Montgomery -- Randy Lance of Conroe shot an even par final round of 71 to coast to a seven shot victory in the 2006 TGA South Region Mid-Amateur Championship. Playing his home course – Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek – Lance was the only player to finish the 54 hole tournament under par with a three day total of three under 210. Jonathon Mathias of San Antonio finished second a distant seven shots back at 217. However, the runner-up finish secured Mathias his second consecutive South Region Player of the Year title. John Dowdall of Houston finished third at 218 following a difficult final round 75. All three players earned exemptions into the 2006 TGA State Mid-Amateur Championship at Champions Golf Club in September.
Starting the day with a three shot lead, Lance said he “played pretty conservative today (Sunday). I didn’t so much the first two rounds, but today I hit a lot of 1 irons to just put the ball at the 150 marker,” Lance said of his game plan. He also knows the firm and fast greens at Woodforest are a challenge. “The greens here are tough to read. There are places you just can’t put the ball and expect to two-putt. I think it helps significantly that I know the golf course so well.”
The players in the TGA South Region Mid-Am were treated to three days of excellent, albeit hot, weather and scoring conditions. What looked like a three man battle to start the final round turned into a one man show as Kip Guidry of Missouri City, who was in second place at the start of the day, struggled to a final round 77. That, coupled with Dowdall’s 75, gave Lance the chance to stick to his conservative
game plan, and also opened the door for Mathias, whose final round of one over par 72 allowed him to move from fifth to second. Guidry slipped to a fourth place tie with defending Champion Mike Booker of The Woodlands and Dean Hall of Montgomery.
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