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Texas Senior Amateur: Arnold comes from behind

DALLAS, Texas (Aug. 19, 2007)-- Mike Arnold from Windcrest (San Antonio) fired a blistering 66 to come from seven shots back and win the 71st Texas Senior Amateur Championship.

Arnold’s impressive 6-under-par round was the lowest of the tournament by three shots and was the lowest of the day by four.

Arnold who is no stranger to big tournaments (two Senior Opens, two US Public Links, and two US Amateurs) picked the right time to card his career-low round as a Senior during the final round of the State Senior Amateur.

His six birdie, no bogie scorecard was a testament to his solid play, but his putter won him the trophy. Although he didn’t know it at the time, Arnold made a 20’ putt on the 18th green to save par that won him the ultimate prize.

“The course didn’t play easy today, but I went out today and just tried to improve my position”. said Arnold.

Indeed he did, and won his first TGA championship for his efforts.

Jimmy Chapman of Irving made a run for the title and came up just few feet short. Needing to make birdie on the difficult par-5 18th hole on the Gold Course, Chapman pushed his approach shot into the right bunker and was forced to try and hole his bunker shot for a share of the lead.

The shot landed a few feet short and left him with a three-footer for the runner up position, which he ultimately made. Chapman carded a 2-under-par 70 for the day and a tournament total of even par 216.

Full results follow:

  Name City Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Tot.
1 Mike Arnold Windcrest 76 73 66 215
2 Jimmy Chapman Irving 73 73 70 216
T3 Thomas McGraw Montgomery 74 73 71 218
T3 Andy Wall Tyler 73 69 76 218
5 Gary Hardin Ft. Worth 71 76 73 220
T6 Jimmy Wheeler Tyler 76 72 73 221
T6 Mickey Jones Odessa 72 73 76 221
T8 Bob Smith Houston 76 75 71 222
T8 Fred Clark Kingwood 76 74 72 222
T8 Chris Larsen Houston 73 75 74 222
T8 Larry Walsh Mountain City 69 75 78 222
T12 Ralph Cotton Irving 73 77 73 223
T12 Chip Stewart Dallas 74 74 75 223
T14 David Bean Houston 74 78 72 224
T14 Larry Thomas Dallas 76 73 75 224
T16 Stephen LeRoy Plano 76 76 73 225
T16 Roy Rhodes Dallas 70 80 75 225
T18 Billy Clagett Austin 76 77 73 226
T18 Bob Watson San Antonio 77 75 74 226
T18 Gary Britt The Woodlands 78 77 71 226
T18 Ford Cartwright Lufkin 74 74 78 226
T22 Joel Eastman Dallas 74 73 80 227
T22 Steve Spearman Pittsburg 73 73 81 227
T22 Mike Rice Houston 83 73 71 227
25 Gary Penn Ft. Worth 77 75 76 228
T26 Jody Vasquez Aledo 77 76 76 229
T26 Bill Edwards Southlake 75 75 79 229
T26 Gordon Norwood Cypress 70 78 81 229
T29 Mike Hopson Lufkin 72 82 76 230
T29 Andy Edgerton Austin 77 78 75 230
T29 Lloyd Hughes Dallas 81 71 78 230
T29 Robert Woodward Dallas 74 77 79 230
T29 Gary Kirwan McKinney 73 78 79 230
T29 Jack Medick Colleyville 69 80 81 230
T29 Van Stewart Flint 80 78 72 230
T36 Steve Bueltel Kingwood 78 75 78 231
T36 Dan Nelson Edinburg 76 77 78 231
T36 Dan Alpha The Woodlands 76 77 78 231
T36 Jerry Hudgins Kingwood 74 80 77 231
T36 Denny Alexander Fort Worth 73 77 81 231
T41 James Martin Dallas 75 77 80 232
T41 Richard Hageman Cibilo 77 77 78 232
T41 John Paty Dallas 80 75 77 232
T41 Harry Todd Dallas 77 76 79 232
T45 Timothy Hamilton Abilene 76 75 82 233
T45 Harlin Hamilton Plano 81 77 75 233
47 Al Pineault San Antonio 76 79 79 234
T48 Thomas Sooy Houston 76 78 81 235
T48 Dale White FT. Worth 79 77 79 235
T48 Frank Davis San Antonio 78 79 78 235
T48 Alan Dale New Braunfels 78 80 77 235
T52 Rusty Marshall Schertz 74 80 82 236
T52 James Burdine Dallas 74 80 82 236
T52 Patrick Cooper Cypress 81 77 78 236
T52 Don Heathcott Montgomery 75 83 78 236
T52 Chuck Ribelin Dallas 83 76 77 236
T52 Dale Fell Georgetown 78 78 80 236
T58 Joe Miller New Braunfels 80 79 78 237
T58 Don Grider Georgetown 79 81 77 237
T58 Earl Craig Plano 81 79 77 237
61 Gordon Hesdorffer Richardson 76 81 82 239
T62 James Rath Houston 76 82 82 240
T62 Doug Schwarz Richardson 79 83 78 240
64 Harvey McCraw Kingswood 75 79 87 241
T65 Jess Claiborne Horseshoe Bay 82 73 87 242
T65 Sam Fife Carrollton 78 80 84 242
67 Don Rhoden Abilene 75 82 88 245
T68 John McDonald Houston 81 81 84 246
T68 Fred Hansen Terrell 82 79 85 246

 

 

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