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Ben Carter’s 64 Wins Bluenonnet Cup

Ben Carter, 2018 Bluebonnet Cup Champion

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 – 2nd at Bluebonnet Hills Championship

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.

 

 

 

 

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Peach Reynold’s Wins Men’s Senior City Championship

Peach Reynolds

Peach Reynolds shot 70-68, six under par for 36 holes, to win the Men’s Senior City Championship at Morris Williams Golf Course.  Chris Hartenstein finished second, four shots back at two under par.  Mark Bedillion, Craig Scott and Randy Reynolds finished tied for third at even par.

Reynolds was paired with Chris Hartenstein, who was one shot behind starting the day.  They both played well on the front nine, posting one under par 35.  So starting the back nine, Reynolds was one shot ahead for the tournament.  His birdie on 11 gave him a two shot cushion and it stayed that way until he birdied 17 and 18 to win by four.

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Jamie Beaman shot 72-69 to win the super senior division by four shots over Don Grider.
David Brader, James Grubbs and Dan Treager finished tied for third.

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Peach Reynolds 70 Leads Senior Men’s City Championship

Peach Reynolds

Peach Reynolds combined four birdies and two bogies to shoot 35-35=70 to grab the first round lead in the Austin Senior Men’s City Championship.

Chris Hartenstein, who recently played in the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship as well as the British Senior Amateur Championship, shot 71 to tie with Kevin Dahl for second place.

Randy Reynolds and Randy Zimmerhanzel shot even par 72 and are two shots back.

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Tim Wilson – Go Fund Me Effort

Tim Wilson holding the Firecracker Open Trophy.

Tim Wilson is a great guy and friend to many of us.  An Austin native who played golf for the University of Texas at Austin, won the Trans-Miss Amateur, the Austin Mens City Championship, The Firecracker Open (twice) and has numerous other golfing achievements.
In recent years he has encountered health difficulties that have resulted in significant medical bills.  This is one of those situations where someone has been gainfully employed all his life, was doing things by the book and then encountered a medical situation that overwhelmed he and his wife’s ability to deal with it.  Friends and fellow golfers have set up a GoFundMe account to help with the medical expenses.
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Tim Wilson – 1975 Firecracker Open Champioin

Tim grew up playing golf in Austin and was in his golfing heyday in the mid seventies.  He won the 1974 Trans-Miss tournament, which was one of the major amateur tournaments in the country at the time.  He won the Firecracker Open in 1975, defeating defending champion Mike Allen in a playoff.  The tournament was played at Jimmy Clay Golf Course while Lions Municipal was being redesigned.  In 1976, he successfully defended his Firecracker Open title and won the Austin Men’s City Championship as well.

Tim played for the The University of Texas and was a regular member of the traveling squad along with a lifelong friend Mark Bedillion.  They were dominant players in their prime.

For years Tim and Billy Clagett were partners at the Lions Spring Partnership.   His wife Cathy and son Zack are also fine players and the family has enjoyed the game during their time together.

If you know Tim or Cathy please try and help with their medical bills.  Anything you can do to make others aware of their need will be appreciated.

 

 

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Rougeau’s hole-out eagle at 17th propels him to Austin Men’s City title

Brandon Rougeau with the Austin Men’s City Championship trophy.

For much of Sunday’s final round of the Austin Men’s City Championship, Brandon Rougeau and Seger Howell just couldn’t get away from each other.

The two played in the last group together for the second straight day, rode in the same golf cart and were separated by just a single stroke as they prepared to hit their second shots at the pivotal par-4 17th at Jimmy Clay Golf Course.

“We had a great competition the whole round,” Rougeau said later. “We were just back-and-forth the whole time — making putts, hitting good golf shots.”

Rougeau maintained the slim lead, but this was far from over. Anything can happen over the last two holes of the Men’s City, as proven during last year’s final round at Jimmy Clay. That day, Howell led by two with two to play, but a bogey-double bogey finish cost him the tournament.

On Sunday afternoon, a steady tension was developing in the 17th fairway. Howell had pushed his tee shot into the right rough, but his approach found the green, roughly 15 feet below the hole with a makeable birdie putt. Now the pressure was on Rougeau. Lying in the middle of the fairway after a 333-yard tee shot, Rougeau had just 104 yards left to an inviting front-middle hole location with a backstop.

