Tuesday, September 12, 2006

TGA State Mid-Amateur Preview

The Texas Golf Association State Mid-Amateur takes place this weekend on the Jackrabbit Course at Champions Golf Club in Houston. Here is the preview provided by the TGA:

Champions Golf Club to Host 2006 TGA State Mid-Amateur

The 2006 State Mid-Amateur Championship, conducted by the Texas Golf Association, will be held from September 15 - 17 on the Jackrabbit Course at Champions Golf Club in northwest Houston.

"The club is really looking forward to hosting this year's event and we think Jackrabbit will be a real test of skill for the state's top mid-amateurs," said Tad Weeks, Head Golf Professional at Champions.

Of the 132-players in the starting field for the 23rd State Mid-Amateur, 96 earned their way in through one of eleven qualifiers that were held across the state during the months of August and September. Thirty-six players were exempt from qualifying based on past performance.

A number of former champions will be competing this year including two-time winner Alan Hill (1999, 2004) of Spring Branch, Mike Booker (2003) of The Woodlands, Kyle Coody (2001) of Dallas, Bob Kearney (1998) and Champions member Robert McKinney (1996), both of Houston, and Mike McClung (1987) of Marble Falls.

Also looking to be in the mix come Sunday afternoon are Ron Schroeder of Montgomery and Randy Lance of Lufkin, winners of the TGA South Regional Amateur and Mid-Amateur, respectively, along with back-to-back South Regional Player of the Year Jonathon Mathias of San Antonio.

Some top finishers hoping to improve on last year's performance at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas are runner-up Mike Healer of Gatesville and Mac McGee of Midland, who finished in a tie for third.

The State Mid-Amateur is open to male amateur golfers who will have reached their twenty-fifth birthday by September 15, have a current USGA Handicap index of 8.4 or less, and belong to a club that is a member of the Texas Golf Association.

Scheduled for 54-holes of stroke play, the field will be cut after 36-holes to the low 54 scores and ties.

Co-founded in 1957 by World Golf Hall of Fame members Jack Burke Jr. and the late Jimmy Demaret, Champions boasts two outstanding courses, Cypress Creek and Jackrabbit, and is considered by many to be one of the preeminent
championship sites in the country.

Designed by George Fazio in 1963, Jackrabbit underwent a major renovation in 2001 by acclaimed golf course architect Tom Fazio, who was an apprentice in his uncle George's design company when the course was first built.

Cypress Creek, which was designed by Ralph Plummer and opened for play in 1959, has hosted some of the biggest amateur and professional events in golf including the 1967 Ryder Cup, 1969 U.S. Open, 1993 U.S. Amateur and 1998 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, and the PGA Tour's season-ending Tour Championship.

Tee-times, pairings, as well as live scoring updates will be available once the championship gets under way and will be posted on the Texas Golf Association web site (www.txga.org).

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