Thursday, July 31, 2008

Daingerfield Boy, Carrollton Girl Claim State Junior Titles

The Texas State Boys Junior Championship and Texas State Girls Junior Championship tournaments in Austin, conducted by the Texas Legends Junior Tour, wrapped up on Wednesday. Jade Scott of Daingerfield and Sandra Lee of Carrollton emerged as the victors. Here is the report from the TLJT:

AUSTIN, Texas - Over three scorching days at Barton Creek’s Fazio Foothills course, Daingerfield’s Jade Scott was the best player in the Boys 15-18 division. But it took a 55th hole for him to prove it.

Scott began the final round with a four-stroke lead over Nick Tremps and a five-stroke advantage over John Duke Hudson and, for much of the day, it looked as though Scott would coast to victory. But bogeys on his final four holes left the conclusion in doubt.

On No. 18 (par-5, 560 yards), Scott had a one-shot lead over Tremps and Hudson. After hitting his drive to the right and having to punch out, Scott was left with a 40-footer for par. Tremps, meanwhile, had a 40-foot putt for birdie while Hudson hit a great chip shot and was left with a two-foot putt for par. Scott and Tremps both missed their long putts and tapped in for their bogey and par, respectively, to tie at 215. Hudson missed his two-footer to miss joining them in a playoff.

In the playoff, Scott again hit his tee shot to the right while Tremps was down the middle. Both players layed up to approximately 120 yards and Scott was the first to play his third shot. Unable to see the green, Scott hit his wedge to about two feet to a smattering of applause from the gallery that had formed behind the 18th green. Tremps followed up with a wedge to about 20 feet. His birdie attempt was not to be, however, as it came to rest on the lip of the hole. Scott then tapped in for the wire-to-wire victory.

Asked after the round if he knew how the players stood while on the final few holes, the easygoing Scott responded, "I wasn’t really worried about Nick until the last hole when I realized he was only one behind."

With the victory, Scott earns exemptions into next year’s EDS Byron Nelson Junior Championship and Texas State Amateur. He also earns three AJGA tournament exemptions.

Entering Wednesday’s final round, the picture in the Girls 15-18 division was much more muddled than the Boys. Three players shared the lead after the second round including last week’s champion at BlackHorse, Katy Cardno; last year’s Girls 14 & Under state champion, Christine Lin; and this year’s Match Play winner, Christina Stringham.

However, it was Sandra Lee of Carrollton who shot the low round of the day, 75, for the win. Lee, 15, finished second last week at BlackHorse after having won at Onion Creek the week before. But this was, by far, the biggest win of her career.

"I didn’t expect this to happen," said Lee as she walked off the 18th green following the trophy presentation.

Having only moved to the U.S. a year ago from Korea, Lee has certainly put herself on the Texas junior golf map. She also earned three AJGA tournament exemptions with the victory.

This was the 81st Texas State Junior Championship and the fourth consecutive held at Barton Creek. The Legends Junior Tour has run the event since its inception in 2005.

The event is open to any resident of Texas, 19 and under, who has not yet enrolled in college. This year there were over 500 entries for the Championship.

Boys Top 5
x-Jade Scott, Daingerfield, 68-69-78-215
Nick Tremps, San Antonio, 72-69-74-215
John Duke Hudson, Sonora, 72-70-74-216
Ben Pounds, Austin, 72-74-71-2171
Jack Lempke, Frisco, 74-74-71-219
Sean Luke, DeSoto, 77-70-72-219
Garett Fisher, Keller, 74-72-73-219
Full Scores

Girls Top 5
Sandra Lee, Carrollton, 79-75-75-229
Christina Stringham, Pasadena, 72-81-78-231
Mariana Sims, Austin, 80-75-77-232
Christine Lin, Austin, 75-78-79-232
Katy Cardno, Sugar Land,76-77-81-234
Full Scores

On Tuesday, champions in the 14-under divisions were crowned after two days of play. For the boys, the 14-under state champ is Cole Kennedy (141) of Texarkana, two shots ahead of Scott Scheffler of Dallas. For the girls, the 14-under state champ is Grace Choi (158) of Dallas, who defeated Sydney Williams of Melissa in a playoff.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Doan Defends Title at Western Championship

Cameron Doan made it two wins in a row at the Northern Texas PGA Callaway Golf Western Championship. Here's the report from the NTPGA:

MIDLAND, TX – Cameron Doan, head golf professional at Preston Trail Golf Club, began the day tied for first place at 2-under par 70 with Lindy Miller, director of golf at Mira Vista Country Club and Greg Antunes, head golf professional at Stonetree Golf Club. Doan carded a 3-under par 69 (34-35) in his final round to successfully defend his title and claim the 2008 Callaway Golf Western Championship.

