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Lions Municipal Spring Partnership Starts Saturday

The most popular partnership tournament in Austin is the Lions Municipal Spring Partnership.

lloyd morrisonOriginated by Lloyd Morrison, this partnership offers players the opportunity to play Lions Municipal Golf Course and celebrate new and old friendships.

Morrison has quite a history with Lions Municipal and Austin golf in general.  Shown here is a photo clip from when he won the Austin Men’s City Championship as a high school student by defeating five time city champ Roane Puett.  Morrison was the head professional at Lions for over twenty years and now oversees Hancock Golf Course.

The field consists of players who are serious about winning the championship and players who are there primarily to celebrate their relationships and enjoy the golf course.

billy clagettSome teams have played in this championship for years and years.  For example, the team of Billy Clagett and Tim Wilson.  Clagett, shown here posing after making yet another putt, is known as Mr. Muny for winning the Firecracker Open six times.  Tim Wilson, who has also won the Firecracker and played for the University of Texas, has been around this course with Clagett more than a few times as a teammate and fellow competitor.

Phillip Vescovo and Carl Holtzman, Ron Tallant and  Johnny Fisher have played together so long they don’t remember when they first started.  Vescovo  said “I think we started in 1981 or 87 but I can’t remember.  We’ve played every year since then”.  These are life long friendships and this is an opportunity to celebrate those friendships.

Some teams, like Greg Messerole and Bubba Sykes, are brothers in law and the Lions Spring Partnership turns into a family affair where the wives and children join in the celebration. Peach Reynolds and Mark Reynolds are brothers and have played together several times.

Others, like Jamie Beaman and Matthew Perrine, along with Michael Cooper and Austin Cotton, represent the pairing of established golfers with the younger generation of talented junior golfers.  The older players pass on the tradition as well as benefiting from the excellent play of the juniors.

Reese RamseyThen there is the purely younger contingent, represented by Reese Ramsey and Robert Richard who play for Westlake High School.  Ramsey, shown here, is a sophomore at Westlake and showing promise. He contributed to the recent win by the Westlake Boys in their District championship.

Last year’s winning team of Kody King and Matt Fisher will not be in the field because King has turned professional.

All the participants have a special bond with Lions Golf Course and the tradition of the tournament.  Lloyd Morrison, who was the head professional at Lions when he started this tournament, said this was his favorite event of the year.  That sentiment is shared by many participants in the partnership.

Steve HammondSteve Hammond, who now runs the event, has supported the traditions of the tournament.  This includes the early morning registration for the tournament where participants must show up at the course by 5:30 or 6:00 am to get their name on a list for the in-person registration that starts at 7:00 A.M.

In addition, Hammond has incorporated some new features this year by using GolfAustin.Org tournament software that provides a leaderboard accessable via the internet, sends tee times to participants and in general makes managing the tournament easier for all concerned.

Follow your favorite team by using the free GolfAustin.Org app for I-phones and Android devices OR go to the GolfAustin.Org website where scores will be posted.

Good luck to all the teams.

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Omar Uresti Golf Tournament Benefiting The First Tee of Austin

The fourth annual Omar Uresti Golf Tournament benefiting the First Tee Of Austin will be held April 7th at the Hills Country Club.  This event provides funding for First Tee programs in the Austin area.  It is an opportunity to support junior golf in Austin and offers the players a great day of golf for a good cause.  For more information and registration click here.

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Hannon Cup Association Hosts Golf Day For It’s Members

The Hannon Cup Association held it’s annual Golf Day at The University of Texas Golf Club on Tuesday of this week.  This is the first of several functions that the Hannon Cup Association hosts for it’s members throughout the year.  For information about joining the association, see their webpage.

The Golf Day consisted of two hours of instruction and then a nine hole shamble with two man teams.  Bill Moretti, Joe Beck Jr., George Hannon, and John Paul Hebert were on hand to provide their expertise to the players.  This included analysis of their full swing, demonstrations and lessons on how to pitch the ball using the bounce of the wedge and putting tips.

coach and paul dosseyCoach George Hannon and Paul Dossey are shown here watching one of the students hit balls while Coach offers his advice on the swing.  Paul Dossey ,on the right, paired with his son Cooper to play in the nine hole shamble after the instructional portion of the day. Cooper, who plays for Vandegrift High School has had a very successful year in junior golf and is looking forward to the district golf championship next week.

