Texas North Senior: Sandlin wins in playoff
Lee Sandlin
Lee Sandlin

EULESS, Texas (April 11, 2013) -- The 2013 North Senior Amateur presented by UST Mamiya concluded on Wednesday at Texas Star Golf Course in Euless. The tough conditions caused the starting field of 78 to dwindle considerably for the event and a one- hole playoff was required to determine the eventual champion.

Round 2 greeted players with temperatures that hung in the high 30’s for most of the day. Second round play got underway promptly at 8:00am under strong winds and light rain. Round 2 was interrupted about half was through the day when play was suspended do to lightning for an hour and a half.

Richard Waggoner started the day two shots out of the lead but determined to make a run. Waggoner shot four over on each side of the course and carded a 78, the low round of the day and was the early leader in the clubhouse at 154. Playing immediately behind Waggoner was first round leader Lee Sandlin. Sandlin started his round with five bogeys on the front nine, and followed that with five more on his first eight holes on the back nine. Suspecting that he needed to get at least a shot back on his last hole, Sandlin went on to birdie the 18th to tie Waggoner in the clubhouse at 12-over, 154. The two players headed back to the 18th tee for a sudden death playoff to determine the champion. In the first and only hole of the playoff, Waggoner’s second shot went slightly farther than he had hoped on the par five and rolled into the water hazard crossing the fairway. After dropping, he hit his next shot behind the hole about 20 feet away for par. Sandlin set himself up perfectly hitting his third shot from the fairway to within five feet. After Waggoner’s missed par putt, Sandlin easily two-putted for his par to become the 2013 North Senior Amateur champion.

Michael Hastings, one of the four players tied for the lead after round one, posted a solid round of 82 to pull away from the field in the Super Senior division. Hastings total of 161 was three shots better than his playing partner, Paul Nuckolls of Garland. Nuckolls began the round also tied for the lead and shot 85 in the second round to finish alone in second place at 164.

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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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