Thursday, April 27, 2006

More Sports Sponsorships

Responding to my post a couple places below about Ryan Palmer's sponsorship deal with the Dallas Cowboys, a couple commenters pointed out similar deals. First, one reminded me that Ben Curtis currently has a similar deal to the one Payne Stewart had with the NFL, wearing team colors depending on the market.

The second pointed out that LPGA golfer Candie Kung has a deal with Tom Hicks, owner of the Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers. That deal is detailed in an interesting column in the Dallas Morning News (you might need to visit bugmenot.com to get login info).

Kung was born in Taiwan, grew up in California, attended the University of Southern California, and now lives in Frisco. Her instructor also helps Hicks with his game, and introduced Kung and Hicks. Kung attended a few Stars and Rangers game and struck up a friendship with Hicks.

Her instructor, Adam Schriber, also works with Hicks. Kung met Hicks at a Stars game, got hooked on hockey and became friends with the powerful Dallas businessman after trading e-mails. She learned to carve Halloween pumpkins at
the Hicks household.

Soon, Kung - a multiple winner on the LPGA - and Hicks had formed a business arrangement, and the sponsorship deal grew out of that. Sponsorship deals of this sort are rare on the LPGA Tour, so bully for Kung.

Kung will display Stars logos on her shirts and bag during the NHL season. When hockey season ends, she'll switch to Rangers logos.

Del Rio Development Draws Fire

Another proposed golf course is the subject of citizen protests, only this time it's the surrounding development, not the course itself, driving the opposition; and it's not environmental concerns that underly that opposition.

This project is in Del Rio, and it's a proposed Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) development, approved by the city council earlier this month in a 4-3 vote, that would cover 3,100 acres and include more than 4,000 homes, nearly half a million square feet of retail space, a business park covering 1 million square feet, and 4 million square feet of industrial use space. Oh, and a public golf course.

The TIRZ means the city of Del Rio would not collect property tax revenue from the project. Insteat, property taxes would go back into the project for 25 years, to be invested in infrastructure. That's an amount estimated at $80 million-$130 million.

But it's not even that corporate welfare that has Del Rio citizens up in arms. What they are worried about is that the development might scare the Air Force out of town.

The Air Force's massive Laughlin AFB is the main economic generator in town. And the proposed development would share a fenceline with the base, which has always been surrounded by nothing but empty fields.

Many Del Rioans showed up at a public hearing Wednesday wearing "Save Laughlin" buttons. So that concern must be real among residents. What I haven't seen explained, however, is why the Air Force would care that a development is opening next door. Perhaps they are concerned about the potential of citizens committees to form in the future and protest the noise from jet fighters flying overhead (notice to anyone who moves into the development: do you really want to live next door to a huge air base?). Maybe they have security concerns.

One article on the project said that the Laughlin AFB officials have not taken a public position on the proposed development. Another said that initial Air Force concerns over the deal have been addressed.

So whether Del Rio gets its second public golf course (its third overall) is a question that will probably be lingering for a while.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

America's Golfer?

Payne Stewart once had an endorsement deal with the NFL. He wore team colors and, if memory serves, sometimes a team logo based on where PGA Tour events were held. For example, for the Western Open near Chicago he'd wear Chicago Bears colors.

Now we have a golfer with an endorsement deal from an individual team. The golfer is Ryan Palmer and the team is the Dallas Cowboys.

Palmer, an Amarillo native, has signed a deal to make personal appearances on behalf of the Cowboys. He'll wear the Blue Star logo on his shirt for all tournaments in Texas, and will also carry the name of Cowboys Golf Club on his bag for those events (Cowboys Golf Club is owned largely by Jerry Jones).

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Verdict on New Houston Open Home: So-So

Here's a wrapup of the Shell Houston Open from The Associated Press in which the focus is on the reaction of the players to the new Tournament Course at Redstone. And what was that reaction? Vijay Singh was very critical, Bob Estes was mildly critical, John Daly was mildly approving. Overall, the PGA Tour players don't seem too impressed with the layout.

Monday, April 24, 2006

FedEx Kinko's Classic in Austin

The Champions Tour is in Austin this week for the FedEx Kinko's Classic at The Hills Country Club.

