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Teams Announced For The 2014 Hannon Cup Matches

Georg HannonThe Hannon Cup Association recently announced the teams for the 2014 Hannon Cup Matches.  These matches feature a Ryder Cup style competition between local professionals and amateurs.  2014 will mark the 16th year of these matches and the amateurs currently lead 8-7 in the series.  For more information about the Hannon Cup Association, click here.

The competition will be held October 20-21 at Great Hills Country Club and viewing is open to the public.

In looking over the rosters, it is difficult to predict the outcome of this year’s matches because of the strength of the players on both sides.  For the professionals, long time PGA Tour player Omar Uresti certainly looms large as well as Lonny Alexander and Brian Marini who have excellent records in these matches.

The amateur team has several players that have won all the local amateur tournaments including the Harvey Penick Invitational, Men’s City Championships, the Firecracker Open.  They have also done well at the state level and participated in numerous USGA events.  The roster is packed with for collegiate players.

Professional Team

Rick Arnett, Captain
Wes Short, Assistant Captain
Lonny Alexander
Rufus Brijalba
Chessy Carr
Brandon Dixon
Taylor Kush
Brian Marini
Philip Miranda
Travis Nelson
Kyle O’Brian
Wes Skaggs
Greg Slosson
Omar Uresti
Steve Veriato
David Von Hoffman

Amateur Team

Chris Hartenstein, Captain
Matt Riley, Assistant Captain
Robert Washburn, Assistant Captain
Mike Allen
Ian Ball
Chris Benestante
Grady Bruce
Michael Cooper
Jonathan Davidson
Robert Evans
Tim Hamm
Erik Henson
Dean Lunquist
Keith Lunquist
Brian Noonan
Steve Paterson
Riley Pumphrey

 



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AAG Championship At Ram Rock

Thirty three players will tee it up at Ram Rock Golf Course Saturday and Sunday in the Austin Amateur Golf Championship.  These players are trying to secure a place on the Austin team for the Rudy’s I-35 Cup, a Ryder Cup competition between Austin and San Antonio.

Only the top 50 players on the Austin Amateur Golf points rankings are eligible to participate in this event and generally only those that have a chance of making the team participate in the event.

For a full listing of the participants click here.

For the current player standings on the Austin Amateur Golf rankings click here.

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Shady Oaks – Home Of Hogan Hosted State Senior Championship

The State Senior Championship, played at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth,  concluded Sunday with part-time Austinite Ron Kilby winning his second state senior title in a playoff over Ken Coutant of Dallas.  Kilby and Coutant finished regulation play at two over par before Kilby won the first playoff hole with a two putt par. The full story and finishing scores are available at this link.

Shady Oaks Clubhouse

Shady Oaks Clubhouse

Ben Hogan was a founding member of Shady Oaks and played and practiced there in the later portion of his career.  The clubhouse is decorated with Hogan memorabilia and the participants enjoyed being surrounded with that environment.

The clubhouse was redesigned in recent years and now has a minimalistic and modern architecture.  The golf shop has large doors that open to the outside air and when the weather is right the doors are open and provide a seamless transition from the putting green into the golf shop than enhances the feeling of it being part of the course.

Shady Oaks entrance to golf shop

Shady Oaks entrance to golf shop

The walls in the golf shop, mens locker room, and hallways on the lower floor are  decorated with all kinds of Hogan memorabilia.

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The “Hogan Room” in the mens Locker area

The mens locker room complex includes large open areas in a dining room portion where players could taste the breakfast and lunch buffets or order from the menu while watching the Ryder Cup matches on the abundant flat screen televisions.  They were also able to be seated in what is now called the “Hogan Room”, which was part of the dining area.

The Hogan room overlooks the 18th green at Shady Oaks and is in the approximate place of “Mr. Hogan’s table” in previous clubhouse configurations.  For those of you not steeped in the lore of Ben Hogan, this table was permanently reserved for Mr. Hogan and this is where he would sit, eat, drink and smoke when he was spending time at the club.

