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Texas League Play Playoffs Recap

The 2020 Texas League Play Playoffs featured 10 teams competing in a single-elimination, bracket-style tournament.

The first round took place at Horseshoe Bay’s Apple Rock course, with 4 teams competing in the first round. The other 6 teams received byes into the quarterfinal round. The first match of the day saw The Hills Country Club from Austin take on Rolling Hills Country Club of Arlington. The first points of the day were won by Rolling Hills’ Brian O’Dwyer and Craig Thorpe, who won their match to put their team up 2-1 early. The Hills answered in their second match as Tim Deck and Bill Parr swept Rolling Hills to take a 4-2 lead. Colin Peck and Wick Comegys from The Hills won their match 2-1 to extended The Hills overall match score to 6-3. Teammates Tye Grissom and Warren Smith won the final match to seal The Hills’ victory 8.5-3.5.

Thursday’s second match featured Nutcracker Golf Club of Granbury and Odessa Country Club (Links). Nutcracker took a commanding lead early by Cody Barrington and Darryl Woods winning the first match 2-1. The rest of Nutcracker’s Team did not disappoint as the last three matches swept Odessa’s Links Team. Nutcracker won their overall match 11-1 to get them into the quarterfinals.

Advancing teams returned to Apple Rock on Friday for the quarterfinal matches. The first match of the day took place between Tierra Verde Golf Club of Arlington and The Hills Country Club.  Bret Masion and Randy Stephens of Tierra Verde came away with 2.5 points in the first match.  Doug Foster and James Lloyd of Tierra Verde followed suit by winning the second match 2-1. The Hills’ Colin Peck and Wick Comegys answered back and won the third match 2.5-.05.  Carson Gooch and Ben Hicks of Tierra Verde won their match, which gave Tierra Verde a 7-5 victory and advanced them to the semifinal round.

The second match of the day featured Eagle Point Golf Club of Mont Belvieu and Nutcracker Golf Club. Both teams tied in the first match, but Mitchell Cole and Casey Barrington of Nutcracker got 2.5 points in the second match to give Nutcracker a 4-2 lead. Both clubs split the third match and final match 1.5-1.5, giving Nutcracker the 7-5 win and a spot in the semifinal round.

Friday’s third match took place between River Crest Country Club of Fort Worth and Van Zandt Country Club of Canton. Matthew Bobo and Garett Essl of River Crest started strong by sweeping the first match, and the rest of the River Crest team followed their lead.  River Crest won 12-0 over Van Zandt clinching a spot in the semifinal round.

Friday’s final match had the Golf Club of Houston against Odessa Country Club (Old). Mark Jones and Sterling Swack of Odessa took all 3 points in the first match giving them a good start to the day. Odessa’s Brandon Warne and Darren Seglem won the second match giving Odessa a 5.5-0.5 lead.  Jim McNeil and Robert Rigney clinched the semifinal spot for Odessa by tying the third match giving Odessa the 7-5 victory, despite Golf Club of Houston’s Ross Prachar and Brett Lalor sweeping the final match.

Saturday’s semifinal rounds continued at Apple Rock, and the first match of the day was between Odessa Country Club and Tierra Verde Golf Club. Odessa’s Mark Jones and Sterling Swack swept the first match, giving Odessa an early 3-0 lead.  Brandon Warne and Darren Seglem kept the momentum going by winning the second match 2.5-.05 increasing Odessa’s lead to 5.5-.05.  Both teams tied the third match, and Brian Madison and Luke Groves of Odessa won the fourth match 2-1 giving Odessa a victory of 9-3 and advancing them to the championship round.

The second semifinal match took place between Nutcracker Golf Club and River Crest Country Club. Cody Barrington and Darryl Woods from Nutcracker won all 3 points in the first match, but Jeff Needham and Dee Kelly of River Crest answered back with winning the second match 2.5-.05.  Nutcracker’s Mark Barrington and Dustin Sherrill swept the third match giving Nutcracker the 6.5-3.5 lead and giving Nutcracker a spot in the championship round, even though River Crest’s Reid Parrish and Scott Hargrove won the very close fourth match 2-1.

