Greater HoustonCity Amateur Schroedermakes it look easy in victory
Playing good competitive golf of late, Grant Schroeder is re-assessing his career. The dog trainer is an accomplished amateur on the links and is thinking of putting into motion a move to the professional ranks.
On Sunday at Memorial Park Golf Course, the 26-year-old Montgomery resident claimed the 2018 Greater Houston City Amateur Championship, beating runner-up Justin Kaplan of Houston by two strokes.
“I would love to give (pro golf) a try,” said Schroeder, who completed the rain-shortened 54-hole tournament at 7-under-par 206, including a bogey-free final-round 67.
“If it doesn’t work out, coming back to amateur status is a little tough with a wait period. I haven’t got a schedule set, but that’s what I would like to do.”
Schroeder played like a pro Sunday, overtaking Kaplan and defending champion Devaughn Robinson, who finished third at 4-under 209.
Kaplan and Robinson began the third and final round atop the leader board at 4 under, a shot ahead of Schroeder, who plays out of High Meadow Ranch.
“I know how good a player Grant is,” Robinson said. “He’s quiet and his game is steady. When I play in tournaments, every time I look at a leader board, he’s near the top.”
Schroeder, who finished third at this event in 2016, shot 68 and 71 over his first two rounds and relied on his strong play off the tee as well as being dialed in with his irons.
“I like this course, it sets up longer players,” Schroeder said.
“It was really long for being so wet. I feel I can always win when I come out. That’s the mindset I like to have. I played well already in this tournament, so I felt like I could do it.”
Schroeder’s win added to the family’s total. His father Ron is a five-time winner of the Houston city amateur.
“My dad’s won it quite a bit, and it feels good to win something he’s won, to follow in his footsteps a bit,” Schroeder said.
For the second consecutive year and third time, Kaplan finished second in the city amteur.
In 2017, he lost in a one-hole playoff to Robinson. On Sunday, Kaplan and Robinson made up the final twosome, just one pairing behind Schroeder, who partnered with The Woodlands’ John Hunter, the 2014 champion who placed fourth at 2-under 211.
Todd Albert, who shot a 66 on Friday to take a two-shot lead after the opening round, finished fifth at even-par 213.
Kaplan, the 2017 Carlton Woods Invitational winner, had rounds of 70-68-70.
“I didn’t play my best, not having my best stuff all week,” Kaplan said. “I gave it a try.”
Conducted by the Houston Golf Association, the scheduled 72-hole tournament was reduced to three rounds because of rain Saturday that suspended the second round, which was completed Sunday morning.
Schroeder came out to finish his final six holes of the second round Sunday, going 1-under in that stretch.