FAIRVIEW, TX (April 9, 2006)--Charlie Holland of Dallas chipped in for birdie on
the first hole of sudden-death to beat Dru Fenimore of Dallas and win the TGA
North Regional Amateur at Heritage Ranch G&CC. For Holland, the chip-in was the
second clutch shot in as many holes, as he needed to hole a tough seven-foot par
putt on the 54th hole to force the playoff.
Holland and Fenimore each shot 2-under 34's on the front nine to take the lead from second-round leader Jim Neumann of Frisco,
who shot a 39. When Fenimore birdied the 385-yard 10th, he and Holland stood four shots clear of Neumann and it was a two-horse race from there. Neumann closed with a 77 to finish six shots behind at 226, tied for third with Dan Dunkelberg of Fort Worth
and one ahead of 5th place finisher Jay Csipkes of McKinney.
Holland birdied the par-5 11th, but Fenimore pulled even with a birdie of his own at the difficult 448-yard 13th. After Fenimore bogeyed the par-3 16th, Holland took a one shot lead but immediately gave it back with a bogey on the par-5 17th.
Holland's seven-foot par putt at the last sent the two into a playoff with a 4-over 220 total, with Fenimore completing a 69 and Holland carding a 70. For Holland, the round capped a comeback that saw him play the last 27 holes in 4-under after playing the first 27 in 8-over.
In the playoff, both players saw their approaches run through the green, and when Holland holed his chip it forced Fenimore to duplicate the feat.
Fenimore gave it a good run but the ball stayed out and the championship went to
Holland, a freshman golfer at the University of Texas who is the son of TGA President Malcolm
Though a few players were finally able to post low scores on Sunday, Heritage Ranch proved to be an extremely difficult test, with firm greens and stiff breezes sending scores soaring. For the tournament, there were only three under-par scores, all in the final round. In addition to Fenimore's 69 and Holland's 70, Josh Webber closed with a 69 to finish tied for 6th at 228.
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Points Event. With the win, Holland earns 160 points, enough to
pull him into a first-place tie with Ron Schroeder, who won the TGA South
Regional Amateur at Walden in March. The next points event will be the Austin
Open, to be played April 22-23 at The Golf Club at Circle C.
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