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Regional Amateurs Set for Aug. 5-7

The 2022 North and South Regional Amateur Championships will be held concurrently from Aug. 5-7.

The North Regional Amateur will be contested at Harbor Lakes Golf Club in Granbury. Victoria Country Club in Victoria will host the South Regional Amateur.

Located approximately 30 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Harbor Lakes Golf Club opened for play in 2003 and was designed by Dick Phelps. The challenging links-style layout is set against a backdrop of rolling hills, native grasses, and stunning waterfront vistas. Victoria Country Club was founded in 1924 and began as a nine-hole course. The club expanded to 18 holes in 1935 and was designed by Texas Golf Hall of Fame architect John Bredemus. In 1985, an extensive course renovation and modernization project was overseen by Baxter Spann and Joe Finger, also a Texas Golf Hall of Famer.

First played in 2003, the Regional Amateurs are open to male amateur golfers who belong to a TGA Member Club, have a World Handicap System Index® of 8.4 or less and reside in the region relative to their respective championship. The TGA uses the 31st parallel in Salado as the delineation between the North and South regions.

The format for the 84-player starting field in both Regional Amateurs is 54 holes of individual stroke play with no cut. The winner and runner-up in each championship, if eligible, earn exemptions into this year’s Texas Mid-Amateur to be held Sept. 23-25 on the South Course at Abilene Country Club. Additionally, the top three finishers will receive automatic exemptions into the 2023 Texas Amateur.

Live scoring updates, daily recaps, as well as tee times and pairings, will be available on the TGA website once the action gets underway from Harbor Lakes Golf Club and Victoria Country Club.

At the 2021 North Regional Amateur, held at The Bridges Golf Club in Gunter, Jason Schultz of Allen captured the title with rounds of 72-70-71. His 3-under 213 was good for a two-stroke margin of victory over runner-up Alex Higgs of Dallas. Padden Nelson of Houston won the 2021 South Regional Amateur at Galveston Country Club. Nelson fired a 5-under 67 in the final round to finish at 9-under 207 and five shots clear of closest pursuer Joshua Lim of San Antonio.

South Amateur

Victoria Country Club

August 5-7, 2022


TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

General Information

Date: August 5-7, 2022
Host Club: Victoria Country Club
Address: 14 Spring Creek Road, Victoria, TX, 77904
Phone: (361) 573-3712
TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Coordinator – Owen Kinney

Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: June 15, 2022 @ 9:00 AM

Exempt Entry Deadline: July 6, 2022 @ 5:00 PM
Entries Close: July 29, 2022 @ 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: $290

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers residing in the South Texas region (31’ parallel, Salado, TX and South is the break point) with a certified WHS Handicap Index of 8.4 or less. Please reference TGA Competition Policies for further details, including Policies and Procedures, and Terms of Competition.

Entry Procedure: The field will be established in the order in which entries are received with a priority for exempt players until the published exemption deadline of Wednesday, July 6 at 5:00 PM. Once the exemption deadline has passed, and if the field is not full, the TGA will fill the remaining spots in the field with waitlisted entries. These entries will be accepted into the field in the order in which they were received. For additional information regarding the waitlist and when the number of applicants exceeds the field capacity, please refer to the TGA Competition Policies.

Exemptions: Provided players are otherwise eligible, exemptions are given to the following: a) Top five (5) players on current year’s Medalist Hill Country Point List; b) Last five (5) South Amateur Champions; c) Last five (5) South Mid-Amateur Champions; d) Current year’s South Senior Amateur Champion (Senior Division); e) Top ten (10) finishers (and ties) in previous year’s South Amateur; f) Three (3) Host Club exemptions.

The TGA reserves the right to select players to be in the field. For exemption request details, please view TGA Competition Policies. Exempt players must enter by the published deadline or they will lose their exempt status and spot in the final field.

Championship Information

Format/Field Size: Play will be contested over 54 holes of Individual Stroke Play. The field is limited to 84 players.

Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) practice round at the negotiated rate of $60 (plus applicable taxes) including cart and range balls. Please contact the host club golf shop at (361) 573-3712 for availability and to schedule a practice round.

Registration Information: There is no official on-site registration or check-in required. Players should arrive to their starting tee approximately 8-10 minutes prior to their starting time.

Starting Times/Pairings Information: Starting times/pairings for the first round will be made no later than August 3, 2022 online at www.txga.org. Final round starting times/pairings will be available in the evening preceding play (approximately one hour after the completion of play) online at www.txga.org. Final round starting times/pairings will be re-drawn based on total score following the previous rounds of play.

Caddies: Caddies are permitted and must adhere to all TGA Competition Policies and host club policies.

Cancellation/Withdrawal Procedure: Prior to the entry deadline players looking to withdraw should do so online through their Golf Genius user profile or by contacting the TGA Staff Contact directly. After the entry deadline has passed players should either call the Texas Golf Association at (214) 468-8942 or email the TGA Staff Contact directly. Only withdrawals on the day of the competition should be directed to the host club golf shop.

Transportation: Players may walk or ride at their own discretion. Cart fees are included in the players entry fee. The TGA ‘One-Seat’ Policy is in effect. Spectators must walk at all times. For more information on TGA ‘One-Seat’ Policy, click here.

Medical Cart: Spectators in accordance of ADA compliance may request golf carts. Requests for golf carts must be supported by complete documentation, including the fully-completed Cart Request Form and the required accompanying medical documentation specified in that form for all first-time requests. Any medical cart request that is granted by the TGA will be good for that individual for the remainder of that calendar season. A request will not be deemed complete until all required information and documentation has been provided. For further information and details contact Director of Competitions – South Texas, John Cochran IV.

Score Posting: The TGA will post all scores for individual stroke play events to players GHIN number. Players are asked to not post scores for individual TGA stroke play events as it will result in a duplicate posting.

Policies & Procedures

To ensure competitors the best experience at all Texas Golf Association (TGA) events, it is helpful to be knowledgeable of TGA Policies & Procedures. For complete TGA Competition Policies, click here.

TGA Medical Cart Request Policy

Spectators carts are prohibited. However, spectators in accordance of ADA compliance may request golf carts. Requests for golf carts must be supported by complete documentation, including the fully-completed Cart Request Form and the required accompanying medical documentation specified in that form for all first-time requests. Any medical cart request that is granted by the TGA will be good for that individual for the remainder of that calendar season. A request will not be deemed complete until all required information and documentation has been provided. For further information and details contact Director of Competitions – South Texas, John Cochran IV, [email protected].

Score Posting: At the conclusion of each round each player’s score will be automatically posted to the World Handicap System. Please do not enter your own scores from the competitive rounds, as this will result in a double post.

Schedule of Events

All events will take place at Victoria Country Club, unless otherwise noted. Championship schedule is subject to changes and additions.

Friday, August 5

8:00 AM – Round 1 begins (#1 & #10 Tees)

Saturday, August 6

8:00 AM – Round 2 begins (#1 & #10 Tees)

Sunday, August 7

8:00 AM – Final Round begins (#1 & #10 Tees)

Following Play – Awards Presentation


South Amateur

Victoria Country Club
August 5-7, 2022

General Information

Date: August 5-7, 2022 

Host Club: Victoria Country Club 

TGA Staff Contact:  Tournament Coordinator - Owen Kinney 

Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: June 15, 2022 at 9:00 AM 

Exempt Entry Deadline: July 6, 2022 at 5:00 PM 
Entries Close: July 29, 2022 at 5:00 PM 

Entry Fee: $290 

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers residing in the South Texas region (31’ parallel, Salado, TX and South is the break point) with a certified WHS Handicap Index of 8.4 or less. Please reference Men's Competition Policies for further details, including Policies and Procedures, and Terms of Competition.

