More than 100 take to Colony Creek for first round of City Championships

July 22, 2011 at 2:22 a.m.

A record number of golfers met the broiling morning heat at the Colony Creek Country Club to participate in the Victoria City Championship. With the wind whipping enough to make the trees rustle and water hazards ripple, scoring was slightly more difficult-- and some managed to navigate the course better than others.

Reigning champion Mark Bazan shot a 1-over par 73 for the low round of the day.

Bazan's group that included Texas Lutheran's Kerry Culberson (3-over par) and University of Houston-Victoria's Austin Griffin (6-over par).

Though being old enough to sire his three playing partners, 61-year old Gary McBroom tapped in for par on the 18th hole to remain just two strokes behind Bazan.

"The only way you can get your name on the championship trophy is to play in the top flight," he cracked after his round.

Also in the top flight of the competition, Claude Bridges shot a 74, while Donovan Dekowski was one stroke behind Bridges.

Throughout their rounds, competitors spoke of the nearly 20 mile per hour winds on the course and how it made them adjust.

"It's pretty hard, the wind is making it a tough challenge," Dale Loewen said after chipping in for an eagle from 22 yards away on the par-4 10th hole. "You can't play your normal swing. You have to manipulate the ball a little bit."

With nearly 105 golfers teeing off Friday, the record participation on the men's side came at a price. Organizer Claud Jacobs said the women's competition was canceled due to lack of interest.

"I think it's one of the best values in golf," Jacobs said. "Three courses, meals, greens fees and carts for $100. And all three courses are different."

And the competitors were just as diverse.

Wayne Brown joked about his double bogey streak while preparing for his second shot on the par-3 11th hole on his way to shooting an 87.

Ryan Barnett (14-over par 86) mourned the loss his favorite club, an 8-iron he has owned for six years, which broke while he was on the practice range.

Meanwhile, another gentleman impersonated British Open champion Darren Clarke as he would assault the fairways, but enjoy a cigar between strokes.

The heat notwithstanding, there was a sense of warmth among the 28 pairing as everyone all tried to shoot low as the morning temperatures in west Victoria started to soar.


July 22

Round 1

Colony Creek Country Club

Group 1A, Lodestone Financial Services: Mark Bazan 73; Claude Bridges 74; Donovan Dekowski 75; Kerry Culberson 75; Gary McBroom 75; Austin Griffin 78; Al Wilkes 79; PJ Farley 84; Pablo Rivas 86; Ryan Barnett 86; David Perez 87; B.J. Rubio 94; Steve Hoang 100.

Group 1B, New Distribution, Fastop: Derrick Coleman 76; Troy McIntosh 76; Greg Brazzeal 79; Tyler Warner 79; Broc Haymon 80; Dale Loewen 80; Grant Johnson83; Dr. Allen Elliot 84; Eric Still 84; Josh Vasquez 84; Kenny Vontur 87; Wayne Brown 87; Antonio Ramos 90; Russell McGehee WD.

Senior, Office Systems Center: David Clark 79; Tommy Holt 82; Jack Lee 90; Mickey Daugherty 94.

Group 4, Klean Corp. International: Walter Bristow 75; Joe Mitchell 78; W.C. Parrett 78; Adolph Vega 79; Zane Green 79; Ron Dickson 80; Robert Nobles 81; Scotty Fimbel 82; Chad Brown 83; Heber Lacerda 83; Guy Doane 84; Shawn Hallett 84; Paul Spinks 87; Greg Norgard 89; Pete Nessa 92; Jay Kucera 94; Mike Garvel 99.

Group 5, Krueger Construction: Benny Vega 81; Gilbert Galvan 81; Jinam 81; Bill Byers 82; Douglas Harris 82; Tom Hawes 84; Bob Neel 88; Russell Strickland 88; Jeff Kalre 90; John Gonzalez 90; Alan Culberson 91; Paul Oracion 91.

Group 6, Hardin Tubular: John Elmore 79; Larry Viktorin 79; Jason Brown 81; Tom Key 84; Albert Quilantan 85; Ben Crabb 86; Henry Hartman 86; Sal Perez 86; Chauncey Poindexter 87; Darrell O'Neal 87; Raymond Kutchka 88; Kyle Lofland 93; Patrick MAthews 100.

Group 7, Lone Star X-Ray: Ron Seerden 81; Jan Hensarling 83; Mike Smith 84; Pete Gaona 84; Emmanuel Oladoyin 85; Jeff Warner 86; Hank Waters 87; John Thomas 87; Landon Autry 87; Darrel Hogan 88; Phil Sims 88; Claud Jacobs 89; Jack Kelly 93; Rod Thompson 95; Mark Mueller 96; Jared Cardenas 97.

Group 8, Port Lavaca Auto Group: Kirk Autry 85; Oliver Cantu 87; Joe Olguin 91; Steve Richmond 92; Lee Lewis 94; Lupe Perez 95; Steve Allen 96; Daniel Chavarria 97; Bob Mahaffey 99; Scott Taylor 99; Art Henry 100; Kevin Pfister 101; Gerald Bryant 104; Peter McNally 105; Chuck Corales 106.

Junior Division

Round 1

Victoria Country Club

Cabbott Hanes +10 82; Jared Galvan +16 88; Austin Hicks +21 93; Wade Strickland +22 94; Keaton Crabb +29 101; Zachary Blevins +30 102; Patrick Kostella +32 104; Hunter Redding +48 120; Hayden Redding +62 134; Chad Williams NC NC.



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