Cory Brown (left) shot 65 to grab the first round lead in the Central Texas Amateur at Forrest Creek Country Club. Brown graduated from Cedar Park High School and is a sophomore at Stephen F. Austin, where he plays collegiate golf. Link here to his collegiate profile.
Steve Paterson, winner of numerous local titles including the 2014 Hill Country Amateur, followed with 67. Barrett Sandefur had 68 and three players shot 69 including Matt Wernecke, Chris Hartenstein and Cameron Button. Click here for the full field scores.
The golf course recently received a five inch rain that washed out the majority of the bunkers on the course and expanded the lake adjoining hole number nine to the point that the hole was unplayable.
After playing the eighth hole, players were transported back to the clubhouse and to number nine green, which was played as a 50 yard par three. The tee was located to the left of the green. Shown here is the lake in front of number nine.
In the photo to the right is Joe Beck III hitting his tee shot on the ninth hole, which was the last hole of the day for competitors. He made 2 on the hole. The entire field started on the back nine and finished on the front nine. The Forrest Creek management is to be credited with making the best of a difficult condition and holding a quality event in spite of the difficult circumstances.
Overall, the course was in excellent condition with the exception of the bunkers and the expanded lake on number nine. And, as the competitors know, it’s a difficult and fair golf course which requires good ball striking to record a decent score.