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Texas South Regional Mid-Am: Pocknall in playoff

MAGNOLIA, Texas (March 30, 2008)--David Pocknall trailed Tom McGraw by three strokes going into the final round of the 2008 TGA South Region Mid-Amateur Championship. After 16 holes he still trailed by two, but a bogey-bogey finish by McGraw left both players tied at 4-under-par 212 after 54 holes sending the match into a sudden-death playoff. On the first hole, Pocknall, of Katy, made a routine par while McGraw, of Montgomery, hit his tee shot into a lateral water hazard and ended up making a double bogey, allowing Pocknall to claim the title.

“We had both played so hard for 54 holes it was tough that someone had to lose,” Pocknall said. “We all love to compete, and you just never know what is going to happen, so you keep competing.”

Andy Cooper of The Woodlands and David Leiss of Houston tied for third place at 213, one shot out of the playoff. Cooper had a final round 68 while Leiss, who was only one shot off the pace going into the final round, had a 73. Six players tied for fifth place at two under par 214.

Pocknall and McGraw went back and forth throughout the final round, and were also aware that Cooper was closing in. When McGraw chipped in for birdie on the par-5 16th hole and Pocknall’s birdie putt just missed, it gave McGraw a two shot advantage with two holes to play. A bogey on the par three 17th and a three putt bogey on the final hole by McGraw set up the playoff.

Full results from the Lake Windcrest Golf Club follow:

Pos. Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Tot.
T1 Pocknall, David* 71 70 71 212
T1 McGraw, Tom 72 67 73 212
T3 Cooper, Andy 71 74 68 213
T3 Leiss, David 70 70 73 213
T5 Guidry, Kip 72 72 70 214
T5 Joyner, Owen 71 73 70 214
T5 New, Jeff 71 73 70 214
T5 Sinitiere, Doug 73 71 70 214
T5 Dowdall, John 71 71 72 214
T5 Hightower, Clay 70 72 72 214
11 Pierce, John 69 73 74 216
T12 Stephenson, Joe 77 69 71 217
T12 Youngs, Pat 71 72 74 217
T14 Beatty, John 73 76 69 218
T14 Wiley, Scott 74 72 72 218
T14 Alford, Adam 74 71 73 218
T17 Kilby, Ron 73 74 72 219
T17 Shipley, Jonathan 73 73 73 219
T17 Booker, Mike 69 74 76 219
T20 Lance, Randy 78 72 70 220
T20 McKinney, Robert 75 73 72 220
T20 Salcedo, Juan 72 73 75 220
T20 Jabbia, Vince 71 72 77 220
24 Payne, Gary 76 75 70 221
T25 Aramburu, Derek 73 75 75 223
T25 Fama, Alan 76 71 76 223
T25 Smith, Bob 72 74 77 223
T25 Held, Jamie 75 71 77 223
29 Baker, Buzz 78 74 72 224
30 Smith, Scott 73 75 77 225
T31 Kearney, Bob 74 77 75 226
T31 Thompson, Rodney 73 77 76 226
T31 Rugh, Charlie 77 73 76 226
T31 Clark, Jody 77 73 76 226
T31 Stiegman, Travis 75 78 73 226
T31 Tyson, Jack 79 75 72 226
T31 Durbin, Gary 74 74 78 226
T38 Piper, Marshall 76 75 76 227
T38 Garrett, Tyler 74 77 76 227
T38 Booher, Trent 70 80 77 227
T38 Crawford, Brett 78 71 78 227
T38 Hansen, Blanton 80 76 71 227
T43 Hamlin, Mark 75 74 79 228
T43 Cashman, Kevin 73 75 80 228
T43 Kuhn, Jeffrey 79 76 73 228
T46 Baugh, James 77 76 76 229
T46 Samuel, Kent 79 77 73 229
T48 Miller, A.B. 75 77 78 230
T48 Trevino, Ron 73 76 81 230
T50 Prinz, Blair 78 75 78 231
T50 Fisher, Herb 80 74 77 231
T50 Williams, Andy 77 78 76 231
T53 Gilbert, John 79 73 80 232
T53 Rodevich, Jim 82 77 73 232
T55 LaPierre, Richard 76 76 81 233
T55 Ward, Chris 72 78 83 233
T55 Hensarling, Tod 80 73 80 233
T55 Brauner, Chris 76 78 79 233
T55 Wiley, Bill 77 78 78 233
T55 Evans, Nicholas 72 85 76 233
61 Kibbe, Giles 78 74 82 234
62 Jones, Doug 79 78 78 235
63 Hoff, David 81 73 82 236
T64 Starnes, Kelly 80 80 77 237
T64 Hart, Jeff 81 80 76 237
66 Nebout, James 80 80 79 239
67 Link, Keith 79 78 83 240
T68 Davis, Rob 84 80 78 242
T68 Reina, Brian 82 84 76 242
70 Phillips, David 81 80 82 243
71 Davis, Bradley 78 83 83 244
72 Zernial, Matt 79 82 86 247
T73 Anderson, Scott 81 83 87 251
T73 Johnson, Mike 87 80 84 251
T75 Gleitman, John 87 77 89 253
T75 Norman, Jon 83 86 84 253
  Kaiser, Jason 84 85   DQ
  Flood, Joe 70 79   WD
  Watts, Kent 89 89   WD


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