West Texas Amateur: Kane Beats the Wind

AMARILLO, TX (July 18, 2010)--The 2010 West Texas Amateur Championship has come to a close and Luke Kane has been crowned champion. It was another beautiful day at Amarillo Country Club for the final round. With the clear blue skies and pleasant temperatures came gusts of wind that remind us where we are.

For a third straight day the puzzle to the championship was the greens. In immaculate shape and full of secrets the greens are a challenge in themselves, but added with strong steady wind they are a true feat to overcome and with great composure, Kane did just that.

The Open Division was up for grabs for a lot of players this morning as the field was all very close at the top. The question was who was going to step up and take control early on. The answer was Luke Kane who came out of the gates with a birdie on the first hole.

He followed that up with another birdie on the 5th hole. He faltered slightly on the front with bogies on 6, 7, and 8 that gave his fellow competitors hope. They couldn’t take advantage of the break though and went in the wrong direction themselves. Kane finished the back nine at an even 35 to shoot 71 today and a three-day total of 207, three under par. Luke was the only person to break par for the tournament. Clark Mitzner of Houston was one of only two players to shoot under par on Sunday coming in with a 69 to give him solo second. Mitzner had the highlight of the day on the course when he holed out from 120 yards for eagle on the 15th hole. Two strokes behind Mitzner was John Bearrie of Arlington at 212 for the tournament giving him third overall.

The Senior Division was topped by a veteran to the podium in West Texas. Tom Doughtie is a 5-time West Texas Champion which includes three victories in the Senior Division. Doughtie started the day with a 7-stroke lead and he maintained that lead and then some today. With four birdies, including one on the last, Tom claimed his trophy by a margin of eleven with a three-day total of 215. In second came Steve Rogers in with a 78 today and a tournament total of 226. Tied for third were Buddy Trumpf of Witchita Falls, Jeff Koontz also of Witchita Falls, and David Moore of Montgomery.

The Super Senior Division found a champion in Michael Hastings. Hastings maintained the lead for the weekend to bring home the title with a round of 78 today for a tournament total of 233. Corky Dawson took second place in the division shooting an 80 for his final round with a total of 238 and third place was taken by Edward Turner in with an 81 for a three-day total of 240.

ABOUT THE West Texas Amateur

Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in either region (North/South) of the state of Texas. Applicants must have a certified GHIN Handicap Index of 10.0 or less. Senior division players must be 55 years of age as of the first round of tournament play. Super Senior players must be 65 years of age as of the first round of tournament play. Please reference TGA Policies and Procedures for further details.

The championship will be contested over 54 holes of stroke play with three (3) divisions; Championship, Senior and Super Senior. Each division will play from separate tees/yardages and separate champions will be recognized in each division.

At the conclusion of 36 holes the field will be cut to the low 72 players (and ties), with a pro-rated representation from each division. The pro-rated allocation of players making the cut from each division will be reflective of the number of players in each division, relative to the total field size. The determination of total field size, number of players in each division and pro-rated representation of players making the cut (before ties) will be announced in conjunction with pairings being posted.

The field is limited to 144, as outlined below:
Championship: Open (84 players)
Senior: 55 & Over (42 players)
Super Senior: 65 & Over (18 players)

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