Austin Amateur Golf, which maintains a points list for a schedule of amateur events in Austin, has announced the players that will represent Austin against San Antonio in the 2015 Rudy’s Cup. In addition, they have identified the Austin amateur player of the year, the leading mid-amateur for the year, the leading senior for the year and the leading junior player of the year. The points list and statistical information is available on the Austin Amateur Golf website. Click here to access that information.
The Rudy’s Cup will be played on the Live Oak Course at Fair Oaks Ranch in Borne, Texas on November 7-8.
The Rudy’s Cup Captain for 2015 is Peach Reynolds. Assistant Captains are Kelly McDonald, Chris Benestante and Randy Reynolds. Benestante had acquired enough points to make the team but sustained a severe ankle injury that has sidelined him from golf for a while. He will be serving in the Assistant Captain role along with Randy Reynolds and Kelly McDonald. Randy Reynolds has been the driving force behind the Rudy’s Cup over the history of it’s existence and is a former captain of the team. He was the low senior in the 2015 Men’s City Championship. McDonald has been a long time supporter of the Rudy’s Cup and a former Assistant Captain.
The Austin Team is composed of the top eight mid amateurs and the top three seniors on the Austin Amateur Points list along with three captains picks. The mid-amateurs include the following and are listed in the order of points accumulated in 2015.
Captains Picks include:
Cole Esau was named as the alternate.
Steve Paterson, who won the Central Texas Amateur and the Horseshoe Bay Invitational in 2015, also qualified for the U.S Mid-Am and finished T14 in the Texas State Amateur. He finished second in the Men’s City Championship and in the Chester Cup to compile the leading point total for the year and claim the Austin Amateur Golf’s designation as the Player of the Year and Mid-Am of the Year.
Jay Reynolds won the Men’s City Championship, the Bluebonnet Cup and the Austin Amateur Golf Championship in 2015. His record setting 60 at Lions Municipal propelled him to a record setting 16 under par in the Men’s City Championship. This was Reynolds first full year as an amateur after regaining his amateur status and he played beautifully. He and his father Peach Reynolds, almost won the Texas Golf Association father-son competition this year and both have had a good year on the links.
Robert Evans broke through this year with wins at the Morris Williams Spring Mid-Amateur and the Chester Cup. Evans, who has been a contender in numerous local tournaments in the past, seemed to have found something in his game that allowed him to win twice this year. That’s not an easy thing to do in the Austin Amateur Golf schedule. Congratulations to Mr. Evans.
Brian Noonan, who is soon to become a father and played professional golf for a while, has won almost every local golf title available to him including three Men’s City Championships, a Firecracker Open and the Harvey Penick Invitational. He has played on several Rudy’s Cup teams.
Erik Henson and Manny Bhkata have played the Rudy’s Cup on several occasions in previous years. Jeff Shell, who played once in previous years significantly improved his game this year and finished fifth on the points list. He will be making his second appearance on the team.
Paul Romero, who stepped up his game considerably this year with several high finishes during the course of the season finished sixth will be making his first appearance on the team.
Gene Black was the dominate senior player in the Austin golfing circles and finished first in the senior points race. He finished T2 in the Horseshoe Bay Invitational, third in the AAG Championship and played well in the Men’s City Senior Championship. Black has played on several Rudy’s Cup teams in the past.
Chris Hartenstein finished second in the senior points race by virtue of winning his second Men’s City Senior Championship. His playing schedule this year was somewhat diminished due to work and family obligations. Congratulations to Mr. Hartenstein.
Mike Allen, who has played in several of the previous Rudy’s Cup teams, will be the third senior on the team.
Matt Werneke, Ben Carter and Barrett Sandefur were the captain’s picks for this year by virtue of being high on the points list and participating in the schedule of events throughout the year. They have all played in previous Rudy’s Cup competitions and relish the opportunity to bring home another victory for the Austin team.
Cyrus Turner finished in the top spot for the Junior of the Year honors. Turner, who is a senior at St. Andrews finished second in the Bluebonnet Cup one shot behind Jay Reynolds. Reynolds made an eagle on the last hole to win by one shot. Congratulations to Cyrus Turner on this achievement.
You can look at a detailed listing of players points for the year by going to the following link to on the Austin Amateur Golf Website. Randy Reynolds, Steve Paterson and Robert Evans are to be congratulated on creating and maintaining this points list. It requires effort and is certainly enjoyed by the local golfing community. Thanks guys….