Category: Amateur Golf
Marshall Piper of Cypress leads the 2018 Greater Houston Senior City Amateur Championship with a 1-under, 71, after round one. Right on his heels, Ron Byrd sits in second with an even par 72.
2015 Champion Mike Booker is tied for third with a 1-over 73 alongside Bill Tanner and Craig Hulbert.
Defending champion Buzz Baker, of Richmond, is tied for sixth with a 3-over 75, with 2012 Champion Gary Durbin.
The second round begins, Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. Follow live scoring here.
By Richard Dean
Make it six for the Schroeder family. Even though Grant Schroeder has a ways to go to match his father Ron’s affinity to winning Houston’s most prestigious amateur golf tournament.
Ron Schroeder is a five-time winner of the Greater Houston City Amateur Championship, conducted by the Houston Golf Association.
On Sunday at Memorial Park Golf Course, Grant Schroeder showcased his golf game. And now the son can be called a Houston city amateur champion and have his name on the trophy like his father.
Grant Schroeder, a resident of Montgomery, shot a final-round bogey-free 4-under 67 on to win the tournament, shortened to 54 holes due to rain, by two shots over Justin Kaplan of Houston, who finished second for the second straight year and third time overall.
“My dad’s won it quite a bit and it feels good to win something he’s won, to follow in his footsteps a bit,” said Schroeder, whose previous best finish at the city amateur was third in 2016.
The 26-year-old Schroeder completed the three-day, three-round event at 7-under 206. Defending champion Devaughn Robinson of Houston was third at 4-under 209. Kaplan and Robinson began the final round tied atop the leaderboard at 4 under, after Saturday’s second round was suspended due to adverse weather and that round completed Sunday morning.
John Hunter of The Woodlands and the 2014 winner, was fourth at 2-under 211. Katy’s Todd Albert, who led after Friday’s first round by two shots after shooting a 5-under 66, finished fifth at even-par 213.
Schroeder, who played college golf at Sam Houston State after graduating from Montgomery High School, said he never was pressured by his father to win this tournament that the elder Schroeder won in 1992, ’93, ’95, 2000 and 2005.
“My parents have been great telling me about going out and having a great time and having a good attitude,” Schroeder said. “You’ll get the wins if you put the work in. I myself put a little bit of pressure on me just because it’s something that my dad’s won quite a bit so I want to get a win too and get my name on a trophy that his is on. I’m proud of that.”
Schroeder was too young to remember his father’s early success in the Houston city amateur. And his father has never been pushy about specifically giving his son tips on how to the play Memorial Park golf course or what it takes to be the best amateur in the Houston area.
“Not really here, but just in general he’s given me a lot of advice on my golf game,” said Schroeder, who plays out of High Meadow Ranch Golf Club. “He’s coached me since I started playing a little later than most (serious golfers). We all grew up playing baseball. But once I started playing golf in middle school, he’s my biggest fan.
“And that goes a long way. But as far as this tournament in particular, he doesn’t say much. It’s the same as every one of them. Go out there and play well.”
Play well Schroeder did all weekend, and in crunch time. In the final round, Schroeder birdied holes 1, 8, 14 and 16, distancing himself from Kaplan and Robinson.
“I know how good a player Grant is,” Robinson said. “He’s quiet and his game is steady. When I play in tournaments, every time I look at a leaderboard, he’s near the top.”
Prior to his superb closing round, Schroeder carded rounds of 68-71.
“I was real solid,” said Schroeder, who drove the ball remarkable well and was sound with his iron play. “I felt good where I was at. I like this course, it sets up longer players. It was really long for being so wet.
“I feel I can always win when I come out. That’s the mindset I like to have. I played well already in this tournament, so I felt like I could do it.”
Kaplan and Robinson also played great golf, but fell a little short to the talented Schroeder. Even though he has not set up a schedule, Schroeder said he is planning on becoming a professional golfer with thoughts of starting out on the Adams Tour.
Robinson, who beat Kaplan in a one-hole playoff to win the Houston city amateur last year, led for several holes on Sunday, finishing with a final-round even-par 71 following rounds of 70-68.
“I beat myself,” said Robinson, easily one of the premier amateur players in the Houston area. “Every time I made a move, I made simple mistakes.”
Robinson, who played college golf at Texas Southern, teamed with Craig Lurie to win the Champions Cup Invitational at Champions Golf Club in April.
Kaplan, the 2017 Carlton Woods Invitational winner, had rounds of 70-68-70.
“It was a great week, but I didn’t have my best stuff all week,” said Kaplan. “I had to rely on my putter.”
Kaplan birdied the par-5 16th hole by making a 30-foot putt to close within a shot of Schroeder, who was in the next-to-last pairing with Hunter, just ahead of Kaplan and Robinson.
