Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Texas Senior Open Moving to Kingwood

The Texas Senior Open is about a month and a half away, and in 2008 the tournament has a new home after 10 years at South Padre Island Golf Club. Below is the news from the Southern Texas PGA, along with eligibility requirements and qualifying information.

After a 10-year run at South Padre Island Golf Club, Texas' premier senior championship is moving to The Clubs of Kingwood in Houston. The 2008 championship, now known as the Maker's Mark Texas Senior Open, will take place Nov. 18-21 on the Forest Course at The Clubs of Kingwood.

With the tournament's relocation to The Club’s of Kingwood course for 2008, Maker's Mark, a Kentucky distiller of premium bourbon whisky, has taken on the title sponsor role for the tournament.

The tournament is open to all professionals and amateurs with a U.S.G.A. Handicap Index of 9.0 or less who are aged 50 and above as of Nov. 19, 2008. Professionals will compete for cash prizes and amateurs for merchandise certificates.

Rick Karbowski of Frisco won the 2007 Texas Senior Open with a 54-hole total of 71-68-70—209, finishing 3 strokes up on 2006 champion Chuck Moran of Houston, who posted a 4-under-par total of 212. Karbowski earned $14,000 for the victory, while Moran took home a runner-up share of $10,000.

Richard Lapierre of San Antonio finished at 74-76-77—227 to earn low amateur honors for the second consecutive year, good for a merchandise certificate of $750.

Golfers who are not otherwise exempt from qualifying may gain access to the championship through competition in five 18-hole qualifying events (Oct. 21 on the Tournament Course at The Woodlands Country Club; Oct. 23 at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney; Oct. 28 at Tangle Ridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie; Nov. 5 at The Onion Creek Club in Austin; and Nov. 16 in "Last Chance" qualifying on the host course at the Clubs of Kingwood).

The number of qualifiers from each of the first four qualifying events will be determined on a pro-rata basis depending upon the size of the field. The “Last Chance” qualifier, open to any previously unsuccessful qualifier and any eligible golfer missing the entry deadline, will produce a minimum of 10 qualifiers for the championship.

The deadline for entry into the first four qualifying events and the championship is Oct. 16, 2008. The deadline for entering the "Last Chance" qualifier is Nov. 14.

All entrants into the qualifying tournaments will pay an entry fee of $175, which includes green and cart fees and practice balls. Successful qualifiers will pay an additional $225 entry fee for the championship; all exempt players will pay a $400 entry fee.

A pro-am will precede the 2008 Maker’s Mark Texas Senior Open on the Forest Course at The Clubs of Kingwood on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Teams of one professional and four amateurs will compete in a two best balls (one gross and one net) format during the pro-am.

The first 15 professionals entering a team in the pro-am will receive exemptions into the championship field.

For more information about the 2008 Maker's Mark Texas Senior Open, please call the Southern Texas PGA office at 832-442-2404 or visit the STPGA web site at www.stpga.com. You may also call the Forest Course golf shop at 281-348-2217.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Texas Clubs Dominate "Best Players" Rankings

The Golf Digest Index is an annual edition devoted to the finer things. You know: Lots of articles about cigars, cognacs and BMWs. This year's issue included a ranking of "The 50 Clubs with the Best Players." The ranking is the publication's attempt to determine the country clubs across America with the highest-quality golfing membership.

Or rather, the highest-quality of high-quality golfers. To be considered for the list, private clubs submitted the handicap indices of their 10 best amateur golfers, only four of whom could be college-age. Golf Digest Index averaged those 10 handicaps, then ranked the clubs accordingly.

And Texas dominated. Eight of the Top 20 clubs in the rankings, including No. 1, are Texas clubs. Those eight are listed below, along with the blurb that GDI included in its rankings:

1. Dallas Athletic Club
Mesquite - +2.53 index
Twenty-six scratch or better golfers inhabit this club, which features two Jack Nicklaus courses and hosted the 1963 PGA Championship and the 1997 Mid-Amateur.

4. Hollytree Country Club
Tyler - +2.44
Former club champs Reggie Howell and Jacky Lee are among the low 10 at this Robert von Hagge/Bruce Devlin layout. Howell was the 2007 Tyler City champ.

