Thursday, May 29, 2008

Register Now for NTPGA Junior Tour

The 2008 Ewing Automotive Junior Tour, open to all members of the Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation, gets under way in less than a week and registration is now open. The series continues throughout the summer in various age brackets, and culminates Aug. 18-19 with a tour championship in McKinney.

Foundation members can register online, or print out registration forms, at juniorgolf.ntpga.org. (Non-members can also find info there about joining the Foundation.)

The Eastern Chapter schedule takes place in Longview, Marshall, Texarkana, and other places in East Texas. The Western Chapter schedule takes place in such locales as Midland-Odessa, Amarillo, Lubbock and San Angelo. And the Metro Chapter schedule takes place at courses around the DFW Metroplex.

Monday, May 26, 2008

SW Oklahoma Title Goes to Brigman

Jaxon Brigman of Abilene ran off to a 5-stroke victory in the Halliburton Southwest Oklahoma Classic on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series. The tournament was played at The Territory Golf & Country Club in Duncan, Okla.

Brigman took his big lead in the third round with a blistering course-record 63. Although he was 1 strokes higher in Sunday's final round, nobody was going to catch him. Tyler Leon of Dallas came closest, closing with a 70.

Brigman finished at 15-under 273 to earn the $15,000 first-place check.

Top Finishers
Jaxon Brigman, Abilene, 67-70-63-73--273
Tyler Leon, Dallas, 71-69-68-70--278
Jesse Schulte, Hutchinson, Kan., 72-68-69-71--280
Dawie Van der Walt, Reston, Va., 67-70-73-71--281
Daniel Fox, Little Rock, Ark., 75-70-69-68--282
Scott Abbott, Dallas, 74-69-70-69--282
Steve Friesen, Lincoln, Neb., 69-71-72-70--282
Todd Rossetti, Dallas, 74-68-70-70--282
Brett Callas, Houston, 71-69-69-73--282
Full Results

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Kudos for Tierra Verde

Here's a news report on Arlington's Tierra Verde Golf Club's efforts to "green" its operation:

Fort Worth Family Gets Visit from Furyk

(Photo by Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram)


As you can see in the photo above, the Marlow family of Fort Worth really likes Jim Furyk. Last year they had a similar sign handing off their house, and since their house is very close to Colonial Country Club, Furyk noticed it as he went to the course each day during Crowne Plaza Invitational week.

The Star-Telegram reports:

... the sign first appeared during last year's rain-soaked Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, where Furyk lost in a playoff to Rory Sabbatini.

Furyk noticed the sign every day during the 2007 event because the Marlows live near Colonial, along Furyk's driving route to the course.

"My family and I were flattered by it," Furyk said. "I planned on just stopping in and saying 'hello' at the end of the tournament, but the playoff pushed us back. So I kind of waved from the car as we drove by and thought I'd stop by and say 'hello' this year."


And visit the Marlow family this year Furyk did:

The front door opened Monday at Michelle Marlow's house, where a huge "We Love Furyk" banner graces the front lawn.

But the family's baby sitter seemed puzzled when the visitor announced: "I'm Jim. I'm the man on the sign."

Moments later, Michelle Marlow cleared up the confusion. But, perhaps, not in the smoothest way possible.

"I ran into the foyer and started jumping up and down, saying, 'Jim Furyk! Jim Furyk!,'" she recalled. "I think I may have embarrassed him a little bit."


And while he was there, Furyk ripped down the "Welcome back Phil" sign. Just kidding. What he actually did while there was chat a while, listen as one son played piano, and gave some golf tips to the 5-year-old.

As for the Marlows' affection for Phil Mickelson: One year during the Colonial tournament, Mickelston stopped at the Marlow boys' lemonade stand and paid for a 50-cent drink with a $100 bill. That's a $99.50 tip.

Hmmm, maybe I'll set up a lemonade stand down the block and undersell the Marlows ...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

STPGA Spring Classic Goes to Horner

The report from the Southern Texas PGA:

Jesse Horner, head golf professional in Horseshoe Bay Country Club’s Caprock golf shop, fired a 4-under-par total of 70-68—138 to win the Southern Texas PGA’s 2008 Srixon-Cleveland Golf Spring Classic at Cimarron Hills Golf & Country Club in Georgetown.