DSCN6562Along the hallway between the golf shop and the men’s locker room you will find Mr. Hogan’s locker.  He donated these articles to the club and they retained his original locker from previous times.

hogan's locker

Close up of Hogan’s Locker

It’s interesting to look at the contents which included some golf clubs, clothing, shoes and personal articles that he used to deal with the pain in is legs after his car accident.   Notice the various creams and bandages that he used and had to apply before and after he played a round of golf along the famous caps that he wore and the golf shoes with the extra spike he had added to his shoes.

Hogan's triple crown

Hogan’s Year of the Triple Crown – 1953

Passing by the locker and turning the corner of the hallway, you are presented with a multiple panel display of Hogan’s 1953 season in which he won three major tournaments and all five officially sanctioned events he entered.  It is generally referred to as the “Triple Crown” year.

And after watching Tiger Woods and recently Rory McIlroy accomplish multiple major victories within a single year, it is easy to appreciate the magnitude of Hogan’s accomplishment in 1953.  At that time, only Bobby Jones had won three or more majors in a single year.

Hogan's 64 Victories

Hogan’s 64 Victories

On the adjacent wall you are able to view a list of the 64 victories that Mr. Hogan amassed during his career.  After struggling for several years to get on the tour and stay there he collected his first win at the Hershey Four Ball Championship in 1938.  It was not until 1940 that he claimed his first individual title at the North and South Open Championship.  You can click on this photo to enlarge the print and then use the back button to return to this text.

Along other walls you will find pictures of Hogan swinging the golf club, excerpts from his famous “The Modern Fundamentals of Golf” instructional book,  photos of his ticker tape parade in 1953 when he was named “Athlete of the Year” and the Life magazine article where Hogan revealed his “secret” after he had retired from competitive golf, along with other interesting items.

One of the features of this particular tournament was the opportunity to hit one of Mr. Hogan’s drivers.  As players played the 18th hole during the practice round, a photographer was set up to photograph the player hitting a ball with one of Hogan’s drivers.  The photographer would snap the shot just as the player reached the top of the back swing.  Then the photo was placed in a side by side format with a picture of Hogan at the top of his back swing and presented to the players the following day.  It provided players with a nice tee gift from the Shady Oaks Country Club.  Of course, it also prompted players to think about altering their swing.

Players were universally amazed at the placement of the “reminder” grip feature on these drivers and how weak of a grip it promoted on the club.  The drivers were somewhat flat in their lie and of course they were all wooden headed “Ben Hogan” persimmon.  The shafts were very stiff.  Almost everyone hit their shots to the right and were left to ponder how Mr. Hogan could possibly square the club at impact.

Jody Vasquez, who is 67 and won the super senior portion of the tournament, shagged balls for Mr. Hogan as a youth.  He had the benefit of watching Mr. Hogan hit hundreds of balls and occasionally listen to Mr. Hogan talk about the golf swing.  When Vasquez was asked how Hogan squared the club at impact given the stiff shaft and weak grip he replied, “He did it with his legs.  Anytime I overhead Mr. Hogan have a serious conversation about the golf swing he emphasized the lower body action more than the upper body.”

Shady Oaks 9th fairway

Shady Oaks 9th fairway

The golf course is a beautiful layout with more elevation changes than one would have anticipated.   From the tee, players are given adequate room in the fairways although some holes are tighter than others.  And, it is important to hit the fairway off the tee because the greens are sloped and fast so putting becomes very challenging if the approach shot is left above or to the side of the hole.  Shots coming out of the rough have little chance to be controlled properly.

It was a fun course to play in some respects but in others it felt more like a war of attrition with constant pressure on the player to hole five footers for par and fewer birdie opportunities than can be found on some courses.  The average score for the field was 79.  And, that is saying something because players had to qualify or have low handicaps to gain entry into the tournament.  There are a number of participants that have played in U.S. Senior Opens, U.S. Senior Amateurs (including one winner of that event) and been previous winners of the state senior championship. The winning score was two over par and not a single player broke 70 on the par 71 layout.

Peach Reynolds and Mike Allen were the only two players from Austin to make the cut.  They finished T22 with a 226 total.  Click here for full field results.

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Westlake Wins Ryder Cup Match With Lake Travis

The Westlake Boys High School Golf Team defeated the Lake Travis High School Boys Golf Team in a Ryder Cup style competition by a score of 22 to 6.  The matches were played at a variety of courses over several days. The event has been contested since 2003 and Westlake holds a 10-2 record vs Lake Travis.