Qualifying took place on Monday at Barton Creek's Palmer Lakeside Course, with two spots in the field up for grabs. Those spots went to Mitch Adcock and Doug Johnson, both of whom fired 64s.

The tournament tees off Friday morning. Jim Thorpe is the defending champion. The Golf Channel is televising all three rounds, 4-6:30 p.m. each day.

Check out the tournament page on PGATour.com for more details and for live scoring once the tourney begins.

Futures Tour Report

The first tournament of The Futures Tour's three-week Texas swing wrapped up Sunday at The Trails of Frisco, with South Korean Hye Jung Choi earning her first professional victory in the U.S.

The highest-placing Texan was former University of Texas standout Randi Meadows of San Antonio in 28th place.

Probably the two biggest names in the field in Frisco last week were the (unrelated) Park girls - In-Bee from Las Vegas and Angela from Torrance, Calif. These two terrific teens recently turned pro. Both have come close to winning on the LPGA already, and both should be playing full-time on the LPGA next year (qualifying either through the Futures Tour or through LPGA Q-School). The Park girls are part of the wave of fantastic young female golfers that includes Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel, and the Futures Tour is a great chance to catch them without any big crowds around.

Next up on the Futures Tour's Texas swing is the Jalapeno Futures Golf Classic at Palm View Golf Course in McAllen, this Friday through Sunday.

Angela Park and In-Bee Park are both playing, along with several of "The Big Break V" contestants.

NOTE: Thanks to reader Dave for pointing out an error. I originally had Meadows attending Texas A&M. As Dave pointed out in comments, Meadows is actually a UT grad. My apologies to Longhorns everywhere.

New Austin Golf Blog

If you're interested primarily (or only) in the Austin golf scene, check out Backspin. It's the new blog on the Web site of the Austin American-Stateman written by Kevin Robbins, one of the Statesman's golf writers.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Names from the Houston Open

A few names jumped out at me while looking over the first-round results from the Shell Houston Open this morning:

Phil Blackmar, 76
The Corpus Christi native is nearing Champions Tour age, and spends most of his time these days as a television analyst for USA Network's golf coverage, or in his role as the PGA Tour's liaison to its players. But he still plays one tournament a year, the Shell Houston Open.

And way not? This event is one of the three Blackmar won in his PGA Tour career. Blackmar won the Houston Open in 1997 (his other wins coming at the 1985 Greater Hartford Open and 1988 Provident Classic).

Lonny Alexander, 73
Lonny Alexander is a club professional. He wasn't one of the four golfers who gained entry to the tournament through Monday qualifying, so I'm guessing he got in through a sponsor's exemption.

Alexander spent many years as one of the two pros at Sundance Golf Course and Driving Range in New Braunfels, which was long considered one of the best practice facilities - with one of the best junior programs - in the country before it closed last year.

After Sundance closed, Alexander moved on to the Onion Creek Club in Austin, where he runs the club's School of Golf programs. And he's definitely got game - he played in last year's PGA of America Club Professionals Championship (CPC).

Jimmy Walker, 71
Walker, a Cibolo native playing out of San Antonio's Oak Hill Country Club, has so far had a snakebitten PGA Tour career.

Big things were expected from Walker after he won the Nationwide Tour money title in 2004. He instructor told me he expected Walker to be a Top 5 player in the world within a couple years.

But in his very first tournament of 2005, he suffered a neck injury that lingered throughout the year. His rookie season on Tour wasn't what he'd hoped for: because of the injury, he played only nine events (none after May), making the cut in just three of them.

The injury didn't heal until late in the year, and in 2006 Walker is playing on a medical exemption that gives him a spot in 20 tournaments. He's played in seven of those 20 tournaments to this point, with three cuts.

Walker says the biggest problem he's having so far this year is course management - a few bad decisions have led to big numbers on some holes, big numbers that cost him the cut a few times. The San Antonio newspaper had an article about Walker's struggles and his outlook before the start of the Houston Open.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Houston Open + Futures Tour

The Shell Houston Open isn't the only pro golf in Texas this week. Friday marks the start of a three-week swing through Texas by the Futures Tour, the LPGA's equivalent to the Nationwide Tour.

