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Texas Public Links Championship: Miskell is champ
24 Jun 2007
see also: Texas Public Links Championship, Texas Star Golf Course

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KELLER, Texas (June 24, 2007)-- The 2007 State Public Links Championship match, featuring Terrence Miskell of New Braunfels against Beau Willis of Weatherford, got underway bright and early at Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club in Keller, Texas. The finals were a study in contrast between Miskell, 40, a two-time TGA State Player of the Year and veteran of match play, against the 19-year-old Willis, who just completed his freshman year at Sam Houston State. The two teed off at 6:51 a.m., with the morning sun just coming up over the trees. By getting the players out early, they were able to play at their own pace and take advantage of freshly manicured greens. The match got off to an exciting start with Willis chipping in for par to halve the first hole. Miskell won the 2nd and then went on to make consecutive birdies on the third and fourth to take a 3-up lead. Willis battled back, winning the sixth and seventh to cut Miskell’s lead to 1-up. On the difficult ninth, Miskell made par to take a 2- up lead at the turn. Willis won the 10th, cutting the deficit back to 1, after Miskell hit his tee shot left into the trees and had to pitch out. Miskell made a birdie on the par 5 12th to regain his 2-up lead. Willis answered right back, winning the 13th hole to again cut Miskell’s lead to 1 up. The big swing in the match came on the par-5 15th. Willis drove it into a fairway bunker off the tee and was forced to play out sideways. After his third shot found a lateral water hazard behind the green he conceded the hole to Miskell, going 2-down for the fifth time in the match. After Willis missed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole, Miskell made a clutch 5-footer for the tie and maintained his 2-up lead with two to play. On the 17th hole, Miskell had the honor and hit a solid shot into the middle of the green on the long par 3. Needing to win the hole, Willis came up short with his tee shot and wasn’t able to get up and down. Miskell made a routine par to close out a 3 and 1 victory.

Terrence Miskell has won many titles throughout his decorated career, but the 2007 State Public Links marks his first individual championship since moving to Texas from California. Miskell has been on a roll in 2007. In April, he and two other members from Dos Rios Golf Club in New Braunfels teamed up to win the State Club Team Championship at Comanche Trace in Kerrville. A few weeks later, he partnered with Trip Kuehne to capture the State Four Ball Championship at Horseshoe Bay. He continued his solid play with a fourth place finish at the State Amateur, held June 7-10 at Whispering Pines Golf Club. The State Public Links title makes it three of four championship trophies for Terrence Miskell so far this year. The defending State Player of the Year currently holds a comfortable lead in his attempt for a repeat title and also sits atop the standings to represent Texas in the USGA Men’s State Team Championship, to be played from September 18-20 on the Tom Fazio Course at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands.

--Story courtesy TGA

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