BULLARD, TX (Feb. 25, 2007)-– First round leaders Jason Felps of China Springs and Ken Patterson of Waco (along with the rest of the field), breathed a sigh of relief when they got to the course for the start of the final round at Eagle’s Bluff Country Club in Bullard.
Gone were the overcast skies and near gale force winds that created havoc for players on Day One, replaced with sunshine and just a hint of breeze. Their remarkable two-under 69 opening round in the brutal conditions gave Felps and Patterson a two-shot lead that they would not relinquish, although they did have to fight off a slew of contenders.
The Waco based team rallied late on the front side with birdies on 8 and 9 to fire a 2-under-par 34, giving them a two-shot cushion over their nearest competitors heading into the final nine holes.
Felps and Patterson continued their stellar play on the back side by firing an even-par 35, giving them a second straight round of 69 and the tournament championship.
Finishing in a tie for second place was the team of Brian McCoy of Mansfield and Hal Story of Roanoke who picked up ground late with a strong 2-under-par 33 on the back nine to finish just one shot back of the eventual champions. Also grabbing a share of second place was the team of Steve Galko of Dallas and Jim Neumann of Frisco, firing rounds of 71 and 68.
Defending champions Joe Owen of Dallas and Stephen Love of Irving put up a valiant effort in defense of their title, finishing in sole possession of 4th place.
In the senior division, the formidable duo of Larry Thomas of Dallas and Chip Stewart of Irving are virtually unbeatable at Eagle’s Bluff. After winning the State Senior Four-Ball Championship here in 2005, the pair added the North Regional Four-Ball title to the list.
Fresh off a recuperating year, the team didn’t waste any team getting back to their winning ways with a two day total of 143.
Ford Cartwright and Mike Hopson, both from Lufkin, finished in second place four shots back. Eagle’s Bluff members Frank Duphorne and Jim O’Toole rallied on the final day to take third place.
--Story courtesy Texas Golf Association