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Booker and Vacek Win at South Senior Amateur

Briefly: Mike Booker overcomes a four shot deficit to win the 2022 South Senior Amateur. Booker started his final round tied for 16th place and charged up the leaderboard with a final round score of even par 71. Similar to Booker, Mike Vacek also overcame a four shot deficit to win the Super Senior Division. Vacek started his final round tied for 7th.
Leaderboard:
Senior Division
1. Mike Booker +5 147
T2. Kurtis Lilley +7 149
T2. Jed Shreve +7 149
T4. Bill Shock +8 150
T4. Todd Lacoste +8 150
T4. Bobby Baugh +8 150

Super Senior Division
1. Mike Vacek +8 150
T2. Alan Fama +12 154
T2. Kent Samuel +12 154

Final Results
Golf Course: Beaumont Country Club was established in 1906 and is one of the five founding member clubs of the TGA. The course was originally designed by Alex Findlay and opened for play the following year. Baxter Spann supervised a $2 million dollar renovation of the course in 2004. The par 71 golf course tips out at 6703 yards and tests all facets of a players game. The senior division played from roughly 6,300 yards whereas the super senior division played from roughly 6,000 yards.
Weather: Wednesday’s first round started with overcast conditions and high winds as a storm swept across the state of Texas. After a two and a half hour delay and a half inch of rain the sky cleared up for an afternoon of blue skies and temperatures in the 80’s. For Thursday’s second round the wind calmed down and players saw a high of 75 degress.
Winner’s Info: Mike Booker of Houston won the 2022 South Senior Amateur Senior Division with a 36 hole total of 147. This is Booker’s 4th South Senior Amateur title previously winning in 2012, 2016, 2017 and now in 2022. Mike Vacek of Weimar won the Super Senior Division with a score of 150. Vacek defended his 2021 Super Senior division title which was won at Kissing Tree Golf Club in April of last year.
In Contention: Finishing tied for second in the Super Senior Division was round one leader Alan Fama of Houston and Kent Samuel of The Woodlands. Both players finished four strokes behind first place. In the Senior Division Kurtis Lilley of Cypress and Jed Shreve of The Woodlands finished two strokes behind Booker in a tie for second. One stroke behind second place was a three way tie for fourth. The tie included Bill Shock of Houston, Todd Lacoste of Austin, and Bobby Baugh of San Antonio.
What’s Next: Next up in the south regional series is the South Amateur which will be held at Victoria Country Club August 5-7. For more information click here.
More Info: The Texas Golf Association extends its sincere appreciation to the staff and members of Beaumont Country Club, the city of Beaumont, and our volunteers for their integral part in making the South Senior Amateur a memorable and successful event. For more information on the South Senior Amateur, CLICK HERE.

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TGA Regional Senior Amateurs Set for March 30-April 6

The Texas Golf Association’s 2022 Regional Championship Series continues with the back-to-back playing of the North and South Senior Amateurs.

First up is the South Senior Amateur to be held March 30-31 at Beaumont Country Club. The North Senior Amateur will be contested April 5-6 at The Golf Club of Dallas.

Beaumont Country Club was established in 1906 and is one of the five founding member clubs of the TGA. The course was originally designed by Alex Findlay and opened for play the following year. Baxter Spann supervised a $2 million dollar renovation of the course in 2004. The Golf Club of Dallas opened for play in 1953 and was designed by the father-son team of Perry and Press Maxwell. The course was renovated in 2002 by past Masters champion Charles Coody.

First played in 2003, the Regional Senior Amateurs feature two age divisions: 55 and older (Senior) and 65 and older (Super Senior). Entries are open to male amateur golfers who meet the age requirements by the first round of tournament play, belong to a TGA Member Club, have a World Handicap System Index of 8.4 or less (10.0 or less for Super Senior), 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 both events is 36 holes of individual stroke play. Each age division competes from different tees and yardages, with a separate champion recognized. Players who are 65 and older can opt to compete in the Senior Division at the time an entry form is submitted. The top 15 finishers and ties in the Senior Division, regardless of age, will earn exemptions into this year’s Texas Senior Amateur.

Live scoring updates, daily recaps, as well as tee-times and pairings, will be available on the website once the action gets underway from Beaumont Country Club and The Golf Club of Dallas.

