For the second straight year, Parker Beaty found himself two shots behind to start the final round of the Men’s City Championship before rallying back to win the title.
As it turns out, it was a little bit of déjà vu.
Beaty took the lead on the back nine and closed his round with birdies on each of the last two holes en route to a final-round 66 to repeat as city champion.
He finished one shot ahead of Sangha Park (69-67-66—202) and two shots in front of Will Adams (66-67-70—203), who started the day as the 36-hole leader.
It is also the third city championship for Beaty in the last five years.
Blake Parks (65-73-69—207) and Sebastian Cruz (70-67-70—207) tied for fourth.
“It feels really good to win again,” Beaty said. “Today was the best round that I played even though it wasn’t the best score that I had. I was just real steady.
“I kind of had a rough start and I didn’t make very many mistakes.”
Beaty finished the first nine holes in 2-under-par and was able to cut the Adams lead to one shot entering the final nine holes.
He birdied the 10th hole to pull even before Adams birdied the next hole to take the lead again.
The momentum changed on the Par 3 12th when Adams hit his tee shot in the water and eventually made double bogey.
Beaty hit his tee shot within two feet of the hole for a birdie and a one-shot deficit turned into a two-shot lead.
“That was definitely a turning point,” he added.
The only bogey on Beaty’s scorecard Sunday came on the Par 3 16th when he was unable to chip in for par. He maintained his lead after both Adams and Park made par playing in the same group.
Beaty had to hold off one final push from Park after both players made birdie on 17.
He was able to get the right shot at the right time on the final, hitting a tee shot over 360 yards on the Par 5 to put him in good position to close the tournament.
“On 18, I had bailed out left the first two days just to play it safe and I made par both days,” Beaty said. “I was just thinking just to take it real close to the water and see what happens.”
The risk paid off as Beaty was able to match Park’s birdie on the final hole to close out the tournament.
Park said that he was proud of how he played in his city championship debut and that a few missed opportunities on the final nine holes proved to be the difference.
“I’ve been working on my irons and I finally figured those out today,” Park said. “But I had a few missed putts where it lipped out three different times.
“I really enjoyed it and I got second this time and hopefully I can be better next time.”
Beaty added that playing with Adams and Park made his victory even more enjoyable.
“It’s a lot of fun when the competition is good,” Beaty said. “I think the first year I won, I was ahead by six or seven shots and winning by one definitely gets the nerves going.
“They’re two good friends of mine and it was a good time today.”
>> SENIOR FLIGHTS: Tony Mullins closed out the tournament with a second straight round of 78 to finish with a three-day total of 235 take the Senior Flight by five shots over Richard Campbell (78-86-77—240). Chuck Lee (79-81-81—240) finished a shot back of Campbell in third place.
Rick Sutherland doubled his second-round lead en route to a ten-shot victory in the Super Senior Flight. Sutherland (78-75-77—230) finished with all three rounds in the 70s.
Gary Bittick (80-78-82—240) was the runner-up, followed by Manny Minjarez (83-81-86—250) in third place.
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29th Men’s City Championship
Friday-Sunday, Ratliff Ranch Golf Links
- Parker Beaty, 65-70-66—201; 2. Sangha Park, 69-67-66—202; 3. Will Adams, 66-67-70—203; 4. (tie) Sebastian Cruz, 70-67-70—207; and Blake Parks, 65-73-69—207; 6. Jaden Chavez, 69-71-75—215; 7. Austin Anderson, 69-78-76—223; 8. Tyler Trotter, 73-74-77—224; 9. Robby Massey, 72-75-78—225.
- Luke Groves, 73-75-73—221; 2. Ciro Baeza, 72-77-74—223; 3 Kelby Bridges, 77-73-75—225; 4. (tie) Doug Bryant, 74-83-79—236; and Kade Young, 74-85-77—236; 6. Josh Hogan, 74-78-85—237; 7. Aaron Marquez, 79-84-76—239; 8. Kevin Williams, 76-79-85—240; 9. Matthew Munoz, 86-87-83—256.
Super Senior Flight
- Rick Sutherland, 78-75-77—230; 2. Gary Bittick, 80-78-82—240; 3. Manny Minjarez, 83-81-86—250; 4. Robert Dickman, 87-82-87—256; 5. (tie) Mike Stewart, 84-92-88—264; and Augustine Moralez 90-88-86—264; 7. Gary Harmon, 89-90-96—275; 8. John Kren, 90-96-95—281; 9. Rene Marquez, 92-95-97—284; 10. Greg Hartsell, 94-94-104—292.
- Tony Mullins, 79-78-78—235; 2. Richard Campbell, 77-86-77—240; 3. Chuck Lee, 79-81-81—241; 4. Danny Wyatt, 76-79-87—242; 5. (tie) Mark Oliver, 83-85-82—250; and Gerald Sterger, 85-84-81—250; 7. (tie) Calvin Jackson, 78-91-86—255; and Ector Marin, 92-79-84—255; 9. Randy Grice, 84-88-88—260; 10. Gregg Olberts, 86-86-89—261; 11. Tommy Muncy, 89-94-93—276.
- Santos Garza Jr., 76-73-76—225; 2. Matias Patino, 76-72—148; 3. James Munn, 74-82-74—230; 4. Brian Cruz, 78-77-78—233; 5. Scott Murdock, 77-80-80—237; 6. Aaron Richardson, 74-77-90—241; 7. Christopher Adams, 80-80-84—244; 8. Bryan Teeters, 84-86-85—255; 9. Mike Claburn, 80-91-93—264; 10. Robert Graham, 86-83-96—265.
- Rusty Welch, 76-77-82—235; 2. Arvey Villa, 81-80-81—242; 3. Eric Rodriguez, 77-83-84—244; 4. Ivan Meraz, 81-83-81—245; 5. Marty Slaton, 82-84-83—249; 6. Steve Kemp, 82-83-85—250; 7. Theo Navarrette, 93-85-88—266; 8. Omar Gonzales, 89-92-86—267; NS. John McClellan, 84-82-NS—NS; and Roy Hernandez, 84-88-NS—NS.
- Phil Carrasco, 70-80-79—229; 2. Cesar Bravo, 82-83-86—251; 3. Bryan Altamirano, 78-86-88—252; 4. Shane De Santiago, 89-83-87—259; 5. Frank Ordunez, 84-91-88—263; 6. Cho Yong, 93-87-87—267; 7. Jose Dominguez, 87-93-88—268; 8. Robert Lujan, 87-91-93—271; 9. (tie) Larry Roberts, 87-86-100—273; and Thomas Aguirre, 90-91-92—273.
- Justin Dosier, 81-86-87—254; 2. Paul Anderson, 85-89-88—262; 3. (tie) Gabriel Urias, 90-90-86—266; and Ronnie Gray, 91-89-86—266; 5. Robert Courville, 88-91-88—267; 6. Fabian Urias, 90-96-94—280; 7. Rick Parsons, 102-93-89—284; 8. Mark Windham, 95-91-100—286; 9. Mike Bostick, 96-98-95—289.
- Luis Arzaga, 83-92-91—266; 2. Jamie Williams, 87-84-97—268; 3. Franklin Catron, 85-99-95—279; 4. Santos Moroles, 94-92-104—290; 5. Danny Bava, 97-94-104—295; 6. Tommy Shands, 97-101-100—298; 7. Jay Batherson, 98-106-104—308; 8. David Whitehead, 103-109-100—312; 9. Jacob Henderson 110-94-109—313.