Monday, June 30, 2008

State Publinx Goes Five Extra Holes

Congratulations to Guy Goodspeed and James Dalthorp for putting on such a great show in the finals of the Texas Golf Association State Public Links on Sunday. The pair matched up for the scheduled 18 holes only to wind up all square. Then it took until the fifth extra hole before one could top the other. Here is the report from the TGA:

Guy Goodspeed of Del Rio and James Dalthorp of Houston knew it was going to be a long and hard battle to claim the 2008 TGA State Public Links title, but neither of them knew how long. In a close match that ended all square after 18 holes, Goodspeed finally came out on top with a birdie on the 23rd hole. It was the classic case of “no one should have to lose” as both players played some outstanding golf at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston.

Dalthorp seemed to have the advantage after birdies on #12 and #13 put him two up. As is often the case in match play, things can change quickly. Dalthorp three putted #16 to lose that hole, then Goodspeed birdied #17 to square the match. Both players had birdie putts inside of 15 feet on the 18th hole but neither could get their putt to fall, extending the match to extra holes. After matching pars for four holes, Goodspeed hit his approach on the par four 5th hole to within five feet and made the putt for the win.

Goodspeed, who red shirted at Texas State as a freshman this past school year, was playing in only his second competitive event in over a year. He had been struggling with his game and his only competition was two weeks ago, so he was pleasantly surprised with his return to competitive golf. Dalthorp, a member of the University of Tulsa golf team, on the other hand had been enjoying some competitive success. Just a week earlier on the same Memorial Park course he qualified for the USGA Pub-Links and said the success and knowledge of the course carried over to help him this week.


All the results - from stroke-play qualifying through to the championship match - can be found here.

Friday, June 27, 2008

15-Year-Old Wins Texas Women's Open

More and more teen girls are becoming competitive in women's golf, a trend that isn't exactly news. The U.S. Women's Amateur and U.S. Women's Public Links championships have been won primarily by girls and young women in recent years, as opposed to more experienced women golfers; teenagers are even winning on the LPGA Tour these days. So it's no surprise when a teen girl wins the Texas Women's Open, which is what happened this year at the recently completed tournament. Here's the report from the Northern Texas PGA:

Garland, TX – Fifteen-year old amateur Tanya Wadhwa of McKinney fired a three-under par round of 67 to win the Texas Women’s Open by one shot.

Tanya began the final day two shots behind leaders Jennifer Park and Marilyn Hardy; however, she quickly made up those shots on her front nine with birdies on holes three and five. The back nine proved even better for the young amateur with three birdies, one of which was on number eighteen to claim the Championship.

Adrienne McDonald of The Golf Channel’s Big Break Ka’anapali was the low professional, finishing in second place for the overall Championship and taking home a check for $2,000. Defending champion Shannon Fish shot the low round of the tournament, 66, to finish at one-over par to claim second-place amateur honors while also finishing third overall. Anna Schultz of Rockwall, Texas finished in a tie with Carrie Morris of Tyler, Texas for third place amateur honors. Schultz shot a final round 69 to Morris’s 71 to claim third place amateur honors.

The 36-hole stroke play event featured a field of 108 top playing professionals and amateurs competing at Eastern Hills Country Club located in Garland, Texas. The 6,104-yard, par 70 layout has played host to the Texas Women’s Open since 2001.

The 31 professionals in the field competed for a share of the $10,000 purse with the professional champion taking home $2,000 for first place. The top three amateurs were also recognized and awarded crystal trophies for their outstanding play.

The 2008 Texas Women’s Open at Eastern Hills Country Club benefited the New Beginning Center in Garland. The center exists to foster an environment of safety, support and respect for families affected by domestic violence. The vision of the New Beginning Center is to promote social change that will lead to the elimination of domestic violence.


Top 5 Finishers
Tanya Wadhwa (a), McKinney, 72-67--139
Adrienne McDonald, Mabank, 72-68--140
Shannon Fish (a), Spring, 75-66--141
Christi Cano, San Antonio, 71-71--142
Anna Schultz (a), Rockwall, 75-69--144
Carrie Morris (a), Tyler, 73-71--144
Dana Bates, Thousand Palms, Calif., 73-71--144
Full Results

Adrienne McDonald - better-known as Adrienne Gautreaux - and Dana Bates were contestants on "Big Break: Kaanapali." Fish and Morris are collegiate golfers. Schultz is the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur champion. Cano plays on the Futures Tour.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Futures Tour Event Planned for San Antonio

The San Antonio Express-News reported in this morning's editions that a new tournament on the Duramed Futures Tour schedule is planned for San Antonio, and that the tournament will debut in May of 2009.