8. The Woodlands Country Club
The Woodlands - +2.02
Juan Salcedo recently paired with his son to win the state father-son title, and several members play in national mid-am tournaments. Kirk Noyes has the lowest index at plus-4.3.

9. Champions Golf Club
Houston - +2.01
Founded by Jackie Burke Jr. and Jimmy Demaret in 1958, the club requires a handicap of 14 or lower. Judd McGlohn and Jeff Ingram won the 2007 Champions Cup Invitational - the first win by two members.

10. La Paloma Golf Club
Amarillo - +1.98
Members Kent Neal and Casey Weiss waved the club's flag by winning the Ron Clark tournament and the men's city match play in 2007.

13. Royal Oaks Country Club
Dallas - +1.85
The club's top-10 players include eight-time club champion Chuck Palmer and Georgia Tech junior Paul Haley, winner of the 2006 Texas State Amateur.

17. Odessa Country Club
Odessa - +1.56
The club's original Old Course dates to 1939. Its best golfers are Gary Varnadore and Will Kinnaird, who played for Lubbock Christian.

20. Abilene Country Club
Abilene - +1.51
Current club champ Mike Cotter contributes to the club average, along with mid-ams Ryan Heller and Conway Jordan.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fees Going Up at Revamped Brackenridge

For decades, historic Brackenridge Park Golf Course in San Antonio has been a favorite of the city's senior golfers, junior golfers and beginning golfers. It's a short course, easy to walk, without much trouble. And best of all, cheap.

The clientele at Brackenridge, however, will likely soon undergo a dramatic shift. And those golfers - especially seniors - will probably wind up finding new places to play.

That's because Brack - which has been closed this year undergoing extensive renovations - will have much higher greens fees when it reopens later this year, Richard Oliver reports in the San Antonio Express-News.

Standard fees will more than double, from approximately $32 and $35 dollars (carts included) on weekdays and weekends, respectively, to $75 and $85.

That much for a muni? Those fees will place Brackenridge among the more expensive courses in San Antonio. And although discounts will be available for seniors and juniors, and a "players card" option will offer another way to reduce fees, the new rates will surely drive many golfers to other area courses.

But the Municipal Golf Association-San Antonio, the organiztion now running San Antonio's municipal golf courses, seems to be OK with that. Because when Brackenridge reopens on Dec. 1, it will reopen as a sparkling new course restored to its former glory as an A.W. Tillinghast design.

And the MGA-SA's goal is to have Brackenridge serve as the centerpiece of the city's efforts to sell itself as a golf destination.

Brackenridge, in other words, will become a golf course targeted as tourists, not at locals. Which isn't necessarily a good or a bad thing, just something different.

The revamping of Brackenridge (and of its marketing) is certainly a bold move by the MGA-SA. But it's not quite as bold as the vision that Ben Crenshaw had for the course when he and San Antonio developer Buddy Cook were mulling an effort to take over management of the course about six years ago. Crenshaw envisioned extending the River Walk to Brackenridge, and being able to ferry tourists staying at Downtown River Walk hotels to and from the golf course on river barges.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Cameron Doan is NTPGA Player of the Year

cameron doanCongratulations to Cameron Doan for earning Norther Texas PGA Player of the Year honors. Here is the report from the NTPGA:

DALLAS, TX – The Northern Texas PGA is pleased to announce that Cameron Doan, head golf professional at Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas, captured the Cleveland Golf/Club Car NTPGA Player of Year Award as well as the Ben Hogan/NTPGA Stroke Play Average Award.

Doan accumulated a 402.5 point total to capture the 2008 Cleveland Golf/Club Car NTPGA Player of the Year title with four top five finishes. He finished tied for fourth at the E-Z-GO Eastern Championship, first at the Callaway Golf Western Championship, tied for second at the NTPGA Professional Championship and placed third at the FINA NTPGA Section Championship.

Doan finished the year with a stroke average of 70.50 for eight rounds en route to capturing the 2008 Ben Hogan/ NTPGA Stroke Play Average Award. He recorded seven even par or better rounds in 2008.

