March 9, 2021 -- San Antonio, TX
The Amateur Players Tour saw How the West Was Won this past weekend at the inaugural Lone Star Shootout at TPC San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. The first individual National Major of the 2021 APT Season attracted High Plains Drifters from 19 different states and 21 different chapters.
A sold out field of one hundred and twenty clubslingers with True Grit rode into town Friday afternoon to stake their claim to a Fistful of Gift Cards and priority status exemptions to the 2021 North American Championships at Pinehurst Resort this October that were up for grabs in the Texas Hill Country just north of town. The Canyons course and the AT&T Oaks course, host of the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open, proved worthy of the championship producing The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
The Kentucky Chapter’s Eric King jumped out to a lead in Division 1 with a steady 3-over 75 on the Canyons course on Saturday. Playing in the final group with chasers, Matt Minder and Nate McCutcheon from St. Louis, King steadied himself after a shaky start on the Oaks course and held on down the stretch to earn a three shot victory and the $500 dollar APT Gift Card. Carolina Triad’s Brian Hayes turned in the low round in Div. 1 on Sunday with a solid 82.
1st Place Eric King 75-83 = 158 950 Points $500
2nd Place Matt Minder 78-83 = 161 550 Points $160
Matt Phillips from the Carolina Triad Chapter turned in a 76 for the second best round in the entire field on the Canyons course giving him a three shot cushion going into Sunday’s final round. However, Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Jeff Clifford put all his skills on display in posting a final round 82 to overcome a five shot deficit and grab the win. Clifford’s final round 82 was matched by only two other competitors in the field, including DFW’s Jackson Watts who jumped 10 positions on Sunday to finish in the money. The fireworks started early on Saturday when Tim Miller from the Memphis/MidSouth Chapter aced the par 3 16th on the Canyons Course!
1st Place Jeff Clifford 81-82 = 163 1150 Points $750
2nd Place Matt Phillips 76-89 = 165 750 Points $400
3rd Place Tim Miller 80-87 = 167 640 Points $250
4th Place Chris Ryan 82-87 = 169 540 Points $150
5th Place Jackson Watts 88-82 = 170 470 Points $70
There was little drama in Division 3 as Bob Goodside from the HouTex Chapter posted the low score in both rounds on his way to a comfortable eight shot win. Philly Metro’s Rick Knepp tried to make things interesting with a first round 78 leaving him only one shot out of the lead going into Sunday, but the Captain ran out of ammunition on the back nine falling into a tie for 2nd with Daniel Barnett. Phoenix Chapter’s Andy Sturdivant was the big mover on Sunday climbing six places on Sunday for a solid 4th place finish. Simay Souvannarath from St. Louis was the low lady in the field with a 175 two-day total.
1st Place Bob Goodside 77-85 = 162 1300 Points $750
T-2nd Place Rick Knepp 78-92 = 170 855 Points $550
T-2nd Place Daniel Barnett 82-88 = 170 855 Points $550
4th Place Andy Sturdivant 85-87 = 172 710 Points $350
5th Place Randy Sitz 83-90 = 173 640 Points $175
T-6th Place Simay Souvannarath 84-91 = 175 570 Points $102
T-6th Place Peter Allen 81-94 = 175 570 Points $102
Pat Ryan made it a double-dip for the HouTex Chapter with another 8 shot victory in Division 4. Ryan grabbed a tie for the lead with an 83 on Saturday and pulled away with a 90 on the difficult Oaks course tying for the low round of the day in the Division. NY Metro Chapter’s Peter Murray snagged second place to take a nice points haul back to the Big Apple. Houston’s Shan Schaefer tied the low score on Sunday in the Division to climb 8 positions on the leaderboard.
1st Place Pat Ryan 83-90 = 173 1080 Points $750
2nd Place Peter Murray 88-93 = 181 700 Points $350
3rd Place Danny Daniel 83-99 = 182 590 Points $200
4th Place Raymond Medina 88-97 = 185 500 Points $80
Division 5 saw four players separated by two strokes after the first round making for a dramatic finish in Sunday’s final round. Ultimately, Birmingham Chapter’s Tim Harbin pulled away from a trio of Texans to take the trophy back home to the Magic City. St. Louis’ Jim Siebert fired the low round on Sunday to climb four spots in the standings.
1st Place Tim Harbin 94-105 = 199 1000 Points $500
T-2nd Place William Nobles 94-109 = 203 490 Points $153
T-2nd Place John Sparks 95-108 = 203 490 Points $153
T-2nd Place David Davis 96-107 = 203 490 Points $153
The optional Texas Senior Net game created an additional opportunity for competitors 50 years of age and over to win a trophy and gift card competing against all seniors in the field. With 52 of 60 players electing to buy in, gift cards were paid out to eight players.
T-1st Place Chris Swanson Music City Chapter $450
T-1st Place Randy Sitz Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter $450
3rd Place Pat Ryan HouTex Chapter $350
4th Place Shan Schaefer HouTex Chapter $300
5th Place Peter Allen St. Louis Chapter $200