Apple Rock course at Horseshoe Bay played host to Sunday’s championship round between Odessa Country Club and Nutcracker Golf Club.  Mark Jones and Sterling Swack of Odessa got the team off to a good start by sweeping the first match.  However, Mitchell Cole and Casey Barrington responded by sweeping the second match leaving it a close 3-3 tie.  Nutcracker’s Dustin Sherrill and Marc Barrington captured 2.5 points in the third match, and Matt Sommerfield and Jared Harp of Nutcracker won the final match 2.5-.05, capturing the 2020 Texas League Play championship over Odessa 7.5-3.5.

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Texas League Play Playoffs Recap

Texas League Play Playoffs Recap

The 2019 Texas League Play Playoffs featured 14 teams competing in a single-elimination, bracket-style tournament.

The first round took place at Horseshoe Bay’s Slick Rock course, with 12 teams competing in the first round. Hillcrest Country Club and Royal Oaks Country Club received byes into the quarterfinal round. The first match of the day saw Jersey Meadow Golf Course from Jersey Village take on Lochinvar Golf Club of Houston. The first points of the day were won by Jersey Meadow’s Peter Costner and Ralph Eureste, who won their match to put their team up 2.5-0.5 early. Lochinvar answered in their second match as Ragan Shawell and Robert Simon took 2 points to close the gap at 3.5-2.5. Jersey Meadow’s Clark Quandahl and Scott Blickenstaff sweet the third match, and extended their overall match score 6.5-2.5 lead. Teammates Rob O’Sullivan and Bernie Rains halved the final match to seal Jersey Meadow’s victory 8-4.

Thursday’s second match featured Spanish Oaks Golf Club of Bee Cave and Odessa Country Club (Old). The teams split the first and second matches 1.5-1.5 before Spanish Oak’s Don Dean and Chris Badciong swept their match for 3 points. Odessa’s Brian Scherer and Blake Parks swept the final match 3-0 to bring to overall match to 6-6, forcing a playoff. Odessa’s Blake Parks and Brian Scherer won the match for their team to move on.

The first round also saw Tierra Verde Golf Club of Arlington against Gentle Creek Golf Club of Prosper. Tierra Verde’s Shawn Walsh and Randy Stephens took 2 points in the first match. Gentle Creek’s Keith Jackson and Paul Krause 2.5 points in the second match jumped their team into the lead, with a 3.5-2.5 score going into the third match.  A split third match set up a crucial fourth, where Tierra Verde’s Carson Good and Michael August swept 3 points to advance their team 7-5. 

The next match took place between Midland Country Club and Four Seasons Resort of Irving. The first match was won 2.5-0.5 by Four Season’s Bill Bailey and Josh Dunlap, with both teams splitting the second match 1.5-1.5.  Midland’s Bryan Word and Cody Childers’ 2.5 points in the third match tied the overall match score at 4.5, but Kevin Golding and Steve Nichols of Four Seasons edged Midland in the final match 2-1 to send their team into the next round, winning 6.5-5.5 over Midland.

Thursday’s penultimate match saw Pecan Plantation Country Club of Granbury competing against Dallas’ Lakewood Country Club. Pecan Plantation’s Dustin McKelvy swept 3-0 in the first match followed by a split 1.5-1.5 second match.  Another 3-0 sweep by Pecan Plantation’s Al Wilkes and Chip Bradley in the third match extended the lead going into the final match, where Dustin Sherrill and Marc Barrington sealed the deal with 2.5 points to win the overall match 10-2 against Lakewood.

