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Two teams tied for lead at Texas South Four-Ball
LEAGUE CITY, Texas (Feb 25, 2012) -- An overnight cool front welcomed the field for the first round of the Texas Golf Association’s South Four-Ball Championship at League City’s Magnolia Creek Golf Links. The typical windy conditions on the par-72 links-style course were absent today as 12 teams shot 3-under par or better. The teams of Booher/Walton and Dowdall/Guidry sit tied atop the leaderboard at 7- under par 65.

Sugar Land’s Trent Booher and Critt Walton, who began the day on the back side, were able to make the turn at 3-under par. The momentum continued as Walton birdied the first three holes on their back side. A bogey on the par three 6th hole was their only blemish. Booher ended the round with an eagle on the par five 9th hole to help his team climb the leaderboard at 7-under par 65.

John Dowdall, of Houston, and Missouri City’s Kip Guidry joined Booher/Walton at 7-under par 65 with a blistering six birdies from Dowdall on the opening front nine. Dowdall ran his seventh birdie of the day in on the par five 16th hole to help his team post a bogey-free round.

The teams of Broc Haymon (Montgomery)/Dale Loewen (Houston) and Chris Forbes (Katy)/Charles Williams (Houston) sit one shot back at 6-under par 66. Defending champions Trevor Hyde/David Pocknall of Kerrville and Katy, respectively, sit three strokes back at 4-under par 68.

Sunday’s final round is setting up for a showdown with a crowded leaderboard vying for the first Regional Championship of the Texas Golf Association’s 2012 season.

The format is 36 holes of four-ball stroke play, with all teams competing in the Championship Division. Entries are open to male amateur golfers residing in the South Texas region - both players must reside in the South region - as defined by the Texas PGA Sections (31’ parallel in Salado, Texas, is the break point). Applicants must have a certified GHIN handicap index of 10.0 or less and meet the requirements listed in the “TGA Policies and Procedures”.

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