Danny Edwards of Scottsdale, Ariz., shot a final round score of 66 for a 54-hole total of 4-under-par 75-71-66—212 to win the 2006 South Padre Island Golf Club at South Padre Island Golf Club in Laguna Vista, Texas. Edwards’ victory was worth $14,000 of the tournament’s total purse of $80,000.
Edwards, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, was five shots out of the lead when the final round began. He birdied three of the first five holes before taking his lone stumble of the day, a bogey on the par 4 ninth hole.
“I had a good solid day,” said Edwards of his final round. “When I birdied #11 and eagled the (par 5) 13th, I figured I had to be getting close to the lead.”
Edwards scored another birdie on the 16th for the final margin of victory, even though he didn’t know it at the time.
The southerly prevailing winds at South Padre Island Golf Club had dominated play through the first two rounds, and then a cold front blew through the night before the final round. The accompanying north winds turned the final rounds into a survival of the fittest. Cases in point:
- Defending champion Chuck Moran of Houston led after the first round and was tied for second place after two rounds. He moved to 4-under par through 12 holes during the final round, but a bogey on the 14th hole dropped him to 3-under . . . he finished in second place at 69-74-70—213 for $10,000 in winnings.
- Tony Peterson of Blythesville, Ark., was tied with Edwards at 4-under-par when he reached the final hole. His approach shot, played directly into north winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, died in the pond just short and right of the 18th green. The resulting double bogey left him in third place at 70-74-70—214 for a check of $8,000.
Fort Worth’s Lindy Miller finished in fourth place at 74-70-71—215 ($6,000), followed by James Blair of Ogden, Utah, in fifth place at even-par 72-71-73—216 ($5,000).
Richard LaPierre of San Antonio (73-73-74—220) and Tom Takes of Weatherford, Texas, (78-70-72—220) contested a sudden-death playoff for low amateur honors, with LaPierre taking home the trophy with a birdie on the second extra hole.