Westlake took a commanding lead in the four ball and foursomes matches, amassing a total of  10.5 to 5.5.  Westlake then won 11 of the 12 singles matches and halved the other match to cement the winning margin.

The singles matches were played at Falconhead Golf Course.  Listed below are the results of the singles matches.  Lake Travis players appear on the left and Westlake players on the right.

Dillon Baxter Baxter v Reese Ramsey 2&1
Carson Smith v Nick Costello 1 up
Nick Winborn v Trevor Brown  4&3
Tau Broadhurst v. Reid Davenport  3&2
Raleigh Kelley v. Robert Rickard  3&2
Steven Severance v. Henrik Olsson 2 up
Tristan Stalker v. Matthew Stewart  halved
Christian Gurley v. Ryan McGinley  2 up
Palmer Smith v Jackson Ingraham  3&2
Gray Litowitz v. Alec Bates. 3&1
Sam Briscoe v. Zach West  3&2
Mike Butler v. Trey Gillingwater  2 up

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Westlake Wins Fall State Preview Tournament, Dossey Captures Individual Title

The Westlake High School Boys Golf Team won the Fall State Preview golf tournament by six shots over Vandergrift High School.   The tournament, held at the Wolf Dancer Golf Course in Bastrop,  consists of a field of highly ranked high school golf teams throughout the state and, like the name implies, gives a preview of the high school teams relative strength for the upcoming spring golf season.

Reese RamseyWestlake secured the victory largely on the strength of a record setting nine under par team total during the second and final round of the tournament.  Their team total of 578, two over par for the tournament, also set a new record for a two day team total at the Wolfdancer course.  Reese Ramsey lead the Westlake team but the strength of the entire team provided the victory.  As can be seen in the individual scores of the Westlake team below, every member of the team contributed to the victory.   It is not unusual to have one player that normally plays well and contends for the individual title.  It is another thing to have a solid roster that can provide the team victory.

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Westlake Blue-1 Reese Ramsey 70 68 138
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Westlake Blue-2 Nick Costello 86 71 157
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Westlake Blue-3 Trevor Brown 79 79 158
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Westlake Blue-4 Reid Davenport 77 71 148
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Westlake Blue-5 Henrik Olsson 73 69 142
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Westlake Blue 299 279 578

cooper dosseyVandergrift was in close pursuit of Westlake and provided a strong challenge to the eventual winner.  Cooper Dossey of Vandergrift (right) lead the Vandergrift team and won the individual title, shooting 68-69=137, seven under par.  Dossey is coming off a great junior golf season last year and recently represented the United States in the Duke of York Young Champions tournament in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Vandergrift also benefitted from the depth of their roster with solid performances throughout the team.  Their effort bodes well for their prospects in the upcoming high school golf season.  The individual scores for Vandergrift are shown below.

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Vandegrift Black-1 Cooper Dossey 68 69 137
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Vandegrift Black-2 Daniel Martinez 73 75 148
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Vandegrift Black-3 Brandon Hoff 80 75 155
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Vandegrift Black-4 Tobin Niblett 77 75 152
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Vandegrift Black-5 Dalton Doerr 74 73 147
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Vandegrift Black 292 292 584

 

Team Scores

2014 Fall State Preview
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Team Score
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Round 1 Round 2 Final Score
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1 Westlake Blue 299 279 578
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2 Vandegrift Black 292 292 584
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3 Mansfield 303 300 603
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4 Reagan Green 302 303 605
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4 Highland Park 305 300 605
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6 Montgomery 300 306 606
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7 Johnson 309 300 609
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8 New Braunfels 310 300 610
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9 Lake Travis Red 308 306 614
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10 Brandeis 307 314 621
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11 Austin High 316 322 638
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12 Kerrville Tivy 323 321 644
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13 Lake Travis Black 326 320 646
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14 Westlake White 325 322 647
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15 Reagan Silver 329 319 648
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16 Vandegrift Silver 336 324 660
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17 Cedar Park 336 325 661

