Thursday, August 28, 2008

Antunes Claimes NTPGA Seniors Championship

The report from the Northern Texas PGA on the recently completed Fina NTPGA Seniors' Championship:

ANNA, Texas – Greg Antunes, head golf professional at Stonetree Golf Club, fired his second consecutive round of 68 in round two of the FINA NTPGA Seniors' Championship to win by three shots.

Antunes began the day one stroke behind PGA Life Member Bill Garrett, who was the overnight leader. Antunes opened with a 3-under par, 33 on the front nine giving him a two-shot lead heading into his final nine. His strong play continued on the back nine with a closing 1-under par, 35 for a two round total of 8-under par, 136.

Antunes took home the first place prize of $1,200. Finishing in second place at 5-under par, 139 was Bill Garrett, followed by Perry Arthur, teaching professional at Sherrill Park Golf Course, at 4-under par, 140. Both players shot even par in round two of the Championship.

Joining Antunes at the 2008 Callaway Golf Senior PGA Professional National Championship will be Bill Garrett, Michael Hurley, head golf professional at Grayson County College Golf Course, Benny Passons, PGA Life Member, and David Foster, head golf professional at Denton Country Club along with Perry Arthur who was already exempt into the Championship via making the cut at the 69th Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York.

The FINA NTPGA Seniors' Championship is a 36-hole stroke play event contested at Hurricane Creek Country Club, a 7,027-yard, par-72 layout located in Anna.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New Dates for Horseshoe Bay's "Unlimited Golf Getaway"

The "Unlimited Golf Getaway" is something that Horseshoe Bay Resort does each year on its golf courses. During the off-season, golfers staying Horseshoe Bay receive unlimited play on any of the three Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed courses - Ram Rock, Apple Rock, Slick Rock - at the resort.

This year's "Unlimited Golf Getaway" at Horseshoe Bay runs now through Feb. 29, 2009. The deal includes unlimited access to the Whitewater putting course, shared carts, driving range access, club cleaning and storage, shuttle service to and from the greens, and daily breakfast at the Lantana Grill.

Rates? Depending on accomodations, rates start at $187 per person Sept. 5-Nov. 8, and $168 per person Nov. 9-Feb. 29. Overnight guests have full access to the resort's amenities, which also include four swimming pools, a spa and fitness facility, a full-service marina, seven dining facilities, 12 adult tennis courts, three USTA-sponsored kids’ tennis courts, a jet center with a 6,000-foot runway, and private charter jet service via Air Horseshoe.

For info, call (877) 611-0112 or visit www.hsbresort.com.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Birdies for Kids Raises Record Amounts

birdies for kids 2008
(Click to enlarge / Photo courtesy NTPGA)


The fifth annual Birdies for Kids fundraiser took place at Brook Hollow Country Club in Dallas on Monday, Aug. 18. This is the golf marathon in which club professionals in the DFW area who hail from Australia get pledges from area businesses and individuals, then head to the course and play golf all ... day ... long.

This year, the seven Aussies were again joined by hockey legend Brett Hull. The eight golfers played 126 holes each, recording 213 birdies and raising a record amount of money for children's charities in the DFW area.

Here is the news release from the NTPGA on the outing:

DALLAS, Texas – Seven Australians who all work in the golf industry in the north Texas area conducted the 5th Annual Birdies for Kids Fundraiser on Monday, August 18 at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas. The fundraiser consisted of playing 126 holes with the goal to make as many birdies and eagles as possible.

The group was again joined by Brett Hull this year. Hull, the Co-General Manager of the Dallas Stars, has played in the fundraiser for three consecutive years. Hull was asked to play in 2006 as the seven Aussies needed one more player to round out four twosomes for the day.

In addition to Hull, the Aussies who participated were: Stuart Deane, PGA Member from Arlington; Nick Griffin, an assistant professional at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas; Travis Johns, an assistant professional at Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas; Jeremy Langdale, an assistant professional at Green Tree Country Club in Midland; Dean Larsson, an assistant professional at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas; Cameron McCormick, the director of instruction at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas and Mark Harrison, the director of operations with the Northern Texas PGA.