Entry Procedure:  The field will be established in the order in which entries are received with a priority for exempt players until the published exemption deadline of July 6, 2022 at 5:00 PM. Once the exemption deadline has passed, and if the field  is not full, the TGA will fill the remaining spots in the field with waitlisted entries. These entries will be accepted into the field in the order in which they were received.

Championship Information

Format/Field Size: Play will be contested over 54 holes of stroke play. The field will be limited to 84 players.

Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) practice round at the rate of $60.00, plus applicable taxes. Practice round availability is anytime Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday's based on availability. Players must contact the host club directly to schedule a practice round.    

Registration Information: There is no no official registration for TGA Regional Events. Players are asked to arrive to their respective starting tee 8-10 minutes prior to their starting time. 

Starting Times/Pairings Information: Starting times / pairings for the first round will be made no later than August 3, 2022 online at www.txga.org. Second and Final round starting times/pairings will be available in the evening preceding play (approximately one hour after the completion of play) online at www.txga.org. Final round starting times/pairings will be re-drawn based on total score following the previous rounds of play.

For complete championship information, click here.

Schedule of Events

Friday, August 5

8:00 AM - Round 1 begins (#1 & #10 Tees) 

Saturday, August 6

8:00 AM - Round 2 begins (#1 & #10 Tees) 

Sunday, August 7

8:00 AM - Final Round begins (#1 & #10 Tees) 

Following Play - Awards Presentation 

Provided players are otherwise eligible, exemptions are given to the following

a) Top five (5) players on current year's (2022) Medalist Hill Country Points:

b) Last five (5) South Amateur Champions;

  • 2021 -Padden Nelson 
  • 2019 -Cody Banach 
  • 2018 -Jacob Davis 
  • 2017 -Tim Hamm 
  • 2016 -Danny Simmerman 

c) Last five (5) South Mid-Amateur Champions;

  • 2021 -Robert Gwin
  • 2019 -Devin Young 
  • 2018 -Broc Haymon 
  • 2017 -Broc Haymon 
  • 2016 -Danny Simmerman 

d) Current year's (2022) South Senior Amateur Champion (Senior Division);

e) Top ten (10) finishers (and ties) in previous year's South Amateur;

  • Padden Nelson, Joshua Lim, Hayes Hamilton, Niko Nebout, Broc Haymon, Holden Hamilton, Todd Albert, Andrew Jacobe, Shaheen Momin, Brent Battson, Charles White, Jack Burke 

f) Three (3) Host Club exemptions.



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Nelson Wins South Amateur

Galveston: Houston’s Padden Nelson comes from behind to win the 2021 South Amateur by five strokes. Two strokes were all that separated 36-hole leader Joshua Lim of San Antonio and Nelson heading into the final round. Nelson who was solo second after 36-holes knew he would need a strong final round to overcome Lim who had been playing flawless golf through the first two rounds.

 

The final group started on the par-5 first hole where Nelson made a 35-foot eagle putt to get his day started. After a par on the par-3 second hole, Nelson again picked up a stroke over the field when he made birdie on the par-4 third hole. A trio of pars followed before another birdie rolled in for him on the par-4 seventh hole. Nelson’s lone bogey on the day immediately followed as he made four on the par-3 eight hole. With a par on the par-4 ninth hole he turned at 3-under par for day, 7-under par for the tournament. His 3-under par front nine was enough to take a two-stroke lead over the field with nine to play.

 

After making the turn Nelson started with a pair of pars before making another birdie on the par-5 12th hole. Another birdie on the par-4 13th got him to 5-under on the day. Nelson would finish the round with five pars and post a final round score of 5-under par 67 and claim the South Amateur title.