Individual Scores

2014 Fall State Preview
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Individual Scores
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School Player Round 1 Round 2 Total
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1 Vandegrift Black-1 Cooper Dossey 68 69 137
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2 Westlake Blue-1 Reese Ramsey 70 68 138
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3 Westlake Blue-5 Henrik Olsson 73 69 142
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4 New Braunfels-2 Gabe Castilleja 74 70 144
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5 Montgomery-2 Ethan Edsall 71 75 146
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5 Highland Park-4 Drake Turnbull 74 72 146
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5 Cedar Park-1 Charles Kim 75 71 146
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5 Montgomery-1 Nick Gennuso 76 70 146
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9 Vandegrift Black-5 Dalton Doerr 74 73 147
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9 Reagan Green-3 Michael Lebahn 75 72 147
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9 Highland Park-1 Cash Carter 77 70 147
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9 Johnson-1 Sean Meehan 78 69 147
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13 Johnson-4 Gerardo Daniel 73 75 148
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13 Vandegrift Black-2 Daniel Martinez 73 75 148
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13 Mansfield-4 Nick Narcisse 76 72 148
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13 Westlake Blue-4 Reid Davenport 77 71 148
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13 Kerrville Tivy-2 Colin Uecker 78 70 148
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18 Brandeis-1 Mason Weld 72 77 149
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18 Lake Travis Red-1 Dillon Baxter 76 73 149
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20 Mansfield-1 Collin Clark 73 77 150
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20 Mansfield-2 Zach Howe 75 75 150
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20 Austin High-3 Will Ezell 76 74 150
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23 Reagan Green-2 Ben Getman 73 78 151
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23 New Braunfels Canyon-1 Chase Rios 75 76 151
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23 Reagan Green-1 Jonathan Koeppe 77 74 151
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26 Vandegrift Black-4 Tobin Niblett 77 75 152
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27 New Braunfels-4 Trenton Leffingwell 75 78 153
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27 Highland Park-5 Ty Burke 76 77 153
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27 Montgomery-4 Peyton Bartee 76 77 153
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27 Lake Travis Red-5 Raleigh Kelley 77 76 153
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31 Austin High-1 Taylor Greenway 75 79 154
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32 Lake Travis Red-4 Tau Broadhurst 75 80 155
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32 Austin High-2 Forest Miller 76 79 155
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32 Lake Travis Black-2 Palmer Smith 78 77 155
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32 Vandegrift Silver-1 Foster Givens 78 77 155
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32 Mansfield-3 Preston Woodard 79 76 155
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32 Vandegrift Black-3 Brandon Hoff 80 75 155
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38 Reagan Green-4 David Ray 77 79 156
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38 San Antonio Warren-1 Kane Ybarra 81 75 156
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38 Reagan Silver-2 Daniel Gutierrez 83 73 156
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41 Lake Travis Red-3 Nick Winborn 80 77 157
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41 Westlake Blue-2 Nick Costello 86 71 157
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43 Brandeis-4 Bailey Burgett 75 83 158
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43 Cedar Park-4 PJ Schmitz 79 79 158
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43 Westlake Blue-3 Trevor Brown 79 79 158
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43 Johnson Medalist-1 Jason Kennell 79 79 158
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43 Brandeis-5 Keith Clark 80 78 158
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43 Johnson-3 Ryan Kempf 83 75 158
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43 New Braunfels-5 Kyle Waldrip 83 75 158
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50 New Braunfels-1 Parker Buck 79 80 159
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50 New Braunfels-3 Jason Lopez 82 77 159
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52 Johnson-2 Marshall Martin 76 84 160
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52 Highland Park-3 James Thompson 78 82 160
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52 Westlake White-5 Trey Gillingwater 78 82 160
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52 Brandeis-2 Zane Sanchez 80 80 160
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52 Kerrville Tivy-1 Ian Maxwell 80 80 160
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52 Lake Travis Black-1 Tristan Stalker 80 80 160
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58 Montgomery-3 Jacob Massengale 77 84 161
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59 Reagan Silver-3 Colton Stevens 81 81 162
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59 Westlake White-1 Matthew Stewart 81 81 162
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59 Brandeis-3 Andres Acevedo 83 79 162
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62 Johnson-5 Jacob Baller 82 81 163
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62 Reagan Silver-1 Andres Almendarez 82 81 163
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62 Westlake White-2 Jackson Ingraham 83 80 163
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65 Lake Travis Medalist-1 Dylan Briscoe 79 85 164
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65 Westlake White-4 Alec Bates 83 81 164
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65 Westlake White-3 Zach West 84 80 164
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65 Lake Travis Black-5 Christian Gurley 86 78 164
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69 Highland Park-2 Dudley Simms 84 81 165
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69 Lake Travis Red-2 Carson Smith 84 81 165
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71 Reagan Silver-4 Kurt VanCleave 83 84 167
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71 Reagan Green-5 Hector Lopez 85 82 167
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73 Mansfield-5 Peyton Coursey 79 89 168
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73 Vandegrift Silver-2 Kennedy Grimes 87 81 168
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75 Kerrville Tivy-4 Ben Snelgrove 79 90 169
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75 Vandegrift Silver-3 Skyler Young 83 86 169
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77 Kerrville Tivy-3 Sean Stumbo 86 84 170
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78 Vandegrift Silver-5 Will Garvey 90 81 171
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79 Cedar Park-2 Zach Ford 84 89 173
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79 Montgomery-5 Sam Hadley 87 86 173
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79 Reagan Silver-5 Parker Anderson 87 86 173
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79 Vandegrift Silver-4 Trent Robertson 88 85 173
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79 Montgomery Medalist-1 Cameron Cooper 90 83 173
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84 Lake Travis Black-4 Grayson Litowitz 82 92 174
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85 Johnson Medalist-2 Hunter Abshire 87 88 175
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86 Kerrville Tivy-5 Clayton Barker 93 87 180
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87 Austin High-5 Drew Chibib 89 93 182
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87 Austin High-4 Sal Chavarria 92 90 182
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89 Cedar Park-3 Daniel Montes 98 86 184
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Lake Travis Black-3 Steven Severance 87 WD WD