 

jp hebertJohn Paul Hebert casts his watchful eye on one of the players pitching technique. Notice he has the student using an extra club held alongside the shaft of the wedge. This extends the shaft along the players left hip and promotes proper rotation through the shot to maintain a constant loft and utilize the bounce of the club during the strike.  Hebert is known for his length off the tee but also has great touch around the green.  Players benefited greatly from his help during the instructional portion of the day.

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After the instruction and nine hole shamble competition, scores were posted and prizes awarded while the players enjoyed a meal and beverages.  Steve Termeer, president of the Hannon Cup Association, thanked the players and the Titleist sponsor for participating in the event and supporting the associations efforts to provide scholarships and support to junior golfers in the area.

The Hannon Cup has provided over $150,000 in scholarships through the South Texas PGA and support to the City of Austin Junior Golf Academy.  The Austin Junior Golf Academy was originally started by Coach George Hannon, Lloyd Morrison, and Joe Balander. For registration and information about the academy, click here.

 

 

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Cooper Dossey Finishes Third In AJGA Hunter Mahan Tournament

dossey 3rd at Hunter Mahan ajgaCooper Dossey shot 75-68=143 to post a one under par total at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco, Texas and capture third place in the AJGA Hunter Mahan Tournament.  Dossey’s final round 68 was the low final round of the tournament and he received a special putter cover in recognition of that accomplishment.  Dossey plays for Vandegrift High School here in Austin.

Dossey recently made a verbal committment to play his collegiate golf at Texas A&M.  Brandon Smith, who won the tournament, has also committed to A&M.  Two other players in the tournament, who finished T4 and T8 have also committed to A&M.

Charles Kim, a junior at Cedar Park, finished T14 and Daniel Martinez, who also plays for Vandegrift finished T31.

In the girls division, Kennedy Swann from Austin finished T24.

See full field scores here.

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Westlake Boys Win 5-A Region II District 15 Golf Title, Austin High Second

Matthew Perrine led the Westlake Boys golf team to victory in the  Region II 5-A District 15 Golf championship played at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on Wednesday and Thursday.   Austin High, who finished second, will advance to the regional golf tournament along with Westlake.

Dillon Baxter of Lake Travis finished second individually and Taylor Greenway finished third.  Individual and team scores are posted below.

Top Individual Scorers

Matthew Perrine Westlake I 72 71 143 1st
Dillon Baxter Lake Travis I 73 73 146 2nd Advancing
Taylor Greenway Austin I 77 74 151 3rd
Tristan Stalker Lake Travis II 76 76 152 Advancing

Team Scores and Individual Scores

Matthew Perrine Westlake I 72 71 143 308 300 608 1st
Reese Ramsey Westlake I 80 74 154 308 300 608
Trevor Brown Westlake I 79 76 155 308 300 608
Tyler Gammill Westlake I 77 80 157 308 300 608
Robert Rickard Westlake I 80 79 159 308 300 608
Taylor Greenway Austin I 77 74 151 314 305 619 2nd
Ben Winter Austin I 80 73 153 314 305 619
Will Ezel Austin I 77 77 154 314 305 619
Forest Miller Austin I 85 81 166 314 305 619
Matthew Milliken Austin I 80 89 169 314 305 619
Dillon Baxter Lake Travis I 73 73 146 307 316 623 3rd
Andrew Liu Lake Travis I 78 79 157 307 316 623
Austin Campbell Lake Travis I 79 81 160 307 316 623
Jake Budde Lake Travis I 78 83 161 307 316 623
Nick Winborn Lake Travis I 78 83 161 307 316 623
Henrik Olsson Westlake II 77 76 153 313 311 624
Michael Rome Westlake II 79 75 154 313 311 624
Matthew Stewart Westlake II 78 79 157 313 311 624
Ryan McGinley Westlake II 79 81 160 313 311 624
Nick Costello Westlake II 80 81 161 313 311 624
Tristan Stalker Lake Travis II 76 76 152 319 320 639
Tau Broadhurst Lake Travis II 81 77 158 319 320 639
Raleigh Kelley Lake Travis II 78 80 158 319 320 639
Christian Gurley Lake Travis II 84 88 172 319 320 639
Carson Smith Lake Travis II 86 87 173 319 320 639
Jack Hawkins Austin II 94 81 175 357 346 703
Jon Mercado Austin II 91 85 176 357 346 703
Brandon Bengtson Austin II 87 91 178 357 346 703
Sal Chavarria Austin II 85 97 182 357 346 703
David Draughn Austin II 98 89 187 357 346 703
Conner Flanigan Bowie I 86 79 165 360 348 708
Jonathan Herrera Bowie I 86 92 178 360 348 708
Dawson Zabloski Bowie I 93 89 182 360 348 708
Huxtable Parker Bowie I 96 88 184 360 348 708
Zolon Wilkins Bowie I 95 97 192 360 348 708
Cade Osgood Anderson I 85 84 169 356 353 709
Trent Wilson Anderson I 90 87 177 356 353 709
James Breed Anderson I 91 89 180 356 353 709
Brett Abernathy Anderson I 90 93 183 356 353 709
Nick Fleher Anderson I 100 100 200 356 353 709
Nathan Moore Bowie II 87 90 177 365 383 748
Jake Bridges Bowie II 90 94 184 365 383 748
Zach Gfroerer Bowie II 90 97 187 365 383 748
Braden Long Bowie II 98 104 202 365 383 748
Cameron Tondre Bowie II 105 102 207 365 383 748
Sam Gindler Anderson II 96 93 189 406 389 795
Tyler Dare Anderson II 100 98 198 406 389 795
Ben Ruthven Anderson II 108 95 203 406 389 795
Finley Patterson Anderson II 102 103 205 406 389 795
Ned Kaufman Anderson II 119 109 228 406 389 795
Robbie Smith Akins 102 106 208 465 451 916
Omar Webb Akins 109 106 215 465 451 916
Gustavo Arzate Akins 114 109 223 465 451 916
Joesph Garcia Akins 142 130 272 465 451 916
Joe Fernandez Akins 140 143 283 465 451 916
Luis Rivera Del Valle 105 105 210 469 463 932
Pedro Rodriguez Del Valle 110 124 234 469 463 932
Estebon Barron Del Valle 125 110 235 469 463 932
Reid Gieseke Del Valle 146 999 1145 469 463 932
Sam DeLaRosa Del Valle 129 124 253 469 463 932
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Noonan Wins Playoff Over Backus To Claim Morris Williams Spring Championship

Noonan and BackusBrian Noonan made a five foot birdie on the first hole of the playoff with David Backus to win the Morris Williams Spring Championship.  Noonan, shown here on the left with Backus, posted 79 in the second round after a day of very challenging conditions that produced high scores for the field.  Craig Cyr, Josh Swanson and Jonathan Alden recorded the day’s lowest score with 76′s.

With a cool north wind of 15-20 mph, hard bumpy greens, and the course stretched to its maximum length, the players had their hands full and it became a battle of attrition where par was a good score on any hole.  Some players managed better than others but in the end, the conditions and golf course were too much to handle.

First round leader Manny Bhakta followed up his opening round 70 with and 83.  What a difference a day makes.  Some players managed to keep it in the the 70′s but the field average score went from 77.85 to 82.49.

Click here for full field results.
There was much discussion about the condition of the course among players and golf course staff.  What emerged was a picture of a perfect storm of conditions that produced less than desirable greens.  After the redesign of the course, the growing season was short, the traffic on the course was much higher than normal and then we had a brutal winter that prevented any growth on the greens with a shallow root structure.  The course will recover when growing conditions are favorable.

Having watched the redesign progress I was often asked what I thought of the changes.  Aside from a few comments about hole design my most consistent comment was that I would reserve judgement until the course had a chance to grow in and it played like it should.  I still reserve that judgement and am hopeful that the spring and summer provide the course with the opportunity to mature into what it can be.

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Bhakta Claims First Round Lead In Morris Williams Spring Championship

Bhakta and NoonanManny Bhakta, shown here on the left, shot two under par in the first round of the Morris Williams Spring Championship to claim a one shot lead over Brian Noonan, shown here on the right, and Ben Carter, both of which recorded one under par 71′s.

Click here for results, 2nd round tee times and complete tournament information.

Bhakta turned in two under par on the front nine and despite his only bogey of the day on the par five 11th, recorded an even par 36 on the back nine to post 70.  Noonan turned in 36 after a birdie on #9, then added birdies on 10 and 11 to get to two under par.  He bogeyed 12 then recorded all pars to post 71. Carter turned in 36 then birdied 11 and made all pars from there to the house.

The golf course has suffered from a short growing season after last year’s redesign along with heavy play through the summer then a brutal winter resulting in greens that have not yet had a chance to grow this year.  The result was spotty grass on the firm greens resulting in difficult scoring conditions.

Bubba Sykes leads the first flight at +6 and Jerry Frantz leads the second flight.

Play resumes tomorrow if the weather cooperates.  Scores, tee times and full tournament information is available at the above link or on the free Golf Austin app for Iphones and android devices.

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Alex Ellis Finishes T10 in Schenkel Invitational

Mark McIntire, Coach of the College of Charleston Golf Team, an Austin native and winner of several local golf titles, has passed on this press release concerning the results of the Schenkel Invitational Golf Tournament.