This was a green light special for Rougeau, who then proceeded to hit the shot of his life.

He hit a smooth 54-degree gap wedge with a slight draw, holding it up against the left-to-right wind. His ball landed a foot behind the flag stick and took two small, short hops before spinning back right into the cup. Eagle.

“As soon as it came off the club, I knew it was good,” Rougeau said. “I was absolutely in shock (it went in).”

There was an ever-so-brief pause of silence from the gallery of roughly 25 people, almost as if they were trying to process what they had just seen. But then there plenty of cheers. Rougeau’s hole-out eagle was a backbreaker, effectively ending any chance Howell had of overtaking the lead and the city title.

“I was just like, ‘Dude, great shot,’” Howell said. “I mean I wanted to say some other things. Gave him a high-five and I was trying to be a good sport.”

Howell missed his birdie putt at the 17th, and Rougeau walked to the 18th tee at 9 under for the tournament holding a three-shot lead. A tough 18th hole awaited, but two precise iron shots by Rougeau led to a routine, stress-free par.

Rougeau, a 23-year-old former UT Tyler golfer and Vista Ridge High School alumnus, was the Austin Men’s City champion.

“This summer I haven’t been playing great golf,” Rougeau said. “I’ve been trying to do a little swing change, and it’s been slowly coming around. Just winning this tournament, this is a big boost in my confidence going in for the rest of the year and next year when I do turn pro.”

Rougeau putts for birdie at the 18th hole.

Rougeau carded a 2-under 70 to finish at 9 under for the tournament and four strokes clear of Howell, who bogeyed the last hole to end the day with an even-par 72 and a second-place finish at 5 under.

Rougeau and Howell are no strangers to each other. Rougeau played his college golf at UT Tyler and graduated in 2017, while Howell will be a senior for Concordia University’s team. The two schools are in the same conference, and the two players have played a number of rounds with each other before.

For Howell, this was the second consecutive year he finished as the runner-up in the Men’s City. Last year’s title slipped away due to self-inflicted wounds; this year’s slipped away due to a miracle shot by his playing competitor.

“I mean No. 17 — that was definitely a gut punch,” Howell said. “I’m tired of getting second. It’s just getting old. But my congrats to Brandon. He played a hell of a round.”

Howell tees off at the par-4 13th.

Rougeau said after his victory that he plans to turn professional come next January. He’ll then go through qualifying school for the Canadian tour in March, while mixing in some tournaments on the Adams Tour. Until then, the plan is to continue to sharpen his game.

He holds a side job out at Cimarron Hills Golf and Country Club in Georgetown, where he regularly practices and plays. Rougeau will be back out there Monday for his 6 a.m. shift, only this time as the Austin Men’s City champion.

Asked after his victory if he had any celebratory plans Sunday evening, Rougeau was hesitant.

“I’ll probably just go home, maybe cook a little bit and maybe have a few beers and probably go to sleep,” Rougeau said with a smile. “I’m exhausted after those four rounds, especially in this heat.”

For the full results from the 2018 Austin Men’s City Championship, click here: leaderboard.htm

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Brandon Rougeau surges into lead during third round at Men’s City

Brandon Rougeau

This was a day for the ones who were in no hurry — and that was no problem for Brandon Rougeau.

The 23-year-old former UT Tyler golfer rose to the occasion on a demanding Saturday out at Grey Rock Golf Club.

Whether it was constantly waiting on the group ahead, calculating some difficult winds or dealing with inconsistent iron play, Rougeau battled and navigated his way around Grey Rock to the tune of a 3-under 69 in the third round of the Austin Men’s City Championship, putting him in the lead by two shots heading into Sunday’s final round.

“I was struggling with the irons a little bit,” Rougeau said. “Just luckily I was missing in the right spots and had pretty easy up-and-downs all day. My wedges were on. Every time I had a wedge in my hand I would knock it close, and my putter was hot. I caught a few breaks and had a lot of up-and-downs, so thank God for that.”

Rougeau currently stands at 7 under. Only four other players are under par for the tournament. Ben Carter and Seger Howell sit in a tie for second at 5 under, Jake Doggett is fourth at 3 under and Josh Luongo is fifth at 1 under.

Seger Howell

Howell began Saturday’s third round in the same position that Rougeau finished the day. After firing a 2-under 69 during Friday’s second round at Lions Municipal Golf Course, which gave him the lead by two shots at 7 under, Howell struggled on Saturday and finished with a 2-over 74.

