Sunday, October 29, 2006

Notebook: Rolex Junior All-Americans

Several young Texas golfers earned berths on the Rolex Junior All-America golf teams, recently announced by the American Junior Golf Association:

  • Boys First Team: Conrad Shindler, Coppell
  • Boys Second Team: Cody Gribble, Dallas; Josh Jones, The Colony
  • Boys Honorable Mention: Will Griffin, San Antonio; Paul Haley, Dallas; Cory Whitsett, Houston
  • Girls First Team: Lisa McCloskey, Montgomery
  • Girls Honorable Mention: Lila Barton, Dallas

Congratulations to all.

Other notes from around the state:

• You don't often hear of a golf course design firm being called in to redesign a driving range, but that's what happened recently with Austin-based Bechtol Russell Design and The Golf Club at Star Ranch in Hutto.

Star Ranch's driving range ran alongside Highway 685, the area's main artery. But when big-box developers show up needing land, sometimes things have to change. So Star Ranch called in Randy Russell and Roy Bechtol to find a new location for the range, and make it fit into the property.

The new range features landscaping, rock walls, target greens, bunkers and contouring, and is located near the No. 8 green and parallel to the No. 9 fairway. That meant having to install a protective fence for safety reasons. But Star Ranch GM Ricky Heine wasn't concerned about the asthetics of the fence.

"Augusta National has one, so I don't feel so bad about having a fence here," said Heine.

And here's an article from Cybergolf that rounds up this and other recent projects from Bechtol-Russell.

• The Austin American-Statesman has a story about two former University of Texas coaches and their newfound love of golf. The coaches are Leon Black, who coached the Longhorns men's basketball team, and Dave Snyder, the onetime Horns tennis coach.

For two men who were outstanding athletes and intense competitors as coaches, Black and Snyder take a laid-back approach to golf. They shoot in the 90s, but score barely matters.

"I'm not sure what the term for it is in golf, but in tennis we call it hit and giggle," Snyder said. "We just enjoy being outside and appreciating the scenery and the camaraderie. Sometimes we keep score. Sometimes after a bad hole we just forget about it."

1 comment:

  1. It made me glad to see it was fun recreatiom for you


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