SEALY, Texas (Aug, 12, 2012) -- A third straight humid morning gave way to another day of blue skies as the final round of the 2012 South Amateur Championship came down to the wire. River Ridge Golf Club in Sealy has been a gracious host and provided the field with a challenging layout to crown a champion. When the dust settled, Katy’s Albert Miner found himself one stroke ahead of the field at 6-under par and the title of 2012 South Amateur Champion.
Miner, one of four members of Sam Houston State University golf team in the field, began the final round two strokes out of the lead and alone in fourth place. A birdie on the opening par 5 first hole quickly gave Miner confidence as he rattled off pars over the next two holes. Another birdie on the par 3 fourth hole moved Miner to 5-under par for the tournament. The Katy product finished his front nine with five pars to turn at 2-under par 33.
A third birdie on the par 5 tenth hole moved Miner to 6-under for the tournament. Miner’s only blemish during the final round was a bogey on the par 4 thirteenth hole. He was able to counter that with a final birdie on the par 5 seventeenth hole. For the three day championship, Miner sat alone at the top with a 6-under par 207 (70-69-68).
Sugar Land’s Joey Rippel, a member of University of Texas at Tyler’s golf team, saved his best for the last day as he recorded five birdies and two bogeys en route to a three day total of 5-under par 208 (71-69-68) and a runner up finish.
University of Houston player Jordan Rumora, of Katy, recorded the low round of the final day with a 4-under par 67, and a tournament total of 4-under par 209 (70-72-67) to finish alone in third place.