South Reigns at Texas Shoot Out

THE WOODLANDS, TX (Oct. 24, 2010) – Singles matches began on a foggy morning at the Club at Carlton Woods with the North Team needing to make up only a point after yesterday’s foursome and four-ball matches. With such a slim margin after day one, it definitely made the singles matches that much more exciting to watch and they didn’t disappoint.

The night prior, both captains, John Semander from the South and Jim Todd from the North set their respective lineups without knowing what the other was doing. Players waited in anticipation as the pairings were announced and when it was all said and done, there wasn’t one match that could be predicted as everyone matched up so well.

The North Team got off to a quick start as Lewis Stephenson was able to capture 2 ½ points from his match against Kip Guidry (who hadn’t lost a point up to this point), followed by Luke Kane doing the same, taking 2 ½ points from the reigning Texas Mid-Amateur Champion, Mike Minicucci. Things were starting to look up for the North until the Seniors started to make a push for the South. South Team Member and Club at Carlton Woods’ member, Mike Booker was able to take 2 points from his match against Chuck Palmer, followed by 3-0 shutout by David Pocknall over opponent Mike Puls. Tim Carlton got 2 points from his match against Reggie Howell and Richard Hageman closed out the seniors by pitching a shutout again Jim Mundell. Jeff New continued the rally as he was able to win all 3 points against Ted Waldrip and then the deal was sealed as Pat Youngs and Randy Lance accounted for the final 1 ½ points needed to win the Texas Shootout Trophy for the first time since 2006.

At last year’s Shootout, played at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, the North Team earned their third victory in as many years and gave them an overall 4-3 lead in the series. Captained by AJ Triggs of Tyler, the 2009 North Team led after the foursome and four-ball matches on the first day and never looked back, eventually besting the South by a margin of 38½ to 21½.

ABOUT THE Texas Shootout

This Ryder Cup-style team event is the final tournament of the Texas Golf Association competitive amateur golf season. Each team consists of 8 players who qualify for their respective teams via TGA State and Regional Player of the Year points accumulated throughout the TGA season.

Eligibility: The field will be made up of 16 competitors, 8 players from each region (North / South). Of the 8 players chosen from each region, 5 players will be selected from the TGA Statewide Player of the Year point standings, and 3 players will be selected from the TGA Regional Player of the Year point standings. All statewide players will have up to the completion of the current year USGA Mid Amateur Championship to earn points toward the event. All Regional players will have up to the completion of the Regional Mid Amateur Championship to earn points towards the event. If a player qualifies by both criteria, he will be selected based on the higher rank. The next highest ranked player from within the Regional or Statewide points will be added to ensure 5 players from the statewide rankings and three players from the Regional rankings will be chosen.

Format: Ryder Cup format: Four-ball Matches, Foursome (Alternate shot) Matches, and Singles Matches. 3 point system, 1 point for the winner of each nine holes, and 1 point for the overall match winner

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