The organizers plan a three-year commitment, after which they will evaluate and consider whether to go after an LPGA Tour tournament, stick with the Futures Tour event, or (presumably) close up shop.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

SFA GM Retiring After 33 Years

Billy Browne has been at the Stephen F. Austin Golf Course in San Felipe for 33 years, as the head golf professional and then the general manager. But no more. He's hanging up his spikes.

"It's been a good ride, but it's time for the young guys to take over," Browne said. "They'll do a good job."

Sons Bobby Browne and Doug Browne are the club pro and course superintendent, respectively. Matt Schroeder is the assistant club professional.


The Local Golf Notebook in the Houston Chronicle notes Browne's departure, and provides a good indicator of how tough the Brazos River made his job over the years. The course, which is adjacent to Stephen F. Austin State Park, suffered frequent flooding by the Brazos.

How frequent? They had scorecards printed that took into account which holes were under water:

"We've made it through the floods, making it work. Sometimes we only had 11 holes playable. We'd have them play some holes twice."

Browne, 65, and his staff have always been prepared for rising water from the Brazos River. There are four different scorecards at Stephen F. Austin, depending on which holes are flooded.

"If 2 and 7 are under water, we have a scorecard for that," Browne said. "If 10 and 18 are under water, we have a scorecard for that. It depends on which bridge is under water, which tee box is under water."

Monday, June 23, 2008

Adams Tour River Plantation Open

The Adams Golf Pro Tour Series returned to Texas for the River Plantation Open at River Plantation Country Club in Conroe, following a couple stops in Louisiana. But it was a Louisiana golfer who won the title.

Michael Smith, of Lafayette, surged on Sunday with a 66 to claim a 1-stroke victory over a group of three. Smith posted scores of 68-74-69-66 to finish at 277 and earn the $15,000 first-place prize money.

Top Finishers
Michael Smith, Lafayette, La., 68-74-69-66--277
Dawie Van der Walt, Beaumont, 71-69-69-69--278
Brian Rowell, Lafayette, La., 68-65-74-71--278
Michael Brice, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 66-68-72-72--278
Derek Busby, Ruston, La., 73-67-71-68--279
Ryan Quinn, LaCrosse, Wisc., 69-71-68-71--279
Full Results

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Texas Women's Open Field Finalized

Here's the brief from the NTPGA on the field for the Texas Women's Open, coming next week:

The Northern Texas PGA is pleased to announce the field for the 2008 Texas Women’s Open at Eastern Hills Country Club has been finalized. The 36-hole stroke play event with no cut will consist of 108 professional and amateur female golfers. The professional field will be competing for an estimated purse of $10,000.00 and the top three amateurs will be awarded crystal trophies.

Past champions in the field include 2003 champion Lori Sutherland -Tate, 2004 champion Mina Hardin (a), 2006 champion Carolyn Creekmore (a) and 2007 champion Shannon Fish (a).

This year's field will also include Adrienne Gautreaux and Dana Bates, cast members from The Golf Channel's "Big Break Ka'anapali."

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 25 – Thursday, June 26 at Eastern Hills Country Club in Garland, Texas.


You can find the full field, along with pairings and tee times, by visiting the tournament Web site. Scoring will be available at that site, as well, once play begins on Wednesday.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Justin Leonard Victim of Identity Theft

What would Lloyd Bentsen say? He'd say, "I knew Justin Leonard. Justin Leonard was a friend of mine. And you, sir, are no Justin Leonard!" You know, if you're going to steal a golfer's identity, one key thing to keep in mind is to avoid playing golf.

As first reported in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a Tarrant County grand jury indicted one Joel Keith Bridger on a charge of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. He was pretending to be Leonard.

The AP report states:

Bridger's alleged scam last year unraveled only by happenstance, said David Lobingier, an assistant district attorney in the economic crimes unit.

