Saturday, October 25, 2008

PGA Tour Q-School: First Stage at Kingwood

The Top 23 finishers plus ties made it through a PGA Tour Q-School first-stage qualifier played at The Clubs of Kingwood and completed on Friday. Here are those golfers who are moving on to the second stage:

Ryan Vermeer, Lawrence, KS 277
Michael Sims, St. Simons Island, GA 277
Adam Rubinson, Benbrook, TX 278
Patrick Sullivan, Maumelle, AR 278
Daniel Fox, Euless, TX 278
Robert Gates, Spring, TX 280
Brian Duncan, Mt. Pleasant, SC 280
Shawn Stefani, Baytown, TX 282
Greg Sonnier, Lake Charles, LA 283
Craig Lile, Rogers, AR 283
Drew Laning, Little Rock, AR 284
Aaron Townsend, Australia 284
Zoran Zorkic, Humble, TX 284
Payton Osborn, Birmingham, AL 285
Chad Saladin, Atascocita, TX 285
Dawie Van der Walt, Reston, VA 285
Nate Whitson, Ventura, CA 286
Jeremy Jeansonne, Keithville, LA 286
Jon Whittaker, Springdale, AR 286
Ben Willman, The Woodlands, TX 286
Michael Arnaud, Orange, TX 286
Brad Golden, Oklahoma City, OK 287
Nick Beach, Fayetteville, AR 287
Jhonattan Vegas, Maturin, Venezuela 287
Andrew Lanahan, Baton Rouge, LA 287
Full Results

Notes

Two of them:

  • Ausin's Champions Tour event, previously known as the FedEx Kinko's Classic, will have a new sponsor beginning in 2009. Triton Financial has taken over sponsorship duties. The Triton Financial Classic will be played June 5-7, 2009, remaining at The Hills Country Club.

    Triton is a partner of the Heisman Trophy Trust and has several former Heisman winners, plus former NFL and college athletes, on its payroll. It plans to utilize those ties to bring more sports celebrities to Austin to participate in tournament week.

  • Dick Rundle of Dallas is the winner of the 2009 Joe Dey Award, given by the USGA for meritorious service to the game as a volunteer. Rundle, now 78, will receive the award Feb. 7 of next year at the USGA's annual meeting.

    Rundle became a volunteer rules official in 1990, working in the Northern Texas PGA section. Over the years, has organized and run championship qualifying for the USGA in North Texas. He is the originator of the equipment trailer containing essential gear for conducting championships and qualifying events - tents, tables, chairs, USGA banners, clocks, flags, and radios - to set up at every host site, and has been a member of the Regional Affairs Committee of the USGA for 15 years.

Friday, October 24, 2008

North Texas Team Revealed for Jordan Cup

The Joe Black Cup isn't the only Ryder Cup-style tournament involving Texas' PGA sections. The Northern Texas PGA also competes in the James P. Jordan Cup Matches, a competition pitting the NTPGA team against one representing the South Central PGA (Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas).

The NTPGA has dominated the series, leading 15-2 overall. The Jordan Cup was first played in 1991 and are named for James P. Jordan, past chairman of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and Northwood Club member.

The teams are each comprised of 12 assistant professionals. Judd Whiteman, PGA assistant golf professional at Dallas National Golf Club, is the NTPGA captain.

The 2008 James P. Jordan Cup matches take place Nov. 2-3 at Wichita Country Club in Wichita, Kansas.

Here are the members of the NTPGA team:

Judd Whiteman (captain), Dallas National Golf Club, Dallas
Jeff Barton, Preston Trail Golf Club, Dallas
Jason Daly, Denton Country Club, Denton
Angela Ditmore, Green Tree Country Club, Midland
Jeff Hughes, Twin Rivers Golf Club, Waco
Travis Johns, Preston Trail Golf Club, Dallas
Cody Massa, The Cascades, Tyler
Matt Moore, River Crest Country Club, Fort Worth
Paul Norris, Dallas Country Club, Dallas
Brian Ricketts, Preston Trail Golf Club, Dallas
Sean Sciba, The Cascades, Tyler
Jerrod Simmons, Masters Golf and Training Center, Midland

Thursday, October 23, 2008

PGA Tour Confirms the Obvious: Texas Open Moving to TPC

It's been understood for quite some time now that the PGA Tour Texas Open would move from its current location, San Antonio's La Cantera Resort, to a new home, the TPC San Antonio project under construction, as soon as possible.

