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Jay Reynolds Leads Men’s City By Eight After Second Round 69

Jay Reynolds - 2015 TGA South Region Mid Am Champ

Jay Reynolds – 2015 TGA South Region Mid Am Champ

Jay Reynolds followed up his record setting 60 at Lions Municipal with a two under par 69 at Roy Kizer to extend his lead in the 2015 Austin Men’s City Championship to eight shots over Brandon Rougeau.

Brandon Rougeau

Brandon Rougeau

Brandon Rougeau shot 67 at Lions Municipal in the second round to move into second place.  Rougeau is from Cedar Park and plays for Tyler Junior College.  He recently finished fourth in the National Junior College Championship so he has been playing well.

Two time Men’s City Champion Michael Cooper moved into a tie for third with a three under par 68 at Lions Municipal, giving him a two day total of four under par.  He is tied with Steve Paterson and Jack Cersosimo.  This group of players all have experience at winning are are poised to move forward should Reynolds stumble in the next two days of play.

Matt Werneke

Matt Werneke

Former Men’s City Champion Matt Werneke leads a group at three under par that includes Grant Imhoff, Ben Carter and Jake Ezell,

The field was trimmed to the low 72 and ties for the final 36 holes to be played at Grey Rock and Morris Williams.  The cut line was at 153.  Click here to see the full field scores.

Both Lions Municipal golf course and Roy Kizer Golf Course were in excellent condition.  The greens keeping staff at both courses are to be congratulated on the condition of the courses.

Thanks to Kevin Gomillion, Steve Hammond, Jimmy Olivares, Erik Lopez and all the staff and volunteers at the city courses.  The folks helping with live scoring and the guys spotting on the course helped speed play and make the tournament run smoothly so far.

Katy Williams is posting photos of the 2015 Men’s City Championship to the City Golf Department Facebook page.  The album for the City Championship can be viewed at this link.

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Jay Reynolds Record 60 At Muny Good For Seven Shot Lead In Men’s City

Jay Reynolds - 2015 TGA South Region Mid Am Champ

Jay Reynolds – 2015 TGA South Region Mid Am Champ

Jay Reynolds shot 33-27=60 to set a new course record at Lions Municipal Golf Course and grab a seven shot lead after the first round of the 2015 Men’s City Championship.

The previous record of 61, originally set by Randy Petri and later tied by Ben Crenshaw, has stood for about 40 years. At an average of 50,000 rounds a year, which is on the low side for Muny, that record stood for about 2,000,000 rounds of golf.   There are a lot of good players that have played the course over those 40 years so it is safe to say Reynolds had a special round today.

It’s the kind of thing that when you see a 60 on the leaderboard, you blink to make sure you are reading it correctly, pause for a moment and then say something like “wow” , or “are you kidding me” or “holy smoke”,  followed by a feeling of disbelief, happiness for the player and a hint of jealousy from fellow competitors.

Jay commented that when he was growing up and playing at Muny there was a list of players posted in the clubhouse who had shot 29 on the back nine and they were called “The 29 Club”.  He said he always wanted to be part of that group. I guess he can’t be a member of that group because he shot 27 on the back nine.  My guess is that club has fewer members.

After a solid 33 on the front nine. Reynolds missed short birdie putts on 10 and 11 from about four feet.  He hit number 12 in two and two putted for birdie then rolled in a fifteen footer on 13 for birdie.  After a driver and five iron to 14 green, he rolled in a mid range putt for eagle.  Then he missed a short birdie on 15, made a mid range putt for birdie on 16, almost aced 17 for a tap in birdie.

He was nine under on 18 tee.  He thought about hitting a four iron and making sure he could shoot 61 or 62.  After deliberating and watching the players in front of him, he chose the driver and pounded his tee shot to within eight feet of the cup. He said he was aware that the course record was 60 and felt the importance of making the putt.  After telling himself to make sure he got this putt to the hole, me rolled it in for 60.  Holy smoke….

When asked what turned his game around from the 84-74 performance two weeks ago at the Central Texas Amateur he said he had a lesson from Bryan Minnick at Commanche Trace in Kerrville that helped.   The real turnaround came when he was looking at video with his dad Peach and they noticed the club was open at the top of the swing.  He adjusted his left wrist position so it was square and started hitting the driver long and straight.

