West Texas Amateur
Abilene Country Club (South Course)
Date: July 16-18, 2021
Host Club: Abilene Country Club (South Course)
Address: 4039 S Treadaway Blvd., Abilene, TX 79602
Phone: (325) 692-2583
TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Manager, Andrea Daly
Entry & Eligibility Information
Entries Open: May 19, 2021 @ 9:00 a.m.
Entries Close: July 9, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.
Exempt Deadline: June 9, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.
Entry Fee: $290
Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in the northern and southern regions of the state of Texas who have a WHS Handicap index of 10.0 or less. To be eligible for the Senior Division, golfers must be age 55 or older as of the first round of tournament play. To be eligible for the Super Senior Division, golfers must be age 65 or older as of the first round of tournament play. 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) Top five (5) finishers and ties in current year’s North & South Mid-Amateur;
b) Top five (5) finishers and ties in previous year’s North & South Amateur;
c) Last five (5) West Texas Amateur Champions;
d) Last five (5) West Texas Amateur Senior Division Champions;
e) Last five (5) West Texas Amateur Super Senior Division Champions;
f) Top ten (10) finishers and ties in previous year’s West Texas Amateur;
g) Top five (5) finishers and ties in previous year’s West Texas Amateur Senior Division;
h) Top three (3) finishers and ties in previous year’s West Texas Amateur Super Senior Division;
i) Three (3) Host Club exemptions
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 Wednesday, June 9 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. For additional information regarding the wait list and when the number of applicants exceeds the field capacity, please refer to the TGA Policies and Procedures.
Waitlist Procedure/Priority: When a spot becomes available in the championship field, the TGA will fill that spot with the top ranked waitlisted player in the division respective to the withdraw. Once all waitlisted players in a specific division have been exhausted, the TGA will then fill the spot in the field with the highest ranked waitlisted player, regardless of division. For example: If a player from the Senior Division withdraws, the highest ranked Senior Division player on the waitlist will be contacted to fill that spot. If there are no remaining Senior Division players on the waitlist, the highest overall waitlisted player will be contact. This could be a Championship Division or Super Senior Division player.
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.
Format/Field Size and Cut: The championship will be contested over 54 holes of stroke play with three (3) divisions; Championship, Senior, and Super Senior. Each division will play from separate tees/yardages and separate champions will be recognized in each division.
The field is limited to 144, as outlined below:
- Championship Division – Open (84 players)
- Senior Division – 55 & older (42 players)
- Super Senior Division – 65 & older (18 player)
At the conclusion of 36 holes the field will be cut to the low 72 players (and ties) with a pro-rated representation from each division. The pro-rated allocation of players making the cut from each division will be reflective of the number of players in each division, relative to the total field size. The determination of total field size, number of players in each division and pro-rated representation of players making the cut (before ties) will be announced in conjunction with pairings being posted.
What’s Included: The championship entry fee includes greens, cart and range fees for all championship rounds excluding the practice round.
Hotel: There is no host hotel for the West Texas 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) practice round at the negotiated rate of $50 (plus applicable taxes) including cart. Please contact the host club golf shop for availability and to schedule a practice round.
Registration Information: There will be no official registration for the West Texas Amateur. Players will receive their championship tee gift at the end of the first round, in the scoring area.
Starting Times/Pairings Information: Starting times/pairings for the first and second rounds will be made available no later than Monday, July 12th 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 will be re-drawn based on total score following the previous rounds of play.
The Senior division, Super Senior division, and some overflow Championship division will be in the morning wave of the first round. The Championship division will be in the afternoon wave.
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 Abilene Country Club unless otherwise noted. Championship schedule is subject to changes and additions.
Thursday, July 15
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Practice Rounds
Friday, July 16
7:30 AM – Round 1 Wave 1 begins (#1 & #10 tees)
12:30 PM – Round 1 Wave 2 begins (#1 & #10 tees)
Saturday, July 17
7:30 AM – Round 2 Wave 1 begins (#1 & #10 tees)
12:30 PM – Round 2 Wave 2 begins ( #1 & #10 tees)
Following Play – Field cut to low 72 players (and ties)
Sunday, July 18
7:30 AM – Final Round begins (#1 & #10 tees)
Following Play – Awards Presentation
JT Pittman Wins 92nd West Texas Amateur
Briefly: JT Pittman of Monahans won the 92nd West Texas Amateur after a final round 2-under-par 70 at Bentwood Country Club. The Midland College sophomore finished at 8-under overall and two strokes better than the field. Lewis Stephenson of Burleson won the Senior Division by two strokes after firing a 6-under 66 in the final round. Doug Hopton-Jones of Mansfield won the Super Senior Division by three strokes after rounds of 75-73-73.
1) JT Pittman Monahans 68-70-70 | 208
2) Jansen Smith San Angelo 74-69-67 | 210
3) Michael Heidelbaugh Dallas 72-67-73 | 212
T4) Robert Johnson Abilene 71-71-72 | 214
T4) Collin Clark Midlothian 66-76-72 | 214
T4) Bryce Waters Midland 71-73-70 | 214
T7) Kevin Liberto Cypress 70-75-70 | 215
T7) Jack Anderson Round Rock 72-70-73 | 215
T7) Will Adams Odessa 70-77-68 | 215
Golf Course: Founded in 1978, Bentwood Country Club is the centerpiece of a master-planned community located near the shores of Lake Nasworthy. Designed by Billy Martindale and Jeffery Blume, the golf course has all the elements of a classic parkland layout, including narrow fairways, numerous water hazards, prominent bunkering and large, undulating green complexes. When the wind blows, as it frequently does, Bentwood Country Club provides a stern challenge for even the most accomplished players. Final Round was contested at 7,051 yards.