At the 2021 championships, Dave Davis of Saginaw secured his third North Senior Amateur title with a victory on the second playoff hole over John Derrick of Waco. The two finished regulation play tied at 2-under-par 142 at Wildhorse Golf Club in Denton. Gary Kirwan of McKinney also won the Super Senior Division for a third time by besting two-time overall champion John Grace of Fort Worth in a three-hole playoff. Both players finished 36 holes at 147 (+3). David Ortego of Spring carded rounds of 67-70 (-7) to capture the South Senior Amateur at Kissing Tree Golf Club in San Marcos. Ortego also won the event in 2015. Mike Vacek of Weimar finished at 146 (+2) to win the Super Senior Division.

South Senior Amateur

Beaumont Country Club

March 30-31, 2022

General Information

Date: March 30-31, 2022

Host Club: Beaumont Country Club

TGA Staff Contact:  Tournament Coordinator - Owen Kinney

Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: February 9, 2022 at 9:00 AM 

Exempt Entry Deadline: March 2, 2022 at 5:00 PM
Entries Close: March 24, 2022 at 5:00 PM 

Entry Fee: $220 

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who are 55 years of age or older by the first round of tournament play, and reside in the South Texas region (31’ parallel, Salado, TX and South is the break point). Applicants must have a certified WHS Handicap Index of 8.4 or less for the Senior division and 10.0 or less for the Super Senior division. 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 in each division until the published exemption deadline of March 2, 2022 at 5:00 PM. Once the exemption deadline has passed, and if the field or a division is not full, the TGA will fill the remaining spots in the field with waitlisted entries, which may affect the size of each division. These entries will be accepted into the field in the order in which they were received, regardless of division.

Championship Information

Format/Field Size: Play will be contested over 36 holes of stroke play. The field will be limited to 84 players, 60 seniors and 24 super seniors.

Divisions: The field will be split up in two divisions; Senior (55 or older as of the tournament start date) and Super Senior (65 or older as of the tournament start date). Each division will play from different tees/yardage with a separate champion being crowned in each division. Super Seniors must declare on application if they wish to compete in the Senior division.

Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) practice round at the rate of $45.00, plus applicable taxes. Practice round availability includes Tuesday, March 29th (primary day) and limited availability at club’s discretion any other day. 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 March 25, 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 round of play.

For complete championship information, click here    

 

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, March 30

8:00 AM - Round 1 

Thursday Match 31 

8:00 AM - Round 2 

Following Play - Awards Presentation

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

a) Top ten (10) finishers (and ties) in previous year's South Senior (Senior Division);

  • David Ortego, Mike Booker, John Pierce, Andrew Hydorn, Scott Smith, Thomas Immenschuh, Pat Young, Todd McGrew, Blake Ross, Jed Shreve, BK Cody, John Dowdall.

b) Top five (5) finishers (and ties) in previous year's South Senior (Super Senior Division);

  • Mike Vacek, Kent Samuel, Chuck Ellenwood, David Pocknall, David Wagner. 

c) Last five (5) South Senior Amateur Champions (Senior Division);

  • 2021 -David Ortego
  • 2019 - Scott Smith  
  • 2018 - John Pierce
  • 2017 - Mike Booker
  • 2016 - Mike Booker

d) Last five (5) South Senior Amateur Champions (Super Senior Division);

  • 2021 - Mike Vacek
  • 2019 - Mike Arnold
  • 2018 - Kent Samuel  
  • 2017 - Mike Arnold
  • 2016 - Peter Kirchner

e) Two (2) Host Club exemptions.

For complete exemption information, click here 

South Senior Amateur

Beaumont Country Club

March 30-31, 2022


TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

General Information

Date: March 30-31, 2022
Host Club: Beaumont Country Club
Address: 5355 Pine St, Beaumont, TX 77703
Phone: (409) 892-9431
TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Coordinator – Owen Kinney

Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: February 9, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Exempt Entry Deadline: March 2, 2022 at 5:00 PM
Entries Close: March 24, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: $220

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who are 55 years of age or older by the first round of tournament play, and reside in the South Texas region (31’ parallel, Salado, TX and South is the break point). Applicants must have a certified WHS Handicap Index of 8.4 or less for the Senior division and 10.0 or less for the Super Senior division. 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 in each division until the published exemption deadline of March 2, 2022 at 5:00 PM Once the exemption deadline has passed, and if the field or a division is not full, the TGA will fill the remaining spots in the field with waitlisted entries, which may affect the size of each division. These entries will be accepted into the field in the order in which they were received, regardless of division.

