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Weekend Recap: Kimsey, Mulder & more
08 Apr 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com

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A week before the first major of the professional golf season, another major in the amateur world took place.

Nathan Kimsey prevailed over top-ranked junior Robby Shelton and a loaded field full of junior, collegiate and mid-amateur stars at the 2013 Terra Cotta Invitational at Naples National Golf Club.

The co-leaders entering the the final round, Shelton and Kimsey were tied on the par-5 18th hole. Shelton found trouble off the tee and missed a par putt, leaving the door open for Kimsey, who converted his par for the one-shot victory.

The Terra Cotta field included 13 AJGA All- Americans, including Beau Hossler (T-13), who contended into the final round at last year's U.S. Open. U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up, Garret Rank (T-18), No. 2-ranked junior and U.S. Junior champion Jim Liu (T-7) and mid-amateur Walker Cup hopefuls Kevin Marsh (T-35) and Todd White (T-13) were also part of the impressive field.

FORMER MLB PITCHER MARK MULDER WINS GOLF CHANNEL WESTERN MASTERS

Maybe it's the thrill of hitting the ball instead of trying to throw a ball by someone that's trying to hit it. Whatever the case, professional pitchers often take to golf and become quite good at it.

The all time leading money winner on the Celebrity Players Tour is former MLB All Star Rick Rhoden. And John Smoltz, also a pitcher, is now considered one of the world's best celebrity golfers.

For Mark Mulder, who retired from professional baseball in 2010, The Golf Channel Amateur Tour has become a way to keep the competitive juices flowing, as opposed to taking prize money in celebrity tournaments (which ends amateur golf eligibility).

At PGA West over the weekend, Mulder posted rounds of 72-68 in the Western Masters, for a three stroke victory over first round leader and former professional (golfer that is) Tom Isaak of San Diego.

HASSE WINS PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR

Bryan Hasse rallied after a slow start to win the 12th annual Palm Beach International, a Stableford-scoring event held at Ironhorse Country Club in West Palm Beach.

After 10 holes in Saturday's opening round, Hasse was 8-over but turned it around with seven birdies on the back nine. His hot play continued Sunday with a 67, which converted his Stableford score to 89 for the event.

With four more birdies and an eagle in the final round, Hasse's total was four shots better than Daniel Russo, who finished alone in second place.

AMATEURGOLF.COM CALIFORNIA MEDAL PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

Nick Moore rallied for three consecutive birdies to close in style Sunday in the final round, taking the Mid-Amateur Division by one shot over David Ober at Stevinson Ranch.

In the overall field, St. Mary's redshirt junior Cody Robinson captured the overall victory with a 75- 70=145 total. Robinson had 4 birdies and an eagle (11) in his Sunday round.

CHATMOSS INVITATIONAL: DECKER, DAVIS TAKE TITLES

Keith Decker shot a final-round 70 to come from behind and win the 2013 Chatmoss Invitational at Chatmoss Country Club.

Behind a first-round 73, Decker trailed leader Dylan Jensen and Jon Hurst by four and three shots, respectively. His Sunday 70 upended the leaders.

In the senior division, Dave Davis won with ease, firing rounds of 70-73 for a three-shot victory. He beat Bill Nunnenkamp, who finished alone in second place.

JOHN PIGG/EDDIE LYONS WIN CROWN COLONY INVITATIONAL

John Pigg and Eddie Lyons defended their title over the weekend in the 54-hole Crown Colony Invitational at Crown Colony Golf Club. Posting 208, they bested two teams by three strokes.

Jim Martin and Gary Seaman, both over 65 years old, were only 5 strokes from the overall title and they easily captured the super senior title.

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