Tyler Captures 42nd Bright Realty Texas State Open

recent news Published Articles August 05, 2012

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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