Horner , who earned $3,400 for the victory, entered the final round one stroke off the pace of first-round leader Chip Craig of The Deerwood Club in Kingwood. Craig posted a second-round score of 75 for a total of 144 and a fourth-place tie with Tim Thelen, director of instruction at The Traditions at Texas A&M in College Station. Thelen went 72-72 to gain the tie. Craig and Thelen took home $1,750 each.

Brad Lardon, director of golf at Bryan’s Miramont Country Club and the 2007 Southern Texas PGA Player of the Year., finished in second place, three strokes back of Horner, with a tally of 73-68—141 for $2,500 in winnings.

Jim Dickson, the head golf professional at The Woodlands Country Club’s Player Course and the 2007 STPGA Senior Player of the Year, won the Senior Division of the tournament with a score of 1-over-par, 73-72—145.

Dickson, who earned $1,500 for the win, finished four shots better than runner-up Chuck Westergard, head golf professional at San Antonio Country Club, who took home $1,200 for his 79-70—149 effort.


Top 5
Jesse Horner, Horseshoe Bay, 70-68—138 ($3,400)
Brad Lardon, Bryan, 73-68—141 ($2,500)
Tim Thelen, College Station, 72-72—144 ($1,750)
Chip Craig, Kingwood, 69-75—144 ($1,750)
Ricky Arnett, Cedar Park, 70-75—145 ($1,200)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Texans Take Aim at Colonial

Here's a suprising fact, or at least, a fact that surprised me: Only three Texans other than Ben Hogan have won the Colonial. Hogan won Colonial five times; Lee Trevino and Ben Crenshaw won twice each, and Homero Blancas won once.

No Texan has won Colonial since 1990, when Crenshaw earned his second victory. And that win is the only Texas win in the past 29 years.

The PGA Tour further states:

A total of 19 native Texans currently are playing the PGA TOUR and eight of them have won a TOUR event somewhere in the state. None, though, have been able to win at Colonial.

A couple of players who have been close in recent years will return next week to try and end the Texas drought. Justin Leonard was the runner-up in 2003 and has enjoyed a strong 2008 season, standing 10th in the current FedExCup standings. Chad Campbell, the 2004 runner-up, has also played well and is 27th in the FedExCup standings at present.

Other Texans who are scheduled to compete next week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial include Mark Brooks, Bart Bryant, Harrison Frazar, Brian Gay, Sean O’Hair, Ryan Palmer, Scott Verplank and Johnson Wagner.

Three of them—Gay, O’Hair and Wagner—have already won this year and six stand among the Top 40 on the FedExCup points list. In addition to Leonard and Campbell, O’Hair, Bryant, Gay and Wagner are all inside the Top 40 on list and are looking to secure high seeds entering the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.

First, though, is a shot at becoming a Texas legend by winning at Hogan’s Alley and ending a long drought by native sons.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Kansan Claims Adams Tour Stop in New Mexico

For the first time in four tournaments, someone other than Mark Walker won on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series. Of course, it helps that Walker wasn't in the field at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Classic in Mescalero, N.M. Walker had won the three previous tournaments on the Adams circuit.

But this time, it was David Jenkins of Overland Park, Kan., who emerged as the winner. Jenkins posted rounds of 68-68-63-71 for an 18-under 270 total at the New Mexico resort course. Houston's Charlie Soule charged in the final round with a 66, but fell two strokes shy of catching Jenkins.

Top 5
David Jenkins, Overland Park, Kan., 68-68-63-71--270
Charlie Soule, Houston, 70-67-69-66--272
Brian Kortan, Albuquerque, N.M., 68-72-71-65--276
Adam Babb, Arlington, 67-68-74-67--276 -12
Brett Lederer, Long Beach, Calif., 68-67-68-73--276
Full Results


Jenkins won $15,000. The tour moves to Duncan, Okla., this week for the Halliburton SW Oklahoma Open.