 

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Noonan Finishes Third In Texas Mid-Amateur, One Shot Out Of Playoff

Noonan, BrianBrian Noonan played the last 27 holes in the Texas Mid-Amateur Championship at Escondido Country Club in seven under par to finish third at 212, one under par for the championship.  Two players, Terence Begnel and Brandon Burke finished at 211, two under par to go into a playoff for the title.  Begnel won the playoff on the fourth hole.

Noonan, who was six over after 27 holes said he refocused after playing the last three holes of his second round front nine in four over par.  He started walking more and played to his strengths over the last 27 holes.  The results were dramatically better and propelled him to his high finish.

The three time Austin City Championship has yet to win a state title and this close finish was bittersweet.  But now he knows he can play with the best mid-amateurs in the state and winning is well within his reach.

Michael Cooper from Austin recorded a final round 68 to finish T15 and gain exempt status into next year’s TGA mid-am.  Congratulations to Mr. Cooper.  Barret Sandufer shot 69 in the final round and finished 20th.

See the full field scores at this link.

 

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Gene Black Captures Austin Senior Championship

DSCN6536Gene Black shot 67-72 = 139,  five under par for two rounds at Morris Williams Golf Course to win the Austin Senior Championship by three shots over runner-up Mike Allen,

Black turned the front nine in one under par 35.  Allen, who started the day two shots back, shot 36.  After Black bogeyed 10 and Allen made par, the margin was two shots.  Number 11 proved to be the final turning point when Black birdied and Allen double bogeyed after dumping his third shot in the bunker and suffering a buried lied under the lip of the bunker.  Black protected his lead with conservative play on the inward stretch to insure the victory.

Tim Anderson and David Bales finished T3 at one under par for the tournament.   Anderson and Chris Hartenstein were the only players to record sub par scores in the final round, both posting 71.

Hartenstein, the defending champion shot 73 in the first round but posted 38 on the front nine.  He rallied with a three under par 33 on the back nine to finish with 71 and tied for fifth with Marshall Hinton, who shot 73 in the second round.

