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Paterson, Noonan, Morales To Play In U.S. Mid Am Events

Steve Paterson, Brian Noonan and Anna Morales will be participating in USGA Mid-Amateur events October 3-8.

Paterson and Noonan will be playing in the Men’s U.S. Mid Am at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida and Morales will participate in the Women’s U.S. Mid Am at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, Louisiana.  Click on these links to view more information about the tournament, the field and the course.

Steve Paterson

Steve Paterson

Paterson, who is the current point leader in the Austin Amateur Golf Rankings, has won numerous local titles including both the Central Texas Amateur and the Horseshoe Bay Invitational in 2015.

Paterson qualified for the U.S. Mid Amateur at Falconhead Golf Club and was the only player to record an under par round during the qualifying event.

 

2014 Spring Championship Winner - Brian Noonan

2014 Spring Championship Winner – Brian Noonan

Noonan, who is a three time Austin Men’s City Champion, has also won the Harvey Penick Invitational, the Firecracker Open and the Spring Championship at Morris Williams.  He qualified for the U.S. Mid Am at Oak Hills Country Club with a one over par 72.  His round included a triple bogey, three bogeys and five birdies.  After making a triple and a bogey on the front nine, he rallied with four consecutive birdies on holes 9-12 to get back into contention.  It was impressive comeback and showed a lot of determination.

Anna MoralesAnna Morales, who played collegiate golf at Duke, has been the Women’s Club Champion at Austin Country Club on numerous occasions and plays some golf mixed with the duties of being a wife and mother of two boys.  She has qualified for the U.S. Women’s Mid Am on numerous occasions.

Good luck to all the Austin players on their Mid-Am adventures.

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Player Profile – Cyrus Turner

Cyrus Turner

Cyrus Turner is a 17 year old golfer in his senior year at St. Andrews High School in Austin.  He took up golf in earnest in the 6th grade. He has played in several high level junior tournaments. This past summer he placed 2nd at the Tyler Rose Invitational on the Texas Junior Golf Tour (3 under par on a two day tournament at Eagles Bluff).

FullSizeRenderHe played in three AJGA tournaments In the summer of 2015, getting 12th at The Woodlands, and 18th at both San Antonio TPC, and The Bob Estes Tournament in Abilene.

On the Texas Legends Junior Tour in 2015 he placed 12th at the George Hannon Invitational at Spanish Oaks. He was 11th at the U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier at Houston. He placed19th at the 2014 Firecracker Open (3 under par), and he placed 11th at the 2015 Firecracker Open (5 under par). He placed 2nd at the 2015 Bluebonnet Cup (6 under par).

His lowest round is a 61 at Lions in June, 2014, which tied the course record at the time.

Cyrus is in the process of deciding where to go to college. He loves playing music. He had his own band called Vermillionaire and they play every Thursday night at Darwins Pub in Austin. Cyrus plays guitar in that band, and he plays drums in his father’s band. He is a songwriter and vocalist as well, and in 2015 Vermillionaire released their own 11 song original album. His other interests include spending time with his girlfriend, fishing, and laughing.

Tell Your Story

Golf Austin is interested in telling your story.   This posting is an example of how it works.  Cyrus came to our attention as a promising young player in our golfing community.  We invited a friend to create a short player profile and provide us with a photo.  As we say, send us a photo and a paragraph and we will publish it.

The objective here is not to highlight only the good players among us but to tell the story of people in our golfing community, young, old, good or poor players.  Everyone has a story.  In telling these stories, a greater sense of community is created.  If you read our mission statement you will find this to be one of our primary objectives at Golf Austin.

So, send us a photo and a paragraph and tell your story.  This is an excellent opportunity for coaches, players, parents, friends etc to help us tell the story of golfers among us.

Send your player profile to golfaustintexas@gmail.com.  If you need help or guidance about what to write, send us an email and we’ll give you some guidance.

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Larry Nunez And Peach Reynolds Perform Well At State Senior Championship

Peach Reynolds

Peach Reynolds

Larry Nunez shot 74-73-76 to finish in fourth place in the Texas Golf Association Senior Championship, held at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio.  Peach Reynolds shot 80-74-73  to finish tied for 11th.

Reynolds, who has been named Captain of the Rudy’s Cup Austin Team for 2015, recently won the senior division of the Bluebonnet Cup with scores of 72-70.

Mike Booker of Houston won by four shots over John Grace of Fort Worth.  Booker recorded rounds of 71-73-72 to finish at three over par for the tournament.   John Grace, who played at the University of Houston is the only player to have won the Texas Amateur, the Texas Mid-Amateur, the Texas Senior Championship and with this year’s second place finish, he won the Super Senior Division of the event.

Mike Booker was the 2014 Player of the Year in the Texas Golf Association.  He has also played well in 2015.

Read about the event and see full field scores at this link.

