Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Preview: State Father-Son Championship

The Texas Golf Association State Father-Son Championship takes place this weekend. Here is a preview from the TGA:

The 2007 State Father-Son Championship, conducted by the Texas Golf Association, will be played from July 13-15 on the Apple Rock Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort, located on Lake LBJ in the Texas Hill Country.

To accommodate the overwhelming response to this year's championship the starting field has been expanded from 72 to 88 teams. The Championship Division will consist of 38 teams that have a combined handicap index of 8.0 or less. These teams will play four-ball stroke play (or best-ball) in round one, the total scores of the two players are combined for round two, and then back to four-ball stroke play for the final round.

The remaining teams will be divided into four flights, according to their combined handicap index, and will play all three rounds using a net Stableford scoring method where points are awarded for each hole based on a player's score in relation to par. Flight winners will be determined based on their 54-hole total.

Steve and Brett Gill of Sugar Land have won the event the past two years and will be up against some heady competition as they try to hold on to the title. Some top finishers from 2006 who will be looking to dethrone the champions include Malcolm and Charlie Holland of Dallas, who lost to the Gills in a playoff, Rob and Robby Ormand of Austin and Gary and Eric Durbin of Houston, who finished in a tie for third, along with fifth place finishers Robert and Trent Booher of Sugar Land and Chuck and Clint Keller of Dallas. Matt and Will Griffin of San Antonio, making their first appearance in the Father-Son, also figure to be in the mix come the final round.

Horseshoe Bay is the only resort in the country that can lay claim to having three 18-hole courses all designed by master architect, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Slick Rock opened in 1972, Ram Rock in 1981 and Apple Rock in 1985. Even though Apple Rock is the newest of the three layouts, many will argue that the best was saved for last. That was certainly the thinking at Golf Digest, which named Apple Rock the Best New Resort Course in America the year it opened.

Daily results from the championship will be posted on the Texas Golf Association web site (www. txga.org).

Tournament Notes

PAR AND YARDAGE - For the Championship Division, Apple Rock will play 6,865 yards (par of 36-36 - 72) and have a USGA Course/Slope rating of 75.4/136. Course set-up for the Flight Divisions will be 6,455 yards with a USGA Course/Slope rating of 72.8/131.

TEXAS AMATEUR, PART TWO - A number of sons enjoyed considerable success in the 2007 Texas Amateur, which was held June 7-10 at Whispering Pines Golf Club, and their dads are no doubt hoping their good play continues. The list includes champion Charlie Holland, runner-up Robby Ormand, and Will Griffin, who finished in a tie for sixth place.

Schedule of Play
• Friday (July 13) - First round, 18-holes.
• Saturday (July 14) - Second round, 18-holes.
• Sunday (July 15) - Final round, 18-holes. Awards ceremony immediately following the close of competition.

FATHER-SON ON THE WEB - For scores, pairings, and the latest championship information, log on to the TGA web site at www.txga.org.

THE 2006 FATHER-SON - The formidable father-son duo of Steve and Brett Gill of Sugar Land defended their title by beating Malcolm and Charlie Holland in a one hole playoff at Beaumont Country Club in Beaumont.

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