Sainz Jr. claimed the title with a final score of 129 (-15).
KINGWOOD, TEXAS—Carlos Sainz Jr., Teaching Professional at GolfTEC – Upper Kirby, claimed the title at the TPx Communications Championship presented by US Foods, Perry Weather, and PGA TOUR with rounds of 63-66 for a final 36-hole score of 129 (-15).
Sainz Jr. was tied with Ben Kern, PGA Head Professional at Georgetown Country Club coming into today’s final round. During Round Two, he recorded a score of 66 with four birdies on the back nine, securing him the win.
“If you have good weather like today and the wind is not blowing, there’s a lot of birdies to be made, so that’s the mentality I had,” said Sainz. “Obviously, Ben was right there with me, so I tried not to play ‘match play’ right from the start. My goal was to just play golf for the first nine and see where I was at.”
The championship also included a Senior Division where 17 Professionals ages 50 and older played from modified yardage for a separate purse. Omar Uresti, PGA Life Member had a two-day total of 131 to finish the Championship at 13 under-par.
“I hit the ball really well with my irons both days and gave myself a lot of opportunities,” said Uresti “I had some solid rounds of golf. You have to play a little smarter golf on this course than I’m used to playing back home.”
Originally planned as a match play tournament, the TPx Communications Championship was changed to be contested on the 7,058-yard Forest Course at The Clubs of Kingwood as a 36-hole stroke play championship to ensure the safety of participants amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The TPx Communications Championship marks the first major championship for the Southern Texas PGA Section following the postponement of the Spring Classic earlier this year. The Spring Classic will now be the second major championship for the Section and will be played Monday, June 15 - Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas. For full results from this week’s tournament, please click here