Hull, an honorary Aussie for the day and the seven Texans by way of Australia were able to manage 213 birdies and six eagles throughout the day despite the wet conditions. This smashed the group’s previous best effort of 178 birdies and one eagle that they made in 108 holes last year.

"Through four rounds this year we had 112 birdies and six eagles. Even though it was raining, as a group it just felt like we were playing better this year than in the past," said Nick Griffin. The Aussies saved their best for the final 54 holes, when as a group they made 113 birdies, an average of almost five birdies per player, per round.

The fundraiser raised $204,237 during the day, beating the previous best mark of $194,199 that was raised last year. In just five years the fundraiser has generated $594,837.47 for various children’s charities. The Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation’s Golf-In-Schools Program and Children’s Medical Center will share the funds this year.

The Aussies asked members of the Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation to become "honorary Aussies" for the summer to help raise money for kids. 30 kids participated by asking for support from friends, neighbors and relatives in an effort to raise money for the fundraiser. The kids raised $23,515 for the respective charities this year.

Johnny Antle, a senior at Graham High School in Graham, Texas was the leading fundraiser among the kids for the second consecutive year. Johnny raised $8,700.00. For his efforts he will receive a complete set of Titleist golf clubs as well as two round trip tickets to Australia on Qantas.

Winning Tradition

Houston's Mike Kullberg birdied his final hole to post a 36-hole total of 5-under-par 139 to win the 2008 Southern Texas PGA Callaway Tradition Championship at Bastrop's Wolfdancer Golf Club by a single stroke.

Kullberg, an assistant professional at Blackhorse Golf Club in Cypress, held a one stroke lead heading into the second and final round of the tournament. He earned $3,000 for his victory.

Lonny Alexander, who will defend his title at the 2008 STPGA Professional Championship next month, finished in second place at 70-70—140. A teaching professional at Onion Creek Club in Austin, Alexander took home $$2,300 for his play in the Callaway event.

Houston's Steve Parker and Edwin Dickens, a teaching professional at Fredericksburg’s Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course, tied for third place at 141 and won $1,700 each.

NTPGA Section Awards Announced

Congratulations to Dennis Ewing of Dallas Athletic Club on being named the Golf Professional of the Year in the Northern Texas PGA section. The NTPGA has announced its 2008 award recipients, all of whom will be honored next spring at the NTPGA President's Dinner and Awards Banquet.

Here is the list of winners:

  • Golf Professional of the Year - Dennis Ewing, Dallas Athletic Club
  • Distinguished Service Award - Dick Goetz, Life Member; Jack Goetz, Life Member
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award - Ronny Glanton, Sherrill Park Golf Course
  • Horton Smith Award - Bert Walker, Tangle Ridge Golf Club
  • Randy Smith Junior Golf Leader - Dave Hasse, Sherrill Park Golf Course
  • Teacher of the Year - Lance Patterson, Midland Country Club
  • Merchandiser of the Year (Private) - Dow Finsterwald, Jr., Colonial Country Club
  • Merchandise of the Year (Public) - George Priolo, Comanche Trail Golf Course
  • Merchandiser of the Year (Resort) - Paul Earnest, Four Seasons Resort and Club
  • Assistant Golf Professional of the Year - Abe Hernandez, Royal Oaks Country Club
  • Byron Nelson Award - Fin Ewing, Ewing Automotive
  • Bob Galt Award - Mark Kazlowski, The Dallas Morning News
  • Leon Faucett Award - Dan Hannagan, Nike Golf

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Golf Magazine Ranks Texas Courses

The September issue of Golf magazine includes that publication's "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" rankings. Keep in mind that the fact the public does have access to the courses on the list doesn't mean they are easy to get onto; and just because you can play them might not mean you can afford to play them.

On the national Top 100, as per usual, Texas doesn't fare very well: Only two courses make the magazine's list. Those are Barton Creek Fazio Canyons at No. 67 and Barton Creek Fazio Foothills at No. 71. Two years ago, the last time Golf's list was published, Foothills was rated one spot ahead of Canyons. Go figure.

