THE COLONY, Texas (March 23, 2012) -- After what seemed like a week of downpour, the weather finally cleared and couldn’t have been better for the opening round of the North Mid-Amateur Championship.
Old American Golf Club did an unbelievable job getting the course back in playable condition and providing a challenge to the field. Even with a day of great scoring conditions, only five players were able to take advantage and post under par rounds.
Rob Couture opened his chase of a fifth victory in this championship with a four under par round of 67. Couture of Dallas made five birdies and just one bogey to take a one shot lead. Brandon Scott went out early and posted a three under par round of 68. Scott, the runner-up in this championship last year, started his back nine (the front nine) with three birdies and an eagle, but after a few bogeys he finished one stroke behind the leader. Aaron Hickman, the defending champion, is also tied for second place after the first round. Hickman made five birdies on his way to a three under par round. In all, seven players were able to post rounds of par or better.
Old American features six sets of tees, ranging from the 5,215-yard forward markers to the 7,174-yard “Leonard” tournament tees. Davis and Leonard conceived the routing and layout with both medal and match play in mind, as golfers are required to hold “steady to par” through a number of holes, but enticed to gamble on birdie or better during select stretches of the course.
The North Mid-Amateur is open to male amateur golfers who are 25 years of age or older by the tournament start date and reside in the North Texas region (north of the 31’ parallel) with an index of 8.4 or less. Entries open on January 30 and close on March 21 or when the field is full. Please reference “TGA Regional Tournament Eligibility” for additional details. The format for the event is 54 hole individual stroke play with no cut. The winner and runner-up will earn an exemption into the 2012 Texas Amateur to be held June 14-17 at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas. The top three finishers will also receive an exemption into the 2012 Texas Mid-Amateur, scheduled from September 20-23 on the Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club.