He played in the same group as Rougeau, along with Doggett, and the three fell victims to constant slow play in front of them for most of the round — one that finished just short of five hours. As soon as they finished their first hole of the day, the three were forced to wait on the second hole’s tee box for nearly 15 minutes. For nearly every shot after that, there was usually a wait, many at least 10 minutes long.

Still, despite playing with little to no rhythm for most of the day, Rougeau wasn’t too agitated after the round.

“It’s definitely tough, but whenever you have people that you play with all the time and you know, then it makes it easier because you can talk to them, kind of kill some time,” said Rougeau, who’s played with Howell before in college. Howell plays at Concordia University, which is in the same conference as UT Tyler.

“Since I’ve been playing in college, you kind of learn how to do that because pretty much all the rounds in college are slow like that,” Rougeau said. “So you kind of learn how to pass time and make sure you don’t get stiff again.”

Rougeau’s scorecard reflected his attitude. He carded four birdies on the day to just one bogey at the par-4 10th.

Brandon Rougeau

Another round like Saturday’s could very well propel him to winning the city title. But this is a tournament where anything can happen, best exemplified last year when Howell blew a two-shot lead with two holes to play to lose the city title.

Come Sunday at Jimmy Clay Golf Course, nothing is guaranteed.

“You go out there and shoot 4 or 5 under, that should do it I think,” Rougeau said.

Time to see if Rougeau’s prognostication proves true.

For the full leaderboard after round three of the 2018 Austin Men’s City Championship, click here: leaderboard.htm

For Sunday’s final round tee times at Jimmy Clay, click here: pairings.htm

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Seger Howell, out for redemption, holds two-shot lead in Men’s City after second round

With one slammed club against the ground, the seventh tee box at Lions Municipal Golf Course felt every bit of vitriol that ran through Seger Howell’s body.

He had just pulled his tee shot long and left at the short par-3 — Howell’s 16th hole of the day — further continuation of a swing that was beginning to betray him deep into the back nine of Friday’s second round of the Austin Men’s City Championship.

Howell seemingly decided to let every ounce of frustration out on his poor iron right then and there. After all, this is a frustrating game, in case you weren’t aware.

“That has not happened for a while,” Howell said later. “I used to be that way, but it’s been subsided for the past year or so. But that was just frustration. I was just not happy at that moment.”

But just as surely as he had put himself into yet another tricky situation on his back nine, Howell steadied himself and rectified his mishap. A precise chip shot led to a routine par, when every indication pointed to Howell letting his control of the tournament — and his emotions — slip away late Friday afternoon.

Howell righted the ship at the par-5 8th when he made a testy, short birdie putt. A closing par at the ninth — his final hole of the day — ensured Howell of a 2-under 69, maintaining a two-shot lead in the Austin Men’s City Championship at 7 under.

“I played all right today,” said Howell, a senior on the Concordia University golf team. “I didn’t have my best stuff today. It was OK. I hung around. I’m just happy to keep the lead into the weekend. I think I’ll be fine.

“I was definitely battling a little bit coming down the stretch. I’m glad I just made a birdie on the second to last one to kind of ease it.”

Howell took command of the Men’s City after a 5-under 66 in the opening round at Roy Kizer Golf Course, almost as if he was on a mission out to prove something.

Only Howell indeed was and is out to prove something this year. During last year’s final round of the Men’s City Championship at Jimmy Clay Golf Course, Howell held a two-shot lead over Jonathan Alden, who started the day in the lead by four, with just two holes to play.

But Howell let the city title slip right through his fingertips when he closed the last two holes with a bogey and a double bogey. Alden, who had nearly given away the tournament himself after a quadruple bogey at the par-5 16th, skated in with two pars. Just like that, Alden was the champion, and Howell left Jimmy Clay that day heartbroken.

“I wanted to win that last year, and I was very disappointed in myself to not come home with it,” Howell said. “It definitely fueled me because I think it’s a tournament I can win and I know I can win, so I just have to do it.”

Howell is out for redemption this year, and his first 36 holes of this championship suggest that he has the game to finally break through and win. But it only gets tougher from here. Plenty of proven players lurk behind on the leaderboard, and Saturday’s third round at Grey Rock Golf Club could very well be the toughest test of the four tracks played in this tournament.