 

Leaderboard

1- Padden Nelson – 207 (-9)

2 – Joshua Lim – 212 (-4)

T3 – Hayes Hamilton – 215 (-1)

T3 – Broc Haymon – 215 (-1)

T3 – Niko Nebout – 215 (-1)

6 – Holden Hamilton – 216 (E)

 

Results

 

Top Finishers: Finishing in solo second behind Nelson was 36-hole leader Joshua Lim of San Antonio. Lim played his first 36-holes with just one bogey and was 6-under par for the tournament. A difficult final round of 2-over par 74 put Lim at 4-under par 212 for the tournament. In a three-way tie for third place at 1-under par 215 was GCC host club exemption Hayes Hamilton, Broc Haymon and Niko Nebout. Hamilton’s twin brother Holden, also a host club exemption, finished in sixth place for the tournament at even-par 217.

 

Weather: After six inches of rain leading up to the South Amateur, Friday’s first round saw overcast skies and scattered thunderstorms. Due to the morning forecast starting times were adjusted to a 10:00 am start off both Nos. 1 & 10. Saturday’s second round had blue skies with a high of 90 and a “feels like” high of 103 degrees. During Sunday’s final round the gulf wind picked up and players were tested with wind gusts up to 25mph. The skies remained blue and clear with highs in the low 90s and a “feels like” high of 105 degrees.

 

Golf Course: Galveston Country Club, which traces its roots back to 1898, moved to its current location at Pirates’ Beach in 1946 and was designed by Carlton Gipson and Ralph Plummer. The course has undergone several renovations over the years, most recently in 2003 overseen by Jacobsen Hardy Golf Design. With strong winds coming off the coast, the course layout is stern and demanding testing all aspects of the game.

 

Next Up: The 2021 South Regional Series comes to an end with the conclusion of the South Amateur. Three of the four TGA Men’s Majors are next on the schedule including the Texas Four-Ball, Texas Mid-Amateur and Texas Senior Amateur.

 

For more information on the Texas Golf Association, South Regional Series and South Amateur, please visit www.txga.org.

 

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Cody Banach Wins South Amateur

Briefly: Cody Banach broke away from a crowded leaderboard to win the South Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf Sunday afternoon at Sterling Country Club in Cypress. Banach saved his best for last as he shot a tournament low 6-under 66 for a 54 hole total of 13-under par 203 to win by five strokes over Tyler Uhlig. Banach went bogey free in his final round, which included four birdies on the front nine and two birdies on the back nine.
 
Leaderboard:
1          Cody Banach              Houston                      -13       70-67-66          203
2          Tyler Uhlig                   Magnolia                     -8         72-67-69          208
3          Logan Pate                  Richmond                   -7         67-70-72          209
4          Broc Haymon              Pearland                     -6         70-71-69          210     
T5        Jess Bonneau              Houston                      -5         70-67-74          211
T5        Ross Mackay               Houston                      -5         70-67-74          211
South Amateur Leaderboard │ South Amateur Pairings
 
Golf Course: Designed by native-Texan Jeffrey D. Blume, Sterling Country Club opened in the fall of 2011 and is the 18-hole private facility at Houston National Golf Club. The private course is sprawled out over 190 acres and features rolling terrain and slick greens. This is the second Texas Golf Association South Regional Series event to be conducted at Sterling Country Club, with the first being the 2014 South Mid-Amateur.
 
Weather: Mostly sunny skies with a high of 100 and a slight breeze out of the southwest at 9 mph. Today’s heat index reached 110.
 
In contention: Uhlig used a final round 3-under par 69 to claim runner-up to Banach. Uhlig posted four birdies and a single bogey in his final round. Logan Pate, who shared a piece of the lead in each of the first two rounds, finished in solo third after a final round of even par 72 and a three-day total of 7-under par 209. Broc Haymon rounded out the top four with a 6-under par 210 for three days. Jess Bonneau and Ross Mackay, part of the four tied for the lead heading into the final round, finished in a tie for fifth place after 2-over par 74s to finish the weekend at 5-under par 211.
 
