Monday, July 14, 2008

Woodlands Team Wins State Father-Son

The report from the Texas Golf Association on the 2008 State Father-Son Championship:

Lufkin - Juan and Juan Jose Salcedo had a large lead going into the final few holes of the 2008 TGA State Father-Son Championship at Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin. They needed the cushion their excellent play over the first 15 holes had provided to claim their first TGA State Father-Son title. With both players' scores accounting for the team total in the final round for the Championship Flight, the Salcedos were cruising with a 10-shot advantage when the wheels almost came off.

Juan the son made bogey on 16, and then finished with back to back double bogeys for an 80. Dad came through with a pair of birdies sandwiched around a double bogey on 17 for a 74. The 154 final round total gave the Salcedos a 54-hole score of 291, good enough for a four shot margin of victory over Mark and Jordan Woolf of Fort Worth.

The Woolfs were five shots behind going into the final round, and combined for a 153 (Mark 76, Jordan 77) to finish at 295. Finishing third was the home town team of John and Jack Kennedy of Lufkin. Their 151 (Jack 75, John 76) was the low final round in the Championship Flight and moved them ahead of several teams, finishing with a 296 total.

After two rounds of four-ball stroke play the Championship Division was divided into a Championship Flight and a Presidents Flight. While the Championship Flight played combined score in the final round, the Presidents Flight continued with four-ball stroke play. The winners of the Presidents Flight were Bill (Lufkin) and Ryan (Tyler) Slaughter. Their final round of two under par 70 was just enough to edge past Bruce and Jacob Claver of Rowlett.

The 40 teams not in the Championship Division were pre-flighted based on combined handicaps, and played a modified Stableford format for all three rounds. The competition was just as intense and just as close in these flights. The winner of the Hogan Flight was the team of Mark and Jordan Griege of Dallas. They were wire to wire winners with a 54-hole point total of zero, 9.75 points ahead of Steve and Steven Reid who finished second. The Nelson Flight was won by Cullen and Brannon Smith of West Columbia who finished at -6.5 points, just two ahead of runners-up Chance and Paul Williams of Plano. John and Hunter Kennedy of Midland came from behind to win the Crenshaw Flight with a -6.25 total, with Rocky and Grant Haney of Lufkin second in the flight. The Kite Flight was a real battler with Mark Copeland of Dallas and Jim Copeland of Houston winning by just one-half point +3.5 to +3.0 over Mike and Michael Matthews of The Hills.

Visit the TGA's tournament page to view full results.

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