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Couture Repeats at North Texas Mid-Am

BURLESON, TX (March 29, 2009)--The weather tried to cause havoc on the 2009 North Mid-Amateur Championship, but the outcome was still very familiar. Southern Oaks in Burleson was a gracious host to this year’s championship. After the first round was played in damp conditions, the second round was cancelled due to severe weather. The weather came into play once more, with a frost delay to start the final round on Sunday. However, the delay could not stop the inevitable, Rob Couture winning the North Mid-Amateur. Relief came Sunday, as the final round was played with calm winds and sunny skies.

Three players entered the final round tied for the lead after opening rounds of 69. Rob Couture was able to break out of that group and cruise to a three shot lead. Couture, the reigning State Player of the Year, won the North Mid-Amateur Championship for the third consecutive year. Couture, a Dallas native, used rounds of 69 and 73 for a two under par total. Rob Couture has dominated the TGA championships in North Texas for the last three years. He has captured at least one regional championship victory in each of the three years and was North Player of the Year in 2007.

John Bearrie, was off to a great start when disaster struck. Bearrie was one under par through five holes and in good shape to win before an 8 on the par 3 sixth hole derailed his chances at victory. Bearrie recovered to shoot 78 and tie for sixth place. Scott Maurer also entered the final round tied for the lead, but suffered a similar fate to Bearrie. Maurer made four birdies on the front nine, but played the last three holes in four over par to tie for sixth place. Jack Eckardt and Baron Buss were the only players to break par on Sunday with one under par rounds of 71. Eckardt and Michael Ambriz tied for second place, three shots behind Couture. The shot of the day went to Bart Goodwin of Flower Mound. Goodwin made a hole in one on the sixth hole, one of the hardest holes on the course.

Final results of the Texas North Regional Mid-Amateur, played March 27-29, 2009 at Southern Oaks Golf Club in Burleson, TX:

Pos. Player R1 R2 Total
1 Rob Couture 69 73 142
T2 Jack Eckardt 74 71 145
T2 Michael Ambriz 72 73 145
T4 Baron Buss 75 71 146
T4 Lewis Stephenson 73 73 146
T6 Lee Sandlin 72 75 147
T6 Scott Maurer 69 78 147
T6 John Bearrie 69 78 147
T9 Codie Scott 73 75 148
T9 David Ward 72 76 148
T11 John Schaefer 77 72 149
T11 Jason Dallas 75 74 149
13 Manny Bhakta 75 75 150
T14 Terry Rice 76 75 151
T14 Andrew Braun 75 76 151
T16 Bill Steen 78 74 152
T16 Joe Dulemba 77 75 152
T16 Lance Goodson 76 76 152
T16 Jim Campbell 76 76 152
T16 Rick Houston 75 77 152
T21 Bob Neal 78 75 153
T21 Richard Lay 77 76 153
T21 Bart Goodwin 76 77 153
T21 Dan Allan 75 78 153
T21 Eric Tom 71 82 153
T26 Trey Rowe 80 74 154
T26 Michael Guerrette 80 74 154
T26 Mark Sweeney 79 75 154
T26 Henry Coffman 78 76 154
T26 Buck Purselley 76 78 154
T26 Hollis Sullivan 76 78 154
T32 Gary Taylor 79 76 155
T32 Doug Hopton-Jones 79 76 155
T32 Marshall Morgan 78 77 155
T32 Ricky Brown 77 78 155
T32 Andy McCabe 74 81 155
T32 Chuck Palmer 73 82 155
T38 Sean Mcavoy 81 75 156
T38 Michael Ashy 78 78 156
T38 Ryan Lommel 77 79 156
T38 Jim Neumann 76 80 156
42 Sam Hansard 76 81 157
43 Hal Story 78 80 158
T44 Mark Merki 84 77 161
T44 Matt Norman 80 81 161
T44 Otto Iskandar 79 82 161
T44 Gary Ezmerlian 78 83 161
T48 Russell Williams 81 81 162
T48 Brett Forte 78 84 162
T48 David Garrity 75 87 162
51 Jeff Biros 78 85 163
T52 Dan Cook 87 77 164
T52 Todd Cranford 80 84 164
T52 Matthew Davis 79 85 164
55 Drew Ireland 83 82 165
T56 Shannon Glidwell 82 84 166
T56 Marc Alcorn 80 86 166
T56 Chris Stark 78 88 166
59 Darron George 88 79 167
T60 David Gray 82 86 168
T60 Randall Brower 80 88 168
62 Scott Swan 86 86 172
T63 Bob Johnson 88 85 173
T63 Tim Strickland 81 92 173
65 Brad Stumpf 87 88 175
66 Gerald Bohl 90 88 178
67 Craig Mcalpine 89 98 187
68 Bruce Claver 89 NS NS
69 Jeffrey Fountaine 89 WD WD
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