June 17, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas – Paul McConnell went into the clubhouse Sunday with the lead at the 103rd Texas Amateur Championship. And if not for a birdie on the last hole, the UT Arlington senior-to-be would have taken home the title.
Wake Forest sophomore Thomas Birdsey made that birdie to deny McConnell, who tied for second at the three-day tournament at The Honors Golf Club in Carrollton. McConnell shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday to finish with a 9-under 204.
"I was pretty happy to finish how I did," McConnell said. "Minus-4 on the backside and a good par save on the last hole. I played really good golf this whole week and made a lot of putts."
McConnell and senior Jamey Taylor went into third round tied for third, just three shots of the pace. Taylor tied for 16th after Sunday's round of 74.
Mavericks junior Hunter Brown also shot a 70 on Saturday after Friday's 74 to make the cut. He also carded a 74 on Sunday to tie for 38th.
McConnell was the tournament leader after Friday's first round. Taylor was eighth after the opening round, but a 70 on Saturday vaulted him up the leaderboard. McConnell followed up a 7-under 64 on Friday with 73.
"I was still happy how I finished my second round, because I was as high as a plus-5 and brought it down to a plus-2," McConnell said.
The final leaderboard is available at the Texas Golf Association website.
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