David Lynch Wins 2001 Texas TPC
9 September 2001 - Duncanville, TX - The Texas Putting tour held its second major event of the year with the Tournament Players Championship. In the regular state event held just prior to the TPC, Don Parker was able to pass Tom Adair by 3 1/2 points to claim the last spot in the TPC. The Finals came down to the current top two ranked players in Texas, Lee Messinger and David Lynch. Lee started off strong taking a 3 hole lead after the first five holes were played. David won the 6th hole closing to within 2 holes. David then managed to win 5 holes in a row starting with hole 9 giving him a 3 hole lead after 13 holes. Lee managed to close the deficit to 1 on the 19th hole. David then fought back getting back to a 3 hole lead by the time both players reached the 31st hole. David missed the next 3 holes but Lee was unable to capitalize on the misses and lost 3 with 2. This is David's 2nd TPC title in the last three years.
In the amateur division brothers Adam Sahmel and Wade Sahmel faced off for the title. Through the first 27 holes the match went back and forth with neither player able to gain a large advantage. Adam aced the 28th hole and Wade's ball slid on the left rail giving Adam the 1 hole advantage. After both players missed the 29th and 30th holes Adam went on a serious run making the next four holes. Wade was able to hang in, topping his brother on three of the four holes, leaving him two down with two holes to play. Adam putted first on the 35th hole but over hit the ball and came back down the angled hill leaving him with a difficult 2nd putt. Adam calmly drilled the deuce putt to force Wade to ace the hole to continue the match. Wade hit a really good putt trapping the ball in the corner and just sliding by on the pro side off the cup giving Adam his first amateur win on the Texas Tour.
Professional and Amateur Divisions of the 2001 Texas TCP
(Duncanville, TX - 9 September 2001)