Playoff Settles TGA State Four-Ball

The teams of Rob Couture/Blanton Hansen and Pat Youngs/Mike McCaffrey finished 54 holes of the Texas Golf Association's State Four-Ball championship tied at 15-under, and so moved onto a playoff to settle the crown. Interestingly, three of the four golfers in the playoff are from League City. Here is the report from the TGA:

San Antonio: First round leaders Pat Youngs and Mike McCaffrey of League City tied the low round of the tournament with a final round 64 to finish at 15 under par for 54 holes. Then they had to wait for the six teams behind them to finish. Rob Couture, of Dallas , and Blanton Hansen, of League City , who were the second round leaders, had a one shot lead with three holes to go. Both bogeyed the 16th hole and then pared the last two holes for a final round 69 to also finish at 15 under (201). That meant a playoff to determine the winner, which began on the par three 10th hole of the North Course at Sonterra. Hansen ended things quickly by sinking a 25 foot birdie putt for the win.

It was the first TGA title for Hansen, and the first State Championship for Couture, who was the 2007 TGA North Region Player of the Year. Several teams were in the hunt and within striking distance over the final nine holes. Joey Gullion of Humble and Chris James of Austin, and three time champions Chris Goodspeed and Bill Steen of Dallas, finished just one shot out of the playoff. Both teams had final round 68’s to finish tied for third at 14 under par 202. John Dowdall and Seth Thornton of Houston finished alone in fifth at 203, while local favorites Jonathan Mathias of San Antonio and Terrence Miskell of New Braunfels were another shot back in sixth at 204

Youngs and McCaffrey got off to a fast start with two birdies on their first four holes, then McCaffrey chipped in for an eagle on the par five 5th hole. They finished the front nine at four under, then matched that with a four under 32 on the back for their 64 and share of the lead.

Couture and Hansen were glad to begin the playoff on the 10th hole, and they had a little déjà vu. Hansen had birdied the hole during final round when he hit his shot to thin five feet of the hole. In the playoff no one hit it close, but Hansen made the long putt.


Top 5 Teams
Blanton Hansen/Rob Couture, 68-64-69--201
Mike McCaffrey/Pat Youngs, 66-71-64--201
Joey Gullion/Chris James, 69-65-68--202
Bill Steen/Chris Goodspeed, 69-65-68--202
John Dowdall/Seth Thornton, 67-66-70--203
Full Results

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Deloitte & Justin Leonard Reward Three Worthy Students

Here's the news release detailing the 2008 recipients of the Deloitte Justin Leonard Scholarships:

The Northern Texas PGA, Deloitte and Justin Leonard are proud to announce the recipients of the 2008 Deloitte Justin Leonard Scholarships. They are Cameron Allison, Yudilia Rocha, and Dramesha Spence. Each student will receive a scholarship in the amount of $20,000.

Created in 1998, the Deloitte Justin Leonard Scholarship Program has annually awarded scholarships to deserving students based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, community involvement and financial need. Since it’s inception, the Program has awarded nearly half a million dollars to 24 students.

In 2007, the Deloitte Justin Leonard Scholarship Program merged with the Northern Texas PGA Golf in Schools Program to provide scholarships to at-risk students who are learning to play golf. The project is a collaborative effort between Deloitte, the Northern Texas PGA and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ "Destination: Graduation."

Cameron Allison of W.W. Samuell High School is ranked 8th in his class and is a member of the golf team. He plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin and aspires to become a writer.

Yudilia Rocha of Thomas Jefferson High School plays on the golf, softball and volleyball teams while also playing in the band and volunteering at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas . She has been accepted to Texas Women’s University in Denton .

Dramesha Spence of Justin F. Kimball High School plays on the golf team and is also involved in volleyball and flag corp. This spring, she will be the first person from her family to graduate high school and attend college.

The Deloitte Justin Leonard Scholarships are an incentive to keep students in school, while providing access to a college education to those who otherwise may not have the opportunity. The program is currently active in three Dallas Independent School District (DISD) high schools: Kimball, Jefferson, and Samuell. These schools were selected by DISD for the level of their need, lack of outside resources, and commitment of staff leadership to this project. The Golf in Schools Program was added in the fall of 2007 at these schools to provide an additional incentive and benchmark for teaching social skills and ethics to these kids.

