Texas wins USGA Men's State Team

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

Texas captured a record-fourth United States Golf Association Men’s State Team Championship Thursday, posting a total score of 4-under-par 428 to edge Florida by three strokes at the par-72, 6,891-yard Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind.

Iowa, the runner-up in 2012, finished third with a score of 2-over 434.

The Men’s State Team Championship consists of 54 holes of stroke play, with the two lowest of three individual scores counting as the team total for the round. The team with the lowest aggregate score following the final round is the champion.

The championship is conducted biennially by the USGA. The men’s and women’s competitions are held in alternating years. Each state is responsible for selecting its team and the players must reside in that state to be eligible. All 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are represented in the 2014 field.

Louisiana and Puerto Rico tied for fifth with scores of 5-over 437. Louisiana was led by Brandon Aydlett, who earned the championship’s individual medalist honors with a 54-hole total of 3-under 216.

Brad Valois of Rhode Island posted the low 18-hole score of the championship Thursday. Valois made five consecutive birdies at one point during his round en route to a 5-under 67. The strong performance propelled his team to a tie for eighth place.

Illinois was seventh with a 438, including a 141 in the second round.