Thursday, August 16, 2007

TGA State Senior Am at DAC This Weekend

Dallas Athletic Club will be the site, beginning Friday, of the Texas Golf Association's State Senior Amateur Championship. Here is the preview from the TGA:

The Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club will be the site for the 2007 State Senior Amateur from Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19. This year marks the 70th playing of the Senior Amateur. It is the second oldest championship conducted by the Texas Golf Association - only the State Amateur, which dates back to 1906, has a longer history.

The Championship is open to male amateur golfers who will have reached their fifty-fifth birthday by August 17, 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. There are two divisions: one for players 55 or older (Senior) and one for those who are 65 or older (Super Senior).

Scheduled for 54-holes of stroke play, the field will be cut after 36-holes to the low 54 scores and ties in the Senior division and low 12 scores and ties, plus any player within five (5) shots of the lead, in the Super Senior division. Each division will have a separate champion but the overall champion will be the player with the lowest tournament total, regardless of age.

Headed by defending champion Chris Larsen of Houston, a number of other past titleholders are in this year's 144-player starting field. They are two-time winner Mike Rice of Houston (1999,2005), Andy Wall of Tyler (2004), Mike Hopson of Lufkin (2003), and Austin's Billy Clagett (2002).

Some top finishers from 2006 looking to be in the hunt come Sunday afternoon include runner-up Fred Clark of Kingwood, Jerry Hudgins of Houston (3rd), along with Tom McGraw of Montgomery and Larry Trowell of Dallas (tied 4th).

Tee-times, pairings, as well as live scoring updates will be available during the tournament and will be posted on the Texas Golf Association web site (txga.org).

• Championship Note: Recently, two players used their good performance in the State Senior Amateur as a springboard for success on the national stage. After winning the 2005 State Senior, Mike Rice went on to capture the U.S. Senior at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Georgia. Last year, Tom McGraw finished in a tie for fourth place in the State Senior then a month later made it to the championship match in the U.S. Senior at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburg, Indiana, eventually losing 1-down on the final hole.

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