Texas (TGA) Senior Four-Ball Championship

Thanks to the Texas Golf Association for this report.

FRISCO, TX (October 1, 2006)--Gary Kirwan of McKinney and Jerry Hudgins of Kingwood went wire-to-wire to capture their first TGA State Senior Four Ball title. It was consistent ball striking that allowed Kirwan and Hudgins to stay out of harms way the entire tournament and propel them to a two-stroke victory over Larry Trowell and Si Harris, both of The Colony.

In all, Kirwan and Hudgins made 19 birdies, one eagle, and just one bogey for the championship. Harris and Trowell rallied late with a birdie on the 16th hole to close within one shot heading into the final two holes. However, Hudgins’ clutch third shot to about 5 feet into the par five 18th put the pressure solely on the team of Harris and Trowell to make birdie. When both Harris and Trowell missed their birdie attempts at the last, Hudgins calmly two-putted for the victory. Finishing in sole possession of third place was the team of Lloyd Hughes of Dallas and Mike Hopson of Lufkin who finished with a solid round of 68.

Despite combining for a spectacular final round 63, 36-hole Net Division leaders Bob Dyer and Jimmy Dunn, both of Longview, were caught by the Dallas team of Bill Thomas and Eddie Bock, who fired a blazing final round 60 to tie Dyer and Dunn at the end of 54-holes, with both teams named co-champions. Finishing in third place was the team of Bob Romero and Scott Jordan, both of Irving.

This was the second TGA statewide championship Stonebriar has hosted. Back in 2002, the club was the site of the Mid-Amateur Match Play, won by Chuck Gardner of Austin. Stonebriar has two 18-hole championship courses. The original was designed by the architectural team of Joe Finger and Ken Dye, and received a nomination for the "Best New Course in the Nation” from Golf Digest in its first year. In 2000, world-renowned architect, Tom Fazio, designed the club's second 18-hole course.

Click here for complete results of the 2006 TGA Senior Four Ball Championship.
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