Dallas, TX – Mike Arnold from Windcrest (San Antonio) fired a blistering 66 to come from seven shots back and win the 71st Texas Senior Amateur Championship. Arnold’s impressive 6-under-par round was the lowest of the tournament by three shots and was the lowest of the day by four.
Arnold, who is no stranger to big tournaments (2 Senior Opens, 2 U.S. Public Links and 2 U.S. Amateurs), picked the right time to card his career low round as a Senior during the final round of the State Senior Amateur. His 6-birdie, no-bogey scorecard was a testament to his solid play, but his putter won him the trophy.
Although he didn't know it at the time, Arnold's 20-foot putt on the 18th green to save par won him the ultimate prize.
"The course didn’t play easy today, but I went out today and just tried to improve my position," said Arnold. Indeed he did, and won his first TGA championship for his efforts.
Jimmy Chapman of Irving made a run for the title and came up just few feet short. Needing to make birdie on the difficult par-5 18th hole on the Gold Course, Chapman pushed his approach shot into the right bunker and was forced to try to hole his bunker shot for a share of the lead. The shot landed a few feet short and left him with a 3-footer for the runner-up position, which he made. Chapman carded a 2-under-par 70 for the day and a tournament total of even par 216.
Andy Wall from Tyler, who was the 54-hole leader in both divisions, slipped to a tie for third place in the overall division, but won the Super Senior division by nine shots over Mike Rice of Houston. Also tied for third in the overall division was 2006 U.S. Senior Am runner-up, Tom McGraw of Montgomery.
The State Senior Amateur is open to male amateur golfers who will have reached their fifty-fifth birthday by August 17, have a current USGA Handicap index of 8.4 or less, and belong to a club that is a member of the Texas Golf Association.
Mike Arnold, 215
Jimmy Chapman, 216
Thomas McGraw, 218
Andy Wall, 218
Gary Hardin, 220