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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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Dossey To Represent U.S. At Duke Of York Young Champions

cooper dossey
Cooper Dossey, who plays for Vandergrift High School, will be one of two U.S. representatives that compete in the Duke of York Young Champions Tournament at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland, September 16-18, 2014
Dossey has risen to number 17 in the Polo Golf Rankings after a very successful 2014 season.  He has verbally committed to play collegiate golf at Texas A&M  University.

 

 

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Benestante Wins Bluebonnet Cup With Closing 67

DSCN6526Chris Benestante birdied the last hole to post 67 and win the Bluebonnet Cup by two over Jay Reynolds.  Benestante shot nine under 207 for the tournament.

Reynolds started the day with a slim one shot lead but Benestante closed the gap and took the lead early on the front nine and turned in 33.  He then played with the lead most of the day until he three putted 17.  Reynolds par on 17 tied him for the lead going into 18.

After pulling his tee shot on 18, Reynolds wound up with a par putt of about 10 feet.  Meanwhile Benestante hit the fairway and placed his approach shot to about 12 feet.  He then holed the putt to win the title.  Reynolds made bogey to shoot 70 and post seven under for the tournament.

DSCN6524Peach Reynolds won the senior division with a three day total of 213, under par.  Mike Allen finished second with 217 on the strength of a closing 68.

Contrary to the difficult conditions on the second day, the third round was played under favorable scoring conditions and the results reflected the better conditions with several players shooting sub par rounds.

Dylan Lemke and the staff at Bluebonnet Hills ran an excellent tournament and the course was in good condition.  Congratulations to all the folks at Bluebonnet Hills for their efforts.

Full field scores listed in order of day 3, day 2, day 1, total score

Chris Benestante 67 72 68 207
Jay Reynolds 70 73 66 209
Tim Mitchell 69 72 71 212
Peach Reynolds 72 74 67 213
Grady Bruce 67 73 74 214
Stephen Paterson 69 75 72 216
Mike Allen 68 75 74 217
Gene Black 70 70 77 217
Jonathan Alden 74 77 69 220
Joe Bendetti 74 75 72 221
Kevin Taylor 79 75 67 221
Steve Wood 77 72 73 222
Steve Trafton 72 75 76 223
Jeffrey Topp 73 78 72 223
Tony Pitifer 75 76 72 223
Mark Baldree 77 74 72 223
Vince Brunssen 73 78 73 224
Hagen Fell 75 77 72 224
Jerry Thorn 75 78 72 225
Mike Grindle 78 77 72 227
Steven Siers 72 81 75 228
Brad Carrozza 74 77 77 228
Cameron Button 74 80 74 228
Xan Erwin 76 81 71 228
Mike O’Keefe 79 77 72 228
Josh Pursche 72 83 79 234
Randy Reynolds 79 81 74 234
Cody Price 80 81 74 235
Marco Palacios 73 86 77 236
Clayton Sullivan 78 81 77 236
Steve Ross 76 84 77 237
Richard Welch 76 85 76 237
Josh Donelson 83 83 75 241
Tim Elbrecht 80 83 79 242
Charlie Pittman 79 82 82 243
Marty Mosher 80 89 75 244
Troy Lindsey 81 86 77 244
Terry Kennemer 82 89 83 254
Duncan Burch 83 95 82 260
Dick Brady 88 90 86 264
Will Garner 89 88 87 264
Ed Winterroth 90 92 84 266
Dan Winterroth 93 95 96 284
Chris Kemsley 92 100 107 299
Lewis Ressler 104 141 118 363
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Jay Reynolds Leads Bluebonnet Cup By One Shot

Jay Reynolds shot one over 73 to go with his first round 66 and maintain a one shot lead headed into the final round ofr the Bluebonnet Cup.  Reynolds played steadily for the most part and tried to stay patient in the difficult conditions.

Chris Benestante moved into second place with an even par 72 that included a quadruple and double bogey along with some great putting that resulted in enough birdies to salvage a good round.  Benestante has played well throughout the summer tournament schedule and recorded several top five finishes.   He has a good chance to record a win.

