Tuesday, July 17, 2007

TGA West Texas Amateur This Weekend

From the Texas Golf Association:

The 2007 West Texas Amateur, conducted by the Texas Golf Association, will be held from July 20-22 at Abilene Country Club in Abilene.

Scheduled for 54-holes of individual stroke play, the West Texas Amateur features three divisions: Open, Senior (55 and older), and Super Senior (65 and older). While there is a separate winner for each of the Senior and Super Senior divisions, the overall senior champion will be the player returning the lowest tournament total, regardless of age.

Tom Doughtie of Amarillo was the last person to win the West Texas Amateur back-to-back. He accomplished that feat in 1989-90 and now, seventeen years later, has a chance to do it again, having won last year's title at The Rawls Course in Lubbock.

An exceptionally strong field will be on hand to try and stop him, however. Some notables in the 114-player field include current Texas Amateur champion Charlie Holland of Dallas, San Antonio's Jon Mathias, winner of the 2006 State Mid-Amateur, and 2005 West Texas Amateur champion Trey Todd, who is one of 16 members from Abilene Country Club who will be competing in this year's event.

Jody Vasquez of Fort Worth is back to defend his Senior title, as is Chuck Bubany of Lubbock, who in 2005 captured both the Senior and Super Senior.

Prior to the start of the first round on Friday, July 20, Doug Jones of Abilene will hit the ceremonial opening drive. Jones, who will turn 92 later this year, also won consecutive West Texas Amateur titles in 1946-47. He has been a member of Abilene CC since 1939 and still walks nine-holes every morning.

Tee-times, pairings, and live scoring updates will be available throughout the tournament and will be posted on the Texas Golf Association web site (http://www.txga.org/).

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