Friday, October 01, 2010

2010 TGA State Senior Four-Ball

From the Texas Golf Association:

Georgetown, TX – Three for three on the weather front at Cimarron Hills as not a single cloud reared its ugly head all week at the TGA State Senior 4-Ball. At the start of the morning, five teams sat within seven strokes of lead, which may seem like a lot to overcome, but the Nicklaus designed track was not yielding many red numbers all week which meant no lead was safe. In the end, it was the team of Jerry Hudgins and Jay Pumphrey who came from five strokes behind at the start of the day to win the State Senior 4-Ball Championship by firing a tournament low 7-under par, 65 to take a two stroke victory over Wayne Smith and Ed Hindsman who finished the day at 2-under par, 70 putting them at seven under for the championship.

Hudgins and Pumphrey got off to a great start by birdying four of their first seven holes to make the turn at 4-under par, 32 vaulting them to a virtual tie for lead as second round leaders Richard York and Doug Baker made the turn at 1-over par, 37, relinquishing the five stroke lead they started the day with. Pumphrey, a Cimarron Hills member, used his vast course knowledge to contribute two birdies to the team’s card and assist his partner (very well I should say) to throw down an impressive five birdies including birdies on all of the par 5’s on the course. What was probably most impressive was that not a single bogey made their way onto the winner’s card, which wasn’t an easy feat this week.

Finishing in second place were fellow Cimarron Hills members and first round leaders, Ed Hindsman and Wayne Smith. Hindsman and Smith played extremely steady all week long with scores of 67, 72, and 70 for a three day total of 7-under par, 209. The Austin duo was were right there in thick of things, but were only able to muster one birdie on the front nine coupled with one bogey, but made a late charge by birdying three of the last final six holes to finish the tournament alone in second place.

The Super Senior Division had a very exciting finish as Howard Knowles and Bert Rogers were able to fend off fellow competitors the Trophy Club pair of B.J. Shaw and Craig Carlisle by one stroke by firing an even par, 72 on the day. An even par front nine for Knowles and Rogers, coupled with a 2-over par from Carlisle and Shaw brought the two teams even going into the final nine. Knowles and Rogers showed signs letting the championship slip away as they bogeyed the par 4, 10th hole to start the back. But two birdies with another bogey was good enough to finish them at even par for their final round and more importantly a one stroke victory as Carlisle and Shaw couldn’t get anything going on the back side either finishing three over for the day, giving Knowles and Rogers the one stroke victory.

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