Nelson Rallies to Win Houston City Senior

HOUSTON, TX (October 11, 2009)--Hunter Nelson of Houston shot 70-74 for an even-par 144 total and a one-stroke victory in the 2009 Greater Houston Senior Amateur Championship at Memorial Park. Doyle Sturman of Montgomery shot 76-72--148 to capture the Super Senior Division for golfers 65-and-over.

The damp and soggy conditions did not bode well for the first-round leaders in either division.

Michael Atnip of Kingwood, who opened with a 68 and held a 2-stroke lead going into Sunday's final round, shot 77.

Nelson overtook Atnip on the 72nd hole. Atnip had to settle for runner-up honors because he bogeyed his final two holes while Nelson strung together pars. Atnip finished at 1-over-par 144, followed by defending champion Robert McKinney, who shot 72-74--146. David Pocknall of Katy, runner-up in the Men's Amateur Championship, shot 72-75 to finish at 147.

Super Senior pacesetter Lance Sims of Missouri City, who claimed the first-round lead by shooting his age of 72, shot 82 to fall into fourth place. Sturman's score was the best of the day by three strokes.

ABOUT THE Houston City Senior

54-hole stroke play tournament held at Memorial Park, with senior and super-senior divisions. Players must have permanent residency in the Greater Houston area which includes the following counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller.

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