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Texas (TGA) State Amateur Championship
12 Jun 2005
see also: Texas Amateur Golf Championship, Whispering Pines Golf Club

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AUSTIN, TX (June 12, 2005) -- The finish of the 2005 Texas State Amateur Championship couldn’t have been scripted any better, at least for the gallery around 18 green - and especially for Kevin Schultz. Knowing he had to make birdie on the final hole to win, Schultz, of Richardson, hit his approach shot on the par five 18th hole to within ten feet of the hole. He then sank the birdie putt to claim the championship and have his name etched on the H.L. Edwards trophy.

The script wasn’t so kind to runner-up Zack Reeves of Arlington. Reeves, who had started the day one just shot behind Schultz and three others, moments earlier had made birdie on the final hole to pull even with Schultz. Reeves could only watch, and then congratulate Schultz after he made the putt to win the title. “This is a very prestigious title,” Schultz said. “Texas has such really great amateur players, players that compete on a national level. The Texas Amateur has great tradition, so this means a lot to me.”

Barton Creek Resort’s Canyons Course had yielded very few sub-par rounds during the championship, and all of the leaders knew par would be a very good score during the final round. It proved to be enough for Schultz, whose final round of even par 72 gave him a 72 hole total of two over par 290. Reeves also shot even par on Sunday to finish at three over 291. Steve Galko of Dallas, who started the day tied for the lead, finished alone in third at four over par after his birdie putt on the final hole stopped one turn short of going in. Ron Schroeder of Montgomery reached the par five 18th green in two, and two putted for birdie to finish in fourth at four over. Michael Randle of Austin and Will Griffin of San Antonio tied for fifth.

ABOUT THE Texas Amateur

72 hole walking-only championship first played in 1909.

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers with a certified USGA Handicap Index of 8.4 or less. Please reference “TGA State Championship Eligibility” for further eligibility details. In addition to TGA State Eligibility guidelines: College players are eligible if they hold playing privileges through their college golf team at a club or course which currently belongs to the Texas Golf Association.

Format: 72 holes of Stroke Play. At the completion of 36 holes the field is cut to the low 50 and ties plus all players within 10 strokes of the lead.

18 Hole Qualifying: All players who are not exempt under the above categories must participate in a 18 hole sectional qualifier.

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