holes closed out the bogey-free round.

Craig, the 2005 STPGA Player of the Year, took home the runner-up check for $2,100. Houston’s Eric Bogar and Jackie Montgomery of Sugar Land finished tied for third place at 1-under-par 143 for winnings of $1,500 each.

San Antonio’s Chuck Westergard and Jeff Cooper of Orange finished regulation play
knotted in a first-place tie at 3-over-par 147 in the tournament’s Senior Division. Westergard took the victory wit a par on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Creek Scott Crosby finished in third place at 154 and won $550.

Full results are available here.

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