Jacksonville's Shattuck ties for second

Published on Sunday, 18 June 2017 22:00 - Written by PHIL HICKS, phicks@tylerpaper.com

Jacksonville’s Hunter Shattuck finished as runner-up in the 108th Texas Amateur golf tournament at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas.

The fourth and final round was Sunday.

Shattuck, who played at The Brook Hill School, McLennan Community College and Baylor University, tied for second with Brady Purdom of Friendswood and Levi Valadez of San Antonio, all at 278.

Zander Lozano, of Fair Oaks Ranch, won the tourney with a score of 274. The UT San Antonio senior carded rounds of 67, 70, 70 and 67.

Shattuck had rounds of 68, 69, 69 and 72.

Tylerite Aaron Hickman, who played at TCU and is a member at Willow Brook Country Club, tied for ninth with Michael Rome of Austin. Hickman had rounds of 69, 73, 70 and 70 for a 282.

Van’s Logan Lockwood tied for 21st with a 289 (74-70-72-73), while Longview’s Bryce Alley tied for 32nd with a 292 (75-68-78-71). Nacogdoches’ Baxter Ward tied for 40th at 293 (73-74-71-75).

This was Lozano’s third start in the Texas Amateur. He finished tied for 23rd at the 107th edition last year at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, and tied for 41st in 2015 at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas.

Lozano’s name will be etched onto the H.L. Edwards Memorial Trophy alongside the likes of Ben Crenshaw, Charles Coody, Scott Verplank and Mark Brooks.

“It’s an honor,” he said. “It still hasn’t sunk in yet. I can say that this was one of the best-run championships I’ve ever played in, though. All of the TGA events are.”

Celebrating its 105th anniversary this year, Lakewood has now hosted three Texas Amateurs. Lozano joins Chip Carter (2000) and Ray Kenny (1942) as Texas Amateur champions at Lakewood, a true shot-maker’s course with a reputation for immaculate conditions and superfast greens.

Originally designed by Tom Bendelow in 1912, Ralph Plummer renovated Lakewood in 1947. That was three years after Byron Nelson won the Texas Victory Open by 10 shots. That tournament is known today as the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. In 1995 and again in 2014, the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw remodeled the course.

The 109th Texas Amateur heads south to Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity.