Mike Booker captures the Texas South Senior Amateur
Three-time champion Mike Booker <br>(TXGA Photo)
Three-time champion Mike Booker
(TXGA Photo)

PEARLAND, TX (April 13, 2017) - Mike Booker claimed his third Texas South Senior Amateur title at Golfcrest Country Club after weather forced the first round to be finished before the final round Thursday afternoon. Mike Arnold claimed victory after a three hole playoff in the Super Senior division. This is the third South Regional Series presented by Impact Precision Golf of the 2017 Texas Golf Association season.

After inclement weather forced play to be halted Wednesday afternoon, the first round was completed Thursday morning with approximately two thirds of the field still on the course. Booker, of Houston, led after the first round at 3-under par 69. A final round score of 4-over par 76 gave him a one stroke victory over Craig Rumora, of Katy. Rumora opened with a 4-over 75 and rebounded with a 1-under par 71 to finish the championship at 2-over par 146.

Tied for third at 3-over par 147 were Richmond’s John Dowdall and John Pierce, of San Antonio. Houston’s Steve Moran rounded out the top five with a 6-over par 148.

Booker defended his title after winning last year’s South Senior Amateur at Cypresswood Golf Club and also was victorious in this championship in 2012 at Club at Falcon Point.

Arnold, of Windcrest, claimed his first South Super Senior division crown after a three hole playoff with Houston’s Chuck Reeve. The two finished the two rounds tied at 5-over par 149 and Arnold was able to make par on the par-three 12th hole to win. Ivan Lawson, of Cypress, finished alone in third place.

Arnold will add this title to the 2007 Texas Senior Amateur and 2013 Super Senior division of the Texas Senior Amateur to his growing TGA collection.

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ABOUT THE Texas South Senior Amateur

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who are 55 years of age or older by the tournament start date and residing in the South Texas region as defined by the Texas PGA Sections (North of 31 degree parallel, Salado TX and north is break point). Please reference “TGA Regional Tournament Eligibility” on www.txga.org for further eligibility details.

Format: 36 holes Stroke Play.

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