Wednesday, May 14, 2008

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 ( Once the action gets under way, live scoring updates and daily recaps will be available throughout the championship.

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