On Wednesday, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem finally gave the tour's official announcement of that move:

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem has announced that the Valero Texas Open will be moving to the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio once the facility is completed and ready for play, likely in 2010.

Finchem spoke of the tournament's future move during a Founder Membership launch yesterday evening in San Antonio. The confirmation of a site change follows an announcement in June that the Valero Texas Open is moving from the PGA TOUR Fall Series to May in 2009 to become part of the FedExCup competition.

TPC San Antonio is a 36-hole golf facility adjacent to the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa that currently is under construction. The resort complex is scheduled to open by early 2010. Greg Norman has designed the AT&T Oaks Course, with input from Sergio Garcia as the player consultant. Pete Dye is designing the AT&T Canyons Course with the assistance of Champions Tour member Bruce Lietzke.

"I'm very pleased to confirm what long has been speculated, that the Valero Texas Open will be moving to TPC San Antonio, with a target date of 2010," Finchem said. "We are very excited about the prospect of the AT&T Oaks Course serving as the host course and the JW Marriott Resort as the new home for the tournament. Combined with the shift to May as part of the FedExCup schedule, we believe the Valero Texas Open is well positioned for the future in terms of growth and continued strong charitable contributions."

It should be interesting to gauge player reaction to this move. For years, the La Cantera course has been one of the most unpopular on tour because of its steep up-and-down terrain. On the other hand, La Cantera is an easy course (for the pros, anyway), with rounds in the low 60s common.

So while the new site will be a much easier walk, it will also be a longer course, with real hazards, perhaps even rough that can be grown up for the Tour players. Following the 2008 Texas Open a couple weeks ago, several players were quoted saying they had mixed feelings about the move. After years of the course being one of the least-liked, some PGA Tour guys are apparently starting to feel nostalgic for drive-and-pitch holes and low 60s scores.

LPGA Pro Staging Charity Tourney - at Night - in Fort Worth

Charity tournaments are common in the world of golf. Celebrity charity tournaments are easy to find, too. And charity pro-am event - where the pro might be a touring professional - can't be considered rare. But a charity pro-am tournament, with touring pros, played at night? Using glow-in-the-dark golf balls?

That sounds like fun. And that's what the LPGA's Angela Stanford has arranged in Fort Worth.

Here's the news release. Be sure to visit AngelaStanfordGolf.com for additional details or to register.

Fort Worth - Oct. 22, 2008—Top-ranked LPGA golfer Angela Stanford is bringing professional golfers and the Fort Worth community together for a nighttime golf tournament to raise money for two of the area’s charities. The third annual Let Your Light Shine Angela Stanford Charity Golf Tournament will be held November 1 at Diamond Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth. Proceeds will benefit the Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth and Mental Health Mental Retardation of Tarrant County.

The event includes a junior clinic, dinner, silent auction and nine holes of golf in which each team is paired with an LPGA professional or a member of the TCU women’s golf team. Players use glow-in-the-dark golf balls to play on illuminated holes.

"I am blessed to be able to make a career out of playing golf, and I want to use my talent to help others," Stanford said. "The tournament is wonderful because people come together for a good cause and have fun doing something they wouldn’t normally do."

Last year, the tournament raised over $38,000, and paid for everything from groceries for a needy family to a used car for a single working mother. Stanford began the charity golf tournament in 2006.

Stanford achieved eight top-10 finishes in 2008, including winning the Bell Micro LPGA Classic, tying for third-place at the Samsung World Championship, and finishing second place at the Longs Drugs Challenge. She is currently in the top 20 of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

All proceeds from the event are to be shared between the Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth and Mental Health Mental Retardation of Tarrant County. The money will support Lena Pope Home’s Holiday at Home program, which provides toys and practical gifts such as shoes and clothing to needy children and families.

The MHMRTC Residential Services program provides residential services for persons with mental retardation, autism, and behavioral disorders. Money raised by the tournament will be used for Special Olympics, recreation, and other activities planned for residents.

The tournament gives participants the chance to play on one of Fort Worth’s great golf courses. Diamond Oaks Country Club meanders along creeks and streams and is framed by massive, 100-year-old oak and pecan trees.