Click here for final results

STATESBORO, Ga. – Senior Alex Ellis (Austin, Texas) shot one under par over 54 holes to lead the College of Charleston men’s golf team to a sixth-place finish at the 35th Annual Schenkel Invitational held at the par-72, Forest Heights Country Club.

Aside from host and tournament champion Georgia Southern (-14), the Cougars were the only other unranked team to finish among the top half of the pack. Paired with the Eagles and No. 14-ranked UAB in the final round, CofC carded a three-round score of 869 (+5) one stroke out of a three-way tie for fourth with No. 10 Virginia and No. 15 Texas (+4).

“Overall, this was a solid week for our guys,” CofC Head Coach Mark McEntire said. “Today was not our ideal start, but we played really good golf in the middle of the round. It rained the last eight holes making our holes coming in very difficult, which caused some dropped shots.

“It would have been great to get wins against Texas and UVA, but we will learn from our mistakes and continue to get better each week. It was still an exciting day to play in the last group of an amazing tournament and we will take the positives from the week as a whole.”

The average score in the final round was 75.23 as the 15-team field tried to beat out the impending rain. Ellis shot 2-over on Sunday after back-to-back under-par rounds of 70 and 71. It marked his second top-10 finish of the season.

Sophomore John Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) and junior Zach Munroe (Charlotte, N.C.) finished at even-par for the tournament which put them in a respectable tie for 15th. Both shot a 68 and 69 respectively in the second round to put CofC in contention on the final day.

“I am extremely proud of (Alex) Ellis, (Zach) Munroe and (John) Jonas who all finished in the top 20,” McEntire said. “The three of them really showed their class this week and their play continues to impress me.”

The Cougars will have another shot against the nation’s best at The Hootie to be held on March 23-25 at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, S.C.

“This weekend’s tournament results will move us up in the rankings, which was our main goal on this trip,” McEntire said. “It will also give us momentum going into another big tournament next weekend at The Hootie against another stout field.”

35TH ANNUAL SCHENKEL INVITATIONAL

March 14-16, 2014 Forest Heights Country Club (Par 72, 6,962 yards) at Statesboro, Ga.

 FINAL TEAM RESULTS

1. Georgia Southern – 286-276-288—850 (-14)
2. (#14) UAB – 285-281-292—858 (-6)
3. (#6) UCF – 294-279-289—862 (-2)
T4. (#10) Virginia – 290-285-293—868 (+4)
T4. (#15) Texas – 290-283-295—868 (+4)
6. (# 100) College of Charleston – 290-277-302—869 (+5)
7. (#56)Georgia State – 301-273-297—871 (+7)
8. (#74)Mississippi – 290-293-292—875 (+11)
9. (#47)North Florida – 291-278-307—876 (+12)
10.(#78) North Carolina State – 292-293-296—881 (+17)
11. (#28) Kentucky – 294-292-296—882 (+18)
12. (# 82)Duke – 297-294-295—886 (+22)
13. (#72)Florida – 297-293-300—890 (+26)
14. (#64)North Texas – 309-296-293—898 (+34)
15. (#140) Maryland – 299-303-302—904 (+40)

FINAL COFC INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
T10. Alex Ellis – 70-71-74—215 (-1)
T15. John Jonas – 72-68-76—216 (E)
T15. Zach Munroe – 73-69-74—216 (E)
T40. Josh Lorenzetti – 75-69-78—222 (+6)
T77. Matthew Mahle – 77-75-78—230 (+14)
89. William Rainey* 75-81-83—239 (+23)

*competing as an individual

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Austin Based Players Results In Adams Tour Event

Robby Ormand finished strong with rounds of 70-69 to post a one under par total for 72 holes and finish T17 in the Adams Tour Golfcrest Classic, played in Pearland, Texas.

David Gosset, a former U.S. Amateur Champion and former member of the UT Golf, posted 290, good for a T29 finish.

Julio Vegas, a member of the National Championship Longhorn Team in 2012, finished with a 291 total, good for T32.

See the full field results at this link.

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Alex Ellis Posts 70 in Schenkel Invitational

Statsboro, Georgia – Former Westlake High School star and winner of the Firecracker open, who is now a senior at the College of Charleston, shot 70 to lead the College of Charleston men’s golf team to a tie for third after the first day of play in the 35th Annual Schenkel Invitational held on Friday at the Forest Heights Country Club.

They are tied with the University of Texas for third.

Click here to follow the full field results.

 

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