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Austin Golfers Playing In National and International Events

One of the difficulties in keeping the public informed about how Austin Golfers are doing is keeping up with who is playing in notable tournaments.  Thanks to a growing network of folks like you that are keeping me informed about who is playing where, the job is becoming easier.

So, here is what I know about who is playing in significant upcoming events.  If you have additions, please send the information to golfaustintexas@gmail.com.

Peach Reynolds is playing at the British Senior Amateur championship this week.   Play begins Wednesday.  Follow him at this link.

Julia Beck, Kristen Gillman, Mariana Sims, Sierra Sims and Alex Rossi are playing in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, New York.  Play starts today.  Click here for the leaderboard.

Alex Ellis is playing in the U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club August 11-17 in Johns Creek, Georgia.  Click here for tournament information.

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Northington Wins Second Men’s City Title

northingtonDaniel Northington, posing with Tournament Director Steve Hammond and the trophy, shot 70-67-70-71 over four different courses to to capture his second consecutive Austin Men’s City Championship.  His two under 34 on the back nine proved to be the winning margin.

The day began with Steve Paterson and Daniel Northington tied for the lead at eight under par.  During the final round, the lead was never more than two shots and there were some ups and downs for both Northington and Paterson.  Chris Benestante also made a charge and got to within one shot of the lead.

Northington took the lead early in the round with a birdie on #2.  He bogeyed 5, birdied 6, bogeyed 7 and double bogeyed nine to turn in two over and six under for the tournament, one shot back of Paterson.

On the back nine, he steadied the ship and made seven pars and two birdies on the back nine.  The critical putt came on number 13 where he made a 20 footer for birdie and a two shot lead.  He two putted number 17 for the final birdie of the day and went to the 18th tee clear by two.  After a pulled tee shot into the left rough and an iron shot played to the back of the green.  Northington got up and down for a par to win the title.

DSCN6508Paterson, shown here with his wife and caddy Meredith, made eight straight pars and a bogey to turn in one over.   That put him in the lead at seven under for the tournament headed into the back nine.  Bogeys at 11 and 12 were costly.  A birdie on 17 got him to six under with one hole to play and two shots back.  He made par on the 18th.

DSCN6507Meanwhile, Chris Benestante, on the left in this photo,  had posted three under on the front nine and was at six under for the tournament.   Benestante has played well in a number of tournaments this season and was poised to make a run at the title on the back nine.  Bogeys at 13 and 14 derailed the charge.  He added a birdie on 18 to finish at five under and tied for third with Chris Hartenstein.

hartensteinSpeaking of Hartenstein…he shot 68 in the final round to finish T3 overall at five under par and capture the low senior title.  He has played well this year with a second at the Chester Cup, second at the Central Texas Amateur and now third in the Men’s City.  Shown here Steve Hammond and the trophy, Hartenstein leads the Austin Amateur points total in Senior category.

cottonIn the Junior Division, Austin Cotton shot 73, 76, 70, 74 = 293, seven over par, to finish T22 overall and win the Junior Division by eight shots over Zach West.  Taylor Greenway finished third.

Despite the windy conditions, there were a number of low rounds recorded.  Andrew Liu, Chris Benestante, Nick Maynard and Tim Mitchell posted 69.  Payne Gniewek, Chris Shive and Jay Reynolds posted 68.  Chris Hartenstein, Tyler Elbrect and Jack Cersosimo shot 67.  Mike Allen posted the low round of the day and the tournament with 65.

Click here for full field scores.

Congratulations to the Golf Division of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department for running a great tournament.  Overall the courses were in good condition and the tournament was administered very smoothly.

 

 

 

 

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Paterson And Northington Top Leaderboard In Men’s City Championship

The third round of the 2014 Men’s City Championship was played at Grey Rock Golf Club.  It marks the first time the course had been included in the City Championship rotation.  Complicated by shifting winds, it proved to be a stern test for the field.

Steve Paterson held steady with a third round 72 while defending champion Daniel Northington shot 70 to catch him.  Both players are tied at eight under par headed into the final round of the Austin Men’s City Championship.

photo(3)Paterson (left) started the day at eight under par, birdied the par five second before suffering a double bogey on the par three third.  He birdied 8 and parred nine to turn in even par 36.  He bogeyed 12, birdied 14 and 17 before a closing bogey on 18.  He has played well this season, winning the Hill Country Amateur with a dominate performance, followed by a win at the Central Texas amateur, where he won in a playoff over Chris Hartenstein.  Paterson is seeking his first city championship, although he has come close several times.

northingtonNorthington (right) made an early charge with an eagle on the par five second.  He combined two birdies with two bogeys to make the turn in two under 34.  The back nine was steady with all pars until a birdie on 17 and a bogey on 18.  He has played little tournament golf this summer and is concentrating on finishing his degree.  Evidently he is playing enough.  He has the opportunity to become the first player to win back to back Men’s City Championships since Colin Mayer won in 2008-9.

