SWPT Visits Bear Country

Waco is always a favorite tour stop on the SWPT.  The course was built in 1959 and has some hole designs that we don’t see anywhere else on tour.  The date for the Waco stop was moved into April because it can get extremely hot during the summer months and the players appreciated the cooler temperatures.  The first event on Saturday was the Allan Thomas memorial.  Allan passed away several years ago and was Waco local who has the course record of a 21 on the tournament course.  That record will very likely never fall, or even be approached, ever again. 

 

Messinger and Huckaby win the Allan Thomas Memorial

In the Pro division Jeffrey Smith who did not win a tournament last season for the first time since anyone could remember, Came out hot and was confident that he was going to get a win this weekend.  Hs first round score of 29 was good for a 2 stroke lead over Lee Messinger.  No other player was able to break 34 in round 1.  In Round 2 all but 1 player shot between 31 and 33.  Smith maintained his 2 stroke lead over Messinger heading into the Final round.  Smith had found himself in or near the lead several times over last year and the early part of this year but had not been able to finish off the event and get the win.  This event would be no different.  Smith struggled in his last round with a 34 whle Messinger was having the best round of any pro for the early event with a 28.  Messinger’s great round had him finish at 91 which was good for a 4 stroke victory over Smith. Don Parker came in 3rd at 96. Geoffrey Mosk and Jerry medina shared the crumb at 97.

In the APA Steve Willmann looked to win on the course he grew up playing in his youth while Chris Conradi looked to continue his APA dominance and Mike Huckaby was eying his 9th APA Tour Championship in the 2021 season.  While this was going on, Steve Yancey took the first round lead with a 33.  Ken Stanfill was just 1 stroke at 34.  Steve Willmann was determined to get his firt win of the year after finishing in 2nd place in both events at Cool Crest 2 weeks ago, jumped into the lead after shoot a 30 in his second round.  His 2 round score of 67 was good for a 1 stroke lead over Steven yancey and 2 strokes over Stanfill and Huckaby.  In the last round almost half the field had their best rounds of the event.  Conradi shot a 20 to come in at 101, which was just 1 stroke behind Willmann and Huckaby who finished at an even 100.  In the playoff Huckaby and Willmann were close the entire way.  With just 2 holes to go, and neither being an easy ace, it looked like we were going to head into sudden death.  But Huckaby hot a great putt on hole 17.  Hos putt was a little left of the hole as it went by just as it was supposed to be.  His ball came off the back rail at very good speed and rocked in to the hole off the hill.  It was an excellent putt and gave him a 1 stroke lead.  Both players made the typical deuce on hole 18 and Mike Huckaby had secured the victory.

 

Jeffrey Smith calls off retirement, Conradi dominates.

Jeffrey Smith was more than a little frustrated that he had not been able to put 3 good rounds together in quite some time and had vocalized his frustration.  He is the all time leader in wins on the SWPT and the 2014 National Champion.  Winning on a consistent basis is what he is used to doing.  In the 4th annual “the Brice” event, Smith was intent on ending his drought.  He again came out hot with a 29.  This time is was good for a 1 stroke lead over Jerry Medina and a 2 stroke lead over Lee Messinger and Greg Everly.  Brice Bergesen who had won his event 2 of the 3 previous years was only 3 strokes back at 32.  Smith continued his great play n round 2 with a 28.  This gave him a commanding 4 stroke lead over Lee Messinger with only Geoff Mosk and Greg Everly able to stay withing 6 strokes at 63.  It looked like the drought was over for Smith, especially with him shoot a very respectable 15 on the front 9 the last round, except that Messinger shot an 11 to pull into a tie with Smith.  When Messinger made hole 10 to be an unbelievable 8 under after 10 holes it looked like victory would again slip through Smth’s fingers.  But we all know the drought couldn’t last forever as Smith is just too good of a putter.  He showed his championship grot and made 5 of the last 8 holes.  This allowed him to pass Messinger and finish at 85.  Messinger easily hung on for 2nd pace at 87 while Mosk had his best round of the day, a 29, to hold on for 3rd over Everly who finished in 4th.

In the APA, Chris Conradi dominated the field.  His 1st round score of 30 gave him a 4 stroke lead over Trevor Lewin, who was the only other player to finish under par.  Chris had 2 more fine rounds of 31 and 30 as he finished with a score of 91 for the event.  His 2 round score of 61 was good for an 8 stroke lead over Yancey.  Chris walked the proverbial dog the last round and was never threatened.  Steven yancey was able to hold on to 2nd place with a 3 round score of 104.  Trevor Lewin hung on for 3rd place at 105 to collect the final cash spot.



Waco - Allen Thomas Memorial
April 10, 2021 - 3 pm
Professional Amateur
1 Lee Messinger 31 32 28 91 $90.00 1 Mike Huckaby 35 34 31 100 $40.00
2 Jeffrey Smith 29 32 34 95 $60.00 2 Steve Willmann 37 30 33 100 $20.00
3 Don Parker 34 31 31 96 $30.00 3 Chris Conradi 39 33 29 101 $20.00
4 Jerry Medina 35 33 29 97 $10.00 4 Steven Yancey 33 35 35 103
5 Geoff Mosk 34 32 31 97 $10.00 5 Ken Stanfill 34 35 35 104
6 Brice Begesen 35 32 34 101 6 Trevor Lewin 36 36 32 104
7 Greg Everly 35 35 31 101 7 Greg Cole 45 35 45 125