The golf course was actually the winner in this event.  It was in excellent condition with deep bermuda rough under tree lined fairways and fast sloping greens that were in perfect condition.  Players that missed the fairway and were out of position were faced with difficult angles and poor lies playing to small greens surrounded by deep bermuda rough and bunkers.  There was no faking it on this course.  Players either hit quality shots or paid the price.  The scores indicate that most paid the price.

Even though the course was difficult, the players were impressed with the Tillinghast design that has stood the test of time and equipment changes.  It is a wonderful golf course.

The cut, which included the top 54 players and ties out of the field of 144 players, was at 157.  That is indicative of the difficulty of the course, or perhaps not very good players….

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Hartenstein And Beaman Win At Austin Senior Men’s

Beth Cleckler & Chris Hartenstein

Beth Cleckler & Chris Hartenstein

Chris Hartenstein won the Austin Men’s Senior Championship by three shots with rounds of 69-72 at Morris Williams Golf Course.  Hartenstein posted five birdies and two bogeys in his first round along with three birdies and three bogies in his second round.  Hartenstein also captured this championship in 2013, the first year he was eligible to play in this championship.

The win also advanced Hartenstein to second place in the senior category of  the Austin Amateur Golf Rankings, which are used to determine the members of the Austin team for the Rudy’s I-35 Cup.   With only one event remaining in the points race, it was a timely win for Hartenstein.

2015 Seniors Division

2015 Seniors Division

Marshall Hinton finished in second place with an even par total.   Hinton posted rounds of 73-71 and played steadily throughout the tournament with with nine hole s scores of 36-37-35-36.   Hinton is in the back row in the white shirt.   Click on the photo to enlarge it and use the back button to return to the text.

Defending champion Gene Black, who has played well all season, finished one shot behind Hinton at one over par.  Black is the current leader in the senior division of the AAG points race and will be on the Rudy’s Cup Austin team.   Mark Baldree also finished tied for third with Black at one over par.   He is second from the left in the photo.

See the full field scores at this link.

Beth Cleckler & Jamie Beaman - 2015 Super Senior Champ.

Beth Cleckler & Jaime Beaman – 2015 Super Senior Champ.

Jaime Beaman 71-69 to win the Super Senior Category by two shots over Steve Wood.  Beaman posted nines of 35-36-35-34 in route to his victory.   Beaman played golf for the University of Texas under coach George Hannon and spent many afternoons practicing and playing at Morris Williams when he was on the team.

Beaman’s golf has been somewhat limited this year due to the closure of Austin Country Club for a restoration project.  Austin Country Club will reopen for play on November 1st.  It will also be the site for the 2016 World Golf Championship match play tournament.

2015 Super Seniors

2015 Super Seniors

Jim Thomas finished tied for third with Billy Clagett.  Thomas also plays at ACC and has had limited playing this year.  This tournament marks the return of Billy Clagett to competition.  Clagett has suffered from a left thumb injury over the last couple of years which as prevented him from playing very well.  It is great to see him back in action.

Thanks to all the staff at Morris Williams Golf Course for hosting the event and running a good tournament.  The course was in excellent condition and the players enjoyed the competition.

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Jay Reynold Captures Bluebonnet Cup – Peach Reynolds and Jerry Thorn Tie for Senior Division Title

The Bluebonnet Cup was held at Bluebonnet Hills Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday under clear skies and a 12-15 mph north wind that brought lower humidity and pleasant playing conditions that were a bit challenging in the first round.  The second round provided excellent scoring conditions with the wind down slightly and clear blue skies.

Jay Reynolds-2015 Bluebonnet Champion

Jay Reynolds-2015 Bluebonnet Champion

Dylan Lemke, the General Manager and Head Golf Professional at Bluebonnet was kind enough to provide the following recap of the final round.

“The final round of the cup was very interesting to watch. Especially the back 9.  Here is a quick recap.

Gene Black posted a final round 67 to finish at -5 for the tournament. Cyrus Turner had a 2 shot lead over Jay Reynolds heading into the 16th hole. Jay hit a nice approach to roughly 6 feet to birdie 16 while Cyrus made par.

The 17th hole saw Jay make an excellent par putt and Cyrus miss an 8 ft. birdie opportunity to extend the lead back to 2. Jays’ tee shot on the 18th hole found the green about 8 feet away from the pin. Cyrus’ tee shot found the green side bunker in which he was short sided to the front left hole location. He played a nice bunker shot and left himself about a 10 ft. putt for birdie in which his ball slide just past the cup which cleared the stage for Jay, whom drained his 8 ft putt for eagle to finish the day with a 67 and which the tournament by 1 shot at -7.”  Thanks Dylan..

DSC_3610bLorenzo De Paolis, who often captures players and critical moments at local tournaments, forwarded GolfAustin.Org the photo of Jay making the final putt.  He captured the moment just as the winning putt was toppling into the hole.  Nice job Lorenzo.  Click on the photo to enlarge it, then use the back button to return to the story.

