West Texas Amateur: Artac completes wire-to-wire win
Wichita Falls, Texas (July 20, 2014) -- Wes Artac completed his wire-to-wire victory in the 86th West Texas Amateur Championship, shooting 1-under 70 in the final round to win by three strokes.

Artac, who is playing for Texas Tech next year, finished with 206 strokes in the 54-hole championship. The future Red Raider enjoyed Wichita Falls Country Club, amassing 15 birdies with just eight bogeys in his three rounds. He played the par 4s at 7-under.

"I putted really well the first two days and enjoy these old-style courses," Artac said, "I don't get to see a lot of bentgrass greens in the Houston area."

Defending champion Logan Philley finished in second place at 4-under, followed by Cory Churchman at 1-under and Matt Porter at even par.

Trophy Club's Clarke Kincaid and Conroe's J.T. Taylor tied for fifth at 1-over, while Colton Kowalick, John Bearrie and Randy Lance finished in a three-way tie for seventh.

Montgomery's Tom McGraw made three birdies in his final nine holes to capture the Senior Division title. McGraw fired a 4-under-par 67 in the final round, which was the low score among all Divisions on Sunday, and finished at 1-under 212 for the tournament.

"These are the best greens I've played in years," said McGraw.

Phil Austin of Arlington finished second in the Senior Division at 2-over 215. Abilene's Conway Jordan, who is a two-time winner of the West Texas Amateur, Irving's Mike Peck and Fort Worth's Hollis Sullivan tied for third.

Wichita Falls' Bill Holstead won the Super Senior Division, as the former player on the Champions Tour posted a final-round score of 3- over 74. Holstead finished at 1-over-par 214 for the tournament, followed by Harold Speer of Mansfield at 7-over 220 and Waxahachie's Michael Hastings at 8-over 221.

Holstead is the last back-to-back winner of this event, winning in 1978-79. He's a three-time champion at this event, winning for the first time in 1967.

Odessa Country Club is the site of the 2015 West Texas Amateur.

ABOUT THE West Texas Amateur

Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in either region (North/South) of the state of Texas. Applicants must have a certified GHIN Handicap Index of 10.0 or less. Senior division players must be 55 years of age as of the first round of tournament play. Super Senior players must be 65 years of age as of the first round of tournament play. Please reference TGA Policies and Procedures for further details.

The championship will be contested over 54 holes of stroke play with three (3) divisions; Championship, Senior and Super Senior. Each division will play from separate tees/yardages and separate champions will be recognized in each division.

At the conclusion of 36 holes the field will be cut to the low 72 players (and ties), with a pro-rated representation from each division. The pro-rated allocation of players making the cut from each division will be reflective of the number of players in each division, relative to the total field size. The determination of total field size, number of players in each division and pro-rated representation of players making the cut (before ties) will be announced in conjunction with pairings being posted.

The field is limited to 144, as outlined below:
Championship: Open (84 players)
Senior: 55 & Over (42 players)
Super Senior: 65 & Over (18 players)

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