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Trans-Miss: California's Funk, Hakes Win Titles

Dallas, Texas (July 16, 2006) -- Final results for the 103rd Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship held at Brook Hollow Golf Club, July 11-16, 2006 are shown below.

Competitors competed in two rounds of stroke play qualifying to determine the low 64 players for a single elimination match play bracket. The 2006 champion is Robert Funk of Canyon Lake, CA. Funk defeated Brook Hollow GC member David Leachman in a match he called "the toughest of the week."

The match was square through the 13th hole, where Funk made a rare bogey and Leachman couldn't capitalize. Funk's ensuing bounceback left no doubt as to his resolve to finish the week with the trophy. A birdie from 8 feet at No. 14, followed by a wedge to 2 inches for another birdie at No. 15, and another 8-foot birdie at the Par-3 16th where Funk hit his 4-iron so flush that he picked up his tee knowing he would like the result. To his credit, Leachman hit a well-executed sand shot to within 6-feet after finding the bunker with his tee shot at No. 16, but Funk, sensing that Leachman would convert the par save, didn't provide an opportunity for the match to go any further.

It has been a productive 2006 for Funk, who earlier this year captured the Southern California Mid Amateur and the amateurgolf.com Two Man Links Championship (with partner and 2005 Trans Champ David Bartmann) at Bandon Dunes.

Steven Hakes of Coronado, California defeated Bob Fouke of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 1-up to win the Senior Division. To view the Senior Division bracket, click here>

Match Play results from the 103rd Trans Mississippi Amateur Championship, played at Brook Hollow Golf Club, Dallas, TX, Par 71, 6,703 Yards:

Round -- (Round of 64)
           David Bartman, Los Angeles, Calif.  def. Randy Crews, Tulsa, Okla.  Default-Injury
           Kyle Coody, Plano, Texas  def. Jonathan Thayer, Dallas, Texas  3 and 2
           Jeff Hunter, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.  def. John Sinovic, Shawnee Mission, Kan.  19 holes
           Randy Lance, Lufkin, Texas  def. Stephen Mattingly, Houston, Texas  3 and 2
           Kevin Benesh, Fort Worth, Texas  def. Anton Salome, Socorro, N.M.  1 up
           Chris Kessler, Scottsdale, Ariz.  def. John Bearrie, Arlington, Texas  3 and 1
           Jonathan May, Wichita, Kan.  def. Larry Brasch, Tempe, Ariz.  3 and 1
           John Pigg, Austin, Texas  def. Ronald Richard, Fort Smith, Ark.  3 and 2
           Mark Lindberg, Coppell, Texas  def. Daniel Donovan, Manhattan Beach, Calif.  4 and 3
           Richard LaPierre, Horseshoe Bay, Texas  def. Trey Caldwell, Round Rock, Texas  4 and 2
           Ryan Hill, Longview, Texas  def. Trey Whatley, Ardmore, Okla.  5 and 3
           Trey Owen, Austin, Texas  def. Atul Anand, Long Beach, Calif.  3 and 2
           Woody Englander, Austin, Texas  def. Mark Gardner, Redlands, Calif.  19 holes
           Malcom Holland, Dallas, Texas  def. Bill Sharpe, Edmond, Okla.  2 and 1
           James Ream, Cerritos, Calif.  def. Arthur Starrs III, Dallas, Texas  1 up
           Robert Funk, Canyon Lake, Calif.  def. Jim Neumann, Frisco, Texas  2 and 1
           Rob Couture, Dallas, Texas  def. Stephen Daly, Wheaton, Ill.  7 and 6
           Bill Jackson, Dallas, Texas  def. Robby Skinner, Dallas, Texas  8 and 6
           Tom Doughtie, Amarillo, Texas  def. Larry Wright, Plano, Texas  6 and 4
           Sandy Pierce, Houston, Texas  def. Michael McClung, Marble Falls, Texas  2 up
           Stephen Summers, Dallas, Texas  def. Jon McGihon, Palm Desert, Calif.  6 and 5
           Trent Brown, Scottsdale, Ariz.  def. Bryon Shumate, Fort Smith, Ark.  1 up
           Sam Manning, Dallas, Texas  def. Carl Horsch, Eden Prairie, Minn.  2 and 1
           Sands Chipman, Dallas, Texas  def. John Goode, Killeen, Texas  2 and 1
           Dan Dunkelberg, Ft Worth, Texas  def. Matt Housey, Dallas, Texas  1 up
           Tim Feagans, Dallas, Texas  def. Billy McBee III, Dallas, Texas  3 and 2
           Bob Neal, Arlington, Texas  def. Patrick Hanlon, Las Cruces, N.M.  3 and 2
           Steve Bodenheimer, Longview, Texas  def. Eugene Medlock, Westlake Village, Calif.  5 and 4
           David Leachman, Dallas, Texas  def. Hollis Sullivan, Wichita Falls, Texas  3 and 2
           Jeff New, The Woodlands, Texas  def. Stephen Simpkin, Mill Valley, Calif.  5 and 3
           Lee Sandlin, Dallas, Texas  def. Lloyd Hughes, Dallas, Texas  2 and 1
           Edward Turner, Garland, Texas  def. John Hoffman, San Diego, Calif.  1 up