The leaders were pressured early with a strong push by Paul Norris, assistant golf professional at Dallas Country Club. Norris teed off an hour and twelve minutes before the leaders and quickly erased a seven shot deficit by carding a front nine 6-under par 30 to move within one shot of the lead. He continued his fine play on the back nine to close with a 3-under par 33 with birdies on holes 17 and 18. His final round total of 63 set the pace for the Championship with a two day total of 4-under par 140 (77-63). Norris' great effort came up one stroke shy but good enough for him to finish alone in second place.

Antunes closed with final round of 1-under par 71 to finish in third place with a two day total of 3-under par 141 (70-71). Miller finished alone in fourth place with a final total of 2-under par 142.

Doan becomes the only golf professional to win the Callaway Golf Western Championship three times in its ten year history. Doan's previous titles came in 2002 at San Angelo Country Club and in 2007 at Midland Country Club.

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STPGA Assistant's Championship

The 2008 Southern Texas PGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf Assistant's Championship wrapped up at The Club at Sonterra in San Antonio recently. Here's the report from the STPGA:

Brian Bohlig of Trinity took a wire-to-wire win in the 2008 Southern Texas PGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf Assistant’s Championship, held on the North Course at The Club at Sonterra in San Antonio.

Bohlig, an assistant professional at Whispering Pines Golf Club, opened the tournament with a round of 1-under-par 71 and closed with a score of 66 for a 36-hole total of 7-under-par 137 to win in a runaway, finishing seven strokes ahead of a pair of golfers tied for second place.

Bohlig earned $1,500 for his victory, as well as a trip to the national PGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf Assistant's Championship, to be held Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2008, at The PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Austin's David Von Hoffman, an assistant professional at Escondido, and Joe Mitchell, an assistant professional at Victoria Country Club, finished in the second-place tie. Von Hoffman went 73-71—144, while Mitchell flipped those scores, going 71-73—144, for his share of second place. Both golfers earned $900 in prize money and will join Bohlig as representative in the national championship.

Chip Craig, assistant professional at The Deerwood Club in Kingwood, will be the STPGA's fourth golfer in the national event, earning his spot in the field with a fourth-place finish in the STPGA tournament with a score of 74-72—146. Craig took home $700 for his effort.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Miskell Wins 2008 State Mid-Am

Chalk up another Texas Golf Association title for Terrence Miskell of New Braunfels. The 2007 TGA Co-Player of the Year won the TGA State Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship on Sunday at the UT Golf Club in Austin. Here's the report from the TGA:

Austin -- The final two players from a starting field of 83 teed it up first thing on Sunday morning under perfect summer time conditions at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin. The #4 seed and 2007 TGA Co-player of the year Terrence Miskell squared off against the #3 seed Scott Fawcett of Dallas. Fawcett breezed through his side of the bracket, never going more than 15 holes in a match. In fact, after dispensing of Jack Eckardt 7 & 6 in the semifinals, Fawcett played holes 16, 17, 18 after his match in preparation for Sunday's match.

On the other side of the bracket, Terrence Miskell of New Braunfels had his hands full with the local favorite and UT Golf Club member Steven Bright. With a gallery of 20 strong, the semifinal match went 19 holes before Miskell got the 1-up victory to advance.

On Sunday, Miskell got off to a fast start by making birdie on the first hole to take a 1-up lead, then Fawcett made bogey on hole #3 to give Miskell a 2-up advantage. Miskell made his only mistake of the day on hole #4 went he pushed his tee ball OB right and conceded the hole to Fawcett to move back to 1-up. From that point forward, Miskell made pars and birdies and the match began to slip away from Fawcett with concessions on holes 7 & 8. At the turn Miskell was three up. Fawcett couldn't catch a break all day and when his short approach on #10 found the greenside bunker, it became clear it was not his day. Miskell went four up on hole 10 after hitting his approach within 4 feet.

Both players made birdie on 11 and pars at 12. Standing on the drivable Par 4 thirteenth tee, Miskell kept his foot on the gas and tried to clear the lake in front of the green only to have his ball come to rest about two inches from the water's edge. Fawcett took the conservative route with a four iron and played down the right side. Miskell removed the socks & shoes, waded into knee high water and chipped to 15 feet. Both players made par and Fawcett missed an opening.