First up, though is the Houston Open, which is under way on the Tournament Course at Redstone Golf Club in Humble. Vijay Singh is the defending champion. If you're not able to stroll the course in Houston this week, you can follow play on the event's tournament page on PGATour.com, which includes live scoring.

The Houston Open will be televised on USA Network today and Friday (3-5 p.m. each day), and on CBS Saturday and Sunday (2-5 p.m. each day). It's also being broadcast on XM radio, channel 146, daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

The Futures Tour's three-stop swing through Texas begins on Friday in Frisco. Here's the Texas schedule:


You can click on those Futures Tour links to get info about tickets, fields and tee times.

There should be a little more fan interest in these Futures Tour stops because of the success of "The Big Break V" on The Golf Channel, and that series' competitors on the Futures Tour. Series participants Becky Lucidi, Jeanne Cho, Ashley Prange, Dana Lacey, Kristina Tucker and Katie Ruhe are all expected to compete. Prange has already won once on the Futures Tour this year.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Texan Wins World Blind Golf Championship

That Texan is Bruce Hooper, a 59-year-old who lives in San Antonio and has won numerous state, regional and national championships in blind golf. Now, he's added the World Blind Golf Championship, played in Japan, to his list of achievements.

From the San Antonio Express-News:

San Antonio's Bruce Hooper, with his wife, Judy, serving as coach and caddie, fired rounds of 80 and 82 to capture the championship at last week's 2006 World Blind Golf Championship at Shizuoka, Japan.

The world title is Hooper's first and adds to a career that includes titles at the North American and U.S. levels. The 59-year-old also was part of the triumphant American team at the Nations Cup competition last summer.

In Japan, Hooper came from behind with the tournament's best gross total to defeat Peter Robinson of Australia by five strokes in the B-2 division of the event, played at the Five Hundred Club, an exclusive layout at the foot of Mount Fuji.

Imagine it: a man without sight shot rounds of 80 and 82.

For more info about blind golf, try the United States Blind Golf Association. You can also visit the United States Association of Blind Athletes. I know there's a Texas chapter of blind golfers, but I am unable to find information about it on the Web. If anyone knows of its Web address, pass it along in comments.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Houston Open Qualifying

It's been a pretty good couple weeks for Todd Rossetti. We posted yesterday in the Tight Lies Tour update that Rossetti, an Amarillo native living in Plano, was second on that tour's money list after winning his last start two weeks ago.

Now, on Monday, Rossetti was one of four golfers to make it into the PGA Tour Shell Houston Open in qualifying at The Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club in Houston. Rossetti's round of 67 tied Kevin Stadler (Craig's kid) for medalist honors.

Also qualifying were Bronson Burgoon of The Woodlands and Shaun Goodwin of Conroe.

These four qualifiers tee off Thursday on the Tournament Course at Redstone Golf Club in the Houston Open, where the defending champ is Vijay Singh.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Tight Lies Tour Update

The Tight Lies Tour leaves Texas for five weeks starting this week, with four events in Louisiana and one in New Mexico before returning to the Lone Star State. The TLL is outside of Texas for most of the remainder of its 2006 schedule, with events predominantly in Louisiana and New Mexico.

The remaining Texas events on the schedule are:

  • May 24-27 - FCA Lubbock Open, Hillcrest Country Club
  • Aug. 3-6 - Rising Star Open, Texarkana Golf Ranch
  • Aug. 24-27 - Skinny's/FINA Abilene Open, Fairway Oaks Country Club

There's still one TBA on the schedule in October that might turn out to be a final Texas stop. (The full schedule is available here.)

Chris Stroud of Beaumont is the leading money winner to this point, with more than $22,000 in just two events. Those two events were a win at the Golf Houston Magazine Invitational, and a t2 at the Victoria Open. Todd Rossetti, an Amarillo native living in Plano, is second on the money list at around $16,000. Rossetti has three starts and two missed cuts, but won his third event.

For more stats and info on the Tight Lies Tour, visit the Web site.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

And Speaking of the Longhorns ...