Peach Reynolds posted 74 and is in third place two shots back of the leader and in position to win with a good round.

Wind, rain and cooler temperatures made scoring difficult and tested the patience of the entire field.  Gene Black was the only player to break par and scores were significantly higher than the first round.

With the rain and wind, players hit tee shots off line and often found themselves looking for golf balls.  As a result play slowed and patience was required for the entire field.   One group reported finding 30 golf balls while looking for their own.  And that was only on four holes.

The same group, while playing number eight waved the following group through as they searched for errant shots.  As the following group played through, they hit errant shots and had to search for their golf balls.  It took the initial group 30 minutes to play the hole and temporarily backed up the field.

In general, all the players were glad to finish the round and get out of the weather.

Jay Reynolds 66 73 139
Chris Benestante 68 72 140
Peach Reynolds 67 74 141
Kevin Taylor 67 75 142
Tim Mitchell 71 72 143
Steve Wood 73 72 145
Mark Baldree 72 74 146
Jonathan Alden 69 77 146
Gene Black 77 70 147
Grady Bruce 74 73 147
Joe Bendetti 72 75 147
Stephen Paterson 72 75 147
Tony Pitifer 72 76 148
Mike Allen 74 75 149
Hagen Fell 72 77 149
Mike O’Keefe 72 77 149
Mike Grindle 72 77 149
Jeffrey Topp 72 78 150
Jerry Thorn 72 78 150
Steve Trafton 76 75 151
Vince Brunssen 73 78 151
Xan Erwin 71 81 152
Brad Carrozza 77 77 154
Cameron Button 74 80 154
Cody Price 74 81 155
Randy Reynolds 74 81 155
Steven Siers 75 81 156
Clayton Sullivan 77 81 158
Josh Donelson 75 83 158
Steve Ross 77 84 161
Richard Welch 76 85 161
Josh Pursche 79 83 162
Tim Elbrecht 79 83 162
Marco Palacios 77 86 163
Troy Lindsey 77 86 163
Charlie Pittman 82 82 164
Marty Mosher 75 89 164
Terry Kennemer 83 89 172
Will Garner 87 88 175
Dick Brady 86 90 176
Ed Winterroth 84 92 176
Duncan Burch 82 95 177
Dan Winterroth 96 95 191
Chris Kemsley 107 100 207
Lewis Ressler 118 141 259
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Jay And Peach Reynolds Lead Bluebonnet Cup

jay and peachJay Reynolds, who recently regained his amateur status and has begun playing local amateur golf, shot six under par 66 to lead the Bluebonnet Cup after the first round of play.  Peach Reynolds, Jay’ father, posted 67 and is hot on Jay’s tail.   Jay has recently commented on his competitive goals and has been heard to say “I just want to beat Peach”.

Peach (on the right in photo above) and Jay have a great golfing relationship and have been known to caddy for each other in tournaments.  That’s not going to happen in the Bluebonnet Cup.  Peach, who recently played in the Senior British Amateur, is always supportive of Jay, but they will each be doing their best to win the tournament.

Several other players broke bar including Chris Benestante, Kevin Taylor and Tim Mitchell among others.

The golf course has plenty of grass on the fairways and the greens are excellent.  Although it was windy, the scoring conditions were good for players in control of their golf ball.

Starting times for Saturday’s round are available at Austin Amateur Golf.

