Cliff Matthews Wins in Arlington, TX

7 September 2002 - Arlington (Parks), TX - The Texas Putting Tour continued its season at the Parks course in Arlington this Saturday. First year pro Andy Gaiser of Houston, Texas was looking for his first ever Pro win. He has been very close four other times this year but has not been able quite get there.

After the first round Andy held a one stroke lead over Joel Baker and Lee Messinger. A second round 29 kept Andy in the lead but Joel shot a 28 to forge a tie. These two players were 5 strokes clear of the rest of field. This was the same position they were in earlier in the year when Joel and Andy were battled it out at the Arlington-Division course. In that tournament Lee Messinger charged from way back to force a three way playoff, this time it was Cliff Matthews turn to make a charge.

Cliff shot the lowest round of the day at 10 under 26. Joel's 32 last round left him one behind Cliff and out of the playoff between Cliff and Andy. The playoff came down the 16th hole, with both players tied the title was settled by a bad rail. The rail had been inconsistent all day and the former almost auto hole played very difficult. Cliff got a good kick and Andy's ball slid missing just inside the hole. Both players missed the tough 17th and Cliff made the 18th to close out the match and take his first title of the year and a State Spot.

In match play Steve Armstrong defeated Mike Huckaby and Joel Baker to get one state spot. The other match play spot available went to Chris Conradi who defeated Don McCracken.

In the amateur division Dave Blalock jumped to an early 3 stroke lead with a 9-under 27. A 6-under 30 second round kept the lead at three over Neal Armstrong. A last round 28 by Neal forced a tie with Dave and another playoff was on. Dave dominated play during the playoff and took his second title of the year. Neal got the consolation of his first State Spot of the year. Match play spots went to Jason Sheffield who defeated Jack Ramsey and Mike Wellborn who defeated Steve Yancey.

Article and scores provided by Lee Messinger.

Professional Division of Arlington, TX Event (7 September 2002)

1Cliff Matthews*30312687$130.00
2Andy Gaiser27293187$70.00
3Joel Baker28283288$40.00
4Lee Messinger28342991$20.00
5Chris Conradi*33322893 
6Wade Sahmel31313294 
7Don McCracken33283596 
 Steve Armstrong*29323596 
9David Lynch323237101 
10Mike Huckaby343236102 

Amateur Division of Arlington, TX Event (7 September 2002)

  Round Expense
1Dave Blalock27303188$20.00
2Neal Armstrong*32282888$10.00
3Greg Cole38303098$10.00
 Steve Tanton30333598$10.00
5Jason Sheffield*333434101 
 Mike Wellborn*353432101 
 Rob Martin333335101 
8Adam Sahmel333635104 
9Jason Taylor343437105 
10Jack Ramsey353239106 
11Steve Yancey413435110 

* Earned TX State Championship Spot.


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