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Garrett Leek Wins 93rd West Texas Amateur

Briefly: Garrett Leek of Brock won the 93rd West Texas Amateur after a final round 3-under-par 69 at Abilene Country Club (South Course). The Midwestern State junior finished at 11-under overall and one stroke ahead of San Angelo’s Jansen Smith. Mike Booker of Houston won the Senior Division by one stroke after firing a 1-under 71 in the final round. Craig Urban of Abilene won the Super Senior Division by three strokes after rounds of 77-69-72.

Leaderboard:
1) Garrett Leek Brock 69-67-69 | 205
2) Jansen Smith San Angelo 71-65-70 | 206
3) David Bolen Lubbock 72-69 -67 | 208
4) Paul McNamara Dallas 74-70-65 | 209
5) Andy McCabe Dallas 71-70-70 | 211
Final Results

Golf Course: Established in 1921, Abilene Country Club features 36 holes of world-class golf that is both beautiful and challenging. The courses feature wide tree-lined fairways and superb greens that provide a great experience to all who play. The Par 72 South Course, which is being used for the championship, is regarded as one of the top golf courses in Texas by the Dallas Morning News and held PGA tour events from 1979 to 1990. It’s a championship layout that weaves its way through some of Abilene’s most unique residences. This gorgeous area is graced by over 6,000 luscious trees.

Weather: The temperature reached 90 degrees with steady winds at 6 mph.

Winner’s Info: Leek fired a final round 3-under 69 to win the 93rd West Texas Amateur. He joins an elite list of past champions. The Midwestern State junior lead or co-lead through all three rounds in route to a wire-to-wire victory.

“Coming in it’s been a rough past couple weeks,” Leek said. “I’ve been trying to focus a lot mentally. The physical part is there. I didn’t come into this week trying to win. I came into this week just trying to learn and improve. That was my main goal and I think I achieved that.”

Leek chipped in on the 17th hole to enter the final hole tied with Jansen Smith. Leek was able to birdie the par-4 18th and Smith made par.

Mike Booker won the Senior Division after two rounds in red figures. Booker took control after shooting a tournament low 8-under 64 in the second round. He capped off his final round with four birdies in route to a 1-under 71. This was Booker’s first West Texas Amateur title.

Craig Urban won the Super-Senior Division by three strokes by finishing the week at 2-over 218. Urban is a member of Abilene Country Club.

In Contention: Jansen Smith of San Angelo posted a 10-under 206 for the championship and finished solo second. David Bolen of Lubbock finished at 8-under 208 to take third. Paul McNamara made a final round push by firing a 7-under 65 to take fourth place.

What’s Next: The 2021 season continues with the Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas July 22-25. You can view the entire Texas Golf Association calendar here.

More Info: The Texas Golf Association extends its sincere appreciation to the staff and members of Abilene Country Club as well as our volunteers for their help in making the 93rd West Texas Amateur a successful event. For more information on the West Texas Amateur, click here.

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Leek, Smith Share Lead at the 93rd West Texas Amateur

Briefly: Garrett Leek of Brock and Jansen Smith of San Angelo co-lead the 93rd West Texas Amateur through 36 holes. Leek fired a 5-under 67 and Smith carded a 7-under 65 in the second round. They lead the field by five strokes at 8-under 136 overall. Mike Booker of Burleson carded an 8-under 64 to take hold of the Senior Division by three strokes. Russell Cox of Waco and Craig Urban of Abilene lead the Super Senior Division by two at 146 total.

Leaderboard:
T1) Jansen Smith San Angelo 71-65 | 136
T1) Garrett Leek Brock 69-67 | 136
T3) Kellen Young Midland 71-70 | 141
T3) Andy McCabe Dallas 71-70 | 141
T3) David Bolen Lubbock 72-69 | 141
T3) Rob Couture Dallas 71-70 | 141
T7) Kevin Liberto Cypress 74-69 | 142
T7) Jason Pittman Monahans 72-70 | 142
T7) Caden Conrad Amarillo 70-72 | 142

Round 2 Results | Round 3 Pairings

Golf Course: Established in 1921, Abilene Country Club features 36 holes of world-class golf that is both beautiful and challenging. The courses feature wide tree-lined fairways and superb greens that provide a great experience to all who play. The Par 72 South Course, which is being used for the championship, is regarded as one of the top golf courses in Texas by the Dallas Morning News and held PGA tour events from 1979 to 1990. It’s a championship layout that weaves its way through some of Abilene’s most unique residences. This gorgeous area is graced by over 6,000 luscious trees.

