By Cassie Logan | UTAMavs.com
ANNA, Texas -- UTA director of golf Stuart Deane returned to tournament play in victorious fashion this week, earning his third career Prize Possessions Eastern Championship title on Tuesday.
Deane fired a 6-under 138 in the two-round event, featuring 88 golfers hosted at Hurricane Creek Country Club. The win was his 13th NTPGA Section Individual Major Championship and awarded $3,900 of the $26,000 purse.
"It's definitely great to start the summer with a win," Deane said. "Hopefully it will set a trend for our UTA golfers in their upcoming tournaments. They’re playing in great events like the US Junior Am and Texas Am. We are looking forward to seeing great things from the men and women over the course of the summer."
The 7,068-yard course was familiar ground for Deane, who previously claimed Eastern Championship open division titles in 2013 and 2015. He held a share of first place with Vince Jewell after Monday’s event-opening round. Both carded a 2-under 70 as Deane sank a pair of birdies in the back nine on holes No. 13 and 17 to close his first day.
His better of the two appearances came on Tuesday, opening his afternoon with back-to-back birdies on the first two holes to gain momentum and sustain the lead. Deane shot even par throughout the afternoon and sealed the championship with another two birdie putts in the final four to end his day 4-under 68.
The event served as a qualifier for the 2017 Texas Joe Black Cup and Levy Cup Matches teams. Deane returns to the green June 18-21 as one of 312 professionals competing at the 50th PGA Professional Championship. The tournament will be held at Crosswater and Meadows Golf Courses at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon and televised on the Golf Channel.
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