Being four down with 5 holes remaining, Fawcett pulled his tee shot left on #14 and had to declare a lost ball. Miskell took advantage and closed out the match 5 & 4 after making a routine par and earned his first TGA State Championship of 2008.

Visit the TGA tournament site for the full match play results and other tourney info.

Rev Run in Lajitas

The Lajitas Resort, in far West Texas, on the Mexican border, and boasting an 18-hole golf course, a carpet of green in the desert. It was supposed to be a playground for the wealthy, a remote getaway spot with its own private airstrip.

Instead, Lajitas has been plagued with empty rooms and bankruptcy battles.

But fear not, Rev Run is coming! The resort sent an email today noting that on Wednesday, July 30, an episode of MTV's series Run's House - starring Rev Run (the "Run" in "Run DMC" and the brother of rap music mogul Russell Simmons) - will air that was shot at the Lajitas Resort. It's called the "Lajitas Family Vacation Episode."

This should be interesting. Although probably not interesting enough to actually watch ...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Famed Instructor Finds Success Playing

Chuck Cook, based in Austin, is one of the most famous golf instructors in the world. He annually is included near the top of Golf Digest's best instructors in America list, usually as one of the Top 10.

And Cook isn't just a teacher. He can play a little, too.

Here's the report from the Southern Texas PGA on recently completed Senior Series tournament:

Noted golf instructor Chuck Cook of Spicewood, the 1996 PGA of America Teacher of the Year and winner of the Southern Texas PGA’s Harvey Penick Teacher of the Year Award in 1984 and 1995, shot a 6-under-par total of 70-68—138 to win the Super Senior Division and overall competition in a Southern Teas PGA Senior Series tournament at River Crossing Club in Spring Branch.

Cook earned $480 for taking the win in the Super Senior Division and added $300 for the overall victory.

The Woodlands’ Sherwood Stewart finished in second place in the Super Senior group, finishing at 68-72—140 and won $370. Ben Smith of Tomball finished in third place at 73-72—145 and took home a check for $310.

Philip Miranda, an assistant professional at Great Hills Country Club in Austin, carded a 5-under-par total of 71-68—139 to win the Senior Division, worth winnings of $520.

Chuck Westergard, head golf professional at San Antonio Country Club, and Austin’s Steve Trafton tied for runner-up honors in the Senior group. Westergard posted a score of 70-72—142 and Trafton went 73-69—142 to win $375 each.

The next STPGA Senior Series event will be held August 11-12 at Houston National Golf Club in Cypress, followed by an Aug. 25-26 tournament at The Onion Creek Club in Austin.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Abilene Golfer Goes Wire-to-Wire at West Texas Am

The West Texas Amateur, conducted by the Texas Golf Association, concluded Sunday at San Angelo Country Club. Here's the recap from the TGA:

For the third day in a row players in the West Texas Amateur Championship played under blue skies and little wind. With San Angelo Country Club, host for the championship, in tremendous shape players knew they had to shoot red numbers in order to stay near the top of the leader board.

Trey Todd claimed a wire to wire victory with his final round 69. Todd, of Abilene, fired three rounds under par for an eleven under par total and a three shot victory. Todd has taken lessons for years with Jason Hase, the Head Golf Professional at San Angelo Country Club, and said his familiarity with the course definitely played a role in his win. Todd played steady, patient golf throughout the week and only carded two bogeys over the three days of competition. According to Todd his game plan was to concentrate on hitting greens in regulation and attacking the par 5’s. His plan worked to perfection as he now becomes a two time champion of this event, also winning in 2005. Trey Todd would like to extend his appreciation to the club and staff, saying the greens were great all week.

Tying for second place at eight under par for the week were John Bearrie, of Arlington, and Scott Roudebush, of Fort Worth. Bearrie carded a final round 68, while Roudebush shot a 67 in a very well played final pairing. Both Bearrie and Roudebush were under par all three days of the championship and in contention throughout. ohn Pierce, of San Antonio, matched the low round of the week with a 66 and vaulted his way into fourth place. Overall, six players had under par totals for the week.

In the Senior Flight, Aaron Billings cruised to victory as the only player under par for the week. Billings, from Horseshoe Bay, fired a final round 68 for a three day total of two under par 211 to win by four strokes. Jimmy Chapman, from Irving, finished with a total of 215 to grab second place, while overnight leader Curt Sampson struggled to a 77 and finished third.

