Grunewald Joins Crenshaw and Maggert as 3-Time Texas State Open Champion

TYLER, Texas - The scene on the 18th hole today at The Cascades was one for the ages.  Kelly Grunewald from Grand Prairie, Texas had a comfortable three shot lead, and after knocking in a short par putt was greeted by his biggest fans.  Grunewald's two young daughters, Riley, age 7 and Reagan, age 3, ran onto the putting green into the arms of their father, giving everyone by far the best moment of the tournament.  "There was not a better feeling than winning in front of my family and friends, not a better feeling in the world," Grunewald remarked after being handed his third Texas State Open Championship trophy.

Grunewald, the 2002 and 2005 Texas State Open champion, shot rounds of 67-66-63-66 for a tournament total of 262 (18-under par) to add his name to the golf record books by becoming only the third player ever to win the Texas State Open three times.  He joined two well know PGA TOUR players, Ben Crenshaw, who was crowned champion in 1975, 1979 and 1980, and Jeff Maggert, Texas State Open champion in 1988, 1990 and 1994. Letting it all sink in, Grunewald said,  "It's a dream to have a place in history with those two men."

Martin Piller, from Duncanville, Texas and member of the Texas A&M University men's golf team earned top amateur honors and fifth place alone in the Championship by shooting rounds of 67-66-65-70 for a final score 268 (12-under par).

The low round of the day was turned in by Michael Boyd of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who tied The Cascades course record with a 31-32-63.  "This was the best round I've ever played in competition, I just hit putts all day, it's as simple as that," added Boyd after play.

The third hole-in-one of the tournament was turned in from Bruce Smith, head golf professional at Pebble Creek Country Club in College Station, Texas, when his 6-iron found the bottom of the hole on the 194 yard par 3, ninth.  It was Smith's sixth career ace.

The 72-hole stroke play event consists of 156 contestants comprised of 24 amateurs and 134 professionals.  60 players made the cut at 142 (2-over par). 36 players completed the tournament under par.  The top 15 professionals and top three amateur will all gain an exemption into the 2007 Texas State Open at the Cascades.  All four rounds of the Championship were contested at The Cascades a 6,868 yard, par 70 Mark Hayes design, located in Tyler, Texas.  The total purse is $125,055, with $22,500 awarded to the champion, Kelly Grunewald.