McCaffrey claims Texas Mid-Amateur
The Woodlands, TX (Oct. 2, 2011) -- Mother nature couldn’t have given the players any better weather at this year’s 2011 Texas Mid-Amateur Championship presented by Breitling which was held at The Club at Carlton Woods. Sunday’s final round may have been the best conditions of the week which lead to tournament low scores. At the close of the championship only one player found himself under par against the challenging Nicklaus designed course. Beau Davis entered the final round tied for the lead with Clarke Kincaid. Davis, of Abilene, started the day with a string of pars, but had a rollercoaster finish to his first nine holes. Davis made his first move with a birdie at the sixth hole, but gave it right back with a bogey at the seventh. Davis then made an incredible eagle on the eighth hole, a long par 5. Once again Davis was unable to gain any momentum as a costly bogey at the ninth hole kept the race close. On the back nine, Davis was able to settle his nerves and make two more birdies for a final round of 3 under par. Davis was able to cruise to a five shot victory with rounds of 71-73-69. Beau Davis capped of a great year in style adding the Mid-Amateur title to his earlier victory at the West Texas Amateur. Clarke Kincaid was looking for his first TGA championship victory as he stepped to the tee for the final round, but was never able to mount a serious challenge. Kincaid, of Trophy Club, had a costly double bogey at the fourth hole that had him chasing Davis the rest of the day. Kincaid could not get a birdie putt to fall until the final hole, which gave him a round of 74. His tournament total of 2 over par was good for a runner-up finish. Aaron Hickman also entered the final rounds with thoughts of adding a major state championship to his already impressive year. Hickman, of Dallas, was right in the mix for much of the front nine, but a three putt double bogey on the ninth hole derailed his chances of victory. Hickman carded a final round of 74 to finish alone in third place. Mike McCaffrey shot scores of 73-70-67 for a total of six under par, however on October 20, 2011, the United States Golf Association ruled that Mike McCaffrey of League City has forfeited his amateur status following a lengthy investigation pursuant to the Rules of Amateur Status. The forfeiture was effective August 21, 2011, making him ineligible for the 2011 Texas Mid-Amateur Championship.