The tournament is sponsored by Jerry's of Weatherford. Teams can register online at http://www.angelastanfordgolf.com/.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

NTPGA Chrysler Club Championship

From the Northern Texas PGA:

IRVING – Eight amateurs will advance to the Chrysler Club Championship National Finals after finishing in the top four of both the men’s and women’s divisions today at the Chrysler Club Championship Regional Tournament presented by Golf Digest Publications.

The champion of the men’s division was Kent Yarbrough of The Vaquero Club after firing an even par 71. Yarbrough also captured this Championship in 2006. Mina Hardin of Mira Vista Country Club won the women’s division with a round of 74.

In the men’s division, Yarbrough will be joined by fellow qualifiers Kenny Davis of Split Rail Links and Golf Course, Lewis Stephenson of Walnut Creek Country Club and Trip Leon of Dallas National Golf Club.

In the women’s division, Hardin will have fellow competitors Jamie Senter of Shady Oaks Country Club, Debra Woolf of Colonial Country Club and Nancy Beck of Brook Hollow Golf Club join her in the national event.

The regional Chrysler Club Championship, held at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas is one of eight regional tournaments conducted across the country. The 18-hole individual stroke play event featured 98 men and women club champions or runners-up from area private, public and resort facilities. The Chrysler Club Championship National Finals will be held in conjunction with the Merrill Lynch Shootout at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida on December 10-14, 2008. The top place male and female finishers in the National Tournament will advance to compete alongside the world’s best players in the 2009 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic Pro-Am on January 14-18, 2009.


Men's Qualifiers
Kent Yarbrough (a), The Vaquero Club, 71
Kenny Davis (a), Split Rail Links and Golf Course, 72
Lewis Stephenson (a), Walnut Creek Country Club, 73
Trip Leon (a), Dallas National Golf Club, 74

Women's Qualifiers
Mina Hardin (a), Mira Vista Country Club, 74
Jamie Senter (a), Shady Oaks Country Club, 76
Debra Woolf (a), Colonial Country Club, 76
Nancy Beck (a), Brook Hollow Golf Club, 76

AT&T Championship Monday Qualifiers

Here are the five golfers who gained entry into this week's Champions Tour AT&T Championship in San Antonio via the Monday Qualifier:

John Morse, Marshall, Mich., 63
Jeff Klein, Mitchell, Neb., 65
Ronnie Black, Tucson, Ariz., 65
Kirk Hanefeld, Acton, Mass., 66
Donnie Hammond, Heathrow, Fla., 66

Monday, October 20, 2008

Adams Tour Wraps up 2008 Season

The Adams Golf Pro Tour Series wrapped up its 2008 season with the conclusion of the Island View Casino Tour Championship at Windance Country Club in Gulfport, Miss., on Oct. 18.

And Jaxon Brigman is the final winner of the season. Brigman posted rounds of 67-69-70-71 to finish at 11-under 277 and win the $25,000 first prize. Brigman, from Abilene, was two strokes better than a group of five in second place: Scott Abbott (Dallas), A.J. Elgert (Lincoln, Neb.), Brice Garnett (Gallatin, Mo.), Shaun Melville (Lubbock) and Brett Lederer (Long Beach, Calif.).

With the victory Brigman also moved up to finish the season second on the money list:

1. Mark Walker, $50,690
2. Jaxon Brigman, $47,813
3. Shaun Melville, $38,382
4. David Jenkins, $36,753
5. Brian Kortan, $33,464
6. Brett Lederer, $32,836
7. Ryan Vermeer, $32,598
8. Brett Callas, $30,444
9. Dawie Van der Walt, $29,158
10. Tyler Leon, $29,098

Walker won three times in six starts on the tour during 2008, and Brigman won twice in eight starts.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

San Antonio's Brackenridge Almost Ready for Prime Time

brackenridge golf course re-opening

Historic Course Has "Soft" Opening

The Alamo City Golf Trail, the new name of the City of San Antonio's municipal golf courses and the DBA of the organization now running them, recently announced a "soft opening" of historic Brackenridge Golf Course following that course's $4.5 million renovation.

A "soft opening" means that the course can be played by the general public at this time - but with limits. Between now and Dec. 1, golfers can pay $250 to play Brackenridge. Money raised during this period will be used to help renovate the clubhouse and build a Texas Golf Hall of Fame and Museum.

