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Texas N. Regional Mid-Am: Couture comes back

EULESS, Texas (Aug. 12, 2007)-- Three straight days of intense heat tested the players mentally and physically at the 2007 North Regional Mid-Amateur Championship at Texas Star Golf Course in Euless, Texas. The players showed their toughness as six players managed rounds of par or better on Sunday. The co-leaders were six shots clear of the field starting the day, making it seem like a one vs. one contest.

It didn't take long for the first momentum shift between co-leaders Rob Couture and Aaron Hickman. Couture, of Dallas, made a triple bogey 7 on the par four second hole, opening the door for Hickman. After falling three shots behind, Couture quickly answered back with a birdie on the par 2 second hole. Hickman, of Tyler, watched his lead slip away on the 7th hole as he made double bogey and Couture made birdie.

The back nine was a back and forth duel, with the two men tied going into the signature 15th hole. Hickman made a costly bogey and Couture made par to take a one shot lead. Couture carried his lead to the 18th hole that was not short of dramatics. Couture tried to carry a creek crossing the fairway, but found the water hazard with his second shot. Couture then made an amazing up-and-down from about 100 yards to save par and secure the title.

Rob Couture also locked up the North Region Player of the Year award with his stellar performance throughout the regional events this year.

Aaron Hickman battled all day, but finished in the runner-up position, just one shot behind Couture. Steve Galko and Lelan Chiles used the two best rounds of the day to jump into a third place tie. Galko shot an impressive 66 Sunday even with two penalty strokes, while Chiles fired a round of 68.

The North Regional Mid-Amateur was the last chance for players to move up the regional points list. The top three finishers in the final standings earn a spot on the Texas Shoot-out team. The three players that can claim that honor this year are Rob Couture, Steve Galko, and John Bearrie.

Full results follow:

  Name City Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Tot.
1 Couture, Rob Dallas 68 68 73 209
2 Hickman, Aaron Tyler 69 67 74 210
T3 Galko, Steve Dallas 76 70 66 212
T3 Chiles, Lelan Granbury 71 73 68 212
T5 Maurer, Scott Dallas 72 70 72 214
T5 Zahn, Mr Chip J. Irving 72 70 72 214
T7 Bearrie, John Arlington 75 72 70 217
T7 Ambriz, Michael Denton 72 73 72 217
9 Mcgrew, Todd Coppell 72 75 71 218
10 Goodwin, Bart Flower Mound 72 71 76 219
T11 Freedman, Jeremy Dallas 75 77 69 221
T11 Stephenson, Lewis Mansfield 77 71 73 221
T11 Spicer, Matt Keller 73 74 74 221
T11 Schaefer, John Plano 75 70 76 221
T11 Sandlin, Lee Dallas 72 74 75 221
T16 Waldrip, Ted Arlington 75 73 74 222
T16 Csipkes, Jay Mckinney 71 75 76 222
T18 Campbell, Jim Prosper 74 77 73 224
T18 Lucas, Tosch Tyler 76 74 74 224
T18 Caveness, Bill Dallas 77 72 75 224
T21 McCabe, Andy Dallas 75 77 73 225
T21 Marcincuk, Roger Fort Worth 73 76 76 225
T23 Austin, Phil Arlington 78 76 72 226
T23 Neumann, Jim Frisco 79 78 69 226
25 Honea, Justin Rowlett 76 77 74 227
T26 Sullivan, Mike Plano 76 78 74 228
T26 Dean, Don Tyler 72 80 76 228
T28 Peebles, James Fort Worth 77 77 75 229
T28 Smith, Bobby Wichita Falls 68 81 80 229
T30 Tubbs, Greg Plano 76 80 74 230
T30 Turner, Ed Garland 79 72 79 230
T32 Cotton, Ralph Colleyville 76 78 78 232
T32 Garrity, David Frisco 72 83 77 232
T32 Russell, Michael Allen 78 76 78 232
T32 Motes, Mark Carrollton 73 75 84 232
T36 Bryant, Doug Odessa 76 77 80 233
T36 Grozdanich, Bill Euless 74 79 80 233
T38 Everett, Scott Dallas 79 79 76 234
T38 Thomas, Brett Waxahachie 85 78    
T40 Guerrette, Michael Fairview 80 74 81 235
T40 Bassett, Charles Flint 77 82 76 235
42 Sassman, Stephen Mansfield 77 81 78 236
T43 Kane, Jeffrey Dallas 78 79 80 237
T43 Tauscher, Joe Dallas 80 78 79 237
T43 Perkins, Stephen Dallas 83 78 76 237
T43 Glidwell, Shannon McKinney 80 82 75 237
T47 Morgan, Marshall Odessa 72 84 82 238
T47 Norland, Rob Richardson 80 77 81 238
T47 Carlisle, Craig Trophy Club 80 77 81 238
T47 Cranford, Todd Mansfield 85 74 79 238
51 Moore, Matt Euless 83 75 81 239
T52 Rhodes, Brian Dallas 82 81 79 242
T52 Dahlberg, Peter Fort Worth 86 80 76 242
54 Bruning, Win Dallas 81 78 84 243
55 Peterson, Scott Keller 83 83 78 244
56 Mcmanus, Leonard Plano 82 84 79 245
T57 Peters, David Dallas 81 80 85 246
T57 Etheridge , Haden Lantana 83 81 82 246
T59 Tom, Eric North Richland Hills 84 78 85 247
T59 Janik, Kyle Whitehouse 85 78 84 247
T61 Rice, Russell Ft. Worth 81 82 85 248
T61 Johnson, Bob Mesquite 81 84 83 248
63 Claver, Bruce A Rowlett 88 77 85 250
T64 Pool, Tracy L Dallas 85 83 83 251
T64 Murphy, Mike Burleson 84 88 79 251
T66 Corder, Isaac Waco 85 81 86 252
T66 Kusek, Dan Carrollton 86 82 84 252

 

 


--Story courtesy TGA

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