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, 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.

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