Nathan Tyler of Tucson, Arizona captured the 42nd Bright Realty Texas State Open in dramatic fashion by birding 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.
"Today I was really just trying to downplay what I was playing for," said Tyler. "The course was playing difficult to say the least. It was almost like a U.S. Open set up. 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 were not 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."
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, Texas and Pat Grady of Broomfield, Colorado finished the championship tied for fourth at four-under par, 284.
Kolton Crawford (a) 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. He just completed his freshman year and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. Crawford was exempt into the field by finishing third in the amateur division at last year's Texas State Open.
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.
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