The last match of the day featured the Grapevine Golf Course and Sugartree Golf & Country Club of Lipan. Grapevine had a quick and large lead, as Josef Christman and Rich Plotsky, along with teammates Ygnacio Dominguez and Greg Hougendobler both swept their matches 3-0. Another match victory for Jeff Dodson and Charles Beavers extended Grapevines’ lead in the third match to 8.5-0, but Sugartree’s Matt Sommerfield and Jake Smith captured a consolation win in the final match.  Grapevine advanced with a 9-3 victory.

Advancing teams returned to Slick Rock on Friday for the quarterfinal matches. The first match of the day took place between Hillcrest Country Club of Lubbock and Jersey Meadow. Guy Morrison and John Dutkowsky of Hillcrest came away with 2.5 points in the first match, but Jersey Meadow answered as Joe Drumwright and Phil Warmington took 2.5 points in the second match. Clark Quandahl and Scott Blickenstaff of Jersey Meadow also secured 2.5 points in their match, holding a lead into the final match by 2 point. Hillcrest’s Adam Headley and Michael Pruitt swept and took 3 points in the last match to propel their team to a 6.5-5.5 victory.

The second match of the day had Royal Oaks Country Club of Dallas against Odessa Country Club. Mark Jones and Sterling Swack of Odessa took 2 points in the first match. Royal Oaks jumped ahead to 4-2 overall after the second match, with Joe Lawless and Patrick Zuber sweeping 3-0.  But Odessa’s Luke Groves and Jim Bob McNeil, along with teammates Brian Scherer and Blake Parks both swept their matches 3-0 to win 8-4, advancing to the semifinal.

Friday’s third match featured Gentle Creek Golf Club and Tierra Verde Golf Club. Shawn Walsh and Randy Stephens of Tierra Verde took the first match with 2 points, but Gentle Creek’s Keith Jackson and Paul Krause answered with a 2.5 point victory in the second match. Both clubs split the third match 1.5-1.5, with an overall match score of 5-4 in favor of Gentle Creek with one match to play. Carson Gooch and Michael August of Tierra Verde swept 3-0 in dominant fashion in the final match to send their team into the semifinal with a 7-5 come-from-behind win.

Friday’s final match took place between the Pecan Plantation Country Club and Four Seasons Resort. Four Seasons’ Bill Bailey and Josh Dunlap won their first match and 2 points.  The teams split the second match. Four Seasons took control in the end, where Kelly O’Neil and Guy Grivas swept the third match 3-0, and teammates Kevin Golding and Steve Nichols did the same in the fourth to secure a 9.5-2.5 victory and the final spot in the semifinal round.

Saturday’s semifinal rounds continued at Slick Rock, and the first match of the day was between Hillcrest Country Club and Four Seasons Resort. The first and second matches between the teams ended in 1.5-1.5 ties, putting pressure on the final two matches. Kelly O’Neil and Guy Grivas of Four Seasons broke the stalemate with a 3-0 sweep in the third match, but Hillcrest’s Adam Headley and Michael Pruitt swept the fourth to send the overall match into a playoff at 6-6. In the playoff, Headly Pruitt prevailed when Headley’s second shot on the par five 12th was put to inches.

The second semifinal match took place between Odessa Country Club and Tierra Verde Golf Club. Odessa’s Mark Jones and Sterling Swack swept the first match to give their team the quick and early lead. Tierra Verde stormed back in the second and third rounds, sweeping 3-0, 3-0 to take a 6-3 overall lead into the fourth. Odessa’s Brian Scherer and Blake Parks answered with a 3-0 sweep to tie the match at 6-6, and force a playoff. Parks closed the door on the second playoff hole with a birdie which saw Odessa advance to the championship.

Summit Rock course at Horseshoe Bay played host to Sunday’s championship round between Hillcrest Country Club and Odessa Country Club.  Mark Jones and Sterling Swack of Odessa won the first round with 2.5 points.  Matches two and three both ended in 1.5-1.5 ties, setting the stage for a close final match.  Brian Scherer and Blake Parks secured the championship for Odessa with 2.5 points in the fourth match, capturing the 2019 Texas League Play championship over Hillcrest 8-4.