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.