Texas Mid-Am Match Play: Scott vs. Boyd for the title
Plano, TX – Players battled through a second consecutive day of two rounds of match play at the Queens Course of Gleneagles Country Club. The Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship has turned out to be a battle of fitness and golf, as temperatures have soared into triple digits the last three days. Surviving the match play format and advancing to the final match are Brandon Scott and Lucas Boyd. Lucas Boyd took on Mike Booker in the first semi-final match of the afternoon. Boyd quickly won the 2nd and 4th holes, while Booker won the 3rd to give Boyd an early 1up lead. Boyd then made birdie on the 7th and eagle on the 8th to take a commanding 3up lead. Lucas Boyd was able to cruise into the finals from there, winning three more holes on the back nine for a 6 and 5 victory. In the second semi-final match, Christopher Wheeler faced off against Brandon Scott. Wheeler made birdies on the 1st and 4th holes to take a early 2up lead and held a 1up lead at the turn. Scott then went on a run, winning the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes to take a 2up lead. Christopher Wheeler bounced back with a birdie on the 14th to trim the lead. Brandon Scott was able to hang onto his lead and close out the match with a par on the 17th hole for a 2 and 1 victory. Both Lucas Boyd and Brandon Scott will be looking to win their first state championship on Sunday. In the first quarterfinal match of the morning, Lucas Boyd defeated John Bearrie 2 and 1. The match was close throughout, as both players won multiple holes on the front nine. Boyd made his move by winning the 15th hole and was able to close out the match with a par to win the 17th hole. Mike Booker defeated Clay Price 2up in the second quarterfinal match. Booker won the first two holes to take control of the match. Price was able to close Booker’s lead to 1up after the 16th hole. After the match was extended to the 18th hole, Booker was able to win the final hole with a par and take the 2up victory. In the third quarterfinal match, Christopher Wheeler defeated Clarke Kincaid 2up. Wheeler was 2up in the match early, but Kincaid won the 8th, 10th, and 12th holes to take a 1up lead. Wheeler quickly recovered and then won both the 17th and 18th holes for the final margin of victory. Brandon Scott was able to defeat Aaron Hickman 1up in a very hotly contested quarterfinal match. Both players made birdies on the front nine as the match went back and forth for much of the morning. Scott won the 15th and 16th holes to take control of the match, but Hickman was able to force the match to the 18th hole. After Hickman stuck his approach shot within 8 feet of the hole, Scott rolled in his birdie putt to close out the match. This year’s championship will be contested on the Queen’s Course. Designed by Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge, the par 72 layout plays at 6,901 yards and puts an emphasis on accuracy. Many lakes come into play and when the wind blows, she is not quite the lady her name suggests. The course, along with the King’s Course, was designed and opened in 1985.