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Wayne Wright Wins 2021 Texas Super Senior Am

FORT WORTH – Wayne Wright of Aledo shot a final round 2-over-par 73 to win the 2021 Texas Super Senior Amateur on Wednesday at Ridglea Country Club’s North Course.

Wright stayed consistent all week and held onto his second-round lead. His final round 73 put him at 3-over 216 for the week, good for a six-shot victory.

“Just winning is great,” Wright said. “I mean, I love to win.”

This marks the second time Wright has won Texas Super Senior Amateur. He previously won it in 2017 at Pine Dunes Resort in Frankston. Wright also previously won the 2019 North Senior Am at Ridglea CC’s Championship Course.

“You know, it just seems like when the competition starts, things kind of fall into place,” he said. “I really played well this week.”

Wright carded three birdies en route to victory.

“I am really pleased with the way I played,” Wright said. “I started putting a little bit better today.”

A combination of weather and Ridglea CC’s North Course proved to be challenging to the field this week as only four rounds came in under-par.

John Grace and Mike Booker both finished with under-par final rounds to share second place at 9-over 222. Ed Brooks carded a final round 73 to finish in fourth. Rounding out the top five were Chuck Gardner and Steve Moran tied at 11-over week.

Mike Rice of Houston won the Legends division by carding the low round of the week for his respective division, a 3-over 74. His 16-over 229 total edged out runner-up Denny Alexander’s 17-over 230.

Ford Cartwright and Jamey Freisleben were crowned Super Senior Am net winners after tying at a 221-total net. Butch Vaut captured the Legends division net win after finishing with a 218-total net.

The Ridglea CC North Course demanded precision from every player throughout the tournament with its rolling fairways and smaller greens that were breaking subtly. Overseeding created a beautiful lush green course as Ridglea CC was in great shape for all three rounds. The Super Senior division, for amateur men ages 65 and older, played from a total yardage of 6,229. The Legends division (75 and older) played from 5,827 yards.

Four of the past five Super Senior Amateur champions were in the field, including Odessa’s Mickey Jones, who won the event in 2018. The 2020 Super Senior Amateur was canceled because of COVID-19.

The 112th Texas Amateur is next up on the championship schedule for the TGA. The top amateurs in the state will be tested at beautiful Midland Country Club in Midland on June 17-20. For more on the 2021 Super Senior Amateur, click here.

Texas Senior Amateur

Westwood Golf Club
September 24-26

TOURNAMENT EXEMPTIONS

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in the state of Texas age 55 or older as of the first round of tournament play, with a WHS Handicap Index of 6.4 or less. Please reference TGA Policies and Procedures for further details, including Policies and Procedures, and Terms of Competition.

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

a) Last five (5) Texas Senior Amateur Champions
2020: John Derrick
2019: Gary Durbin
2018: Lewis Stephenson
2017: Ed Brooks
2016: Lewis Stephenson

b) Top 20 (and ties) in previous year’s Senior Amateur
John Derrick (1st), Mike Lohner (2nd), Craig Hurlbert (3rd), Ed Brooks (T4), Bill Jackson (T4), Buzz Baker (T6), Don Dean (T6), Andrew Hydorn (T6), Chuck Gardner (T6), John Gilbert (10th), John Grace (11th), Jim Quinn (T12), Lewis Stephenson (T12), Jed Shreve (T12), Kyle Kelting (T15), Mike Peck (T15), Donald Oconnor (T15), Tom McGraw (T15), Scott Smith (T15), Hollis Sullivan (T15)

c) Finished in the top 20 (and ties) in current year’s Texas Amateur or current and/or previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur

d) Any player that qualified for the final field of the current year’s U.S. Senior Open and/or U.S. Senior Amateur

TBD (41st U.S. Senior Open | July 8-11, 2021)

TBD (66th U.S. Senior Amateur | August 28 – September 2, 2021)
e) Top five (5) finishers (and ties) in current year’s West Texas Amateur

TBD (West Texas Amateur | July 16-18, 2021)

f) Top fifteen (15) finishers (and ties) in the current year’s Regional Senior Amateurs
North: Dave David (1st), John Derrick (2nd), Lelan Chiles (T3), Chris Goodspeed (T3), John Schaefer (T5), Rob Wands (T5), Wayne Wright (T7), Neal Barfield (T7), Bill Steen (T9), Joe Dulemba (T9), Rick Steeno (T11), Mike Peck (T11), Jim Quinn (T11), Kenneth Coutant (T14), Jeff Dandurand (T14), Patrick Collini (T14), Steve Love (T14), Mark Motes (T14), Michael Jones (T14)
South: David Ortego (1st), Mike Booker (2nd), John Pierce (3rd), Andrew Hydron 4th), Scott Smith (5th), Thomas Immenschuh (T6), Pat Youngs (T6), Todd McGrew (T8), Blake Ross (T8), Jed Shreve (T10), BK Cody (T10), John Dowdall (T10), Jody Clark (T13), Randy Zimmerhanzel (T13), Murt Martin (T15), Joe Sconiers (T15)

