The 42nd Bright Realty Texas State Open ended in dramatic fashion with Nathan Tyler of Phoenix, Arizona, capturing the title by birdieing the first hole in a sudden-death, three-man playoff. Tyler shot rounds of 71-70-70-69 for a four-round total of 8-under par, 280. Tyler bested his top-ten finish from last year's Texas State Open and took home the first place prize money of $25,000.
Jamie Elliott of Coppell, Texas, and Dustin Risdon of McKinney, Texas, also finished the day at 8-under par to force the playoff. Elliott shot rounds of 72-71-70-67-280, and Risdon had rounds of 73-71-67-69-280. Matthew Vela of San Antonio and Pat Grady of Broomfield, Colorado, finished the championship tied for fourth at four-under par, 284. Kolton Crawford of Mansfield, Texas, finished the championship at one-under par, 287 to capture low-amateur honors. Crawford is currently playing golf at the University of Arkansas.
"The Lakes at Castle Hills was an exceptional venue for this year's Bright Realty Texas State Open," said Mark Harrison, executive director for the Northern Texas PGA. "The feedback we received from the contestants was exceptional. They loved the layout, conditioning and the fact that the course provided a fair, but challenging test.
The Texas State Open has a proud history of outstanding venues such as Champions Golf Club, Stonebridge Country Club, Horseshoe Bay, and The Woodlands and champions such as Lee Trevino, Ben Crenshaw and Jeff Maggert.
"The course was playing difficult to say the least. It was almost like a U.S. Open set up, said Tyler. You had to hit it in the fairway to hold the greens, and you had to hit the greens to make par. It was a great test. There werent a lot of places where you could attack, so I tried to make birdies on the holes I thought I could, and just hang in there on the others. It took extreme patience."
The 72-hole stroke play event consisted of 144 contestants. Following 36-holes, the field was cut to the low 50 scores and ties. 50 players survived the 148 (+4) cut. 46 professionals and 4 amateurs played the weekend rounds. All four rounds were contested at The Lakes at Castle Hills, a 7,256 yard, par 72 layout located in Lewisville. The total purse was $125,000.
The team of dedicated professionals at The Lakes at Castle Hills delivered an outstanding golf course, customer service and amenities, added Harrison. We are already looking forward to next year's championship as we know it will even be bigger and better."
We are pleased to host such a significant tournament and impressive group of golfers with the Bright Realty Texas State Open. We look forward to an equally exciting 2013 Texas State Open at The Lakes, said Chris Martinez, The Lakes at Castle Hills general manager.
In addition to the Texas State Open, The Lakes recently hosted the NTPGA Texas Womens Open. Bright Realty also recently sponsored 2012 Big Brothers Big Sisters annual fundraising golf event at The Lakes at Castle Hills. That tournament is rated as one of the top 10 charity golf events in the DFW area by the Dallas Business Journal.