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Temple Cup Senior: A Race to the Finish
08 Apr 2006
see also: Temple Senior Cup Golf Tournament, Crown Colony Country Club

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LUFKIN, TX (April 8, 2006)--A shootout turned into a two horse race on Saturday at the Temple Cup Senior, and at the wire it was the team of Mike Rice and Steve Earsley who held off Larry Thomas and Chip Stewart by a single shot in the two-man best ball format at Crown Colony Country Club.

The two teams, paired together in the final round, raced ahead of the field, with Rice/Earsley closing with a 4-under 68 for a 202 (-14) total, and Thomas/Stewart posting the low final round at 5-under 67 to finish at 203. William Sumner and Gary Kirwan shot 71 to finish an impressive but distant third at 208.

For Earsley, this was the second tournament win of the week. He was also a playoff winner of the Palm Beach Senior Classic in Florida on Monday. Rice, the reigning U.S. Senior Amateur champion, also won the Temple Cup Senior with Bob Hullender in 1997 and 1999.

As expected, Crown Colony showed its teeth for the final round, surrendering only three sub-70 scores and only 7 of 50 rounds under par. Only 11 teams finished the tournament under par.

After an opening 75, Jerry Hudgins and Bill Wiley finished strong, following a Friday 65 with a closing 69 to finish 4th at 209. First-round leaders Henry Cole and Van Stewart shared 5th with Dan Alpha and Doug Baker at 210.

Among other past champions, Todd Lusk/Andy Wall (2004) shot a 70 to finish 8th at 212, while Charles Hill, Jr./Bob Sine (2005) tied for 23rd at 223.

Crown Colony continues to prove itself as a worthy championship venue. It has long been one of the highest-rated courses in the state of Texas, and has an impressive championship pedigree. In addition to annually hosting the Temple Cup and Temple Cup Senior, Crown Colony was the site of the Southern Amateur in 1987 and 2001, and the Texas State Amateur in 1982 and 1998.

Final results from the Temple Cup Senior, played at Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin, TX, April 6-8, 2006:

1 Steve Earsley Mike Rice 67 67 68 202
2 Larry Thomas Chip Stewart 68 68 67 203
3 William Sumner Gary Kirwan 67 71 71 208
4 Bill Wiley Jerry Hudgins 75 65 69 209
T5 Henry Cole Van Stewart 66 71 73 210
T5 Dan Alpha Doug Baker 71 66 73 210
7 Ford Cartwright Mike Hopson 70 70 71 211
8 Andy Wall Todd Lusk 74 68 70 212
9 John Goode John Pigg 71 70 72 213
10 Howard Knowles Bert Rogers 74 69 71 214
11 Joe Cadle Tom Miller 74 68 73 215
12 Gary Seaman Don Seaman 71 71 74 216
13 Bob Abbott Jim Martin 71 71 75 217
T14 Pat Trowbridge Ed Heffern 74 70 74 218
T14 Bob Vidricksen Frank Roth 73 69 76 218
T16 Carey Schulten Curt Wagner 73 74 73 220
T16 David Moore Steve Bueltel 68 74 78 220
T18 Harvey McCraw Mike Atnip 74 72 75 221
T18 Mike Morgan Johnson Ramsey 75 70 76 221
T20 Mike Busch Wes Duperier 76 72 74 222
T20 Richard Cozby Mike O'Brien 73 75 74 222
T20 Dakin Cramer Corky Nelson 72 73 77 222
T23 Buddy Hurst Pat Hodges 77 74 72 223
T23 Bob Boeger Ralph Foltz 72 77 74 223
T23 Charles Hill, Jr. Bob Sine 73 74 76 223
26 W. Dick Davis Don Addington 78 74 72 224
T27 Carl Ahrens Tommy Cruse 74 76 76 226
T27 Henry Ellis Jerry Gatti 71 76 79 226
T29 Craig Carlisle Ron Montgomery 79 74 74 227
T29 Frank Pickens Bob Bishop 78 71 78 227
T29 Jay Gasper Bob Wands 78 71 78 227
32 John Steineker Jim Thigpen 76 74 78 228
T33 Mace Brindley Scott Jones 78 76 75 229
T33 Max Haney Bill Slaughter 77 74 78 229
T35 Richard Mosman Bob Mosman 75 76 79 230
T35 Bob Twaddell Terry Bigham 77 73 80 230
T37 Larry Augsburger Henry Hair 76 78 77 231
T37 Bill Davis Skip Warren 75 74 82 231
T39 B.J. Shaw Gary Mellema 80 75 77 232
T39 Joe Battson Robert Scardino 76 72 84 232
41 Bill Rogers George Hunter 76 75 82 233
T42 Dick Martin Fred Hansen 79 78 77 234
T42 Bobby Gray Rod Simmons 78 79 77 234
T42 Jim Pope Kent Herndon 74 79 81 234
T42 Rex Covert Rick Rogers 74 77 83 234
46 John McDonald Jim Rath 79 78 78 235
47 Tripp Owen Joel Broussard 77 78 82 237
48 Jack Bailey Mike Arrington 81 81 77 239
49 Gene Ross Bob Duboise 77 76 87 240
50 Norman Brady Don Campbell 95 88 90 273
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