Houston, TX – Another perfect day of weather presented itself at Pine Forest Country Club in Houston for the final round of the Texas Golf Association’s South Senior Amateur Championship. Katy's David Pocknall continued his dominance in South Regional Events by finishing a top the leader board once more with a final round 4-over par for a two day total of 1-over par, 145, good enough for a one stroke victory over Montgomery’s Dickie Williams. This is Pocknall's second victory in as many years at Pine Forest as he won here just over a year ago at the South Regional Mid-Amateur Championship.
Although he claimed victory, it was a very uncharacteristic one for Pocknall. Known for his strong finishes in final rounds, Pocknall was only able to make the turn at 3-over par with three bogeys and no birdies to speak of. Meanwhile, Williams was able card two birdies along with two bogeys on the front nine, however, a costly double bogey on the par 3, 5th left the Montgomery resident only able to trim one stroke off of Pocknall’s lead leaving him two more strokes to make up on the back nine. Much of the same on the back nine kept things very tight. Pocknall, with a birdie on the par 5, 10th hole showed signs that he may be turning on the jets, but it was the only birdie he was able to muster all day. Meanwhile, Williams was able to plate two more birdies which were unfortunately cancelled out by two bogeys leaving just one stroke shy of taking the title. When asked about how the victory felt, Pocknall responded by saying "After a string of second places, it’s good to be back in the winner's circle once more."
The Super Senior Division looked as if it could have been anyone's to take, but the steady play of Houston's Mike Schell was good enough to capture victory. Schell cruised to a two victory over fellow Houstonian Howard Knowles by carding a 4-over par, 76 on the day. Schell was able to finish the front with two birdies, but started the back nine with a costly double bogey on the par 5, 10th and added three more bogeys coming in. However, his two fellow competitors whom which he started the day tied with, Bob White and Darrell Bowe, were unable to make any kind of move to stay in the hunt. This was Schell's first ever TGA Event and he is looking forward to playing in a lot more down the road.
David Pocknall, Katy, 69-76--145
Dickie Williams, Montgomery, 72-74--146
Jamey Freisleben, Pasadena, 73-74--147
Herb Fisher, The Woodlands, 79-69--148
Mike Booker, The Woodlands, 74-74--148