Sunday, September 17, 2006

San Antonian Claims State Mid-Am Title

Jonathon Mathias of San Antonio is the winner of the Texas Golf Association 2006 State Mid-Amateur Championship. Mathias rolled to a 5-shot victory over runners-up Darin Newhouse (of Tyler) and Seth Thornton (of Houston) at Champions Golf Club (Jackrabbit Course) in Houston.

Here is the report from the TGA:

Houston, TX: Jonathon Mathias was tied for the lead after each of the first two rounds of the 2006 TGA State Mid-Amateur Championship. He didn’t want to be in that position when the third and final round was completed, so he went out and promptly birdied two of the first four holes on his was to a final round of five under par 66 on the Jackrabbit Course at Champions Golf Club in Houston. That allowed the Air Force captain from San Antonio to separate himself from the field claim and his first TGA state championship. Mathias posted a 54-hole total of 7-under par 206 to finish five shots clear of runners-up Darin Newhouse of Tyler and Seth Thornton of Houston . Thornton had a final round 67 to move into the second place tie, while Newhouse, one back to start the day, had a final round of 70.

“Everything fell into place for me this week,” Mathias said. “My ball striking was awesome. It is the best I’ve hit the ball in a long time, and what a great place for it to happen here at Champions with all of the history and tradition of this place.”

The low round of the day came from Montgomery ’s Ron Schroeder who had a 65 to move into fourth place alone at one under par 212. The 65 matched the tournament’s low round, which John Bearrie of Arlington shot in Saturday’s second round. Bearrie had an even par 71 in the final round to finish fifth. John Dowdall of Houston , who was one shot off the lead starting the final round, tied for sixth with Kip Guidry of Missouri City at one over par. Guidry had a final round 69. Scott Loving of Conroe , who started the day tied for the lead with Mathias, had to a three over par 74 in the final round to drop back into eighth place.

The weather again was a factor, but only for the final group of the day. Shortly
after hitting their tee shots on the 18th hole play was suspended due to lightning near the Champions Golf Club course. The storm quickly passed and the last three players completed the final hole, with Mathias appropriately capping his week off with birdie.
Complete, final results are available on the tournament homepage.

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