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Harvey Penick Invitational: Mathias repeats

AUSTIN, Texas (Sept. 23, 2007)-- Jonathan Mathias was a bit tired when he began play in the Harvey Penick Invitational, Sept. 21-23 at Austin Country Club. It was understandable considering that he had played in the Texas Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championhip and the USGA State Team Championship in the week leading up to the Penick.

Mathias, an Air Force officer who is stationed at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, showed no signs of fatigue in Austin. He shot three consecutive rounds under par on the demanding ACC course to win the Penick Invitational for the second year in a row.

Mathias shot rounds of 69, 71 and 70 for a 54-hole total of 6-under 210. That was just good enough to hold off Austin’s Michael Cooper, the 2005 Penick champion, who shot a closing round of 5-under 67 to take second place at 213. Gene Black, another accomplished Austin golfer, shot 69 in the final round to finish third at 215.

Mathias began the final round with a four-shot lead. Cooper and Black put pressure on him through the final round but could not finish the deal. Cooper got within one shot of the lead with a birdie on the par-5 17th.

Mathias answered with a birdie on No. 17 and another birdie on the par-4 18th to clinch the championship.

“I really like this course, and I really like the tournament,” Mathias said. “I feel very comfortable here. Every year when the calendar turns to September I start to get excited about coming up here.”

Prior to the final round, Austin’s Billy Clagett predicted he would need a 3-under 69 to have a chance for a victory in the senior division.

He was exactly right.

His final round of 71 left him at 2-over 218 and one shot behind the winner, Doug Farr of Monroe, La., who also shot 71 Sunday for a 217 total.

Steven Hakes of San Diego, Gayle Sanchez of Denham Springs, Ia. and Ted Smith of Knightstown, In. tied for third at 219.

Full results follow:

  Name Hometown Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Tot.
1 Jonathan Mathias San Antonio, TX 69 71 70 210
2 Michael Cooper Houston, TX 71 75 67 213
3 Gene Black Round Rock, TX 74 72 69 215
4 Jason Felps China Springs, TX 70 74 74 218
5 Jeff Shell Austin, TX 71 75 75 221
6 Marshall Piper Houston, TX 73 78 72 223
7 Ripley McWilliams Austin, TX 76 72 78 226
8 George Covert Austin, TX 75 73 79 227
8 Ricky Lutz Oklahoma City, OK 77 76 74 227
10 Jon Valuck Edmund, OK 78 71 79 228
10 Brian McCoy Mansfield, TX 74 81 73 228
12 Bradley Kroop Edmund, OK 78 74 77 229
13 Scott Matheson Austin, TX 76 79 75 230
13 Randy Lance Conroe, TX 80 77 73 230
15 Chris Brauner Austin, TX 73 77 81 231
15 Zac Burton Manhattan, KS 84 71 76 231
15 Phil Thomas Austin, TX 79 79 73 231
18 Scott Smith Houston, TX 79 75 78 232
18 Chris Hartenstein Austin, TX 82 74 76 232
20 Blanton Hansen League City, TX 76 75 82 233
20 Dennis Dachtler Folsom, CA 76 77 80 233
20 Randal Cross Rocklin, CA 85 73 75 233
23 John Beatty Montgomery, TX 80 80 74 234
24 Chris James Austin, TX 76 84 75 235
25 Mark Baldree Austin, TX 78 74 84 236
26 Gary Payne Richmond, TX 79 76 82 237
26 Tim Oates Austin, TX 80 81 76 237
28 David Jones Montgomery, TX 79 77 82 238
28 Dean Hall Montgomery, TX 80 79 79 238
30 Ken Patterson Austin, TX 82 82 76 240
31 Marshall Wilson Austin, TX 77 82 82 241
32 Greg Meserole Austin, TX 83 81 79 243
33 Erik Liljenwall Austin, TX 85 76 85 246
33 Wes Foerster Montgomery, TX 82 81 83 246
33 Joel Fults Dallas, TX 76 90 80 246
36 Gareth Maguire Austin, TX 81 86 85 252
37 Bob Whitock Austin, TX 77 96 88 261


***** Senior Division *****

  Name Hometown Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Tot.
1 Doug Farr Monroe, LA 72 74 71 217
2 Billy Clagett Austin, TX 73 74 71 218
3 Ted Smith Knightstown, IN 74 71 74 219
3 Gayle Sanchez Denham Springs, LA 78 68 73 219
3 Steven Hakes San Diego, CA 74 74 71 219
6 Bill Jackson Oklahoma City, OK 69 74 77 220
7 Pat Rogers Austin, TX 78 70 73 221
7 Corky Nelson Dallas, TX 75 74 72 221
7 Wayne Smith Austin, TX 74 76 71 221
10 Andy Wall Tyler, TX 74 77 71 222
11 Jody Vasquez Aledo, TX 73 72 78 223
11 Mike Rice Houston, TX 72 78 73 223
11 Jim Thomas Austin, TX 79 72 72 223
14 Van Stewart Tyler, TX 73 75 76 224
15 John Felker Atlanta, GA 73 75 77 225
15 John Grace Ft. Worth, TX 75 75 75 225
17 Ham Rogers Corpus Christi, TX 74 73 79 226
17 John Peters Muscatine, IA 78 76 72 226
19 Charles Bagby Birmingham, AL 74 76 77 227
20 Jerry Hudgins Houston, TX 76 75 77 228
20 Doug Baker Austin, TX 77 77 74 228
22 Robert Stuart Mamoroneck, NY 71 80 78 229
22 Stephen Leroy Plano, TX 76 76 77 229
24 Gary Kirwan McKinney, TX 77 79 74 230
24 Gary Hardin Ft. Worth, TX 78 80 72 230
26 Rick Ten Broeck Evergreen Park, IL 78 76 77 231
26 Bill Wiley Bryan, TX 76 79 76 231
26 Denny Alexander Ft. Worth, TX 77 80 74 231
29 Bob Howe Mamoroneck, NY 79 79 75 233
30 Chip Bridges Encinitas, CA 73 85 77 235
30 Bob Hullender San Antonio, TX 82 78 75 235
32 Larry Walsh Mountain City, TX 76 77 83 236
32 Frank Paul Austin, TX 77 78 81 236
32 Chuck Munson Austin, TX 80 77 79 236
35 Doug Chandler Lufkin, TX 81 79 77 237
36 Dan Alpha The Woodlands, TX 79 77 82 238
37 Van Lefferdink Jupiter, FL 77 81 82 240
38 Henry Hodde Santa Fe, NM 79 84 78 241
38 Bob White Montgomery, TX 82 83 76 241
40 Bob Twaddell Houston, TX 80 78 85 243
41 David Sibley Birmingham, AL 82 84 81 247
42 Rick Brown Tampa, FL 77 84 89 250
43 Jim Sale Kingwood, TX 88 80 84 252
44 Doug Smith San Antonio, TX 86 89 81 256
45 John McDonald Houston, TX 85 88 85 258
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