John Grace captures inaugural Texas Super Senior
Super Senior winner John Grace (left)<br>with Legends Division champ Bob Hullender
Super Senior winner John Grace (left)
with Legends Division champ Bob Hullender

FAIR OAKS RANCH, Texas — After an even-par round of 72 on the final day of the Texas Super Senior Amateur Championship, John Grace triumphed over Jody Vasquez of Aledo in a sudden death playoff to claim the title in the Super Senior Division.

Despite being five strokes off the lead with eight holes to play, Grace closed in on Vasquez by converting two clutch birdies on the back nine. Vasquez, who posted the 54-hole tournament’s low score in Wednesday’s second round with 69, continued his solid play on route to a 1-over-par 73 to finish tied with Grace at 1-under 215 for the championship.

Grace and Vasquez headed to the 399-yard par-4 ninth hole for the playoff. Both competitors found the fairway with their tee shots and both proceeded to find the difficult ninth green in regulation. Grace, rallying from his strong play on his back nine, stuck his approach to approximately 8 feet and proceeded to convert the birdie putt to claim the championship.

With his victory in the inaugural Super Senior Amateur Championship, Grace becomes the first player to have one state championship titles in four different state championships – some on multiple occasions, including the Texas Amateur (1994), Mid-Amateur (1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994) and Senior Amateur (2010).

Entering the final round one shot off the pace, Grace had a fairly simple approach to his final round.

“All I try to do is play each shot, and each hole, the best I can,” said the Texas Golf Hall of Fame member.

In the Legends Division, San Antonio’s Bob Hullender claimed a wire-to-wire victory with a final round score of 2-over-par 74. Hullender’s steady play proved too much for his fellow competitors in the Legends Division as he bested the field posting a three-day total of 12-over 228. Hullender converted four birdies Thursday and battled through a string of consecutive bogeys to finish eight shots ahead of the field.

Hullender, who has previously claimed the Texas Amateur (1996) and Texas Senior Amateur (1992, 1994 and 2000), reflected on this victory.

“It’s an honor for me after playing with the Texas Golf Association for a lot of years,” he said.

At 77 years old, Hullender becomes the first competitor to claim the Legends Division with the introduction of the State Super Senior Amateur Championship.

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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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