Dallas, TX - The 101st playing of the Texas Amateur Championship is in the books and McKinney’s Chris Ward is the 2010 Champion. Ward did it in dominating style as his name was atop the leaderboard at the end of every round which included his masterful opening round 64 giving him enough breathing room for the rest of the week. Big 12 rival Jordan Russell from Texas A&M and Garrett Driver of Humble finished in a tie for second and just didn’t have enough to catch the Texas Tech Red Raider.
From the time he completed his first round to his final putt on his 72nd hole, his name failed to be on top of the leader board for only one hole when Bryant Lach from The Woodlands took a one stroke lead with a birdie on the par 3, 8th hole (44th hole of the event) which Ward bogeyed. One hole later, Ward took the lead again, but this time he wouldn’t relinquish it again for the rest of the championship. Ward played near flawless golf as he cruised around the 7,068 yard track making four birdies with one lone bogey to finish the day at 3-under par putting him at 14-under for the championship. Second place finishers, Jordan Russell and Garrett Driver played extremely well as Russell was able to card six birdies to just two bogeys for a final round 4-under, 67 leaving him at 9-under for the championship and Driver finished strong by birdying four of his final six holes to match Russell’s 9-under par finish tying him for second place. Hideaway’s Stetson McMillan finished with an impressive 4-under par, 67 to take fourth place outright while Clark Mitzner of Houston, Christopher Brown of Garland, and Bryant Lach of The Woodlands finished in a tie for fifth place.
Congratulations once again to Chris Ward for becoming the 2010 Texas Amateur Champion. Congratulations also goes to the top twenty finishers and ties (2-over par for the championship) as they will receive an exemption into the 2011 Texas Amateur Championship to be held at Austin Country Club. Included on that list will be Royal Oaks members Brad Mason and fourteen year old Scottie Scheffler who played strong over the weekend to finish the championship at even par.
Chris Ward, McKinney - 64-68-70-68--270
Jordan Russell, College Station - 69-69-70-67--275
Garrett Driver, Humble - 68-69-69-69--275
Stetson McMillan, Hideaway - 70-70-69-67--276
Christopher Brown, Garland - 68-69-72-68--277
Clark Mitzner, Houston - 71-70-69-67--277
Bryant Lach, The Woodlands - 68-66-70-73--277
Zack Fischer, Wake Village - 73-70-72-64--279
Thomas Birdsey, Trophy Club - 72-71-68-68--279
Jordan Spieth, Dallas - 68-70-73-68--279
Will Griffin, San Antonio - 67-72-71-69--279
Note that Jordan Spieth finished tied for eighth. He's the 16-year-old who played so well at the 2010 Byron Nelson Championship.