Cody Price shot 71-71=142, two under par at Crystal Falls in Leander, Tx to win the Hill Country Amateur Championship by two shots. Four players finished at even par including Steve Patterson, Ben Carter, Kody King and Peter McGibney. See the full field scores at AustinAmateur.com.
Price stood on the 17th tee at two under par and missed his tee shot to the right with the ball just short of a tree. Playing a nine iron with a restricted follow through he managed to hit a high risk shot short of the green and pitch to 15 feet. He then made the putt for par. Click on the swing sequence below and zoom in on the action.
On the 18th par 5, Price hit his tee shot in the left rough an punched out to 220 yards, played a 4 iron to the right of the green and again pitched to 15 feet. He made the putt for par and a two under total of 142.
Behind Price, in the final threesome, Ben Carter stood on the 17th tee at three under par. His tee shot in the fairway and short iron to 20 feet left him in positon to make birdie or par. His first putt ran by to five feet and he missed the putt. See the video here.
Standing on the 18th tee, tied for the lead, Carter pulled his tee shot but a favorable bounce left him in the fairway some 260 yards for the green. Electing to play the smart shot he chose not to go for the green over the water hazard and lay up. Playing a short iron to the left side of the fairway for a favorable angle to the pin, he thought he had played the proper shot. See the shot here. However, due to the dry conditions and some constructions work taking place on the left side of the rough, the ball ran farther than anticipated and he found the ball one foot out of bounds, resulting in a double bogey and and an ever par finish for the tournament.
Wes Scaggs, head professional at Crystal Falls Presented the winners trophy to Cody Price.
Cody Price and caddy Shane Alvey commented that the day was a grind with the heat, windy conditions and the pressure of the tournament, but they were jubliant in their victory and hoisted the winners trophy together.
Cody commented in the post victory interview that he made three birdies and two bogeys in route to the victory. See the interview here.
After watching the events unfold on the last two holes and seeing how close the margin of victory is when a bound or break can make the difference, one can truly say that it is a game of inches.
A final note concerning the quality of the tournament and the effort put forth by all the staff at Crystal Falls. Good going everyone and thanks from all the players for all the effort. It was a quality event.