Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Katy Golfer Wins TGA State Senior Am

From the Texas Golf Association:

Kerrville, TX – David Pocknall of Katy came charging from four strokes back to catch Jerry Hudgins of Houston and tie for the lead after 54 holes and force a sudden death playoff. The New Zealand native, Pocknall carded the low round of the day at 69 and carried his momentum into the first playoff hole which we won by draining a slippery 12 foot downhill putt. Hudgins who shared the overnight lead after 36 holes backed up today with a round of 73 and found himself deadlocked with a steely new Senior competitor who was hungry for a win.

Hudgins appeared to have the advantage on the first playoff hole (18th on the Creeks) after hitting his three wood short but straight down the middle. Pocknall on the other hand found himself in trouble after pulling his driver left and behind a group of trees in the native grass. After Hudgins pushed his approach in the right bunker, Pocknall punched through the trees and ended up short left. Hudgins hit his bunker shot long and then almost canned his 25 foot par putt but settled for bogey. Pocknall hit a great little pitch shot from the rough, and then made the clutch putt for the win and his first Senior Amateur title.

Chuck Palmer of Dallas finished alone in third place after dropping a key shot on the Par 5 17th that took the wind from his sails and dashed his hopes for a win.

John Grace of Fort Worth was one of only 5 players to break par today after a solid round of 2 under par 70. His three day total of 216 was good for a T 4 finish along with Richard Hageman of Garden Ridge, TX.

Wall Hangs On to Win Super Title
Andy Wall of Tyler put the finishing touches on a wire to wire win on Sunday after a final round 75 and a three shot victory over Rick Rogers of Corpus Christi. Wall took control of the Super Senior division after an opening round two under par 70 that put him 5 shots clear of the field. Andy never looked back and no one could catch the past TGA Senior Amateur Champion.

Comanche Trace member and Kerrville resident Bill Stilwell played very well for a respectable third place finish.

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