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Austin City Championship: Noonan Wins in Playoff
07 Aug 2006
see also: Austin City Golf Championship, Morris Williams Golf Course

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

AUSTIN, TX (August 7, 2006)--Brian Noonan and Robby Ormand put on a great show Sunday at Jimmy Clay Golf Course, but it was Noonan who was left alone to take the final bows as winner of the Austin Men's City Championship.

For four days, Noonan chased Ormand, the leader after each of the first three rounds at Lions Municipal, Morris Williams and Roy Kizer. Ormand began Sunday's final round with a four-stroke lead over Noonan, and it quickly became a two-man race.

Noonan and Ormand matched shots and putts all day, and Noonan, a 21-year-old graduate of Westlake High School, finally won by sinking an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff, which was interrupted by a 45-minute rain delay.

An hour earlier, Noonan had forced the playoff by sinking a 35-foot putt for birdie on the final hole of regulation. Noonan's final round of 5-under-par 67 tied Ormand, who shot 71 Sunday, at 15-under 271.

Only six other players broke par for the 72-hole championship: Cameron Nofi (third, 279), Stephen Paterson (fourth, 281), Billy Clagett (fifth, 284), and Connor Smith, Creighton Honeck and Jon Perez (tied for sixth, 285).

On the first hole of sudden death, the par-5 10th at Clay, both players hit their second shot on the slope to the left of the green. Play was then suspended because of lightning and thunderstorms. When play resumed, Ormand chipped 18 feet past the hole and Noonan lobbed a wedge to 8 feet. Ormand's birdie attempt slid by the right side, and Noonan then dropped his putt for the victory.

Noonan's putt in overtime may have won the tournament, but it was his birdie on No. 18 that kept him alive.

"I hit a wedge from only 108 yards but left it about 35 feet short," said Noonan, who will be a junior at Louisiana State. "Robby chipped up to about a foot, and I knew he had a par. There wasn't much to think about. I had to make the putt. The putt wasn't going to do a lot. I just saw the line and made sure to get it there."

Noonan's victory overshadowed a bold shot by Ormand on the par-5 16th. Ormand, a 19-year-old Bowie graduate who will be a sophomore at Texas Christian, was coming off a bogey on the par-4 15th where Noonan had made birdie to tie for the lead.

Ormand nailed his drive 310 yards down the middle of the 16th fairway. After Noonan laid up in two, Ormand faced a 250-yard shot to the green, which was guarded by a pond in front and bunker to the right. Instead of playing safe, Ormand drilled a 3-wood to 20 feet of the hole and two-putted for birdie to regain the lead as Noonan made par.

"At that point I just felt like I had to make birdie to win, and that was my best chance," Ormand said. "I had a little room to bail out to the right, but I hit it just perfect.

"I had my chances, but I guess it was just not meant to be," Ormand added. "Brian made a really great putt on 18 to tie and then made a putt to win. It was pretty good stuff today."

Final scores from the Austin City Championship, played at Lions, Morris Williams, Roy Kizer and Jimmy Clay Golf Courses, August 4-7, 2006:

The Austin City Championship is an amateurgolf.com Texas Amateur Rankings Points Event

Brian Noonan 64 71 69 67 271
Robby Ormand 65 67 68 71 271
Cameron Nofi 69 68 71 71 279
Stephen Paterson 67 72 70 72 281
Billy Clagett 69 72 71 72 284
Connor Smith 72 71 71 71 285
Creighton Honeck 71 69 74 71 285
John Perez 70 70 74 71 285
Gene Black 73 72 73 70 288
Chris Benestante 74 70 73 71 288
T.J. Vague 73 74 69 73 289
Phil Thomas 72 76 72 72 292
Matt Smith 74 67 75 76 292
Chris Hartenstein 72 72 71 77 292
Steve Wood 69 72 70 81 292
Vince Brunssen 73 71 72 78 294
Grady Bruce 69 74 77 75 295
Bart Antle 70 74 74 77 295
Michael Smith 72 76 74 74 296
Teddy Wheeler 70 74 75 77 296
Randy Reynolds 65 74 86 73 298
Jeff Shell 70 81 73 74 298
Bobby Hutcherson 74 72 76 76 298
Daniel Wood 78 75 67 78 298
Rob Ormand 70 78 78 73 299
Steve Trafton 76 73 73 77 299
Kody King 72 71 79 77 299
Lester Lundell 75 75 77 73 300
Mike Green 74 76 75 75 300
Jeremy Williams 76 76 76 73 301
Jonathan Buchanan 77 75 75 74 301
Peach Reynolds 73 81 71 76 301
Wayne Smith 76 77 72 76 301
Ralph Barrera 71 79 75 76 301
Ken Gadawski 79 70 71 81 301
Richard Wyche 76 77 75 74 302
Clay Johnson 74 70 82 76 302
Johnny Ormand 70 75 80 77 302
Larry Walsh 74 73 77 78 302
Dennis Sokol 71 75 78 78 302
Victor Wallace 77 72 73 80 302
Lee Seidlits 77 73 81 72 303
Ben Bertram 73 75 81 74 303
Josh Luongo 75 78 74 76 303
Kendall Allen 77 77 78 72 304
Karl Steffes 76 77 74 77 304
Michael Goldwater 77 70 80 77 304
Jerrwood Marshall 79 73 78 75 305
William Miller III 76 74 78 77 305
Charlie Laudermilk 75 73 78 79 305
Mike Carroll 75 75 80 76 306
David Brader 71 81 77 78 307
Daniel King 70 80 74 83 307
Donald Rose 74 80 79 75 308
Mike Grindle 76 74 78 81 309
Luke Wester 73 78 82 77 310
Tony Pitifer 70 80 81 79 310
John Tomicki 74 73 83 80 310
Jim Phillip 77 78 74 81 310
Frank Paul 77 76 76 81 310
Graham Turney 74 77 77 82 310
Matt Fisher 76 77 81 77 311
Jonathon Ayala 77 75 80 79 311
Ryan Zimmerman 76 79 83 74 312
Payne Wilkie 76 75 80 81 312
Mark Baldree 79 76 84 74 313
Roger Bailey 80 74 80 79 313
Tim Wilson 74 74 86 79 313
Nathan Erwin 72 82 75 84 313
Jeff Jones 81 73 82 79 315
Kelly Cramer 76 76 80 83 315
Keith Bumpass 81 74 83 78 316
Matthew Pizalate 76 79 80 81 316
Rawley Vines 74 80 83 81 318
Bill Totten 78 77 87 79 321
Ramiro Gonzalez Jr. 78 76 79 89 322
Kurtis Schoenberger 78 75 94 81 328
Alan Garcia 76 78 82 DQ DQ
Scott Bailey 73 75 73 WD WD
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