Groff and Huck Take Louisiana State


The southwest Putting tour went Prime Time on 6/27 for the first 4 rounds of the 2020 Louisiana State Championship.  Course owner Greg Simpson always has the course in great playing shape and it a favorite of all the tour players.  With the tournament starting with a few more customers on the course than normal, Greg had announced each player off the tee with some career highlights and where they were from.  It was a very nice touch that all of the players appreciated. 

 

In the Pro division Lee Messinger and Jeffrey Smith came out hot with a pair of 24’s to take a two stroke lead over Geoff Mosk.  Messinger then fired the low round of the weekend with a 22 that gave him a five stroke lead after just two rounds over Smith, who won the 2014 national Championship on this course, and 7 over the past two winners of this event, Wade Sahmel and Mosk.  Messinger cooled off a bit his last two rounds with scores of 28 and 27.  This allowed Mosk to pull within three strokes with a score of 104.  Smith was just four back at 105.  Brice Bergesen had rounds of 25 and 24 in rounds two and three respectively/ which had him in 4th place at 107.  By the time the 4th round was played the temps had cooled off considerably and the lights were on at the course.  It was playing conditions that players outside of locals were not used to playing in but the overall score for the entire Pro division was only three strokes more than it was in the first round, so it didn’t appear to affect the players to much.

 

In the APA division we had a good turnout with 12 players.  Mike Huckaby came out hot to jump to the lead with a score of 26.  Four other players including Bryan Gentry, playing his first event in 2 plus years, had scores in the 20s to stay close to Huckaby.  Huckaby cooled off and was in at 58 after 2.  Steven Yancey was consistent with rounds of 29-29 to also be in at 58.  Those scores were one off the leaders, Bryan Gentry and Chis Conradi were both n at 57.  The always dangerous Charles “Sharkey” Cox was still close at 60.  Huckaby had rounds of 27-25 to close out the day and take the lead with a score of 110.  Six other players were within eight strokes of the lead, so it was far from over. Day two was lining up to have an exciting finish.

 

Day 2 of the 8 round Lake Charles State championship started bright and early at 10am before the temps became 2 unbearable.  Olivia Prokopova from Houston Texas (don’t say is from the Czech Republic anymore) had the low round with a 25 to inch closer to the lead.  5 other players had scores of 27.  Jeffrey Smith and Brice Bergesen fell back a few strokes as Lee Messinger and Geoffrey Mosk also had rounds of 27.  Mosk had caught Messinger during round 5 but Messinger made his last 4 holes to dig out his 27 while Mosk only made 1 of his last 4 to fall 3 strokes back again.  In round 6 Mosk again caught Messinger and going into the last hole had a change to take the lead with a 24.  Instead he pushed his putt, hit the right cheese, and bogeyed to fall 1 stroke behind Messinger yet again.  Smith  and Wade Sahmel were still within striking distance just 6 strokes back but it was becoming more of a 2 horse race with just 2 rounds to go.  On the front 9 of round 3 Mosk only missed hole 2 when he left it 2 inches short of the hole.  Messinger hit good putt after good putt but they consistently found the lip or came up just short of the hole.  With 27 holes to go Mosk had opened up a 5 stroke lead.  After making hole 10 the lead was up to 6.  Just when it looked like Mosk would pull away like he had 2 years ago, he deuced the last 8 holes to finish the round at 27.  Messinger continued to struggle and when the round was over Mosk had a 4 stroke lead over Messinger. Olivia, who got off to a slow start but had the second best score after the second round of day 1, had moved into 3rd place just 6 strokes back.  Wade Sahmel was 7 back and he had noted that he had come back from just about as far, if not a little further, than that against Mosk in the last round at an event at Webster a few years ago.  Smith was also just 8 back and very capable of shooting a score low enough to catch Mosk if Mosk struggled at all in the final round.  Messinger, Sahmel, and Smith all had good last rounds shooting 24s.  Messinger had an 11 on the front 9 to pull within 3 of the lead, but Mosk, having won this event twice before, was up to the task and made 7 of his last 9 to have the low round of the day with a 23 that secured a 5 stroke victory for his 3rd Louisiana State Championship.  Messinger held on for 2nd place and Smith moved up to 3rd place.  Sahmel collected the last money spot at 4th place.

