PLANO, Texas (Aug. 7, 2011) -– Players faced great scoring conditions all week at the North Amateur Championship. The Queen’s Course at Gleneagles Country Club only had one real defense, the near record breaking temperatures that have tormented the area for weeks. In the end, a little local knowledge paid off for Gleneagles member Danny Lovell as he finished with a flurry and earned his first victory in a Texas Golf Association championship.
Danny Lovell started the final round six shots off the lead, but quickly turned things around with four birdies in his first eight holes. Lovell of Dallas made two bogeys on the back nine, but that didn’t stop him as he added four more birdies. Danny Lovell played a few groups in front of the leaders and knew he had to post a good score. Lovell made birdie on the very difficult seventeenth hole and then made a miraculous birdie from in the hazard on his final hole for a six under par round of 65. Lovell’s rounds of 68-74-65 were good for a one shot victory.
Drew Evans played very consistently all week, but came up just short. Evans had a rough start to his day with two bogeys in his first four holes, but then made five birdies coming in to vault up the leader board. Evans’ rounds of 69-71-68 were good for a second place finish at five-under-par for the championship.
Luke Kwon of Carrollton had an up and down day with 5 birdies, 4 bogeys, and a double bogey in his round of 72. Kwon held on for third place at three under par for the week. Clarke Kincaid used weekend rounds of 68-68 to go with his opening 75 and finish in a tie for fourth place. Thirty-six hole leader Aaron Hickman also finished in a tie for fourth place after slipping with a final round of 75. In all ten players fired final rounds of par or better.