Here is how Golf ranks the top "courses you can play" in Texas:

1. Barton Creek Fazio Canyons, Austin
2. Barton Creek Fazio Foothills, Austin
3. The Tribute, The Colony
4. La Cantera Palmer, San Antonio
5. TPC Las Colinas, Irving
6. Pine Dunes, Frankston
7. Horshoe Bay Ramrock, Horseshoe Bay
8. Cowboys Golf Club, Grapevine
9. The Rawls Course, Lubbock
10. Butterfield Trail, El Paso
11. La Cantera Resort, San Antonio
12. Horseshoe Bay Applerock, Horseshoe Bay
13. Wolfdancer, Bastrop
14. Augusta Pines, Spring
15. The Falls, New Ulm
16. Redstone Tournament Course, Humble
17. Blackhorse South, Cypress
18. The Quarry, San Antonio
19. Texas Star, Euless
20. Pecan Valley, San Antonio

Monday, August 18, 2008

Amarillo's Doughtie Takes State Senior Am

From the Texas Golf Association:

Houston: Tom Doughtie of Amarillo turned 55 on July 22nd, making him eligible for his first Texas Senior Amateur Championship. He took advantage of the opportunity by winning the 2008 title, but it ended up being a narrow margin of victory. Leading by four shots with only three holes to play, Dougthie hit his tee shot in the water on the par three 16th hole. He ended up with a triple bogey and his lead was down to one. A birdie-bogey finish gave him a final round 75 for a 54-hole total of three over par – 219, just one shot ahead of runner-up Jim Mundell of San Angelo. Mumdell tied Doughtie for the low round of the tournament with a final round of three under par 69 to finish at 220. Six playera tied for third at 222.

In the Super Senior Division for players 65 and over, Joe Cadle of Wichita Falls came from four shots back to win by two. Cadle, a two time winner of the State Senior Amateur, claimed his first Super Senior title with a three day total of 229, two ahead of Joe Tippett of San Antonio and Johnny Jones of Temple.

Cadle's final round of one over par 73 tied Tippett for the low round of the championship in the Super Senior Division and allowed him to make up the four shot deficit.

After two long days for all of the players that involved several suspensions of play for weather, the final round at Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston was played under near perfect conditions. The heat and humidity are expected in August, but a gentle breeze and lower temperatures than the first two days, along with no thunderstorms, made things for Sunday’s final round much more enjoyable for everyone.

Senior Division Top 5
Tom Doughtie, Amarillo, 74-69-76--219
Jim Mundell, San Angelo, 79-72-69--220
Bill Caveness, Dallas, 74-72-76--222
Billy Clagett, Austin, 76-71-75--222
Denny Alexander, Fort Worth, 73-76-73--222
Mickey Jones, Odessa, 80-72-70--222
Mike Rice, Houston, 75-74-73--222
Rick Hare, Montgomery, 72-76-74--222

Super Senior Top 5
Joe Cadle, Wichita Falls, 77-79-73--229
Joe Tippett, San Antonio, 73-79-79--231
Johnny Jones, Temple, 78-75-78--231
Billy Maggio, Houston, 76-77-80--233
Don Grider, Georgetown, 81-81-73--235

Full Results

Friday, August 15, 2008

STPGA Junior Tour Championship

Below is the recap from the Southern Texas PGA of its just-completed 2008 STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Junior Tour Championship. The full results for all age brackets can be viewed on the STPGA Web site.

Corpus Christi's Vance Cavazos fired a 36-hole total of 72-74—146 for a four-stroke victory in the Boys 16-18 Division of the 2008 Southern Texas PGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Junior Tour Championship, contested on the Tradition Course at Spring’s Cypresswood Golf Club.

A trio of golfers — Stephen Litz of Corpus Christi, Jordan Soper of Beaumont and Justin Judkins of San Antonio — finished at 6-over-par 150

Vance Edwards, another Corpus Christi junior, won the tournament's Boys 14-15 Division with a score of 77-72—149. Jeffrey Garelick of Pflugerville tallied 152 strokes for the runner-up spot, with Beaumont's Tyler Thomas ending up third, one stroke back at 153.