Mayer, along with Brian Noonan, Ed Brooks, Ray Kizer, Tom Miller Jr, Buck Luce and W.R. Long are the only players to win back to back City Championships.  Ben Crenshaw is the only player to win three consecutive titles.  Roane Puett tops the championship list with five titles over four decades.  Click here to see the list of former champions.

Robert Evans shot 70 to move into position to challenge for the title as he is at five under and just three shots back. His day included three birdies, three bogeys and an eagle at the par five 17th.

Jordan Sanders shot 73 and is at four under par, followed by Chris Benestante at three under.  Hagen Fell and Jonathan Alden are at two under.

Grey Rock took it’s toll on the majority of players.  Northington, Evans, Austin Cotton and Tony Underwood were the only players to record sub par scores.  They all shot 70. Only four players matched par.  The course was in good condition but the tricky winds made club selection difficult and confused the players as it changed direction and velocity.

Click here for the full leaderboard, tee times and tournament information.

Follow the final round action on the free GolfAustin.Org app for I-Phones and Android devices.  Download it from your app store.

 

 

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Charlie Passed Away About An Hour Ago

8:15 Friday night August 1st, 2014.

I got a text message from a friend that Charlie Muller had passed away about an hour ago.
Lots of people in Austin knew Charlie.    I knew him as a golfer, a gentleman and a character.

Charlie the Man
Charlie was one of the original IBM employees in Austin.  That was when high tech was just beginning here.  He helped design, build and run the original IBM facility here in Austin. He was a successful business man.

He and his wife Virginia raised a family and were active members of the community.  He loved to fish, hunt and tell stories about his adventures.  He enjoyed working with wood and build boats.  Don’t get me wrong.  He wasn’t perfect but he was way better than most.

Charlie the Golfer
Charlie became a member of Austin Country Club in 1967.   He played golf with his friends for over 40 years. He was opinionated, humorous and constantly seeking a better golf game.  He could talk to anyone and make them feel welcome.  And, he never hesitated to do so. He was concerned about the state of others and would inquire about their golf game, their day or their general state of mind.

In his later years he was a “range rat”.  It was one of the joys in his life.  I admired him for his relentless pursuit of improvement at an advanced age. He was inspiring and he was engaged.  He had no hesitation about advising Tom Kite and others about how to swing the golf club.

His favorite tactic for getting a free lesson from Tom was to hit balls next to him until Kite could no longer stand the sound of clanking shots.  Kite would stop what he was working on,  sigh, and say something like “Charlie, you’ve got to move into your right side before you start your downswing”.  That would begin a lesson which Tom gave freely, often, and with compassion.

Last summer, when Fred Couples was hanging out at Austin Country Club, Charlie engaged Fred with his humor and questions about golf.  It made such an impression on Couples that at a Champions Tour event Couples approached Kite and said “Tell me about this Charlie-guy at ACC.  He’s a piece of work”.

We teased Charlie about having to give him the same lesson time after time.  We advised him to right it down.  But he had other things on his mind.

His beloved Virginia had taken ill and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.  A more devoted husband could not be found.  He did everything he could to deal with her illness.  We suffered with him as he struggled to fix it but he couldn’t.  No one could.

So, he would come to the course and hit balls and diligently work on his golf swing at the practice range, visit with us, and play nine holes when time allowed.

After several years of her illness, Virginia died last week.  It was too much for Charlie. At 87, he was exhausted.  He was admitted to the hospital and died a few days later.  That’s today, August 1st, 2014.

I never know what to say or feel about a situation like this.  I only know that I felt close to Charlie and that golf was our connection. He loved the game and played it with passion.  He was relentless in his pursuit of improvement.  And those of us who knew him, will miss him.

 

 

 

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Paterson Leads Fell By One After Two Rounds Of Men’s City Championship

Steve Paterson is still the man but he’s got company.  Paterson followed up his first round 67 at Morris Williams with a three under 68 at Lions Municipal and heads into the third round one shot clear of the field.

photo(2)Hagen Fell, who shot 69 at Morris Williams in the first round, posted a four under 67 at Lions Municipal to pull within one shot of Paterson.  Shown here relaxing at the “Cut Party” skills challenge at Lions, Fell says this is the first summer he’s played a full competitive schedule and is finding his form.