He went to a post office to pick up mail in Leonard's name and flashed his ID, which had Leonard's information but Bridger's photo, Lobingier said.

"The clerk said, 'I know the Leonard family, and you're not Justin Leonard,"' Lobingier said. "To use it where somebody knows you, that's unusual."

Leonard notified PGA Tour security, which contacted the FBI, the prosecutor said.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Pssst, Want a Free Golf Magazine?

Want a free 1-year subscription to Golf Digest, Golf for Women, or six free months of Golf World? All you have to do get one of these magazines free is register to receive the TPC San Antonio Stay & Play Package newsletter.

If you're interested in playing the TPC San Antonio courses some day, then signing up for the Stay & Play newsletter is a good idea anyway. The TPC San Antonio courses will be open only to those who purchase memberships and to guests of the Marriott resort hotel that is part of the project. So to play the courses, you'll have to 1) know somebody who can get you on as a guest (assuming you can't spend the beaucoup dinero to join yourself); or 2) pamper yourself with a stay in the resort hotel.

The Stay & Play Package newsletter will alert you to special deals that are going to be offered leading up to the expected opening of the courses in 2010.

So sign up, maybe get a good deal on on a golf package, but also get a free magazine subscription out of it. Register here.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Vermeer the Victor in Victoria

The Adams Golf Pro Tour Series visited Victoria for the Invista / De Tar Victoria Open, and Ryan Vermeer emerged as the victory on Sunday.

Vermeer, of Lawrence, Kan., and Justin Bates, of Allen, Texas, both finished 72 holes at 15-under 273. Vermeer got there with rounds of 71-70-64-68, and Bates by shooting 71-65-70-67. The two finished well ahead of the field, with third-place Greg Sonnier, of Lake Charles, La., seven shots back.

Vermeer and Bates headed into a playoff, which Vermeer ended quickly with a birdie on the first extra hole. Vermeer earned $15,000 for the win.

Top 5 Finishers
Ryan Vermeer, Lawrence, Kan., 71-70-64-68--273
Justin Bates, Allen, Tex., 71-65-70-67--273
Greg Sonnier, Lake Charles, La., 72-68-69-71--280
Nathaniel Spencer, Lawrence, Kan., 74-69-72-68--283
Derek Busby, Ruston, La., 71-69-71-73--284
Full Leaderboard

Defending champion Anthony Rodriguez of "Big Break" fame finished tied for 28th.

The Adams Tour next visits River Plantation Country Club in Conroe for the River Plantation Open, June 19-22.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Colonial Memorializes Phil's Famous Shot



Above is a clip of the spectacular wedge to the 18th green played by Phil Mickelson at the 2008 Colonial, the shot the won him the tournament. It's a shot with a very, very high degree of difficulty, and in the several weeks since the tournament ended Colonial members have found it hard to resist dropping a ball at that spot and attempting the shot themselves.

In fact, Golf World reported, Colonial members have already worn the spot bare. So the club is placing a plaque at the spot to note the Mickelson magic. It will be the first plaque at memorial dedicated to a single shot.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Stevens Park Pro Claims E-Z-Go Title

The going wasn't easy, but in the end Michael Henderson emerged as the winner of the Northern Texas PGA E-Z-Go Eastern Championship, one of the NTPGA's "majors." Here's the report:

Richardson, TX – Michael Henderson found himself in a tie for first place at 2-under par with Bruce Smith, assistant golf professional at Stonebriar Country Club and Perry Arthur, teaching professional at Sherrill Park Golf Course after the completion of the final round of the Championship.

Henderson, head golf professional at Stevens Park Golf Course, birdied his first playoff hole to capture his third E-Z-GO Eastern Championship title in the last four years.

Henderson was only one shot behind overnight leader Travis Johns, assistant golf professional at Preston Trail Golf Club. A 1-under par round of 71 (36-35) was good enough to get him into the playoff. Henderson also captured the Championship in 2005 and 2006.

This 36-hole NTPGA major championship is the first of four individual stroke play events that comprise the Cleveland Golf / Club Car NTPGA Player of the Year Points Challenge, and serves as a qualifier for the 2008 Texas Joe Black Cup and James P. Jordan Cup teams.

