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The Woodlands' Alex Papayoanou becomes youngest winner of city amateur golf championship

Houston Chronicle 9/26/2022 Richard Dean, Correspondent
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Alex Papayoanou shot 18-under-par over four rounds for a runaway six-shot win in the Greater Houston City Amateur Golf Championship at Gus Wortham Golf Course. Garrett Driver, who shot a course-record 8-under 62 in Sunday’s third round, finished second. Two-time winner John Hunter closed strong to place third at 7 under.

Papayoanou, a 17-year-old senior at The Woodlands, put together rounds of 68 and 67 on Friday and Saturday before firing 63 and 64, that totaled 14 birdies, over Sunday’s final two rounds. The UCLA commit is the youngest winner of the tournament, conducted by the Houston Golf Association.

“I definitely knew I could do it coming into the week, but to be able to do it like I wanted, and to do it by so much, feels great,” Papayoanou said. “A lot of people like to chase, but I’d rather stay ahead. I didn’t look at the leaderboard once until I was on 18.”

A former college golfer at Sam Houston and product of Humble High School, the 33-year-old Driver had not played Gus Wortham until Monday. Driver, who has finished runner-up twice in the Texas State Amateur, carded rounds of 68-70-62-68.

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