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

a) Top ten (10) finishers (and ties) in previous year’s (Senior Division);

b) Top five (5) finishers (and ties) in previous year’s (Super Senior Division);

c) Last five (5) South Senior Amateur Champions (Senior Division);

d) Last five (5) South Senior Amateur Champions (Super Senior Division);

e) Two (2) 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 36 holes of stroke play. The field will be limited to 84 players, 60 seniors and 24 super seniors.

Divisions: The field will be split up in two divisions; Senior (55 or older as of the tournament start date) and Super Senior (65 or older as of the tournament start date). Each division will play from different tees/yardage with a separate champion being crowned in each division. Super Seniors must declare on application if they wish to compete in the Senior division.

Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) practice round at the rate of $45.00, plus applicable taxes. Practice round availability includes Tuesday, March 29th (primary day) and limited availability at club’s discretion any other day. 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 March 25, 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 round 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 affect. 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.


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David Ortego & Mike Vacek Win South Senior Amateur

SAN MARCOS – After taking a first round lead by one stroke, David Ortego, Spring, walked up to 18 tee in a tie with Mike Booker, Houston, for the Senior Division of the South Senior Amateur at Kissing Tree Golf Club. Ortego bridied the closing hole to finish two-under par 70 on the day, and seven-under par for the tournament. Booker climbed up the leaderboard after shooting six-under par 65 for the final round following his one-over par 73 during Monday’s first round. In the Super Senior Division, Weimar’s Mike Vacek was able to find his way atop the leaderboard with a final round even-par 72. Monday’s first round leader, Chuck Ellenwood, Fair Oaks Ranch, shot four-over par 76 on Tuesday, and four-over par for the tournament to finish in third behind Kent Samuel, The Woodlands, who finished his second round two-over par 74, and three-over par over the two-day tournament.

 

LEADERBOARD

 

Senior Division

1.) David Ortego, Spring                                       67-70 – 137

2.) Mike Booker, Houston                                     73-65 – 138

3.) John Pierce, San Antonio                               69-70 – 139

4.) Andrew Hydorn, Houston                               69-73 – 142

5.) Scott Smith, Houston                                        71-73 – 144

 

Super Senior Division

1.) Mike Vacek, Weimar                                        74-72 – 146

2.) Kent Samuel, The Woodlands                         73-74 – 147

3.) Chuck Ellenwood, Fair Oaks Ranch              72-76 – 148

T-4.) David Pocknall, Katy                                     74-75 – 149

T-4.) David Wagner, Fair Oaks Ranch                74-75 – 149

 

FULL LEADERBOARD

 

Top Finishers – David Ortego, who won the South Senior Amateur (Senior Division) back in 2015 Woodforest Golf Club, was able to hold off the strong, late push from two-time champion Mike Booker. San Antonio’s John Pierce played consistent, under-par golf in each round to finish at five-under par and one stroke behind Booker. Andrew Hydorn and Scott Smith, both of Houston, rounded out the top-five at two-under par and even-par for the tournament. The Super Senior Division also had a close finish with Mike Vacek besting Kent Samuel by one stroke. Round one leader, Chuck Ellenwood, ended the day in third, while David Pocknall, Katy, and David Wagner, Fair Oaks Ranch, came in at a tie for fourth, each at five over-par.

 

Weather: Monday’s first round started cool and with a two-hour delay due to dense fog covering the course, but by early in the afternoon, the sun shined and brought the temperate up to a high of 80 degrees. The second round began calm in the high-60s with mostly overcast skies that took a quick turn to sunny and a high of 84 degrees. Consistent wind of about 15 mph became an added challenge for the field, especially when gusts upwards of 32 mph came howling through as groups were playing their last few holes.

 

Host Course: Designed by local Texan, Gary Stephenson, Kissing Tree Golf Club is a semi-private 18-hole golf course set on the banks of the Texas Hill Country. The course opened in October of 2018, and each hole provides an extension of the natural landscape – blending grades of edges, slopes and contours of the landscape into its striped fairways and angulated greens.