Unfortunately, Peach is not here to congratulate Jay because he is across the pond playing in the British Senior Amateur.  The Reynolds family is golfing their ball right now.  They recently finished second in the Texas Golf Association Father and Son Tournament.

If golfers are to be believed, Reynolds said he really did not make anything on the front nine to speak of and his three under could have been a lot better.

Steve Paterson and Chester BurksSteve Paterson, who shot 67 at Muny with four bogeys, said he felt like he let a good round escape him.  However, he did make eagle on 12 with a mid range putt and made a 70 footer on 14 for eagle so it was not all bad.  Paterson has been playing well all year and will be a factor in the final results.

Nick Maynard matched Paterson’s 67 at Muny and Jake Ezell had 67 at Roy Kizer.  Tye Grissom shot 68 at Muny and is in 5th place.  Matt Werneke recorded 69 at Roy Kizer with a double bogey on 17 and bogey on 18.  Twelve players are at one under par.  Click on this link to access the full leaderboard and tournament information.

Tomorrow the field will reverse courses, those that played Muny will be at Roy Kizer and vice versa.  After a 36 hole cut, the remaining 72 players will play Grey Rock and finish at Morris Williams.

There is a lot of golf to play and we will see what happens next.  Golf is a strange and interesting game.

Congrats again Jay on shooting 60 and breaking a long standing course record.  Wow, you’re kidding me, 60… damn I’m jealous.

 

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Northington Goes For Third Consecutive Men’s City Championship

Steve Hammond and Daniel Northington, 2014 Men's City Champ

Steve Hammond and Daniel Northington, 2014 Men’s City Champ

Daniel Northington won the 2013 and 2014 Men’s City Championships and is trying to capture the 2015 title.

Ben Crenshaw is the only player to win three consecutive Austin Men’s City Championships. He did so on 1967, 68 and 69 as a teenager.  He went on to have a Golf Hall of Fame Career, winning 19 PGA Tour events, including two Masters titles.

Northington cut short his college golf career to concentrate on obtaining his degree.  Golf is an amateur pastime for Northington and odds are against a third consecutive title.

But just as the golfing world was fascinated by Jordan Spieth’s recent run at history in his attempt to win three consecutive major titles, Austin golfers that are aware of what is going on in local golf are curious to see if Northington can make it three in a row and make a little local golfing history.  On the world stage of golf, this does not rank very high but in Austin golfing circles, it would be notable to say the least.

2014 Champ Brian Noonan with Beth Cleckler

2014 Champ Brian Noonan with Beth Cleckler

In his way is a field of 140 players who are trying to win the title.  The field includes three time city champion Brian Noonan, who has also won the Firecracker Open, The Harvey Penick Invitational and the 2014 Spring Championship. Two time Men’s City and two time Firecracker Open champion Michael Cooper is in the field.

Several recent winners of the Men’s City such as Matt Warneke and Kody King are entered and have been playing well.

Brenden Redfern

Brenden Redfern

The field also has a number of collegiate players who will figure in the mixture including Brenden Redfern, past winner of the Firecracker Open and recent graduate of The University of Arizona, where he played collegiate golf.  He finished second in the Central Texas Amateur last week so he is in good form.

 

Steve Paterson, who won the Central Texas Amateur, and is the current point leader in the Austin Amateur Golf points race will be a factor in the event along with Robert Evans, who won the Spring Championship and the Chester Cup earlier this year.

Steve Paterson

Steve Paterson

Play begins Thursday morning at Lions Municipal and Roy Kizer.  The field consists of about 140 players who will play each of these courses before a 36 hole cut to the low 72 players. The final rounds will be played at Grey Rock and Morris Williams Golf Course.

The question is, can Northington match Crenshaw’s three in a row.  We will see.

Good luck to all the contestants and follow the scoring on the GolfAustin.Org website or the free GolfAustin.Ort app for I-Phones and Android devices, available at your app store.

 

 

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Bentley Cotton Wins U.S. Kids Golf Foundation Teen World Championship

Bentley Cotton of Austin shot 75-75-74 to win the 13 year old division of the U.S. Kids Golf Foundations Teen World Championship at the Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina.  Bentley’s eight over par total was good for an eleven shot victory over her nearest competitor.  Congratulations Bentley.

