Har­well’s even-par round good for 2-stroke vic­tory

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Doug Smith

Colby Har­well had never played a tour­na­ment in Austin be­fore this week­end’s Cen­tral Texas Am­a­teur at For­est Creek Golf Club. The 25-year-old from Waco might want to come back, con­sid­er­ing his two-stroke vic­tory Sun­day.

Har­well fol­lowed his open­ing round of 1-un­der 71 Satur­day with an even-par 72 Sun­day to wrap up the ti­tle with a 36-hole to­tal of 1-un­der 143.

Larry Nunez took sec­ond with a fi­nal round of 73 for a tour­na­ment to­tal of 1-over 145.

Jamey Tay­lor made a holein-one on the par-3 17th hole on the way to a fi­nal-round 73 to tie for third at 147 with firstround leader Aneil Pa­tel, who closed with a 77.

Trent Red­fern, Ni­cholas Cris­tea and Trey Cald­well tied for fifth at 148.

Har­well had played For­est Creek only once be­fore this week­end’s tour­na­ment, and he knew it would be a chal­leng­ing event.

“This is a real good course, a real tough course,” Har­well said. “It is a very de­mand­ing driv­ing course, but I man­aged to keep the ball in play most of the time.

“I have been play­ing re­ally well the last few weeks, and for­tu­nately that kept up,” Har­well said.

“Putting is my strength. I usu­ally make five or six birdies a round.

“I didn’t do that this week, but I still putted well and made three birdies each round and that turned out to be enough.”

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