Austin's William Martinez won the Boys 12-13 group with a score of 73-70—143. San Antoino's Jake Judkins posted a score of 79-75—154 for second-place honors, followed by Cody Byford of Round Rock in third place at 76-79—155.

Corpus Christi’s Vanessa Johnson won a six-hole sudden death playoff with Erin Jang of College Station for the top spot in the Girls 15-18 Division. Jang went 78-78—156 in regulation play; Johnson went 80-76—156 to force the playoff.

Chaslyn Chrismer of San Antonio and Elena Warren of Austin tied for third place at 84-77—161 and 85-76—161, respectively.

The Woodlands' Laken Trahan went 80-83—163 for a two-stroke edge over Daniela Fuentes of The Woodlands in the Girls 12-14 Division of the tournament. Lindsay McCurdy of Kyle finished in third place with a score of 81-85—166.

There were three holes-in-one scored during the course of the 2008 STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Junior Tour Championship. Adam Haley of Edinburg scored an ace on the Tradition Course’s 8th hole during the first round of the tournament. Corpus Christi’s Kelsey Canales took a hole-in-one on the same hole during the second round, and Ben Causgrove of Marble Falls aced #3, also during the second round.

All the competitors in the 2008 STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Junior Tour Championship earned their spots in the field through their play in Summer 2008 STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Junior Tour events.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

PGA Tour Wants YOU to Design a TPC San Antonio Hole

Two courses will make up the TPC San Antonio complex, and one of them is being designed by Pete Dye.

Make that: Being designed by Pete Dye ... and you. If you win a contest the PGA Tour announced on Thursday, that is:

Beginning with its flagship TPC Sawgrass, the PGA TOUR’s TPC Network of clubs introduced everyday golfers with the opportunity to "Play Where the PGA TOUR Players Play." And now, thanks to a one-of-a-kind contest announced by the TOUR, one talented amateur golf course architect will have the opportunity to “Design Where the PGA TOUR Players Play” by designing a hole at TPC San Antonio, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2010.

The TOUR is inviting aspiring golf course designers to submit an original, hand-sketched design of the 13th hole on the AT&T Canyons Course at TPC San Antonio, which is being designed by renowned architect Pete Dye. Entries will be judged by Dye and Steve Wenzloff, Vice President of PGA TOUR Design Services, Inc. One winner will be selected from all entries received to have his or her design integrated into the project, and will also receive a trip to TPC San Antonio to tour the course with Dye prior to the club’s grand opening.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to showcase the TPC San Antonio project through this unique contest," said Dye, who will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, FL in November. "It will be interesting to see the creations and select a winner to spend a day with me on the project site. I always enjoy sharing my thoughts and suggestions with others on golf course design."

Want to try your hand at designing the hole? Visit pgatour.com/tpcdesign and download an entry form, which will include a map of the hole's terrain along with contest rules and entry instructions. The PGA Tour instructs:

Entries will be accepted by mail and must be postmarked by September 12, 2008 in order to be eligible to win. Entries should clearly illustrate yardages, tee box, fairway, green and other elements, with a clear scale and topography of the hole. The various elevation levels and angles of the hole should be noted, along with a description of landscaping and other design/environmental factors.

All you amateur course designers, get busy.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cypress Boy, Houston Girl Little Linksters Champs

Let's hear it for the boys - and girls - of the Southern Texas PGA's Little Linksters program, which had its 2008 championship tournament at Cypresswood Golf Club (Tradition Course) in Spring on Monday and Tuesday. Here is the report from the STPGA:

Patrick Rhodes of Cypress weighed in with a score of even-par 72 on the Tradition Course at Spring’s Cypresswood Golf Club to win the Boys 10-12 Division of the 2008 Southern Texas PGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Little Inkster’s Championship.