Click here for full field results

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Golf Austin App Upgraded

IMG_1714The free Golf Austin app for I-Phones and Android devices has recently been upgraded to include new features.  If you have this app and have not upgraded it, please do so.  It is free and will provide you with enhanced capabilities to register for tournaments, follow leaderboards, read recent golf news about Austin golfers and more.

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Madelyn Jones, Holt Miller, Maggie Cowart Shine In TJGT Slick Rock Tournament

Madelyn Jones wins Girls 11-14 Division of TJGT Slick Rock Event

Madelyn Jones wins Girls 11-14 Division of TJGT Slick Rock Event

The Texas Junior Golf Tour Championship was played July 20th-21st, 2015 at the Horseshoe Bay Resort – Slick Rock Golf Course.  The Boys 15-18 played 6,834 yards; the Boys 12-14 played 6,354 yards; and all Girls 11-18 played 5,721 yards in this 36-hole, nationally-ranked event.

Event Recap:

Slick Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort greeted 76 players on a hot and humid July day. Gavyn Freeland of Houston and Dylan Briscoe of Austin Posted under par rounds on Day 1 for the Boys’.

On the Girl’s side Maggie Cowart of Austin and Kenzie Wright of McKinney were the stars of day 1 as they posted the low rounds of the day with a 73 and 74 respectively.

In the younger Boys division Dallas Hankamer (Temple, TX) posted a 73 to lead the 11-14 group.  In the older boys division there were four players tied at the top with rounds of 73.

Day 2 started with an 8:30 am shotgun start as all the players were able to get out onto the course and play a few holes before the temperatures began to rise. Seventh Grader Dallas Hankamer shot 70 in the Boys 11-14 Division. Kenzie Wright came from one back shooting 70 to win first place in the Girl’s 11-18 division. Holt Miller came from two back shooting a 71 to win by three in the Boy’s 15-18 division.

Top Finishers:

Holt Miller Wins Boys 15-18 Division

Holt Miller Wins Boys 15-18 Division

Boys 15-18
1st Place – Holt Miller Austin, TX. 2018 72-71 143
2nd Place – Dylan Briscoe Austin, TX. 2017 71-75 146
3rd Place – Cade Osgood Austin, TX. 2016 75-71 146

Boy 11-14
1st Place – Dallas Hankamer, Temple, TX.  2021, 73-70 143
2nd Place – Nathan Perronzio, Round Rock, TX. 2020, 77-73 150
3rd Place –-Christian Hansen, San Antonio, TX. 82-75 157

Maggie Cowart

Maggie Cowart

Girls 15-18
1st Place – Kenzie Wright McKinney, TX. 2016 74-70 144
2nd Place – Maggie Cowart Austin, TX. 2016 73-78 151
3rd Place – Maria Jose-Ramirez San Antonio, TX.2020 79-78 157

Girls 11-14
1st Place – Madelyn Jones, Austin, TX. 2019, 80- 80 160
2nd Place – Haili Moore, Prosper, TX. 2021 86-82 168
3rd Place – Reily Heaslip, Baton Rouge, LA. 2019 100-84 184

Playoff details: Dylan Briscoe won a playoff on the fourth hole with a birdie.

AJGA PBE Winners:

Boys 15-18 – 4 Stars – Holt Miller Austin, TX. 2018 72-71 143
1 Star – Dylan Briscoe Austin, TX. 2017 71-75 146
1 Star – Cade Osgood Austin, TX. 2016 75-71 146
1 Star – Gavyn Freeland Houston, TX. 70-76 146
1 Star – Dalton Doerr Austin, TX. 2017 75-72 147
1 Star – Holden Hernandez, Burnet, TX. 2015 75-72 147

Girls 11-18 – 4 Stars – Kenzie Wright McKinney, TX. 2016 74-70 144
1 Star – Maggie Cowart Austin, TX. 2016 73-78 151
1 Star – Maria Jose-Ramirez San Antonio, TX.2020 79-78 157

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Austin Junior Championship Results

Madelyn Jones Wins Girls 13-15 Division of Austin Junior Championship

Madelyn Jones Wins Girls 13-15 Division of Austin Junior Championship

Madelyn Jones shot 74-73-71 to win the Girls 13-15 Division of the Austin Junior Championship.   The juniors played rounds at Lions, Roy Kizer and Morris Williams over the course of three days.

