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Davis Captures 2019 North Senior Amateur; Kirwan Wins Super Senior Division

Briefly: Dave Davis shot the low round of the tournament to capture his second North Senior Amateur title. Davis’ two-under-par, 70, included two birdies and 16 pars. Much like Davis, Gary Kirwan captured his second Super Senior Division after posting an even round 72 on Thursday at Eldorado Country Club. Davis and Kirwan both won their previous respective titles in 2016 at Denton Country Club in Argyle, TX.
 
Leaderboard:
Senior Division
 

  1. Davis, Dave (Saginaw) – 73-70 – 143 (-1)
  2. Corson, Larry (Dallas) – 74-72 – 146 (+2)
  3. Cooper, Brent (Dallas) – 74-73 – 147 (+3)
  4. Stumpf, Brad (Lewisville) – 76-73 – 149 (+5)

T5.  Quinn, Jim (Arlington) – 79-71 – 150 (+6)
T5.  Peck, Mike (Irving) – 76-74 – 150 (+6)
T5.  Finnin, Michael (McKinney) – 74-76 – 150 (+6)
 
Super Senior Division

  1. Kirwan, Gary (McKinney) – 76-72 – 148 (+4)
  2. Holstead, Bill (Wichita Falls) – 76-75 – 151 (+7)

T3.  Turner, Ed (Richardson) – 79-74 – 153 (+9)
T3.  Hopton-Jones, Doug (Mansfield) – 77-76 – 153 (+9)
T3.  Lindsay, Rick (Rockwall) – 74-79 – 153 (+9)
 
Final Round Results
 
Golf Course: Located in McKinney, Eldorado Country Club combines a great golf experience with unmatched beauty of the McKinney landscape. Eldorado was established in 1981 by golf course designer Gary Roger Baird. The course features tight tree-lined fairways with strategically placed slopes off the tee to test every level of play. Eldorado CC’s small greens challenge players to be accurate on their approach shots to give them the best look at the hole. Eldorado CC is playing at 6,559 yards for the Senior Division and 6,087 yards for the Super Senior Division.
 
Weather: Overnight storms gave the course a shower but rain and the wind stayed away once tee times started. The cloudy conditions and slight breeze gave the players ideal scoring conditions with the sun peeking through around noon. The temperature reached 70 degrees with the breeze switching to out of the West at 7 mph.
 
Winner’s Info: Davis, who lives in Saginaw, started his final round with seven straight pars before grabbing his first of two birdies on the 370 yard par four, 4th. Davis’ other birdie came on the 12th hole after hitting a nice approach to eight feet. Putting from above the hole in a treacherous position, Davis made the slippery left-to-right putt before making his way into the clubhouse with six more pars.
 
Kirwan, who lives in McKinney, began his round off the 10th hole where he started with two bogeys over the first seven holes. Kirwan then had back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th hole as he made the turn. Kirwan mimicked his outward nine of two bogeys and two birdies on the front nine to card a level round 72.
 
This is déjà vu for the North Senior Amateur as both Davis and Kirwan stood victories in their respective divisions at the 2016 North Senior Amateur that was hosted by Denton Country Club.
 
In contention: Wayne Wright, who shared the lead overnight in the Senior Division finished in a tie for eighth. Larry Corson finished runner-up to Davis after he moved up the leaderboard with a final round of even-par 72. Brent Cooper and Brad Stumpf both posted a final round of one-over-par 73 to finish in third and fourth place, respectively. Two other players, Jim Quinn and Lewis Stephenson, shot an under par round in the tournament with a final round one-under-par 71.
 
In the Super Senior Division, Bill Holstead of Wichita Falls finished runner-up after posting a two-day tournament total of seven-over par 151. Ed Turner, Doug Hopton-Jones, and Rick Lindsay round out the top of the leaderboard in a three-way tie for third.
 
What’s Next: The next TGA Championship will be the Texas Super Senior Amateur at Ridgewood Country Club in Waco, TX on April 23-25th. New this year to this Championship is the addition of a Net recognition in which all players will compete based off their handicap. To view the entire Texas Golf Association calendar, click here.
 
More Information: The TGA extends its sincere appreciation to the membership and staff at Eldorado Country Club for hosting the 2019 North Senior Amateur. The TGA also sends thanks to the many championship volunteers that assisted over the last two days with refereeing and as starters. For more information on the North Senior Amateur, you can visit the Championship Homepage here.

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Two Tied at Top of North Senior Amateur After Round 1

Briefly: Dave Davis and Wayne Wright lead the 2019 North Senior Amateur after carding identical rounds of one-over-par 73. Davis and Wright, whom both have previously won the North Senior Amateur, head into tomorrow’s final round at top of a crowded leaderboard. Davis won the 2016 North Senior Amateur at Denton Country Club while Wright won the 2017 North Senior Amateur at Ridglea Country Club (South Course). Rick Lindsay of Rockwall, leads the Super Senior Division by two strokes after turning in a two-over-par 72 at Eldorado Country Club.
 
Leaderboard:
Senior Division
T1.Wright, Wayne (Aledo) – 38-35 – 73 (+1)
T1.  Davis, Dave (Saginaw) – 36-37 – 73 (+1)
T3.  Cooper, Brent (Dallas) – 35-39 – 74 (+2)
T3.  Corson, Larry (Dallas) – 37-37 – 74 (+2)
T3. Finnin, Michael (McKinney) – 38-36 – 74 (+2)
T3. Long, Trip (Wichita Falls) – 36-38 – 74 (+2)
 
Super Senior Division
1.Lindsay, Rick (Rockwall) – 38-36 – 74 (+2)
T2.  Holstead, Bill (Wichita Falls) – 38-38 – 76 (+4)
T2.  Chester, Donald (Frisco) – 37-39 – 76 (+4)
T2.  Kirwan, Gary (McKinney) – 39-37 – 76 (+4)
5.    Hopton-Jones, Doug (Mansfield) – 37-40 – 77 (+5)
 
First Round Results
 
Golf Course: Located in McKinney, Eldorado Country Club combines a great golf experience with unmatched beauty of the McKinney landscape. Eldorado was established in 1981 by golf course designer Gary Roger Baird. The course features tight tree-lined fairways with strategically placed slopes off the tee to test every level of play. Eldorado CC’s small greens challenge players to be accurate on their approach shots to give them the best look at the hole. Eldorado CC is playing at 6,559 yards for the Senior Division and 6,087 yards for the Super Senior Division.
 
Weather: Cool morning with a slight breeze coming out of the Southeast. The wind picked up around 11:00am to 17mph with gusts of 25mph. The temperature reached lows into mid 60’s. Thursday’s forecast calls for overnight thunderstorms and some showers that will last into the late morning as players tee off for the final round.
 
In contention: Dave Davis and Wayne Wright find themselves at the top of the leaderboard again at the North Senior Amateur after posting a first round one-over-par 73. Davis and Wright will have work to do in Thursday’s final round as 11 players sit just three shots back in a crowded leaderboard. Within those is the defending North Senior Amateur Champion, Mike Peck. Peck fired a first round, four-over-par, 76 on Wednesday.
 
Rick Lindsay of Rockwall has himself a two stroke cushion in the Super Senior Division heading into the final round. Lindsay posted a two-over-par 74 that included three birdies. Sitting in a three way tie for second place, past champion Gary Kirwan looks to make a final round charge to try and capture his second North Senior Amateur (Super Senior Division) title. Bill Holstead, Donald Chester, and Doug Hopton-Jones round out the top five.
 
What’s Next: The final round of the 2019 North Senior will begin tomorrow at 8:00 AM off #1 and #10 tees. Following play, there will be a brief awards presentation for the top finishers in both divisions. For Round 2 pairings, click here.
 
More Information: For more information on the North Senior Amateur, you can visit the Championship Homepage here.
 

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Mike Peck wins North Senior Amateur in Playoff

Mike Peck wins North Senior Amateur in Playoff

Lewisville, TX – Mike Peck won the North Senior Amateur in a three-hole playoff over Lewis Stephenson and Wayne Wright. Geoffrey Westapher came from behind to claim the Super-Senior Title.

Mike Peck started his day trailing the overnight leader Chuck Palmer by five strokes. The Irving native battled through his round and shot the low round of the day with an even-par, 72. That score vaulted him up the leaderboard as Palmer struggled with final round, 81.

Playing in the final group with Palmer was Mansfield’s Stephenson and Aledo’s Wright. Both Stephenson and Wright shot opening rounds of 1-under-par, 71 and followed suit with matching 3-over, 75s in the final round.

At the conclusion of 36-holes, Peck, Stephenson and Wright were all tied with a combined score of 146, 2-over-par.

Using the course’s first hole as the first playoff hole, Stephenson and Wright were left with about 30 feet for birdie while Peck needed to get up-and-down from behind the green. Peck hit an impressive chip to tap in distance for his par. Wright put his putt five feet past the hole while Stephenson left his just next to the cup. Wright missed his par attempt and was eliminated from the playoff.

Peck and Stephenson made par on Castle Hill’s ninth hole before they returned to the first hole for the third playoff hole.
Both players found the green in two and had a chance to make birdie. Putting first from 35 feet, Peck hit his uphill putt firm and rolled it right into the hole. Stephenson’s putt down the hill from just inside 30 feet came up short and Mike Peck had won the 2018 North Senior Amateur.

For Peck, it was a bit of redemption after finishing runner-up the past two years in the event. This was Peck’s first title with the Texas Golf Association since the 2014 Mid-Amateur Match Play and the 2013 Texas Senior Amateur. He was also Senior Player of the Year in 2013. 

In the Super-Senior flight, Geoffrey Westapher trailed overnight leaders Joel Eastman and Bill Holestead by two. Westapher, Coppell, carded two birdies which helped him to his second straight round of 4-over-par, 76. Finishing one shot behind Westapher was Carrollton’s Lewis Standfield and three behind was Granbury’s James Long.

This was Westapher’s first Super-Senior title with the Texas Golf Association but is a two-time defending champion of The Lakes at Castle Hills’ Super-Senior Club Champion.    
 
The Lakes at Castle Hills opened its doors in 1999 with a Jay Morrish & Associates design that requires as much precision as it does power.  The course features MiniVerde greens, premium Arkansas white crushed quartz bunkers and 419 Bermuda grass fairways and rough.

The Texas Golf Association would like to thank the entire professional and maintenance staff of The Lakes at Castle Hills. The course was in excellent condition and the player felt welcomed at every opportunity.

The North Regional Series will take a take a break as Qualifying for the 109th Texas Amateur at Whispering Pines Golf Club begins. The North Amateur will be contested at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club (Dye Course) on August 10-12. For more information including scores from the North Senior Amateur, please click here.