Steamboat golf pro’s brother wins 1st tournament

Golfer Andy Matthews takes No. 1 spot at Canadian tour event in Mexico

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— Talking to Scott Matthews on Friday, there was a sense of pride and relief.

Matthews’ brother, Andy Matthews, won his first Canadian Professional Golf Tour event April 17 at the Corona Mazatlan Mexican PGA Championship, carding a four-day total of 16-under par.

Scott, the first assistant pro at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs, said he was glued to Internet updates all weekend.

“The first couple of days, we were only getting nine-hole updates,” Scott said. “It was crazy on Sunday. It seemed like everyone else’s score was posting regularly. Their group was like three or four holes behind.”

The win came on the heels of a gut-wrenching loss last year at the same tournament.

Last year, Andy Matthews three-putted the 72nd hole to make bogey and put him in a playoff. On the first playoff hole, No. 18, Andy hit his drive left and into a tree. The ball never came down, and Andy lost the playoff.

Andy started the final day of the Mexican PGA Cham­pionship a shot behind third-round leader Oscar Serna. He was in a group of four players near the lead before the back nine. Andy made birdies at 10, 12 and 14 to take a one-shot lead over Serna.

He made a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 15 to help him shoot a 4-under par 68 to wrap up title.

When he got to the final hole, Andy Matthews put away the driver, hit 3-wood down the middle of the fairway and tapped in a par putt for his first win.

“I kept refreshing from hole to hole,” Scott Matthews said. “You certainly agonize from birdie to bogey with him. It was a little frustrating with the lag, but it’s exciting.”

Andy Matthews made two PGA events this season and is expected to try to earn his tour card at Qualifying School again this year.

Golfers compete at Qualifying School to try to earn their tour card for the next year. There are four stages of Qualifying School, with the top 25 players earning a tour card.

Last year at Qualifying School, Andy Matthews made it through the first two stages, before a rough back nine at a tournament in stage three left him off the list.

Scott Matthews said he gets to see Andy play about once a year. Because of scheduling conflicts, the brothers don’t see each other often, but Scott said he expects that to change.

Scott had caddied for Andy, and he said he hopes to do more of that in the future.

Andy Matthews again will try at Qualifying School.

“Hopefully, we’ll hook up here somewhere down the road,” Scott said. “He’s a great kid who has worked really hard. He’s got a lot of people rooting for him. All my friends follow him on a regular basis. It’s great to know he has that much support.”

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