Tyrrell Garth Invite: Helson over Joyner

BEAUMONT, TX (May 3, 2009)--Russell Helson, a recent graduate of Lamar University, held off a charge by defending champion Owen Joyner of The Woodlands to win the Tyrrell Garth Invitational at Beaumont Country Club.

Helson, who caddies on the Nationwide Tour for Martin Piller, started the final round four shots ahead of Joyner, and five ahead of Giles Kibbe of Beaumont and David Pocknall of Katy. A steady even-par 71 was just enough to hold off Joyner, who closed with a 67 including a birdie on #18 that forced Helson to make a short putt for the win.

The tournament is played in honor of Tyrrell Garth Jr., one of the state's most accomplished amateur golfers, and the pride of Beaumont. In addition to winning Beaumont Country Club championships at age 14 and age 54, Garth was also the youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Open when he competed at Colonial Country Club in 1941 as a 15-year-old.

Top finishers in the Tyrrell Garth Invitational, played May 1-3, 2009 at Beaumont Country Club:

Place Player   Rd1 Rd2 Rd3   Total
1 Russell Helson, Georgetown, TX   69 72 71   212
2 Owen Joyner, The Woodlands, TX   72 74 67   213
3 Giles Kibbe, Beaumont, TX   77 69 70   216
4 David Pocknall, Katy, TX   74 71 72   217
5 Chris Brauner, Austin, TX   74 76 68   218
6 Eddie Grace, Beaumont, TX   74 74 71   219
T7 Austin Williams, Beaumont, TX   77 73 72   222
T7 Charles Jabbia, Beaumont, TX   74 76 72   222
T7 Hunter Nelson, Houston, TX   72 75 75   222
T10 Chris Davis, Beaumont, TX   77 74 75   226
T10 Blanton Hansen, League City, TX 75 75 76 226
T10 John Pierce, San Antonio, TX   74 74 78   226
13 Bob Kearney, Houston, TX   80 74 73   227
14 Jeff New, The Woodlands, TX   78 77 73   228
ABOUT THE Tyrrell Garth Invitational

54-hole individual championship that honors one of the state's most accomplished amateur golfers, and the pride of Beaumont. Players in the Championship Flight play 54 holes of stroke play. Competitors in the other flights, arranged by handicap, play match play in the first two rounds and in stroke play in Sunday's final round.

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