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


Lone-Star Shootout Winners

Division 1 Champion

Eric King


Division 2 Champion

Jeff Clifford


Division 3 Champion

Bob Goodside


Division 4 Champion

Pat Ryan


Division 5 Champion

Tim Harbin


Senior Net Champions

Randy Sitz


Senior Net Champion - Chris Swanson (not pictured)