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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Austin City Golf Championship

Photographing golf can be difficult. I love to play golf, but it’s not one of my favorite sports to photograph. Usually I’m looking for a telling moment at the end of the given tournament when the winner is celebrating or when the loser gives up the championship on the last hole. On Sunday, I followed the final pairing for their entire 18 holes. After getting a few standard shots of all the players, I got creative and looked for some interesting shots. I was especially drawn to the golf course’s openness (lack of trees around the holes) and the sky dotted with clouds.

Brenden Redfern watches a tee shot during the final round of the Austin City Golf Championship at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010. Redfern held the lead for most of the day in the final group, but lost by one stroke.

Brenden Redfern watches a tee shot during the final round of the Austin City Golf Championship at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010. Redfern held the lead for most of the day in the final group, but lost by one stroke.

Kody King watches as his tee shot heads down the left side of the fairway on the 10th hole of the Austin City Golf Championship final round at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010. King's tee shot found a water hazard.

Kody King watches as his tee shot heads down the left side of the fairway on the 10th hole of the Austin City Golf Championship final round at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010. King's tee shot found a water hazard.

Kody King, middle, hits a second shot from the fairway during the final round of the Austin City Golf Championship at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010.

Kody King, middle, hits a second shot from the fairway during the final round of the Austin City Golf Championship at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010.

Brenden Redfern watches a tee shot during the final round of the Austin City Golf Championship  at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010. Redfern held the lead for most of the day in the final group, but lost by one stroke.

Brenden Redfern watches a tee shot during the final round of the Austin City Golf Championship at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010. Redfern held the lead for most of the day in the final group, but lost by one stroke.

Two spectators watch as members of the final group putt a green during the final round of the Austin City Golf Championship at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010.

Two spectators watch as members of the final group putt a green during the final round of the Austin City Golf Championship at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010.

Matt Wernecke blasts out of the sand on the 18th hole during the final round of the Austin City Golf Championship at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010. Wernecke was able to save par on the hole, securing a one-stroke victory over Brenden Redfern.

Matt Wernecke blasts out of the sand on the 18th hole during the final round of the Austin City Golf Championship at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010. Wernecke was able to save par on the hole, securing a one-stroke victory over Brenden Redfern.

Brenden Redfern watches a tee shot during the final round of the Austin City Golf Championship at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010. Redfern held the lead for most of the day in the final group, but lost by one stroke.

Brenden Redfern watches a tee shot during the final round of the Austin City Golf Championship at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010. Redfern held the lead for most of the day in the final group, but lost by one stroke.

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