Clayton King successfully defended his tournament title as he defeated Edward Treviño, four and two, in the title match of the 72nd-annual Uvalde Fourth of July golf classic Sunday afternoon.
Going into the 16th hole of the match, King held a three-hole lead.
Treviño needed to win the final three holes of the match to pull even with King.
Treviño’s second shot left his ball approximately 20 feet from the green, while King’s second shot placed his ball on the green approximately 20 feet from the cup.
Treviño needed a perfect third shot to give him a chance at winning the hole, but he overshot the cup and King wound up winning the hole and the match.
“I got off to a good start in the match, but Edward made things difficult for me as he played very well on the back nine,” said King, following the match.
“No one knows this golf course better than Edward Treviño. He has won this tournament more times than anyone else. Edward is a great golfer and a terrific competitor,” said King. “I had to control my game and play in control to win the match today.
“It feels great to win the tournament again. That was my goal coming into the tournament,” said King. “For the most part, I played pretty consistent golf. I made only two bogeys this weekend.
“This year’s tournament was different from last year in that this year I was expected to play well as the defending champion,” said King. “There was much more pressure going into the tournament, but I liked the challenge.”
King defeated his first two opponents of the tournament, Brian Kimble and Bert Aguilar, by identical scores of five and four.
“Brian and Bert are good golfers,” said King. “They played well.”
Edward Treviño downed Brian Dishman in the first round of the tourney.
Treviño drew a bye in the second round as Jon Maxey withdrew from the tourney because of a family emergency.
Maxey bested Cody Cruz in a first-round match.
Bert Aguilar claimed third place. He beat Johnny Cruz, before losing to Clayton King in the second round.
Brian Dishman edged Brian Kimble in the championship flight consolation match.
Gene Buckner won the first flight of the golf tournament. He bested Jack Matthiessen.
Roy P. Torres placed third, while Ernest Garza II captured the flight consolation title.
J.R. Costilla won the second flight. He finished ahead of Art Moreno.
Juan DeLeon claimed third place and T.J. Treviño won consolation honors.
Johnny Hernandez finished first in the third flight, while Adam Coronado took runner-up honors.
Roy Luevano Jr. won third place and Gilbert Sandoval was the consolation winner.
Roy S. Torres was the first-place winner of the fourth flight.
Tommy Reel finished second, Bryan Hernandez placed third, and Adam Cruz won consolation.
Juan Moncova captured first place in the fifth flight of the tourney.
Travis Hall took second place, Albert Hernandez won third place, and Torivio Guerrero won the consolation title.
Larry Leach, the acting course director, thanked everyone involved in making this year’s golf tournament a success.
“My thanks go out to everyone for making this year’s tournament successful, especially to our staff here at the golf course. They did a great job of getting the course ready and in making the tournament run smoothly,” said Leach.
“Thanks go to all the golfers. We had some great matches played on all three days of the tournament,” said Leach. “We hope everyone had a fun tournament and we hope to see everyone back here for the tournament next year!”