Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Junior Tour Honors Texas Legend Demaret

jimmy demaretThe Texas Legends Junior Tour is honoring Texas legend Jimmy Demaret by renaming the circuit's stop at Austin's Onion Creek Club in honor of the World Golf Hall of Fame member.

"We are extremely excited that the Demaret family has chosen the Legends Junior Tour to host an event for a true Texas golfing legend," said David Anderson, Executive Director of the Legends Junior Tour. "As a three-time winner of the Masters, we are once again honored to memorialize a great golf pioneer at his own home course."

The Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic is scheduled July 15-16 and is open to boys and girls ages 18-and-under who are members of the Legends Junior Tour.

Demaret was born in 1910 in Houston and died in 1983. As a young pro, he worked at River Oaks Country Club in Houston, where Jack Burke Sr. was head professional, and where Jimmy often babysat Jack Burke Jr. Jimmy and Jackie formed a lifelong bond and in the 1950s cofounded Houston's Champions Golf Club.

Demaret won 31 times on the PGA Tour, including three Masters championships. After his playing days ended, Demaret had success as a homespun wit in the broadcast booth on television.

In 1974, Demaret founded Onion Creek Club, and in 1979 Demaret was a driving force in organizing the first Legends of Golf tournament at Onion Creek, the event that gave rise to the Champions Tour.

For more on the Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic and the Texas Legends Junior Tour, visit tltj.org.

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