On 17, Kaplan just missed a birdie attempt on the low side that would have tied for the lead if the putt had dropped. On the final home, and needing a birdie-3 to force a playoff with Schroeder, Kaplan pushed his tee shot in the right rough. That negated any realistic opportunity for birdie and the ever-improving Kaplan had to settle for another second-place finish.
“I gave it a try,” said Kaplan, who played collegiately at Minnesota and the University of Houston.
Bart Worthing, of Weston Lakes and the 2012 Houston city amateur champion, tied for sixth at 1-over 214. Sharing sixth with Worthing, who shot 69-73-72, were 2011 champion James Bartell (Houston), Hunter Bott (Montgomery) and Wilfredo Sanchez (Spring).
Due to weather, the competition will be shortened to 54-Holes, making round 3 the championship round. Please see below for the procedures on the completion of rounds 2 and 3.
Round 2 Completion
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Round 3 – Championship Round
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Todd Albert of Katy shot 5-under par to take a two-stroke lead over Grant Schroeder and Russell Chabaud at 3-under in round one of the Greater Houston Men’s City Amateur Championship at Memorial Park Golf Course.
Not far behind John Hunter, 2014 Champion, Bart Worthing, 2012 Champion, Trevor Sauntry and Kyle Smith sit at 2-under.
2017 Champion, Devaughn Robinson, is tied for eighth at 1-under, with 2011 Champion James Bartell, Justin Kaplan, Clay Fullick and Terrin Anderson.
The second round begins, Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. Follow live scoring here.
Will Promote Digital Golf Instruction To Kids, Amateurs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (January 23, 2017) – Secret Golf Inc., one of golf’s fastest-growing digital media instruction companies, today announced a partnership with the Houston Golf Association (HGA) on a significant youth initiative in the nation’s fourth-largest city.
Secret Golf will provide an annual membership to its leading online instructional golf platform to HGA Junior Golf and The First Tee of Greater Houston members as well as the participants in the Houston Golf Association’s two amateur championships — the Greater Houston Men’s City Amateur and the Greater Houston Men’s Senior City Amateur. This joint effort between Secret Golf and the HGA will reach thousands of youth and amateur golfers annually throughout the Greater Houston region and beyond.
“As most people know, Houston is home to me and I’m so glad we can partner with the Houston Golf Association on this project. Kids need to get the right message as soon as possible and there’s no better way than learning from TOUR professionals and the Secret Golf platform,” co-founder Steve Elkington said. “All of our players grew up supporting a junior golf program somewhere. This is special for me because when I was young growing up in Australia, I had to take a train for 20 hours from Wagga Wagga to Sydney to spend a weekend learning from the great teacher Alex Mercer. Now, everything is digital and I’m glad we have the ability to reach so many kids and amateurs in our area.”
“Partnering with Secret Golf to offer golf instruction is of great benefit to our programs as we aspire to grow the game of golf and make it accessible for all,” said Steve Timms, president and CEO Houston Golf Association. “I know our HGA Junior Golf and The First Tee participants, as well as amateurs, will be excited to learn from TOUR professionals and some of golf’s greats.”
The initial program will be for 2018 and will offer access to Secret Golf’s instructional curriculum and exclusive library of video content from PGA Tour and LPGA Tour players. Registration information will be available on both secretgolf.com and HGA.org.
About Secret Golf
Secret Golf is one of the world’s fastest-growing digital golf media companies and is the industry leader in golf instruction by Tour professionals. Secret Golf is the first company of its kind, owned by Tour professionals who passionately believe in sharing deep insights into the game of golf. Secret Golf is the first to have personalized online video instruction from Tour professionals who play or have played the game at the highest level and features a multi-platform online media distribution strategy — social, smart TV, web, mobile and partner content syndication.
In addition to Steve Elkington, Secret Golf’s growing team from the PGA Tour/Web.com Tour includes World Golf Hall of Fame member Jackie Burke, PGA Champion Jason Dufner, Bronson Burgoon, Jason Gore, Brian Harman, Patton Kizzire, Colt Knost, Jason Kokrak, Lee McCoy, Ryan Palmer, Pat Perez, Martin Piller, Chris Stroud and Ethan Tracy. Team Secret Golf’s LPGA staff features, two-time LPGA Tour Player of the Year Stacy Lewis, U.S. Open winner Brittany Lang, Gaby Lopez and Gerina Piller. Former Tour player turned instructor Bradley Hughes of Australia rounds out the group of professionals.
For more information about Secret Golf, please visit www.secretgolf.com and join us on Facebook: SecretGolf, Instagram: Secret Golf and on Twitter: @SecretGolf
About Houston Golf Association
Houston Golf Association (HGA) and its member volunteers make a difference for Houston communities and their youth through golf, outreach programs, events and fundraising. Founded in 1946, HGA is a not-for-profit, tax exempt 501(c)3 organization and host organization to the Houston Open. Houston Golf Association operates The First Tee of Greater Houston reaching 350,000 youth annually and HGA Junior Golf hosts amateur golf events and works with the City of Houston to restore municipal golf courses and amenities. For more information go to www.hga.org.