The Cleveland Golf/Club Car NTPGA Player of the Year Points Challenge is a season long competition that rewards the top-40 finishers in the four major individual stroke play events. The Ben Hogan/NTPGA Stroke Play Average Award requires a minimum of six rounds in the four major individual stroke play events. The four events are the E-Z-GO Eastern Championship, NTPGA PGA Professional Championship, Callaway Golf Western Championship, and the FINA NTPGA Section Championship. The Cleveland Golf/Club Car NTPGA Player of the Year Points Challenge is presented by Ashworth and KMG Marketing.

The top 32 finishers in the 2008 Cleveland Golf/Club Car NTPGA Player of the Year Points Challenge will receive invitations into the Cleveland Golf/Club Car Match Play Championship on November 10-12 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving.

Greg Antunes of Stonetree Golf Club captured the NTPGA Senior Points Challenge. Antunes amassed 362.50 points with three top five finishes, one of which was a win at the FINA NTPGA Seniors Championship at Hurricane Creek Country Club in Anna.

Joe Black Cup Teams Announced

The Texas Joe Black Cup Matches is an annual competition pitting teams representing the Northern Texas and Southern Texas sections (the NTPGA and STPGA) of the PGA of America.

This year the matches are scheduled Oct. 12-14 at Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin. The series, which is named for Texan Joe Black, a past president of the PGA of America, began in 1981 and is currently tied, 13-13-1.

Here are the teams:

Mark Viskozki, Tangle Ridge Golf Club, 2nd appearance
Greg Antunes, Stonetree Golf Club, 12th appearance
Greg Sikes, Hogan Park Golf Course, 3rd appearance
Chris Brown, Mira Vista Country Club, 1st appearance
Larry Bryan, Big Spring Country Club, 7th appearance
Cameron Doan, Preston Trail Golf Club, 8th appearance
Billy Harris, Dallas Country Club, 6th appearance
Michael Henderson, Stevens Park Golf Course, 2nd appearance
Robert McMillan, The Retreat, 4th appearance
Britt Patton, Dallas National Golf Club, 4th appearance
Jim Stalder, Hurricane Creek Country Club, 4th appearance
Chad Williams, Corsicana Country Club, 3rd appearance
Captain - Ronny Glanton, Sherrill Park Golf Course

David Pilsner, Bay Oaks Country Club, 2nd appearance
Carl Baker, PGA Life Member, 11th appearance
Ken Kelly, Walden on Lake Houston, 9th appearance
Ricky Arnett, Great Hills Country Club, 7th appearance
Jesse Horner, Horseshoe Bay Resort, 1st appearance
Randy Jones, Alamo Golf Club, 1st appearance
Brad Lardon, Miramont Country Club, 2nd appearance
Ken McDonald, Brae Burn Country Club, 17th appearance
Justin Orbin, Point Venture Golf Club, 3rd appearance
Wes Skaggs, Crystal Falls Golf Course, 3rd appearance
Matt Trevino, River Hill Country Club, 3rd appearance
Tommy Wolfenberger, Hearthstone Country Club, 1st appearance
Captain – Steve Bowman, Matt Swanson School of Golf @ Wildcat

Monday, September 22, 2008

Hot Couture Takes TGA Mid-Am at Home Course, Earns Player of the Year

The report from the Texas Golf Association on the 2008 Texas Mid-Amateur Championship:

The final round of the 2008 Texas Mid Amateur lived up to all the excitement and expectations on a beautiful early autumn day on the historic grounds of one of Texas’ finest, Lakewood Country Club. This was the 25th playing of the championship which defines the best amateur player in Texas over the age of 25. After 36 holes in a 54 hole championship the stage was set for a dramatic conclusion.

Rob Couture of Dallas found himself in a dream scenario on Sunday afternoon; a chance to win the biggest mid amateur championship in the state on his home course with a Player of the Year Title on the line.

Coming into the final round Couture had an uphill battle on his hands, as he was two shots behind Colin Stoops of McKinney. After the first three holes Stoops led by four in what turned into a two horse race. The turning point in what resembled a match between the two was Couture's run of birdies on holes 8, 9, and 10.

