Friday, July 31, 2009

State Junior, 15-18 Divisions

Here is a recap of the 14-under divisions, boys and girls, at the Texas State Junior Championship, recently completed. The recap is from the Texas Legends Junior Tour, which conducted the championship:

AUSTIN, Texas (July 29, 2009) - The Texas State Junior Championship is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Now in its 82nd year, the TSJC has grown into a three-day affair with over 280 participants. After a four year hiatus, the tournament returned to Jimmy Clay and Roy Kizer Golf Courses in Austin. And for three days the wind blew and the temperatures soared. But for Gabriel Antony and Elena Warren the conditions couldn't have been any more perfect.

Antony fired a final round 67 to tie him with fellow competitor Nick Tremps at 4-under par 209. The two headed to No. 18 for a sudden death playoff where they both made par. On the second playoff hole (No. 10), Tremps found the fairway bunker off the tee and then missed the green with his second shot. Antony, meanwhile, split the fairway with his tee shot and hit his second to about 10 feet. After Tremps failed to get up-and-down for par, Antony two-putted for the victory.

The win was a redemption of sorts for Antony, who lost in a playoff to Jack Lempke at last year's Texas Cup Invitational. For Tremps, it was the second year in a row he lost the State Junior in a playoff. Last year he was defeated by Jade Scott on the first playoff hole.

Over on Jimmy Clay, Elena Warren of Austin shot the low round of the tournament, an even-par 72, to claim the Girls 15-18 title. Warren, 16, began the day one shot behind leader Christina Stringham but her three birdie, three bogey performance in the final round left her three shots clear of three players including Stringham.

Conducted by the Legends Junior Tour, the 15-18 divisions of the State Junior Championship featured 246 players (144 boys, 102 girls) from around the state. The Boys played the par-71 Roy Kizer Golf Course at 6,750 yards while the Girls played the par-72 Jimmy Clay course from 5,947 yards.

Top Finishers
Boys 15-18
Gabriel Antony, Rockwall, 71-71-67-209
Nick Tremps, San Antonio, 73-68-68-209
Trent Redfern, Austin, 72-71-68-211
Wesley McClain, Diboll, 71-69-71-211
Alex Nelson, McKinney, 67-72-72-211
Full Scores

Girls 15-18
Elena Warren, Austin, 79-77-72-228
Ryanne Haddow, Sugar Land, 78-79-74-231
Katelyn McDougal, Richmond, 78-78-75-231
Christina Stringham, Pasadena, 75-80-76-231
Chaney Uhles, Fort Worth, 81-78-74-233
Marissa Bransburg, Magnolia, 79-77-77-233
Full Scores

State Junior, 14-Under Divisions

Here is a recap of the 14-under divisions, boys and girls, at the Texas State Junior Championship, recently completed. The recap is from the Texas Legends Junior Tour, which conducted the championship:

AUSTIN, Texas (July 28, 2009) - Stratton Nolen of Austin came from behind to win the Boys 14 & Under division at the 82nd Texas State Junior Championship while Eji Kwon went wire-to-wire in the Girls 14 & Under division.

Conducted by the Legends Junior Tour, the 14 & Under divisions of the State Junior Championship featured 54 players (36 boys, 18 girls) from around the state. The Boys played the par-72 Jimmy Clay Golf Course at 6,496 yards while the Girls played from 5,200 yards.

Nolen, 14, began the day one shot behind first-round leader Brad Dalke after an opening round 74. But the lead was quickly squandered by Dalke as he bogeyed three of his first seven holes while Nolen started with nine straight pars. Birdies on Nos. 10 and 12 brought Nolen back to even-par for the tournament. A bogey on the final hole left him one-over and one shot clear of the field.

The win was the second of the year for Nolen. He also won the Bluebonnet Championship in May. With the win, Nolen earned an AJGA Junior All-Star exemption.

Matthew Perrine, also of Austin, finished in second place after rounds of 75-71. William Martinez took home the third place trophy by virtue of a scorecard tie-breaker with Dalke.

Eji Kwon of College Station bested the field of 18 in the Girls 14 & Under division after rounds of 76-77. The win was the first for Kwon on the Legends Junior Tour and also earned her an AJGA Junior All-Star exemption.

Kelsey Canales of Corpus Christi finished in second place at 156 while Jordan LaBarbera of Allen finished in third at 160.

