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South Team takes Texas Shootout Lead
Some of the scenes from day one of the Texas Shootout <br>(TXGA Photo)
Some of the scenes from day one of the Texas Shootout
(TXGA Photo)
CARROLLTON, TX (October 28, 2017) - The South Team leads the Texas Shootout by four points over the North Team at Maridoe Golf Club. The South team took control early in the Foursomes Matches but the North Team rallied in the afternoon Four-Ball matches.

The Texas Shootout pits 24 of the best Mid-Amateurs and Seniors in the state against each other with players representing North and South region. Of the 12 team members, four places on the team are reserved for the top point earners in the Texas Golf Association’s Senior Player of the Year Points. Mid-Amateurs are comprised of Regional and Statewide Player of the Year points.

The format for the shootout leads with six Foursome matches Saturday Morning, six Four-Ball matches in afternoon and 12 Singles matches Sunday. Using a Nassau scoring format, points are earned from the Front Nine, Back Nine and Overall. The first team to total 36 ½ points are champions.

After an hour and fifteen minute frost delay, the morning foursome matches got underway. Rob Couture and Scott Volpitto started for the North Team got off to a fast start but Randy Lance and Tony Soerries of the South Team battled back and earned a hard fought point for the front side. Lance and Sorries continued to maintain control and locked down a point for the back nine and overall.

Bryant Lach and Trevor Sauntry of the South Team jumped out to a lead on the first hole and never looked back, earning all three points available.

In the first Senior Match, South Team members Alan Hill and John McClure took the front nine match but failed to maintain the lead. Chuck Palmer and Dave Davis came from behind and took the back nine as well as halving the overall portion. Each team took home a point and half.

South Team members, John Pierce and Chris Hartenstein lead for most of the front nine but fought to get a half point. They continued to press and closed out the North Team for all three points.

Tim Hamm and Ed Sanchez kept the South Team pressure on the North when they took all three points. However, they were answered when the North Team got their first sweep with three points from Josh Irving and Scott Abbott.

After the Foursome Matches, the South Team led, 13 points to 5.

In the afternoon Four-Ball Matches, the South came out firing once again. Bryant Lach and Randy Lance took two and half in the first match out.

In the following Match, Brad Gibson and Rob Couture for the North though earned all three points to keep pace with the South Team.

North Team Captain Lewis Stephenson and Dave Davis took the front side in their match but were caught when South Team captain John Pierce and John McClure rallied to earn a full two points on the back.

In the last Senior match of the day, the North Team of Chuck Palmer and Jerry Hudgins halved each of the three matches with their South Team counterparts Chris Hartenstein and Alan Hill.

2017 Texas Four-Ball Champions Josh Irving and Will Osborne of the North Team won their front side and overall for two point but the South Team of Tim Hamm and Stephen Paterson earned a point on the last hole, to take a back nine point.

Earning the last three points in the twilight of the first day was the North Team’s Scott Abott and Kevin Doskocil.

Despite the North Team’s comeback, the South Team will maintain their lead headed in the Sunday Single Matches at a score of 20 points to 16. With an additional 36 points still on the table in singles matches, either side is positioned to claim the 2017 Texas Shootout.

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ABOUT THE Texas Shootout

This Ryder Cup-style team event is the final tournament of the Texas Golf Association competitive amateur golf season. Each team consists of 8 players who qualify for their respective teams via TGA State and Regional Player of the Year points accumulated throughout the TGA season.

Eligibility: The field will be made up of 16 competitors, 8 players from each region (North / South). Of the 8 players chosen from each region, 5 players will be selected from the TGA Statewide Player of the Year point standings, and 3 players will be selected from the TGA Regional Player of the Year point standings. All statewide players will have up to the completion of the current year USGA Mid Amateur Championship to earn points toward the event. All Regional players will have up to the completion of the Regional Mid Amateur Championship to earn points towards the event. If a player qualifies by both criteria, he will be selected based on the higher rank. The next highest ranked player from within the Regional or Statewide points will be added to ensure 5 players from the statewide rankings and three players from the Regional rankings will be chosen.

Format: Ryder Cup format: Four-ball Matches, Foursome (Alternate shot) Matches, and Singles Matches. 3 point system, 1 point for the winner of each nine holes, and 1 point for the overall match winner

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