Steve Tanton Wins 2005 Texas TPC in Sudden Death over Wade Sahmel
11 September 2005 - Webster, TX - The Texas Putting Tour held its second major of the year at the Webster, Texas Putt-Putt Sunday afternoon September 11th following the regular state event held earlier that day. The first round of match play would see Joel Baker and James Taylor advance to the final 8. Neither Joel nor James were able to advance any further as Joel lost to Steve Tanton and James was defeated by Lee Messinger. Joining Lee and Steve in the semi-finals were Jeffrey Smith and Wade Sahmel who defeated Mike Baldoza and Brice Bergesen respectively.
Both semi-final matches would be tight. The Steve Tanton, Jeffrey Smith match would come down to the last hole with Steve prevailing 1 up. Wade Sahmel would take the early lead over Lee Messinger. Playing from behind Lee charged over last 6 holes making five of the six to force the match into sudden death. Putting first on hole 1 Lees ball slipped past the right edge of the hole and Wade put his dead center to advance to the finals.
Steve Tanton jumped to an early lead in the 36 hole final match. Steve was able to hold on to the lead as the match wound down. With three holes to go Wade found himself three down. Wades focus tightened over the last holes and when 36 holes were finished the match was all square. Both players aced the first hole in sudden-death but a lag by Wade on the second hole opened the door for Steve. A very nice putt from Steve found the hole and gave him the win.
The amateur division would come down to the two top seeds, Steve Willmann and Trevor Lewin. Trevor received a bye in the first round and defeated Mike Huckaby to advance. Steve Willmann defeated Doug Austin and Adam Sahmel to advance. The final match saw Steve pull away to a three hole lead on Trevor twice but each time Trevor closed the gap back down. As the match came to the final hole the match was all square. The last hole was a standard L-shape design with an octagon obstacle beside the hole and an angle board to left. The standard shot was to hit the angle board and go directly into the hole. In his semi-final match Trevor had been a hare right on the angle but caught the correct amount of lip to make the putt back off the obstacle to win the match. Steve, putting first, would get the same break Trevor got in his semi match. Trevor would not get lucky again and his putt just missed. The win also puts Steve in commanding position for player of the year.
Article and scores provided by Lee Messinger.