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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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Robert Gwin Wins South Mid-Amateur

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.

 

LEADERBOARD

 

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

 

FULL LEADERBOARD

 

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.

 

For more information on the South Regional Series and South Mid-Amateur, please visit www.TXGA.org.

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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.