g) Low two (2) Seniors that make the cut in the current year’s Texas Amateur
TBD (112th Texas Amateur | June 17-20, 2021)

h) Previous year’s Statewide Senior Player of the Year
Mike Lohner

i) Current year Mid-Amateur Match Play winner and runner-up
TBD (Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play | July 22-25, 2021)

j) Top three (3) finishers (and ties) in the current year’s Texas Super Senior Amateur (Super Senior Division)
Wayne Wright (1st), John Grace (T2), Mike Booker (T2)

k) Three (3) Host Club exemptions

For complete past results, click here.

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



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Texas Senior Amateur

Westwood Golf Club
September 24-26

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

General Information

Date: September 24 – 26, 2021
Host Club: Westwood Golf Club
Address: 8888 Country Creek Street, Houston, TX 77036
Phone: (713) 774-3011
TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Manager – Justin Guthrie

Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: June 30, 2021 @ 9:00 AM
Entries Close: August 18, 2021 @ 5:00 PM
Exempt Deadline: August 18, 2021 @ 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: $325

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in the state of Texas age 55 or older as of the first round of tournament play, with a WHS Handicap Index of 6.4 or less. Please reference TGA Policies and Procedures for further details, including Policies and Procedures, and Terms of Competition.

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

a) Last five (5) Texas Senior Amateur Champions
b) Top 20 (and ties) in previous year’s Senior Amateur
c) Finished in the top 20 (and ties) in current year’s Texas Amateur or current and/or previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur
d) Any player that qualified for the final field of the current year’s U.S. Senior Open and/or U.S. Senior Amateur
e) Top five (5) finishers (and ties) in current year’s West Texas Amateur
f) Top fifteen (15) finishers (and ties) in the current year’s Regional Senior Amateurs
g) Low two (2) Seniors that make the cut in the current year’s Texas Amateur
h) Previous year’s Statewide Senior Player of the Year
i) Current year Mid-Amateur Match Play winner and runner-up
j) Top three (3) finishers (and ties) in the current year’s Texas Super Senior Amateur (Super Senior Division)
k) Three (3) Host Club exemptions

Entry Procedure: The field will be established by handicap index (lowest to highest) using the handicap “Effective Revision Date” of Wednesday, August 18. All applications, including exemptions, must be received by the entry close date of Wednesday, August 18 at 5:00 PM. After the entry deadline has passed, spots in the field will be allocated to any remaining exempt players and then the lowest handicap index players until the field is full. Those not making it into the field will be placed on the waitlist in rank order of their handicap index (lowest to highest).

Players will be notified by Friday, August 20, if they are in the field, or where they stand on the wait list. Each week thereafter, TGA Staff will circulate an updated waitlist prior to the championship in an effort to keep players informed of their status.

The TGA reserves the right to select players to be in the field. For exemption request details, please view TGA Policies and Procedures. 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. All players will be competing in one division from the same tees and yardage. The field is limited to 144 players. At the completion of the 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 54 players and ties.

What’s Included: The championship entry fee includes greens, cart and range fees for all championship rounds.

Hotel: There is no host hotel for the Texas Senior Amateur. TGA Members can take advantage of Affinity Travel Benefits by utilizing their hotel search engine by clicking here.

Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) complimentary practice round on Thursday, September 23 only. Players may start contacting the Westwood Golf Shop on Thursday, September 16 to schedule a practice round tee time.

Starting Times/Pairings Information: Starting times/pairings for the first and second rounds will be made no later than Monday, September 20 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.

Policies & Procedures
To ensure that competitors have the best possible experience when competing in the championship, it is helpful to be knowledgeable of Texas Golf Association (TGA) Policies and Procedures, Terms of Competition and Local Rules (Hard Card), as established by the association. For more information, please click here. For information specific to the Terms of Competition applicable to this championship, please see below:

TGA Cart Policy: Information regarding the use and availability of transportation varies between TGA Championships – refer to Tournament Information for the championship in question. Please be advised that in championships where carts are provided, players are encouraged to utilize motorized transportation. In doing so, carts will be limited to two (2) carts per group. Beginning in 2020: While a caddie is not prohibited from riding in the cart, the TGA has adopted a ‘one-seat’ policy as explained below.

‘One-Seat’ Policy: The “one-seat” policy allows either the player or the player’s caddie to ride in or move a golf cart, but not at the same time. The player and the player’s caddie are not allowed to ride in the same or separate carts at the same time.