 

In the APA Mike Huckaby continued his solid play the first 2 rounds on Sunday but couldn’t shake Steven Yancey.  After 2 rounds Huckaby had extended his lead by only 1 stroke and was now 3 up on Yancey after shooting rounds of 28-27 to Yancey’s 29-27.  No other player was able to make a charge and it looked like it would be a 2 man race for the title for the last 2 rounds.  Yancey was a model of consistency in the tournament.  He was the only player in the APA to not have a round higher than 29.  In fact, there were only 2 PPA players that could match that feat.  IN round 7 yancey continued his consistent play with a 28.  Huckaby stumbled a bit to shoot a 31 and with just 1 round to go Yancey and Huckaby were tied.  Yancey again played very consistently with a 29 to finish his 8 rounds at 225.  Huckaby, who came within just 2 holes of winning the APA tour Championship on this course 9 months ago, displayed a championship killer instinct and had the best round of any APA player at this years event with a 24 to win by 5 over yancey who finished in 2nd place.  It was his first Louisiana State Championship.  Course owner Greg Simpson held on for 3rd place.  Other players receiving   reimbursement money were Charles Cox, Bryan Gentry, Chris Conradi, and Charles Tarbell.

 

We look forward to seeing everyone in 2 weeks for the Mike Baldoza Texas Open at the Course on Coit Rd in Dallas.

 




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1 Geoff Mosk 26 27 27 24 27 26 27 23 207 $220.00
2 Lee Messinger 24 22 28 27 27 28 32 24 212 $140.00
3 Wade Sahmel 27 26 29 28 27 26 28 24 215 $70.00
4 Jeffrey Smith 24 27 30 24 30 29 29 24 217 $40.00
5 Olivia Prokopova 31 29 26 26 25 28 25 28 218
6 Brice Bergesen 29 25 24 29 30 28 28 27 220
7 Danny Tatum 28 25 31 31 27 27 26 27 222
8 Don Parker 28 34 26 31 27 30 28 27 231

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1 Mike Huckaby 26 32 27 25 28 27 31 24 220 $72.00
2 Steven Yancey 29 29 25 29 29 27 28 29 225 $36.00
3 Greg Simpson 30 30 26 28 29 31 29 27 230 $36.00
4 Charles Cox 30 30 26 31 29 29 32 28 235 $36.00
5 Bryan Gentry 29 28 27 28 37 30 32 29 240 $36.00
6 Chris Conradi 28 29 29 28 28 33 34 34 243 $36.00
7 Charles Tarbell 32 29 29 28 31 30 31 38 248 $36.00
8 Trevor Lewin 29 33 29 30 40 30 43 28 262

Jerry Medina 35 35 28 32 33 31

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Mickey DeLucca 33 36 31 34 34 32

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Adam Sahmel 37 31 30 30



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Alan Sahmel 36 32 33 29



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Another Sahmel Sweep 2x


After 8 weeks off and 3 missed tournament weekends, the Southwest Putting Tour was the first to return to normal competition.  This weekend was originally scheduled for Dallas at the Coit Road location, but due to Covid-19, that course has not yet re-opened.  Kat Adair at the Tyler Putt Putt Course agreed to host the weekend and the SWPT was all set to begin play! 

Weather was going to be an issue on Saturday with scattered storms projected throughout the day.  We caught a break and there was only a slight drizzle at the start and at the very end of the tournament.  Wade Sahmel, who drove up the morning of the event after working all night and getting next to zero sleep, did what he normally does with no sleep and was the first round leader at 27.  Don Parker and Jeffrey Smith were the only other players able to break 30 shooting a 28 and 29 respectively.  Sahmel slowed down a bit in round 2 with a 30 that dropped him into a first place tie with Parker at 57.  Chance Marett and Geoff Mosk were just 3 strokes back at 60 with several other players shortly behind.  He again played solid his last round with another 30 to finish at 87.  Mosk and Marett both played well, but not quite well enough as they both finished 2 strokes back at 89.  Other players to cash were Parker (90), Tom Adair (91), Jody Kimble (93), Smith (93), and Brice Bergesen (93).

