Monday, June 28, 2010

2010 Texas Am Champ is Chris Ward

From the Texas Golf Association:

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.

Top Finishers
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
Full Scores

Note that Jordan Spieth finished tied for eighth. He's the 16-year-old who played so well at the 2010 Byron Nelson Championship.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Dallas' Abbott Wins Adams Tour Stop in Beaumont

Scott Abbott of Dallas is the champion of the 2010 Beaumont Open, part of the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series. The tournament was played on the par-71 Beaumont Country Club.

Beaumont's own Anthony Broussard finished tied for second with Michael Arnoud of Baton Rouge, La.

Abbott birdied the 71st hole to take a 1-stroke lead. Broussard could have forced a playoff with a birdie on the last, but bogied, as did Arnoud, giving Abbott his final 2-stroke margin of victory.

Top Finishers
Scott Abbott, Dallas, 63-65-67-68--263
Anthony Broussard, Beaumont, 68-65-66-66--265
Michael Arnaud, Baton Rouge, La., 65-67-63-70--265
Le Roux Ferreira, Kingwood, 71-68-63-66--268
Pablo Acuna, Guatemala, 70-69-66-65--270
Bill Allcorn, Abilene, 69-66-68-67--270
Matthew Giles, Sydney, 65-69-68-68--270
Blake Trimble, Houston, 66-68-68-68--270
Full Scores

The Adams Tour's next event is the Orr Hyundai Texarkana Classic July 21-24.

Friday, June 25, 2010

STPGA Announces Scholarship Recipients

From the Southern Texas PGA:

The Southern Texas PGA Scholarship Committee has selected 19 students to receive a total of $65,000 in 2010 STPGA Foundation Scholarships. The amount to be disbursed this year represents a record total for the STPGA Foundation Scholarship Program, which has distributed $414,100 in scholarship funds to 176 students since the program was restructured in 1999.

"The STPGA Foundation Scholarship Program is such a wonderful thing to be involved in," said Mark Steinbauer, chairman of the Southern Texas PGA Scholarship Committee. "It is great to see how many of our PGA families give back. It is also very rewarding to help someone along the way who needs a break to make the college experience better."

"Our program is one of the highest quality programs I have ever been involved with. I can't tell you how proud I am to be involved in such a top-notched program," added Steinbauer. "We can all be proud of the fact that we have helped someone along the way in life."

Southern Texas PGA Foundation scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of a number of criteria, including residence within southern Texas, status as full-time students, a minimum grade point average and financial need.

The 2010 Southern Texas PGA Foundation’s Scholarship recipients are listed below.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Results from The Woodlands

Bob Estes and Robert Gates (the golfer, not the Secretary of Defense) are the two golfers advancing out of the Texas sectional and into the 2010 U.S. Open.

The sectional, played at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, wrapped up Tuesday after weather delaysp prevented the completion of play on Monday. Here are the final scores:

Bob Estes, Austin, 136
Robert Gates, The Woodlands, 137
Roland Thatcher, The Woodlands, 137
A.J. Elgert, Lincoln, Neb., 139
Will Dodson, Dallas, 143
Craig Kanada, The Woodlands, 143
Zack Sucher, Mobile, Ala., 144
Casey Clendenon, Houston, 144
Thomas Hagler, Cypress, 146
Julio Vegas, Austin, 146
Justin Engel, Sugar Land, 147
Michael Whitehead, Sugar Land, 148
Jake Spencer, Anthony, N.M., 148
Scott Abbott, Dallas, 149

Those are the only golfers who stuck around until Tuesday to finish play. The other 21 golfers who started play withdrew, including Steve Elkington and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Monday, June 07, 2010

No U.S. Open for Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo won't be playing golf in the 2010 U.S. Open. Romo withdrew from the sectional qualifying tournament in The Woodlands on Monday afternoon, shortly into his second round.

The tournament was delayed by rain in the morning, and a second weather delay occurred in the afternoon. That guaranteed the finish would carry over until Tuesday, when the Cowboys go back to work. So Romo decided to withdraw, saying he wouldn't be able to play on Tuesday due to team commitments.

The fact that he started his second round with a quadruple-bogey had nothing to do with his decision, right? Yeah, that's the ticket.

Actually, Romo played quite well in the morning 18, although he had a triple-bogey 8 during that round. But he recovered to shoot 71, making no other bogeys and recording four birdies.

Alas, that quad got his second round off to a terrible start. Romo completed only three holes when the second weather delay was called.

Garland Golfer Wins State Publinx

From the Texas Golf Association:

Arlington, TX – Another spectacular day of golf at Tierra Verde Golf Club in the final round of the State Public Links Championship. The final 18-hole match was played this morning between 2-seed, Christopher Brown, and 29-seed, Joe Epperson. Overcast skies were welcomed by the players and spectators after enduring the first 3 days of sun and heat. With a stillness in the air and the untouched dew on the grass, a serene setting offered an overwhelming calm that allowed the players to find great focus in the match at hand.

Both players this morning offered some amazing golf in the battle for the championship. The players went after every flag and demonstrated some very aggressive play. On the par-5 second, Epperson went for the green in two. He came up just short of the green while Brown put his ball to 5 feet. Epperson left himself with a 6 foot putt uphill for his birdie and just missed left. Brown took advantage and sunk the birdie putt to go 1 up. Epperson was not willing to let that go on for too long as he won the 4th hole and sent the match back to All Square .

The 5th hole is where Brown took his lead to never look back. He went on to win 3 of the next five holes to go 4-under through 9. Epperson made one final attempt on the 13th with a birdie at the short par-5, but it proved not to be enough. The hole and match was conceded on the 17th hole after Epperson put his drive left into the hazard. The final result was Brown winning 3 & 1.

Brown’s comment was, "It was a fun tournament and I enjoy playing in Match Play. It is a mental roller-coaster you really have to fight." He stated that he really found his focus after being down 3 in his first match. In the quarterfinals he fought back as well when he was 3 down through the first 5 holes. He said, "I had to play within myself not make stupid mistakes after that." He considered Epperson a great opponent and complimented him on his determination and never quitting in the match.

Congratulations to Chris Brown, the 2010 State Public Links Champion.

Match Play Results
Christopher Brown, Garland, defeats Joe Epperson, Plano, 3 and 1
Full Results

Romo Shoots 71 in Round 1 of US Open Sectional

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo recovered from an early triple-bogey to card a 71 in the morning session at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in The Woodlands on Monday. Another 18 holes is under way now in the 36-hole qualifier, but after a weather delay it is uncertain whether the sectional will be completed today.

Romo's 71 put him in a tie for 10th place, four strokes off the lead. Only the top two finishers will move on to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach next week.

Romo recorded a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 fourth hole, but made no other bogeys and scored four birdies in the rest of his first round.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Romo's Sectional Qualifier on Monday

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is one of 36 golfers competing for two spots in the field at the 2010 U.S. Open in a sectional qualifier on Monday at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands.

Romo tees off at 9 a.m., playing with Thomas Hagler of Cypress and Dustin Wigington of Oklahoma City.

In a one-day, 36-hole qualifier, anything in possible. But among the pros Romo will have to beat out are Bob Estes, Craig Kanada, Steve Elkington, Roland Thatcher and Ryan Baca.