Texas Shootout: North rises again
09 Nov 2008
see also: Texas Shootout Golf Tournament, Maridoe Golf Club


HORSESHOE BAY, Texas – After bringing a slim, four-point lead into the final day of play at the Texas Shootout, the North Team continued their solid play again on Sunday during the singles matches to earn the victory for Captain AJ Triggs of Tyler. The South team, lead by Loren Singletary, made used the same strategy in the final round, going with identical pairings that made for some really good pairings for Sunday.

The North squad finished with a 33-24 victory, their second in a row, that evened the all-time series.

While the North's Steve Galko earned the most points in the 2008 Shootout matches by winning a staggering 8 out of a possible 9 points for the weekend, the key to the North’s victory was based on the results posted by the rookies of the squad. Andy McCabe tallied an impressive 7 points, while Collin Stoops and Bill Steen each won 5 points. Shootout veteran John Bearrie had another good weekend also earning 5 points against some of the heavy hitters for the South.

After several of his patented motivational speeches, Captain Triggs had his players keyed up for a big day, and they promptly delivered.

Owen Joyner and Aaron Hickman both of Houston were the top players for the South both earning 6.5 out of a possible 9 points. Captain Singletary put Joyner out first to start the rally and he responded by sweeping all three points. Hickman was assigned the anchor position and also served his Captain well by sweeping all three points in the final match of the day.

John Dowdall also stepped up to grab 6 points overall and took down 2008 TGA Player of the Year, Rob Couture 2.5 to .5.

The 2008 tournament was the first year that Seniors have been eligible to make the Shootout team and the proved to be up to the challenge. Mike Rice & Tom McGraw represented the South team and played against Tom Doughtie and Bill Caveness from the North.

With such high quality players it was not surprising to see the final results had an exact split among the Seniors over the weekend matches.

--Courtesy TGA

ABOUT THE Texas Shootout

This Ryder Cup-style team event is the final tournament of the Texas Golf Association competitive amateur golf season. Each team consists of 8 players who qualify for their respective teams via TGA State and Regional Player of the Year points accumulated throughout the TGA season.

Eligibility: The field will be made up of 16 competitors, 8 players from each region (North / South). Of the 8 players chosen from each region, 5 players will be selected from the TGA Statewide Player of the Year point standings, and 3 players will be selected from the TGA Regional Player of the Year point standings. All statewide players will have up to the completion of the current year USGA Mid Amateur Championship to earn points toward the event. All Regional players will have up to the completion of the Regional Mid Amateur Championship to earn points towards the event. If a player qualifies by both criteria, he will be selected based on the higher rank. The next highest ranked player from within the Regional or Statewide points will be added to ensure 5 players from the statewide rankings and three players from the Regional rankings will be chosen.

Format: Ryder Cup format: Four-ball Matches, Foursome (Alternate shot) Matches, and Singles Matches. 3 point system, 1 point for the winner of each nine holes, and 1 point for the overall match winner

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