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Reese Ramsey’s 61 Wins Hale Erwin Junior

Reese Ramsey, who plays on the Westlake High School boys golf team, shot a ten under par 61 in the final round of the AJGA Hale Erwin Junior golf tournament to set a new course record and capture the championship by two shots.

After posting 75-68 in his first two rounds on the Common Ground Golf Course in Denver, Colorado, Ramsey entered the final round eight shots behind the leader.  After shooting 31 on the front nine he moved into contention.   Ramsey then proceeded to birdie 10,  eagle 11 and birdie 13.  After a string of pars he birdied the 18th hole to post five under par 30 on the back nine and 61 for the round.

Click here to see full field scores and read the story.

Congratulations to Reese Ramsey.  A round like that can have long lasting impact on a players confidence and their ability to perform at new levels.

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Trevor Brown and Kennedy Swann of Austin Top Qualifiers at Texas Junior Tour Qualifier

The TGJT Texas Junior Masters World Junior Qualifier,  held at Brackenridge Park in San Antonio on May 25-28, resulted in two players from Austin posting the lowest scores in their age division.  Trevor Brown and Kennedy Swann, who both play for Westlake High School golf teams, won their qualifier.

Boys 11-18
1st Place – Trevor Brown, Austin, TX, 2016, 70-64-65-199
2nd Place – Clayton King, Uvalde, TX, 2017, 74-65-67-206
3rd Place – Nicholas Duggan, San Antonio, TX, 2016, 70-71-65-206
4th Place – Sixian (Tyler) Guo, Coppell, TX, 2019, 69-74-65-208
5th Place – McClure Meissner, San Antonio, TX, 2017, 65-71-73-209

Girls 11-18
1st Place – Kennedy Swann, Austin, TX, 2017, 68-74-73-215
2nd Place – Erin Fahey, Austin, TX, 2015, 72-73-71-216
3rd Place – Hannah Holzman, San Antonio, TX, 2018, 74-73-69-216

Read the full story here.

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Dillon Van Essen Named Division II Ping All-Region by Golf Coaches

Dillon VanEssen – St. Edward’s sophomore DILLON VAN ESSEN was named Division II PING All-Region by the Golf Coaches Association of America for the second-straight season on Tuesday.  Click here for the full story.

Van Essen posted four top ten finishes in twelve events and recorded a season low round of 67.

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Dillon Baxter Verbally Commits To Play At SMU

Dillon Baxter

Dillon Baxter, who plays for Lake Travis High School and will graduate in 2016  has committed to play college golf at Southern Methodist University.  Click here to see the story in Golf Digest.

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2015 Firecracker Open Taking Registration

Exempt players along with those players who have qualified to play in the 2015 Firecracker Open may now register via the GolfAustin.Org website.  Please read the conditions of entry at the following link.  Registration and Tournament information are available here.

The following players are Exempt from the 2015 Firecracker Qualifying Process–2015 Austin Mid Am Champ, 2015 Lions Spring Partnership Champs, 2015 Hill Country Am Champ, Top 30 from 2014 Firecracker, Top 20 2014 City Championship, Firecracker Past Champions, 2014 Rudy’s Cup Team:

Alden, Jonathan / Allen, Mike / Arzola, Ricky / Backus, David / Bailey, Kyle / Beck III, Joe / Benestante, Chris / Bhakta, Manny / Boatner, Logan / Bright, Steven /Bruce, Grady / Campbell, Austin / Carter, Ben / Cersosimo, Jack / Clagett, Billy / Cooper, Michael / Cowart, Jordan / Cristea, Nicholas / Elbrecht, Tyler / Ellis, Alex / Evans, Robert / Fagan Mitchel / Fell, Hagen / Frazier, Robert / Gniewek, Payne / Grindle, Mike / Hartenstein, Chris / Hawkes, Jordan / Henson, Erik / Kennedy, Bryan / Levy, Alex / Lundquist, Keith / MacNeill, Will / Maynard, Nick / McEntire, Mark / Mitchell, Tim / Nolen, Stratton / Noonan, Brian / Northington, Daniel / Paterson, Stephen / Price, Cody / Pumphrey, Riley / Redfern, Brenden / Reynolds, Jay / Reynolds, Peach / Sandefur, Barrett / Sanders, Jordan / Shell, Jeff / Shive, Chris / Thorn, Jerry / Turner, Cyrus / Underwood, Tony / Wernecke, Matt / White III, Charles Neel / Willie, Jep / Wilson, Tim / Zimmerhanzel, Kraig / Zinnecker, Deron

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Austin Players Advance To U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

Three players who listed Austin as their hometown will advance to the U.S. Open Sectional qualifier on June 8th at Northwood Country Club in Dallas, Texas.

Matthew Henson, Brian Noonan and Scott Kelly won three of the four qualifying spots in the local qualifier held this past week at Onion Creek Country Club in Austin.   Henson and Kelly  are professionals playing on the Adams Pro Tour.

25613117-4186-4615-8c22-f9d56fbf8c1f  Matthew Henson led the scoring with a three under par 67.

Brian Noonan

Brian Noonan

Noonan, who shot two under par 68 is well known in Austin golfing circles by virtue of playing high school golf in Austin, winning the Men’s City Championship three times along with the Firecracker Open and the Harvey Penick Invitational.

140554cd-ec93-41a9-9ab3-acfc06ce27c4  Scott Kelly advanced by shooting 70, along with two other players.

Players battled rain over two days of play to complete the qualifier.  Difficult pin locations and soggy conditions made scoring difficult on the par 70 golf course.

Click here for the full field results

 

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Greg Smith Also At USGA Four Ball Championship

Earlier, we reported that Brian Noonan and Riley Pumphrey were the only two Austin golfers participating in the USGA Amateur Four Ball Tournament.  Although they were the only team from Austin, Greg Smith, former golf professional in the Austin area who is now playing as an amateur, qualified for the Four Ball with a partner from Dallas.

Greg is a well known and liked member of the Austin golfing community and we apologize for our oversight.  Thanks to Josh Swanson for calling our attention to this information.

Although Greg and his partner did not make the match play portion of the tournament, it is certain they enjoyed the experience of playing in a USGA event.

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Noonan And Pumphrey At USGA Amateur Four Ball

Brian Noonan

Brian Noonan

Brian Noonan and Riley Pumphrey were the only Austin players to qualify for the first USGA Amateur Four Ball Championship.  It is being held at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California.

The tournament format consists of a qualifier to get into the event, then a 36 hole stroke play qualifier to determine the 32 teams that will participate in the match play portion of the tournament.

The golf channel will provide televised coverage of the event beginning with the round of 16.

Riley Pumphrey

Riley Pumphrey

After qualifying to participate in the event,  Noonan and Pumphrey shot 71 the first round of the stroke play portion of the event.  That left them outside the top 32 and needing a strong showing in the second round to make the match play portion of the tournament.   They posted a solid second round and wound up in a tie for 30th with seven other teams.  That was Sunday afternoon.

At 7:00 A.M. San Francisco time on Monday morning eight teams began a playoff for the remaining three spots in the match play event.

Two teams quickly qualified for the remaining three spots my making birdies on the par four 16th, which was the first playoff hole. One team made a bogey.  That left five teams competing for one spot.

One team made bogey on the second playoff hole.  That left four teams competing for one spot.

On the third playoff hole, another team made bogey.  Noonan and Pumphrey were still in it.

It took three more holes to decide the outcome.  All three teams made par on the next two holes but finally the team of E. Ciotti/M. Affeldt made a birdie on the par four 18th to claim the last spot.

Knowing both Noonan and Pumphrey it is certain they are disappointed at not making the match play portion of the tournament.

However, we hope they take some solace in the fact they they did qualify to participate in the event, which as we all know is no small accomplishment.  And, they did have the opportunity to play both the Ocean and Lake Courses at The Olympic Club in San Francisco and they did represent themselves and Austin in a positive manner.  And, they now have an exciting story to share with friends and fellow golfers.

Congratulations to both players.

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Vandegrift, Lake Travis and Westlake Golf Teams Shine In State Golf Championships

The Vandegrift boys golf team won it’s second consecutive state golf championship by winning the 2015 5-A state golf tournament, following up a 2014 win of the 4-A state golf championship.  Coach Matt Werneke and his team are on a roll and will have several members of the winning team returning next year.   See the team and individual scores at this link.

The Vandegrift girls finished in third place in the 5-A championship.  Erin Fahey was the low scorer for the girls team and finished in fourth place in the overall individual standings.  See the team and individual scores at this link.

Lake Travis Girls 2015 6-A State Champs

Lake Travis Girls 2015 6-A State Champs

The Lake Travis girls golf team won the 6-A state championship by eight shots.  Kaitlyn Papp lead the team and finished in second place individually one shot ahead of Kristen Gillman, who finished in third place.  See the team and individual scores at this link.

The Westlake boys team finished 2nd in the 6-A golf championship, seven shots behind the winning Southlake Carrol team.  Reese Ramsey and Reid Davenport of Westlake finished T-4 individually.  It was a fine season for the Westlake boys team.  See the team and individual scores at this link.

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Save Muny – Forever Green Tournament and Party

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The folks spearheading the Save Muny campaign are hosting a fundraiser 4 person scramble golf tournament and party on May 30th at Lions Municipal Golf Course.  It’s a 1:00 pm shotgun start with a party following play.  Or, you can skip the golf and just sign up for the party.

This is an opportunity for all of you who have voiced support for keeping Muny around to actually do something for the cause.  Play golf and party at Lions Municipal Golf Course to show your support.    I’d call it a no brainer.  Sign up.

Here is the link to registration at the Save Muny Website.

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