• The National High School Golf Coaches Association/PowerBilt Awards honored 43 golfers from around the country as All-Americans or Players of Achievement. The Boys All-America team include Austin Griffin of Cuero High School. And Rachel Dansby of Lubbock Christian High School was named to the Girls All-American team.
• Here's an article in the San Angelo paper about how some charitable organizations are turning away from golf tournaments to sporting clays shooting tournaments as fund-raisers.
• The bump-in-the-road known as Carl's Corner, Texas - essentially just a truck stop on I-35 south of Dallas - is getting a big investment from Willie Nelson. And Willie likes golf. No details about golf in this article, except a mention that in addition to some new hotels and an expansion of the truck stop, a golf course is also going to be added.
• The new Hyatt resort in Bastrop - the Lost Pines Resort & Spa - is the subject of this article in the Dallas Morning News' Travel section.
• Stone River Golf Club in Royse City - formerly known as AAKI Ranch - is getting a renovation that will include some new holes.
• Here's a quick roundup of courses in the Brazosport area that includes recommendations on where to play.
• The Austin newspaper writes about local pro Will Stephens, after whom the Stephens Cup - played this weekend at BlackHawk in Pflugerville - is named. The article includes this:
Before coming to Austin in 1977, Stephens worked in Dallas, Houston, California and New York. In the 1960s he worked alongside Gene Sarazan, and he later worked with Sam Snead. Not a bad pair to rub shoulders with if you're a young teaching pro.
In Austin, Stephens has been a teaching pro at Great Hills Country Club, Morris Williams and Blackhawk. His contributions to the game were recognized last year when he received the Harvey Penick Teacher of the Year Award from the Southern Texas PGA.
• Popular pro Fred Funk commits to play in the AT&T Championship, the Champions Tour stop in San Antonio.
• Here's an interesting article by Richard Oliver in the San Antonio paper about the "satisfying view" now held by officials of the PGA Tour Texas Open, who see big things ahead for the tournaments - including a coveted spring date.
And here's some news on Richard rather than from him: He'll shortly be leaving the golf beat at the San Antonio Express-News. I'm sure his replacement on that beat will do a fine job, but Richard will be missed. He's a great writer and has been good for golf in San Antonio.
• The Fort Worth paper has an article on a book called The Muldooney Revisions:
How can anyone take a book seriously when it quickly theorizes that Davy Crockett actually escaped from the Alamo -- in a woman's dress -- then lives in exile in New Orleans "playing the unlikely role of a strapping spinster restaurateur?"
The article quickly points out that the book is actually "a manifesto of sorts for a group that calls itself SortaGolf, an anti-USGA group whose motto is 'Gimme mulligan or gimme death.' " SortaGolf is based in Austin and you can learn more about it at sortagolf.com.
• And I'll be honest - I don't really understand what the point of this competition is. But since half the golfers are a 2-man team from Houston, I'm passing it along.