 

Next Up: The South Regional Series next event will be at the South Four-Ball at Quail Valley Golf Course in Missouri City on April 22-23.

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TGA Regional Senior Ams Set for April 5-9

The Texas Golf Association’s 2021 tournament season rolls on in early April with the back-to-back playing of the Regional Senior Amateurs.

First up is the South Regional Senior Amateur to be held April 5-6 at Kissing Tree Golf Club in San Marcos. The North Regional Senior Amateur will be contested April 8-9 at Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch in Denton.

Designed by Texas-based architect Gary Stephenson, Kissing Tree Golf Club opened in 2018. Located on the eastern edge of Hill Country, the course is part of the Audubon International program, which preserves and highlights the native environment. Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch also was designed by Stephenson and opened in 2002.

To accommodate a wide range of players, the Regional Senior Amateurs feature two age divisions: 55 and older (Senior) and 65 and older (Super Senior). Each age division competes from different tees and yardages, with a separate champion recognized. Players who are 65 and older can opt to compete in the Senior Division at the time an entry form is submitted.

The format for both championships is 36 holes of individual stroke play. The top 15 finishers and ties in the Senior Division, regardless of age, will earn exemptions into this year’s Texas Senior Amateur, to be held Sept. 24-26 at Westwood Golf Club in Houston.

The Regional Senior Amateurs were first played in 2003. The championships are open to male amateur golfers age 55 and older (65 and older for Super Senior), belong to a TGA Member Club, have a World Handicap System Index of 8.4 or less (10.0 or less for Super Senior), 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 2020 championships were canceled due to health concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Dave Davis of Saginaw won the 2019 North Regional Senior Amateur with a 36-hole total of 1-under 143 at Eldorado Country Club in McKinney. Local resident Gary Kirwan finished at 4-over 148 to win the Super Senior Division. At the 2019 South Regional Senior Amateur held at River Crossing Club in Spring Branch, Scott Smith of Houston captured the overall title with a final round 4-under 68 to finish at 141 (-3). Michael Arnold of Windcrest claimed the Super Senior title with a two-day total of 146 (+2).

Live scoring updates, daily recaps, as well as tee-times and pairings, will be available once the action gets underway from Kissing Tree and Wildhorse.

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Smith and Arnold Finish on Top at South Senior Am

Smith and Arnold Finish on Top at South Senior Am
 
Briefly: Scott Smith won the Senior Division of the 2019 South Senior Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf after a 4-under-par 68 in the final round at River Crossing Club in Spring Branch. Mike Arnold took the Super Senior Division title with a final round 74.
 
Leaderboard:
Senior Division                                                                            
1   Smith, Scott                 Houston               73-68-141          
2   Booker, Mike               Houston               73-70-143          
3   Bruchmiller, Boyd        Marble Falls        71-73-144                         
4   Kilby, Ron                    McAllen               71-74-145
T5 Baugh, Bobby             San Antonio        76-70-146
T5 Youngs, Pat                 San Antonio        75-71-146
 
Super Senior Division
1   Arnold, Mike                Windcrest            72-74-146
2   Samuel, Kent              The Woodlands   71-76-147
3   Marshall, Rusty           Houston               74-76-149
 
Final Results
 
Golf Course: River Crossing Club is located just north of San Antonio in Spring Branch. The club features 18 holes of championship golf nestled in the rustic Hill Country of Texas. The par-72 course reaches a max yardage of 6,838 yards. The final round of the Senior Division was contested at 6,603 yards; the Super Seniors played River Crossing Club at 6,271 yards.
 
Weather: Tuesday’s final round starting times were delayed one hour due to frost on the golf course. Temperatures were as low as 32 degrees in the morning and got up 68 degrees in the afternoon with the sun shining. Winds were observed in the late afternoon at 13 mph with gust up to 18 mph.
 
Winners’ Info: Smith, who lives in Houston, overcame a two-shot deficit to win the Senior Division title by two shots after a tournament low final round. Smith had a bogey-free final round that included four birdies on the day en route to a 4-under 68. He finished the 36-hole championship at 3-under 141.
 
Like Smith, Arnold overcame a two-shot deficit to win the Super Senior Division. Playing in the final Super Senior grouping of the day, Arnold carded a 2-over par 74 in the final round. After an opening round even par 72, he finished at 2-over 146 for the tournament. Arnold’s highlight of the round, and possibly the highlight of the tournament, came on the par-4 18th when he holed out for an eagle 2.  
 
