MONTGOMERY — Tyler’s Cal Clyde will play for the 2012 Texas State Public Links Golf Championship Sunday at Woodforest Golf Club.
Clyde, a Grace Community School graduate, will meet defending champion Michael Smith of Cedar Park. The match is 18-holes and is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m.
Clyde, who played his freshman year of college golf at Dallas Baptist University and then transferred to play at Texarkana College, won two matches on Saturday, upsetting No. 1 seed seed Stanton Tondre, of Castroville, in the quarterfinals, 2 and 1.
He then played Spring’s Cash Wilkerson, who defeated Fort Worth’s Robert Perry 3 and 1 in the quarters.
In the semifinals, Clyde took a commanding 3 up lead against Wilkerson through nine holes and the Tylerite cruised to the 4 and 3 victory.
Smith, a Stephen F. Austin golfer, won his quarterfinals match over Tyler Gann of Houston. It was a rematch of last year’s semifinal match. Gann, who won his rounds of 32 and 16 with convincing 7 and 6 margins, matched Smith shot for shot as they battled their way through 17 holes all square. Smith was able to make a 13-foot putt to put the pressure on Gann, who was unable to match his putt. Smith advanced to the afternoon with a 1 up win.
The final match of the quarterfinals saw Mansfield’s Mitchell McLeroy defeat Christopher Wheeler, of Carrollton. McLeroy advanced with a 2 and 1 win to face Smith.
The second match of the semifinals was one that went beyond the championship — Smith and McLeroy are not only teammates at SFA, but they also happen to be roommates and best friends. McLeroy was able to make the turn with a 2 up lead, only to see the match come back to all square through 14 holes. Smith, who was 1 up heading into the 18th hole, was not able to match McLeroy’s par, leading to extra holes. McLeroy conceded the match when his par putt missed the hole, allowing Smith to advance to Sunday’s final match with a win on the 19th hole.