BRYAN, Texas (July 27, 2014) -- Mike Peck from Irving and Jess Bonneau from Houston battled into extra holes to decide the 2014 State Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship at Traditions Club. After both players reached the green in three shots on the 19th hole, Bonneau missed his 15-foot par putt. Peck was much closer; only three feet stood between himself and the coveted Texas Golf Association title.
As he did over and again all day Sunday, Peck stepped up and poured in the decisive putt.
"That might have been the best putting I have ever had in a tournament," said the champion Peck, who also won the 2013 State Senior Amateur Championship.
Peck and Bonneau got off to a hot start in the final match. Both players were all square through the first three holes. On the fourth hole, Peck birdied to go 1-up. Bonneau answered with a birdie the fifth hole to push the match back to all square. Peck went on to birdie No. 7 and held another 1-up lead in the 18-hole final match.
Bonneau answered again. He nearly made an albatross on the 525-yard, par-5 eighth hole and tapped in from a foot for eagle to square the match yet again.
"I had to put everything close. He [Peck] was making everything," said Bonneau.
The two decorated amateurs went back and forth for the next several holes. Three times Bonneau held 1-up leads, but each time Peck rallied to get even. On the 143-yard, par-3 hole 16th hole, Peck missed a five-footer for par, and Bonneau sank his to go 2 up with two to play.
"I thought it was all over," Peck said.
It was far from over. Peck won the two holes to pull even after 18 holes. With his par on the 19th, the championship was Peck's.
After shooting a 2-over-par 74 in the stroke play qualifying round, Peck earned the No. 13 seed in the 32-player match play bracket. Peck defeated 20th-seeded Barrett Sandefur, 3 and 1, in the opening round. Peck moved past Chris Casey from The Woodlands, 3 and 2, in the second round. In the quarterfinals, Peck scored another 3-and-2 victory, this time against TGA veteran stalwart Aaron Hickman. In the semifinals, Peck beat Tony Soerries from Montgomery, 3 and 1, to reach the finals.
-- story courtesy Texas Golf Association