Sunday, August 06, 2006

Father-Son Teams Claims State Stableford Handicap Championship

The latest Texas Golf Association championship wrapped up on Saturday in Austin. Here's the recap of the TGA Stableford Handicap Championship:

The father-son duo of David Allen of Austin and D.J. Allen of Denton held on to win the 2006 TGA Stableford Handicap Championship with a 54 hole total of -6 points in the modified Stableford scoring system tournament that was played at the Flintrock Falls Course of The Hills Country Club in Austin. Finishing in second place was the team of Mike Allred and Pete Zack at -9 points, three points off the pace. The team of Ty Taylor of Houston and Lane Lauritsen of Round Rock were just behind Allred and Zack at -9.75 points.

The tournament used a scoring system where points are awarded for the score a player makes at each hole - one point for bogey, two for par, three for birdie, and four for eagle. Each team has a pre-assigned quota of points to earn which is 72 (par for the Flintrock Falls course) less 90-percent of the sum of each player’s course handicap. Of the 34 teams in the field, none equaled their quota, thus the “minus” scores. The quota is adjusted each day by 50-percent of the team’s excess or deficit.

Former champions Ron and Winn Keeney easily won the Kite Flight with a strong final round of +8.25 to finish at -6.75 for the tournament. The Crenshaw Flight was won by Todd Dever and Ken Johnson who finished the three rounds at -19.25.

The full results can be found on the tournament homepage at the TGA Web site. Also handy is an explanation with examples that help make that complicated scoring system make more sense.

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