Name Total
Lewis Ressler 118
Chris Kemsley 107
Dan Winterroth 96
Will Garner 87
Dick Brady 86
Ed Winterroth 84
Terry Kennemer 83
Duncan Burch 82
Charlie Pittman 82
Andrew Cotrill 80
Larry Walsh 80
Jan Douglass 80
Josh Pursche 79
Tim Elbrecht 79
Brad Carrozza 77
Clayton Sullivan 77
Gene Black 77
Marco Palacios 77
Troy Lindsey 77
Steve Ross 77
Steffen Schmieding 76
Richard Welch 76
Steve Trafton 76
Josh Donelson 75
Steven Siers 75
Marty Mosher 75
Cameron Button 74
Cody Price 74
Grady Bruce 74
Mike Allen 74
Randy Reynolds 74
Vince Brunssen 73
Steve Wood 73
Hagen Fell 72
Jeffrey Topp 72
Jerry Thorn 72
Joe Bendetti 72
Stephen Paterson 72
Mike O’Keefe 72
Mike Grindle 72
Mark Baldree 72
Tony Pitifer 72
Tim Mitchell 71
Xan Erwin 71
Jonathan Alden 69
Chris Benestante 68
Kevin Taylor 67
Peach Reynolds 67
Jay Reynolds 66

 

 

 

 

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Kristen Gillman In Evian Masters

gillman u.s. women's amateur trophyAustin’s Kristen Gillman, who recently won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship,  is currently playing in the Evian Masters in France.  The Evian Masters is the fifth and final major of the season on the LPGA tour.  The 16 year old Lake Travis student is the youngest player in the field.  Follow her progress on the leaderboard at this link.

Gillman’s travel schedule has certainly changed as a result of winning the U.S. Women’s  Amateur.  She recently played in the Women’s World Team Amateur Championship in Japan, is now in France playing in the Evian Masters, and will soon be playing in the Junior Ryder Cup Championship in Perthshire, Scotland.

Gillman has also earned a spot in several more prestigious events including; the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Miarage, California April 2-5, and the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco April 25-27.

When she returns from afar,  she will be playing High School Golf for Lake Travis.  I’m sure she will be glad to return to Austin and spend some time with friends and teammates.

 

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Cooper Dossey Makes Junior All-Star Series Team

cooper dosseyCooper Dossey of Austin has earned a spot on the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Team.  Dossey plays for Vandergrift High School and had an excellent season over the last school year and during this summer, resulted in several golfing honors.  Among those honors is a place on the Junior All-Star Series Team.

Specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15, the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events presents opportunities for younger players to develop their skills and earn entry into AJGA Open tournaments.

The team was selected based on the Polo Golf Rankings, and a player had to have competed in at least one Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series event in 2014 in order to be eligible. The team of 10 boys and 10 girls will be honored Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF in North Plains, Oregon.

On the team is Cooper Dossey of Austin, Texas, who made his first Wyndham Cup appearance as a member of the West Team. Dossey’s AJGA season started at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star and included three top-10 finishes. He captured his first victory at the Goodman Networks Junior at Traditions and placed eighth at the Thunderbird International Junior en route to the No. 17 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings.

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Kim Noonan Advances To Round Of 32 In Women’s U.S. Mid Amateur

kim noonanAfter winning the Houston qualifying event for the Women’s U.S. Mid-Amateur by five shots, Kim Noonan and fellow Austinite Anna Morales traveled to the Harbor Trees Country Club in Noblesville Indiana to participate in the tournament proper.

Their first task was to make it through the 36 hole qualifying portion of the tournament to advance to match play, where the top 64 players would compete.

Noonan  shot 78-79=157.    Ordinarily those would not be considered good scores.  But, with difficult conditions and a difficult course, it was good enough to gain a T23 in a field that took the best 64 and easily advance her to the match play portion of the tournament.

Anna MoralesMorales, shot 87-77=164.  She missed advancing to the match play portion by a single shot.  Must have been very disappointing.  Morales has played in the Women’s U.S. Mid Am several times and is the current Women’s club champion at Austin Country Club.

Monday morning came, Morales went home and Noonan teed it up in the round of 64.   While Noonan would normally be working with spreadsheets and tax code updates required of her C.P.A. duties,  she was playing a match against Julie Carmichael of Plainfield, Indiana.   She proceeded to win that match 2 & 1 to advance.  Click here to see the scorecard of that match.

Tuesday morning at 8:51,  Noonan faces Meghan Stasi, of Oakland Park, Florida in the round of 32 on Tuesday morning.  We wish her the best.  Click here to follow her progress.

 

 

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