Cliff Matthews Open State Weekend with Fourth Victory in Four Starts
29 October 2005 - Lewisville, TX - The Texas Putting Tour held its last state qualifying event this Saturday at the Lewisville, Texas Putt-Putt. After the first round of play there was a four way tie for first place at 10 under 26. Joel Baker, Gary Reed, Cliff Matthews and Steve Armstrong held a one stroke lead over Rodney Phillips, Mike Baldoza and Brice Bergesen. Cliff Matthews pulled away from the pack in the second round. His 12 under 24 was good enough to give him a two stroke lead over Gary Reed with Jeffrey Smith and Joel Baker sitting four strokes back.
The last round saw Jeffrey tie for the lowest round of the day with a 12 under 24. This score was good enough to make up the four stroke deficit on Cliff Jeffrey had going into the last round. No other players were able to catch Jeffrey or Cliff and an 18 hole playoff ensued for the title. Cliff would slowly pull away through out the 18 holes to take his fourth win in four attempts on the Texas Tour. The three available State Spots would go to David Lynch, Mike Chisum and Rodney Phillips.
In the amateur division Adam Sahmel would win his second event of the year. Coming from two strokes off the pace set by Jimmy Van Buskirk in the first round Adam would finish with a three round total of 21 under 87, two strokes better than four other players: Trevor Lewin, Chance Marett, Mike Foster, and Mike Huckaby. Another group of three players would finish three strokes in back of Adam. Eight players would earn State spots in the final state qualifying event: Mike Foster, Alan Sahmel, Jason Van Buskirk, Donald Halpain, Jimmy Van Buskirk, Danny Hoel, Rob Martin and Allen Thomas.
Article and scores provided by Lee Messinger.