Ben Carter, who started the final round of the Bluebonnet Cup three shots behind Peach Reynolds, shot 64 to post an 11 under par total and capture the championship. Carter made nine birdies and one bogey in an impressive round. He had 27 putts and made them when they counted.
As the day unfolded, several players contended for the championship. While Reynolds faded, Jonathan Alden, who matched Carter’s four under on the front nine, was one shot behind Carter at the turn. Alden was six under, and Carter was seven under par for the tournament with nine to go.
The two traded birdied during the course of the back nine but Carter kept making putts during the closing holes and posted 32-32=64. Alden shot 67 and finished third.
Tyler Ware had a hot round going and eventually shot 66 to finish second with 69-66=135. Ware, who watched from the 17th tee as Carter holed a 10 foot par putt, knew he had to birdie the last two holes to catch Carter. Ware hit a good tee shot on the 17th but missed the birdie putt and made par. He made par on the last hole to finish two back.
So, Ben Carter, who has played consistently well over the last several years and had a number of top finishes in local tournaments, closed the deal at the Bluebonnet Hills Championship and claimed his first local championship. If he continues to play like he did on Sunday, it will not be his last.
Thanks to Dylan Lemke and his staff for dealing with the difficult weather conditions and providing a quality tournament. The course was in good condition and the greens were great. Thanks Dylan.