Monday, May 19, 2008

Playoff Settles TGA State Four-Ball

The teams of Rob Couture/Blanton Hansen and Pat Youngs/Mike McCaffrey finished 54 holes of the Texas Golf Association's State Four-Ball championship tied at 15-under, and so moved onto a playoff to settle the crown. Interestingly, three of the four golfers in the playoff are from League City. Here is the report from the TGA:

San Antonio: First round leaders Pat Youngs and Mike McCaffrey of League City tied the low round of the tournament with a final round 64 to finish at 15 under par for 54 holes. Then they had to wait for the six teams behind them to finish. Rob Couture, of Dallas , and Blanton Hansen, of League City , who were the second round leaders, had a one shot lead with three holes to go. Both bogeyed the 16th hole and then pared the last two holes for a final round 69 to also finish at 15 under (201). That meant a playoff to determine the winner, which began on the par three 10th hole of the North Course at Sonterra. Hansen ended things quickly by sinking a 25 foot birdie putt for the win.

It was the first TGA title for Hansen, and the first State Championship for Couture, who was the 2007 TGA North Region Player of the Year. Several teams were in the hunt and within striking distance over the final nine holes. Joey Gullion of Humble and Chris James of Austin, and three time champions Chris Goodspeed and Bill Steen of Dallas, finished just one shot out of the playoff. Both teams had final round 68’s to finish tied for third at 14 under par 202. John Dowdall and Seth Thornton of Houston finished alone in fifth at 203, while local favorites Jonathan Mathias of San Antonio and Terrence Miskell of New Braunfels were another shot back in sixth at 204

Youngs and McCaffrey got off to a fast start with two birdies on their first four holes, then McCaffrey chipped in for an eagle on the par five 5th hole. They finished the front nine at four under, then matched that with a four under 32 on the back for their 64 and share of the lead.

Couture and Hansen were glad to begin the playoff on the 10th hole, and they had a little déjà vu. Hansen had birdied the hole during final round when he hit his shot to thin five feet of the hole. In the playoff no one hit it close, but Hansen made the long putt.

Top 5 Teams
Blanton Hansen/Rob Couture, 68-64-69--201
Mike McCaffrey/Pat Youngs, 66-71-64--201
Joey Gullion/Chris James, 69-65-68--202
Bill Steen/Chris Goodspeed, 69-65-68--202
John Dowdall/Seth Thornton, 67-66-70--203
Full Results

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