Senior Division Scores

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 Total
1 Gene Black E F -5 67 72 139
2 Mike Allen +1 F -2 69 73 142
T3 Tim Anderson -1 F -1 72 71 143
T3 David Bales E F -1 71 72 143
T5 Chris Hartenstein -1 F E 73 71 144
T5 Marshall Hinton +1 F E 71 73 144
7 George “Bubba” Sykes +1 F +1 72 73 145
T8 Steve Trafton +1 F +3 74 73 147
T8 Kevin Dahl +5 F +3 70 77 147
T10 Mark Scott +1 F +4 75 73 148
T10 James Gustafson +1 F +4 75 73 148
T12 Thomas Johnson +1 F +5 76 73 149
T12 Kevin Brady +6 F +5 71 78 149
T14 Mark Schnabel +1 F +6 77 73 150
T14 Dale Guthrie +2 F +6 76 74 150
T14 Bob Lovett +4 F +6 74 76 150
T17 Alan Bell +2 F +10 80 74 154
T17 Dennis Sokol +1 F +10 81 73 154
T17 John Fuccello +3 F +10 79 75 154
T17 Ian Ball +8 F +10 74 80 154
21 Patrick Giles E F +11 83 72 155
22 Jackie Mills +7 F +12 77 79 156
23 Jerry Attaway +4 F +13 81 76 157
T24 Dan Treager +6 F +14 80 78 158
T24 Don Traylor +8 F +14 78 80 158
26 Robert DuCharme +4 F +15 83 76 159
27 J P Scott +4 F +16 84 76 160
T28 Ricky Sisneros +9 F +17 80 81 161
T28 Craig Spotts +10 F +17 79 82 161
T28 Kevin McCalla +11 F +17 78 83 161
31 Sean Durkin +8 F +20 84 80 164
32 Russell Hoffman +14 F +21 79 86 165
33 Sam Flanagan +8 F +22 86 80 166
34 John Ellett +8 F +23 87 80 167
T35 Brent Parker +12 F +24 84 84 168
T35 Randy Pitts +13 F +24 83 85 168
37 Brian Walsh +18 F +26 80 90 170
38 Al Sarria +13 F +32 91 85 176
DID NOT FINISH
WD Terry Hutchens +6
WD Tommy Tate +9
WD Stephen Roche

In the Super Senior Division, Steve Wood finished tied with Bart Antle after regulation play at three under par.  Wood won the title in a playoff.
Super Senior Division Scores

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 Total
1 Stephen Wood (p) -2 F -3 71 70 141
2 Bart Antle E F -3 69 72 141
3 Cary Petri +2 F E 70 74 144
T4 Don Grider +2 F +1 71 74 145
T4 Don Andrews +1 F +1 72 73 145
6 Roger Bailey +3 F +2 71 75 146
7 James Grubbs +1 F +4 75 73 148
T8 William Miller +1 F +5 76 73 149
T8 Phillip Warren +3 F +5 74 75 149
T10 Lee Raines +3 F +8 77 75 152
T10 Dennis McCafferty +6 F +8 74 78 152
12 John Salas +5 F +9 76 77 153
T13 Larry Walsh +6 F +11 77 78 155
T13 Roger Zessin +5 F +11 78 77 155
T13 Roy Shugart +7 F +11 76 79 155
T16 Lynn Shackelford +3 F +12 81 75 156
T16 Roger Terry +9 F +12 75 81 156
18 Randy Nichols +10 F +13 75 82 157
T19 Noble Feldman +6 F +15 81 78 159
T19 Rick Spigarelli +6 F +15 81 78 159
T21 Terry Bickel +8 F +20 84 80 164
T21 David Aldrich +18 F +20 74 90 164
T23 Tom Leonardis +11 F +26 87 83 170
T23 Metz “Bo” Eilers +14 F +26 84 86 170
25 Randall Alexis +19 F +31 84 91 175
26 Dennis Kling +14 F +32 90 86 176
DID NOT FINISH
WD Darrell Davis +14
WD Allan Collier
DQ Richard Welch +2
DQ Smith Tonahill +3
NC Shawn Higgins +11
(p) denotes won playoff, * denotes a 10th hole start

DSCN6539Pictured here are the top finishers in the tournament.

The course was in excellent condition and the staff at Morris Williams are to be congratulated at running an excellent event.

Congratulations to all the players and top finishers.

