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Texas State Amateur: Kraft wins by two strokes

HOUSTON, Texas (June 8, 2008)--The best viewing spot for the final round of the 2008 Texas State Amateur at Houston Country Club was behind the 18th green watching the electronic scoreboard. The name at the top was changing almost every hole. Five different people either led or shared the lead at various points during the final round, and the 18th green was also the spot to see Kelly Kraft seal the victory with a 12 foot birdie putt.

Kraft, from Denton, has just completed his freshman year at SMU. It was a good one as he was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year, and earned both All Conference and All Region honors. Now he can add Texas State Amateur Champion to his 2008 resume.

The one word that every player in contention used throughout the week was patience, and Kraft said that was the key to his win.

“Patience was definitely the key,” Kraft said. “I wasn’t putting that well coming into the tournament so I had to stay patient. The putts finally started falling at the end.”

After an opening round 75 left Kraft six shots off the lead, he posted rounds of 69 and 71 to move into contention, only two shots back going into the final round. His named moved to the top of the ever changing leader board with back to back birdies on #10 & #11 to start his final nine holes. Kraft finished just as strong with a birdie at #16 as well as the one at #18 for a final round of four under par 68 and a 72 hole total of 5-under-par 283.

The 5-under-par total was good enough for a two-stroke margin of victory over runner-up John Peterson of Fort Worth, a member of the LSU golf team. That means the trend of youth continues as a college player has won six of the last seven State Amateurs, and the other was won by Paul Haley just weeks after graduating from high school.

Three players tied for third at one under par. That list included two players – Will Hanna and Travis Woolf – who were among the five different leaders during the final round. The other player tied for third was second round leader and 2006 champion Paul Haley. Jon Mathias, who led going into the final round, struggled to a final-round 75 to finish alone in sixth place.

--Courtesy TXGA

Full results from the 6,996-yard, par-72 Houston Country Club follow:

Pos Name Hometown Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Rd.4 Tot.
1 Kraft, K. Denton 75 69 71 68 283
2 Peterson, J. Fort Worth 73 72 71 69 285
T3 Haley, P. Dallas 73 67 75 72 287
T3 Hanna, W. The Woodlands 74 74 67 72 287
T3 Woolf, T. Fort Worth 69 73 72 73 287
6 Mathias, J. San Antonio 73 68 72 75 288
7 Clendenon, C. Nederland 77 71 70 72 290
T8 Trimble, B. Houston 69 76 77 69 291
T8 Ward, C. McKinney 75 72 73 71 291
T8 Osborne, W. Wichita Falls 77 66 72 76 291
T11 Dowdall, J. Houston 73 72 73 74 292
T11 Vegas, J. Austin 78 68 71 75 292
T13 Minahan, J. Spring 76 76 74 67 293
T13 McGraw, T. Montgomery 74 73 75 71 293
T13 Joyner, O. The Woodlands 76 72 73 72 293
T13 Shindler, C. Westlake 77 72 71 73 293
T13 Mason, B. Dallas 75 71 72 75 293
T18 Chiles, L. Granbury 71 76 75 72 294
T18 Hickman, A. Tyler 76 75 70 73 294
T18 Morley, D. Houston 74 67 77 76 294
T21 Fallon, P. Waco 76 74 74 71 295
T21 Massa, B. Grand Prairie 74 77 73 71 295
T21 Paolucci, A. Dallas 75 70 77 73 295
T21 Berkovsky, A. Aledo 73 72 77 73 295
T21 Couture, R. Dallas 74 73 73 75 295
T21 Workman, A. The Woodlands 75 75 70 75 295
T21 Landry, A. Groves 73 72 74 76 295
T28 Fawcett, S. Dallas 72 73 76 75 296
T28 Miskell, T. New Braunfels 69 73 75 79 296
T30 Allcorn, B. Abilene 77 72 74 74 297
T30 Roudebush, S. Fort Worth 77 73 73 74 297
T32 Holland, C. Dallas 76 73 78 71 298
T32 Harris, T. Houston 71 75 79 73 298
T32 Mccabe, A. Dallas 76 76 72 74 298
T35 Cristea, N. Cypress 77 75 76 71 299
T35 Sheen, N. Denton 75 74 75 75 299
T37 Willis, B. Weatherford 75 75 74 76 300
T37 Gann, T. Houston 78 73 73 76 300
T39 Moore, J. Southlake 80 72 77 72 301
T39 Kelly, S. Kingwood 73 76 76 76 301
T39 Pocknall, D. Katy 75 75 72 79 301
T42 Williams, C. Waco 75 76 77 74 302
T42 Whitehead, M. Sugar Land 76 76 74 76 302
T44 Guidry, K. Missouri City 76 73 76 78 303
T44 Thomas, P. Austin 79 71 73 80 303
T46 Williams, J. Houston 78 73 79 74 304
T46 Schultz, K. Richardson 76 74 79 75 304
T46 Barfield, N. Dallas 72 76 75 81 304
49 Cooper, A. The Woodlands 78 73 78 76 305
50 Robbins, K. Southlake 80 72 82 72 306
51 Oelfke, D. Houston 72 80 80 75 307
52 Mitzner, C. Fort Worth 77 74 79 78 308
T53 McGee, M. Midland 73 77 83 76 309
T53 Mizell, R. The Woodlands 78 74 79 78 309
55 Fisher, H. The Woodlands 73 78 75 86 312
  Lopez, L. Houston 75 73 72   DQ
  Cashman, K. Montgomery 80 72 83   WD

 

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