In the APA, Alan Sahmel looked to make it a Sahmel Sweep.  He started off the weekend with a 32 which was good for 3rd place behind Jay Salyer and Mickey DeLucca who both tied the APA low round of the day with a 31.  In round 2, Chris Conradi tied the low APA score with a 31 to be at 65.  That pulled him to within 1 shot of Salyer.  Sahmel and DeLucca were just 2 and 3 strokes back setting up an exciting finish.  Papa Sahmel tied the APA low round of the day with a 31 in the final round to be in at 67.  Salyer was able to shoot a 33 which forced a tie and an 18 hole playoff.  In the playoff Sahmel took an early lead and was able to hold off Salyer to collect his 1st win of the 2020 season and complete the sweep.  The weather wasn’t great, but the players were more than happy to be back out on the course and among friends more than anything else



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1 Wade Sahmel 27 30 30 87 $125.00
1 Alan Sahmel 32 34 31 97 $36.00
2 Geoff Mosk 33 27 29 89 $65.00
2 Jay Salyer 31 33 33 97 $18.00
2 Chance Marett 31 29 29 89 $65.00
3 Chris Conradi 34 31 35 100 $18.00
4 Don Parker 28 29 33 90 $40.00
3 Mickey DeLucca 31 36 33 100 $18.00
5 Tom Adair 31 31 29 91 $25.00
5 Trevor Lewin 36 32 33 101
6 Brice Bergesen 30 33 30 93 $7.00
6 Dwain Willett 36 36 31 103
6 Jeffrey Smith 29 32 32 93 $7.00
6 Mike Huckaby 33 36 34 103
6 Jody Kimble 33 29 31 93 $7.00
8 Gary Plain 38 34 33 105
9 Danny Tatum 33 30 31 94








10 Mason Spradlin 35 31 29 95








11 Olivia Prokopova 33 32 33 98








The Southwest Putting Tour went PRIME TIME on Saturday 5/16 with a tournament starting at 7pm.  This was done to allow the course to have more customer players as they are limited to 36 total players on the course.  Unfortunately, due to bathroom breaks and a late rain storm, only 2 rounds were able to be completed Saturday night with the last round being played early Sunday morning.  Wade Sahmel, after a short nap, continued to play well and was 1 of only 2 players that was able to shoot below a 30 the first round with a 29.  The other was Geoff Mosk who was in the lead with a 28.  The second round saw 4 players under 30 and they weren’t named Mosk or Sahmel,  Olivia Prokopova had the low round with a 27 to get her to within 3 shots of the lead.  Danny Tatum had a 28 to also pull within 3.  Lee Messinger shot a 29 to pull within 1 stroke of the lead.  Brice Bergesen had a 29 to tie Mosk for the lead at 59.  It is always close at Tyler and this event would not be different with 6 players within 3 strokes of the lead.  The players tried to play the last round but the rain quickly picked up and it was decided to restart the round the next morning.  With the much improved playing conditions, score improved and it quickly became a 2 man battle with Messinger and Mosk both playing very well.  Messinger started his round on hole 11 and was able to shoot a 13 on the back half of the half of the course.  Mosk, starting on hole 1, shot a 13 on the front 9.  Both players finished their remaining holes at 4 under allowing Mosk to squeak out a 1 stroke victory for his first win of the 2020 season. 

In the APA, 3 time 2020 Winner Chris Conradi had the lead after 1 round with a 31.  Just 2 strokes back were a host of players including local legend Gary Plain, multiple time SWPT Player of the Year Mike Huckaby, former APA Western open champion Mickey DeLucca, and former National Senior Champion Alan Sahmel.  Plain, looking to avenge his last place finish from the tournament earlier in the day, had his best round of the day with a 29 that propelled him to a 3 stroke lead over Conradi and 4 over DeLucca and Trevor Lewin.  In the last round, as has happened so many times before on Plain’s home course, Plain was able to hold off the other players and finish with a 4 stroke victory, shooting a 94.  Jay Salyer, Conradi, and Huckaby all tied for 2nd at 98.  It was time for a short break to repair and then on to the final event of the weekend.