 

 

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Gene Black’s 67 Leads Men’s City Senior

The 2014 Austin Senior Championship is being played at Morris Williams Golf Course.  Since the redesign of the golf course last year it has suffered through record heat and cold that resulted in the course being in poor condition.  As a result, it did not play as it was designed to play.

With the recent rains came favorable growing conditions and with some hard work from the city staff, it has rounded into form and is in excellent condition.  Players can now see how the design features were intended to play.  Virtually all are in agreement the course plays fair and provides an excellent test of golf.  Some of the slopes on certain greens which appeared too severe when the greens were in poor condition, now appear to be well designed and fair.

Tournament Results

There are two divisions in this tournament.  Seniors and Super Seniors.  Seniors are age 50-64.  Super seniors are 65+.    Players can opt for the seGene Black and Scott Mathesonnior category even if there age exceeds 65.

Gene Black, shown here on the left, combined seven birdies and two bogies to take a two shot lead in the senior division.  Mike Allen had six birdies and three bogies to post 69 and Kevin Dahl was another shot back at 70.  Three players, including David Bales, Marshall Hinton and Kevin Brady posted 71.

Black, who recently finished 70-70 in the last two rounds of the Bluebonnet Cup is in good form headed into the final round and will likely be difficult to beat.   Mike Allen, the 2012 Men’s Senior Champion,  shot 68 in the last round of the Bluebonnet Cup so he is also playing well.

Chris HartensteinChris Hartenstein, the 2013 Champion, has played very well this year and shot two under par on the front nine.  He suffered some mishaps on the back nine to post 73. For example, on the 18th hole, his second shot from 90 yards hit the pin at the base of the flag and bounded back to the the front of the green.  So instead of an almost certain birdie, he has to settle for par.

 

 

Senior Division Scores

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 Total
1 Gene Black -5 F -5 67 67
2 Mike Allen -3 F -3 69 69
3 Kevin Dahl -2 F -2 70 70
T4 David Bales -1 F -1 71 71
T4 Marshall Hinton -1 F -1 71 71
T4 Kevin Brady -1 F -1 71 71
T7 George “Bubba” Sykes E F E 72 72
T7 Tim Anderson E F E 72 72
9 Chris Hartenstein +1 F +1 73 73
T10 Steve Trafton +2 F +2 74 74
T10 Bob Lovett +2 F +2 74 74
T10 Ian Ball +2 F +2 74 74
T13 Mark Scott +3 F +3 75 75
T13 James Gustafson +3 F +3 75 75
T15 Dale Guthrie +4 F +4 76 76
T15 Thomas Johnson +4 F +4 76 76
T17 Jackie Mills +5 F +5 77 77
T17 Mark Schnabel +5 F +5 77 77
T19 Terry Hutchens +6 F +6 78 78
T19 Don Traylor +6 F +6 78 78
T19 Kevin McCalla +6 F +6 78 78
T22 John Fuccello +7 F +7 79 79
T22 Russell Hoffman +7 F +7 79 79
T22 Craig Spotts +7 F +7 79 79
T25 Ricky Sisneros +8 F +8 80 80
T25 Brian Walsh +8 F +8 80 80
T25 Dan Treager +8 F +8 80 80
T25 Alan Bell +8 F +8 80 80
T29 Dennis Sokol +9 F +9 81 81
T29 Jerry Attaway +9 F +9 81 81
T31 Robert DuCharme +11 F +11 83 83
T31 Patrick Giles +11 F +11 83 83
T31 Randy Pitts +11 F +11 83 83
T34 Sean Durkin +12 F +12 84 84
T34 J P Scott +12 F +12 84 84
T34 Brent Parker +12 F +12 84 84
37 Sam Flanagan +14 F +14 86 86
38 John Ellett +15 F +15 87 87
39 Al Sarria +19 F +19 91 91
DID NOT FINISH
WD Tommy Tate +9
WD Stephen Roche

Super Senior Division

In the Super Senior division, Bart Antle, a multiple winner of the Men’s City Senior Championship title, posted three under 69, one shot ahead of Cary Petri and two ahead of Don Grider, Roger Bailey and Steve Wood.