In Contention: Mike Booker of Houston finished the tournament in second place with a 1-under 143 tournament total. Boyd Bruchmiller of Marble Falls finished in third, just one shot behind Booker at even par 144. In fourth place was McAllen’s Ron Kilby, who finished four shots back of Smith at 1-over 145. Bobby Baugh and Pat Youngs, both from San Antonio, rounded off the Senior Division top five in a tie for fifth place. The pair finished the tournament at 2-over 146.
 
Kent Samuel of The Woodlands finished in second place in the Super Senior Division, one shot back of Arnold at 3-over 147. Rusty Marshall of Houston took third place in the Super Senior Division at 5-over par 149.
 
What’s Next: The South Regional Series presented by Impact Precision Golf will continue at Sterling Country Club in Houston on August 9-11 for the South Amateur. You can view the entire Texas Golf Association calendar by clicking here.
 
More Info: The TGA extends its sincere appreciation South Regional Series sponsor Impact Precision Golf and to River Crossing Club, the welcoming membership and hard-working staff, as well as our volunteers, for all their dedication and efforts in making the 2019 South Senior Amateur a memorable event. For more information you can visit the tournament homepage by clicking here.
 

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Five Players Tied at the Top of South Senior

Five Players Tied at the Top of South Senior
 
Briefly: Five players are tied atop the leaderboard of the Senior Division at the South Senior Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf. Jimmy Wood of Kingwood leads the Super Senior Division by one after the opening round at River Crossing Club in Spring Branch.
 
Leaderboard:
Senior Division                                                                             Super Senior Division
T1 Pierce, John                 San Antonio        71                            1   Wood, Jimmy               Kingwood                 70
T1 Griffin, Matt                  San Antonio        71                             2   Samuel, Kent              The Woodlands         71
T1 Dowdall, John              Fulshear             71                             3   Arnold, Mike                 Windrest                   72
T1 Kilby, Ron                    McAllen               71                            T4 Marshall, Rusty            Schertz                     73
T1 Bruchmiller, Boyd        Marble Falls        71                             T4 Smith, Wayne              Austin                       73
6   Hurlbert, Craig             Magnolia             72                         
T7 Perez, John                 Austin                  73
T7 Booker, Mike               Houston               73
T7 Piper, Marshall            Cypress               73
T7 Smith, Scott                Houston               73
 
Round 1 Results | Final Round Pairings
 
Golf Course: River Crossing Club is located just north of San Antonio in Spring Branch. The club features 18 holes of championship golf nestled in the rustic Hill Country of Texas. The par-72 course reaches a max yardage of 6,838 yards. Today’s round for the senior division was contested at 6,632 yards and the Super Senior Division at 6,297 yards.
 
Weather: 54 degrees and cloudy with steady 7 mph winds throughout the day.
 
In Contention: Five players are tied for the lead in the Senior Division at 1-under par 71 after the opening round. John Pierce of San Antonio, our defending Senior Division Champion, finds himself in the mix at the top along with Matt Griffin, John Dowdall, Ron Kilby and Boyd Bruchmiller. Griffin of San Antonio had the low nine of the day, carding a 4-under par 32 on the back nine thanks to an eagle on par-5 17th. Behind the leaders, five players are within two strokes. Craig Hurlbert finds himself one shot back after shooting an even par 72 in the first round. One shot behind Hurlbert, and two behind the leaders, is the grouping of John Perez, Mike Booker, Marshall Piper and Scott Smith. They carded rounds of 1-over par 73.
 
Wood leads the Super Senior Division after a stellar opening round. Wood carded four birdies and two bogeys on the day en route to his 2-under par 70. In the second and third position respectively sits Kent Samuel and Mike Arnold. Samuel of The Woodlands finished the round at 1-under par 71, one shot off the lead. Arnold of Windcrest finds himself a shot behind Samuel, and two behind Wood after opening with an even par 72 round. Rusty Marshall and Wayne Smith are three shots off the lead after carding rounds of 1-over par 73.
 
What’s Next: Final round tee times start tomorrow at 8:30 am off both No. 1 & 10 tees. Senior Division final group will be teeing off last on No. 1 while the Super Senior Division groups will be teeing off last on No. 10.
 