Top Finishers
Boys 14-under
Stratton Nolen, Austin, 74-71-145
Matthew Perrine, Austin, 75-71-146
William Martinez, Austin, 77-73-150
Brad Dalke, Burkburnett, 73-77-150
Reese Chance, Houston, 74-78-152
Full Scores

Girls 14-under
Eji Kwon, College Station, 76-77-153
Kelsey Canales, Corpus Christi, 81-75-156
Jordan LaBarbera, Allen, 82-78-160
Sarah Moore, Burkburnett, 82-80-162
Courtney Dow, Frisco, 81-81-162
Full Scores

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Callaway Golf Western Championship Results

From the Northern Texas PGA:

MIDLAND, TX – Perry Arthur, teaching professional at Sherrill Park Golf Course in Richardson, Texas, finished with a two round total, 6-under par, 138 to win the Callaway Golf Western Championship by one shot. Arthur began the day one shot behind the leaders at 4-under par. With a bogey on hole #1, Arthur was able to bounce back with three birdies on the front nine to post a 2-under par, 34. Arthur’s back nine proved steady with just one bogey, one birdie and seven pars to finish the day at 2-under par, 70. With this victory, Arthur was able to tie Cameron Doan’s record of three (3) Western Championship titles. His other victories were in 1999 and 2006. This marks Arthur's 18th Northern Texas PGA Individual Major Championship, extending his total majors won lead to three (3) over Benny Passons with fifteen (15).

Finishing one-shot back was Vince Jewell, teaching professional at Woodbridge Golf Club in Wylie, Texas, and first round co-leader, Lee Rhind, assistant golf professional at Midland Country Club. Jewell managed to post a 3-under par, 69 and Rhind an even-par round of 72.

The Callaway Golf Western Championship conducted by the Northern Texas PGA Section was presented by the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Midland Country Club and West Texas National Bank and was conducted at Midland Country Club in Midland , Texas a 7,268-yard, par 72 layout. The 93-player field comprised of golf professionals from the Northern Texas Section of the PGA of America competed for a $21,500.00 total purse, with Perry Arthur taking home $2,500.00 and an exemption into the Nationwide Tour WNB Golf Classic.

Top Finishers
Perry Arthur, Sherrill Park Golf Course, 68-70--138
Vince Jewell, Woodbridge Golf Club, 70-69--139
Lee Rhind, Midland Country Club, 67-72--139
Jon Antunes, Heart of Texas Golf Academy, 71-69--140
Nathan Blankenship, Legacy Ridge, 71-70--141
Jeffrey Barton, Preston Trail Golf Club, 68-73--141
Full Results

Monday, July 27, 2009

Another State Title for Galko

Montgomery , TX – The final match of the week is complete and Steve Galko is this year’s Mid-Am Match Play Champion after defeating Kyle Flodder 3 and 2 this morning to capture his second career state title. Galko’s dominance began four days ago when he won medalist honors by firing a 4-under par 68 during the stroke play qualifying round securing the number seed for match play going into the weekend.

Galko made it look easy right off the bat winning his first match over League City ’s Blanton Hansen 7 and 5 and then proceeded to take down Trent Booher of Sugar Land 5 and 3. It didn’t stop there as Saturday morning was more of the same defeating Bill Steen of Frisco 4 and 2 setting up a semi-final match with The Woodlands’ Mike Booker. This was a different story as Booker took the match all the to the 18th hole giving him what seemed to be the advantage. Why? Because Galko had been so dominant during the week that he hadn’t played the 18th hole in three days, and it showed as he had to scramble from a fairway bunker leaving him 100 yards to the green while his opponent sat comfortably on the green in two looking to go extra holes. However Galko had different ideas and proceeded to get up and down from the fairway which was capped off by a 20 foot putt to secure his spot in the finals.

Galko’s opponent in the finals, Kyle Flodder was somewhat as a surprise playing in his first full season of competitive amateur golf in Texas. The former TCU standout worked a bit harder to reach the finals as three of his four matches played were taken to the 18th hole for slim 1-up victories. None-the-less, he gave himself a legitimate shot at the title.

The match started off fairly even as Galko could only muster a 1-hole lead thru seven holes. But costly bogeys by Flodder on the 8th and 9th holes gave Galko a comfortable 3-up lead at the turn. Flodder fought back though as a 30 foot birdie putt on the very difficult par 5, 11th found its way to the bottom of the hole coupled with a bogey by Galko two holes later, put the match back up for grabs. The match turned on the par 4, 15th when Flodder was unable to convert a perfect tee shot finishing with a bogey putting Galko back up 2 holes. An aggressive second shot on the par 5 16th hole left Galko with a chance for birdie, which he converted to win the match 3 and 2 and take home his first state title since his victory in the 2005 Public Links Championship at Blackhorse Golf Club.

-- Texas State Golf Association

Monday, July 20, 2009

Lubbock's Martinson Claims 2009 Texas State Open; 59 Posted

From the Texas Golf Association:

TYLER, Texas – Mikel Martinson of Lubbock captured the 39th Chesapeake Energy Texas State Open with rounds of 70-64-65-65 for a four-round total 16-under par, 264. With solid rounds of golf all weekend, Martinson eagled hole #14 and made three birdies during the final round to capture the Championship. Martinson played college golf at New Mexico Junior College and Wayland Baptist University, and currently competes on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series. "I didn't take any big chances, just set myself up for birdie putts today," said Martinson. "I trusted myself and hit good drives." For his first place win, Martinson will take home a check for $25,000.00.