1 Bart Antle -3 F -3 69 69
2 Cary Petri -2 F -2 70 70
T3 Roger Bailey -1 F -1 71 71
T3 Don Grider -1 F -1 71 71
T3 Stephen Wood -1 F -1 71 71
6 Don Andrews E F E 72 72
T7 David Aldrich +2 F +2 74 74
T7 Phillip Warren +2 F +2 74 74
T7 Dennis McCafferty +2 F +2 74 74
T10 Roger Terry +3 F +3 75 75
T10 James Grubbs +3 F +3 75 75
T10 Randy Nichols +3 F +3 75 75
T13 William Miller +4 F +4 76 76
T13 Roy Shugart +4 F +4 76 76
T13 John Salas +4 F +4 76 76
T16 Lee Raines +5 F +5 77 77
T16 Larry Walsh +5 F +5 77 77
T18 Roger Zessin +6 F +6 78 78
T18 Howard Hagemann +6 F +6 78 78
20 Shawn Higgins +7 F +7 79 79
T21 Lynn Shackelford +9 F +9 81 81
T21 Noble Feldman +9 F +9 81 81
T21 Rick Spigarelli +9 F +9 81 81
T24 Randall Alexis +12 F +12 84 84
T24 Terry Bickel +12 F +12 84 84
T24 Metz “Bo” Eilers +12 F +12 84 84
27 Darrell Davis +14 F +14 86 86
28 Tom Leonardis +15 F +15 87 87
29 Dennis Kling +18 F +18 90 90
DID NOT FINISH
WD Allan Collier
DQ Richard Welch +2
DQ Smith Tonahill +3

 

 

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Kim Noonan And Anna Morales To Play In Women’s Texas Cup

Austin golfers Kim Noonan (below left) and Anna Morales (below right) will play in the Women’s Texas Cup,  set for October 31-November 2nd at The Club at Carlton Woods-Nicklaus Course in the Woodlands, TX. This is the 23rd year for the Women’s Texas Cup matches and after twenty-two years of hard play between the South and the North, the score is tied: 11 wins to 11 wins.

kim noonanThe south team has already been set with a 2 day stroke play qualifier where the low 8 amateur automatically make the team. This was played on August 24-25. The next 2 players were selected by a point system and the last 2 players were picked by the committee.

South Team for the 2014 South Women’s Texas Cup Team are as follows:

Marilyn Hardy Meghan Jolly Marlene Summers
Stacy Dennis Candus Herrera Katy Kile
Kimberly Noonan Jessica Surber Anna Morales
Leslie Henry Erica Pressley Kelley Nittoli

Anna Morales

The team has 3 players who are participating in the Texas Cup for the first time and includes long time veterans Stacy Dennis and Marilyn Hardy who have played in this event 15 and 19 times respectively.

Overall, 10 of 12 of the players played in college, which include:

Duke University, Houston Baptist University, Lenoir Rhyne University, Louisiana State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University, Stephen F Austin State University, University of Arkansas, and University of South Carolina.

The other 2 golf standouts are Leslie Henry who played tennis for LSU and didn’t pick up golf till the age of 35; and Marilyn Hardy, PGA wife of Jim Hardy, who played basketball and volleyball at UC Irvine.

The 3 captains for the South Team are:

Laurie Rutherford- collegiate basketball player for University of Houston and has an impressive golf resume herself. First year as a Captain for the South Team.

Mark Massengale- collegiate golfer at Texas Christiana University. Mark is the Director of Golf Instruction at Bentwater.

Jason Alexander- collegiate golfer at Stephen F Austin State University. Currently the head pro at the Fazio Course at The Club at Carlton Woods.

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Austinites In Texas Mid-Amateur Championship This Week

Several mid-amateur golfers from the Austin area are participating in the Texas Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship this week.  The championship is being held at Escondido Golf Club in Marble Falls.  The field contains 132 players. Play begins Friday September 19, 2014 and there is a 36 hole cut to the low 54 players and ties.

Starting times and a leaderboard are available at this link.

Austin area players in the field include:
Max Elliot
Chris Germann
Randy Reynolds
Larry Nunez
Trey Owen
Brian Noonan
Josh Swanson
Robert Evans
David Backus
Ben Carter
Matt Wernecke
Michael Cooper
Barret Sandefur
Mike Harkins
Manny Bhakta

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