Past scholarship winners have represented the NTPGA, Deloitte, and Justin Leonard with distinction and honor at fine universities such as the University of Texas , Yale University , Brown University , Baylor University , and Texas Christian University , as well as in the corporate world at Bain & Company, Fayez Sarotim & Company, NASA, and Paige & Hendricks PR.

Funding of the Deloitte Justin Leonard Scholarship Program continues through the generous support of Deloitte and its partners and employees.

Friday, May 16, 2008

U.S. Women's Open Local Qualifying

Time to check in on the local qualifiers for the U.S. Women's Open. One local qualifier took place in Kingwood at the Kingwood Country Club's Forest Course. Here are the golfers who qualified to move on to the sectionals:

Laurie Brower, Lubbock, 70
Michaela Cavener (a), Ponca City, Okla., 70
Lauren Johnson (a), The Woodlands, 74
Susie Redman, Spanish Fort, Ala., 74
Tanya Wadha (a), India, 74
Patricia Beliard, Houston, 75
Lisa McCloskey (a), Montgomery, 75
Adrienne McDonald, Mabank, 75
Sarah Zwartynski (a), Allen, 75
Lauren Baugh, Magnolia, 76
Stephanie Dukes, North Richland Hills, 76
Nicole Forschner (a), Canada, 76
Kaitlin Hovda (a), Weslaco, 76
Mariah Montoya (a), Lubbock, 76
Megan Vaughn (a), Lake Village, Ark., 76
Ashley Freeman (a), College Station, 77
Aurora Kirchner-McClain, Kingwood, 77
Amy Ruengmateekhun (a), Garland, 77

Other Texans making it through local qualifying and into the second round include: Randi Meadows, San Antonio, 80 (Lancaster, Pa.); Cristi Cano, San Antonio, 75 (St. Louis).

Results from all the local qualifiers to date can be found on the USGA Web site.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

U.S. Open Qualifying Updates

Local qualifying is in full swing for the U.S. Open. Here are the results from recent Texas qualifiers, plus a few Texans who qualified to move on to sectionals from other locations. (Only qualifiers are listed.)

El Paso - Painted Dunes Desert Golf Course
Herbert Day Pan (a), El Salvador, 67
Chris Thomas, El Paso, 70

McKinney - Stonebridge Ranch Country Club
Adam Rubinson, Fort Worth, 65
Clark Dennis, Fort Worth, 68
Todd Rossetti, Garland, 69
Stuart Deane, Australia, 70
Edward Loar, Dallas, 71
Brock Mulder, Waterloo, 71

San Antonio Country Club
Robert Gwin, Houston, 65
Terrence Miskell (a), New Braunfels, 67
Brett Callas, Houston, 68
Casey Carnes (a), New Braunfels, 69
Ken Fothergill, Houston, 69
Brad Lardon, College Station, 69

Other Texans qualifying to move in include Andrew Dresser, Carrollton; Jay Reynolds, Austin; Chris Stroud, Houston; and Fred Brown Jr., The Woodlands.

More qualifying results are available from the USGA.

Preview: TGA State Four-Ball

The Texas Golf Association State Four-Ball takes place this week in San Antonio at The Club at Sonterra. Here's the preview from the TGA:


The 2008 State Four-Ball Championship, conducted by the Texas Golf Association, will be played from Friday, May 16, through Sunday, May 18, at the Club at Sonterra (North Course), located in the North Central Corridor of San Antonio.

A total of 48 teams will be vying for the 2008 title beginning Friday at 8:00 a.m. Format for the competition is 54-hole four-ball stroke play (better-ball of partners), with the field cut to the low 40 teams after 36-holes.

"This is a great opportunity for the Club at Sonterra, and we look forward to hosting the State Four-Ball," said Jeff Hunter, Director of Golf at Sonterra. "The golf course will be in excellent shape and should provide a great challenge for some of the state's top amateurs."

Terrence Miskell of New Braunfels, 2007 TGA Statewide Co-Player of the Year, is half of the defending championship team. He partnered with last year's other TGA Statewide Co-Player of the Year, Trip Kuehne of Irving, to capture the title at Horseshoe Bay. This year Miskell's teammate will be Jon Mathias of San Antonio, winner of the 2006 State Mid-Amateur and 2007 State Mid-Amateur Match Play.

