Bolen wins West Texas Amateur Championship

David Bolen set out to finish what he started.

 

A day after setting the Lubbock Country Club golf course record, the Lubbock resident carded a 4-under-par 68 on Round 3 of the 89th West Texas Amateur to lock up the championship. Bolen wrapped up 54 holes 16-under, which was nine strokes better than second place.

“After yesterday, I put myself in a good position and I just wanted to really stay steady and not make any mistakes, and that is what I did,” he said. “I took advantage of opportunities when they were there, and when they weren’t I tried to kind of think myself around the golf course and be patient. That worked out. I made a lot of pars, a few birdies and made it easy on myself in the end.”

Bolen, who played collegiately at Texas Tech, finished the three-day competition strong a day after setting the course record with an impressive 10-under-par 62. Midland’s Andrew Wyatt, who won the competition last year, and Nacogdoches’ Baxter Ward tied for second, finishing 7-under after 54 holes.

Before the West Texas Amateur, which is hosted by the Texas Golf Association, collected its final scorecard, the event saw some heavy rain fall. For seasoned golfers like Bolen, the rain didn’t affect their final holes.

“Rain delays happen all the time. We are used to them,” he said. “I’ve played for (roughly) 28 years competitively, so, I have been through a lot of rain delays. It’s just a part of it.”

The Lubbock area was well represented on the leaderboards Sunday evening.

Lubbock’s Patrick Pritchett, who missed out on winning a championship by one stroke last year, won his first West Texas Amateur Super Senior title. He finished 1-under through 54 holes to win the championship, while Lubbock’s Jim Ferrell finished the Super Senior division second with a three-day score of 222.

“It feels like I’ve completed something since I let it get away last year,” Pritchett said. “It makes me proud to have my name on that trophy with all the other guys from Lubbock over the years.”

The Lubbock residents celebrated the Hub City winning two of the three West Texas Amateur titles on their home course.

“That was the goal. It’s special,” Bolen said. “It’s fun to play a golf tournament like this with these kinds of players, but its really fun to play on your home course in front of your family and friends.”

In the Senior division, San Antonio’s John Pierce wrapped up 54 holes 4-under and Irving’s Mike Peck finished second, shooting 2-under.

WEST TEXAS AMATEUR

At Lubbock Country Club

Par: 72-72-72–216

Championship Flight: 1. David Bolen, Lubbock, 70-62-68–200; T2. Baxter Ward, Nacogdoches, 69-68-72–209; Andrew Wyatt, Midland, 70-67-72–209; T4. Devin Jackson, Longview, 70-68-72–210; Michael Pruitt, Lubbock, 69-69-72–210; 6. Andrew Lawson, Dallas, 72-71-68–211; 7. Beau Burgess, Lubbock, 70-71-71–212; 8. Andrew Hudson, Fort Worth, 68-70-76–214; T9. Rick Sulzer, Plano, 71-74-70–215; Nathan Weant, Hallsville, 72-69-74–215.

Senior Flight: 1. John Pierce, San Antonio, 72-72-68–212; 2. Mike Peck, Irving, 69-72-73–214; T3. John McClure, Austin, 72-73-70–215; Mike Cotter, Albany, 69-72-74–215; 5. Vern Spurlock, Fort Worth, 75-72-70–217; 6. Lewis Stephenson, Mansfield, 72-72-74–218; 7. Doug Hopton-Jones, Mansfield, 74-75-71–220; 8. Tim Carlton, Cypress, 79-69-74–222; 9. Dave Davis, Saginaw, 73-75-75–223; T10. Bill Ashley, Lubbock, 74-78-72–224; Scott Smith, Houston, 75-74-75–224.

Super Senior Flight: 1. Patrick Pritchett, Lubbock, 73-72-71–216; 2. Jim Ferrell, Lubbock, 76-74-72–222; 3. Mike Arnold, Windcrest, 73-79-73–225; 4. Don Grider, Georgetown, 77-75-76–228; 5. Sam Boyd, Horseshoe Bay, 76-78-77–231; T6. David Wagner, Fair Oaks Ranch, 79-79-76–234; Dick Sheffield, San Angelo, 78-80-76–234.

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