Peach Reynolds and Jerry Thorn, Senior Division Co-Champions

Peach Reynolds and Jerry Thorn, Senior Division Co-Champions

In the Senior Division, Peach Reynolds, the defending Senior Division Champion shot 72-70 to tie with Jerry Thorn who also shot 72-70.  The two will share the title of Senior Division Champions.    Thanks to all the staff at Bluebonnet Golf Club for providing another quality event at Bluebonnet Hills Golf Course.  The course was in excellent condition and everyone seemed to enjoy playing the course.

 

Full field results are available at Austin Amateur Golf website.

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Kaitlyn Papp And Kristen Gillman Make Junior Solheim Cup Team

Kaitlyn Papp and Kristen Gillman will both play in the Ping Junior Solheim Cup September 14-15 near Heidelberg, Germany.  Both players are members of the Lake Travis Girls Golf Team.  Wow…

Kaitlyn Papp-AJGA Girls Champion -2015

Kaitlyn Papp-AJGA Girls Champion -2015

Papp, who is currently ranked number four in the Polo Girls Rankings earned her spot by virtue of excellent play throughout this season.  Her 72.94 stroke average is the fourth best among her peers.  Papp has nine top-five finishes throughout her four-year AJGA career. The two-time Rolex Junior All-American has two AJGA wins, including a victory at the 2013 PING Invitational. Papp has played in two Wyndham Cups and she is verbally committed to Texas.

Kristen Gillman - U.S. Women's Amateur Champion

Kristen Gillman – U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion

Gillman, who won the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur, was selected as a Captain’s pick and has verbally committed to the University of Alabama. During her AJGA career the two-time Rolex Junior All-American has recorded 12 top-five finishes including a victory at the 2013 Valero Texas Junior Open. Gillman along with Lee, Brooks and O’Sullivan represented the United States at the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup, concluding play with an undefeated match play record.

St. Leon-Rot Golf Club near Heidelberg, Germany, will host the 2015 Solheim Cup and PING Junior Solheim Cup.  Click here for more information about the tournament and the players.

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Kaitlyn Papp Wins AJGA Girls Championship

Kaitlyn Papp-AJGA Girls Champion -2015

Kaitlyn Papp-AJGA Girls Champion -2015

Kaitlyn Papp, a member of the Lake Travis Girls Golf Team, shot five under par over three rounds to capture the American Junior Golf Association Girls Championship at the Furman Golf Club in Greenville South Carolina.   Papp recorded rounds of 73-70-68 to win by a single shot.  Click here to read the full story and see full field scores.

Papp has had a good year in junior golf.  She is currently ranked number four in the Polo Golf Rankings with a 72.94 scoring average. Click here for the full rankings and more information.

 

 

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Erin Fahey Wins Austin Women’s Championship With 67

overall championErin Fahey made four birdies on the front nine and two on the back to card a five under par 67 in the final round and win the Austin Women’s City Championship with a two day total of four under par.  Her four under par total was two shots better than runner Maggie Cowart’s two under par total and three ahead of Ashley Rollins, who finished at one under.

Fahey was one over par after the first round and not a likely candidate to win the overall championship as there were several accomplished players ahead of her.  But the strength of the 67 was enough to get the job done while the defending champion Haley Haught and first round leader Neisey McDonald struggled.

Nancy Kromar

Nancy Kromar

Nancy Kromar won the senior division by 14 shots over Michaelyn Farmer.  Kromar shot 74-71 for a one over par total.  Teresa Phillips was third.

Click here for the final results in all flights.

 

 

 

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Neisy McDonald Grabs Lead In Austin Women’s Championship-One Shot Ahead of Defending Champion Haley Haught

Neisy McDonald shot two under par 70 to grab a one shot lead over defending champion Haley Haught after the first round of the Austin Women’s Championship at Morris Williams Golf Course.  McDonald had two birdies and a bogey on the front along with one birdie on the back for her two under total.

Haley Haught

Haley Haught

Haught combined four birdies and three bogeys on the front nine for 35 to go with two bogeys and two birdies on the back nine for 36 and a 71 total.  Haught is a graduate of Westlake High School and play for St. Edwards University as a senior.

Nancy Kromar leads the senior division with a first round 74.

Play concludes Saturday with the final round.

Click here for the full leaderboard.

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Reese Ramsey Finishes T11 In U.S. Junior PGA

Reese Ramsey

Reese Ramsey

Reese Ramsey shot 70-72-71-75=288 to finish tied for 11th in the U.S. Junior PGA held at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.  Ramsey played steadily during the first three rounds, matching birdies and bogeys to stay generally around even par.  The last round saw Ramsey recover from a 42 on the front nine with a three under 33 on the back nine to finish with 75 in 100 degree temperatures which affected the entire field’s ability to score.

Ramsey will be a junior at Westlake High School and has verbally committed to play his collegiate golf at Texas A&M.

Congratulations to a fine finish in a field of the best juniors in the country.  See the full field leaderboard here.

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