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By Richard Dean
Buzz Baker vividly remembers the 3 ½-foot putt he missed in a 2007 playoff on the 18th green at Memorial Park Golf Course that denied him an opportunity to win the men’s city amateur championship.
On Sunday, on the same green and facing a putt of similar distance on the same side of the hole, Baker sealed the deal to capture the 2017 Greater Houston Senior City Amateur Championship.
“Close to the same putt I missed 10 years ago and I wasn’t going to miss it this time,” said the 55-year-old Baker, who was eligible for the senior tournament this year for the first time.
Actually Baker’s lead was substantial enough that he could have missed that final putt on the No. 18 hole and won easily. Baker shot a final-round 5-under-par 67 on Sunday for a 5-under-par 211 to win the 54-hole tournament by 5 shots over runner-up Gary Durbin, who was at even-par 216.
Scott Smith finished third at 1-over-par 217 and Hunter Nelson was fourth at 2-over-par 218 in the tournament conducted by the Houston Golf Association.
Baker broke from the pack atop the leaderboard and distanced himself from the contenders with four consecutive birdies on holes 14-17.
“It’s very humbling,” said Baker, a mortgage banker for Houston-based Network Funding, LP. “Great people out here, kind of the same fraternity of guys over the years. A bunch of great people. I’m usually happy for the other guys so it’s really nice to be on the receiving end for once.”
Durbin, Nelson and Marshall Piper were all tied at 2-under going into Sunday’s final round. At the conclusion of the round, Piper was assessed a 4-shot penalty for having 15 clubs in his bag. With the penalty, Piper was at 4-over-par 220, and a share of seventh place.
Durbin, who won this event in 2012 and is a two-time Houston city am winner, shot rounds of 70-72-74.
“I’m very pleased with the second-place finish,” said the 60-year-old Durbin, an All-America golfer at Penn State in 1979. “When you’re leading, you’d like to finish it off. Today was an opportunity to win the senior twice.”
The tournament was close until the final five holes. Baker was playing two groups ahead of the final twosome of Durbin and Piper, who opened Friday’s first round with a 69. And then the ever-popular Baker turned up the heat.
“I hit a good drive on 13 and didn’t birdie 13,” Baker said. “So I said, ‘Gosh, we’re going to have to birdie the hard ones.’“
On the 14th hole, Baker hit his approach about 6 feet above the hole. On 15 and 16 respectively, he placed his approach shots about 18 inches and 10 inches from the hole. And his uncanny shot making continued when the former Stephen F. Austin golfer’s second shot on No. 17 stopped 6 feet of the pin.
“Catching Buzz was tough duty today,” said Smith, who had rounds of 75-69-73. “That’s awesome to bear down and get it done. It’s awesome to be in the moment and actually perform and get it done. That’s exceptional. That’s impressive.”
Baker, who plays out of Shadow Hawk Golf Club, carded rounds of 71-73-67.
“Buzz has been a very good, long-time amateur here,” said Durbin, a deputy chief commercial officer of TMK IPSCO, a global steel pipe company, and who plays out of Champions Golf Club. “Very good player, very steady.
“He got it going. At Memorial, the greens are so good, you can make some putts here. You just have to be hitting the ball well. Today, 5-under is very strong. It was the toughest day to score.”
Baker is a popular player among the amateur golfers in the Houston area. Other golfers were complimentary of Baker’s round and were sincerely happy for him in his prestigious win.
“He’s a fine man and he’s a great guy and everybody likes him,” said the 58-year-old Smith, who is retired from the oil and gas business, and plays out of Northgate Country Club. “He’s a good player, so I’m pleased for him.
“Houston is a very tough place to compete. Whether it’s the city am or trying to qualify for a USGA event. It’s tough. There are a number of good players in Houston.”
Three players are tied for the lead at two-under par going into the final round of the the 2017 Greater Houston Senior City Amateur Championship. There is sure to be a shoot out on Sunday when 2012 champion Gary Durbin (70-72), Marshall Piper (69-73) and Hunter Nelson (69-73) tee it off at Memorial Park Golf Course. Scott Smith and Buzz Baker still in contention as they enter the final round tied for 4th at even par.
In the Super Senior division, Chuck Reeve from Houston wins the 2017 Greater Houston Super Senior City Amateur Championship. Chuck defeated Gordon Norwood on the first playoff hole. After finishing their final rounds at even par, Reeve defeated Gordon Norwood on the first playoff hole. The top two battled each other and the tough rough at Memorial Park Golf Course for 37 holes. David Leestma from Seabrook finished in third with a two-day total 145.