Waco -- The Brice
April 10, 2021 - 12 pm
Professional Amateur
1 Jeffrey Smith 29 28 28 85 $90.00 Chris Conradi 30 31 30 91 $40.00
2 Lee Messinger 31 30 26 87 $60.00 Steven Yancy 36 33 35 104 $20.00
3 Geoff Mosk 33 30 29 92 $30.00 Trevor Lewin 34 36 35 105 $20.00
4 Greg Everly 31 32 31 94 $20.00 Steve Willman 37 39 34 110
5 Don Parker 36 31 28 95 Ken Stanfill 36 38 43 117
6 Brice Bergesen 32 32 33 97 Greg Cole 38 WD
7 Jerry Medina 30 36 36 102

SWPT Visits Cool Crest for the First Time

Sixteen players came out to the beautiful Cool Crest Mini Golf course in San Antonio on Saturday March 27th and they were greeted by great weather and a very friendly staff and ownership team from the course.  The Course the tour players played was built in 1959 and is in outstanding shape.  The carpet is the same as what is used on Putt Putt courses and the course plays as fair as any that we play across the country.  Shoot under par even for the very best pro’s is a challenge.  On this day Rainey Statum, the defending USMPGA Masters Champion, would take a fort round lead that he would not relinquish by shooting a 33.  Gary Hester, who has finished 2nd twice at the masters and commented that he seems to always come in 2nd, and Brice Bergesen, were the only other players to shoot under par at 34.  Rainey extended his lead to 2 strokes over Hester after 2 rounds and it was a 2 man race at that point.  Hester found some trouble as is easy to do at Cool Crest the last round.  With Hester out of the picture Statum cruised to an 8 stroke victory over 2nd place finishers Hester, Lee Messinger, and Don Parker

In the APA Chris Conradi took a slim first round lead over Steve Willmann 42-43 with Doug Austin just a few strokes back at 46.  Conradi had the best APA round of the weekend shooting a very fine score of 34 in round 2.  This gave him a commanding 9 stroke lead over Willmann.  Conradi continued his dominance with another good round of 39 in the final round to finish with a 18 stroke lead over second place finisher Willmann.  Trevor Lewin captured the final APA cash spot with a 3 round score of 139.

There was some overnight and early morning rain on Sunday but the rain had stopped well before the players teed off at 10am.  The wind however did not stop making the course play much more difficult that the day before.  You often have 5-7 ft deuce putts and the wind was having an impact on those.  3 players, Gary Hester, Don Parker, and Mason Spradlin, were able to break par by a single stroke in the first round with 35’s while everyone else remained within striking distance.  In Round 2 only Brice Bergesen and Rainey Statum were able to break par, again with 35’s.     This left Parker and Bergesen tied for the lead at 71.  Just 1 stroke back was Gary Hester, and 2 back were Statum, Geoffrey Mosk, and Spradlin.  The race for 2nd place remained close right down to the final hole, but Bergesen pulled away a bit with a fine front nine and he was able to hold on with a very solid 34 his final round to win by 3 over Statum.  Mosk and Hester finished 1 more stroke back at 109.  Lee Messinger took home the final cash spot at 111

In the APA Trevor Lewin was the first round leader with a score of 42,  Steve Willmann, Steven Yancey, and Ken Stanfill, were close nehind just 2, 3, and 4 strokes back respectively.  Doug Austin had his best round of the weekend with a 40 in round 2 to pull into the lead with Yancey just 3 strokes back and WillMann 4 strokes back.  Chris Conradi surged up the leader board with a last round score of 38.  Plating in his group was Wilmann who was able to finish 1 stroke ahead of him.  Playing right behind them Austin finished 1 stroke behind Willmann.  It looked like Willmann was going to get the win but Yancey was busy having his best round of the weekend, a 39, to steal the win. 

Everyone had a great time at the course.  We’d all like to thank the staff and owners at the course for making us feel so welcome.  The course is in amazing shape and the SWPT will definitely be coming back for many years to come. 


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1 Rainey Statum 33 32 32 97 $115.00
1 Chris Conradi 42 34 39 115 $36.00
2 Lee Messinger 38 32 35 105 $43.00
2 Steve Willmann 43 42 48 133 $18.00
2 Don Parker 36 35 34 105 $43.00
3 Trevor Lewin 47 45 47 139 $18.00
2 Gary Hester 34 33 38 105 $43.00
4 Doug Austin 46 50 45 141
5 Geoffrey Mosk 37 33 37 107 $20.00
5 Steven Yancey 49 49 45 143
6 Brice Bergesen 34 36 43 113

6 Joe Nova 51 51 53 155
7 Jeffrey Smith 39 40 37 116

7 Ken Stanfill 49 54 56 159
8 Mason Spradlin 44 42 38 124








9 Jerry Medina 42 41 42 125









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1 Brice Bergesen 36 35 34 105 $115.00
1 Steven Yancey 45 46 39 130 $36.00
2 Rainey Statum 38 35 35 108 $70.00
2 Steve Willmann 44 48 42 134 $18.00
3 Gary Hester 35 37 37 109 $30.00
3 Chris Conradi 48 49 38 135 $18.00
3 Geoffrey Mosk 36 37 36 109 $30.00
4 Doug Austin 48 40 48 136
5 Lee Messinger 38 38 35 111 $20.00
5 Ken Stanfill 46 50 45 141
6 Don Parker 35 36 42 113

6 Trevor Lewin 42 55 45 142
7 Mason Spradlin 35 38 41 114








8 Jeffrey Smith 38 42 40 120








9 Jerry Medina 41 40 49 130








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