Fredericksburg, TX (Sept. 19, 2010) - Great scoring conditions on Sunday morning allowed players to be aggressive in the final round of the Texas Mid-Amateur Championship. Boot Ranch Golf Club played host to this year’s championship and only allowed one player to finish the week under par even after rainfall softened the golf course all 3 days. On a day where low rounds were abundant, many of the leaders faltered and Mike Minicucci was able to take advantage and claim his first state championship by 1 shot.
Mike Minicucci started the final round 5 shots behind the leader and after bogeys holes 8 and 9 he knew he had work to do. Minicucci of Austin quickly recovered with birdies on holes 11 and 13. He then birdied the very difficult par 3, 17th hole to take a one shot lead. After an errant second shot on his final hole found the greenside bunker, he calmly converted and up and down to post 1 under par for the championship and a 1 shot victory over 4 players. Amazingly Minicucci claimed the title in his very first Texas Golf Association championship.
John Dowdall had an up and down week. After opening with 65, he slipped to 79 in round 2. Dowdall of Houston made a charge on the final day with a round of 69, but fell one stroke short when his birdie putt on the final hole missed on the low side. Pat Youngs of League City made two late birdies to move into contention, but his 3 rounds of even par 71 were not quite enough. Seth Thornton had an exciting final round including an eagle on the 14th hole to take the lead. Thornton then made a bogey on the 17th hole to fall behind and could not make it up on the final hole. Nicholas Cristea could not get anything going with a round that included 16 pars and 2 bogeys to finish at even par for the week and join the tie for second place. In all there were 15 under par rounds posted on Sunday.