Round -- (Round of 32)


           David Bartman, Los Angeles, Calif.  def. Kyle Coody, Plano, Texas  3 and 2
           Randy Lance, Lufkin, Texas  def. Jeff Hunter, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.  19 holes
           Chris Kessler, Scottsdale, Ariz.  def. Kevin Benesh, Fort Worth, Texas  6 and 5
           Jonathan May, Wichita, Kan.  def. John Pigg, Austin, Texas  4 and 2
           Mark Lindberg, Coppell, Texas  def. Richard LaPierre, Horseshoe Bay, Texas  20 holes
           Ryan Hill, Longview, Texas  def. Trey Owen, Austin, Texas  2 and 1
           Woody Englander, Austin, Texas  def. Malcom Holland, Dallas, Texas  2 and 1
           Robert Funk, Canyon Lake, Calif.  def. James Ream, Cerritos, Calif.  5 and 4
           Rob Couture, Dallas, Texas  def. Bill Jackson, Dallas, Texas  3 and 1
           Tom Doughtie, Amarillo, Texas  def. Sandy Pierce, Houston, Texas  1 up
           Trent Brown, Scottsdale, Ariz.  def. Stephen Summers, Dallas, Texas  2 and 1
           Sam Manning, Dallas, Texas  def. Sands Chipman, Dallas, Texas  Default
           Dan Dunkelberg, Ft Worth, Texas  def. Tim Feagans, Dallas, Texas  6 and 5
           Bob Neal, Arlington, Texas  def. Steve Bodenheimer, Longview, Texas  4 and 3
           David Leachman, Dallas, Texas  def. Jeff New, The Woodlands, Texas  4 and 2
           Edward Turner, Garland, Texas  def. Lee Sandlin, Dallas, Texas  19 holes
       
Round -- (Round of 16)


           David Bartman, Los Angeles, Calif.  def. Randy Lance, Lufkin, Texas  4 and 3
           Jonathan May, Wichita, Kan.  def. Chris Kessler, Scottsdale, Ariz.  6 and 5
           Ryan Hill, Longview, Texas  def. Mark Lindberg, Coppell, Texas  3 and 2
           Robert Funk, Canyon Lake, Calif.  def. Woody Englander, Austin, Texas  2 and 1
           Rob Couture, Dallas, Texas  def. Tom Doughtie, Amarillo, Texas  3 and 1
           Sam Manning, Dallas, Texas  def. Trent Brown, Scottsdale, Ariz.  2 and 1
           Dan Dunkelberg, Ft Worth, Texas  def. Bob Neal, Arlington, Texas  1 up
           David Leachman, Dallas, Texas  def. Edward Turner, Garland, Texas  3 and 2
       
Round -- (Quarterfinal)


           Jonathan May, Wichita, Kan.  def. David Bartman, Los Angeles, Calif.  2 and 1
           Robert Funk, Canyon Lake, Calif.  def. Ryan Hill, Longview, Texas  3 and 2
           Rob Couture, Dallas, Texas  def. Sam Manning, Dallas, Texas  1 up
           David Leachman, Dallas, Texas  def. Dan Dunkelberg, Ft Worth, Texas  1 up
       
Round -- (Semifinal)


           Robert Funk, Canyon Lake, Calif.  def. Jonathan May, Wichita, Kan.  2 and 1
           David Leachman, Dallas, Texas  def. Rob Couture, Dallas, Texas  4 and 3
       
Round -- (Final)


           Robert Funk, Canyon Lake, Calif.  def. David Leachman, Dallas, Texas  3 and 2

To view the complete Championship bracket, click here>
ABOUT THE Trans-Miss Championship

The Trans-Mississippi Championship -- commonly called the "Trans-Miss" -- is one of the oldest and most storied golf tournaments in the United States. For 106 prior years the championship was played in a match play format. Past champions include Jack Nicklaus (1958 and 1959), Charles Coe (1947, 1949, 1952 and 1956), Deane Beman (1960), George Archer (1963), Ben Crenshaw (1972), Gary Koch (1973), Bob Tway (1978), Mark Brooks (1978) and other professional tour notables. In 1987 the championship was changed to a mid- amateur age requirement, and a senior division was also added. Starting in 2010, the Trans- Mississippi Championship, returned to its roots as an open amateur tournament, and immediately established itself as a "must-play" among top collegiate and mid-am players, while changing to a 72-hole stroke play format. The field size starrts at 144 players from Trans- Mississippi Golf Association member clubs (or players receiving a special invitation from the Championship Committee). After 36 holes, a cut is made to the low 54 and ties who play the final two rounds.

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