The ACGT says in a press release about Brackenridge, the first 18-hole municipal golf course built in Texas, and designed by legendary architect A.W. Tillinghast:

After appearing very tired and worn for way too long, Brackenridge Park Golf Course has recaptured the luster, beauty and mystique that has distinguished it as the birthplace of Texas golf. The Alamo City Golf Trail, the local non-profit assigned to revitalize the city’s municipal golf courses, has devoted the last eight months and $4.5 million to restore Brackenridge and bring it back to Tillinghast's original design.

"Brack is one of the most important golf courses in the U.S., and the only golf course that is a member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. We hope that those who have played Brack for many years appreciate the renovations and the significance that A. W. Tillinghast's golf course brings to this community," says Jim Roschek, president and CEO of The Alamo City Golf Trail.

"The renovation of The Brackenridge Park Golf Course shows the City's commitment to municipal golfers and its appreciation of the history that surrounds this golf course," he says.

Today Brackenridge Park Golf Course is postcard-picture perfect – from the elevated tee boxes to new cart paths, lush fairways, trimmed tree canopies and uniquely shaped greens.

The routing on the front nine holes is the same, but there is significantly more tee space, many more bunkers and five new species of turf. On the back nine, the routing is completely changed, and seven of the original nine holes are back in play. The new layout includes a mock realignment of the San Antonio River through the course and the historic, stone bridges are back in use.


brackenridge golf course re-opening

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Group Fighting Proposed Walking Ban at Grapevine Muni

Reader John Dewey sent in a note about a situation brewing in Grapevine, where the Grapevine Golf Advisory Board has recommended banning walking on weekends at the municipal golf course. Another group has created an online petition opposing the move.

This proposed change is raising hackles among many longtime players of Grapevine Muni who love their walk. And it's creating consternation among some about the effects on junior golf. Mr. Dewey points out that course rules require golf cart drivers to be 18 years of age. Does that mean juniors will no longer be able to play on weekends (at least without the accompaniment of an adult)?

The USGA makes no bones about its stance on walking vs. riding. David Fay of the USGA has written:

"We strongly believe that walking is the most enjoyable way to play golf and that the use of carts is detrimental to the game. This negative trend needs to be stopped now before it becomes accepted that riding in a cart is the way to play golf."

Many traditionalists believe the only way to properly appreciate a golf course is to walk it. Many instructors believe walking improves your play, helping with the rhythms of the game and giving you time to see what lays ahead of you as you approach the next shot. And of course, there are the health benefits (not to mention the benefits to the course from keeping carts off the turfgrass).

Ostensibly, the Grapevine rule was recommended to improve pace of play. But often that reason is just a red herring. Golf courses love carts because they increase revenue. They do so by allowing the addition of that cart fee, and by allowing the pro shop to get more golfers onto the course.

But counterintuitively, carts often slow play, not speed it up. Because there are more golfers on the course, which leads to bottlenecks at par-3s and reachable par-5s.

This isn't intended as a diatribe against carts, which can be very helpful - even necessary - for some golfers. People who needs carts or simply prefer them should have access to them; people who prefer to walk should be allowed to walk.

Grapevine golfer Jeff Dodson and Grapevine High School golf coach Brian Humphreys are leading the effort to have the recommendation to ban walking on weekends dropped. If you'd like to offer your support of their position, visit their online petition.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

North Wins Joe Black Cup Matches

The Northern Texas PGA now owns a one-win advantage over the Souther Texas PGA in the annual Ryder Cup-style matches. Here is the wrapup from the NTPGA:

LUFKIN – The Northern Texas PGA captured the 28th Texas Joe Black Cup Matches by an overall point total of 14.5 to 9.5.

The Northern Texas PGA took a commanding eight-point lead into the Singles Matches on day two. The Southern Texas PGA team came out strong in the Singles Matches by winning the first three matches. The tension in the matches grew as the Northern Texas PGA only needed 2.5 points to capture the cup but was only leading in two out of the nine remaining matches at the time.

