Texas (TGA) South Regional Mid-Amateur
FRIENDSWOOD, TX (August 14, 2005)--Mike Booker of The Woodlands posted the lowest round of the tournament for a come from behind victory in the 2005 TGA South Region Mid-Amateur Championship at Timber Creek Golf Club. Starting Sunday’s final round four shots behind second round leader Bob Kearney, Booker carded four birdies and an eagle en route to a five under par 66. That was good enough for a 54 hole total of one under par 212, and a four stroke victory over Kip Guidry of Missouri City and Ron Kilby of McAllen. It was Booker’s second TGA Regional title in as many years, having won the South Region Amateur in 2004.
It was a long day for the players as two separate weather delays totaling an hour and 50 minutes delayed completion of the final round to past 7:00 PM. Several people were in the lead at various points during the final round, but Booker, playing in the fourth to last group, was the only one to get in front and stay there. Booker’s round was highlighted by an eagle on the par four 8th hole that helped him get into contention. He made four birdies and no bogeys on the final nine and was the only player to finish under par for the championship.
Second round leader Kearney struggled early and couldn’t make a comeback. Kip Guidry, who was tied for second and just one shot back starting the final round, ran into trouble with bogeys on 12 and 15. Guidry eventually ended up in a second place tie with Ron Kilby, who got to two under par in the final round before making three bogeys over the last seven holes.