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Central Texas Amateur

Thanks to Doug Smith of the Austin American Statesman for this report.

ROUND ROCK, TX (July 23, 2006)--There is no such thing as a bad time to make your first hole-in-one, but Stephen Paterson picked an especially good time to make his.

Paterson used a 5-iron to hole out on the 187-yard 6th hole Sunday at Forest Creek, and that ace propelled him to a victory in the ninth Central Texas Amateur Championship.

After the hole-in-one Paterson went on to post a closing round of 3-under 69, the low round of the tournament, to win with a 36-hole total of 1-over-par 145. Defending champion Billy Clagett and Brett Scarber tied for second at 147. Grady Bruce finished fourth at 149.

Paterson said he was playing well going into the tournament, but he was tied for 10th after a Saturday opening round of 76.

"I was kind of hurting after the first five holes today (Sunday)", Paterson said. "I missed a 5-footer (for birdie) on No. 3 and a 2-footer on No. 4, and at that point I knew I was well back of the leaders. But a one on your card definitely helps."

Paterson followed the hole-in-one with a birdie on the par-5 seventh. He made short birdie putts on Nos. 15 and 17 and got in the house with a final-round 69 and two-day total of 1-over 145 while others still on the course were scrambling.

Several players had the title within reach but fell just short. Clagett holed out from 75 yards for an eagle on the par-5 seventh and had a two-shot lead with nine holes to play. But he fell back with bogeys on Nos. 11 and 14.

Final results of the Central Texas Amateur, played at Forest Creek Golf Club in Round Rock, TX, July 22-23, 2006:

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

1 Stephen Paterson 76 69 145
T2 Billy Clagett 73 74 147
T2 Brett Scarber 74 73 147
4 Grady Bruce 73 76 149
T5 Seth Johnson 76 75 151
T5 Ed Martinez 75 76 151
T5 Rob Ormand 72 79 151
T5 John Perez 77 74 151
T9 Vince Brunssen 75 77 152
T9 Dusty King 75 77 152
T9 Stephen Knight 75 77 152
12 Phil Thomas 73 80 153
13 Patrick Shanahan 78 78 156
T14 Dustin Baker 80 77 157
T14 Keith Novak 75 82 157
T16 Leighton Harrington 78 81 159
T16 Randy Nichols 81 78 159
T16 Marshall Wilson 78 81 159
19 Don Rose 80 80 160
20 Ash Serune 78 83 161
21 Teddy Wheeler 81 81 162
T22 Ralph Barrera 80 83 163
T22 Ramiro Gonzalez 80 83 163
T24 Grant Guthrie 80 85 165
T24 Ry Rowan 80 85 165
T26 Jan Douglas 80 86 166
T26 Mark Scott 77 89 166
28 Kevin Knox 80 88 168
T29 Pat O'Brien 80 89 169
T29 Matthew Pizalate 81 88 169
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