Two of the needed points came from match four and match five with Mark Viskozki defeating David Pilsner 6 & 5 and Greg Antunes defeating Carl Baker 3 & 2. The clinching points came from Larry Bryan who halved his match with Ricky Arnett and Jim Stalder defeated Randy Jones 3 & 2. Britt Patton added to the Northern Texas PGA point total by winning his match 2 up over Justin Orbin.

The team records were tied going into the matches with each team sharing a 13-13-1 overall record. The Northern Texas PGA now leads the matches with a 14-13-1 overall record.

The teams from each section were represented by their Section President, Senior Points Leader, top 9 PGA directors of golf and head golf professionals, and a Captain's Pick of a PGA director of golf or head golf professional. Ronny Glanton, head golf professional at Sherrill Park Golf Course in Richardson served as the Northern Texas PGA captain with Steve Bowman, teaching professional at the Matt Swanson School of Golf at Wildcat in Houston serving as the Southern Texas PGA captain.

The matches were contested at Crown Colony Country Club, a 6,692 yard, par 72 layout in Lufkin.

The Texas Joe Black Cup Matches is an annual competition between the Northern Texas PGA and the Southern Texas PGA Sections. The Ryder Cup style format features 12 golf professionals from each Section competing in Foursome and Four-Ball Matches the first day followed by Singles Matches the final day. The event was started in 1981 to honor Joe Black, a Snyder native who was completing his first year as President of The PGA of America. One point was awarded to a winning match and half a point awarded to any match tied after eighteen holes. The Northern Texas PGA needed 12.5 points to capture the cup while the Southern Texas PGA needed 12 points to retain the cup.

The match-by-match results can be viewed here.

Administaff Small Business Classic Monday Qualifier

The 2008 Champions Tour Administaff Small Business Classic tees off at The Woodlands Country Club on Friday. The Monday qualifier was played on ... well, why don't you just guess which day it was played?

Here are the golfers who earned spots in the field:

Mitch Adams, Cary, N.C., 68
John Morse, Marshall, Mich., 68
James Chancey, Altamonte Springs, Fla., 69
Mark Johnson, Kingsland, 69
Massy Kuramoto, Torrance, Calif., 69

The four alternates are Mark W. Johnson, Hillendale, Calif.; John Ross, Freeman, W.Va.; Gary Hallberg, Castle Rock, Col.; Mike San Filippo, Hobe Sound, Fla.

And among those whose entered the qualifier by didn't make it were Ron Streck, David Ogrin, Kenny Knox, Lon Hinkle, Mitch Adcock, Danny Edwards, Mike Donald, Ronnie Black, Marty Fleckman and Dick Mast. No wonder they say the Champions Tour is the hardest tour in the world to get onto.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Results: Adams Community Bank Golf Classic

Jon Whittaker of Springdale, Ark., posted four rounds in the 60s - his highest score of the week was 68 - to easily claim the trophy at the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series Community Bank Golf Classic, plays Oct. 8-11. The tournament was played at Northwood Country Club in Meridian, Miss.

Whittaker closed with a round of 66 after shooting 66-64-68 in the first three rounds. His total of 264 was 20-under-par, and six strokes better than the four golfers tied for second. Among those four was the only Texan in the Top 5, Seth Murphy of Athens.

Top 5
Jon Whittaker, Springdale, Ark., 66-64-68-66--264
Trey Denton, Madison, Miss., 70-65-68-67--270
Joshua Carmichael, Auckland, NZ, 70-66-66-68--270
Brian Rowell, Lafayette, La., 67-65-69-69--270
Seth Murphy, Athens, 66-70-63-71--270
Full Results

The Adams Tour has one event left on its 2008 schedule, the Island View Casino Tour Championship Oct. 15-18 at Windance Country Club in Gulfport, Miss.

Friday, October 10, 2008

TGA State Senior Four Ball Results

The recap from the Texas Golf Association:

A great week of weather led to a great week of golf at the 2008 State Senior Four Ball Championship. The Honors Golf Club of Dallas did a tremendous job in hosting its first TGA Championship. Even with the perfect conditions, the course still challenged the players and made things interesting in the final round.

The team of Jim Hays and Mike Rice played very well the first two days, but after rounds of 71 and 66 they still found themselves behind by one shot. Hays, of Prosper, and Rice, from Houston , made their move early in the final round and did not leave anything to chance. After birdies at the second and third holes which gave the team the lead, Rice made a crucial par save on the par 3 fourth hole to stay out front. Their final round of four under par 68 was good enough for a two shot victory in the Senior Division.