The E-Z-GO Eastern Championship featured a field of 100 NTPGA Members and Apprentices competing at Sherrill Park Golf Course (#1) in Richardson. The golf professionals competed for a share of the $31,500.00 purse with the champion taking home $4,100.00 for first place.


Top 5 Finishers
Michael Henderson, Stevens Park GC, 71-71--142
Perry Arthur, Sherrill Park GC, 73-69--142
Bruce Smith, Fazio at Stonebriar, 72-70--142
John Sikes, Hollytree CC, 71-72--143
Cameron Doan, Preston Trail GC, 71-72--143
Full results

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Stacy Lewis Turns Pro, Earns U.S. Women's Open Berth

Stacy Lewis, a native of The Woodlands, played her collegiate golf the University of Arkansas. But she was back home in Texas on Monday taking part in a sectional qualifier for the U.S. Women's Open. It was Stacy's first event as a professional. And, no surprise, she finished on top.

The four golfers who earned berths in the U.S. Women's Open at the Garland sectional qualifier on Monday are:

Stacy Lewis, 142
Laurie Brower, 146
(a) Erynne Lee, 148
(a) Tara Goedeken, 149

Lewis just returned from Scotland where she went 5-0 as a member of the U.S. Curtis Cup team. She is coming off a stellar collegiate career that included an NCAA championship after the 2006-07 season, and six wins during this past season.

Her hope now is to avoid LPGA Q-School by winning enough money in the six tour events into which she can gain entry via sponsor exemptions. If she earns approximately $90,000 - or enough that she would rank within the Top 90 on the LPGA money list - Lewis will earn a Tour card for 2009 without having to go through Q-School.

Anyone want to bet against her? I don't.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Demise of AT&T Classic Opens Spring Spot for Texas Open

San Antonio's PGA Tour Texas Open has been promised a better date on the PGA Tour schedule by Commissioner Tim Finchem. Currently stuck in the "afterthought" part of the schedule, the Fall Finish, the Texas Open nevertheless manages to lead PGA Tour events in charitable contributions. And with a move to new TPC facilities also on the near horizon, the tournament is poised for bigger things.

How soon might it move to a coveted Spring spot on the schedule? Perhaps very soon. Because the PGA Tour announced today the discontinuation of its Altanta event, the AT&T Classic, played this year in mid-May. And the week prior to Colonial.

Commissioner Tim Finchem referenced schedule changes in a non-specific way in the press release announcing the demise of the Atlanta event:

"With regard to the PGA TOUR, this development will create an adjustment in the 2009 schedule," Finchem said. "We are working through the process of filling the date. There will be a number of changes in the schedule for 2009 that will be announced in the next couple of weeks after our Policy Board meeting."

So stay tuned, because in "the next couple of weeks" we may hear of the Texas Open's move to May.

Van Der Walt Wins Adams Series Tournament

Dawie Van Der Walt, a South African who played collegiate golf at Lamar University and now calls Beaumont home, was the winner of the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series Mary Bird Perkins Merrill Lynch Open on Sunday. The tournament was played at The University Club at Baton Rouge, La.

Van Der Walt closed with a 65 to finish at 20-under 268, two strokes better than runner-up Connie Pierce of Oklahoma City.

Van Der Walt has played most of his events back home in South Africa on the Sunshine Tour in 2008, making seven of seven cuts with a high finish of ninth. This tournament was only his second on the Adams Tour this year, but in those two appearances he has this win and a previous fourth-place finish.

Top 5 Finishers
Dawie Van der Walt, Beaumont, 69-64-70-65--268
Connie Pierce, Oklahoma City, 67-69-65-69--270
Brett Callas, Houston, 66-67-69-70--272
Brad Gibson, Denton, 70-69-66-68--273
Brady Schnell, Milford, Iowa, 72-67-68-67--274
Full Results

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Denton's Kraft Wins Texas State Amateur

Tournament report from the Texas Golf Association:

Houston: The best viewing spot for the final round of the 2008 Texas State Amateur at Houston Country Club was behind the 18th green watching the electronic scoreboard. The name at the top was changing almost every hole. Five different people either led or shared the lead at various points during the final round, and the 18th green was also the spot to see Kelly Kraft seal the victory with a 12 foot birdie putt. Kraft, from Denton , has just completed his freshman year at SMU. It was a good one as he was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year, and earned both All Conference and All Region honors. Now he can add Texas State Amateur Champion to his 2008 resume.

After an opening round 75 left Kraft six shots off the lead, he posted rounds of 69 and 71 to move into contention, only two shots back going into the final round. His named moved to the top of the ever changing leader board with back to back birdies on #10 & #11 to start his final nine holes. Kraft finished just as strong with a birdie at #16 as well as the one at #18 for a final round of four under par 68 and a 72 hole total of five under par 283.

The one word that every player in contention used throughout the week was patience, and Kraft said that was the key to his win. “Patience was definitely the key,” Kraft said. “I wasn’t putting that well coming into the tournament so I had to stay patient. The putts finally started falling at the end.”

The five under par total was good enough for a two stroke margin of victory over runner up John Peterson of Fort Worth , a member of the LSU golf team. That means the trend of youth continues as a college player has won six of the last seven State Amateurs, and the other was won by Paul Haley just weeks after graduating from high school.

Three players tied for third at one under par. That list included two players – Will Hanna and Travis Woolf – who were among the five leaders during the final round. The other player tied for third was second round leader Paul and 2006 champion Paul Haley. Jon Mathias, who led going into the final round, struggled to a final round 75 to finish alone in sixth place.

Top 5 Finishers
Kelly Kraft, Denton, 75-69-71-68--283
John Peterson, Fort Worth, 73-72-71-69--285
Paul Haley, Dallas, 73-67-75-72--287
Will Hanna, The Woodlands, 74-74-67-72--287
Travis Woolf, Fort Worth, 69-73-72-73--287
Full Results

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Romo Breaks 100 at Torrey Pines

tony romo torrey pines(Tony Romo, left, and Justin Timberlake at Torrey Pines)

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was one of three celebrities to join the contest winner in the USGA/Golf Digest U.S. Open contest for a round of golf under U.S. Open conditions. The gambit was to see if any of them could break 100 on a U.S. Open course with U.S. Open rough and lightning-fast U.S. Open greens. Recall that last year during the U.S. Open, Tiger Woods said there was no way a 10-handicapper could break 100 under Open conditions. That was the comment that inspired the contest.

The round was played yesterday (Friday, June 7) at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, on week before the U.S. Open takes place there. Romo was joined by Justin Timberlake and Matt Lauer, plus the contest winner.

And Romo not only broke 100, he broke 85, shooting 40-44--84. Of course, Romo is a 2.2 handicapper, so he's much better than the 10-handicapper Tiger was referring to. Timberlake is a 6.0 handicapper, and he, too, broke 100, shooting 98. Matt Lauer, a 6.2 handicapper, finished at 100. And the contest winner, 8.1 handicapper John Atkinson, posted 114.

Romo, who missed qualifying for the U.S. Open this spring, won with a 13-over 84. The beefy quarterback, who boasts a 2.2 handicap index, barely broke a sweat playing the first nine holes in 5-over 40 but slowed as the six-hour round wore on.

"It got really tough to stay sharp," he said, nodding toward the 18th hole, where he had his only double bogey after hitting into a bunker.


How tough were conditions?

Romo, clearly the best player in the group and one who has entered U.S. Open qualifiers, was in thick rough off the tee at 18 and swung as hard as he could with a sand wedge and advanced the ball only about 20 feet and into a fairway bunker.

Saving Lions Municipal



Lions Municipal Golf in Austin, affectionately known as "Muny," is in danger. The University of Texas plans to develop land around the course, and the course itself may be shuttered or possibly even paved over eventually.

There are "Save Muny" campaigns taking place in Austin, and here's a clip of from the local news talking about the situation.

The "Save Muny" campaign has a Web site at www.savemuny.com.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

TPC San Antonio Is Now His Lively 'Hood

If you're a huge golf geek - not just an ordinary, run-of-the-mill golf geek, but a deeply disturbed golf geek - you might recognize the name of Tom Lively. You'd have to be a huge golf geek to know who Lively is without being a part of his profession, because Lively is a golf course superintendent. You know, those guys you probably never think of unless there's a bare patch on a green.

But the superintendents can make or break a golf course, and one of the few times they get their just props is during major championships, when setting up the course, fine-tuning it, becomes the most ... important ... task ... on ... earth.