Trailing one shot behind in second place was Matthew Rosenfeld of Plano with rounds of 68-65-65-67 for a 15-under par, 265. 54-hole co-leader Matthew Rosenfeld had a chip for eagle on the 72nd hole, but missed just inches away from forcing a sudden death playoff.. This was Rosenfeld’s third Texas State Open Championship.

In third place was Randy Lowry of Spring with a 12-under par, 268. Tied for fourth were Adam Meyer of Waco and Chris Parra of Dallas with rounds of 11-under par, 269. Kelly Grunewald, three-time Texas State Open Champion, tied for six alongside Ryan Baca of Richmond with rounds of 10-under par, 270.

Travis Woolf of Fort Worth and Chris Ward of McKinney shot rounds of 7-under par, 273 to claim the low amateur title. Woolf is a senior at Texas Christian University and qualified for the Texas State Open at Waterchase Golf Club. Ward played golf for Oklahoma State University during the 2006-2007 season and is now a senior playing on the Texas Tech University golf team. Ward competed in his first Texas State Open Championship in 2008 where he was the second low amateur.

The low round of the day came from Clark Dennis, 1992 Texas State Open Champion, with an impressive course and tournament record of 11-under par, 59. A member of the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour for twelve years, Dennis currently competes on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series and Gateway Tours. "I wasn't expecting anything today. My swing is still in transition, but I hit solid shots today and putted really well," said Dennis. "It's neat to shoot 59." This was Dennis' second time to approach the final hole with a possible round of 59. In 1997, he shot a 60 on the Nationwide Tour, a low record for the Tour at the time. Dennis shattered the previous 62 (-8) course record, set by 2007 Texas State Open Champion Matt Loving during round one of the Championship.

The 72-hole stroke play event consisted of 144 contestants. 48 professionals and 7 amateurs survived the 141 (+1) cut after 36-holes. All four rounds were contested at The Cascades, a 6,918 yard, par 70 layout located in Tyler, TX. The total purse was $126,880.00 with $25,000.00 awarded to the champion.

Top Finishers
Mikel Martinson, Lubbock, 70-64-65-65--264
Matthew Rosenfeld, Plano, 68-65-65-67--265
Randy Lowry, Spring, 66-67-65-70--268
Adam Meyer, Waco, 71-66-68-64--269
Chris Parra, Dallas, 67-68-69-65--269
Kelly Grunewald, Grand Prairie, 68-68-68-66--270
Ryan Baca, Richmond, 68-67-68-67--270
Todd Rossetti, McKinney, 67-66-72-66--271
Martin Flores, Dallas, 67-66-71-68--272

Over the Moon at West Texas Am

From the Texas Golf Association:

Wichita Falls, TX – Alex Moon of Dallas takes the title of the 2009 West Texas Amateur Champion to join a long list of some of Texas best amateur players. Alex’s final round was a contrast to his first two rounds and was rock solid down the stretch and gave him a three day total of 208. His one under par round of 70 contained 2 birdies and only one bogey. Moon shot the course record on Friday with a blistering 66 to pull within one shot of the lead after 36 holes. Alex will be returning to the University of Texas Longhorn golf team in the fall.

Justin Kaplan of Sugarland, True Graves of Odessa, and Stetson McMillian of Hideaway finished two shots back at 210 and three under par for the championship. McMillian was the overnight leader but lost a few shots on Sunday to finish T-2. Kaplan plays golf for the Minnesota Gophers, Stetson plays golf for the Stephen F. Austin, Lumberjacks, and Graves will be a freshman for the Texas State Bobcats in the Fall.

Kevin Varrichio of Arlington also shot the course record of 66 along with Alex Moon on Friday,

Senior Division – Tom Doughtie of Amarillo won his first West Texas Amateur Senior Division Championship to add to his already impressive three Open division titles. The 2008 TGA Senior Player of the Year shot 69 to clip Mickey Jones of Odessa by one stroke. Doughtie finished at two under par for the championship and has his sights set for the upcoming State Senior. Defending Champ Aaron Billings of Horseshoe Bay finished in third place five strokes off the lead.

Super Senior Division - Big Joe Cadle of Wichita Falls won the Super Senior division by coming from behind over Carey Schulten of Dallas . Cadle shot a one over par round of 72 to win by 8 strokes over Coy Jones of Longview.

