Bryan -- Another hot day welcomed the players the at Miramont Country Club. But none of that mattered to the remaining players in the field as their main focus was to finish the day crowned the 2009 Texas State Amateur Champion. In the end, James Sacheck took the title playing in his first ever Texas Amateur.
Sacheck, who shot a course record (in competition) 7-under par, 64 on Friday to take a commanding 5 stroke lead into the weekend found himself on the outside looking in after a disastrous third round where he carded no birdies and posted a disappointing 7-over par 78 putting him 6 shots back of The Woodlands’ Bronson Burgoon.
Burgoon looked unstoppable on Sunday as he made the turn at 1-under par putting him at 8-under for the championship and a 5 stroke lead over the eventual champion. But no birdies on the back nine with a double bogey sandwiched in between two bogeys brought Burgoon in at 2 over for a Sunday total of 74, putting him at 4-under for the championship.
Sacheck remained focused throughout the day as he completed his round bogey-free, finishing the day with two birdies a side for the clubhouse lead at five under. It then became a waiting game as three groups behind him Bronson Burgoon was trying to keep his composure as a costly double bogey on the par 3 13th hole put him in a virtual tie for the lead with Sacheck with five holes to play.
But another costly bogey on the other par 3 15th hole dropped him one shot behind Sacheck. Pars on 16 and 17 kept him alive but needed a birdie on the par 5, 18th to force a playoff with Sacheck who was waiting anxiously behind the gallery ropes.
A perfect drive on 18 left Burgoon a chance to go for the green and but his approach shot landed short in the green-side bunker. A nicely played bunker shot left Burgoon with a makeable 5 foot putt to force a playoff with Sacheck, but was unable to roll it in as the crowd stood in disbelief, including James Sacheck who was wondering just a second prior if he would need to start warming up for a playoff. A few moments later reality had sunk in for the TCU standout. He was now officially the 100th winner of the Texas Amateur Champion.
Congratulations again to The Woodlands' James Sacheck and all of those tied at 15th or higher who will receive automatic exemptions into next years championship to be held at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas.
James Sacheck, The Woodlands — 70-64-78-67—279
Johnathan Schnitzer, Houston — 70-69-70-71—280
Bronson Burgoon, The Woodlands — 69-72-65-74—280
Jordan Spieth, Dallas — 71-70-71-69—281
Travis Woolf, Fort Worth — 74-65-69-73—281