Rhodes carded nine-hole scores of 35 and 37 for his winning total— all competitors, ranging in age from 7 to 12, played nine holes on Monday, Aug. 11, and nine holes on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

"I was hitting my approach shots and chipping and putting well," said Rhodes, a 10-year-old who has been playing in the Little Linksters program for three years, of his winning effort.

"It really feels good to win," added Rhodes, who won several of the Little Linksters weekly tournaments this summer. "This is the biggest tournament of the year. I didn’t really think I'd win ... I'm pretty excited."

Karsten Pontikes of Houston finished at 36-38—74 for second place in the Boys 10-12 group, followed by Stevan Hinojosa of Rio Grande City, Charles Kim of Cedar Park and Tyler Ware of Georgetown, who were knotted in a third-place tie at 75.

Katharine Patrick of Houston posted an 18-hole total of 41-39—80 to win the Girls 10-12 Division of the tournament. Patrick, an 11-year-old with three years’ experience with the Little Linksters, finished two strokes ahead of The Woodlands’ Brooke McDougald, who took second place with a score of 44-40—82.

Patrick and McDougald, friends and close competitors, were paired together for the final nine holes and found themselves even for the day going into the last two holes. Patrick went 3-5 to preserve her victory when McDougald went 5-4.

"I’ve played with Brooke a lot and have never beaten her before," said Patrick. "I feel pretty good. It’s a pretty big tournament, and it’s a lot better to win a pretty big tournament than a regular tournament."

Houston’s Travis Vick won the Co-Ed 7-9 Division, posting a score of 36-34—70 to finish two strokes ahead of runner-up Daniel Martinez of Austin, who finished at 35-37—72.

Hicks, 8 years old, has been playing golf since he was two and has spent the past two summers playing with the Little Linksters, said, "I was putting real well today. I made some comebackers and some birdies. I just feel happy about the way I played."

The winner of over a dozen Little Linksters events, Hicks said he had a 3-stroke lead with two holes to go, but didn’t start feeling comfortable about the margin until he scored a par on his next to last hole. "I knew then that all I had to do was par, and I could have made a bogey, to win."

Zane Warren of Sugar Land took third place in the Co-Ed 7-9 Divison with a total of 37-39—76.

All of the competitors in the season-ending tournament earned invitations through their play in Summer 2008 Southern Texas PGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Little Linksters tournaments.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Texas Open's Move to Spring Announced

The Texas Open is finally going to make its long-anticipated move to a Spring date on the PGA Tour schedule in 2009. The official annoucement comes today, but the move was reported by Richard Oliver in the San Antonio Express-News this morning.

The article states:

The San Antonio stop, which raked in a PGA Tour-record $8.4 million in charity dollars in 2007, will be held Oct. 9-12 this year at the Resort Course at La Cantera, then again seven months later on the same site. In 2010, the Texas Open will relocate to the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC complex under construction in far north Bexar County.

The tournament, part of the PGA Tour since 1922, will hike its purse from $4.5 million to $6.1 million as the kickoff of a "Texas Swing" that also will include, in successive weeks in May, the EDS Byron Nelson Championship in Irving and the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth.

Additionally, the Texas Open will shift from being televised exclusively on cable by the Golf Channel to being picked up by CBS-TV for its weekend rounds.


The Texas Open will follow the Players Championship on the schedule and precede the Nelson and Colonial. According to the E-N.

This move to a Spring date - and the heart of the FedEx Cup points race - will immediately improve the field for the Texas Open. But I doubt any of the real stars will show up until 2010, when the tournament moves to the new TPC course. Tour players hate the La Cantera layout, plus the date - immediately following the Players - provides a convenient excuse for the very best players to take a week off before hitting Dallas or Fort Worth.

