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Texas Senior Amateur: Larsen Hangs On

SAN ANTONIO, TX (August 20, 2006)--Chris Larsen of Houston held off a hard charging Fred Clark of Kingwood to win his first TGA State title, claiming the 2006 State Senior Amateur Championship at historic San Antonio Country Club. Starting the day with a seven shot lead, Larsen had several players making a run at him. A five shot lead with six holes to play turned into a one shot lead going to the final hole, where Larsen made a tough two putt par to secure the win. Clark had the low round of the tournament in Sunday’s finale with a four under par 68 to finish in second by one shot.

Defending Champion Mike Rice of Houston, who won both the Senior and Super Senior titles a year ago, won the Super Senior (65+) division, and finished tied for sixth overall.

“This is a thrill,” Larsen said after accepting the champion’s trophy. “To have just turned 55 last year and be playing in only my second Texas State Senior – and win – its just a thrill for me.”

Larsen had opened up a seven shot lead going into the final round with a 36 hole total of five under par 139, but several players made a charge at the leader. Jerry Hudgins, last year’s runner-up, was three under after six holes and Larsen was one over par through the same stretch, meaning his lead was down to two. Hudgins, who was paired with Clark and Rice in the next to last group, made bogey on holes 13 and 16 to fall out of contention. Clark was the one who got hot on the back side with birdies at 15 and 16 while Larsen bogeyed the same two holes as Hudgins (13 & 16). Larsen steadied himself with routine pars on the final two holes, and Clark’s birdie attempt at the 18th slid just past the hole.

Hudgins ended up with a one under par 71 in the final round for a third place finish. Tom McGraw (69) of Montgomery and Larry Trowell (70) of The Colony tied for fourth, four shots behind. Rice breezed to the Super Senior title with a final round of even par 72. Jim Raines of San Antonio was second, 10 shots behind Rice, with Don Addington of Dallas finishing third another shot back.

For complete coverage of the Texas Senior Amateur, visit the TGA website at www.txga.org. Click here for complete results from the Texas Senior Amateur.

The Texas Senior Amateur is an amateurgolf.com Texas Amateur Rankings points event.
ABOUT THE Texas Senior Amateur

The State Senior Amateur is the second oldest event of all the TGA tournaments, having first been played in 1937. This year the tournament revisits the home of its inaugural championship, San Antonio Country Club.

Format: Two divisions – Senior (55 or older as of tournament start date) & Super Senior (65 or older as of tournament start date). The tournament is scheduled for 54 holes of stroke play. Each division will have a separate champion, but the overall champion will be the player with the lowest tournament total, regardless of age. The field will be cut after 36 holes as follows: Low 54 scores (and ties) in Senior division and low 16 scores (and ties) in Super Senior division.

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