Monday, July 28, 2008

Miskell Wins 2008 State Mid-Am

Chalk up another Texas Golf Association title for Terrence Miskell of New Braunfels. The 2007 TGA Co-Player of the Year won the TGA State Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship on Sunday at the UT Golf Club in Austin. Here's the report from the TGA:

Austin -- The final two players from a starting field of 83 teed it up first thing on Sunday morning under perfect summer time conditions at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin. The #4 seed and 2007 TGA Co-player of the year Terrence Miskell squared off against the #3 seed Scott Fawcett of Dallas. Fawcett breezed through his side of the bracket, never going more than 15 holes in a match. In fact, after dispensing of Jack Eckardt 7 & 6 in the semifinals, Fawcett played holes 16, 17, 18 after his match in preparation for Sunday's match.

On the other side of the bracket, Terrence Miskell of New Braunfels had his hands full with the local favorite and UT Golf Club member Steven Bright. With a gallery of 20 strong, the semifinal match went 19 holes before Miskell got the 1-up victory to advance.

On Sunday, Miskell got off to a fast start by making birdie on the first hole to take a 1-up lead, then Fawcett made bogey on hole #3 to give Miskell a 2-up advantage. Miskell made his only mistake of the day on hole #4 went he pushed his tee ball OB right and conceded the hole to Fawcett to move back to 1-up. From that point forward, Miskell made pars and birdies and the match began to slip away from Fawcett with concessions on holes 7 & 8. At the turn Miskell was three up. Fawcett couldn't catch a break all day and when his short approach on #10 found the greenside bunker, it became clear it was not his day. Miskell went four up on hole 10 after hitting his approach within 4 feet.

Both players made birdie on 11 and pars at 12. Standing on the drivable Par 4 thirteenth tee, Miskell kept his foot on the gas and tried to clear the lake in front of the green only to have his ball come to rest about two inches from the water's edge. Fawcett took the conservative route with a four iron and played down the right side. Miskell removed the socks & shoes, waded into knee high water and chipped to 15 feet. Both players made par and Fawcett missed an opening.

Being four down with 5 holes remaining, Fawcett pulled his tee shot left on #14 and had to declare a lost ball. Miskell took advantage and closed out the match 5 & 4 after making a routine par and earned his first TGA State Championship of 2008.

Visit the TGA tournament site for the full match play results and other tourney info.

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