Thursday, December 06, 2007

This and That

Here and there, hither and yon ... in other words, a few notes:

  • The Western Refining All-America Golf Classic in El Paso has been one of the top tournaments in the country for male collegiate golfers for decades. It's even been called "the Masters of College Golf." But now its future looks bleak:

    It's been a late fall tradition that 30 of the nation's top male college golfers have looked forward to for 33 years, but a rule change by the NCAA may make the most recent showcase in November the last.

    The NCAA eliminated the board responsible for deciding what college sporting events would be exempt from a rule that limits the number of playing days for student athletes. The El Paso tournament had previously been an exempt event for golfers.

    For the golfers, the change means that they may have to choose between the El Paso tournament, a sort of all-star event, and regular-season team events that help their teams earn a shot at the national championship.

    "One of my fondest memories as a college player was to be able to play in that tournament," said Buddy Alexander, the men's golf coach at Florida. "It's a travesty."

  • The Valero Texas Open is the biggest fund-raiser on the PGA Tour. What does that mean to the local community? From the San Antonio Business Journal:

    ... more than 50 San Antonio-area children's charities have now received a share of $1.5 million from the record-breaking $8 million generated during this year's Texas Open and the Valero Benefit for Children Golf Classic.


    Golf San Antonio, the longtime organizer of the Valero Texas Open, raised more than $2 million. That money will also benefit a number of area schools and community groups in and around San Antonio.


    The list of recipients includes Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas, the Children's Shelter of San Antonio, Healy Murphy Center, Slam Dunk for Life and the Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children.

    The $1.5 million represents the San Antonio area's share of the $8 million total.

    The remaining funds will be distributed to children's charities throughout the areas where Valero does business.

    In addition, Valero Texas Open organizer Golf San Antonio will award more than $2 million to 200-plus not-for-profit organizations and area schools through its Pro-Am events Birdies for Charity program and Chip In for Schools.

  • Want to buy a Texas golf course? A company, called Fairway Advisors, that specializes in brokering sales of golf courses has two for sale. One is Los Rios Country Club in Plano (view listing), the other is The Shores Country Club in Rockwall (view listing).

    And if you have several million dollars lying around and wind up purchasing one of these courses, just remember: Bogey plays free!

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