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1 Geoff Mosk 28 31 27 86 $140.00
1 Gary Plain 33 29 32 94 $36.00
2 Lee Messinger 31 29 27 87 $90.00
2 Jay Salyer 35 33 30 98 $18.00
3 Brice Bergesen 30 29 31 90 $50.00
2 Chris Conradi 31 34 33 98 $18.00
3 Danny Tatum 33 28 29 90 $50.00
2 Mike Huckaby 33 34 31 98 $18.00
5 Wade Sahmel 29 32 31 92 $30.00
5 Alan Sahmel 33 34 35 102
5 Jeffrey Smith 30 33 29 92 $25.00
5 Mickey DeLucca 33 33 36 102
7 Don Parker 34 31 28 93 $20.00
5 Trevor Lewin 35 31 36 102
8 Mason Spradlin 34 33 28 95

5 Dwain Willett 35 34 33 102
8 Olivia Prokopova 35 27 33 95








10 Chance Marett 35 32 31 98








11 Jody Kimble 32 31 35 98








12 Tom Adair 34 34 31 99








12 Matt Bellner 32 34 33 99









To start off the last event of the weekend, no less than 3 pro players had a 4 in the first round of the event.  None of them went to Wade Sahmel who only had 2 bogey strokes the entire weekend as he did his best to shed his nick name of the Bogey Man.  Sahmel was leading by 1 over Tom Adair with scores of 28 and 29 respectively.  Don Parker was the only other player within 2 strokes of the lead.  Sahmel continued his solid play with scores of 30 and 32 his last 2 rounds.  Adair was only 1 stroke back going into the final round but as can happen on the Tyler Course, he went dry and was not able to contend.  Two-time USPMGA Masters Champion, along with a bazillion other titles, Olivia Prokopova made a bit of a charge her last 2 rounds with a 31-28 finish to move up to a second place tie with Jody Kimble, who was a model of consistency with scores of 31-30-30.  Geoff Mosk and Chance Marett tied for the 2nd time during the weekend, this time for 4th place 1 more stroke back.  Sahmel had the tournament wrapped up with just a few holes to go.  The only drama left was who was going to win the 3 event total stroke average.  With only hole 4 to go, he needed an ace to tie Mosk.  Just has he did in the semi-finals of the SWPT Tour Championship the last time the event was held in Tyler, his putt was just a bit off, and Mosk was able to take a little consolation in winning the weekend stroke competition, even though Wade won 2 events, more POY Points, and more money.

 

In the APA, if Wade wins in the pros, the Alan Dada Sahmel will be in it trying for another Sahmel Sweep.  And he also came out guns-a-blazing and was the leader after 1 round with a 31.  Mike Huckaby was able to stay close with a 32 and several other players were able to stay within striking distance as well.  In round 2 both players separated themselves from the pack with each shooting a 30.  They were in at 61 and 62 respectively with no other player within 3 strokes of the lead.  Sahmel, playing very consistently like his son Wade, had a final round 31 and cruised to a 5 stroke victory over Huckaby and Trevor Lewin who had the low score of the last round with a 30.  Other players cashing were Gary Plain at 99, Chris Conradi at 101, and Ken Stanfill at 101.



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1 Wade Sahmel 28 30 31 89 $140.00
1 Alan Sahmel 31 30 31 92 $36.00
2 Olivia Prokopova 32 31 28 91 $67.50
2 Mike Huckaby 32 30 35 97 $18.00
2 Jody Kimble 31 30 30 91 $67.50
2 Trevor Lewin 34 33 30 97 $18.00
4 Geoff Mosk 31 32 29 92 $37.50
4 Gary Plain 35 32 32 99 $18.00
4 Chance Marett 32 29 31 92 $37.50
5 Chris Conradi 33 33 35 101 $9.00
6 Lee Messinger 32 30 31 93 $25.00
5 Ken Stanfill 33 32 36 101 $9.00
7 Mason Spradlin 32 32 30 94 $20.00
7 Jay Salyer 34 35 33 102
8 Danny Tatum 33 32 30 95

8 Mickey DeLucca 39 36 31 106
8 Tom Adair 29 30 36 95

9 Adam Sahmel 40 35 33 108
10 Brice Bergesen 34 31 31 96








10 Jeffrey Smith 35 30 31 96








12 Don Parker 30 34 33 97








13 Matt Bellner 36 32 34 102








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