Couture was able to pour it on from there and said the biggest moment of the day was making his birdie putt on 17 to give him a two-shot cushion going to the last hole. Turns out he needed it, as Couture got up and down from the front of the green for bogey and the win.

Couture played nearly flawless and had some impressive stats for the week; he only missed six greens in regulation, had just 4 bogeys, and on very difficult greens he did not three putt. All in all, the dream came true for Couture, not only did he win the Texas Mid Amateur on his home course, but with it he claimed 2008 State Player of the Year honors.

Usually taking a two shot lead into the final round and shooting a 69 equals a victory for that player, but not on this day. Stoops, of McKinney, ran into a man who was not going to lose on his home course. According to Stoops, he was very happy with his play, especially considering he has been away from competitive golf for seven years. Stoops admitted to being a nervous player anyway, and the pressure was turned up a notch on the final hole. Stoops had a very difficult, breaking birdie putt, but a chance to force a playoff nonetheless. The putt just slid by the hole leaving Stoops as the runner-up, but he was thrilled to be back in the heat of competition.

Ten shots off the lead, in a tie for third place, were Grady Bruce, Aaron Hickman, and Andy McCabe. All three were under par for the weekend, bouncing back from subpar first rounds. McCabe, of Dallas and also a Lakewood member, and Bruce from Georgetown finished with rounds of one under par 70 while Hickman, of Houston, shot even par 71.

Malcolm Holland, former president of the TGA, used an even par round of 71 to move into a tie for ninth place for the week. Holland, a Lakewood CC member, set a goal to make the top 15 and he did just that with his strong play. Turns out local knowledge can pay off as 6 out of the 8 Lakewood members in the field made the cut to 57 players out of a starting field of 132.

Top Finishers
Rob Couture, Dallas, 69-70-66--205
Collin Stoops, McKinney, 64-73-69--206
Aaron Hickman, Houston, 74-70-71--215
Andy McCabe, Dallas, 75-70-70--215
Grady Bruce, Austin, 77-68-70--215
Full Results

Friday, September 19, 2008

Futures Tour Reconfigures Its Texas Swing, Adds Brownsville, SA Tourneys

The Duramed Futures Tour, the second-highest women's golf tour in America and the official feeder tour of the LPGA, will have two tournaments in Texas again in 2009. They just won't be played in the same cities.

In recent years, the Futures Tour has played back-to-back weeks in McAllen and El Paso. Starting in 2009, those tournaments are gone. And in their place are back-to-back stops in Brownsville and San Antonio.

The Brownsville stop replaces the McAllen one, but keeps professional women's golf in the Valley. The Historic Brownsville Open will take place April 24-26, 2009, at Rancho Viejo Country Club. The tournament is contracted through 2011.

Also contracted through 2011 is a new stop in San Antonio that will be played at Dominion Country Club, which previously had been the longtime host site of the Champions Tour event in the Alamo City.

That tournament, not yet named, first takes place May 1-3, 2009.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Houston Courses Recovering After Ike

Hurricane Ike's impact on golf is somewhere near the very bottom of storm-recovery concerns. There are oodles of more important issues - food, water and shelter, for example - for those affected by the storm.

But this is a golf blog, and our readers are golfers. So we point you to a Houston Chronicle article that rounds up the effects of Ike on many courses in and around Houston. Some are already back open; others will be soon. The Chronicle runs it down.

Larsson Defends Title at NTPGA Section Champoinship

The report from the Northern Texas PGA:

DALLAS, TX – Dean Larsson, assistant golf professional at Bent Tree Country Club, successfully defended his FINA NTPGA Section Championship title with a closing round of 66 (-4) four under par to finish at 134 (-6) six under par for the Championship.

Larsson played spectacular golf throughout the day and finished strong with birdies on holes #17 and #18. He was awarded $10,000 for the victory. Larsson also recently captured the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Assistants' Championship in August and this is his third FINA NTPGA Section Championship title, also having won the championship in 2004 and 2007.

Vince Jewell, assistant golf professional at Brook Hollow Golf Club, followed his fine play from round one with another round of 69 (-1) one under par to finish at 138 (-2) two under par, putting him alone in second place for the Championship.

Larsson was tied at two under par going into the final round with Greg Antunes, head golf professional at Stonetree Golf Club, and Billy Harris, head golf professional at Dallas Country Club. Antunes closed with a round of 72 (+2) two over par to finish at 140 (E) even par landing him in a tie for fourth place. Harris closed with a 74 (+4) four over par to finish at 142 (+2) two over par placing him in a tie for tenth place for the Championship.

Along with his victory, Larsson was awarded exemptions into the 2009 PGA Tour EDS Byron Nelson Championship to be conducted May 21-24, 2009 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving, and the Nationwide Tour WNB Golf Classic to be conducted on October 9-12, 2008 at Midland Country Club in Midland. Joining Larsson in Midland will be Vince Jewell and Larry Bryan, head golf professional at Big Spring Country Club in Big Spring.

The current Player of Year Points Challenge leader, Cameron Doan, head golf professional at Preston Trail Golf Club, closed with a round of 68 (-2) two under par to finish at 139 (-1) one under par putting him in third place for the Championship.

Top Finishers
Dean Larsson, Bent Tree Country Club, 68-66--134
Vince Jewell, Brook Hollow Golf Club, 69-69--138
Cameron Doan, Preston Trail Golf Club, 71-68--139
Larry Bryan, Big Spring Country Club, 72-68--140
Perry Arthur, Sherrill Park Golf Course, 71-69--140
Greg Antunes, Stonetree Golf Club, 68-72--140
Full Results

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hometown Golfer Wins Adams Tour Stop in Lubbock

The Adams Golf Pro Tour Series made a stop in Lubbock this past weekend, and the event was plagued by weather problems throughout. Originally scheduled for 72 holes, the City Bank Lubbock Open at Hillcrest Country Club was shortened to 54.

Play began on Thursday, but severe rain, accompanied by flooding, struck the area that day. Most golfers were unable to finish their first rounds on Thursday, and play was canceled altogether on Friday. So golfers squeezed in 54 holes on the weekend.

And that still wasn't enough, because Lubbock's Shaun Melville and the defending champion, Fort Worth's Adam Meyer, were tied at 16-under par 200. The pair entered into a playoff, and hometown golfer Melville emerged as the champion, making par on the second extra hole to Meyer's bogey.

Melville, who played Hillcrest many times during his career as a member of the Texas Tech golf team, earned $15,000 for the victory.

Top Finishers
Shaun Melville, Lubbock, 66-68-66--200
Adam Meyer, Fort Worth, 67-67-66--200
Casey Devoll, Arlington, 69-65-67--201
Michael Smith, Lafayette, La., 68-68-67--203
Ryan Vermeer, Lawrence, Kan., 69-67-68--204
Full Scores

The next Adams Tour event is Oct. 2-5 in Delhi, La., The Guaranty Bank Classic at Black Bear.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tim Thelen Wins STPGA Pro Championship

Here's the report from the Southern Texas PGA on the organization's Professional Championship, played at Miramont Country Club in Bryan:

Tim Thelen, director of instruction at The Traditions Club at Texas A&M in Bryan, won a sudden-death playoff with David Von Hoffman to win the 2008 Southern Texas PGA Professional Championship at Bryan’s Miramont Country Club

Thelen held a four-stroke lead over Von Hoffman and Brad Lardon, director of golf at Miramont, heading into the third and final round of the championship.

"I didn’t hit the ball very well today, but I did what I needed to do," said Thelen, "and it feels good to win. I had played really solid in the first two rounds, but something was just kind of off today."

Thelen made an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation play to force the playoff— Von Hoffman had moved into a 1-shot lead after Thelen took bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes. His final-hole par left Thelen needing the birdie to force extra holes when both finished regulation play tied at 6-under-par 210.

The tournament was settled on the first hole of the playoff when Von Hoffman suffered a bogey and Thelen scored a two-putt par on Miramont’s 10th hole.

Thelen, who also won the STPGA Professional Championship in 2001, earned $7,500 for the championship, while Von Hoffman, an assistant professional at Escondido in Horseshoe Bay, took home the runner-up share of $5,500 for his efforts.

