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Texas (TGA) Mid-Amateur: Dunkelberg Wins in Playoff

DALLAS, TX (September 18, 2005)--The final round of the TGA State Mid-Amateur saw many names on and off of the leader board, and in the end it was Dan Dunkelberg of Ft. Worth holding the champion’s trophy. Dunkelberg birdied the first hole of a sudden death playoff with Mike Healer of Gatesville to win the TGA State Mid-Am at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas. His other victory in this event came in 2000. Dunkelberg shot a final round 68 to finish at even par 213 for 54 holes. Healer had a second straight round of 70 after an opening round 73 for his 213 total.

Dunkelberg got off to a fast start with birdies on #1, #4, and #5 to get to three under. He made one more birdie and a bogey to finish at three under par for the day. However, second round leader Terrence Miskell also got off to a fast start with birdies on two of his first three holes to get to three under par for the tournament and three shots clear of the field. Miskell then ran into some trouble with bogeys at #6 and #7, and a triple bogey six on the par three eighth hole. That left the door open for several people, including Dunkelberg and Healer.

“I wanted to let them know I was around,” Dunkelberg said. “I got off to a good start, and kept trying to press that. I knew if I could get in and post a round it might put some pressure on Terrence, but I didn’t know until I saw the leader board on 16 that I had the lead.”

Healer, playing in only his second TGA State Mid-Amateur, said steady play was the key to his weekend. “I only missed one green today (Sunday) and just played real steady the last two days. I just made a lot of pars because I thought even par would have a chance to win.”

It certainly did as Dunkelberg and Healer were the only players in the 120 player field able to match par for 54 holes. Tied for third at three over par 216 were Sandy Pierce of Dallas and Mac McGee of Midland. Two more players, Michael Cooper of Austin and Artie Starrs of Dallas tied for fifth another stroke back.
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