Saturday, November 22, 2008

Former PGA Tour Pro Wins Texas Senior Open

Danny Edwards, a longtime member of the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, is the 2008 victor of the Texas Senior Open, which concluded Saturday in Houston. Here is the tournament recap from the Southern Texas PGA:

Danny Edwards of Scottsdale, Ariz., posted a final round score of even-par 72 for a 54-hole total of 5-under-par 211 on the Forest Course at The Clubs of Kingwood in Houston to become the first two-time winner in the 11-year history of the Maker's Mark Texas Senior Open.

Edwards finished one stroke better than Peter O'Hagan of Lutz, Fla., to win the first-place prize of $10,000 in this year’s state championship. Edwards also won the 2006 Maker’s Mark Texas Senior Open.

"I didn’t play all that well today," said Edwards after the final round, "but I just kept on hanging in there."

Edwards was two strokes up on O'Hagan and first-round leader Frank Conner of San Antonio heading into the final round. He opened his round with a birdie but followed it with a bogey on the second hole. Another bogey on the seventh hole dropped him to 4-under-par for the tournament, and pulled Conner within a stroke of the lead and O’Hagan, who had bogeyed the second hole, to within two strokes.

While Edwards, who has over 30 years experience on the PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour, began a string of nine consecutive pars on the eighth hole, Conner fell off the pace with a double-bogey on the same hole and O'Hagan began a charge that included three birdies, a par and a bogey over the next five holes.

O'Hagan and Edwards entered the final six holes tied for the lead and traded pars from 13th through 16 holes before Edwards struck, taking a birdie to O’Hagan’s par on the par 5 17th hole. Both took par on the final hole and Edwards had a one-stroke victory.

"Obviously, the birdie on 17 was big and so was the par on 18," said Edwards, "but I really think No. 9 was key. I hit my second shot right of the green there. My ball was in a divot and had to use a utility club to run the ball up. I got it close enough to save my par and that really helped."

"It feels very good to win and to become the first two-time champion of this tournament," said Edwards. "It's really a very good tournament, with a good field at a great site."

O'Hagan finished at 4-under-par 212 and earned the runner-up check of $7,000, while Conner took home $5,250 for his third-place finish of 1-under-par 215.

Five golfers, including 2005 Maker's Mark Texas Senior Open champion Chuck Moran of Houston and 2008 tournament low amateur David Leiss of Houston, finished in a fourth-place tie at 5-over-par 221.

After a bit of a rough start that included bogeys on three of the first five holes, Leiss settled down and played the last 12 holes at just one over par.

"I think the birdie on 17 is what did it for me," said Leiss, who finished one stroke better than Jeff New of The Woodlands, Texas, and Vaughn Moise of Kingwood, Texas, for low amateur honors.

Leiss, who played college golf at TCU, received a merchandise certificate of $750 for his effort (professionals competed for cash prizes and amateurs for merchandise certificates). The tournament's total purse was $60,000.

Top Finishers
Danny Edwards, Scottsdale, Ariz., 69-70-72--211
Peter O'Hagan, Lutz, Fla., 71-70-71--212
Frank Conner, San Antonio, 67-74-74--215
Joe Stansberry, Lakeville, Minn., 78-72-71--221
Chuck Moran, Houston, 74-75-72--221
Lindy Miller, Ft. Worth, 75-71-75--221
Gordon Johnson, Houston, 75-71-75--221
David Leiss (a), Houston, 70-75-76--221
Full Results

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