When the new course comes online in 2010, it may well serve as the true coming-out for the new Texas Open.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Bearrie Caps Great Week with TGA North Am Title

Here is the report from the Texas Golf Association on the win by John Bearrie of Arlington in the North Texas Amateur:

Garland - John Bearrie of Arlington fired his fourth competitive round in the sixties this week and has plenty to show for it. It all began with a 69 at the USGA Mid Amateur local qualifying at Las Colinas C.C. where John was the co-medalist and earned a trip to Milwaukee Country Club for the US Mid Am. John followed it up with a blistering 65 in the first round of the TGA North Texas Amateur held at Firewheel Golf Park in Garland to lead by four shots. He refused to let anyone make a big move during the second round on Saturday by carding a near perfect 68 with four birdies and no bogies and the overnight lead was cut to three after Rick Houston shot a 67 to pull within three of the lead. Bearrie played steady for most of the final round on Sunday and was even through 16 holes. An eagle on the 17th hole was followed by a "seal the deal" birdie on 18 for a 69 and his first TGA Championship victory, a spot on the North Shoot Out team, and Player of the Year honors for the North Region. What a great week!

Rob Couture of Dallas needed to go low and or have Bearrie drop a few shots to have a chance of overtaking the lead on Sunday. Couture played well, shooting a four under par 68, but could not make enough ground and finished second by five shots. Steve Galko, another very familiar name near the top of a North Texas leaderboard, finished third at eight under par for the week. Galko, of Dallas, was one of three players to fire three rounds under par.

Lewis Stephenson, of Mansfield, shot 68 on Sunday to finish fourth, and earned a spot on the North Shoot Out team with Bearrie and Couture. Bill Jackson made the biggest move on Sunday with a six under par round of 66. Jackson, of Dallas, moved all the way up to a fifth place finish with his excellent final round. Nine players finished the week under par thanks to great scoring conditions throughout.

Sunday had lots of Player of the Year implications on the line with the top five players in the points race all in the hunt and chasing the coveted Shoot Out team invitations along with various exemptions at stake.

This was the last Regional Championship for 2008 and the last chance for players to earn Regional Player of the Year Points as well as a spot in the State Mid-Amateur.

Provided they are otherwise eligible, both the North Amateur winner and runner-up will earn an exemption into this year’s State Mid-Amateur to be played from September 19-21 at Lakewood County Club in Dallas , site of the 1997 State Mid-Amateur and 2000 Texas Amateur.


Top 5
John Bearrie, Arlington, 65-68-69--202
Rob Couture, Dallas, 71-68-68--207
Steve Galko, Dallas, 71-68-69--208
Lewis Stephenson, Mansfield, 72-69-68--209
Bill Jackson, Southlake, 73-73-66--212
Full results


Saturday, August 09, 2008

Austin Pro Knows the Joy of Six

There are approximately 28,000 PGA of American member professionals. Each of those pros can choose from six different PGA certifications available in the Certified Professional Program, certifications that represent different career paths available to PGA Professionals:

  • General Management
  • Golf Operations
  • Instruction
  • Retail
  • Executive Management
  • Ownership/Leasing


There are 23 pros out of the 28,000 in the PGA of America who have completed all six certifications, and none of them are in the Southern Texas PGA Section.

Well, make that one STPGA member, and 24 overall members. Because Matt Klein, an assistant pro at Austin Golf Club, recently completed his sixth certification.

The STPGA notes:

Klein had stated earlier this year that his goal was to complete all six available certifications by the end of 2008, and, as of late July, he has done exactly that. He received a letter from PGA President Brian Whitcomb dated July 24, recognizing his certifications in Executive Management and Ownership/Leasing.

"Through your continued pursuit of higher education, you are an example of The PGA's ongoing efforts to preserve and strengthen our reputation as the experts in the game and business of golf. You continue to distinguish yourself within our industry," said Whitcomb's letter to Klein.


Klein thus became the first STPGA member to accomplish the rare feat.

"I looked at the program as an opportunity for me to learn more and advance myself," said Klein of his achievement. "I juts wanted to see how fast I could do it ... it's something positive for my life, my career and my facility.

"It helps me do my job better. I've learned things that help me do my job better, things that I've incorporated into my day-to-day activities."

