The IOS FUTURES Golf Classic was played in El Paso over the weekend. The Futures Tour, of course, is the developmental tour for the LPGA. The winner in a playoff was Kyeong Bae of South Korea at 5-under 211.
The Futures Tour is getting much more interest this year due to "The Big Break III," the Golf Channel's "reality golf" series. The series just concluded its 10-episode run, and several of the women who competed are playing the Futures Tour. One of them played in El Paso: Jan Dowling finished at 225 to tie for 55th place.
The previous week the Futures Tour was in McAllen, and the McAllen Monitor's wrapup of the event says that it contributed more than $300,000 to the local economy. Does that figure surprise you? It surprised me.