Texas golfer wins Mesquite Amateur tournament in playoff

MESQUITE, Nev. — It was a hard-fought win. After the final 18 holes were played, it took a playoff hole to decide the winner of the Mesquite Amateur golf tournament Friday at the CasaBlanca Golf Course in Mesquite.

Texan Jim Wilson holds his trophy after winning the Mesquite Amateur golf tournament, Mesquite, Nevada, Friday, May 29, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
Texan Jim Wilson holds his trophy after winning the Mesquite Amateur golf tournament, Mesquite, Nevada, Friday, May 29, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

The three-day tournament, which attracted golfers from around the United States, saw a Texan and a Washingtonian end up tied after regulation.

But 72-year-old Jim Wilson of Montgomery, Texas, outlasted Bob LaPlante of Maple Valley, Wash., by firing a bogey-5 on the first playoff hole, when LaPlante muffed his second shot and had to settle for a double bogey 6. Wilson and LaPlante were tied at the end of regulation, both men carding a net 65 after handicap. Wilson was pleased.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “We had a wonderful time. Everything is so well-arranged and well put-together. It was just a real treat.”

Jack Seiberlich of Gold Canyon, Ariz., took low gross score by turning in a 3-over-par 75 at the end of the championship round. He said he’d never played this tournament before.

“Fantastic,” Seiberlich said. “The weather was beautiful.”

The CasaBlanca Golf Course during the final round of the Mesquite Amateur Golf Tournament, Mesquite, Nevada, May 29, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
The CasaBlanca Golf Course during the final round of the Mesquite Amateur Golf Tournament, Mesquite, Nevada, May 29, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

Christian Adderson, corporate sales manager of Mesquite Gaming, was the tournament director this year.

“We couldn’t be happier,” Adderson said, moments after the awards were handed out. “We’ve gotten great feedback from the players as far as their experience with it, and with the help of great volunteers and great sponsors, we had a great event.”

Mesquite Gaming, owners of the CasaBlanca and Virgin River resorts in Mesquite, were the main sponsors of the 54-hole event. Joining them as sponsors were the Mesquite Resort Association, Golf Mesquite Nevada, the City of Mesquite, Southern Wine and Spirits and golf equipment manufacturers Taylor Made and Calloway.

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1 Comment

  • Bowlinggreen123 May 30, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    79 with a 14 handicap? Better get the vacuum out to get all that sand he leaves behind. Oh wait it was the best round of his life. 🙁

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