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Mickey Jones captures Texas Super Senior
Winner Mickey Jones <br>(TXGA Photo)
Winner Mickey Jones
(TXGA Photo)

GEORGETOWN, TX (April 29, 2018) - Mickey Jones held off the field on Sunday to win the 2018 Texas Super Senior Amateur in a finish that came down to the final hole. Jones shot a final-round 1-over-par 73 to win his first TGA statewide championship with a total score of 72-74-73—219. Jones’ playing partner Gary Kirwan put up a fight with a final-round 74, but Jones ultimately staved him off down the stretch.

“It’s pretty good because I’ve only been trying for 30 years,” Jones said of his first TGA victory. “I’ve placed third in almost every tournament we’ve had, but never first.”

Jones and Kirwan were tied heading to the par-5 18th hole, but Jones was able to record a par while Kirwan suffered a double-bogey. Jones said he didn’t play very well today, but he played well enough to earn the win.

“I’ve been playing competitive golf for 55 years, and I choked today like I probably choked the first tournament I ever played in,” Jones said. “We all choked. I was the last guy standing out there today.”

He was able to recover after a rocky start that included four 3-putts in his first 11 holes. He said a strong iron game helped him get back on track enough to finish out the victory.

Bill Holstead recorded a round-low 72 on Sunday to finish third, three strokes behind.

In the Legends Division, defending champion Don Grider shot a 77 to complete his wire-to-wire victory. He started the final round with a three-stroke lead, but extended that to seven strokes on his way to a second consecutive victory. Mike Rice came in as the runner-up after posting a final round score of 81.

Grider hit a rough patch near the end of his round, playing a three hole stretch at 4-over, but he finished with two consecutive pars to wrap up the victory.

“I tried to play it safe and that backfired,” Grider said.

ABOUT THE Texas Super Senior

Play will be contested over 54 holes of stroke play with no cut. There will be two age divisions competing: Super Senior (age 65+) and Legends (age 75+). Each Division will play from different tees/yardage with a separate champion being crowned in each division. Legends age players wishing to participate in the Super Senior Division must declare on the application their intention to compete in this Division. The field is limited to 84 players; 60 players in the Super Senior Division and 24 players in the Legends Division.

Entries are open to male amateur golfers with a GHIN Handicap Index of 8.4 or less for Super Senior Division (65 or older as of tournament start date) and 10.4 or less for Legends Division (75 or older as of tournament start date).

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