Brad Lardon, winner of the 2006 STPGA Professional Championship and the director of golf at Bryan’s Miramont Country Club, finished in third place at 69-71-71—211 winning $4,000 in prize money.

Darron Green, an Austin-based product manager with Callaway Golf, finished in fourth place with a score of 73-71-69—213 for $$3,200.

Four golfers - Houston’s David Lundstrom (a four-time winner of the STPGA Professional Championship), Wes Skaggs, head professional at Leander’s Crystal Falls Golf Course, Ryan Polzin, an assistant professional at Houston’s Royal Oaks Country Club, and Matt Trevino, head professional at Riverhill Country Club in Kerrville - tied for fifth place at 1-under-par 215 and winnings of $2,175 each.

A total of 11 Southern Texas PGA professionals will be playing in the 42nd PGA Professional Championship, scheduled for June 28-July 1, 2009, at Twin Warriors Golf Club and Santa Ana Golf Club in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

Thelen was already exempt into the tournament field, on the strength of his fourth-place finish in the 2008 tournament and his status as a past champion (2000, 2003).

Joining him as a result of their play in the 2009 STPGA Professional Championship are: Von Hoffman; Lardon; Green; Skaggs, Polzin, Trevino; Jesse Horner, head professional at Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Caprock Course; Robert Thompson, teaching professional at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity; John Gibson, head professional at Bushwood Golf Center in Houston; and Billy Sitton Jr., managing director of Club Corp’s international office in Houston.

Top Finishers
p-Tim Thelen, College Station, 67-69-74—210
David Von Hoffmann, Austin, 71-69-70—210
Brad Lardon, Bryan, 69-71-71—211
Darron Green, Austin, 73-71-69—213
David Lundstrom, Houston, 74-71-70—215
Wes Skaggs, Leander, 69-74-72—215
Ryan Polzin, Houston, 72-71-72—215
Matt Trevino, Boerne, 71-71-73—215
p-won playoff
Full Results

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New Course Opens in Sherman

sherman hills golf club - sherman texas - 9th hole

Sherman Hills Golf Club, a new course in Sherman that opened last month, gets a nice plug in T+L Golf's September/October issue, on newsstands now. The magazine blurbs:

Prone to Texas winds that can wreak havoc on mis-hit shots, this daily-fee course an hour north of Dallas demands ball control above all. The sloping fairways on the hilly, rocky site are flanked by stands of bur oak and black walnut. Post Oak Creek and its various tributaries lace through the second nine, and holes thirteen through fifteen amble through a lovely pecan orchard.

Sherman Hills is actually semi-private, offering membership options but also offering daily rates for visitors. The par-72 track has tees ranging from 5,500 yards long to 7,550 yards, and boasts bentgrass greens.

That's the ninth hole in the top photo; below are the 15th and, on the bottom, the 18th.

Call (903) 870-9336 for more information.

sherman hills golf club - sherman texas - 15th hole

sherman hills golf club - sherman texas - 18th hole

PGA Tour, Champions Tour Qualifiers in October

The Southern Texas PGA will conduct three pre-qualifying events in October for golfers seeking entry into the Champions Tour Administaff Small Business Classic, Champions Tour AT&T Championship, or the PGA Tour Texas Open, respectively.

Oct. 2 - Texas Open
The Southern Texas PGA will conduct Pre-Qualifying for the 2008 Valero Texas Open on Monday, Oct. 2 at Pecan Valley Golf Club in San Antonio. The top 50 (plus ties) golfers from the 18-hole, stroke-play pre-qualifying event will advance to Open Qualifying, which will take place at Pecan Valley on Oct. 6, 2008.

The top four golfers from the Open Qualifier will then advance into the field of the 2008 Valero Texas Open, which will take place Oct. 9-12 at San Antonio’s La Cantera Golf Club.

The pre-qualifying round is open to professionals and to amateurs with a USGA Handicap Index that, when applied to the slope of the qualifying course, generates a handicap of 2.0 or less.

The entry fee for the Pre-Qualifier is $200 for professionals (the entry fee for 2008 Nationwide Tour members is $100; there is no charge to 2008 PGA Tour members) and amateurs and includes a green fee and practice range use on the day of the competition. Practice rounds must be arranged with the host facility— fees for practice rounds are at the discretion of the host facility.