Harry Todd blew the field away in the Super Senior division and won by ten shots. Todd, of Dallas, said his final round 80 was a struggle, but no one was able to make a charge. TGA Director Bob Twaddell, of Houston, finished in second place for the third straight year.

Open Division - Top 5
Trey Todd, Abilene, 67-66-69--202
John Bearrie, Arlington, 70-67-68--205
Scott Roudebush, Fort Worth, 69-69-67--205
John Pierce, San Antonio, 71-72-66--209
Jay Calvo, Baird, 73-68-70--211

Senior Division - Top 5
Aaron Billings, Horseshoe Bay, 70-73-68--211
Jimmy Chapman, Irving, 70-74-71--215
Curt Sampson, Ennis, 73-68-77--218
Michael Hastings, Waxahachie, 73-76-70--219
Doug Baker, Austin, 74-74-76--224

The full results are available on the TGA Web site,

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Dallas' Piller Is 2008 TSO Champ

Congratulations to Martin Piller, the 2008 Texas State Open champion. Play concluded Sunday at The Cascades in Tyler. Here is the wrapup provided by the Northern Texas PGA:

TYLER, Texas – Martin Piller of Dallas proudly displayed his trophy and check for $25,000 after winning the 38th Texas State Open at The Cascades. Piller, a former member of the Texas A&M golf team, was the low amateur for the Texas State Open the past two years but played as a professional for the first time this weekend.

"There's a difference between practice and competition. I was confident in my game, but there's still the unknown factor," he said.

With solid rounds of golf all weekend, Piller eagled the sixth and fourteenth holes during his final round to close with a final round 66 for a four round total 14-under par total of 266.

"I didn't look at the leaderboard until I got to the 18th green," Piller said. "It's a great feeling. It will sink in soon."

Piller was accompanied by his family and a large gallery as he walked down the fairway for his final shot of the day.

Trailing two shots behind Piller and tied for second were Dawie Van Der Walt of Beaumont and Shawn Stefani of Baytown, each with a 12-under 268. Van Der Walt, a South Africa native, turned professional only a year ago following his golf career at Lamar University. He currently plays on mini tours and in local qualifiers. Stefani maintained his hold on second place throughout the day and, along with Van Der Walt, will take home a check for $12,500.

Tied for fourth at 10-under par were Dallas’ Ryan Posey and Dustin Garza of Mission. Garza, the Championship low amateur, stayed under par the entire tournament.

"I had a good time, but I do wish I could have given him a better chase," Garza said. Garza will play another two years of golf at Wichita State before he attempts to play professionally. "I'll definitely come back next year," he commented.

Kevin Schultz of Richardson shot the third hole-in-one for the tournament on hole 5. He aced the 165-yard par-3 using a 7-iron. Schultz recently graduated from the University of Texas and will turn professional following the upcoming United States Amateur Championship.

Top 5 Finishers
Martin Piller, Dallas, 69-64-67-66--266
Dawie Van Der Walt, Beaumont, 71-67-65-65--268
Shawn Stefani, Baytown, 69-67-65-67--268
Ryan Posey, Dallas, 65-70-69-66--270
a-Dustin Garza, Mission, 66-68-67-69--270
Full Scores

Saturday, July 19, 2008

TSO at Midway Point

The Texas State Open is through two of its four rounds at The Cascades in Tyler. Here is the midway report from the Northern Texas PGA:

TYLER, Texas – Houston's Pablo Acuna and Dallas' Martin Piller will lead the field heading into round three of the 38th Texas State Open at The Cascades at 7-under-par 133.

Making six birdies for the day, Acuna ended at 2-under par 68. "I hit well today and my putting game was good. I recently turned professional so I'm really looking forward to the weekend," said Acuna.

Piller recently turned professional following a college golf career at Texas A&M. He had the low round for the day with five birdies and a hole-in-one. He aced the 165-yard par 3 fifth hole using an 8-iron.

Piller will head into the final two rounds vying for the championship title after capturing the Texas State Open low amateur title the past two years.

Tied for third are Dallas' Scott Abbot and amateurs Dustin Garza of Mission, Texas, and Arlington's Bobby Massa at 6-under-par 134. Abbott qualified for the Texas State Open at Hollytree Country Club and currently plays on the Tight Lies and Gateway Tours. Garza, a golfer for Wichita State University, earned his exemption into this year's tournament from the 2007 Texas State Open where he was the second low amateur. Massa, a junior at UT Arlington, also plays on the golf team and has trained for twelve years under Kenny Huff, PGA head golf professional at The Cascades.