What’s Next: The South Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf completes the 2019 Regional Series schedule. The first regional event for 2020 will be the South Four-Ball in late February.
 
More Info: For more information on the South Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf, you can visit the tournament homepage here.

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Four Players Tied At The South Amateur

Briefly: They are bunched up at the top of the leaderboard as four sit in a tie for the lead at the South Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf at 7-under par 137 following the completion of the second round. First round leader Logan Pate is joined by Jess Bonneau, Cody Banach and Ross Mackay atop the leaderboard at Sterling Country Club in Cypress heading into Sunday’s final round.
 
Leaderboard:
T1        Logan Pate                  Richmond                   -7          67-70               137     
T1        Jess Bonneau              Houston                      -7         70-67               137
T1        Cody Banach               Houston                      -7         70-67               137
T1        Ross Mackay               Houston                      -7         70-67               137
5          Tyler Uhlig                   Magnolia                     -5         72-67                139
South Amateur Leaderboard │ South Amateur Pairings
 
Golf Course: Designed by native-Texan Jeffrey D. Blume, Sterling Country Club opened in the fall of 2011 and is the 18-hole private facility at Houston National Golf Club. The private course is sprawled out over 190 acres and features rolling terrain and slick greens. This is the second Texas Golf Association South Regional Series event to be conducted at Sterling Country Club, with the first being the 2014 South Mid-Amateur.
 
Weather: Mostly sunny skies with a high of 98 and a slight breeze out of the southwest at 9 mph. Today’s heat index reached 106.
 
In contention: Pate, who opened the South Amateur with a 5-under par 67 posted a second round 2-under par 70 to reach 7-under par 137 after 36 holes. Bonneau, Banach and Mackay, who entered the second round in a tie for third, all posted 5-under par 67s in the second round to enter the four-way tie with Pate. Uhlig, in solo fifth place, also posted a 5-under par 67 to sit two shots back of the leaders at 5-under par 139.
 
What’s Next: Final round tee times start tomorrow at 8 a.m. off No. 1 & 10 tees. A brief awards ceremony will take place at the clubhouse following the conclusion of play to recognize our 2019 South Amateur champion.
 
More Info: For more information on the South Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf, you can visit the tournament homepage here.

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Logan Pate and Hunter Bott Lead South Amateur

Briefly: Richmond’s Logan Pate and Hunter Bott of Montgomery are tied for the lead at the South Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf following opening rounds of 5-under-par 67. Five players are tied for third at 2-under par at Sterling Country Club in Cypress.
 
Leaderboard:
T1        Logan Pate                  Richmond                   -5         67
T1        Hunter Bott                Montgomery              -5         67
T3        Broc Haymon              Pearland                     -2         70
T3        Jess Bonneau              Houston                      -2         70
T3        Cody Banach              Houston                      -2         70
T3        Ross Mackay               Houston                      -2         70
T3        Jake Wade                  Magnolia                    -2         70
South Amateur Leaderboard │ South Amateur Pairings
 
Golf Course: Designed by native-Texan Jeffrey D. Blume, Sterling Country Club opened in the fall of 2011 and is the 18-hole private facility at Houston National Golf Club. The private course is sprawled out over 190 acres and features rolling terrain and slick greens. This is the second Texas Golf Association South Regional Series event to be conducted at Sterling Country Club, with the first being the 2014 South Mid-Amateur.
 
Weather: Mostly sunny skies with a high of 98 and a slight breeze out of the southwest with gusts up to 13 mph.
 
In contention: Five players are tied at 2-under par 70: Broc Haymon, Jess Bonneau, Cody Banach, Ross Mackay and Jake Wade. Terrin Anderson sits in solo eighth place after an opening round 1-under-par 71. Brian Marchiori, Kevin Liberto and Tyler Uhling are tied at even par to round out the top ten.
 
What’s Next: Round 2 tee times start tomorrow at 8 a.m. off No. 1 & 10 tees.
 
