Stuart Deane captures E-Z-GO Eastern Championship

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Stuart Deane takes the E-Z-GO Eastern Championship.
Photo Courtesy: Del Scorcho

By Jay Betsill

Dallas, Texas – Despite multiple weather delays throughout the day, play was completed at the E-Z-GO Eastern Championship. Stuart Deane, PGA golf coach at the University of Texas at Arlington, captured the Championship firing a 2-under 70 today for a two-day total of 136, 8-under par.

Deane edged Jack Lempke, assistant professional at Bent Tree Country Club, and Greg Gregory, assistant professional at Hidden Creek Golf Course, by one stroke to win his ninth NTPGA Individual Major Championship and his second E-Z-GO Eastern Championship. Deane caught fire starting the back nine carding four birdies in a row on holes 10 through 13. After Gregory burned the lip for birdie on hole 18, Deane putted for bogey on #18 for a one stroke win.

“It feels really great [to be back in the win column],” said Deane after his round. “You know, last year was a totally different year with the birth of our second child and my world was kind of turned upside down for great reasons, but you know I feel like this year I kind of have my feet back under me.  This course is an odd golf course to a degree because it takes driver out of your hand. You have to hit it out of the fairway a lot. I was two shots down at the turn, and I birdied four in a row to take the lead. 16, 17, and 18 are tough holes and with it getting late with the rain delays, it just became a matter of crossing the line first.”

Two professionals finished tied for fourth at 4-under par 140. They include, Vince Jewell, PGA teaching professional at Woodbridge Golf Club, and Chad Moscovic, PGA director of instruction at Eldorado Country Club.

The Championship included a Senior Division that was comprised of 28 of the 129 participants aged 50 or older. This division competed for a separate $8,250 purse and played at a modified yardage. Perry Arthur, PGA golf course owner at The Golf Club of Dallas, was the 2015 E-Z-GO Eastern Championship Senior Division champion. Arthur, who posted rounds of 73-71—144, even par, took home $1,400 for his win.

“It always feel good to win, no matter what it is,” said Arthur after his round. Not only was this his first victory in the Senior Division of an NTPGA Section Individual Major Championship, but it was also his first time competing in the Senior Division. “I played okay today. I got off to a good start, birdied the first three holes, and just kind of went into protection mode from there.”

The first weather delay came at 12:47 p.m. when heavy rain and lightning stopped play for an hour and 28 minutes. Play resumed at 2:15 p.m. The second weather delay came at 3:25 p.m. only halting play for 35 minutes. Play resumed at 4:00 p.m. The delays mainly impacted the afternoon wave of starting times.

This 36-hole NTPGA major championship was the first of four individual stroke play events that comprise the Yamaha Golf Cars / Lajitas Golf Resort Player of the Year Points Challenge presented by Justin Golf and Wee Golf, and serves as a qualifier for the 2015 Texas Joe Black Cup and James P. Jordan Cup teams. The E-Z-GO Eastern Championship featured a field of 129 Northern Texas PGA Members and Apprentices competing at Dallas Athletic Club in Dallas.

The Open Division field competed for a share of the $29,500 purse with Deane taking home $4,000 for his victory. The overall Championship purse was $39,750.

The E-Z-GO Golf Eastern Championship was presented by Advantage Hole In One, Adventures In Golf, AT&T Byron Nelson, Greg Norman Collection / Dunning Golf, PGA TOUR and Pukka Headwear.

Dallas Athletic Club

Blue Course

Par: 36-36—72

Yardage: 6,922 yards

Final round open division results follow below:

 1    Stuart Deane        University of Texas - Arlington  66-70--136 -8  $4,000.00
 T2   Jack Lempke         Bent Tree CC                     72-65--137 -7  $2,375.00
 T2   Greg Gregory        Hidden Creek GC                  67-70--137 -7  $2,375.00
 T4   Vince Jewell        Woodbridge GC                    71-69--140 -4  $1,625.00
 T4   Chad Moscovic       Eldorado CC                      71-69--140 -4  $1,625.00
 T6   Brian Norman        Hackberry Creek CC               69-72--141 -3  $1,200.00
 T6   Casey Devoll        Rolling Hills CC                 68-73--141 -3  $1,200.00
 T8   Daniel Coughlan     Abilene CC                       75-67--142 -2  $887.50
 T8   John Wagner         GolfTEC - North Dallas           71-71--142 -2  $887.50
 T8   Jon Antunes         Hot Golf, Inc.                   70-72--142 -2  $887.50
 T8   Cameron Doan        Preston Trail GC                 68-74--142 -2  $887.50
 T12  Adam Headley        Hillcrest CC                     72-71--143 -1  $737.50
 T12  Jeffrey Barton      Preston Trail GC                 71-72--143 -1  $737.50
 T12  Joshua Wilks        Hidden Oaks GC                   71-72--143 -1  $737.50
 T12  Dean Larsson        Royal Oaks CC                    71-72--143 -1  $737.50
 16   Stuart Hendley      Green Tree CC                    70-74--144 E   $675.00
 T17  Keith Harris        Cross Timbers GC                 75-70--145 +1  $625.00
 T17  Patrick Buhrmann    Cross Timbers GC                 74-71--145 +1  $625.00
 T17  John Sikes          Hollytree CC                     71-74--145 +1  $625.00
 T20  Sam Randolph        Mira Vista CC                    73-73--146 +2  $537.50
 T20  Hunter Hidalgo      Brook Hollow GC                  73-73--146 +2  $537.50
 T20  Steven Young        Midland CC                       73-73--146 +2  $537.50
 T20  Lee Rhind           Midland CC                       69-77--146 +2  $537.50
 24   Corey Roberson      Preston Trail GC                 75-72--147 +3  $475.00
 T25  Kevin Golding       Four Seasons Resort/Club         75-73--148 +4  $400.00
 T25  Bruce Smith         Black Belt Golf Academy          75-73--148 +4  $400.00
 T25  Rick Woodson        Sherrill Park GC                 76-72--148 +4  $400.00
 T25  Brett Beaty         Dallas National GC               77-71--148 +4  $400.00
 T25  J. Lance Patterson  Dallas Athletic Club             78-70--148 +4  $400.00
 T30  Clint Avara         Watters Creek                    75-74--149 +5  $301.67
 T30  Troy Mangone        Energy Force                     74-75--149 +5  $301.67
 T30  Daniel Switser      Preston Trail GC                 78-71--149 +5  $301.67
 T33  Nicholas Griffin    Dallas CC                        75-75--150 +6  $173.33
 T33  Billy Harris        Dallas CC                        76-74--150 +6  $173.33
 T33  Ken Furphy          Stonebriar CC                    77-73--150 +6  $173.33
 T36  Brandon Loska       Hidden Oaks GC                   75-76--151 +7  
 T36  Philip Bleakney     The GC of Dallas                 74-77--151 +7  
 T36  Mark Bober          Preston Trail GC                 72-79--151 +7  
 T36  Matthew Sommerfield SugarTree G&CC                   77-74--151 +7  
 T36  Matthew Rippy       Keeton Park GC                   78-73--151 +7  
 T36  Jake McGuffey       Hollytree CC                     78-73--151 +7  
 T36  Jason Hase          San Angelo CC                    78-73--151 +7  
 T36  Ronny Glanton       Sherrill Park GC                 78-73--151 +7  
 T44  Jon Sinclair        Sinclair's Golf Training         80-72--152 +8  
 T44  Rick LeBeau         Brook Hollow GC                  75-77--152 +8  
 T44  Thomas Devanna      Tangle Ridge GC                  74-78--152 +8
 T44  Brent Lingel        Keeton Park GC                   76-76--152 +8  
 T44  Jeremy Davis        Ranchland Hills GC               77-75--152 +8  
 T44  Chance Blythe       Old Brickyard GC                 77-75--152 +8  
