Thursday, February 14, 2008

Houston Open Qualifying: Wanna Try?

Want to try to qualify for a PGA Tour event this year? If you are a professional or an amateur with a very low handicap, you can take a shot in the Pre-Qualifying tournament played prior to each of Texas' PGA Tour stops.

First to release info about its qualifying stages is the Shell Houston Open, played this year April 3-6 at Redstone Golf Club (Tournament Course) in Humble.

The pre-qualifier is planned for March 26 at Cypresswood Golf Club (Tradition Course) in Spring. The top 50 in the pre-qualifier advance to Open Qualifying (what is traditionally known as the Monday qualifier).

So, how do you get into the pre-qualifier? Any professional who is does not have status on the PGA Tour or Nationwide Tour is eligible, along with amateurs whose handicap index is low enough to generate a 2.0 or lower course handicap at Cypresswood Traditions. Entry fee is $200, and the deadline to register is March 21.

The Open Qualifier follows on March 31, also at Cypresswood.

For more info, visit stpga.com, click "Tournaments," and look for the Shell Houston Open Qualifying page. You can also call the STPGA office at 832-442-2406.

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