Bill Caveness and Tom Doughtie held the lead after each of the first two rounds, but were unable to bring home the title. The team fired the low gross round of the championship with a 65 in round one, but could not break 70 in either of the last two rounds. A final round 71 left Caveness and Doughtie in a tie for second. The low gross round of the day went to Peter Dahlberg and Dee Johnston, which vaulted them all the way into a tie for second place. With excellent conditions and strong play, fourteen teams in the Senior Division were able to break par in the final round, and nine teams managed the same feet for the week.

In the Super Senior Division, one team was able to break par all three days and in doing so ran away to a nine shot victory. Art Hull and David Hull used rounds of 70 and 69 on the first two days, and finished with the low super senior round of week, a five under par 67. The team of Frank Luke and Carey Schulten entered the final round just one shot off the lead, but a final round 75 dropped them into a tie for second place. The team of Don Grider and Don Neff used a final round of two under par to move into a tie for second place.

The final round in the Net Division started with a three way tie for the lead, but the team of Eddie Bock and Bill Thomas pulled away from the field. After an opening round 73, Bock and Thomas caught fire shooting 64 in each of the last two rounds. With a total of fifteen under par, Bock and Thomas cruised to a three shot victory. The teams of Perley/Sharber and Meadows/Scaccia entered the day tied for the lead, but ended the day tied for second after rounds of 67.


For the full list of scores, click here.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Bridges Opens in Gunter

the bridges golf club gunter texas

A Fred Couples Signature Course, designed by Boom-Boom working with Jeffrey Bauer Design, The Bridges Golf Club is in Gunter, near the FM 121/Highway 289 intersection, about eight miles from Van Alstyne, about 19 miles north of the Dallas North Tollway.

The club, part of a development called The Bridges at Preston Crossing, celebrated its official grand opening earlier this week. Brauer described the layout this way:

"It has a modern length at about 7,600 yards from the championship tees and some other modern features like fairway chipping areas. It also features many old-style design characteristics like square cornered tees and smaller steep banked grass bunkers. Many of the greens have great contours while others are protected by sharp banks rather than the traditional sand bunkers."

The Bridges is a semi-private club; membership info is available here. For daily fee players, at the time of opening the peak rate Monday-Thursday is $45; Friday-Sunday it's $65.

the bridges golf club gunter texas

the bridges golf club gunter texas

Fleckman Wins Senior Series Tour Championship

Former PGA Tour winner Marty Fleckman was the winner of the Southern Texas PGA's Senior Series Tour Championship, completed Tuesday in Sealy. Here is the report from the STPGA:

Marty Fleckman of Cypress posted a 36-hole total of 4-under-par 70-68—138 to win the Overall competition and the Super Senior Division of the season-ending STPGA Senior Series Tour Championship at River Ridge Golf Club in Sealy.

Fleckman earned, the director of instruction at Blackhorse Golf Club in Cypress, earned $300 for the overall title and $500 for winning the Super Senior group.

David Faulkner of Humble finished second in the Super Senior Division, finishing four strokes back of Fleckman at 72-70—142 to win $400. Amateur Gordon Norwood of Cypress finished in third place at 71-75—146, good for $340 in earnings.

Three golfers finished in a first-place tie at 2-under-par 140 in the tournament’s Senior Division. Amateur Juan Salcedo of The Woodlands went 69-71, John Aguillon of San Antonio posted rounds of 68 and 72 and Houston’s Steve Parker went 71-69 to force the tie; all three took home $486.67 in winnings.


Overall Winner
Marty Fleckman, Cypress, 70-68—138

Senior Division Top 5
John Aguillon, San Antonio, 68-72--140
a-Juan Salcedo, The Woodlands, 69-71--140
Steve Parker, Houston, 71-69--140
a-Ronald Kilby, McAllen, 71-70--141
Steve Trafton, Austin, 72-70--142

Super Seniors Top 5
Marty Fleckman, Cypress, 70-68--138
David Faulkner, Humble, 72-70--142
a-Gordon Norwood, Cypress, 71-75--146
Ray Lease, Dickinson, 72-76--148
Ben Graves, Kingwood, 75-76--151
Johnnie Felps, McGregor, 76-75--151

Full results

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Texas Swing Tour Notes

The pro tours are in Texas this week and the couple after. Here are a few notes courtesy of the PGA Tour:

Texas Open
  • Justin Leonard will be seeking his record fourth Valero Texas Open title this week. Leonard's record at the event is as good as it is consistent. He’s won three times, finished second twice and made the cut in 9 of 10 starts. He's 121-under par for his career in the tournament with 31 of his 38 rounds in the 60s.