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Larsson Dominates at NTPGA Assistant Championship

Dean Larsson of Dallas claimed a 5-stroke victory in the Northern Texas PGA's Assistant Championship. Here's the report from the NTPGA:

LANTANA – Dean Larsson, an assistant golf professional at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas, dominated the 2008 Northern Texas Section (NTPGA) TaylorMade-adidas Golf PGA Assistant Championship and earned a spot in the field at the 2008 TaylorMade-adidas Golf PGA National Assistant Professional Championship with a 66-69 – 135 (9-under par) total.

Larsson’s five shot victory came as no surprise in the blistering heat as he won the Assistant Championship in 2007 by three shots. Larsson will lead three other Section PGA Assistant Professionals in the 2008 TaylorMade–adidas Golf PGA National Assistant Professional Championship scheduled for October 30 – November 2, 2008 at The PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Qualifying along with Larsson were three Preston Trail Golf Club assistant professionals. Jeffrey Barton shot a total of 4-under par, 140 to finish alone in second place. Tied for third place were Brian Ricketts and Travis Johns with totals of 3-under par, 141.

The National Championship field will be comprised of 120 of the top assistant/apprentice professionals from each of the 41 PGA of America Sections. The NTPGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf Assistant Championship also served as a team qualifier for the 2008 James P. Jordan Cup Matches to be held on November 3-4, 2008 at Wichita Country Club in Wichita, Kansas. This "Ryder Cup" style event is conducted annually between a team of twelve PGA assistant golf professionals from the Northern Texas Section and the South Central Section of the PGA of America. Larsson earned an exemption onto the NTPGA James P. Jordan Cup Team for his victory.

The NTPGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf PGA Assistant Championship was conducted at Lantana Golf Club, a 7,147-yard par 72 course located in Lantana, Texas. TaylorMade-adidas Golf is the title sponsor of the Championship. A field of 59 assistant golf professionals competed for a share of the $6,000.00 purse. Larsson took home $720.00 for his victory.


Top 5
Dean Larsson, Bent Tree Country Club, 66-69--135
Jeffrey Barton, Preston Trail Golf Club, 70-70--140
Brian Ricketts, Preston Trail Golf Club, 72-69--141
Travis Johns, Preston Trail Golf Club, 70-71--141
Bruce Smith, Fazio at Stonebriar, 71-71--142
Full results

Monday, August 04, 2008

Three Texans Among LPGA's Top 50 Teachers

For the first time, the LPGA has compiled a ranking of "The 50 Best Teachers." These are golf instructors LPGA Teaching and Club Professional division, and the rankings were compiled by surveying the more than 1,200 members of the T&CP.

Three Texas teachers made the list:

  • Betsy Cullen, Sugar Land
  • Amy Fox, Mansfield
  • Deb Vangellow, Sugar Land


Cullen teaches at Pine Forest Country Club in Houston. Fox teaches at Tierra Verde Golf Club in Arlington. And Vangellow teaches at Sweetwater Country Club in Sugar Land.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Leon Wins Adams Event in Oklahoma

Tyler Leon, a member of Dallas' golfing Leon siblings (brother Trent played collegiate golf at Oklahoma State with Tyler; sister Taylor is a non-exempt member of the LPGA Tour in 2008), was the winner of the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series event in Oklahoma on Saturday.

The 54-hole Landmark Bank Open was played at Winstar Golf Course, part of the Winstar Resort and Casino in Thackerville, Okla.

Leon shot 66 in the final round to rally to the 1-stroke victory. He birdied the 13th and 14th holes, then finished up with a birdie on No. 18 for the win. Leon finished at 15-under 201 to claim the first prize of $15,000. In five starts on the Adams Tour this year, Leon also has second-place and fifth-place finishes.

Greg Sonnier of Lake Charles, La., was in solo second.

Top 5
Tyler Leon, Dallas, 71-64-66--201
Greg Sonnier, Lake Charles, La., 68-65-69--202
Jordan Dempsey, Baton Rouge, La., 69-69-65--203
Matthew Rosenfeld, Plano, 67-71-65--203
Jerrett Hamilton, Richardson, 68-68-67--203
Full scores

The tour's next event is the New Mexico Open, Sept. 5-7, at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M.