Another shot back is the defending champion Daniel Northington, who also posted a second round four under 67 at Lions Municipal.  Jordan Sanders from Cedar Park is another shot back at five under.

In the Senior category, Chris Hartenstein is at three under after shooting 72-68.  Jerry Thorn is one shot behind him at two under after posting 71-70.  Thorn shot three under on the back nine at Morris Williams to move into contention.

The cut line fell at seven over par.  Click here to see the full field scores, tee times and tournament information.

Third round play continues at Grey Rock on Saturday.  The final round will be at Roy Kizer.

Another shot back is the defending champion Daniel Northington, who also posted a second round four under 67 at Lions Municipal.  Jordan Sanders from Cedar Park is another shot back at five under.

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Reese Ramsey Finishes 2nd at Midwest Junior Players All-Star

Reese RamseyReese Ramsey of Austin, who plays for the Westlake High School Boys Golf Team, recently finished second in the AJGA Midwest Junior Players All-Star Championship at Mistwood Golf Club
Romeoville, Ill.  Ramsey shot 76-72-70 and finished two shots behind Harrison Ott of Brookfield, Wis.  Click here to review the full field results.

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Paterson’s 67 Leads Men’s City

DSCN6482Steve Paterson, fresh off a win at the Central Texas Amateur, fired a 67  at Morris Williams to grab the first round lead of the Men’s City Championship.  Shown here (left) with Chris Hartenstein, who shot even par today, Paterson started with 32 on the front nine and added a one under 35 on the back.

Jordon Sanders and Tyler Gammill are one shot back at four under par.   Playing at Lions Municipal, Sanders shot 34-33 while Gammill shot 37-30.

Hagen Fell and Joe Beck III recorded 68.  Beck played at Lions and Fell was at Morris Williams.

The field will be cut to the low 72 and ties after Friday’s round.  There will be a cut party and skills challenge at Lions starting at 6:00 pm Friday.

Click here for full field scores.

 

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Kim Noonan and Anna Morales Qualify For U.S. Women’s Mid-Am

IMG_7252Kim Noonan shot 73 on Friday July 25th, to win the Houston Qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Mid Amateur Championship by six shots.   She has played in four USGA events including two U.S. Women’s Amateurs, one U.S. Junior Amateur and this will be her second U.S. Mid Am.   During the course of the round she holed out for a birdie from 75 yards on the 14th hole from deep rough.  Overall her play was steady with three bogeys and two birdies.

Anna MoralesAnna Morales, also from Austin qualified as well, posting 81.  There were five spots available for 13 entrants.  Morales, the current Austin Country Club Champion, has qualified for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Am multiple times and is looking forward to returning to the event, which will be held at Harbor Trees Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana September 6-11.

Good luck to both Kim and Anna.

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Women’s Central Texas Amateur Results

ctwa finalistsPictured here from left to right are Nancy Kromar, Anna Schultz, Stacy Dennis and Beth Cleckler.  Kromar and Cleckler are tournament directors for the Central Texas Women’s Amateur Championship, held this past weekend at Avery Ranch.

Holding the trophy is Anna Schultz, who defeated Stacy Dennis with a birdie on the second hole of  a playoff.  Both Schultz and Dennis finished the 36 hole regulation play tied with 144.  Schultz is from Rockall and plays at the Honors Golf Club.  Dennis is from Huntsville and plays at Elkins Lake Golf Course.

Kim Noonan (Austin) finished alone in third place with a total of 146.

Other flight winners included 1st Flight:  Patricia Walters (Cat Spring), 2nd flight: Mary Long (Industry), and 3rd flight: Donna Kohlhausen (Houston).

Click here on this link for the final full field results. CTWA 2014 Final Leaderboard

 

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Kaitlyn Papp, Kristen Gillman, Cooper Dossey Help West Retain Wyndham Cup

Kaitlyn Papp, Kristen Gillman and Cooper Dossey, all from Austin,  recently participated in the Wyndham Cup at Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.  This East vs West Junior tournament is a prestigious event where players qualify based on their junior play in AJGA events. These Austin players won several points during the competition and helped the West retain the cup.

Congratulations to these players for representing Austin so well.

Click on this link for full tournament coverage.

 

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