More Info: For more information on the South Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf, you can visit the tournament homepage here.

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Davis Wins South Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf

Fair Oaks Ranch – Jacob Davis, of Cibolo, birdied the first playoff hole to clinch a comeback victory in the 2018 South Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf with a final score of 67-68-70—205. Davis trailed Conroe’s Chad Sewell by one stroke entering the final round of the 54-hole tournament. Davis shot a final-round 2-under-par 70, while Sewell finished with a 71.

San Antonio’s John Keefer shot a final-round 71 to finish one stroke behind the leaders. Jack Randle of Shenandoah and Brandon Rougeau of Washington finished at fourth and fifth, respectively. Rougeau stormed back with a final-round 66, but came up just short.

The victory required one extra hole, but it was worth the wait for Davis.

“This just means a lot more because last year I had my colon removed,” Davis said.

He spent two months in the hospital and dropped down to 110 pounds, but he says that helped him gain a deeper appreciation for golf.  “It just feels different now,” Davis said. “I sort of fell in love with the game all over again.”

An attitude like that helped him navigate conditions that were the most difficult of the weekend. After relatively little wind during the first two rounds, the wind picked up during Sunday’s final round.

“The wind swirled like crazy today,” Davis said. “I struggled picking clubs.”

He credits a hot putter throughout the weekend for helping him cover up a few mistakes. He drained a few long putts on Sunday to help him make up some ground.  

After being tied at the turn, Davis and second-round leader Chad Sewell each fired a 33 on their back nine to force a sudden-death playoff. Each player birdied No.18 on their final hole of regulation, but Davis was the one who was able to repeat that feat to clinch the championship in the playoff. Sewell missed his birdie chance and made par.

“All I told myself was ‘I can do all things through Christ,’” Davis said of his mindset going into the playoff hole. “I even said it out loud on the fairway.”

It seemed only fitting that tournament would come down to No. 18, a hole that Davis and Sewell each played at 3-under over the weekend. Davis just happened to get the last birdie of the weekend.

“Chad is obviously a great player, but I guess somebody had to win,” Davis said.

The Texas Golf Association extends sincere gratitude to the membership, Director of Golf Phil Wiese and his staff at Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club for their gracious hospitality throughout the week. The Live Oak Course provided a true test of golf for the competitors. 

This concludes the 2018 South Regional Series presented by Impact Precision Golf. Impact Precision Golf is a premier club fitter located in Spring, TX. The other three events, the South Four-Ball, South Mid-Amateur, and South Senior Amateur were all contested earlier on in the season. Players must reside in the southern part of Texas (31st parallel, Salado, TX) to be able to compete in the South Regional Series presented by Impact Precision Golf. The Texas Golf Association would like to thank our partners, Impact Precision Golf, for their commitment to amateur golf.

 Click here for the full leaderboard and complete tournament information.

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Sewell Retains Lead After Second Round of South Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf

Fair Oaks Ranch – Chad Sewell fired a second round 2-under-par 70 on Saturday to maintain a slim lead after moving day at the South Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf. Sewell holds a one stroke lead over a very tight leaderboard. The 54-hole event looks to conclude on Sunday on the Live Oak course at Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club.
 
Sewell, of Conroe, once again started quickly with four birdies in his first nine holes to help him turn at 3-under. However, he stumbled a little down the stretch with two bogeys in his final four holes. He played a strong enough round to hold off a charging field on moving day, though.
 
Sewell leads John Keefer and Jacob Davis each by one stroke. Keefer, of San Antonio, cut Sewell’s overnight lead in half after carding a 3-under-par 69. After a bogey-free 66 on Friday, Keefer carded only one bogey on Saturday on his way to his 69. The lone bogey came on his first hole of the day, the par-4 10th. He recovered to rattle off four birdies from there and pick up a stroke on Sewell.
 
