LEAGUE CITY, TX (March 17, 2017) -- Trevor
Sauntry opened the first round of the 2017 South
Mid-Amateur with a 3-under par 69 on the England-
Scotland Courses at Magnolia Creek Golf Club in
League City. Sauntry was one of four players to post
an under par round on the links-style layout. This
year’s second event of the TGA South Regional
Series is presented by Impact Precision Golf.
Sauntry, of Houston, began his round on the
back nine (Scotland) with eight pars and one birdie
on the par four 11th hole. As he turned to the front
nine (England) he registered birdies on the first,
sixth and ninth holes. His lone bogey came on the
par five fourth hole.
“I kept it in front of me all day. When it gets
windy like today you cannot get too aggressive”
Sauntry said after his round. Players battled a
stretch of today’s round with wind gusts near 20
miles per hour.
Alone in second place after day one with a 2-
under par 70 is Josh Bateman, of Spring. Bateman
was able to post five birdies throughout his round
coupled with two bogeys en route to his under par
Pearland’s Broc Haymon and Robert Evans, of
Austin, sit in a tie for third place with opening
rounds of 1-under par 71. Haymon had four birdies
with three bogeys while Evans posted three birdies
and two bogeys.
Four players sit at even par 72, including
Magnolia Creek member and defending club
champion Lee Crane. Joining him at even par are
Jimmy Vandagriff and Chris Causey, both of
Houston, and San Antonio’s Ross Wilhelm. Eight
players stand at 1-over par 73, including 6 players
tied for the Mid-Master lead.
In addition to crowning an overall champion,
the TGA will recognize the low Mid-Master (formerly
Super Mid-Amateur). This recognition will be
presented to the low golfer over the age of 40. After
the opening round Stephen Paterson, Clay Garner,
Scott Smith, Ed Sanchez, Blanton Hansen and Jess
Bonneau are all tied for the Mid-Master recognition.
Defending champion Danny Simmerman, of
Shavano Park, began defense of his title with an
opening round 3-over 75.
Tomorrow’s second round will begin with tee
times starting at 8:00 AM off of holes #1 & #10,
again off of the England and Scotland Courses at