West Texas Amateur: Todd goes low

SAN ANGELO, Texas (July 20, 2008)--For the third day in a row players in the West Texas Amateur Championship played under blue skies and little wind. With San Angelo Country Club, host for the championship, in tremendous shape players knew they had to shoot red numbers in order to stay near the top of the leader board. Trey Todd claimed a wire to wire victory with his final round 69. Todd, of Abilene, fired three rounds under par for an eleven under par total and a three shot victory.

Todd has taken lessons for years with Jason Hase, the Head Golf Professional at San Angelo Country Club, and said his familiarity with the course definitely played a role in his win. He played steady, patient golf throughout the week and only carded two bogeys over the three days of competition.

According to Todd his game plan was to concentrate on hitting greens in regulation and attacking the par 5’s. His plan worked to perfection as he now becomes a two-time champion of this event, with his first win coming in 2005.

Tying for second place at eight under par for the week were John Bearrie, of Arlington, and Scott Roudebush, of Fort Worth. Bearrie carded a final round 68, while Roudebush shot a 67 in a very well-played final pairing.

Both Bearrie and Roudebush were under par all three days of the championship and in contention throughout.

John Pierce, of San Antonio, matched the low round of the week with a 66 and vaulted his way into fourth place. Overall, six players had under par totals for the week.

In the Senior Flight, Aaron Billings cruised to victory as the only player under par for the week.

Billings, from Horseshoe Bay, fired a final-round 68 for a three day total of 2-under-par 211 to win by four strokes. J

immy Chapman, from Irving, finished with a total of 215 to grab second place, while overnight leader Curt Sampson struggled to a 77 and finished third.

Harry Todd blew the field away in the Super Senior division and won by ten shots. Todd, of Dallas, said his final round 80 was a struggle, but no one was able to make a charge. TGA Director Bob Twaddell, of Houston, finished in second place for the third straight year.

San Angelo CC opened for play in 1928 and was designed by Texas legend John Bredemus, who is also responsible for such classics as Colonial CC in Fort Worth and Memorial Park in Houston. At only 6,658 yards, this par-71 layout is unquestionably old-school, with its narrow fairways and pushed-up greens. --Courtesy Texas Golf Association

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