During the Morris Williams Intercollegiate tournament last week, the Austin American-Statesman ran a look back at the 1990-91 UT golf teams, the ones that includes Justin Leonard, Harrison Frazar and Omar Uresti. If you want more memories of UT golf, check it out.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Remembering Mo Willlie

Morris Williams Golf Course is one of the municipal tracks in Austin. It's more affectionately known as "Mo Willie." And while each succeeding generation of Texas golfers learns the name of Morris Williams if they play the course, not many now remember the person - or people, rather - for whom the course was named.

Who was Morris Williams, and why does he have a golf course named after him? There were two Morris Williamses, Senior and Junior. Senior was a sportswriter at the Austin American-Statesman for decades. His son was a golfer of great fame in his day.

Williams Jr. is the subject of an article that recently appeared in the Daily Texan, the University of Texas newspaper, and was reprinted on the CSTV (College Sports TV) website run by CBS.

Williams Jr. was one of the greatest young golfers in Texas history, and favorite of Harvey Penick, who coached Williams at UT.

"Morris was grinning and friendly, almost apologetic about beating you," Penick wrote in his book, And if You Play Golf, You're My Friend.

Williams was the No. 1 player at UT from 1948-50, leading the Longhorns to the Southwest Conference title each year. The article goes into a match played at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth - a match followed by Ben Hogan - between Williams and TCU's No. 1 player, Dan Jenkins (the famous writer). Then it details Williams' winning of the "Texas Slam":

In a 12-month stretch spanning 1949-1950, Williams won the Texas Junior golf title, the Texas Amateur and the Texas PGA's annual tournament. No one else in history has ever won the top junior, amateur and professional tournaments in Texas all in one year. In that same period, Williams came within a hair of winning the NCAA individual championship, losing 1-down in the 36-hole final to Harvie Ward, one of the best amateur golfers in history. A proud father, Williams Sr. and his wife had collected two huge scrapbooks full of clippings and pictures of their son's exploits. It looked like the younger Williams was about to make a name for himself on the PGA Tour.

But it was not to be.


Williams joined the Air Force during the Korean War, and during a training flight in 1953 was killed in a plane crash.

Someone had to tell his father. That someone was Harvey Penick. Williams Sr. fainted in Penick's arms when he heard the news.

That weekend, his son's body arrived in Austin, accompanied by a military escort. Penick was a pallbearer at the funeral, as he would be at older Williams' funeral only six years later. In 1963, the city of Austin dedicated the Morris Williams Golf Course to the memory of father and son.

Read the full article here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Nelson Nomination Moves to Senate

The nomination of Byron Nelson for a Congressional Gold Medal received 292 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, enough to clear the two-thirds hurdle it needed to advance to the Senate. Now, at least two-thirds of Senators must sign on as co-sponsors for the bill to keep moving forward.

If Nelson is eventually awarded the medal, he would become just the seventh athlete and 132nd person overall to receive one. Here's a recap from the press release of some of Nelson's off-course achievements:

Beginning with 110 USO and Red Cross exhibitions at the peak of his career during World War II, Nelson's humble Texas heart outshined his golf skills. The World Golf Hall of Fame honored his philanthropic career and impact on golf with one statement: "A Champion ... A Gentleman."

Nelson is the namesake and one of the driving forces of the largest charitable fundraiser on the PGA TOUR, the EDS Byron Nelson Championship.

"Thousands of lives have been touched because of Byron's humanitarian spirit. His legacy will remain long after his golf records are broken. We honor him and build on that every year," said Pat Bolin, tournament chairman for the 2006 EDS Byron Nelson Championship.

The tournament has raised more than $88 million since its inception in 1968. All proceeds benefit Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers, where disadvantaged children and families can receive counseling and one of Dallas' urban communities can access a world-class elementary school.

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In a commitment to another community, Abilene, the Byron and Louise Nelson Golf Endowment Fund has provided more than $1.5 million in funding to Abilene Christian University. Nelson also serves as the honorary chairman for the Metroport Meals on Wheels, which provides daily, home-delivered hot lunches for the frail, elderly and chronically ill residents.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Masters Notes: Crenshaw and Burke

The ride came to end for Ben Crenshaw during the third round of the The Masters, when he shot 78 to fall out of contention, but it was fun while it lasted.