Weather: The temperature reached 95 degrees with steady winds at 8 mph out of the south.
Winner’s Info: Pittman fired a 2-under 70 in the final round to post 8-under for the championship and win by two strokes. The Midland College sophomore remained at the top of the leaderboard throughout the entirety of the championship and carded red numbers in all three of his rounds. Although Smith gave it a good run carding a 5-under-par 67 in his final round, Pittman maintained his composure and never lost the lead. He carded five birdies and fired 1-under-par 35s on each nine in his final round. This is Pittman’s first West Texas Amateur win.
“I really tried not to think about anybody else, I just tried to just play the golf course one shot at a time and make as many birdies as I could,” Pittman said. “A lot of great players have played against me this week, hats off to them, they all played great, but I am glad I got the win.”
Lewis Stephenson won the Senior Division after two rounds in red figures. Stephenson was seven shots behind the leader to start the final round. He rolled in nine birdies on his way to a stellar 6-under 66. This was Stephenson’s first West Texas Amateur title. He also won the 2018 Texas Senior Amateur.
Doug Hopton-Jones won the Super-Senior Division by three strokes and at 5-over 221. The 2019 defending champion adds this win to his 2019 and 2002 West Texas Amateur titles.
In Contention: Jansen Smith of San Angelo posted a 6-under 210 for the championship and finished solo second. Michael Heidelbaugh of Dallas finished at 4-under 212 to take third. Robert Johnson of Abilene, Collin Clark of Midlothian and Bryce Waters of Midland tied fourth at 2-under 214.
What’s Next: The 2020 season continues with the Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler July 23-26. 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 Bentwood Country Club as well as our volunteers for their integral part in making the 92nd West Texas Amateur a memorable and successful event. For more information on the West Texas Amateur, click here.
JT Pittman Takes the Lead at 92nd West Texas Amateur
Briefly: JT Pittman of Monahans leads the 92nd West Texas Amateur after a 2-under-par 70 in Round 2. He holds a one-shot lead at 6-under 138 overall. Brad Wayment of Trophy Club carded a 1-under 71 and remains atop the Senior Division by one stroke, and Ed Turner of Dallas leads the Super Senior Division by three after rounds of 74-71.
1) JT Pittman Monahans 68-70 | 138
2) Michael Heidelbaugh Dallas 72-67 | 139
T3) Robert Johnson Abilene 71-71 | 142
T3) Jack Anderson Round Rock 72-70 | 142
T3) Collin Clark Midlothian 66-76 | 142
T6) Brian Boles Lubbock 72-71 | 143
T6) Jansen Smith San Angelo 74-69 | 143
T6) Caleb Hicks Arlington 76-67 | 143
T6) Tyler Uhlig Magnolia 71-72 | 143
Golf Course: Founded in 1978, Bentwood Country Club is the centerpiece of a master-planned community located near the shores of Lake Nasworthy. Designed by Billy Martindale and Jeffery Blume, the golf course has all the elements of a classic parkland layout, including narrow fairways, numerous water hazards, prominent bunkering and large, undulating green complexes. When the wind blows, as it frequently does, Bentwood Country Club provides a stern challenge for even the most accomplished players. Round 2 was contested at 7,067 yards.
Weather: The temperature reached 95 degrees with steady winds at 12 mph out of the south reaching gusts of 21 mph.
In Contention: JT Pittman of Monahans followed his 4-under 68 in Round 1 with a 2-under 70 on Saturday. The Midland College sophomore went out in 2-over 38, but rallied on the back nine. Pittman birdied four of his last nine holes to regain the lead and holds a one-shot advantage heading into the final round.
“In the past 36 holes, there have been some ups and there have been some downs, but all in all it has been a solid 36,” Pittman said. “I had a double today which hurt a lot, but I came back strong and made some birdies on the back nine.”
Michael Heidelbaugh of Dallas fired a 5-under 67 and is solo second at 5-under 139 overall. The incoming Texas A&M freshman carded six birdies and an eagle in Saturday’s round. Robert Johnson of Abilene, University of New Mexico junior Jack Anderson, and University of Texas at San Antonio senior Collin Clark are tied third at 2-under par. Four players in the Championship Division are tied sixth at 1-under par.
In the Senior Division, Brad Wayment of Trophy Club held his lead going into Sunday’s final round. Wayment carded six birdies in Round 2 bringing him to 4-under through 36 holes. Mike Lohner of Southlake remains one shot back after a 2-under-par 70. Lohner went out in 37 on the front side, and played strong at the turn with a 3-under 33 on the back. Jerry Slagle of Southlake and Ed Brooks of Fort Worth are tied third at 1-over par. Three players are tied fifth at 2-over par.
In The Super Senior Division, Ed Turner of Dallas carded four birdies to shoot a 1-under 71 in Round 2. Turner leads with 1-over par through 36 holes. Doug Hopton-Jones of Mansfield remains three shots back after a 1-over 73. Jim Grubbs of Austin and Lynn Cormier of Missouri City are tied third at 6-over-par. Kent Samuel of The Woodlands and Dickie Williams of Montgomery are tied fifth at 10-over par.
What’s Next: Final Round tee times start Sunday at 7:30 a.m. off No. 1 & 10 tees at Bentwood Country Club.
More Info: For more information on the 92nd West Texas Amateur, click here.