Weather: The temperature reached 93 degrees with steady winds at 10 mph out of the southeast reaching gusts of 15 mph.

In Contention: Garrett Leek followed his 3-under 69 with a second round 5-under 67 to hold a share of the lead heading into Sunday’s final round. Leek’s round included 7 birdies on the scorecard.

“I just tried getting off with a birdie before I had any issues,” said Leek. “I got into a good rhythm early… made some putts. I only hit two bad shots really.”

Jansen Smith fired the low round of the Championship Division thus far by carding a 7-under 65 to grab a share of the lead with 18 holes remaining.

“I kind of got off to a little bit of a slow start. My ball striking wasn’t great at first but I hung in there,” said Smith. “I’ve hit it really well off the tee. I just need to keep the wedges dialed in.”

Smith who started on hole 10 made the turn at 1-under par before scorching his back nine with a 6-under 30 that included a hole-out eagle on the par-4 seventh hole.

“I just couldn’t miss for a little bit,” said Smith.

David Bolen of Lubbock shot a 3-under 69 to grab a share of third place alongside three others at 3-under 141 overall. Kellen Young of Midland, Andy McCabe of Dallas, and Rob Couture of Dallas all sit at 3-under par as well. Three players in the Championship Division sit tied for seventh at 2-under par.

In the Senior Division, Mike Booker of Houston took control by firing a tournament low round 8-under 64 that included seven birdies and an eagle.

In The Super Senior Division, Russell Cox of Waco and Craig Urban of Abilene sit atop the leaderboard at 146 total and two shots clear of the field.

Following Saturday’s second round the Championship Division is cut to the low 42 players and ties. The Senior Division is cut to the low 21 players and ties. The Super Senior is cut to the low 9 players and ties.

What’s Next: Final Round tee times start Sunday at 7:30 a.m. off No. 1 & 10 tees at Abilene Country Club (South Course.)

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Garrett Leek Leads 93rd West Texas Amateur

Briefly: Garrett Leek of Brock leads the 93rd West Texas Amateur after an opening round 3-under-par 69. Kip Estep of Rockwall leads the Senior Division following his 3-under 69, and Russell Cox of Waco leads the Super Senior Division after a 1-over 73.

Leaderboard:
1) Garrett Leek Brock 69
T2) JT Pittman Monahans 70
T2) Colton Hilburn Brownwood 70
T2) Caden Conrad Odessa 70
T5) 8 Players Tied 71

Round 1 Results | Round 2 Pairings

Golf Course: Established in 1921, Abilene Country Club features 36 holes of world-class golf that is both beautiful and challenging. The courses feature wide tree-lined fairways and superb greens that provide a great experience to all who play. The Par 72 South Course, which is being used for the championship, is regarded as one of the top golf courses in Texas by the Dallas Morning News and held PGA tour events from 1979 to 1990. It’s a championship layout that weaves its way through some of Abilene’s most unique residences. This gorgeous area is graced by over 6,000 luscious trees.

Weather: The temperature reached 93 degrees with steady winds at 10 mph out of the southeast reaching gusts of 15 mph.

In Contention: Leek, a Midwestern State University junior from Brock, carded seven birdies for his tournament-leading 69. He credited his success to getting off to a hot start during today’s round.

“I played solid all around today,” Leek said. “I just tried to stay positive throughout the round.”

Leek birdied three of his first five holes to make the turn at 2-under par. He rolled in four more on the backside to finish at 3-under.

“At first glance the course isn’t too bad. The rough is what holds the scores. The plan is to stay in the process and take it one shot at a time,” said Leek.

A host of players sit just behind. JT Pittman of Monahans, Colton Hilburn of Brownwood, and Caden Conrad of Amarillo all sit tied for second after rounds of 2-under 70. Eight players carded rounds of 1-under 71 to collectively sit at tied for fifth (Kellen Young, Gant Bills, Cole Grossl, Andy McCabe, Parker McGlamery, Rob Couture, Gatlin Goad, Jansen Smith).

What’s Next: Round 2 starts Saturday at 7:30 a.m. off No. 1 & 10 tees at Abilene Country Club (South Course).

More Info: For more information on the 93rd West Texas Amateur, click here.