Robert Gwin Wins South Mid-Amateur
MONTGOMERY – Bentwater Yacht & Country Club’s own Robert Gwin claimed the South Mid-Amateur title after shooting even-par 72 on the final day, for a three-day score of five-under-par on the Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country. Entering the final round, Gwin was one stroke behind Cypress’ Kevin Liberto, who finished tied for second going three-over-par 75, for a tournament score of three-under-par. Tied with Liberto was Todd Albert, of Katy, who fired a four-under-par 68 final round. John Hunter, The Woodlands, and Padden Nelson, Houston, finished tied for fourth with three-day scores of two-under-par. With Nelson’s final round two-over-par 74, he claimed Mid-Master Award, which recognizes players in the field that are 40 years of age or older. Clay Fullick, from Conroe finished one stroke behind Nelson, while Cypress’ Kurtis Lilley was two strokes behind Nelson in the Mid-Master Recognition.
1. Robert Gwin, Montgomery 69-70-72 – 211
T-2. Todd Albert, Katy 73-72-68 – 213
T-2. Kevin Liberto, Cypress 72-66-75 – 213
T-4. John Hunter, The Woodlands 72-71-71 – 214
T-4. Padden Nelson, Houston 70-70-74 – 214
Top Finishers – Robert Gwin finished the first round leading by one stroke, only to find Kevin Liberto one stroke ahead of him after the second round of play. Gwin’s birdie on the par four 16 on Sunday provided enough cushion to take a two-stroke lead after Liberto bogeyed that same hole. Todd Albert battled the windy conditions and was able to climb up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for second following his four-under-par 68 on the final day. John Hunter’s one-under-par 71 on Sunday allowed him to move into a tie for fourth with Padden Nelson.
Notable Moment: Michael Glisan, from Houston, had a hole-in-one on the par three hole 3 from 197 yards during the second round play on Saturday. This was Michael’s first career hole-in-one.
Weather: The sun shined across clear skies for the first round of play on Friday as the temperature rose to around 85 degrees by mid-afternoon. Saturday morning began with overcast skies that lingered for much of the second round, with the high for the day at 82 degrees. The course wasn’t the only challenge for the field on Sunday, as wind was a big factor with gusts reaching 24 mph by noon. Light rain fell early in the afternoon while the temperature eventually got to 65 degrees as the final round finished.
Host Course: Bentwater Yacht & Country Club in Montgomery features 36-holes across the Miller and Weiskopf courses. The 18-hole Weiskopf Course at is a collaboration between Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish. Rolling fairways and TifEagle greens are surrounded by thick forests of hardwood and pines. The 14th hole par three offers a picturesque setting, perched on the water’s edge from tee to green.
Next Up: The South Regional Series next event will be at the South Senior Amateur at Kissing Tree Golf Club in San Marcos on April 5-6.
Registration for the 112th Texas Amateur at Midland Country Club is open until Wednesday, March 31. Players can register for a qualifier by following this link.
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TGA Regional Mid-Ams Set for March 26-28
The 2021 North and South Regional Mid-Amateur Championships will be held concurrently from March 26-28. The North Regional Mid-Amateur will be played at The Golf Club at Twin Creeks in Allen. The Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club in Montgomery will host the South Regional Mid-Amateur.
The TGA Regional Mid-Amateurs are open to male amateur golfers who are 25 years of age or older by the tournament start date, 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 staring field of 84 players in both Regional Mid-Amateurs will play 54 holes of individual stroke play over three days with no cut. In addition to crowning an overall champion, special recognition will be given to the low Mid-Master (player age 40 and older). The top three overall finishers and ties in each event, as well as low Mid-Masters, will earn exemptions into this year’s Texas Mid-Amateur to be held Sept. 10-12 at The Clubs at Houston Oaks in Hockley.
The 2020 championships were canceled due to health concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Anthony Estorga of Dallas won the 2019 North Regional Mid-Amateur with a 54-hole total of 9-under 207 at Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth. Mike Lohner of Southlake finished at 4-under 212 to claim low Mid-Master honors. At the 2019 South Regional Mid-Amateur held at Grey Rock Golf Club in Austin, local resident Devin Young carded a final round 3-under 69 to win the overall title. Kurtis Lilley of Cypress won the Mid-Masters by five shots with a three-day total of 220 (+4).
Live scoring updates, daily recaps, as well as tee-times and pairings, will be available once the action gets underway from Twin Creeks and Bentwater.
Final Round 69 Propels Young to South Mid-Amateur
Final Round 69 Propels Young to South Mid-Amateur Title
Briefly: Devin Young of Austin wins the South Mid-Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf by two shots after stellar final round. Kurtis Lilley of Cypress earned Mid-Master honors.
2) Liberto, Kevin Cypress 72-75-71—218
3) Lilley, Kurtis Cypress 71-74-75—220
T4) Griffin, Will Austin 75-72-74—221
T4) Haymon, Broc Pearland 71-74-76—221
T6) Woodward, Alex Austin 72-71-81—224
T6) Sandefur, Barrett Austin 74-75-75—224
8) Kearney, Bob Houston 78-75-72—225
T9) Albert, Todd Katy 78-74-74—226
T9) Hansen, Wesley Austin 78-71-77—226
Golf Course: Grey Rock Golf Club is located in Austin, just south of downtown Austin. Built in 1992, the Jay Morrish designed golf course features 18 premier golf holes over 160 acres. The par-72 course reaches a max yardage of 6,909 yards. Saturday’s round was contested at 6,867 yards.
Weather: 76 degrees and mostly cloudy through the day with wind gusts up to 22 mph.
Winners’ Info: Young, who played in the second to last group of the day, carded a final round score of 3-under par 69 to claim the 2019 South Mid-Amateur title. His final round score of 3-under par got him back to even par 216 for the tournament. On the day, Young carded seven birdies, two bogeys and what he thought would be a costly big number on the par-4 18th. His double-bogey ended up inconsequential, however, as he overcame a four-shot deficit to win the tournament by two strokes.
In Contention: Kevin Liberto of Cypress finished in second behind Young after a 1-under 71 final round. Liberto finished with a tournament total of 2-over 218. Kurtis Lilley, also of Cypress, finished in solo third, with a tournament total of 4-over 220. Lilley’s third place finish earned him Mid-Master honors which is awarded to the low player in the field 40 years of age or older. Will Griffin of Austin, and Broc Haymon of Pearland finished in a tie for fourth with a tournament total of 5-over 221.
What’s Next: The South Regional Series presented by Impact Precision Golf will continue at River Crossing Club in San Antonio on April 1-2 for the South Senior Amateur. You can view the entire Texas Golf Association calendar by clicking here.
As a reminder, 110th Texas Amateur Qualifying registration is currently open, and will close this upcoming Wednesday, March 27, at 5 p.m. For Texas Amateur Qualifying information, click here.
More Info: The TGA extends its sincere appreciation South Regional Series sponsor Impact Precision Golf and to Grey Rock Golf Club, the welcoming membership and hard-working staff, as well as our volunteers, for all their dedication and efforts in making the 2019 South Mid-Amateur a memorable event. For more information you can visit the tournament homepage here.