Other former winners in the field include three-time champions Bill Steen and Chris Goodspeed (1996-97, 2002), and Alan Hill and Jeff Harvey (2001).

Designed by the architectural team of Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge, the 7,070-yard, par 72 North Course opened for play in 1985. In addition to this year's State Four-Ball, the North Course was also selected as the site of the 1987 Texas Amateur, won by Jimmy Adams of Beaumont.

Tee-times and parings for the first two rounds are posted on the Texas Golf Association's web site (txga.org). Once the action gets under way, live scoring updates and daily recaps will be available throughout the championship.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Pete Dye and Bruce Lietzke at TPC San Antonio

Here's video of a visit last month to the TPC San Antonio course by Pete Dye and Bruce Lietzke. Dye is the architect on the project's Canyons Course, on which Lietzke serves as the player consultant (Greg Norman and Sergio Garcia are the team working on the resort's Oaks Course).

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Romo Fails in U.S. Open Qualifying Attempt

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo shot 75 on Tuesday at The Golf Club of Dallas, falling five strokes short of advancing in U.S. Open qualifying.

It took 70 to make it through the local qualifier and move on to the sectional. The USGA reported:

Romo, a scratch golfer who tied for 34th last month at the Azalea Amateur in Charleston, S.C., got off to a rough start in his qualifier, shooting 42 on the first nine before rallying with a 2-under 33 over his final nine holes to gain a bit of respectability from his round.

"I hadn't played golf in a week or so, and if you're trying to get your game in shape that's not enough," Romo told the Dallas Morning News. "It comes and it goes."


C'mon, Tony, I know you've got a celebutante to keep up with, but you "hadn't played golf in a week or so"? How about putting a little effort into it next time?

The golfers who did advance out of the Golf Club of Dallas qualifier are:

David Schultz, Dallas, 66
Jeff Burns, San Antonio, 67
Martin Flores, Mansfield, 68
Kelly Kraft (a), Denton, 69
Chris Parra, Dallas, 69
Ron Van Woesick Jr., Allen, 69
Hunter Haas, Fort Worth, 70
Dustin Risdon, Canada, 70

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Houston's Champions Tour Event Changing Courses

The Champions Tour announced on Monday that the Administaff Small Business Classic is moving to a new golf courses. The Houston area's senior circuit stop traditionally comes the week before the AT&T Championship in San Antonio, two weeks before the Charles Schwab Cup finale. It has been played since 2004 at Augusta Pines Golf Course in Spring.

But when the tournament takes place this year, Oct. 17-19, it will on the Tournament Course at The Woodlands Country Club. This is the course formerly known as the TPC of The Woodlands, and it hosted the PGA Tour Houston Open from 1985 through 2002.

"We have matured as a tournament in a short period of time and felt the next step was to move to a golf course that has a rich history in the professional ranks," said Bryan Naugle, Executive Director of the Administaff Small Business Classic. "A majority of the current Champions Tour players have played the Tournament Course through the years and we know they will enjoy coming back to familiar ground. Also, as we look to the future, we want to provide more not only for Administaff and our other sponsors, but for our spectators. We know we have found that opportunity with this venue."

Current Champions Tour players who are past winners of the Houston Open durings its years at TPC Woodlands include Raymond Floyd (1985), Curtis Strange (1986, 1988), Jay Haas (1987), Tony Sills (1990), Fred Funk (1992) and Phil Blackmar (1997).

Added Naugle: "We can not thank the ownership and staff at Augusta Pines enough for giving us a wonderful start. They not only provided great enthusiasm but worked long hours to help us conduct our first four tournaments."

Monday, May 05, 2008

Walker Wins Third Straight on Adams Tour

Three Adams Golf Pro Tour Series tournaments for Mark Walker, three victories. Walker's third consecutive victory on the tour came on Sunday in the Capital One Classic at Ellendale Country Club in Houma, La.

Walker finished with a 4-stroke victory over Adam Swope to claim the $15,000 first-place prize money. Bobby Hutcherson was third, six shots behind Walker.

Walker won the Coca-Cola Wal-Mart Classic last week, and the Firewheel at Garland Classic the week before that. The tour is off this week, then returns with the The Inn of The Mountain Gods Classic in Mescalero, New Mexico, May 15-18.

