BEE CAVE, Texas — Home course advantage was all the motivation needed for a come-from-behind victory in dominating fashion at the 39th Trans-Mississippi Four-Ball Championship Wednesday afternoon at Spanish Oaks Golf Club.
Teammates Josh Swanson of Austin, Texas and Creighton Honeck of Bee Cave, Texas entered the final round down six strokes. But the tides turned after they flipped the lead after the par-5 eighth. “It changed the mentality of our game at that point,” both men said. “It was extremely important for us to win at our home course, and that was motivating.”
Making 13 birdies and a single bogey, Swanson and Honeck claimed the championship carding a spectacular 12-under par 59 final-round, with a 21-under par 192 on the tournament. Adding to the home course motivation was seven years of competing in tournaments together.
“We know each other so well and how our play balances, which helped us a ton today,” said Swanson.
Coming second in the Mid-Amateur division were Arizona teammates Bryan Hoops of Chandler and Adam Walicki of Phoenix, finishing the tournament with an impressive 17-under par 196.
Winning the Senior division in comfortable fashion were Lawrence Field of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Steven Hudson of Vestavia Hills, Alabama, who shot an 11-under par 202 total. This was their second four-ball win after only having known each other for around five years. North Texas locals Mike Lohner of Southlake, Texas and Larry Corson of Dallas, Texas finished second with an overall 6-under par 207.
Steven Hakes of Las Vegas, Nevada and Douglas Pool of San Diego, California shot their tournament single-round low 65 to finish atop the Super Senior division at 11-under par 202, overcoming a seven-stroke deficit. The team had only one bogey on the round, paired with Douglas’ eagle on the par-5 eighth – a strong way to capture victory.
The California duo Dave Sheff of Dana Point and Rich Tolly of Laguna Niguel finished as runners-up after a tough 3-over par 74 round, putting them a single stroke behind at 204 on the tournament.
Hakes/Pool finished second in the 38th Four-Ball under Sheff/Tolly in the Senior division.
The Trans-Mississippi Golf Association would like to extend its immense gratitude to Spanish Oaks Golf Club’s staff and members for helping make the 39th Trans-Mississippi Four-Ball Championship such a special and memorable event.
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