Albert and Liberto Win 2021 South Four-Ball
Missouri City – Trailing by one stroke heading into the final round, Todd Albert of Katy and Kevin Liberto of Cypress battle back to win on the Eldorado Course at Quail Valley Golf Course. A seven-under par, 65, in the final round was one stroke off the course low score for the day as players battled the elements. In the first round, Albert and Liberto posted a 4-under par 68 which had an eagle on the par-5 seventh and two birdies on the par-3 eights and par-5 tenth on the scorecard. 4-under par 68 was good enough to get Albert and Liberto into the final group and tied for second. To start the final round, Albert came out hot as he birdied six of the first seven holes on his own ball. Albert kept it rolling on the backside as he carded another three birdies. Liberto was steady throughout the day and provided when the team needed. Liberto had one birdie on the day on the par-4 fifteenth. The teams strong final round was enough to secure them a two stroke win and nine-under par tournament total, 133, and the South Four-Ball crown.
1. Todd Albert/Kevin Liberto, -9 (133)
2. Zan Terry/Casey Carnes, -7 (135)
T3. Jess Bonneau/James Bartell, -5 (137)
T3. Ryan Clarke/Cade Roberts, -5 (137)
T5. Jason Swanson/Travis Stiegman, -3 (139)
T5. John Braniff/Titus Harris, -3 (139)
T5. Scott Kulcak/Will Orr, -3 (139)
Top Finishers – Zan Terry of San Antonio and Casey Carnes of Schertz finished solo second with a tournament total of seven-under par, 135 (70-65). The teams final round highlight came from Carnes as he carded a 6-under par, 29, on his own ball to start the round. Tied for third place at five-under par was Jess Bonneau and James Bartell of Houston and Ryan Clarke of Houston and Cade Roberts of Cypress. Clarke and Roberts were the leadings going into the final round after an opening round of 67, five-under par. Three teams finished in a tie for fifth place at three-under par, 139.
Weather: Thursday’s first round reached a high of 73 degrees with mostly clear and sunny skies into the afternoon. The afternoon consisted over overcast skies and wind gusts up 16 mph. Players battled the elements during Friday’s final round. Temperatures again reached a high of 73 degrees on Friday with overcast skies producing rain on and off throughout the round.
Course: The South Four-Ball was contested on the El Dorado course at Quail Valley Golf Course in Missouri City. Designed by Jack Miller, Jay Rivere and Jeffery D. Blume, the El Dorado course features Bermuda Fairways and Greens. The layout of the course includes rolling terrain, unique undulations and numerous lakes and creeks.
Next Up: The South Regional Series next event will be the South Amateur at Galveston Country Club, August 6-8, 2021. For information, click here.
For more information on the Texas Golf Association, South Regional Series and South Four-Ball please visit www.txga.org.
Wayne Wright Wins 2021 Texas Super Senior Am
FORT WORTH – Wayne Wright of Aledo shot a final round 2-over-par 73 to win the 2021 Texas Super Senior Amateur on Wednesday at Ridglea Country Club’s North Course.
Wright stayed consistent all week and held onto his second-round lead. His final round 73 put him at 3-over 216 for the week, good for a six-shot victory.
“Just winning is great,” Wright said. “I mean, I love to win.”
This marks the second time Wright has won Texas Super Senior Amateur. He previously won it in 2017 at Pine Dunes Resort in Frankston. Wright also previously won the 2019 North Senior Am at Ridglea CC’s Championship Course.
“You know, it just seems like when the competition starts, things kind of fall into place,” he said. “I really played well this week.”
Wright carded three birdies en route to victory.
“I am really pleased with the way I played,” Wright said. “I started putting a little bit better today.”
A combination of weather and Ridglea CC’s North Course proved to be challenging to the field this week as only four rounds came in under-par.
John Grace and Mike Booker both finished with under-par final rounds to share second place at 9-over 222. Ed Brooks carded a final round 73 to finish in fourth. Rounding out the top five were Chuck Gardner and Steve Moran tied at 11-over week.
Mike Rice of Houston won the Legends division by carding the low round of the week for his respective division, a 3-over 74. His 16-over 229 total edged out runner-up Denny Alexander’s 17-over 230.
Ford Cartwright and Jamey Freisleben were crowned Super Senior Am net winners after tying at a 221-total net. Butch Vaut captured the Legends division net win after finishing with a 218-total net.
The Ridglea CC North Course demanded precision from every player throughout the tournament with its rolling fairways and smaller greens that were breaking subtly. Overseeding created a beautiful lush green course as Ridglea CC was in great shape for all three rounds. The Super Senior division, for amateur men ages 65 and older, played from a total yardage of 6,229. The Legends division (75 and older) played from 5,827 yards.
Four of the past five Super Senior Amateur champions were in the field, including Odessa’s Mickey Jones, who won the event in 2018. The 2020 Super Senior Amateur was canceled because of COVID-19.
The 112th Texas Amateur is next up on the championship schedule for the TGA. The top amateurs in the state will be tested at beautiful Midland Country Club in Midland on June 17-20. For more on the 2021 Super Senior Amateur, click here.
Texas Super Senior Set for April 19-21
The 2021 Texas Super Senior Amateur Championship will be played April 19-21 on Ridglea Country Club’s North Course in Fort Worth.
Designed by John Bredemus, the North Course at Ridglea Country Club opened in 1928. Bredemus, one of a select few golf course architects elected to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, carved out a timeless classic on the gently rolling topography southwest of downtown Fort Worth. The North Course’s narrow fairways, uphill and downhill holes, bending left and right doglegs and small, contoured greens continue to delight and challenge players of all ages and skill levels nearly a century later.
Host to numerous TGA championships throughout its long history, including last year’s Women’s Senior Stroke Play, this will be the first Texas Super Senior Amateur to be held at Ridglea Country Club.
To accommodate a wide range of players, the Texas Super Senior Amateur features two age divisions: 65 and older (Super Senior) and 75 and older (Legends). The format is 54 holes of individual stroke play with no cut. Each age division competes from different tees and yardages, with a separate champion recognized. Prizes are also awarded to low Net scores in both Super Senior and Legends Divisions.
The 2020 championship was canceled due to health concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Ed Brooks of Fort Worth won the weather-shortened 2019 Texas Super Senior Amateur with a 36-hole total of 4-over 144 at Ridgewood Country Club in Waco. Richard Lundy of Amarillo finished at 17-over 157 to win the Legends Division. Lundy also claimed low Net honors with a handicap adjusted total of 147 (+7). Bill Holstead of Wichita Falls and Bill Huckin of Dallas tied for low Net in the Super Senior Division at 141 (+1).
Live scoring updates, daily recaps, as well as tee-times and pairings, will be available once the action gets underway from Ridglea Country Club.
The Texas Super Senior Amateur was first played in 2015. The championship is open to male amateur golfers age 65 and older (75 and older for Legends Division) by the tournament start date, belong to a TGA Member Club and have a World Handicap System Index of 12.4 or less (16.4 or less for Legends).