Tuesday, July 18, 2006

West Texas Amateur This Weekend

We don't hear much news out of the Panhandle, so it's good to have a Texas Golf Association event coming up in Lubbock, one that might get some Panhandle (and West Texas) golfers a little of the cyber equivalent of "ink."

The TGA's West Texas Amateur is scheduled July 21-23, three holes of stroke play, at The Rawls Course in Lubbock. Here's the preview from the TGA:

The 2006 West Texas Amateur, conducted by the Texas Golf Association, will be
held from July 21 – 23 at Texas Tech’s The Rawls Course in Lubbock. Trey Todd of
Abilene, the champion from 2005, heads an exceptionally strong field and will try to become the first player to successfully defend the title in sixteen years.

Other notables in the 105-player field include Tom Doughtie of Amarillo, the last player to win the West Texas Amateur back-to-back in 1989-90; Robert McKinney of Houston, who also won consecutive titles in 1969-70; Jeff New of the Woodlands and Jonathon Mathias of San Antonio, the 2004 and 2005 South Regional Players of the Year, respectively; and Charlie Holland of Dallas, the 2006 North Regional Amateur champion.

In the Senior Division, Chuck Bubany of Lubbock will attempt to repeat his remarkable performance from last year at Hillcrest Country Club in which he captured both the Senior (age 55+) and Super Senior (age 65+) titles.

The West Texas Amateur is 54-hole individual stroke play. In the Senior division there is a separate champion for players 55 and older and one for players 65 and older. The overall Senior champion, however, will be the player with the lowest tournament total regardless of age.

Tee-times, pairings, as well as live scoring updates will be available throughout the tournament, and will be posted on the Texas Golf Association web site.

Check the first-round pairings on the TGA site.

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