Larsen, Grace out front at inaugural Texas Super Senior
John Grace
John Grace

FAIR OAKS RANCH, Texas — Chris Larsen of Houston and John Grace of Fort Worth sit tied atop the leaderboard after the first round of the Texas Super Senior Amateur Championship. Both players posted 3-under-par 69s on a challenging layout at Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club’s Live Oak course.

In the Legends Division – players aged 75 and older – the contest remains equally competitive with San Antonio’s Bob Hullender and Georgetown’s Dale Fell tied at 6-over 78 after 18 holes of play. Both Larsen and Grace took advantage of Live Oak’s back nine.

They each posted three birdies on their way to the clubhouse lead. Legends Division leaders Hullender and Fell were paired together to start the championship on the 10th tee. Hullender birdied the 17th and 18th holes before making the turn to his final nine holes.

Sam Boyd of Kemah and Michael Rice of Houston are three shots behind Larsen and Grace. Boyd took advantage of the par 3s; he carded three birdies in the process. Rice posted five total birdies on his card.

Despite cool weather and wet conditions in recent days, course conditions at Live Oak improved significantly ahead of the first round of play, with the weather scheduled to cooperate for the duration of the championship.

The first-ever Texas Super Senior Amateur attracted top competitors from across the state. There are eight former Texas Senior Amateur champions in the field who are responsible for a combined 17 titles.

Despite being the first state championship of the season, Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club has made significant hosting contributions to amateur golf, including last year’s Senior Women’s Stroke Play Championship.

Second round play of the Texas Super Senior Amateur Championship begins Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., with groups starting off both the first and 10th tees.

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ABOUT THE Texas Super Senior

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers with a GHIN Handicap Index from a TGA Member Club. New in 2019, the Super Senior Division and the Legends Division will recognize gross and net winners. In order to participate in the Texas Super Senior, you must have a GHIN Handicap Index of 12.4 or less for the Super Senior Division and 16.4 or less for the Legends Division.

Format/Field Size: Play will be contested over 54 holes of stroke play with no cut. There will be two age divisions competing: Super Senior (age 65+) and Legends (age 75+). Each Division will play from different tees/yardage with a separate gross and net champion being crowned in each division. Legends age players wishing to participate in the Super Senior Division must declare on the application their intention to compete in this Division. The field is limited to 84 players; 60 players in the Super Senior Division and 24 players in the Legends Division.

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