Justin Kaplan continued his strong play in round two. He followed up his bogey free 65 with a second round 68 which included five birdies. The 2015 Greater Houston City Amateur champion Matt Van Zandt also kept his impressive play going and remains in second after a second round 69, which included an eagle and three birdies. Devaughn Robinson and Chris Causey are lurking back in third and fourth place respectively.
The final day concludes today with rounds three and four and is sure to provide a great shootout. Follow live scoring here.
Justin Kaplan shot 6-under par to take at two-stroke lead over 2015 Champion Matt Van Zandt at the Greater Houston Men’s Amateur at Memorial Park Golf Course. A.J. Vesey and Devaughn Robinson of Houston both shot 69. Todd Albert of Katy, Nick Marlow, Chris Causey, Jess Bonneau, and former Houston Golf Association Junior Golfer and 2017 Eddie Burke Senior Young Houstonian champion Henry Fisher all carded a one-under, 70.
The field of 144 will be cut to the low 40 scorers and ties after Saturday’s second round to set the stage for a 36-hole finale on Sunday.
HOUSTON, TX (Sept. 30-Oct. 2) – Broc Haymon of Pearland matched the tournament scoring record en route to a 3-shot victory over 2014 champion John Hunter in the Greater Houston Men’s Amateur Championship at Memorial Park Golf Course. Haymon carded rounds of 72-65-68-70 for a 9-under-par 275 total. Hunter, runner-up the past two years after setting the 72-hole scoring record, posted rounds of 70-67-70-71.
Haymon, 28, and Hunter,32, were tied at 5-under after two rounds when the starting field of 144 was cut to the low 40 scorers and ties for the 36-hole Sunday finale. A total of 46 players made the cut with a score of 8-over-par 150.
Haymon opened a 3-shot lead over Hunter Saturday morning after three rounds. The former college baseball player led the field with 20 birdies over four rounds.
Grant Schroeder of Montgomery, whose father Ron won this championship five times, finished third at 4-under-par 280. Normally a par-72 layout, Memorial Park is set up as a par-71 for the Men’s Amateur.
Kyle Maxwell of The Woodlands and 18-year-old Walker Lee, the first-round leader, shared fourth place at even-par 284. A pair of 16-year-olds Shuai Ming Wong of The Woodlands and Ransom Jacobson of Humble shared sixth place at 285, a stroke better than Clint White, 26, of Friendswood.
Bart Worthing, 36, of Weston Lakes, the 2012 champion, finished at 287 and Devaughn Robinson, 28, rounded out the Top 10 at 288. The top 10 finishers and champions since 2011 are exempt for the 2017 event.
Defending champion Matt Van Zandt shot 293 and tied for 17th.
HOUSTON, TX (Oct. 9-11, 2015) – Mike Booker shot 72-66-69 for a 9-under-par 207 total to win the Greater Houston Senior Men’s Championship for the second time in three years. Booker was three shots clear of Marshall Piper of Cypress, who shot 69-70-71. Read More »
HOUSTON, TX (Oct. 2-4, 2015) – Matt Van Zandt shot 70-71 on Sunday to win the Greater Houston Men’s Amateur Championship at Memorial Park Golf Course by two shots over defending champion John Hunter. Read More »
HOUSTON, TX (October 12, 2014) – David Pocknall of Katy shot 71-71-73 for a 1-under-par 215 total to win the Greater Houston Senior Men’s Amateur Championship by 3 strokes at Memorial Park Golf Course. Read More »
HOUSTON, TX (October 5, 2014) – John Hunter never looked back as he recorded a 9-shot victory at the Greater Houston Men’s Amateur Championship at Memorial Park Golf Course. Read More »
HOUSTON, TX (October 17, 2010) – Jerry Hudgins captured his third Greater Houston Senior Men’s Amateur championship and Wayne Harris of Missouri City won the Super Senior Division at Memorial Park Golf Course. Read More »
HOUSTON, TX – (October 10,2010) – Kip Guidry of Missouri City birdied the final hole to avoid a playoff and win his second Greater Houston Men’s Amateur Championship at Memorial Park Golf Course. Read More »
Hunter Nelson of Houston shot 70-74 for an even-par 144 total and a one-stroke victory in the 2009 Greater Houston Senior Amateur Championship at Memorial Park. Doyle Sturman of Montgomery shot 76-72–148 to capture the Super Senior Division for golfers 65-and-over. Read More »
Owen Joyner, a 52-year-old resident of Montgomery, shot 69-68-76-69 to win the Greater Houston Men’s Amateur Championship at Memorial Park Golf Course. His 2-over-par 282 total was three shots better than runner-up Andy Cooper of The Woodlands, who carded 69-70-74-72. Read More »