Texas Mid-Am Match Play: Miskell takes it
AUSTIN, Texas (July 27, 2008)-- Fourth seed Terrence Miskell, the 2007 TGA Co-player of the year topped third seed Scott Fawcett of Dallas 5 & 4 at the University of Texas Golf Club.
Fawcett breezed thru his side of the bracket never going more than 15 holes in a match. In fact, after dispensing of Jack Eckardt 7 & 6 in the semi’s, Fawcett played holes 16, 17, 18 after his match in preparation of his final match showdown with Miskell.
On the other side of the bracket Terrence Miskell, New Braunfels had his hands full with the local favorite Steven Bright. With a gallery of 20 strong, the semi-final match went 19 holes before Miskell got the 1-up victory to advance.
Miskell got off to a fast start in the final round by making birdie on the first hole to take a 1-up lead, then Fawcett made bogey on hole #3 to give Miskell a 2-up advantage. Miskell made his only mistake of the day on hole #4 went he pushed his tee ball OB right and conceded the hole to Fawcett to move back to 1-up.
From that point forward, Miskell made pars and birdies and the match began to slip away from Fawcett with concessions on holes 7 & 8. At the turn Miskell was 3-up.
Fawcett couldn’t catch a break all day and when his short approach on #10 found the greenside bunker, it became clear it was not his day. Miskell went four up on hole 10 after hitting his approach within four feet.
Both players made birdie on 11, pars at 12. Standing on the drivable thirteenth par 4 tee, Miskell kept his foot on the gas and tried to clear the lake in front of the green. He barely made it, with his ball came to rest about two inches from the waters edge. Fawcett played it conservative, knocking his with a four iron along the right side.
Miskell removed the socks & shoes, waded into knee high water and chipped to 15’. Both players made par as Fawcett missed what may have been his last opening.
Being 4-down with five holes remaining Fawcett pulled his tee shot left on #14 and had to declare a lost ball. Miskell took advantage and closed out the match 5 & 4 after making a routine par to earn his first TGA State Championship of 2008.