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

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