Texas native picks up first professional victory
Houston – June 24, 2012 – Prior to the Texas Honing Open, Anthony Broussard already had one trophy with PGA TOUR standout Keegan Bradley’s name on it. Now, he has two.
Broussard of Beaumont broke away from a tight field during the middle stages of the final round and held off Brandon Brown late in the Robert Steele-sponsored event at Sterling Country Club on Sunday en route to his first NGA TOUR victory.
The University of North Texas alumnus carded rounds of 67-70-71-71 for a 9-under 279 total to join Nationwide Tour member Matt Harmon and PGA TOUR major champion Bradley as victors of the prestigious Texas Honing Open.
“I was a Rolex Junior All-American and they gave me a plaque with Keegan’s name on it and my name,” said Broussard. “I’ve got a ways to go to be like Keegan, but it’s nice to be mentioned in that company. When I’m playing well, it does make me think that I could reach that point.”
Broussard, who started the day one shot off the lead, looked as though his first victory would have to wait after he recorded a bogey on No. 1.
“My mom always tells me to stay in the moment,” said Broussard, “and that was my first thought after the bogey. I knew if I stayed in the moment that I could birdie the second hole.”
Broussard rallied back with a birdie at No. 2 and added another at No. 6 to earn a share of the lead. After co-leaders Chris Naegel and M.J. Daffue found the hazard on the eighth hole, Broussard took the outright lead and began to pull away.
Broussard notched birdies at Nos. 9, 12 and 14 to push his lead to three strokes. But first wins never come without a bit of drama, and Broussard had plenty over the final three holes.
A double bogey at No. 16 cut Broussard’s lead down to two strokes over Brandon Brown, who posted a final-round 68 and held the clubhouse lead at 8-under par.
“I was a little nervous,” said Broussard. “But I like that feeling, it means you’re there and have a chance to win.”
Broussard went to the final hole needing a bogey to earn his first win as a professional and did just that, carding a three-putt bogey and edging Brown by a single stroke.
“I struggled all last season and just recently switched swing coaches,” said Broussard. “I’ve gone back to playing the way I did as a kid and I’ve improved rapidly. This win is so rewarding after being in such a low spot. When you’re struggling, you start wondering if you should find a job. When you win, it reaffirms that all the hard work you’re putting in is paying off.”
Literally. Broussard’s win was worth $22,000.
While Brown came up short of his second win of the season, the Shelbyville, Ky., resident’s runner-up finish was worth $11,380 and pushed his season earnings to a Tour-high $86,542. In nine starts in 2012, Brown, a former Eastern Kentucky University standout, has seven top-five finishes. Brown posted rounds of 71-73-68-68 for an 8-under 280 total.
Naegel of Chesterfield, Mo., carded rounds of 72-69-69-71 for a 7-under 281 total and finished T3 with LSU All-American Andrew Loupe of Baton Rouge, La. Loupe posted rounds of 72-70-69-70.
Patrick Lundy of Little River, S.C., and Lamar University alumnus Daffue of Pretoria, South Africa, finished T5 at 6-under par. Lundy shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday, while Daffue carded a 2-over 74.
Derek Rende (71), Daniel Wax (70), Billy Brozovich (71), Kent Bulle (71), Matt Fast (75), Erick Justesen (73), Joseph Harrison (73) and Austin’s Scott Roudebush (72) finished T7 at 5-under par.
After starting the final round with a one-stroke lead, Longview’s Hudson Johnson carded a 5-over 77 on Sunday and fell into a tie for 15th with Cedric Scotto (72) and Crosby’s Dustin Morris (71) at 4-under par.
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