Here's a great story about Crenshaw and his caddie Carl Jackson, the former Augusta caddie who was on Ben's bag for his two Masters championships. The reunite each year now for The Masters, although neither knows how much longer they'll continue the tradition.

Another Texan to win The Masters, Jack Burke Jr., did so 50 years ago, coming from way back on the final day during what some have called the toughest Masters evers. Burke is 83 now, but still going strong. He was Hal Sutton's assistant captain at the 2004 Ryder Cup. If memory serves, he was also Crenshaw's assistant captain during the U.S. comeback victory at Brookline.

PGA.com has a nice article about Burke and his accomplishments - during his touring career and after - that's well worth a read.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Crenshaw Still in the Mix, Campbell Leads Masters

A good day for Texans at The Masters. Ben Crenshaw followed up his unlikely 71 in the opening round with a 72 and is in the hunt at 1-under. Who'da thunk it?

And Chad Campbell is your second-round leader at 6-under, three shots clear of a group in second. He's being chased by the best: Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Tiger Woods are all in easy striking distance.

Can Campbell become the latest Texan to win The Masters? We haven't had a winner since Crenshaw's emotional 1995 triumph. Here's the list of Texans to win The Masters:

1995 - Ben Crenshaw
1984 - Ben Crenshaw
1971 - Charles Coody
1956 - Jack Burke Jr.
1953 - Ben Hogan
1951 - Ben Hogan
1950 - Jimmy Demaret
1947 - Jimmy Demaret
1942 - Byron Nelson
1940 - Jimmy Demaret
1939 - Ralph Guldahl
1937 - Byron Nelson

Not a bad list to be on.

Crenshaw on The Masters Leaderboard? Say What?

Hey, didn't you use to be Ben Crenshaw? How'd you get onto the Masters leaderboard?

Yep, "Gentle Ben" Crenshaw - whose nickname actually has nothing to do with his usual gentlemanly demeanor, but was given to him sarcastically while he was still a junior as a result of on-course temper tantrums - is on the leaderboard at the Masters after one round.

That's what I call a nice surprice. It's not going to last, I'm sure Ben knows that as well as anyone, but it's fun while it does last. Crenshaw is way too short a hitter to be competitive for long on today's Augusta, and he was never a straight hitter even at his best. What saved him during the first round was what saved him his whole career - that amazing putting.

But Ben's rarely even competitive on the Champions Tour these days, so he'll probably come back to earth in today's second round.

I've always thought of Crenshaw as a "could've-been," as in, "he could've been one of the all-time greats." Don't get me wrong, Crenshaw was great, compared to you and me and the vast majority of guys who've ever played the PGA Tour. Twenty wins and two majors - that's big-time.

But Crenshaw himself has admitted he didn't get out of himself all he could have. I recall a quote from Ben that went something like this: "I was six inches away from being great. That's the space between my ears." The ill-timed poor decision, the ill-timed driver sprayed into the rough ... those things explain the 0-for-8 playoff record, among other things.

In the end, I think Crenshaw's childhood playing partner from Austin, Tom Kite, barely nips Ben on the list of all-time greats. I don't know where exactly the two rate - probably somewhere in the 40s on a Top 100 list - but Kite would probably be one or two spots ahead of Crenshaw.

Kite never had the flashes of brilliance, or anything as dramatic as Crenshaw's 1995 Masters win. Kite had one fewer PGA Tour wins and one fewer major championships. Kite didn't have that one awesome part of his game, the way Crenshaw had putting. But Kite was just so darn consistent. Crenshaw could be anywhere from week-to-week. Kite always seems to be on the leaderboard, hanging around, getting the most out of the talent he had. Winning money titles, finishing high on the money list every year.

"Gentle" is a perfect word for Crenshaw these days. And it's fabulous that he got to enjoy a round like he had on Thursday at the Masters. Today he might fall back into reality, but every old "could've been the greatest" deserves another flash of brilliance on the biggest stage.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

LNGT a Tour Series for Women

The Ladies National Golf Tour, or LNGT, is the distaff version of the NGT Tour that got some attention last year with several regional series (including one in Texas) and a national championship at Pinehurst.

