Dramatic finishes spark third round of Sand Creek Championships

Mark Schnabel
The Kansan
Michael Perras of Pasadena, Texas, shot a 65 in the third round of the All Pro Tour Sand Creek Championships. Perras holds a one-stroke lead going into the final round of play.

A dramatic birdie on the 18th hole at Sand Creek Station to stay in the lead was followed by an even more dramatic eagle to stay in contention is how play ended Thursday in the third round of the All Pro Tour Sand Creek Championships.

Michael Perras of Pasadena, Texas, chipped in from about 10 feet out for a birdie to take the lead of the tournament at 200. In the final group of play, Andrew Presley of Fort Worth hit an eagle on 18 to get within a stroke of the lead. Brandon McIver of Billings, Mont., also is tied for second at 201.

Perras shot a 65 in the third round, the low score of the day. Presley, who led after each of the first two rounds, shot a 70. McIver finished the day at 68.

Andrew Presley of Fort Worth looks over a putt during third round play at the APT Sand Creek Championships. Presley is tied for second, one stroke out of the lead.
With one round left to play, Brandon McIver of Billings, Mont., is one stroke out of the lead at the APT Sand Creek Championships.

“That was a good finish,” Perras said. “I missed a few short putts today. I made my fair share, but that was a good finish. I definitely moved my way up, played solid and put myself in position to do well tomorrow. … I just have to play a good round, keeping the ball on the fairway.”

Perras is a graduate of the University of Houston. He has been playing professionally for three years.

“Things have been good,” Perras said. “I’ve played a little bit in China in the PGA China. I played on the Central American tour and I’ve played quite a few events on the APT tour. I enjoyed it.”

Perras said he’s playing his first tournament at Sand Creek Station.

“I love it,” he said. “It’s in really good condition. It has a good layout. It’s been really fun. Every one’s been very friendly.”

Mitchell Meissner of San Antonio takes a shot during the APT Sand Creek Championships. Meissner is tied for eighth, six shots off the lead.
Austin Jordan of Benbrook, Texas, sinks a putt during third-round play of the APT Sand Creek Championships. Jordan is tied for 13th.

McIver had a rough patch in the middle of his round. After a double bogey on 12, he birdied 14, eagled 16 and birdied 18 to get within a stroke of the lead.

“I knew there were some good holes coming in,” McIver said. “The wind was switching on the last holes, and I was able to capitalize on that. That was a major bonus for today. I just have to do the same thing (Friday). Things can change a lot in a hurry on this course in a short span of holes. You have to keep the ball in play.”

McIver entered the tournament in second place on the APT money list. A University of Oregon player from Billings, Mont., he is a five-year pro currently based out of the Dallas area.

“It feels good,” McIver said. “Tomorrow will be a good opportunity. I think the wind might be up a hair, but I like that. It separates the field when the wind is up. You just go play the best you can.”

Presley had three bogeys on the back nine, but the eagle on 18 put him back in contention.

“I lost a little steam in the middle of the round,” Presley said. “The speed of my putts wasn’t very good. I had a couple of three putts. I finished good on 18. I hit a driver and had about 118, 119 yards to play. I hit a pitching wedge over the pin, but it rolled back and ended up going in. I’m right where I want to be. One back is a good spot.”

Jack Thompson of Adelaide, Australia competes in the third round of the APT Sand Creek Championships. Thompson is tied for 10th.

A player from Louisiana State and Texas Christian, Presley has been playing professionally for four years, but he is back after taking a year off.

“I went to work at a financial group in Fort Worth,” Presley said. “I came back after a year. … When I was at work, I was thinking about golf and when I was playing golf, I was thinking about work. I talked to a lot of people who knew my situation. This was probably the better option for me.”

Marcos Montenegro of Buenos Aries, Logan McCracken of Oklahoma City, and Jeff Wibana, all tied for fourth at 204.

APT Sand Creek Championship

Round 3

Thursday

Sand Creek Station

Par 72, 7,339 yards

1. Michael Perras, Pasadena, TX 66-69-65—200

T2. Andrew Presley, Ft. Worth 64-67-70—201

T2. Brandon McIver, Billings, MT 68-65-68—201

T4. Marcos Montenegro, Buenos Aires, Argentina 71-67-66—204

T4. Logan McCracken, Oklahoma City 68-69-67—204

T4. Jeff Wibawa, Houston 67-70-67—204

7. Myles Creighton, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 67-68-70—205

T8. Brendon Jelley, Tulsa, OK 65-70-71—206

T8. Mitchell Meissner, San Antonio 68-66-72—206

T10. Chris Naegel, Wildwood, MO 70-71-66—207

T10. Gage Ihrig, Goodland 66-74-67—207

T10. Jack Thompson, Adelaide, Australia 67-68-72—207

T13. Garrett May, Carrollton, TX 71-70-67—208

T13. Ryan Wallen, Blaine, WA 74-66-68—208

T13. Brian Dwyer, Southlake, TX 68-70-70—208

T13. Grant Schroeder, Montgomery, TX 70-68-70—208

T13. Zach James, Whitesboro, TX 72-66-70—208

T13. Sam Stevens, Fort Worth 69-69-70—208

T13. Sam Lee, Fiji 72-65-71—208

T13. Wells Padgett, Wichita 70-68-70—208

T13. Peyton Wilhoit, North Little Rock, AR 71-65-72—208

T13. Austin Jordan, Benbrook, TX 65-70-73—208

T23. Jacob Solomon, Auburn, AL 69-72-68—209

T23. Jack Ireland, The Woodlands, TX 68-72-69—209

T23. Matt Echelmeier, Columbia, MO 71-69-69—209

T23. Taylor Bibbs, Dallas 68-72-69—209

T23. Callum McNeill, Hockley, TX 70-69-70—209

T23. Jeff Burton, Scottsdale, AZ 67-72-70—209

T23. Tyson Reeder, Edmond, OK 68-71-70—209

T23. Bobby Hudson, Dallas 67-71-71—209

T23. Rob Hudson, Dallas 67-69-73—209

T32. Steven Kupcho, Westminster, CO 70-71-69—210

T32. Zach Bauchou, Forest, VA 72-69-69—210

T32. Dan Erickson, Berthoud, CO 71-69-70—210

T32. Charlie Hillier, New Zealand 70-70-70—210

T36. Chris Korte, Littleton, CO 71-70-70—211

T36. Trent Whitekiller, Sallisaw, OK 69-72-70—211

T36. Noah Hofman, McCook, NE 70-70-71—211

39. Jake McCrory, Deer Park, TX 70-70-72—212

T40. Brandon Smith, Frisco, TX 69-71-73—213

T40. David Micheluzzi, Melbourne, Australia 68-72-73—213

T40. Blaine Hale, Dallas 72-68-73—213

T40. William Buhl, Fayetteville, AR 70-70-73—213

T40. John Hill, San Antonio 70-69-74—213

T45. David Laskin, Gilbert, AZ 71-70-73—214

T45. Matt Mabrey, Sand Springs, OK-71-70-73—214

T45. Cooper Dossey, Austin 72-69-73—214

T48. Riley Casey, Abilene, TX 71-69-75—215

T48. Matthew Cheung, Hong Kong 68-71-76—215

50. Jake Hendrix, Austin 71-68-77—216

Mark Schnabel can be reached at mschnabel@thekansan.com