Monday, September 17, 2007

Miskell Claims State Mid-Am Title

Terrence Miskell was the Texas Golf Association Player of the Year in 2006. And it's looking like he'll repeat in 2007. On Sunday in Bryan, at Miramont Country Club, Miskell claimed his second individual TGA title of the year and fourth overall, winning the Texas State Mid-Amateur Championship.

Here is the report from the TGA:

Bryan, TX -- 2006 TGA Player of the Year Terrence Miskell fired a final round of three under par 69 to win the 2007 Texas State Mid-Amateur Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan . Miskell held a slim one shot lead over his good friend and two time State Mid-Am champ (1999 and 2004) Alan Hill going to the final hole. Hill reached the front of the green on the par five 18th, so Miskell went for the green with his second shot, ending up just off the right edge of the green. Hill three putted for par and Miskell got up and down for birdie to make the margin of victory two shots. Miskell finished at seven under par 209 for the 54 hole championship.

Miskell, of New Braunfels , made a strong bid to defend his Player of the Year title by claiming his second individual and fourth overall TGA title of 2007. He teamed up with Trip Kuehne to win the State Four-Ball, and led the Dos Rios Golf Club team to victory in the State Club Team Championship. In June he won the Texas State Pub-Links title, and now can add the Texas Mid-Amateur trophy to his collection.

Four players tied for third, including 2006 Mid-Am Match Play champion Alan Clark of Ennis, who set a competitive course record with a sizzling seven under par 65. That left him at two under (214) for 54 holes and tied with Steve Galko (67) of Dallas, Scott Loving (72) of Conroe, and John Bearrie (68) of Arlington. Robert McKinney was the only other player to finish the championship under par, as the 1996 Texas Mid-Am champ had a final round 72 for a one under par 215 total.

"Without a doubt the par-5s were the key," Miskell said after posting two birdies and an eagle on par five holes in the final round. "I actually had three eagle putts in a row on 8-9-10. That is something I’ve never done before." Miskell drove the par four eighth hole, then reached both #9 and #10 (par five holes) in two. He made the eagle on the ninth hole and then watched Hill make an eagle putt as well to stay within two shots at the turn. After Miskell birdied #10 and Hill made what he called "a dumb, dumb, dumb three putt bogey on #11" there was suddenly a four shot advantage for Miskell. Hill never gave up and kept the pressure on Miskell. A birdie on #17 closed the gap to one shot going to the last hole, setting up the finish that led to a two shot win.

Here are the top finishers:

Terrence Miskell, New Braunfels, 73-67-69--209
Alan Hill, Spring Branch, 71-71-69--211
Alan Clark, Ennis, 78-71-65--214
John Bearrie, Arlington, 69-77-68--214
Steve Galko, Dallas, 73-74-67--214
Scott Loving, Conroe, 70-72-72--214
Complete Results

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