Houston Senior: McKinney wins 8th

HOUSTON, Texas (Oct. 12, 2008) -- Robert McKinney, a 62-year-old Houston architect, claimed his eighth Greater Houston Senior Amateur Championship at Memorial Park Golf Course. McKinney shot 72-65 for a 7-under-par 137 total that was two strokes better than first-round pacesetter David Pocknall of Katy, who carded 60-70--139.

McKinney's closing round included four birdies and two eagles. The most dramatic eagle came on the par-4 18th hole when he holed out his approach after making a bogey on the 17th hole. He also eagled the par-5 15th.

The top 10 finishers earned exemptions into the 2009 tournament. In addition to McKinney and Pocknall, the exempt players are Jerry Hudgins (71-73--144), David Leestma (75-71--146), Thomas McGraw of Baytown (76-71--146), Mickey McDonald of Missouri City (73-74--147), David Bean (74-73--147), Jim Mathews (73-75--148), John Kmiecik (74-75--149) and Fred Freeman (72-77--149).

In the Super Senior Division for golfers 65-and-over, first-round leader Carl Ahrens hung on to defeat Tom Mattox of Kingwood on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. Ahrens shot 72-78 and Mattox shot 74-76 for an 8-over-par 150 total.

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