Pocknall cards 65 to win Texas South Mid-Am
David Pocknell<br>2012 Texas South Mid-Am Champ
David Pocknell
2012 Texas South Mid-Am Champ

San Antonio, TX (March 25, 2012) – A short fog delay pushed back the start of the final round of the 2012 South Mid-Amateur Championship at The Club at Sonterra’s North Course in San Antonio. The overcast morning sky quickly burned off and the sun came out as David Pocknall fired a final round 7-under par 65 to win his third South Mid-Amateur Championship over Mike Booker.

Pocknall, of Katy, started the day five shots back of second round leader Randy Lance. After two pars to begin his round, Pocknall recorded birdies on the par three 3rd, par five 5th, and par three 6th holes to quickly make his way up the leaderboard. Pocknall made three more pars to finish his front nine at 3-under par 33.

Making his way to the back nine, Pocknall’s putter remained on fire with another birdie on the par four 11th hole. Soon after that Pocknall was able to run birdies in on the par five 13th and par three 14th holes. A final birdie, his seventh of the round, came on the uphill par four 17th hole. With a par saving putt on the 18th hole, Pocknall came in with his lowest round ever in a tournament at 7-under par 65 (33-32).

With an impressive three day total of 1- over par 217 (73-79-65), Pocknall was able to secure a six shot victory over Mike Booker, of The Woodlands.

Booker, the 2005 South Mid-Amateur Champion, began the day one shot back at 6-over par 148. Trouble arose quickly with bogeys on his first two holes, only to erase one with a birdie on the par three 3rd hole. Booker proceeded to give that back with a bogey on the par four 4th hole. One more birdie and bogey on the 7th and 8th holes, respectively, found the former University of Houston Cougar at 2-over par 38 as he made the turn.

A bogey on the par three 10th hole was soon wiped way with a birdie on the par four 11th hole. Booker steadied the ship with four straight pars before carding his last bogey of the day on the par four 16th hole. Booker finished his final round at 3- over par 75 for a three day total of 7-over par 223 (73-75-75) to finish alone in second place.

First round leader Jeff New, also of The Woodlands, finished in third place at 8- over par 224 (72-76-76). Second round leader Randy Lance, of The Woodlands, finished in a tie for fourth place with League City’s Blanton Hansen at 10-over par 228.

ABOUT THE Texas South Mid-Amateur

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who are 25 years of age or older by the tournament start date and residing in the South Texas region as defined by the Texas PGA Sections (South of 31 degree parallel, Salado TX and south is break point). Applicants must have a certified USGA Handicap Index of 8.4 or less. Format: 54 holes Stroke Play. No Cut. Field limit: 84 players.

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