Ward eagles 18, grasps Texas Open crown

by Dan M | Posted on Monday, August 5th, 2013


LEWISVILLE — Chris Ward of McKinney captured the 43rd Bright Realty Texas State Open in dramatic fashion by eagling the 18th hole at The Lakes at Castle Hills.

Ward, a former Texas Tech golfers, shot rounds of 69-70-67-68 for a four-round total of 14-under par 274. Ward, the 2009 co-low amateur, is now the third Texas State Open champion to have also won the Texas State Amateur Championship. He joins the ranks of Ben Crenshaw and Terry Snodgrass. Ward chipped-in from the right side of the green to win the Championship and take home the first place prize money of $25,000.

“For some reason that chip just fit my eye really, really well. I was trying to snuggle it down there just short of the hole. I really didn’t want a two or three foot slider down the hill. Anything past the hole was going to be great. He [Deane] had a pretty good look at birdie, I was expecting him to make it so I knew I had to get up and down no matter what and it just happened to fall.  It was one of those once in a lifetime chips. It really couldn’t have gone any better,” said Ward.  “To be the Bright Realty Texas State Open champion, it’s the highlight of my career so far. It’s just an honor to be on the list of names that have won before me.”

John Kimbell of San Antonio, Texas, and Stuart Deane, of Arlington finished two strokes behind the champion at 12-under par 276. Kimbell shot rounds of 71-70-68-67, and Deane had rounds 70-72-65-69.   Deane, PGA teaching professional at Rolling Hills Country Club, was the low PGA club professional for the Championship.

Recognizing the low PGA club professional was new for 2013. Twenty-two club professionals started in the field and five made it to the weekend rounds.

For the second straight year, Kolton Crawford (a) of Mansfield, Texas, captured the low-amateur honors. He finished the Championship with rounds of 71-72-66-70—279, 9-under par.  Crawford currently plays golf at the University of Arkansas where he was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2012.

“It feels good winning the low amateur honors two years in a row. It’s definitely one of the tournaments I look forward to, so winning it twice in a row is good and I can’t wait to come back next year honestly,” said Crawford.

The 72-hole stroke play event consisted of 144 contestants. Following 36-holes, the field was cut to the low 50 scores and ties.  57 players survived the cut, which was at even par 144. 52 professionals and 5 amateurs played the weekend rounds.

The total purse was $127,895.

Photo via TexasTech.com.

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