  • In the history of the PGA Tour, the winning 72-hole score has been under 260 15 times—five of them coming at the Valero Texas Open. Included in that number is the all-time record of 254 set by Tommy Armour III when he won the 2003 Valero Texas Open.

  • Davis Love III, in the field at the Texas Open, finished in tied for third last week at the Turning Stone Resort Championship for his best showing since winning the 2006 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro.

    WNB Golf Classic
  • The Nationwide Tour is in Texas this week for the WNB Golf Classic at Midland CC. While the course is among the longest on Tour at 7,380 yards, last year it surrendered 63 eagles, a total exceeded in only two other events. The 559-yard 12th hole was eagled 29 times while the 536-yard 4th gave up 22 eagles.

  • After this wee'’s WNB Golf Classic, only two events will remain to qualify for the 60-man field at the Nationwide Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch. Cameron Percy is currently 60th on the money list with $96,118 in earnings, but the next 14 players on the list are less than $10,000 behind him.

    Administaff Small Business Classic
  • Hal Sutton will make his Champions Tour debut next week when the Tour heads to Houston for the Administaff Small Business Classic. It will be Sutton’s first start anywhere since the 2006 Nissan Open on the PGA Tour.

  • Monday Qualifying Results: Texas Open, WNB Classic

    There were two Monday qualifiers held yesterday (Monday!), one for the PGA Tour Texas Open in San Antonio, another for the Nationwide Tour WNB Golf Classic in Midland. Here are the qualifiers from each who gained entry into the Tour events:

    PGA Tour Texas Open
    Pecan Valley Golf Club
    Jhonattan Vegas, Austin, 68
    Bruce Smith, Frisco, 68
    David Ogrin, New Braunfels, 69
    Phil Tataurangi, Flower Mound, 69

    Nationwide Tour WNB Golf Classic
    Two qualifying sites were used, each sending the Top 7 into the tournament's main draw.

    Green Tree Country Club
    Franklin Corpening, Fort Worth, 65
    Blake Adams, Swainsboro, Ga., 65
    Andrew Dresser, Carrollton, 65
    Reid Edstrom, Auburn, Ala., 66
    Lee Williamson, Winter Garden, Fla., 66
    Will Dodson, Dallas, 66
    Tom Gillis, Oxford, Mich., 66

    Ranchland Hills Golf Club
    Justin Otto, Llano, 63
    Chris Myers, Southlake, 64
    Jim Lemon, Madison, Wisc., 64
    Ryan Howison, Jupiter, Fla., 65
    Dustin Risdon, Strathmore, Alb., 65
    Andy Connell, Spring, 65
    Michael McCabe, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 66

    Monday, October 06, 2008

    Arkansan Claims Adams Title in Louisiana

    Patrick Sullivan of Maumelle, Ark., was the winner on Sunday in the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series' Guaranty Bank Classic, played at Black Bear Golf Club in Delhi, La. Sullivan posted rounds of 73-65-66-75 for a 9-under total of 279 and the $15,000 first prize check. He finished two strokes clear of the group in second place.

    Top 5 Finishers
    Patrick Sullivan, Maumelle, 73-65-66-75--279
    Drew Laning, Little Rock, 75-71-69-66--281
    John Elizondo, San Antonio, 68-72-72-69--281
    Michael Arnaud, Beaumont, 70-70-70-72--282
    Par Nilsson, Oklahoma City, 69-66-70-77--282
    Full Results

    Two Mississippi tournaments are all that remain on the tour's 2008 schedule.

    Sunday, October 05, 2008

    Nicklaus Designing Ultra-Exclusive Course in Prosper

    If you're a very Prosper-ous individual who loves golf and exclusivity, you'll probably be interested in BearsBrook Golf Club.