The championship is the culmination of the summer long Austin City Junior Golf Tour, which consisted of five tournaments played at the various municipal courses.  The tournaments included girls and boys from ages 8 to 18 with about 60 players per tournament.  To view the results of various categories of players click on the links below and then click on “results”.  Use your back button to return to this page.

Boys 11-12 27
Boys 13-15 54
Boys 13-15 1st Flt 54
Boys 16-18 54
Boys 16-18 1st Fight 54
Boys 16-18 2nd Flight 54
Boys 8 & Under 18
Boys 9-10 27
Girls 11-12 18
Girls 11-12 27
Girls 13-15 54
Girls 16-18 54
Girls 8 & Under 18
Girls 9-10 27

The staff at the various municipal courses and the Golf Department for the City of Austin Parks and Recreation have been busy and we are fortunate to have such an caring and productive group of people supporting the golfers of Austin.  Thanks to all the staff for doing such a great job of helping Austin golfers, young and old.

If you are a local golfer but not participating in these tournaments, you are missing some good fun. City tournaments still to come this summer include the Austin Parent Junior, the Austin Women’s Championship, the Austin Men’s Championship and the Austin Senior Men’s Championship. Registration and tournament information for these events are available through GolfAustin.Org.

 

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Ramsey Eliminated From U.S. Junior Amateur

Reese RamseyReese Ramsey, a junior at Westlake High School, was eliminated from the U.S. Junior Amateur Tournament in the round of 32 by Eugene Hong from Sanford, Florida.

Hong birdied the four of the first five holes to establish a three up lead.  After a bogey on number seven, Ramsey was four down.  He fought back with birdies on eight and nine to get to two down.

Hong birdied 11, Ramsey birdied 13 and Hong birdied 14 to go to three up.

In the final stretch, Ramsey rallied again and won 15 with a par and 16 with a birdie cut the lead to one.  Number 17 was halved with bogeys to set the stage for the final hole.  Both players made par and Hong won one up.  Ramsey was even par for the match and Hong was one under.

In the round of 16 Hong won 6 & 4 and was four under par during that match.
In the quarterfinals Hong won 2 & 1 and was six under par during that match.
In the semifinals Hong won 3 & 2 and was six under par during that match.
He will appear in the finals for the U.S. Junior Amateur.

Apparently Ramsey was defeated by one of the best players in the tournament.  Congratulations to Reese for qualifying for the tournament, advancing to match play and winning a match.

Click here to view the scoring during the matches.

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Future Is Bright For Eight Year Old Golfer Emma Maldonado

emma maldonadoMeet 8 year old golfer Emma Maldonado. Emma is not only enjoying golf at a young age but she is competing at a high level.

After winning her age division in three City of Austin junior events this summer, Emma has qualified for the U.S. Kids World Championship at the famed Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina later this month. She and parents will be traveling to North Carolina by car beginning this Sunday.  The competition will host over 165 junior golfers under the age of 12 from all over the world.

Her favorite golfers are Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth. Emma has lofty goals but is mainly excited about this trip of a lifetime.  Good luck Emma, you will represent The City of Austin well!

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Ramsey Advances To Round of 32 In U.S. Junior Amateur – Gillman Eliminated From U.S. Girls Junior

Reese RamseyReese Ramsey birdied the 20th hole of his match to win and advance to the round of 32 in the U.S. Junior Amateur being played at the Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, South Carolina.

In regulation play Ramsey was three under par but  his opponent also played well.  Ramsey was one up at the turn.  His opponent, Michael Sanders birdied 12 and 14 to go one up in the match.

After Sanders bogeyed the 15th, the match was square.  Ramsey birdied 16 to go one up but a bogey on the 18th left the match all square. After both players parred the 19th hole, Ramsey made birdie on the par 5 20th hole to win the match.

The round of 32 commences today after the round of 64 matches are completed.  They were delayed by weather during yesterday’s play and are finishing today.

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

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

Kristen Gillman, the Lake Travis High School golfer who is the defending U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion was defeated 2&1 in the round of 64 at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.

That leaves Ramsey as the only Austin player still participating in a U.S. Junior Tournament.  There were eight Austin based players that qualified to participate in either the U.S. Girls’ Junior or the U.S. Junior Amateur.

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