Texas N. Mid-Am: Stephenson goes wire-to-wire
Lewis Stephenson
Lewis Stephenson

PLANO, Texas (March 30, 2014) -- The North Mid-Amateur, presented by UST Mamiya, concluded at the Prestonwood Country Club – Hills course on Sunday. The temperature for the final round was ideal, but the windy conditions made the Hills course much more challenging. With six players within five shots of the lead, it was sure to be an exciting day of golf.

The low round of the day went to Bill Steen of Frisco. Steen shot a final round of 2-under par, 70, in the difficult conditions, vaulting him 20 places into a tie for 11th for the championship. Brandon Scott of Justin, who struggled with the putter during the first two rounds, recorded one of three under par rounds on Sunday. Scott had it to 3-under par on the round at one point before finishing the day at 1-under par. At 1-over par for the tournament, Scott finished in a tie for fifth with Brad Gibson. John Bearrie of Arlington, who entered the day tied for second place, shot a final round of 3-over par, 75, to finish alone in fourth.

The story of the championship belongs to Lewis Stephenson of Mansfield who went on to win after leading the tournament wire-to-wire. Stephenson entered the final round with a two shot lead over Bearrie and Pruitt but gave up some ground with two bogeys on the front nine. Although Stephenson added another bogey and a double bogey on the back nine, he was saved by birdies on holes 11, 15, and 17. With a 54-hole total of 3-under par, 213, Stephenson went on to win the championship by one shot over Joshua Irving of Fort Worth, and Michael Pruitt of Lubbock.

The North Regional events continue on April 22-23 at Lantana Golf Club with the North Senior Amateur. The TGA would like to thank Prestonwood Country Club and the North Regional events sponsor, UST Mamiya for their hospitality and support of amateur golf.

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ABOUT THE Texas North Mid-Amateur

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who are 25 years of age or older by the tournament start date and residing in the North Texas region as defined by the Texas PGA Sections (North of 31 degree parallel, Salado TX and north is break point). Applicants must have a certified USGA Handicap Index of 8.4 or less. Format: 54 holes Stroke Play. No Cut. Field limit: 84 players.

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