LOST PINES, TX (August 7, 2016) -- Danny Simmerman
comes from behind to claim the 2016 Texas South
Championship at Wolfdancer Golf Club in Lost Pines, and
his second South Regional Championship of the season.
With a 54-hole total of 4-under par 212, and a final
round score of even-par 72, Simmerman sealed a four-
Simmerman, of Shavano Park, started his round
one back of the overnight leader Brady Price.
Simmerman attributed his stellar play to his attitude. “I
didn’t get a chance to play a practice round so I tried to
stay conservative and learn the golf course”.
Simmerman carded two birdies and a bogey on his
opening nine to turn at 1-under par on the day, 5-under
par for the Championship. “The ball striking got a little
shaky on that back nine.” Simmerman began his second
nine with a bogey on the par four 10th and he followed
it up with another on the par four 13th. “I was able to
hang around to make some putts. I was able to close it
out with my short game.”
Simmerman’s fellow competitors in the final pairing
left the door wide open for him. Price and Andrew
Jacobe carded a 78 and 77, respectively. Both Price and
Jacobe finished in a tie for third place with Nicholas
Cristea, of Houston.
The overnight leader, Price kept his momentum
going and got to 6-under for the Championship with a
birdie on the par five third, but the wheels fell off after
that. Price, of The Woodlands, would go on to double his
next hole, the par three fourth. He went on to bogey
three of the remaining five holes on his opening nine.
Price’s struggles continued on his second nine with two
more bogeys. He was able to get something going with
birdies on holes 14 and 16, but he gave the strokes
right back with a double bogey on the par three 17th.
Jacobe, of Houston, started his round of one stroke
back of Price and tied with Simmerman. Jacobe didn’t
get off to a good start and he bogeyed his opening two
holes. He went on to birdie the par five third but he
couldn’t keep it going. Jacobe carded nine total bogeys
and finished with a 54 hole total of 217.
Austin’s Jake Hendrix posted a final round even par
72 to finish in second place alone at even par 216.
Hendrix had three bogeys to go along with three birdies
in his final round to move up the leaderboard. Hendrix,
a member of the Stephen F. Austin State University
Men’s Golf Team, began the final round in solo 6th
before making his climb to runner-up.
Simmerman is the first individual in the Texas Golf
Association South Regional Series to hold both the
South Amateur title and the South Mid-Amateur title in
the same year. Simmerman claimed this year’s South
Mid-Amateur at Eagle Pointe Golf Club, in Mont Belvieu.
“Winning both of them is special for me. Thursday was
the two year anniversary of my dad passing away. I was
thinking of him out there all day today.”
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