 T44  Benjamin Cuzen      Preston Trail GC                 77-75--152 +8  
 T44  Scott Adams         Ridglea CC - South               77-75--152 +8  
 T52  Robert Hickman      Hillcrest CC                     80-73--153 +9  
 T52  Robert McMillan     McMillan Golf Academy            79-74--153 +9  
 T52  Paul Norris         Texas Wesleyan University        77-76--153 +9  
 T52  Chad Powell         GolfTEC                          77-76--153 +9  
 T52  Carl Worley         Hide-A-Way Lake GC               77-76--153 +9  
 T57  Shane Pearce        Hurricane Creek CC               82-72--154 +10 
 T57  Stuart McKechnie    Ranchland Hills GC               79-75--154 +10 
 T57  Tony Martinez       Keeton Park GC                   78-76--154 +10 
 T57  Andy Carter         Dallas Athletic Club             78-76--154 +10 
 T61  Sean Sznajder       Los Rios CC                      81-74--155 +11 
 T61  Michael Martin      Sinclair's Golf Training Ctr     80-75--155 +11 
 T61  Jeremy Langdale     Ranchland Hills GC               80-75--155 +11 
 T61  Paul Earnest        Four Seasons Resort/Club         76-79--155 +11 
 T61  Judd Whiteman       Dallas National GC               76-79--155 +11 
 T61  Tim McElhinny       Bent Tree CC                     77-78--155 +11 
 T61  Ronnie O'Brien      The Honors GC Dallas             79-76--155 +11 
 T68  Mark McClearin      Keeton Park GC                   81-75--156 +12 
 T68  Richard Noon        Golf Ctr. @ The Highlands        81-75--156 +12 
 T68  Matt Lohmeyer       GolfTEC - Montgomery Plaza       79-77--156 +12 
 T68  Brian Ellis         Royal Oaks CC                    79-77--156 +12 
 T72  Jason Daly          Royal Oaks CC                    79-78--157 +13 
 T72  Daniel Walden       Texas Star GC                    77-80--157 +13 
 T74  Eric Hunt           Las Colinas CC                   80-78--158 +14 
 T74  Vince Bove          Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Co.     80-78--158 +14 
 T76  Clayton Wonnell     Dallas National GC               87-72--159 +15 
 T76  Mike Calef          Eldorado CC                      78-81--159 +15 
 T78  Matt McKee          Royal Oaks CC                    86-74--160 +16 
 T78  Simon Buckle        Brook Hollow GC                  74-86--160 +16 
 T80  Thomas Martin       Green Tree CC                    82-79--161 +17 
 T80  Fredrick Morrison   Luna Vista GC                    81-80--161 +17 
 82   Michael Hurley      Grayson County College GC        85-77--162 +18 
 83   Chris Martinez      The Lakes at Castle Hills        80-83--163 +19 
 T84  Brent Blackburn     Gentle Creek CC                  85-80--165 +21 
 T84  Forrest Bench       Cross Timbers GC                 85-80--165 +21 
 86   Chris Newberry      Stonebridge Ranch -  Dye         86-81--167 +23 
 87   Kris Radford        The Lakes at Castle Hills        83-86--169 +25 
 88   Jonathan Rogers     Hogan Park GC                    85-85--170 +26 
 89   Clif Nelson         Royal Oaks CC                    85-87--172 +28 
 90   Douglas Myer        Watters Creek                    84-90--174 +30 
 91   Ira McGraw          Cedar Crest GC                   90-85--175 +31 


 WD   Ashley Van Straten  Lakewood CC                      +11            
 WD   Andrew Lewis        The Lakes at Castle Hills        +11            
 WD   Brian Blair         Hot Golf, Inc                    +14            
 WD   Britt Patton        Dallas National GC               +16            
 NC   Reid Parrish        River Crest CC                   +12            
 NC   Christian Hughes    The Cliffs Resort                +12            
 NC   Christopher Burke   Bentwood CC                      +16            
 NC   Brooks Muse         Luna Vista GC                    +23            
 NC   Jared Kaplan        PGA Member                       +26            
 NC   Evan Dunkerson      Green Tree CC                    +27

SOURCE: Northern Texas PGA Release