Robert Gwin wins 40th Texas State Open

By Coleman Swierc - bio | email

TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) - Robert Gwin of Montgomery captured the 40th Chesapeake Energy Texas State Open with rounds of 66-65-68-66 for a four-round total 15-under par, 265.

With solid rounds of golf all week, Gwin made six birdies and two bogeys during the final round to capture the Championship.

Gwin played college golf at Sam Houston State University and currently has conditional status on the Nationwide Tour.  Gwin will take home a check for $26,000.00 for his first place win.

"Looking at the past champions, and knowing that my name is going to be on there with them is a real honor," said Gwin.

Trailing one shot behind in second place was Bobby Massa of Grand Prairie who was competing in his first event as a professional with rounds of 70-65-63-68 for a 14-under par, 266. 

Massa, who was in the hunt all day, bogeyed the 72nd hole.

A par would have forced a sudden death playoff.

"When he it the putt for par, I thought he had made it," said Gwin, "And when it lipped out, I just had a rush of emotions, it took me some time to calm down a bit."

Tied for third place was Bryan Baker of Tyler, Matthew Rosenfeld of Plano and Jeremy Alcorn of Irving with a 13-under par, 267. 

In sixth was Joseph Totah of Palestine with a total of 12-under par, 268.

Blaine Weiterman of Overton shot five-under par, 275 to claim the low amateur title.

Weiterman played at Tyler Junior College for two years and is currently playing golf for Sam Houston State University. 

He qualified for the Texas State Open at the Second Chance Qualifier held at The Cascades Club on July, 6.

"I came from a small 1A school," said Weiterman, "So we did not have a lot going for us, but to come out and play with a field of really good players, it feels really, really good."

The 72-hole stroke play event consisted of 144 contestants. 51 professionals and 6 amateurs survived the 141 (+1) cut after 36-holes.

All four rounds were contested at The Cascades, a 6,918 yard, par 70 layout located in Tyler.

The total purse was $135,000.00 with $26,000.00 awarded to Gwin.

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