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amateurgolf.com North Texas Am: Bob Neal wins in Playoff

LEWISVILLE, TX (June 4, 2006)--Bob Neal of Arlington defeated Marc Campbell of Southlake on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the inaugural amateurgolf.com North Texas Amateur at The Golf Club at Castle Hills in Lewisville. Both players had identical 68-69--137 totals to finish at 7-under for the tournament.

In the playoff, both Neal, 49, and Campbell, 22, parred the 479-yard 1st hole, before Campbell's three-putt at the 2nd allowed Neal to two-putt for the win.

After round one, 11 players were under par, with four--Josh Irving of Mansfield, Stephen Paterson of Austin, Campbell and Neal--sharing the lead at 4-under 68. Todd McGrew of Coppell was two shots back at 70, with an additional six players at 71.

Irving started fast with birdies at #2 and #3 to get to 6-under, where Paterson joined him with birdies at #6 and #9. With nine holes to go, Irving and Paterson led by one over Neal and two over Campbell and McGrew.

But things turned quickly on the back nine, as Campbell birdied three holes in a row starting at #10, while Irving and Paterson fell out of contention, both coming home in 40. When Neal bogeyed the par-3 12th, he fell three shots behind, but birdies at #13, #14 and #16 gave him the lead after Campbell bogeyed the long par-4 15th. Campbell's birdie at the par-5 17th pulled him even with Neal, and when both players parred the 18th the playoff was set.

McGrew had the low final round with a 68 to finish at 138, one shot out of the playoff. Todd Parker of Dallas birdied the last two holes to shoot 69 for a 140 total and 4th place, while Irving and Paterson closed with 74's to finish tied for 5th at 142. In all, eight players finshed under par for the tournament.

In the Senior Division, Doug Baker of Austin entered the final round with a one-shot lead over Jim Butcher of The Colony, with Peter Dahlberg of Fort Worth an additional two shots back. Dahlberg closed with a 73 to pull within one shot, but in the end Baker's 75 was good enough for a 147 total and a one-shot win.

In the Net Division, Blane Freytag of Peoria, AZ followed his opening 10-under 62 with a 68 for a 130 total and a seven-shot win over Cesar Hernandez of Carrollton, with Jin Han of Allen, TX in third with a 139 total.

The Golf Club at Castle Hills proved to be a great host course, with excellent playing conditions and practice facilities, and a good pace of play. Thanks to Sam Jepsen and his staff for their hard work, and to Richard Noon at The Golf Academy for providing the use of their practice facilities to North Texas Amateur contestants. Thanks also to Jamie Pipes of UST, who set up the UST tent at The Academy after round one and provided informal club fitting to our players.

The North Texas Amateur is an amateurgolf.com Texas Amateur Rankings Points Event.

Final results from the amateurgolf.com North Texas Amateur, played at The Golf Club at Castle Hills, June 3-4, 2006:

1 Bob Neal, Arlington 68 69 137
2 Marc Campbell, Southlake 68 69 137
3 Todd McGrew, Coppell 70 68 138
4 Todd Parker, Dallas 71 69 140
T5 Justin Davidson, Haslet 71 71 142
T5 Josh Irving, Mansfield 68 74 142
T5 Stephen Paterson, Austin 68 74 142
T8 Clarke Kincaid, Trophy Club 71 72 143
T8 Jim Neumann, Frisco 71 72 143
10 Will Kinnaird, Odessa 76 69 145
11 Jonathan Alden, Austin 76 70 146
T12 Kyle Collins, San Antonio 77 70 147
T12 Ian Anthony, Euless 74 73 147
T12 John Bearrie, Arlington 74 73 147
T15 Steve Trafton, Austin 77 71 148
T15 Mark Lindberg, Coppell 71 77 148
17 Larry Trowell, The Colony 77 72 149
T18 Aaron Bradshaw, Allen 74 76 150
T18 Chris Brauner, Austin 73 77 150
T18 Trey Owen, Austin 71 79 150
T21 Ryan Barcena, Lubbock 75 76 151
T21 Larry Nunez, Odessa 73 78 151
T21 Louie Pullen, Roanoke 72 79 151
24 Matthew Rutter, Fort Worth 73 79 152
25 Cody Pinkston, Georgetown 78 75 153
T26 Andrew Braun, Trophy Club 75 79 154
T26 Josh Webber, Dallas 75 79 154
T26 Praneeth Perera, Carrollton 73 81 154
T29 Russell Williams, Prosper 79 78 157
T29 Bill Robb, Lewisville 76 81 157
T31 Kurt Kellum, Dallas 80 78 158
T31 Lee Seidlits, Austin 77 81 158
T33 Rob Norland, Richardson 80 80 160
T33 Matthew Oates, Diboll 76 84 160
35 Win Bruning, Dallas 84 78 162
36 Rawley Vines, Austin 82 86 168
37 Tim Johnson, Denton 79 90 169
38 Shannon Glidwell, Euless 89 81 170
WD Jim Quinn, Mansfield 76 WD WD
WD Randy Fink, Houston 85 WD WD
WD Jeff Altrichter, McKinney 88 WD WD
NC Bryce Benson, Arlington NC NC
Senior Division
1 Doug Baker, Austin 72 75 147
2 Peter Dahlberg, Fort Worth 75 73 148
3 David Brader, Austin 77 73 150
4 John Moffett, Dallas 76 75 151
T5 Ralph Cotton, Irving 77 76 153
T5 Mac McGee, Midland 76 77 153
T5 Jim Butcher, The Colony 73 80 153
8 Si Harris, Dallas 79 75 154
9 Sam Fife, Carrollton 76 80 156
T10 Harlin Hamilton, Plano 80 78 158
T10 John R. Jones, La Quinta, CA 80 78 158
12 Wade Adams, Dallas 83 76 159
13 Terry Fooks, Lewisville 84 80 164
NC Jim Parrish, Dallas 82 NC NC
WD Stuart Smith, Dallas 83 WD WD
Net Division
1 Blane Freytag, Peoria, AZ 62 68 130
2 Cesar Hernandez, Carrollton 67 70 137
3 Jin Han, Allen 69 70 139
T4 R.E. Branch, Dallas 72 69 141
T4 Ryan Hartley, Sanger 72 69 141
6 Mike Casson, Dallas 73 71 144
7 Rex Blazevich, Dallas 85 76 161
8 Burt Almond, Flower Mound 92 82 174
9 Eric Thomas, Katy 99 79 178
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