Tom Lively is the new superintendent, the man in charge of growing the grass and keeping conditions perfect, for the TPC San Antonio courses. The San Antonio Express-News reported that Lively has been hired by the PGA Tour to leave major championship venue Medinah Country Club and is now in San Antonio, preparing to plant.

The 49-year-old Illinois native has arrived in San Antonio after seven years as grounds manager at the celebrated Medinah Country Club near Chicago. There, Lively oversaw the transformation of the layout’s famed No. 3 championship course, a Rees Jones-designed tract, in 2002.

Medinah hosted the PGA Championship two summers ago and will handle the Ryder Cup in 2012.

"I loved Medinah," Lively said Tuesday. "But one of my goals has always been to be involved with a course, or in this case courses, from the ground up as far as the construction and the growing. I’ve been very blessed in my career, and coming to San Antonio was not a hard decision for me."

The PGA Tour’s hiring of Lively, whose résumé also includes management stints at Butler National Golf Course, Ridge Country Club and Ruth Lake Country Club — all Illinois layouts — is the next heavyweight move in an anticipated push to raise San Antonio’s profile on the headline men’s tours.


And the next move after this, the Express-News reports, is likely the announcement that the PGA Tour Texas Open is moving to a coveted Spring date. The Texas Open is expected to move from its current location to the TPC's Greg Norman course as soon as the course is ready for it (likely by 2010), and the city's AT&T Championship on the senior circuit will likewise move to the TPC layout - the Pete Dye course - when its new home is ready.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Beem Wins U.S. Open Sectional in Richmond

A sectional qualifier for the U.S. Open was played in Richmond on Monday, one of 14 being played that day. Only two spots in the U.S. Open field were awarded from this location, but a PGA Tour pro managed to grab one of those spots. The two qualifiers are:

Rich Beem, Austin, 67-70--137
Charlie Beljan, Mesa, Ariz., 69-70--139

The alternates are:

Robert Gwin, Houston, 72-69--141
Steve Elkington, Australia, 70-71--141

And among those playing this qualifier who failed to make it were Cory Whitsett, Tom Byrum, B.J. Staten, J.L. Lewis and Ryan Baca.

You can view the full results from the Richmond qualifier here; and the rest of the U.S. Open sectional qualifying results here.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Texas Amateur Championship This Weekend

The Texas Amateur Championship takes place this weekend. Here's a preview from the Texas Golf Association:

As part of its yearlong 100th anniversary celebration, Houston Country Club will be hosting the 2008 Texas Amateur, presented by Guaranty Bank. The championship, conducted by the Texas Golf Association, is scheduled from Thursday, June 5, through Sunday, June 8.

Through the years Houston Country Club has attained a well-earned reputation for supporting amateur golf. Among much else, the club was one of the five charter members of the Texas Golf Association, conducted the Houston Invitational for nearly forty years, and has been the site
of the Texas Amateur on seven previous occasions - the first in 1911 and the most recent in 2001.

Of the nearly 750 entries received this year, 33 players were fully exempt from qualifying based on past performance. The remaining hopefuls had to battle it out in 19 qualifiers held across the state during the months of April and May, vying for one of the 111 available
spots in the elite 144-player starting field.

Format for the Championship is 72-holes individual stoke play. All contestants will play 18-holes on both Thursday, June 5, and Friday, June 6. After 36-holes the field will be cut to the low 54 players and ties heading into the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

Dallas' Charlie Holland, the 2007 Texas Amateur champion, is back to defend his title. Other top contenders returning from last year are runners-up Andrew Landry, of Groves, and Fort Worth's Robby Ormand; fourth place finisher Terrence Miskell of New Braunfels; as well as
Jhonattan Vegas, of Austin, and San Antonio's Jon Mathias, both of whom ended up in a six-way tie for sixth place.

In its 99-year history, the Texas Amateur has produced a notable list of winners and has long been considered to be the state's most coveted amateur title. Over a dozen current PGA Tour and Champions Tour players have their names engraved on the H.L. Edwards Memorial Trophy, including Mark Brooks, Charles Coody, Ben Crenshaw, Bob Estes, Bruce Lietzke, and Scott Verplank.