“I love Grey Rock. I’ve been out there plenty of times,” Howell said. “I think it suits my game well. I’m just gonna keep the same game plan I’ve had all week and I’ll be fine.”

For the full leaderboard after round two of the 2018 Austin Men’s City Championship, click here: leaderboard.htm

For Saturday’s third round tee times at Grey Rock Golf Club, click here: pairings.htm

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Evans struggles in Men’s City opening round after long layoff; Howell leads by two

On paper, Robert Evans entered the 2018 Austin Men’s City Championship as easily the hottest player in the area.

His last three starts in tournaments leading up to Thursday went a little something like this: win, win and win.

Evans won the Hill Country Amateur at Leander’s Crystal Falls Golf Club in early June, then a week later he won at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in an exhausting Austin Mid-Am Match Play tournament. Later in the month, he claimed his third victory in a row when he won at Great Hills Country Club in the Cup at Great Hills.

But Evans hasn’t been able to play much golf in the last month, and it showed during Thursday’s opening round of the Men’s City at Roy Kizer Golf Course when he shot an even-par 71 to finish the day in a tie for eighth and five shots off the lead.

“It was definitely a struggle,” Evans said. “I made a couple stupid mistakes on the greens. Overall, I’m glad that I didn’t completely shoot myself out of it. I still have a chance.”

At times on Thursday, Evans showed plenty of frustration.

Lying two from in front of the green at the par-5 17th after a perfect tee shot and a superb low hook for a layup, Evans had a relatively simple pitch to get the ball up and down for birdie. But his pitch came up short of the ridge that guarded the pin, and Evans threw his wedge to the turf in disgust. He missed his birdie effort that would’ve gotten him back into red figures for the day and settled for par, heading to the 18th with only more frustration.

After another perfect drive at No. 18, Evans went right after the flagstick and stuck his approach roughly 12 feet behind the hole. But his birdie putt again slid past the hole, and Evans settled for a 71 at Kizer.

All in all, it was a very up-and-down round for Evans. He played his first six holes in 1 over before rebounding with back-to-back birdies to get him to 1 under. A bogey at the par-4 ninth dropped him back to even.

“Honestly I wasn’t sure because I haven’t really hit any shots,” Evans said of his form heading into the tournament. “I was unsure. I didn’t know what was gonna happen.”

Evans wasn’t able to play in last month’s Firecracker Open. The 34-year-old software engineering manager at NSS Labs has a three-month-old son and 20-month-old daughter at home, and he spent the weekend of the Firecracker at home taking care of them.

“I just couldn’t play it,” Evans said.

Evans hasn’t been able to play much golf lately. He said he’s played casually twice in the past month. For Evans, having kids has given him a new perspective with his game.

“In some ways I feel like having kids has actually improved my golf game,” Evans said. “It’s not that I don’t care. I care about what I shoot out here, but it’s not my priority. I’m not putting a bunch of pressure on myself to come out here and win every tournament that I play in because I’ve got so much stuff going on at home that it really, to be quite honest, it’s not that important.”

Seger Howell, who finished tied for second in last year’s Austin Men’s City Championship, leads by two shots at 5 under. For the full leaderboard after round one, click here: leaderboard.htm

For round two’s tee times at Lions Municipal Golf Course, click here: pairings.htm

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Men’s City defending champion Jonathan Alden seeking to replicate last year’s success

On yet another steaming hot summer evening in Austin, with the work day over and the sun beginning to think about setting, Jonathan Alden set up shop on one of the practice greens at the Jimmy Clay and Roy Kizer golf courses and hit putts, the start of his final preparation ahead of this week’s Austin Men’s City Championship.

Clay/Kizer’s driving range — as impressive as they come for a city course — lurked behind him. But full-swing work was going to have to wait. For Alden, this summer has mostly been about the flat stick, and his lack of success on the greens has seemingly created a mental block in his mind.

“For me, it’s all about my putting,” Alden said Monday as he hit yet another 15-footer.

Ironically enough, what lied in the distance just a few hundred yards away was Jimmy Clay’s 18th green — the site of Alden’s biggest triumph in his golfing life, and the scene for one of the biggest putts he’s made in his career.

