By: Tim Andrzejewski (email@example.com)
HOUSTON, Texas -- Coming off one of the most impressive seasons in Rice history, former Owl Mitchell Meissner continued his strong play, capturing the 109th Texas Amateur, played at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity.
The San Antonio native opened the 72-hole event with a one-over par 73 on Thursday. Meissner then shot a two-under 70 in the second round to make the cut. He followed that with a 71 in the third round, highlighted by an eagle on the par-five 12th hole to enter the final round three shots off the lead.
The first team All-Conference USA member began the final day with a bogey on the third hole. After four straight pars, Meissner stepped up his play. He birdied the eighth hole to make the turn at even par. After a birdie on the 10th hole, he parred the next three. Meissner then birdied 14 and closed the day with birdies on 17 and 18 to cruise to a three shot victory by posting a 68, the low round of the tournament.
"It's pretty big," said Meissner. "It's a tournament that I've always dreamed of winning. I've played in a few before, including at my home club in San Antonio. I put a lot of pressure on myself to win that one and I didn't. But I played really well. I was confident in my game. I've had a pretty good run recently and it's going to be huge with me trying to pursue a professional career."
Meissner, who capped off his Rice career last month winning the Conference USA Championship and tying for eighth at the NCAA Bryan Regional, finished with a six-under par 282, three strokes in front of second-place Levi Valadez.
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