- Lots of interesting stuff in the San Antonio newspaper the past few days. Check out Richard Oliver's profile of LPGA Tour rookie Violeta Retamoza. Violeta is a Mexican national who played collegiately at Tennessee, and recently moved to San Antonio to be near her coach, Tom Relf.
Tapatio Springs Resort and Country Club is reverting from private to semi-private and opening 20 tee times a day for non-members. Those tee times will cost only $35, which is a great deal at Tapatio.
And Gaylord Entertainment Company is now saying that its proposed purchase of the Westin La Cantera Resort is "not a high priority." One analyst is quoted saying he doesn't think the deal will go through.
- If you're in Dallas and want to hear a legend speak, check out the Executive Women's Golf Association "Tee Party" on Feb. 25. Kathy Whitworth is featured speaker. The event is a fund-raiser for the EWGA; tickets are $40.
- Austin golf course architect Roy Bechtol finally has a decent Web site online. Check it out at www.bechtolgolfdesign.com. Taking a look at Roy's "Courses in Planning" page reveals that Bechtol has a slew of projects in Texas on his docket: five projects planned in Austin; another half-dozen in the Hill Country; several on the coast around Corpus Christi; even one in Laredo. Of course, "in planning" could mean "in five years," or "it might never get built, but we're hoping it will" ... Still, it's surprising to see one architect with so many Texas courses in the planning stages.
- Former University of Texas women's golf team star Perry Swenson will be featured in all 12 episodes of the Golf Channel's "Road Trip: Myrtle Beach." The first episode aired Feb. 5. Swenson, Charlie Rymer and musicians Josh Kelley and Mark Bryan play courses around Myrtle Beach, S.C., in the "reality series."
Friday, February 08, 2008
Rounding up a few things spotted on the news wires recently: