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Bluebonnet Cup: Pitifer Wins in 2-Hole Playoff
01 Oct 2006
see also: Bluebonnet Cup Golf Tournament, Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course

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Special thanks to Kevin Robbins of the Austin American-Statesman for this report.

AUSTIN, TX (October 1, 2006)--Tony Pitifer birdied the final hole of regulation Sunday and won a two-hole playoff to claim the Bluebonnet Cup.

Pitifer shot a final-round, 1-over-par 73 to go with opening rounds of 72 and 76 on a wind-whipped Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course. He and former Bluebonnet champions Gene Black and Joe Bendetti finished with a three-round total of 5-over-par 221.

Pitifer, Black, and Bendetti began the playoff on No. 1, a 536-yard par 5. Pitifer and Black birdied; Bendetti, the defending champion, made par.

Using one of the hybrid clubs that saw him through the tournament, Pitifer hit his tee shot on the second playoff hole to 110 yards. His approach left him with two putts to win from 15 feet.

"It just kind of snuck up on me", said Pitifer, who began the round a shot out of Jim Thomas' two-day lead of 147.

A popular clubmaker in Austin and a longtime fixture on the amateur golf scene with his loyal dog Outfit, Pitifer smartly left his driver alone for much of the 54-hole Bluebonnet Cup. "I played for the 100-yard markers", he said.

Pitifer and Black were paired together and found themselves chasing one another for most of the afternoon. A critical swing came when Black birdied the par-3 13th and eagled the par-5 14th. Pitifer played those two holes at a stroke over par. "Then I was chasing him", he said. "I caught him on 18."

Second-round leader Thomas shot a final-round 79 to finish in fourth.

Top 20 final scores from the Bluebonnet Cup, played at Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course in Austin, TX, September 29 - October 1, 2006:

* won playoff

1 Tony Pitifer* 72 76 73 221
T2 Gene Black 73 75 73 221
T2 Joe Bendetti 75 75 71 221
T4 Dean Lundquist 72 79 74 225
T4 Phil Thomas 74 76 75 225
6 Jim Thomas 76 71 79 226
7 Steve Trafton 78 75 75 228
8 Bart Antle 77 73 80 230
9 Jamie Kellum 79 78 76 233
10 Larry Walsh 81 78 75 234
T11 Rick Balderama 78 81 77 236
T11 Mark Baldree 81 79 76 236
13 Willie Pacheso 81 75 81 237
T14 Jan Douglass 82 78 79 239
T14 Earl Vaughn 78 78 83 239
16 Tim Elbercht 81 79 81 241
T17 Scott Bailey 78 84 79 242
T17 Mike Roche 85 81 76 242
19 Randy Reynolds 77 84 84 245
T20 Mike Sladecek 81 83 82 246
T20 Randy Nichols 84 79 83 246
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