Top Finishers
Alex Moon, Dallas, 72-66-70--208
True Graves, Odessa, 70-68-72--210
Stetson McMillan, Hideaway, 70-67-73--210
Justin Kaplan, Houston, 68-70-72--210
Many tied at 211
Full Results

Monday, July 13, 2009

Gills Claim '09 Father-Son Championship

Brett and Steve Gill are the winners of the 2009 Texas Golf Association Father Son Championship, played at Eagle's Bluff Country Club in Bullard. It's the third win in the past five years in this event for the Gills.

Here is the recap from the TGA:

The third day is by far the toughest at the Texas Golf Association's Father Son Championship. After two days of competition where you can lean on your partner if you need to, day three requires both team members to play their best as the total of each player's 18-hole score counts.

Brett and Steve Gill, who have won this title twice already (2005 & 2006) made it their third in the last five years by finishing the day with a team total 3-over par 145, giving the father/son pair a tournament total of 278 edging out defending champions Juan and Juan Jose Salcedo by just 3 strokes.

The team was anchored by Brett as he brought in an even par 71 as he was able to bounce back from three bogeys making three birdies to finish even. Brett's father and partner for the past three days played extremely well, complementing son Brett’s 71 with a 3-over par 74, which could have been a lot better if it weren't for a lone triple bogey on the par 4, 16th hole.

Second round co-leaders Rob and Robby Ormond couldn’t keep up with the Gills as the duo fired a pair of 75s putting them at 8-over for the day finishing in fifth place. Defending champions Juan and Juan Jose Salcedo, who started the day just one stroke behind the leaders, finished the day 7-over par for a total of 282, good enough for second place outright. The low team total of the day was turned in by Jean Aube and Jean Aube Jr. who carded a 72 and 71 respectively to finish at 282 for the tournament and in a tie for third place with Kyle and Will Deshazo.

In the President's Flight, which consisted of those teams that failed to qualify for Sunday’s Championship Flight, three teams finished tied first which included Jim and Seth Mundell, John and Ryan Beatty and Roman and Robert Kupchynsky. The President’s Flight played the third round in a four-ball stroke play format. The same format they had played throughout the event. In the stableford competition, the team of Cullen and Brannon Smith were able to hold on to their second round lead to take first place in the Hogan Flight. The team of John and Jason Freeman who started in second place today couldn't mount a big enough comeback although finishing the day 3/4 of a point better than their fellow compeitiors Cullen and Brannon.

The Smith's made it interesting as they went out with 27 points with both players making double bogey on their 9th hole netting zero points leaving the door open, but managed to finish strong coming in with 32 points for a total of 59, just ½ point off of their quota. Meanwhile, the Freemans very consistently carding 28 points per side finishing just 1 1/2 points behind Team Smith.

In the Nelson Flight the team of Hal and Peyton Cook bettered their 54 1/2 point quota by 7 1/2 finishing the day at 62 points and taking first place in the Nelson Flight beating out the team of Gary and Kyle and Janik who matched the Cook's total for the day, but wasn't not good enough to overtake first place in the end.

The only two teams to finish in the plus column after three days were in the Crenshaw Flight and in the end, the team of Ira and Greg Kisver were able to hold off Johnny and Cody Davis finishing the day an impressive 10 3/4 points above their quota of 44 1/4 for a 3-day total of 3 1/4. lthough Johnny and Cody were able to finish their round 9 3/4 points over their quota.

Top Finishers
Brett Gill/Steve Gill. 67-66-145--278
Juan Salcedo/Juan Jose Salcedo, 66-68-147--281
Jean-Paul Aube III/Jean-Paul Aube Jr., 67-72-143--282
Kyle Deshazo/Will Deshazo, 68-66-148--282
Rob Ormand/Robby Ormand, 66-67-150--283
Full Results

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Adams Tour Avid Golf Classic Results

Chris Thompson beat Andrew Landry in a playoff to win the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series' Avid Golfer Classic at The Bridges Golf Club in Gunter.

Thompson, from Independence, Kan., and Landry, from Groves, each finished at 274 after final rounds of 69 and 72, respectively. Thompson birdied the 72nd hole to get into the playoff, then birdied the first extra hole to win it.

Top 5
Chris D. Thompson, Independence, Kan., 65-74-66-69--274
Andrew Landry, Groves, 68-67-67-72--274
Colby Beckstrom, Muskegon, Mich., 70-67-68-70--275
Michael Connell, Dallas, 67-72-66-70--275
Robert Gwin, Montgomery, 69-69-69-69--276
Full Results

Up this week is the Adams Golf Texarkana Classic, beginning July 8 at Texarkana Golf Ranch.

Friday, July 03, 2009

WTGA Four-Ball State Championship Results

The Women's Texas Golf Association recently staged its Four-Ball State Championship at The Bandit in New Braunfels. And the winners were Carolyn Creekmore of Dallas and Stacy Dennis of Huntsville.

Creekmore and Dennis eagled the final hole of the two-day tournament to grab the two-stroke victory over Nancy Kromar and Beth Clecker.

Full Results