Barrett Sandefur shot a 6-under 65 at Lions Municipal Golf Course in the first round of the 2017 Austin Men’s City Championship. One shot back at 5-under par is Ben Carter whose score stayed at the top of the leaderboard for most of the day, only to see Sandefur’s score post late. Gerry Diaz and Brian Noonan both sit at 4-under par, each shooting 67, followed by the trio of Jonathan Alden, Chris Hartenstein and Seger Howell – one shot back after rounds of 68. Rounding out the top 10 are Greg Smith, Hudson Ross and Daniel Martinez, at 2-under 69. Nine golfers sit at 1-under par as the tournament moves to Morris Williams Golf Course on Friday. Weather might be a factor as it was today – the early morning wave of players battled rain for almost two hours.
The leaderboard will be updated throughout the day, so check back for updates.
The entry fee has changed to $75 for qualifying and if you qualify for Top 32 after the stroke play on August 18th then you will pay a $75 entry fee. Click here for registration and tourney details
The first round will be played at Lions. Click here for the first round pairings
Thursday Tee Times
Colby Harwell, of San Antonio wins the State Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship over Scott Abbott 3&2. This year’s event was held at San Antonio Country Club, a founding member of the Texas Golf Association in 1906.
Three Austin area golfers advanced to the match play portion of this year’s event. Barrett Sandefur advanced to the round of 8 with a 3&2 victory over Scott Smith, of Houston, and a 5&4 victory over Alan Baxter, of Windcrest. Sandefur was defeated in the round of 8 by the eventual runner-up Scott Abbott, 1-up. Nathan Shilling advanced to the round of 16 with a 1-up victory over Jamie Amoretti, but was defeated by Will Osborne of Ft. Worth, 4&2. Cole Esau advanced to the round of 16 with a victory in 20 holes over David Richards, of Dallas. Esau was defeated, also in 20 holes, by tournament runner-up Scott Abbott.
Please see the tournament results and full coverage for additional information.
Next on the schedule is the Austin Men’s City Championship. Entry deadline is July 31st.
Lions Municipal, operated by the city since 1936, was Austin’s first public course. Its rich history includes the 1950 exhibition match involving Ben Hogan, Harvey Penick, Morris Williams Jr. and Ed Hopkins. Upon arriving at the current No. 16 tee, Hogan left a lasting footnote calling the difficult par-4 “the only hole I’ve ever seen without a fairway.”
The course impacted national history the next year when it became the first
municipal facility in the South to racially integrate. The USGA formally
recognized the desegregation as a milestone for the game.
Congratulations to the staff at Lions, the City of Austin and to the numerous supporters of amateur golf in our great city.
Other 2017 inductees include: Kelli Kuehne, Steve Elkington, James E. “Buddy” Cook and Montford T. Johnson Jr.
2017 TGHOF Inductees.pdf