Steve Paterson shot 71-70=141 to win the Chester Cup by two shots over Keith Lundquist at Great Hills Country Club. Paterson birdied holes 4, 7, 11, and 16 while making a double bogey on the difficult par five 15th hole that had a pin placement on the side of a hill and was complained about by several players. He recovered immediately when he chipped in for a birdie on the uphill par four 16th after leaving his approach shot just short of the green. That birdie, coupled with pars at the last two holes was sufficient to claim the championship.
Keith Lundquist, who was tied for the first round lead with a two under par 69, turned the front nine in 39 and finished with a one under par 35 on the back nine to claim second place, two shots behind Paterson.
Jennifer Petersen provided the players with much needed refreshments throughout the tournament as she captained the beverage cart. The players appreciated the cool drinks and welcoming smile as she inquired as to how they were doing. Temperatures were in the upper 90's so staying hydrated was an important aspect of playing well and staying healthy.
Full field scores are available at the Austin Amateur Golf website. Thanks to Robert Evans, Randy Reynolds and Steve Paterson for maintaining this website and organizing the Austin Amateur Golf schedule, which determines the points ranking for the Rudy's I-35 Cup. The Rudy's I-35 Cup features Austin versus San Antonio in a Ryder Cup format at the end of the golfing season. Points rankings are available at Austin Amateur Golf.
Rick Arnett and Phillip Miranda pose here with Chester Burks for a post tournament photo. Rick, Phillip and the entire staff at Great Hills Country Club did an excellent job of running the tournament and providing an exciting event for participants and spectators. Thanks to the membership for hosting the tournament and giving the players access to the golf course for the event.