The player can ride in or move a golf cart with another player in it, so long as the player’s caddie is not riding in another cart at that time.

The player can ride in or move a golf cart with another player’s caddie in it, so long as the player whose caddie is in the cart is not riding in another cart at the same time. As a reminder, players are responsible for the actions of their caddie (when applicable).

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 Westwood Golf Club, unless otherwise noted. Championship schedule is subject to changes and additions.

Thursday, September 23
8:00 AM – Practice Rounds Begin

6:00 PM – Golf Course Closes

Friday, September 24
8:00 AM – Round 1, Wave 1 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
11:30 AM to 3:30 PM – Player Lunch
12:30 PM – Round 1, Wave 2 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)

Saturday, September 25
8:00 AM – Round 2, Wave 1 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
11:30 AM to 3:30 PM – Player Lunch
12:30 PM – Round 2, Wave 2 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)

Sunday, September 26
8:00 AM– Final Round Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
Following Play – Awards Presentation

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John Derrick Wins the 83rd Texas Senior Amateur

WACO – Most golfers know how important course knowledge is when it comes to certain venues. The trickier the track, the more crucial it is to know the lay of the land. John Derrick on Sunday proved this to be true, as the longtime Ridgewood Country Club member won the 83rd Texas Senior Amateur by one shot in extremely blustery conditions.

With winds swirling, then dropping and then gusting again in the 25-30 mph range – by far the windiest day of the 54-hole championship – Derrick held things together with two birdies, four bogeys and 12 hard-fought pars. His final round 2-over-par gave him a three-day total of 7-over 217, one stroke better than Southlake’s Mike Lohner.

Derrick shot rounds of 70-75 in the opening rounds on his home course, a 1947 Ralph Plummer-designed gem. Several of the holes run along the gorgeous backdrop of Lake Waco, and the fast-running fairways rise and fall throughout the property to create relentless uneven lies. Many of the greens sit perched above eye level from the fairways, which causes trepidation and indecisiveness on approach shots.

In short, Ridgewood is the kind of course you need to play a bunch to feel confident in your decisions. That was no problem for Derrick, an eight-time club champion who has been a member since 1996. He estimated he’s played more than 2,000 rounds on the old school, tree-lined course.

“Today, the tough wind conditions really helped me,” said Derrick, who also won the 2019 Sunnehanna Senior Invitational and was runner-up at the 2010 TGA Mid-Amateur Match Play. “It swirls around here and it’s confusing. Some of the guys who haven’t played around here had a disadvantage because they didn’t know what the wind was going to do. I definitely think I had a big advantage.”

Besides Lohner, who missed a 6-foot putt on the 72nd hole that would’ve forced a playoff, Magnolia’s Craig Hurlbert was one of the players confounded by the winds on Sunday. The nation’s No. 1-ranked senior amateur in the Golfweek rankings, Hurlbert said the conditions kept him off-balance all day.

“It wasn’t just windy out there,” said Hurlbert, the 18- and 36-hole leader who has won four national amateur championships this year. “It was gusty, too. It got me five or six times. I was totally out of sync and had no idea what to do. Overall, the wind was very inconsistent. It was down. It was up. It was just a hard day today. John played very well. He knows where to hit the ball on this golf course. I’m not surprised that someone from this club won the tournament.”

While those around him struggled to pick targets and select proper clubs, Derrick kept his head down and made pars to stay in the hunt. It was one of those on the eighth hole, he said, that really turned the tide in his favor.

“I hit it about 40 feet past the hole,” he said. “It was a really quick, downhill putt. I was just trying to two-putt it. And I made it. That gave me some really good momentum.”

Derrick also rolled in a 20-footer for par on No. 14 and made a solid two-putt par on No. 17 to keep Lohner and Hurlbert from catching him.

Ridgewood Head Professional Jimmy Cunningham, along with scores of friends and club members, crowded around the 18th green to watch Derrick cap off the major championship victory.

“It’s always fantastic to have one of your members compete in one of these prestigious events, let alone win it,” Cunningham said. “John is a dedicated player who practices a lot, and this week he showed why he’s such a strong competitor. I know it means a lot to him, but it also means a lot to me and the membership. We’re all so proud of him.”

The TGA extends its most sincere gratitude to Ridgewood, its staff and members for their hospitality and generosity throughout the championship week, as well as the week leading up to the event. Special thanks are due to General Manager Bill Horton, Head Golf Professional Jimmy Cunningham, Superintendent Travis Moore, Catering Director Camy Baban and Executive Chef Bernard Hurley.

We’re also endeared to the TGA Volunteers, who took time out from their busy lives to help us create a memorable week for all the competitors in the 83rd Texas Senior Amateur. For more information, click here.