During last year’s Men’s City Championship, Alden, a 30-year-old managing partner with Austin-based Worldwide Golf Adventures, began the final round in the lead by four at 14 under and oozing with confidence. He was playing the best golf of his life, and now it was time to close the deal.

But a devastating quadruple bogey came at the par-5 16th when Alden dumped two balls into the greenside water hazard. He walked to the 17th tee box with a nine on the scorecard and now trailed by two shots with just two holes to play. Alden’s dream of winning the city title was all but over.

Alden’s second shot into the par-5 16th at Jimmy Clay during the 2017 Men’s City final round.

“Anybody who’s watched me play golf knows I can run a little hot at times,” Alden said. “But for some reason walking to the next tee, I felt like…a par and a birdie for sure would at least tie me, which is something that I’ve done plenty of times. I just had some sort of calm come over me for some reason.”

Alden steadied himself and parred the par-4 17th, then watched his playing partner, Seger Howell, who now led Alden by two after beginning the day four back, make a costly bogey. Alden now trailed by only one shot with one to play. Jimmy Clay’s 18th hole — easily the toughest finishing hole among the Austin city courses — now became the site of one last stand for Alden.

He piped his tee shot down the fairway while Howell pulled his ball left into the water hazard. All of a sudden, the door was open for Alden. In between clubs for his second shot, he hit his approach into the greenside bunker, then splashed out to about six feet. Howell, meanwhile, was making a mess of the 18th and left himself with about 15 feet for bogey, which he missed.

The Men’s City title now hinged on Alden’s six-footer, but in the back of his mind he wasn’t certain of that fact. This isn’t professional golf after all. There are no scoreboards with live updates, and it can be very difficult at times to gauge where you are on the leaderboard.

“I wasn’t entirely sure what the rest of the people had done up ahead of us,” Alden said, “but I knew where I stood with Seger and felt like ‘get this up and down and I’m in a good spot.’”

Alden makes his par putt on No. 18 to win the 2017 Austin Men’s City Championship.

Alden drained the putt to make par and finish at 7 under — carding a final-round, 7-over 79 — and then he received confirmation of what had just happened.

“Yeah man, you won it,” Alden’s caddie said to him.

After knocking on the door for years in the Austin Men’s City with multiple top-10 finishes, Alden was finally the champion. Alden, a Westlake High School alumnus, grew up playing golf in Austin and had always dreamed of winning this tournament. It just so happened that leading up to it his play was red-hot, and he had an abnormal amount of confidence in his game.

“It was an unbelievable feeling,” Alden said of the win. “Right before that tournament I told my wife, ‘Look, I normally just enjoy playing well, but I was like I think I’m gonna be disappointed if I don’t win this tournament. I just feel like I’m playing well enough, and I think I’m gonna win it.’”

Alden after winning the 2017 Austin Men’s City Championship.

Now, a year later, as he was just beginning a practice session at Clay/Kizer on Monday evening, Alden admitted that his game has slipped. He finished tied for eighth at the Spring Championship in March and second at the Mid-Am Match Play in June. His most recent outing, the Firecracker Open, was more disappointing. He failed to break par in all three rounds and finished tied for 37th.

Alden said the biggest issue that has ailed his game recently has been his putting, which is one reason why he immediately anchored himself on the practice green after arriving at Clay/Kizer on Monday.

He then headed for the practice range and went through his normal routine, mixing in plenty of wedge work while going through his bag and hitting plenty of different shots. It was as stress free and laid back as practice sessions come, and Alden, for what it’s worth, didn’t miss a shot.

“Definitely all of my range sessions this year have not looked like that,” Alden said as he slung his golf bag around his shoulder and headed back to the practice green to hit some chip shots. “That was pretty good.”

On Thursday, Alden and 155 other local amateur players will tee it up for the 2018 Austin Men’s City Championship. Alden enters the tournament with a title he’s never had before — defending champion.

“I feel very confident in the Men’s City,” Alden said. “I’m not gonna say I feel like I’m gonna win it or anything, but I think I’m gonna play well. I mean we’ll see. I think I have a good chance. I always go into it feeling like I have a good chance.”

The 30-year-old possesses an undenying and unwavering passion for golf. It’s why three-and-a-half years ago, despite having a steady job with an actuarial firm, he decided to give it up and join his business partner in starting up a golf travel business, Worldwide Golf Adventures, allowing him more flexible hours so he could devote more time to his golf game.