Golfers advancing into the Open Qualifier will pay an additional entry fee of $200.
The deadline for entry is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2008.

All entries must be directed to the Southern Texas PGA via FAX, e-mail or through on-line entry procedures. No telephone entries will be accepted.

For additional information, please visit the "Tournaments" section of www.stpga.com.

Oct. 8 - Administaff Small Business Classic
The Southern Texas PGA will conduct a Pre-Qualifier for the PGA Champions Tour 2008 Administaff Small Business Classic on Oct. 8, 2008, on the Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club in Spring.

The Pre-Qualifier is open to all amateurs and professionals ages 50 and above as of Oct. 8, 2008. The 18-hole stroke play event will produce a maximum of six spots in the Administaff Small Business Classic Event Qualifier, which will be held on the Player Course at The Woodlands Country Club on Oct. 14, 2008.

A maximum of five golfers from the Event Qualifier (18 holes, stroke play) will advance into the field of the 2008 Administaff Small Business Classic, which will take place Oct. 17-19 on the Tournament Course at The Woodlands Country Club. The Event Qualifier will also yield four alternate qualifiers.

The entry deadline for the Pre-Qualifier is 5 p.m. on Oct. 3, 2008. Class A members of the PGA of America will pay $150 to enter the Pre-Qualifier; non-members will pay $200 (an additional $20 insurance fee is required from players who are not members of the PGA of America).

Qualifiers advancing from the Pre-Qualifier to the Open Qualifier and from the Open Qualifier into the Administaff Small Business Classic will pay no additional entry fees.

All entries must be directed to the Southern Texas PGA via FAX, e-mail or through on-line entry procedures. No telephone entries will be accepted.

Please visit the "Tournaments" section of www.stpga.com for more information.

Oct. 16 - AT&T Championship
An 18-hole Pre-Qualfier for the 2008 PGA Champions Tour AT&T Championship will be conducted by the Southern Texas PGA on Oct. 16 at The Club at Sonterra in San Antonio, with a maximum of six golfers advancing into the field of an Open Qualifier to be held Oct. 21 at San Antonio’s Canyon Springs Golf Club.

The Pre-Qualifier is open to all amateurs and professionals ages 50 and above as of Oct. 16, 2008.

A maximum of five golfers (the low five scorers) from the Event Qualifier (18 holes, stroke play) will advance into the field of the 2008 AT&T Championship, which will take place Oct. 24-26 at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio. The Event Qualifier will also yield four alternate qualifiers for the Champions Tour event.

The entry deadline for the Pre-Qualifier is 5 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2008. Class A members of the PGA of America will pay $150 to enter the Pre-Qualifier; non-members will pay $200 (an additional $20 insurance fee is required from players who are not members of the PGA of America).

Qualifiers advancing from the Pre-Qualifier to the Open Qualifier and from the Open Qualifier into the Administaff Small Business Classic will pay no additional entry fees.

All entries must be directed to the Southern Texas PGA via FAX, e-mail or through on-line entry procedures. No telephone entries will be accepted.

Please visit the "Tournaments" section of www.stpga.com for more information.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Newport Dunes Golf Club Open in Port A

newport dunes golf club

newport dunes golf clubTexas has a new beachfront golf course now open. Newport Dunes Golf Club in Port Aransas is on Mustang Island, it's an Arnold Palmer Sigature Course, and it is open for play.

The course is part of the Newport Beach and Golf Resort, which is still in the making. Ultimately, the course is expected to be open only to resort guests. But for now - and probably for the next year, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times - the Newport Dunes Golf Club is open for public play. Its first day of public play was Sept. 4, 2008.

The par-72 track tips out around 6,800 yards. Fifteen of the holes are on the beach side of Highway 361 - the road connecting Corpus Christi to Port Aransas - while the other three holes are on the opposite side of the highway.

Standard green fees are $65 Monday-Thursday, $75 on Fridays, $85 Saturday-Sunday, and $90 on holidays. Call (361) 749-GOLF for more info, or visit www.newportdunesgolf.com.

Also see the Caller-Times' article on opening day.

newport dunes golf club