The LNGT also plans to offer many regional series across the country for women professionals and top collegiate players, and one of its first such regional series is right here in Texas, the Yellow Rose Series.

There are seven tournaments on the LNGT Yellow Rose schedule thus far, with the first one slated for Lantana Golf Club on June 7.

More information on the tour, its eligibility requirements, registration instructions and schedule is available on the LNGT website.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Border Crossing

If you're in East Texas and sometimes cross the border to play Louisiana courses - or if you're anywhere in Texas and make a yearly trip to hit the casinos - you'll be interested to read about the newest Acadiana golf course. It's The Wetlands in Lafayette, and it's in a classification of golf course that's just sprung up in the past few years: the upscale municipal.

The course was seven years in the planning, and two years under construction, and it opens this week with a Futures Tour event in town to christen the course. (The Futures Tour will spend three straight week in Texas following this Louisiana stop.)

Monday, April 03, 2006

Volunteer for the FedEx Kinko's Classic

We posted a couple days ago about qualifying for the Champions Tour FedEx Kinko's Classic in Austin. Winning one of the two qualifying spots available in the field isnt't the only way to get on the grounds, of course. You can always buy a ticket. Or you can volunteer to help during tournament week, which is April 24-30.

Tournament volunteers handle a variety of jobs, from assisting with the roping-and-staking of the course, to working in hospitality tents, to directing traffic flow around the grounds during tournament play, to carrying scoreboards with each group, to driving the pros to and from the airport.

A volunteer must pay a $55 uniform fee and be available to work three shifts of 4-6 hours each during tournament week. In addition to the up-close access to the golf action, volunteers also receive a free round of golf at The Hills Country Club, plus additional tournament tickets, among other goodies.

If you're interested, visit the tournament's volunteer registration site.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Nelson Nominated for Congressional Gold Medal

About.com reports that Byron Nelson has been nominated for a Congressional Gold Medal:

The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded by the U.S. Congress and is the legislative branch's equivalent to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is awarded by the President. Congressional Gold Medals are awarded to individuals, whether American or not, who provide a great service or perform a heroic deed that benefits the United States.

Nelson was nominated by a pair of DFW-area members of the House of Representatives. The congressmen need to get two-thirds of their fellow House members, plus two-thirds of senators, to sign on as cosponsors, then their bill goes to the respective chambers' committees for a vote.

Nelson has long been regarded as one of the finest gentleman our sport has ever known. But in addition to being an all-around good man, Nelson has some specific achievements the two representatives cited in their letter to fellow congressmen seeking cosponsors:

Byron Nelson and the EDS Byron Nelson Championship has raised over 88,000,000
for the Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers, a nonprofit agency that provides education and mental health services for more than 2,700 children and their families in the greater Dallas area. Additionally, the Byron and Louise Nelson Golf Endowment Fund has provided over $1.5 million in endowment funds to Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Another example of his service is his dedication to the Metroport Meals on Wheels which provides daily, home-delivered, hot lunch for the frail, elderly and chronically ill residents. Byron Nelson has been an active honorary chairman since 1992.

Granted, such honors aren't the most important things that our Congressmen could - or should - be spending their time on. But time is spent on such things, and a finer representative from the world of golf could not be chosen.

The effort to get Byron a Congressional Gold Medal shouldn't meet with any resistance from the Texas delegation. But if you live outside of Texas and want to see Nelson so honored, contact your representatives.

FedEx Kinko's Classic Qualifying

Want to play in a Champions Tour event? Great, first, you have to be old. Ahem, I mean ... over 50. Second, you have to qualify.

Qualifying for the Champions Tour FedEx Kinko's Classic, conducted by the STPGA, takes place at Barton Creek - Palmer Lakeside in Austin on April 24. Professionals aged 50 and over are eligible. Amateurs can enter, too, but beware: you'll forfeit your amateur status if you play.

Entry fee is $400 for PGA of America members and $420 for non-members. Only two qualifiers will advance into the tournament, which will be played April 28-30 at The Hills Country Club in Austin.

Entry deadline is April 21. More info is available on the STPGA website.