More Info: For more information on the South Senior Amateur presented by Impact Precision Golf, you can visit the tournament homepage here.
 
 

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Pierce Prevails at South Senior Amateur

Montgomery – John Pierce of San Antonio shot a final round 73 on Thursday to win the 2018 South Senior Amateur, presented by Impact Precision Golf. Kent Samuel also recorded a come-from-behind victory in the Super Senior division after posting a final round 1-over-par 73. Pierce and Samuel each won their divisions by two strokes.

Pierce started the final round one stroke off the lead, but bogeyed the par-4 third hole to get back to even par for the tournament. He recovered quickly with a birdie on the fifth, but another bogey on seven took him into the turn at one-over for the round. Pierce birdied the 10th hole before making bogeys on Nos. 11 and 13, when the wind started to pick up.

“I trusted I was going to hit it solid and hit it below the wind,” Pierce said of battling wind gusts of up to 20 mph. “It was kind of like a war of attrition and I was the last man standing.”

Bobby Baugh and David Leiss shot final rounds of 75 and 77, respectively, as the final group held onto the top three overall places. Baugh played a steady round marred only by three bogeys. First round leader Leiss started his round with two consecutive bogeys and couldn’t get back on track. He birdied the 15th hole for the second consecutive day, but that was his only birdie of the round.

In the Super Senior division, Kent Samuel overcame a two-stroke deficit to walk away with the victory. Samuel started his round with a bogey on the 501-yard par-5 10th hole, but bounced back with birdies on the 13th and 16th holes. A bogey on No. 18 left Samuel at even par for his first nine holes. He recorded seven pars on his final nine holes to hold on for the two-shot victory.

Tom McGraw, leading after round one, shot a 5-over 77 in his final round to finish as runner-up. Charles Reeve shot a final round 78 to finish third place in the Super Senior division.

The Texas Golf Association extends sincere gratitude to the members and staff at Walden on Lake Conroe Golf Club for their hospitality throughout the week. Click here for the full leaderboard and more information.

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Leiss Leads Tight Field after South Senior Am First Round

Montgomery – David Leiss of Houston shot 2-under-par 70 on Wednesday to take the Senior division lead after the first round of the 2018 South Senior Amateur, presented by Impact Precision Golf. Montgomery’s Tom McGraw leads the Super Senior division after turning an even-par 72 in his first round of the tournament, played at Walden on Lake Conroe Golf Club.
 
Leiss started slowly with a bogey on the 501-yard par-5 10th hole, but recovered quickly with a run of four consecutive pars. He had a strong finish to his first nine holes with birdies on the 15th and 18th holes to make the turn at 1-under. Another birdie on the par-4 third hole took his score to 2-under before a bogey on the seventh hole. Leiss finished strong with a birdie on the ninth to head into the clubhouse at 2-under.
 
Bobby Baugh and John Pierce, both from San Antonio, trail Leiss by one stroke after each shot 1-under-par 71s. Baugh and Pierce each recorded three birdies to go along with two bogeys to finish their rounds one shot off the lead.
 
Fulshear’s John Dowdall dropped a round-best five birdies to counteract five bogeys and leave him in fourth place at even par, two strokes off the lead.
 
In the Super Senior division, McGraw holds a two stroke lead after a consistent first round that saw him record 15 pars. McGraw started his hole on the 426-yard par-4 1st hole and rattled off eight consecutive pars to start his round before having some trouble with the par-5 ninth hole. A double bogey took him into the turn at 2-over-par, but he quickly got back on track with three more pars before a birdie on the 13th hole. Another birdie on the 16th brought him back to even par, where he would finish the day.
 
Kent Samuel of The Woodlands trails McGraw by two strokes after shooting a 2-over-par 74. Samuel birdied the par-3 sixth hole before a run of two double bogeys in four holes took him back over par after 11 holes. Another bogey took him up to 4-over, but back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 propelled Samuel to the finish with his 74.
 
Marshall Utterson sits three strokes behind McGraw after coming in at 3-over-par 75.
 
Final round play begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Seniors tee off from the first and 10th holes, with Super Seniors rounding out the groups on the 10th. Leaders tee off from their respective holes at 9:39 a.m.  Click here for tee times, live scoring and more information.