Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Spring Pro Takes STPGA Club Car Memorial

Ray Richmond, manager of the Willow Creek Golf Shop in Spring, was the victor in the Southern Texas PGA's Club Car Memorial Classic, completed March 11 at Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club in Katy. Here's the recap from the STPGA:

Sometimes, Mother Nature has impeccable timing, as was precisely the case for this year’s Club Car Memorial Classic at Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club. She managed to blow in a couple of inches of rain just in time for the first day of the tournament, and, as a result, the field played both rounds on Tuesday, March 11.

Ray Richmond, manager of Willow Creek Golf Shop in Spring, handled the 36-hole challenge best, posting a score of 4-under-par 71-69—140 to finish 2 strokes up on Tim Hobby, teaching professional at The Club at Sonterra in San Antonio, and Wes Skaggs, the head golf professional at Leander’s Crystal Falls Golf Course. Richmond took home $3,200 for his championship play. Hobby and Skaggs earned $2,150 each.

The victory was Richmond’s first in a major STPGA tournament.

"I’ve been hitting the ball very well lately, but I haven’t been putting too well," said Richmond. "My game plan was just to hit fairways and greens. Meadowbrook Farms is a tough course and the conditions were very difficult, so there wasn’t a lot of pressure to make a lot of birdies."

With the weather delay forcing a shotgun start for both rounds, Richmond began his second round on the 16th hole.

"When I chipped in for birdie on the 12th hole, I was 4-under-par with three holes to play." Richmond said. "I was 2 shots ahead at that point, but I thought I was behind. That helped me stay aggressive for the rest of the round."

Tim Thelen, director of instruction at Bryan’s Traditions Club at Texas A&M, turned in a score of 73-70—143 for fourth place and $1,400 in winnings. John Gibson, head golf professional at Houston’s Bushwood Golf Center, and Chris Borgen, an assistant professional at Bushwood, tied for fifth place at 144 and won $1,100 each.

The total purse for the Club Car Memorial Championship was $21,700, and the STPGA wishes to express its appreciation to title sponsor Club Car and supporting sponsors Ahead, Antigua, The Green Grass Golf Group, Laser Link, the PGA Tour and the PGA of America for their sponsorships of the tournament.

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