Davis, of Cibolo, backed up his strong opening-round 67 with a 68 on Saturday. Davis only recorded two bogeys on his way to his 4-under-par 68. That moved him up to share a tie for second at 9-under-par, 135 overall. Keefer and Davis are paired together with Sewell and will start the final round at 9:21. 
 
Calvin Ross tied for the low round of the day with a 66 to help him surge up the leaderboard into fourth place at 137 overall heading into Sunday’s final round. Jack Randle rounds out the top five at 138 overall, just four strokes off the lead.
 
Players had to navigate a different set of playing conditions on Saturday after thunderstorms rolled through Fair Oaks Ranch overnight. Heavy rain soaked the course making it softer than Friday’s first round. The overnight rain softened the greens, which rewarded strong wedge play and putting. Although the fairways had less run to them, players were still able to attack the Live Oak course. Many players saw rewards to their aggressiveness, with 15 players scoring in red numbers.
 
Sunday’s final round looks to be action packed with six players within five strokes of the leader. And with No. 18 scoring so favorably all weekend, the tournament could very well come down to the last putt on Sunday.
 
The final round of the South Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf starts off Sunday morning at 8:00 am. The leaders will tee off last from Hole 1 at 9:21 am. Click here for more information, pairings, and the full leaderboard.

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Sewell Leads After First Round of South Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf

Fair Oaks Ranch – Chad Sewell of Conroe leads the 2018 South Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf after shooting a first-round 8-under-par 64 at Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club. Sewell carded ten birdies on Friday to propel him to the top of a leaderboard that has seventeen golfers in red numbers. San Antonio’s John Keefer fired a 66 to put himself well within striking distance. This year's championship is being contested on the Live Oak Course at Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club in Fair Oaks Ranch, TX. 

Sewell, a sophomore at UT-San Antonio, started his opening round with a bogey on the 546-yard par-5 1st hole, one of only two bogies on the day. He recovered quickly, though, with birdies on three of his next four holes and never looked back. Sewell roared to a 6-under 30 on his back nine, finishing with a birdie on the closing hole to come into the clubhouse with plenty of momentum after Round One. Sewell, was the 54-hole leader at the 107th Texas Amateur back in 2016. Sewell will look to learn from past experience and put together another solid round on Saturday. 

Following closely behind Sewell is John Keefer, of San Antonio. Keefer sits just two strokes off the leading heading into Saturday's second round. Prior to Sewell’s finish, John Keefer shot a bogey-free 66 to take a brief lead into the clubhouse. Keefer also started his round on No. 1, just a few groups ahead of Sewell. He got under par quickly with a birdie on the second hole and continued his strong play throughout the round. He shot 33 on both his front and back nine, finishing with a birdie on the par-5 18th hole. No. 18 proved to be a solid scoring hole all day, with several players playing it under par. Jacob Davis used an eagle on No. 18 to kickstart a run that saw him play a five-hole stretch at 6-under. 
 
Jacob Davis, of Cibolo, and Tyler Walsh, of Fair Oaks Ranch, carded a 67 and a 68 respectively and sit in third and fourth place. Sitting at 3-under 69 and in a tie for 5th place are Logan Davis, Jake Wade, and Nicholas Duggan. 

The red numbers came in early and often on Friday, starting with Jake Wade’s 69 in the first group to score. Low scores continued to pour in throughout the round, leading to a crowded leaderboard. With six players all within five strokes of the leader, there should be plenty of action on moving day.
 
The TGA South Regional Series is presented by Impact Precision Golf. The South Amateur is the fourth and final South Regional event for 2018. The other three events, the South Four-Ball, South Mid-Amateur, and South Senior Amateur were all contested earlier on in the season. Players must reside in the southern part of Texas (31st parallel, Salado, TX) to be able to compete in the South Regional Series presented by Impact Precision Golf.

The 2018 South Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf continues at 8:00 am on Saturday, August 11th. For first round scores, second round pairings, and additional tournament information, please click here.