At the beginning of 2017, Alden, a former standout on the Trinity University golf team, said he made a conscious decision to get serious about the game again and play and practice as much as possible.

“Part of my fun I have playing golf is playing well. I’m not the best casual golfer,” Alden said. “If I’m gonna play I might as well try to play well.

“It’s been really a grind trying to start my own company. But it’s just a lot more rewarding to be working for myself. Honestly, it’s probably made me happier on the golf course. I’m able to perform a little bit better just knowing I go to work, I do something I enjoy.”

Last summer, Alden said he played “probably the best golf of my life,” which all culminated in his victory at the Austin Men’s City Championship.

This summer, his practice has dipped and he hasn’t played as much. In recent weeks, Alden has made it a point to get out and play more, logging 126 holes over the last two weekends.

“I haven’t played that much in several years,” Alden said.

Alden may not quite be at the form he was at a year ago, but his belief remains potent. Part of excelling at golf requires the mind to fully believe in what you’re about to do, regardless of swing mechanics, technique or recent trends. Alden is a classic example of that.

Some may question why amateurs like Alden have such a burning desire to be great at golf with little to gain and almost zero financial benefits. After all, this is just a game at the end of the day. But the reason for playing and competing is much more complex. It fulfills the soul and, at the end of the day, provides just a little more satisfaction in someone’s life.

“I’m a super competitive person,” Alden said. “I just really love competing, and anybody who watches me play golf can see that I’m probably too competitive. But I just play because I want to play well. It’s one of the things in life that I’ve spent the most time doing and I enjoy it, and it’s just fun to compete. That’s the bottomline.”

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Blonder holds off Edwards, Davidson cruises at Junior City Championship

Tyler Blonder, center, won the boys’ 16-18 flight.

Tyler Blonder was giving it all away just as surely as he had earned it.

After an opening birdie in Wednesday’s final round of the Austin Junior City Championship at Roy Kizer Golf Course, Blonder appeared primed for a ceremonious day — but then the wheels started to fall off.

Blonder, a senior at Glenn High School in Leander, had entered the day with a one-shot lead over his playing partner, Malcolm Edwards, in the boys’ 16-18 division after shooting a 78 on Tuesday at Jimmy Clay Golf Course. Edwards’ opening bogey on Wednesday helped turn a one-shot deficit into three after Blonder converted his short birdie putt at the par-4 10th — their first hole of the day.

Malcolm Edwards tees off on No. 1 at Roy Kizer.

Nothing came easy on the opening nine for Blonder after that. He made three bogeys and three doubles over his next eight holes for a front-nine 44. Meanwhile, Edwards made the turn in 41. Blonder’s lead was gone, and mentally he needed to regroup.

“I just calmed down and pretended like it was practice,” Blonder said. “Just saw my coach (at the turn). He was talking to me, cooling me down.”

It was exactly what Blonder needed. A switch flipped inside of him, and he turned in one of the best back nines of his life to steal back the Junior City Championship. A 1-over 36 on the back, which included a clutch birdie at the par-3 eighth, got Blonder into the clubhouse with a 9-over 80. Edwards wasn’t able to fend off Blonder and finished with an 82, good enough for second place and three strokes behind Blonder overall.

Tyler Blonder plays from a fairway bunker at Roy Kizer’s par-4 ninth.

“It feels pretty good. Surprised mostly, because I was terrible on the front nine,” Blonder said. “I totally thought (Edwards) was gonna crush me. I thought Malcolm was gonna take it for sure.”

In the girls’ 16-18 division, Mary Grace Davidson, a junior at the Regents School of Austin, stole the show and won going away. She followed up her impressive first-round 75 with a stellar final-round 73, which included 16 pars and just two bogeys.

Mary Grace Davidson, center, won the girls’ 16-18 flight.

Davidson’s game has been building all summer to this point. She said after her round Wednesday that things weren’t going so smoothly at the beginning of the summer. Slowly but surely, her game has started to take form. She shot a 79 just two weeks ago at the Ben Crenshaw Junior at Lions Municipal Golf Course. On Wednesday at Roy Kizer, she beat her career-best round by one shot with a 73.

“I was going through a little bit of development in my swing, trying to get some more rotation,” Davidson said. “I’ve put in a lot of work, and it’s finally come together.”

For the full results from the 2018 Austin Junior City Championship, click here: leaderboard.htm

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