Texas Shootout: South team dominates Day 1
TRINITY, Texas (Oct. 29, 2012) -- The state’s top 24 amateurs gathered for the first day of the 2012 Texas Shootout. Trinity’s Whispering Pines Golf Club, who have hosted two prior Shootouts, once again have provided a great layout for the Texas Golf Association’s final championship of the 2012 season. The South Team’s four Senior representatives dominated the Foursome and Four Ball matches after Day One.

Utilizing the Nassau Scoring System (1 point for the front nine, 1 point for the back nine and 1 point for the overall) saw the South jump out to an early 11.5 to 6.5 lead after the morning Foursome matches. The South team of Trevor Hyde/David Pocknall captured all three points from Lewis Stephenson/Brandon Scott of the North to begin the day. The North’s Aaron Hickman/John Bearrie won 2.5 points by winning the front nine and overall against Joe Bendetti/Nick Cristea of the South, who garnered 0.5 points for splitting the back nine. Both South Senior teams, Mike Booker/Gary Durbin and Mike Rice/Bob Kearney, swept all three points from the North’s Jerry Hudgins/Lee Sandlin and Chuck Palmer/Phil Austin, respectively. The South’s hot hand continued with Trevor Sauntry/Chris Forbes recording two points against the North’s Lucas Boyd/Chris Wheeler, who salvaged one point. The bright spot of the morning round for the North was the stellar play of Mike Calef/Colby Harwell, who recorded all three points from the final Foursome match against Randy Lance/John Dowdall.

The afternoon Four Ball matches once again saw the South Senior teams continue their strong play, picking up 4.5 of the 6 points. With the South trailing the afternoon matches 8.5 to 6.5, the final grouping of the North’s Calef/Harwell and Sauntry/Forbes, of the South, saw their match come down to the final hole. After making the turn with the South 2 up, Calef/Harwell began the back nine with two straight birdies. Sauntry/Forbes battled back to bring the back side all square heading into the final hole. The South’s Trevor Sauntry made a great up and down from 100 yards out to halve the hole. With the Sauntry/Forbes halving the back nine, and winning their match 2.5 to 0.5, they were able to tie the afternoon Four Ball matches at 9 points per team.

Heading into the Singles matches, the South holds a 20.5-15.5 lead over the North team. There are 36 possible points in the final matches, and the winning team needs 36.5 point

ABOUT THE Texas Shootout

This Ryder Cup-style team event is the final tournament of the Texas Golf Association competitive amateur golf season. Each team consists of 8 players who qualify for their respective teams via TGA State and Regional Player of the Year points accumulated throughout the TGA season.

Eligibility: The field will be made up of 16 competitors, 8 players from each region (North / South). Of the 8 players chosen from each region, 5 players will be selected from the TGA Statewide Player of the Year point standings, and 3 players will be selected from the TGA Regional Player of the Year point standings. All statewide players will have up to the completion of the current year USGA Mid Amateur Championship to earn points toward the event. All Regional players will have up to the completion of the Regional Mid Amateur Championship to earn points towards the event. If a player qualifies by both criteria, he will be selected based on the higher rank. The next highest ranked player from within the Regional or Statewide points will be added to ensure 5 players from the statewide rankings and three players from the Regional rankings will be chosen.

Format: Ryder Cup format: Four-ball Matches, Foursome (Alternate shot) Matches, and Singles Matches. 3 point system, 1 point for the winner of each nine holes, and 1 point for the overall match winner

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