    That's the name of a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course that will be built in Prosper, north of Dallas. "The site features 120 feet of elevation changes, thousands of hardwood trees, and meandering streams," the article published on Cybergolf says.

    Construction is expected to start in 2009, with the target opening in Fall 2010. When it opens, BearsBrook will be part of something called the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club, "a reciprocity program involving 25 Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses in locations around the world."

    Only the 35 founders or associate members at each of the member clubs will be able to access all the other courses within the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club. Among the other courses in the club are Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic, The Bear's Club in Jupiter, Fla., and Muirfield Village in Ohio.

    Contact info for the BearsBrook development is available in the Cybergolf article linked above.

    Friday, October 03, 2008

    Texas Open Pre-Qualifying Results

    The pre-qualifier for the PGA Tour Valero Texas Open was played this week at Pecan Valley Golf Club in San Antonio. The Top 50 finishers in the pre-qualifier advance to the final qualifier (a k a, the Monday qualifier) that is played tournament week. The Texas Open takes place next week, Oct. 9-12, at La Cantera Golf Club in San Antonio.

    Martin Piller of Richardson and Bryan Novoa of San Antonio were co-medalists in the pre-qualifier, shooting 67.

    Other qualifiers included San Antonian and former "Big Break" bad boy Anthony Rodriguez; Jhonattan Vegas of Austin, an accomplished collegiate golfer at UT; Richard Lee of Arizona by way of Canada, a former junior standout who turned pro in 2007 at the age of 16; and Jeff Burns, a San Antonian and mini-tour veteran and former Nationwide Tour player.

    Results
    These are the 50 golfers who move on to the Monday qualifier:

    67 - Martin Piller, Richardson; Bryan Novoa, San Antonio
    69 - Will Griffin, San Antonio; Jhonattan Vegas, Austin
    70 - Jamie Amoretti, San Antonio; Anthony Rodriguez, Spring Branch
    71 - Matthew Loving, San Antonio; Todd Mayfield, Anna; Richard Lee, Chandler, Ariz.
    72 - Bruce Smith, Frisco; Nathan Camacho, San Antonio; Roger Stebbins, Cypress; Jeremy Frye, Palestine; Michael Mezei, Lethbridge, Ala.; Billy Castro, Von Ormy; Jeff Burns, San Antonio
    73 - Corbin King, Round Rock; Alan Johnson, League City; Gabe Reynolds, San Marcos; J.T. Kohut, Stockton, Calif.; Randy Jones, San Antonio; Stuart Deane, Arlington; Thomas Kearney, San Antonio; Jeremy Wilkinson, San Antonio; Trey Wilkins, Sugar Land
    74 - Jonathan Ocanas, San Antonio; Matt Johnston, Winnipeg, Can.; Michael Hillis, Utopia; Jung Kim, Houston; Ben Troester, Boerne
    75 - Mac Wylie, Boerne; Patrick Bell, Universal City; Michael Levine, Live Oak; Ian Ford, Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Can.; Lance Littleton, San Antonio; Winn Smith, Autin
    76 - Jonathan Lenz, San Antonio; Greg Puga, Los Angeles; Ray Garza Jr., San Antonio; Kc Lim, San Antonio; Robert Meyers II, San Antonio; Carlo Grever-DeVicenzo, San Antonio
    77 - Julius Gonzales, Beeville
    78 - Chad Marti, Baytown; Raymond Caldwell, San Antonio; Brandon Ellis, San Antonio;
    Randy Clark, Argyle; Isaac Idstein, Canyon Lake; Todd McFarland, Fischer; David Studebaker, Wichita Falls; Derek Brown, Cleburne

    Thursday, October 02, 2008

    The Nelson Gets a New Title Sponsor

    HP recently acquired EDS. And that means that the PGA Tour's Byron Nelson Championship has acquired a new title sponsor.

    The 2009 HP Byron Nelson Championship will take place May 18-24 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving. EDS had been the title sponsor since 2003, but that company's sale to HP closed on Aug. 26, and HP decided to continue the title sponsorship.

    "The Byron Nelson Championship is about much more than golf; it is about giving back to the community and honoring the legacy of one of golf's greatest humanitarians, Byron Nelson," said Michael Mendenhall, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, HP. "HP is privileged to become the title sponsor of this great event on the PGA Tour."