"It was an up-and-down round today, but if I hit the driver better tomorrow, I should be in good shape," he said.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pro-Am Tees Off Week at Texas State Open

It's Texas State Open week. The tournament runs Thursday-Sunday, July 17-20, at The Cascades in Tyler.

Tuesday was the pro-am day, and Martin Flores of Mansfield earned low pro honors with a 1-under round of 69. Pro Tim Thelan led his squad to the team title, combine with amateur partners David Saleh, Gallaway Calhoun and Steve Duffey for a 22-under total.

The Northern Texas PGA Web site's Texas State Open tournament hub has the full pro-am results, as well as more info about the tournament such as the field list, pairings and start times. Check that page during play for live scoring.

West Texas Amateur Begins Friday

The 80th playing of the West Texas Amateur begins Friday at San Angelo Country Club and concludes on Sunday, July 20. The West Texas Amateur, conducted by the Texas Golf Association, will be 54 holes of stroke play in three division: Open, Senior (55 and older), and Super Senior (65 and older). The two senior division each crown their own champion, but the low scorer among all seniors (from both categories) earns the overall senior title.

The TGA reports:

An exceptionally strong field will be on hand for this year's event including past champions Conway Jordan (1997) and Trey Todd (2005), both of Abilene, and local resident Mickey Scott (1992). Other notable names scheduled to compete are current State Public Links champion Guy Goodspeed of Del Rio and 2007 TGA North Player of the Year Rob Couture of Dallas. In all, nearly half of the 108-players in the starting field sport a plus-handicap.

While play is in progress, scores will be available osn the Texas Golf Association Web site.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Woodlands Team Wins State Father-Son

The report from the Texas Golf Association on the 2008 State Father-Son Championship:

Lufkin - Juan and Juan Jose Salcedo had a large lead going into the final few holes of the 2008 TGA State Father-Son Championship at Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin. They needed the cushion their excellent play over the first 15 holes had provided to claim their first TGA State Father-Son title. With both players' scores accounting for the team total in the final round for the Championship Flight, the Salcedos were cruising with a 10-shot advantage when the wheels almost came off.

Juan the son made bogey on 16, and then finished with back to back double bogeys for an 80. Dad came through with a pair of birdies sandwiched around a double bogey on 17 for a 74. The 154 final round total gave the Salcedos a 54-hole score of 291, good enough for a four shot margin of victory over Mark and Jordan Woolf of Fort Worth.

The Woolfs were five shots behind going into the final round, and combined for a 153 (Mark 76, Jordan 77) to finish at 295. Finishing third was the home town team of John and Jack Kennedy of Lufkin. Their 151 (Jack 75, John 76) was the low final round in the Championship Flight and moved them ahead of several teams, finishing with a 296 total.

After two rounds of four-ball stroke play the Championship Division was divided into a Championship Flight and a Presidents Flight. While the Championship Flight played combined score in the final round, the Presidents Flight continued with four-ball stroke play. The winners of the Presidents Flight were Bill (Lufkin) and Ryan (Tyler) Slaughter. Their final round of two under par 70 was just enough to edge past Bruce and Jacob Claver of Rowlett.

The 40 teams not in the Championship Division were pre-flighted based on combined handicaps, and played a modified Stableford format for all three rounds. The competition was just as intense and just as close in these flights. The winner of the Hogan Flight was the team of Mark and Jordan Griege of Dallas. They were wire to wire winners with a 54-hole point total of zero, 9.75 points ahead of Steve and Steven Reid who finished second. The Nelson Flight was won by Cullen and Brannon Smith of West Columbia who finished at -6.5 points, just two ahead of runners-up Chance and Paul Williams of Plano. John and Hunter Kennedy of Midland came from behind to win the Crenshaw Flight with a -6.25 total, with Rocky and Grant Haney of Lufkin second in the flight. The Kite Flight was a real battler with Mark Copeland of Dallas and Jim Copeland of Houston winning by just one-half point +3.5 to +3.0 over Mike and Michael Matthews of The Hills.

Visit the TGA's tournament page to view full results.

Playoff Determines Adams Tour Winner

The Adams Golf Pro Tour series pulled into Texarkana July 10-13 for the Rising Star Open, played at Texarkana Golf Ranch. And Brett Lederer pulled out of Texarkana with the victory.

