Texas North Senior: Barry Brown Leads By One Shot
First round leader Barry Brown <br>(TXGA Photo)
First round leader Barry Brown
(TXGA Photo)

FORT WORTH, TX (April 11, 2017) - Barry Brown leads the Texas North Senior Amateur after an opening round, two-under-par, 70 at Ridglea Country Club (Championship Course). His seven birdie performance vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard by one over a group of three players. Bryan Winnett leads all Super Seniors with a one- over-par, 73.

Barry Brown of McKinney didn’t start off to the fastest start with bogies on his first two holes (hole #10 and #11). However, he made up for it quickly with three straight birdies. Brown added one more on the outward nine on the par four, seventeenth to turn at two-under-par. His back nine, course’s front, saw more red numbers for Brown with birdies on the third and fourth hole.

Unfortunately, he gave both back in the next two holes. Trading bogey for birdie on the eighth and ninth, saw him close the round at two-under and atop the leaderboard.

Three players sit just one shot back after the first round. Two of those players have once before held the title of North Senior Amateur Champion. 2012 Champion, John Grace of Fort Worth, recorded three birdies for his one-under-par round. 2014 Champion Chuck Palmer of Dallas salvaged the round with back to back birdies on his back nine to reach the subpar total. The third member of those who trail Brown by one is Lelan Chiles of Granbury, who closed in style with four birdies in his last seven holes.

2016 North Senior Amateur Dave Davis sits two back after carding an even par round of 72.

Overall, eleven players are sitting just three shots off the pace set by Brown.

In the Super Senior Divison, Fort Worth’s own Bryan Winnett takes hold of the lead with an even par, 72 after the first round. Winnett was two- over- par in his first five holes but closed with three straight birdies on holes seven through nine. Bogies again plagued his opening few holes of his second nine but like before closed strong with birdies on the sixteenth and seventeenth. A par on the last gave him the lead by one.

James Long, Granbury, trails Winnett by one and used a three birdie performance to get him there. His one-over-par, 73 will put him in the final group on starting the back side with Winnett.

Ridglea Country Club (Championship Course) played to 6,623 yards for the Senior Division and 6,037 for the Super Senior Division.

Starting Times will once again begin off the 1st and 10th tee at 8:00am. Barry Brown will be looking to close the door on the field at 9:57 AM off the 1st.

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ABOUT THE Texas North Senior Amateur

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who are 55 years of age or older by the first round of tournament play and reside in the North Texas region (31’ parallel. Salado, TX and South is the break point) Applicants must have a certified GHIN Handicap index of 8.4 or less for the Senior division and 10.0 or less for the Super Senior division.

Format/Field Size: Play will be contested over 36 holes of stroke play. The field will be split up in two divisions; Senior (55 or older as of the tournament start date) and Super Senior (65 or older as of the tournament start date) 60 Senior / 24 Super Senior players.

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