There are two tour events in Texas this week, the WNB Golf Classic in Midland, a Nationwide Tour event, and the Administaff Small Business Classic in Spring, a Championship Tour event.
We posted the WNB Monday qualifying results yesterday, so today it's the senior circuit qualifying results. Six spots were up for grabs in the qualifier played at The Woodlands Country Club (Gary Player Course). The six golfers who played their way into the field are:
Pat McDonald, Rocklin, Calif., 68
John Ross, Freeman, W.V., 68
Harry Taylor, Old Hickory, Tenn., 68
Lindy Miller, Fort Worth, 69
Phil Blackmar, Corpus Christi, 69
John McGough, Jacksonville, Fla., 70
The name that catches my eye, as a Corpus Christi native, is that of Phil Blackmar (pictured). Blackmar is a lifelong resident of Corpus. His father, Fred, was the longtime head professional at the Naval Air Station course in Texas and a very good player in his own right (as well as being a noted clubmaker).
The Small Business Classic will be Blackmar's debut on the Champions Tour. He'll also play the following week at the AT&T Championship in San Antonio. Don't be surprised if he has a good start as a senior player - he has good memories of Houston. The Houston Open was the site of one of his three PGA Tour wins, and just a couple years ago it was the site of his last made cut on the PGA Tour.