From the STPGA - Joe Stansberry of Bloomington, Minn., had a four-stroke lead heading into the third and final round of the 2009 Maker’s Mark Texas Senior Open. He needed all of it to wrap his hands around victory and the tournament’s $10,000 first-place prize.
"I played better than I scored on the front nine today," said Stansberry. "I was swinging well. I was putting well, too, but they just weren’t going in."
By the time he and Perry Arthur of Plano, Texas, had reached the turn, they were tied for the lead, and Steve Veriato of San Marcos, Texas, winner of the 2000 Maker’s Mark Texas Senior Open, had joined them at 4-under-par.
"I was nervous, no doubt about it," said Stansberry. "I’ve been in the lead of the last five tournaments I played in headed into the final round. I won two of them, but I felt I gave two away, too."
After a front nine 40, Stansberry settled his nerves and came home with a 35 on the back. Stansberry finished the 54-hole championship with a score of 67-69-75—211, 5-under-par for the Forest Course at The Clubs of Kingwood in Houston and a one-stroke victory over Arthur.
"Even though I didn’t play great today," said Stansberry, who was playing in his second Maker’s Mark Texas Senior Open, "I feel very good. To know I didn’t play that well but still won, (which) is pretty satisfying, especially compared to the two tournaments I thought I gave away."
Arthur finished in second place and earned $7,000 for his 4-under-par total of 73-67-72—212.
Four golfers, including Veriato, finished in a third-place tie. Veriato posted a 72-70-71—213, while Houston’s Carl Baker went 72-72-69—213, Frank Conner of San Antonio went 69-73-71—213 and two-time Maker’s Mark Texas Senior Open champion Danny Edwards of Scottsdale, Ariz., went 71-70-71—213. All four earned winnings of $3,125.
Houston’s David Lundstrom, winner of the 2004 tournament, finished in seventh place at 67-77-71—215 and took home $1,800.
David Ogrin of New Braunfels, Texas, and David Narveson of Simonton, Texas, tied for eighth place at 72-75-69—216 and 70-72-74—216, respectively. Ogrin and Narveson won $1,500 each.
Amatuer Juan Salcedo of The Woodlands, Texas, tied for 19th place and finished as the tournament’s low amateur with a score of 74-70-77—221. Salcedo received a $750 merchandise certificate.
Joe Stansberry, Bloomington, Minn., 67-69-75-211
Perry Arthur, Plano, 73-67-72-212
Carl Baker, Houston, 72-72-69-213
Frank Conner, San Antonio, 69-73-71-213
Danny Edwards, Scottsdale, Ariz., 72-70-71-213
Steve Veriato, San Marcos, 72-70-71-213