Texas Senior Am: Doughtie the champ
17 Aug 2008
see also: Texas Senior Amateur Championship, The Hills Country Club


HOUSTON, Texas (Aug. 17, 2008)--Tom Doughtie of Amarillo turned 55 on July 22nd, making him eligible for his first Texas Senior Amateur Championship. He took advantage of the opportunity by winning the 2008 title, but it ended up being a narrow margin of victory. Leading by four shots with only three holes to play, Dougthie hit his tee shot in the water on the par three 16th hole. He ended up with a triple bogey and his lead was down to one. A birdie-bogey finish gave him a final round 75 for a 54-hole total of 3-over-par 219, just one shot ahead of runner-up Jim Mundell of San Angelo.

Mumdell tied Doughtie for the low round of the tournament with a final round of three under par 69 to finish at 220. Six playera tied for third at 222.

In the Super Senior Division for players 65 and over, Joe Cadle of Wichita Falls came from four shots back to win by two. Cadle, a two-time winner of the State Senior Amateur, claimed his first Super Senior title with a three day total of 229, two ahead of Joe Tippett of San Antonio and Johnny Jones of Temple. Cadle’s final round of 1-over-par 73 tied Tippett for the low round of the championship in the Super Senior Division and allowed him to make up the four shot deficit.

After two long days for all of the players that involved several suspensions of play for weather, the final round at Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston was played under near perfect conditions. The heat and humidity are expected in August, but a gentle breeze and lower temperatures than the first two days, along with no thunderstorms, made things for Sunday’s final round much more enjoyable for everyone.

From the back tees Royal Oaks can play to 7,033-yard with a par of 72. The course offers a variety of tee placements allowing it to be set up for both the Senior division and the Super Senior division in a challenging, but fair way. Royal Oaks features nine lakes with multi-tiered greens, dramatic water features, and signature rock walls. At last year’s Senior Amateur, held on the Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club, Mike Arnold of Windcrest (shown right) fired a blistering six-under 66 in the final round to come from 7-shots back to claim the title. With rounds of 73-69-76 – 218, Andy Wall of Tyler breezed to a nine-shot victory in the Super Senior Division. --Courtesy TGA

ABOUT THE Texas Senior Amateur

The State Senior Amateur is the second oldest event of all the TGA tournaments, having first been played in 1937.

Format/Field Size: Play will be contested over 54 holes of stroke play. All players will be competing in one division from the same tees and yardage. The field is limited to 144 players. At the completion of the 36 holes the field will be cut to the low 54 players and ties.

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