Lederer, from Long Beach, Calif., defeated David Jenkins, of Overland Park, Kan., in a playoff for the tournament title. The two finished 72 holes tied at 5-under 283. Lederer's total was comprised of rounds of 72-72-67-72.

The two replayed No. 18, a par-4, in the playoff, and Lederer won with a birdie. For the victory, Ledered received $15,000.

Top 5 Finishers
Brett Lederer, Long Beach, CA, 72-72-67-72--283
David Jenkins, Overland Park, KS, 72-70-71-70--283
Jon Whittaker, Springdale, AR, 76-69-68-71--284
Michael Arnaud, Beaumont, TX, 71-70-70-74--285
Kevin Dillen, Paris, TX, 73-66-70-76--285
Full Scores

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Houston Area Overflowing with Young Talent

Stacy Lewis posted a Top 10 finish at the U.S. Women's Open last, her first tournament as a professional golfer. Lewis, from The Woodlands, is the latest golf phenom from the Houston area to turn pro and make a splash. But she won't be the last. She's merely the vanguard of a coming wave of great young golfers from the Houston area.

The Houston Chronicle takes a closer look at the pipeline of talent emerging from the area in an article headlined, "Houston area becoming a hotbed for young golf talent."

Memorial High School junior Cory Whitsett won the 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur at 15 and hasn't slowed down, grabbing the 2008 UIL Class 5A individual state title.

Lisa McCloskey, 17, who recently graduated a year early from Montgomery High School, is headed to Pepperdine on a golf scholarship after winning the Class 4A state individual title two years in a row and placing third in the Doug Sanders Junior-Celebrity Golf Tournament last weekend.

"When I was playing youth golf in Houston, the competition was really good," said Lewis, who in May completed a collegiate career in which she was a four-time All-American and the 2007 NCAA individual champion at Arkansas. "I might have been the first to do some big things, but I know there are a lot more golfers from that area that will be in national headlines, too."

Texas sophomore and former Elkins golfer Lance Lopez said the competition was starting to get thick when he was in high school. Lopez won the individual 5A title in 2004, and Elkins won the team title in 2003.

"Playing in regionals and district and just local tournaments in Houston at that time, you were seeing great players all around you," Lopez said. "Houston is producing some great golfers, despite the fact that it isn't really known for its golf the way other areas are."

Lopez picked up his first golf club when he was 2 years old and started playing competitively at 5. He said the biggest accomplishment for him and other golfers of his generation is not burning out.

"It's a mentally draining sport, and you have to give up a lot to be good," Lopez said. "So young players that make it big can be rare, because so many don't work as hard as you need to."

From Klein Oak there's Shannon Fish, now at UT; from The Woodlands there is Lauren Johnson, Bronson Burgoon and Brandon Burgoon, all at A&M, plus Ashley Knoll, already graduate from A&M and now on the Futures Tour, and Stephanie Page, who also played for A&M.

Ben Thorseth of Strake Jesuit is headed to Rice after winning the Greater Houston City Junior Championship and the Texas/Oklahoma Junior Championship.

"I really love seeing national rankings and seeing names from Texas and, even better, from Houston," Thorseth said. "I think the golfers here are just as good as California or Florida, and we are showing that right now."

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Kingwood Duo Claim Texas State Pro-Assistant Title

The Titleist/Cobra/FootJoy Texas State Pro-Assistant Championship was played the past two days at Horseshoe Bay Resort, on the resort's Apple Rock and Ram Rock courses. Here is the recap from the Southern Texas PGA:

Ricky Lyons and Chip Craig of The Deerwood Club in Kingwood fired a 36-hole best ball total of 14-under-par 62-67—129 on the Apple Rock and Ramrock Courses at Horseshoe Bay Resort to win the 2008 Titleist/Cobra/FootJoy Texas State Pro-Assistant Championship.

Lyons and Craig led for the duration of the tournament to earn the first-place prize of $5,000 ($2,500 each). They finished three strokes up on the runner-up team of Brad Lardon and Justin Green from Bryan's Miramont Country Club, who posted a 66-66—132 total for $4,000 in winnings.

Britt Patton and Judd Whiteman of Dallas National Golf Club finished third at 64-69—133, good for $3,000 in earnings.

Top 5 Finishers
Ricky Lyons/Chip Craig, 62-67—129
Brad Lardon/Justin Green, 66-66—132
Britt Patton/Judd Whiteman, 64-69—133
Mark Pelletier/Trent Rommann, 68-66—134
Charlie Epps/John, 66-68—134
Full Results