Top 5
Mark Walker, Hurst, 66-70-69-68--273
Adam Swope, Tampa, Fla., 69-72-68-68--277
Bobby Hutcherson, Memphis, 68-74-68-69--279
Brian Kortan, Albuquerque, N.M., 72-68-71-69--280
Brett Callas, Houston, 72-72-67-69--280
Greg Sonnier, Lake Charles, La., 72-70-69-69--280
Michael Arnaud, Beaumont, 67-69-74-70--280
Stuart Deane, Brisbane, Australia, 71-68-69-72--280
Full Results

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Tony Romo Ready for Another Shot at U.S. Open

tony romo golf

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo loves golf. And he's very good at it. And this year, he's going to be at the site of the U.S. Open anyway. So he might as well try to play in the tournament, right?

Actually, attempting to qualify for big-time professional golf tournaments is nothing new for Romo. He has tried multiple times to qualify for the U.S. Open and for the Byron Nelson Championship. He hasn't succeeded yet, but he hasn't embarrassed himself, either.

The USGA reports:

A year ago, the 28-year-old Romo nearly qualified for sectionals in Dallas, shooting even-par 72. He also recently posted a respectable 3-over 73 at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas during the pro-am for the PGA Tour's EDS Byron Nelson Classic. And in April, he tied for 34th at the Azalea Amateur in Charleston, S.C.

Scott Verplank, the 1984 U.S. Amateur champion, served as his pro-am partner at the EDS Byron Nelson Classic

"He's a good player," Verplank told the Dallas Morning News. "Obviously, when he's not playing football, he spends a little bit time playing golf."


Romo's local qualifier for the U.S. Open takes place May 7 at The Golf Club of Dallas. Hunter Haas, Jaxon Brigman and Scott Gutschewski are among the others in the field, so head out to Golf Club of Dallas and watch the qualifier if you're in the area.

As for why Romo will be at the site (Torrey Pine Golf Course, San Diego, Calif.) of the U.S. Open already: He's one of the three celebrities (the others are Justin Timberlake and Matt Lauer) taking part in the Golf Digest U.S. Open contest. The three celebs, plus one "regular" golfer - the contest winner - play Torrey Pines on June 6, just prior to the Open.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Blackmar Back in the Game

phil blackmarNice article about a nice guy in the Austin American-Stateman. The nice guy in question is Phil Blackmar, the Corpus Christi native and resident (his father, Fred Blackmar, was the head pro and teaching pro at the CC-Naval Air Station course for decades), University of Texas graduate, longtime PGA Tour.

During his time on tour, Blackmar epitomized the journeyman PGA Tour golfer. Many years he struggled to keep his card. But Blackmar's talent was as big as the 6-foot-7 man - he just had trouble harnessing and controlling it. But because of that talent, he managed to win three times in his career. Might not sound like much, but that's the same number of wins as Chris DiMarco now has.

Blackmar finally gave up the struggled in 2000, but eventually found that he missed the competition. And now he's back in the middle of competition, on the Champions Tour. This week in Austin, at the FedEx Kinko's Classic, he's playing the senior circuit for the eighth time.

Describing golf for ESPN and USA, a job that put him in the middle of tournaments without the anxiety of playing them, helped Blackmar realize what he missed. His perspective changed.

He longed again for the chase.

"That's addictive," Blackmar said. "That was what I loved. As time passed, that part of me started coming back."

The time away had mended what needed mending, he said.

He used to be too hard on himself. He used to seethe at bad luck. He used to brood when he didn't play to his expectations. He used to allow his mood to affect his relationships.

"I still liked the game," Blackmar said. "I just didn't like what the game had done to me."

He practiced for a year for the Champions Tour.

He and his family had talks.

He simplified his swing and began to train his mind again to compete.

He granted himself a chance.

"He's definitely come back from the grave," said his friend and caddie, former tour player John Adams.


While Blackmar might have sometimes seethed on the course, he has always been generous and a gentleman off the course. It's good to see him back on tour.

Read the full article. (Note: If you're asked for login info, visit bugmenot.com.)

(Photo by Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman)