Saturday, December 12, 2009

2009 STPGA Chapter Awards

On the previous two days, we've posted about the 2009 STPGA Professional of the Year and listed all the section awards. Now we'll wrap up with the chapter awards. Each of three chapters (Eastern, Southern, Western) within the section selects its own slate of award winners.

Eastern Chapter
Golf Professional of the Year: Jeff Strong, Head Golf Professional and General Manager, Eagle Pointe Golf Club, Mont Belvieu
Harvey Penick Teacher of the Year: Charlie Epps, Director of Instruction, The Houstonian Golf & Country Club, Richmond
Junior Golf Leader: David Goldblum, Director of Instruction, The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch, Katy
Merchandiser of the Year: The Club at Carlton Woods, The Woodlands

Southern Chapter
Golf Professional of the Year: Doug DeSive, Head Golf Professional, Corpus Christi Country Club
Harvey Penick Teacher of the Year: Joe Powell, Head Golf Professional, Palms at Mid-Valley Golf Course, Mercedes
Junior Golf Leader: Mike Fernuik, Head Golf Professional, Harlingen Country Club, Harlingen
Merchandiser of the Year: The Club at Cimarron, Mission

Western Chapter
Golf Professional of the Year: Dale Morgan, Head Golf Professional, Austin Country Club, Austin
Harvey Penick Teacher of the Year: Bill Moretti, Director of Instruction, Academy of Golf Dynamics, The Hills
Junior Golf Leader: Matt Trevino, Head Golf Professional, Riverhill Country Club, Kerrville
Merchandiser of the Year: Horseshoe Bay Resort, Horseshoe Bay

Friday, December 11, 2009

2009 STPGA Award Winners

The Southern Texas PGA handed out its annual awards recently, and below are the section winners. We'll post again tomorrow with chapter winners.

Golf Professional of the Year: Jeff Strong, Head Golf Professional and General Manager, Eagle Pointe Golf Club, Mont Belvieu

Dick Forester Quarter Century Award: Joe Black, PGA Life Member, Bee Cave

Harvey Penick Teacher of the Year: Charlie Epps, Director of Instruction, The Houstonian Golf & Country Club, Richmond

unior Golf Leader: David Goldblum, Director of Instruction, The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch, Katy

Horton Smith Award: David Altemus, Head Golf Professional, Royal Oaks Country Club, Houston

Bill Strausbaugh Award: Gordon Johnson, Head golf professional, Houston Country Club, Houston

Assistant Professional of the Year: Heath Martin, Senior Assistant Professional, Austin Country Club, Austin

Merchandisers of the Year: The Quarry Golf Club, San Antonio (Public); Royal Oaks Country Club, Houston (Private); Hyatt Wolfdancer Golf Club, Lost Pines (Resort)

STPGA Player of the Year: Tim Thelen, Assistant Professional, The Falls Golf & Country Club, New Ulm

STPGA Senior Player of the Year: David Lundstrom, PGA Life Member, Houston

Bridgestone STPGA Senior Series Player of the Year: Troy Schleicher, Golf Instructor, Matt Swanson School of Golf, Houston

STPGA President’s Plaque: Janet Ortega, Head Golf Professional, First Tee of Greater Austin, Austin

STPGA Golf Sales Representative of the Year: Gill Barnett, Gill Barnett Golf, Houston

STPGA Amateur of the Year: Juan Salcedo, The Woodlands

STPGA Junior Golfers of the Year: Stratton Nolen, Austin (Boys); Avery Seale, Houston (Girls)

STPGA Special Service Award: Al Thomas, Houston

STPGA Meda/Public Relations Award: Brent Blackburn, Director of Daily Operations and Teaching, Dallas Athletic Club, Dallas

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jeff Strong Named STPGA Pro of the Year

From the STPGA:

Jeff Strong, who has served as the head golf professional and general manager of Mont Belvieu’s Eagle Pointe Golf Club since construction on the course began in 1999, has been named the 2009 Southern Texas PGA Golf Professional of the Year.

The honor has been presented annually for 42 years. The honor is the STPGA’s highest award and the recipient is chosen on the basis of his or her overall performance as a PGA golf professional, level of service to the Southern Texas PGA, leadership, image, ability to inspire fellow professionals and service to the region’s golf community. The first STPGA Golf Professional of the Year award went to the late Hardy Loudermilk, shortly after the STPGA’s creation in 1968.

"To receive this kind of recognition from my peers is incredible," Strong said. "To know you’ve done something for this game that we love so much is just indescribable. It brings me a lot of joy."

Elected to membership in the PGA of America in 1996, Strong has proven to be one of southern Texas’ most willing and able golf professionals. The Michigan native has been a very active participant in the Southern Texas PGA’s Junior Golf Program and it’s member tournament operations. He completed a two-year term on the STPGA’s Board of Directors in 2008, serving as the chairman of the Section’s Tournament Committee throughout that period. Amongst his many accomplishments as chairman of that committee was the creation of a series of pro-ams to help support larger purses at some of the STPGA’s member tournaments.

He also led the charge to re-invigorate the STPGA Senior Series operation, which is geared toward providing a slate of competitive events for golfers ages 50 and above.
He has hosted the Eagle Pointe Pro-Am for the past three years. The tournament is geared toward generating financial support for the Southern Texas PGA Foundation, through which the STPGA provides financial sustenance for its many junior golf and scholarship activities. The 2009 tournament raised $11,000, bringing the three-year total of funds donated to the STPGA Foundation to $34,500.

Strong is as active in the non-golf community as he is in the golf industry. He has donated over 1,000 rounds of golf to local charities while facilitating Eagle Pointe’s support of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, the United Way, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and others.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Strong accepted the assignment of Captain of the 2009 Southern Texas PGA Texas Joe Black Cup Matches and led his team to a 13-11 victory over their Northern Texas PGA counterparts. The win tied the Ryder Cup-style series at 14-14-1.

"Being Captain of the STPGA’s Texas Joe Black Cup Matches team was really one of the highlights of my career," said Strong. "I can’t tell you how much fun that was, or how much it meant to me."

A collegiate golfer at the University of Wisconsin, Strong spent the early part of his career working in Florida, where he started out as an assistant professional and quickly worked his way up to general manager status and responsibilities.

His career took on a global flavor in 1993, when he took on golf instructor duties at the International Golf Club Bonn in Germany. Three years later, he was named the head golf professional and general manager at River Oaks Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

He made his move to Texas in 1998, taking the general manager position at Longwood Golf Club in Cypress, and then, in late 1999, was named head golf professional/general manager at Eagle Pointe, which was then under construction.

Strong took his career a step farther in 2001, when he founded Strong Sports Management, Inc., through which he operates Eagle Pointe, and in 2005, earned a maintenance contract with The Battleground at Deer Park.

In addition to his honor at the 2009 STPGA Golf Professional of the Year award, Strong is also the recipient of the 2009 Golf Professional of the Year honor from the Eastern Chapter of the STPGA.

He has previously been honored as the Southern Texas PGA’s 2008 Bill Strausbaugh Award winner and the 2007 and 2008 STPGA Eastern Chapter Golf Professional of the Year awards. His golf shop at Eagle Pointe received the STPGA’s 2009 Merchandiser of the Year Award (for public facilities)— the shop also received 2005 STPGA Eastern Chapter Merchandiser of the Year for Public Facilities award.

Strong credits his wife, Liz, and their daughters, Sharon (13) and Lauren (8) for providing the support he needs to fulfill the opportunities provided him in his personal and professional lives.

Strong and his fellow 2009 STPGA award winners will be formally presented with their honors during the STPGA’s 42nd Annual President’s Dinner, to be held Feb. 21 at Sweetwater Country Club in Sugar Land.

We'll publish the list of 2009 STPGA award winners tomorrow.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Humble's Cooper Claims STPGA Match Play

From the STPGA - Carl Cooper won a closely-contested final match against Lonny Alexander by a 1-up margin to take the victory in the 2009 TaylorMade-adidas Golf STPGA Match Play Championship at Escondido.

Cooper was one hole down after Alexander birdied the 10th hole in the finals, but came back to go 2 up after the 14th hole. Alexander pulled back within a single hole after on the 15th, but both took pars on the remaining holes and Cooper had the championship.

"It was kind of like a window opened up for me and it was my time," said Cooper of his victory. "I've been working very hard on my putting and it paid off. Tim Thelen told me after our semi-final match that I had played the best he’d seen me play. I think it was really the best golf I've played since I had my Tour card."

"To win five matches against the kind of golfers I was playing against is tough," Cooper said. "I stayed patient and the golf gods rewarded me."

The win in the finals marked the second time in the tournament's five rounds that Cooper had been pushed to the final hole before defeating his opponent. He earned his slot in the finals by defeating Tim Thelen 4&3 in the semi-finals. Alexander gained his position in the final match with a 3&2 win over David Von Hoffman.

Cooper earned $1,200 for the championship and Alexander took home $800 as the runner-up. The losing semi-finalists received $500 each and the losing quarterfinalists and second-round players received $300 and $200 each, respectively.

Cliff Bounds, ousted from the Championship Division in a 5&4 first-round loss to Cooper, won the Championship Division's Consolation Bracket with a 3&2 conquest of Chase Watson in the finals.

Bounds took home $600 as winner of the Consolation Bracket. Watson received a check for $400 as the runner-up, and the professionals who lost in the quarterfinals and semi-ifinals won $200 and $150 each (respectively) for advancing past the first round.

Larry Degenhart won the tournament's Senior Division, taking a 2&1 victory in the finals over Garry Rippy.

Degenhart gained the finals by taking a 4&3 win over Babe Hiskey in the quarterfinals and then winning a 21-hole match against Wayne Mitchell in the semi-finals.

Degenhart's winnings were $800; Rippy earned $500 in runner-up money. All the golfers who won their first and quarterfinal matches received $200 and $300, respectively.

"I didn't expect I was going to win when I entered, but it looked like a good chance to win a check in a good tournament," said Degenhart. "When I saw I was playing Marty Fleckman in the first round, I joked that they were trying to eliminate me early."

"I had Garry four holes down by the 12th hole of the final match. He came back, but I managed to hold on," Degenart said. "I'm a Life Member of the PGA and I've been a member of several Sections, but this is the first time I've won anything at the Section level, so it's pretty special."

Fleckman took the Senior Division's Consolation Bracket with a 3&2 win over Ralph Harris in the finals. Fleckman was eliminated from the Senior Division by Degenhart in a 1-up decision, but never played past the 16th hole in three matches in the Consolation Bracket.

Fleckman earned $450 for his effort, while Harris took home a runner-up share of $250. The losing semi-finallsts received $150 each.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

2010 PGA Tour Texas Dates

The 2010 PGA Tour schedule is out, and here are the Texas dates:

  • April 1-4: Shell Houston Open
  • May 13-16: Valero Texas Open
  • May 20-23: HP Byron Nelson Championship
  • May 27-30: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

As you can see, the Texas Open, Nelson and Colonial are in back-to-back-to-back weeks, forming nice Texas triangle. Also of note is that the Texas Open is officially listed as moved to TPC San Antonio, where it will be played on the Greg Norman-designed course.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

The Spirit Returns to Whispering Pines

Thanks to Golf Babes for reminding me of this: If you're going to be anywhere in the vicinity of Trinity this week, head out to Whispering Pines Golf Club and check out The Spirit International.

Since its founding in 2001, The Spirit has become one of the premiere international competitions for young amateur golfers - usually college-age, sometimes younger. Countries send four golfers - two women, two men - who compete both individually for men's and women's titles, plus as teams for men's, women's and overall titles.

This year, the American team is captained by Paula Creamer, and the players on Team USA are Jordan Speith, the No. 1-ranked junior boys player in the U.S.; college star Ben Martin, runner-up at the 2009 U.S. Amateur; college freshman Jennifer Johnson, the runner-up at the U.S. Women's Amateur this year; and 14-year-old phenom Alexis Thompson, the No. 1-ranked girls junior who has played very well in a handful of LPGA appearances.

Other notables this year include Caroline Masson, one of the top amateurs in Europe, playing for Germany;and Matteo Manassero, who won the 2009 British Amateur at age 16, playing for Italy.

Some of the young golfers hitting Whispering Pines this week are guaranteed to be stars down the road; you only have to look at the list of players who've played The Spirit in the past to know that. Those past players include Nick Flanagan, Martin Kaymer, Brandt Snedeker, Ross Fisher and Michael Sim on the men's side; Lorena Ochoa, Minea Blomqvist, Na Yeon Choi, Hee Young Park, Jane Park, Joo Mi Kim, Aree Song and Yani Tseng on the women's side.

Plus the American captain this year, Paula Creamer.

Practice rounds are on Tuesday (Nov. 3); the tournament starts Wednesday (Nov. 4) and runs through Saturday (Nov. 7). Parking and admission is free for spectators.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Don't Leave It Short

On the other hand, it was a 60-footer. Clip of a Waco local news anchor trying to win $10,000 by making a 60-foot putt.

Hat tip to Jay Busbee via Twitter.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

PGA Tour First Stage Qualifiers in Texas

One first-stage qualifier for PGA Tour Q-School is over, another one comes next week. On Saturday, play wrapped up at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney. The full scores can be found here, but we'll list the 23 golfers who advanced into the second round:

Nick Mason, Cave Creek, AZ, 278
Jacob Rogers, Tucson, AZ, 280
Allen McFerran, Fayetteville, AR, 281
William Doughtie, Amarillo, TX, 283
Jess Daley, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 284
Tom Kalinowski, Scottsdale, AZ, 284
Randy Lowry, Spring, TX, 285
Nick Killpack, St. George, UT, 286
Pierre Relecom, Belgium, 286
Madalitso Muthiya, Albuquerque, NM, 287
Colin Biles, Columbus, OH, 287
Josh Broadaway, Dothan, AL, 287
Blake Sattler, New Philadelphia, PA, 287
David Suggs, Orlando, FL, 288
Bobby Hutcherson, Memphis, TX, 288
Jong Yoon, San Ramon, CA, 289
Jorge Campillo, Spain, 289
Darren Angel, Northridge, CA, 289
Matt Rosen, Tucson, AZ, 289
David Morland, Winter Garden, FL, 290
Rob Rashell, Scottsdale, AZ, 290
Travis Hampshire, Zephyrhills, FL, 290
Nemanja Savic, Raleigh, NC, 290

Coming up Oct. 27-30 is another first-stage qualifier in Texas, this one at Lantana Golf Club. And in that field is hotshot 20-year-old Rickie Fowler who - as I write this - is tied for the lead in the PGA Tour Open. If he wins there, he won't have to bother with Q-School.

The field also includes Tony Finau, currently a cast member of "Big Break Disney Golf" on the Golf Channel; as well as some of the top golf professionals (club pros and mini-tour players alike) in Texas including Stuart Deane, Jaxon Brigman, Martin Flores, Kelly Grunewald, Vince Jewell and Adam Rubinson.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tiger and the Cowboys

Tiger Woods spent some time in Dallas this week, presumably getting in some work with Hank Haney. But El Tigre was also getting in some R&R, attending a U2 concert at the new Cowboys stadium and sitting in a private suite with Tony Romo and Jason Witten.

The next morning, Tiger pumped iron in the Cowboys' weight room, surprising those Cowboys players who showed up.

The Dallas Morning News had this quote:

"He's the greatest athlete of all time in my opinion," reserve QB Stephen McGee said. "There's a lot to learn from Tiger. He's got a lot of major characteristics. He was in the weight room showing that work ethic you always hear about. He was really cool."

Yes, let's hope that these Cowboys learn something from Tiger ... and that Tiger learns nothing from these Cowboys!

Tiger and Tony are apparently big buds. And Romo was named this month by Golf Digest as the best golfer among professional athletes with a +3.3 handicap. How many years until Romo is on the Champions Tour?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Boot Ranch Foreclosed On; Sutton Out of the Picture

Hal Sutton's Boot Ranch project just outside Fredericksburg has been beset by problems throughout its short life. Despite that, the golf course drew raves.

Now, alas, it has drawn a foreclosure notice. Lehman Brothers - itself undergoing bankruptcy proceedings - is liquidating a $73 million loan to Boot Ranch to raise money for its creditors, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

The facility is expected to remain open and operating throughout the foreclosure, until new ownership can be found. But that means that Hal Sutton's involvement - and Boot Ranch was his baby all the way - is over.

Read the full story from the Express-News

Monday, October 12, 2009

Adams Tour Championship This Week; Lowry Wins in MS

The Adams Golf Pro Tour Series is headed to it season-ending tour championship this week. And Randy Lowry of Houston heads into that tour championship off a victory.

Lowry won the First Tee of Meridian Classic, played at Northwood Country Club in Meridian, Miss., over the weekend. Lowry surged to the title on the strength of a final-round 66, pipping Jaxon Brigman by one stroke at the end. Lowry finished at 17-under 267 and Brigman at 16-under.

Lowry is a 22-year-old rookie who had finished high multiple times previously in the season, but the Meridian is his first victory. And with that victory, Lowry took the lead on the tour money list.

Top Finishers
Randy Lowry, Houston, 67-68-66-66--267
Jaxon Brigman, Abilene, 67-65-65-71--268
Brett Lederer, Long Beach, Calif., 65-66-68-70--269
Mark Walker, Hurst, 66-66-67-71--270
Colby Beckstrom, Muskegon, Mich., 71-66-69-66--272
Full Scores

This week, Wednesday through Saturday, is the Island View Casino Resort Tour Championship at Windance Country Club in Gulfport, Miss. Brigman is the defending champion.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

New Putter Company in Utopia Offers Unique Design

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How in the world did little, tiny Utopia, Texas - population 3000; gateway to Garner and Lost Maples state parks; home of some great pie, although I can never remember the name of the cafe serving it; home of Kinky Friedman's dog ranch - become a golfing hotbed?

The latest golf news to emerge from Utopia is the putter company, Utopia Golf Products, which has a couple unique designs that it is currently working to get into pro shops and other retail outlets across the country.

The press release is posted below, after a couple more images. But you can immediately spot what's different about the Utopia putters - that ridge running across the face. Well, in reality, that thin ridge is the face - it's what strikes the ball. Some insight into the design is included in the press release, and you can also check out the Utopia Golf Products website.

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Here is the press release:

Utopia Golf Products Launched with Award-winning Putters

UTOPIA, Texas (September 28, 2009) – Utopia Golf Products, maker of finely-milled performance-based putters, made its official d├ębut at the PGA Fall Expo Sept. 1-2 in Las Vegas with welcome fanfare and highly successful results. Winner of a "Best New Product" award at the Expo, Utopia Golf Products is attracting the attention of golf instructors, equipment buyers, shop owners and players who appreciate the appealing putter designs with built-in performance features, in addition to the accomplished workmanship and high quality of the clubs.

"We are delighted with the great response we have had to our putters from the very start," says Scott Saunders, president of Utopia Golf Products. "It is a pleasure to know we will have the opportunity to enhance the enjoyment and performance of golfers who discover how our putters can help improve their games."

Each Utopia club is designed, milled, hand-assembled, painted and polished to exact standards at the company's manufacturing facility in Utopia, Texas, under the watchful eyes of putter designers Scott Saunders and Michael Hillis.

The Utopia TXR I cavity-back blade putter and TXR II heel-shafted cavity-back mallet putter feature a ridge that acts as the face, creating a thin leading line the company refers to as "The Edge." The purpose of "The Edge" is to give "true roll" to the ball, allowing it to move smoothly along the intended line to the hole and reducing the probability of a mis-hit. Utopia putters are designed to strike the ball just above its equator to provide instant forward roll without skidding, hopping, skipping, side- or backspin.

Utopia Golf Products was founded this year by Bill Deichler, Mike Hillis and Scott Saunders, all residents of Utopia, Texas, a town of under 300 residents located about 80 miles west of San Antonio in Texas Hill Country. Inspired by their own putting woes and their love of the game, they set out to create putters that would offer the pleasure of improved performance to golfers of all skill levels. With the twin goals of striving to perfect their own play and providing opportunities to others to improve their games, the founders decided to name their company "Utopia Golf Products," both in honor of their beloved little hometown and to reflect the unlimited potential of their creations.

Utopia putters will be available at pro shops, green-grass retailers, sporting goods retailers and other golf retail outlets across the U.S, as well as on the company Web site. The putters can be imprinted with club, corporate or organization logos. They make perfect tee and tournament prizes or great gifts any time of year.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Thelen Claims Natonal Title

Congratulation to Tim Thelen of The Falls Golf & Country Club in New Ulm. Thelen is one of the most accomplished club professionals in Texas, a two-time winner of the PGA Professional National Championship.

And now he is a winner of the Callaway Golf PGA Assistant Championship.

Thelen set a tournament record of at 23-under 265, winning the title by seven shots on Sunday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Thelen posted rounds of 66, 65, 66 and 68.

Golfer Dies Trying to Retreive Ball

A golf course tragedy in Richardson over the weekend. A Garland golfer, identified as William Michael Grant, suffered fatal injuries trying to retrieve his golf ball after an errant shot at Sherrill Park Golf Course.

According to witnesses, Grant was trying to retrieve his golf ball, which had flown well over the green, when he slipped and fell down a 10-foot embankment. Preliminary findings indicated that Grant suffered a broken neck in the fall.

He died about an hour after being taken to the hospital.

Folks, make good decisions when you're on the golf course. Let's be careful out there.

TGA Senior Four Ball Champs Crowns

From the TGA - Montgomery , TX – A third straight day of perfect weather greeted the players at Woodforest Golf Club in Montgomery. Twenty-three teams began the week in hopes to be com e the 2009 State Senior Four-Ball Champion, but in the end it was the duo of Robert McKinney and Chip Stewart overcoming a four shot deficit to start the day to take the title by one stroke over Tom Doughtie and Bill Caveness and Kenneth Leasley and Dee Johnston.

After two rounds this week, Stewart and McKinney found themselves staring at a four shot deficit playing two groups behind the leaders, Tom Doughtie and Bill Caveness. But a strong start by Stewart who birdied three of the first four holes got the pair to within one stroke of the lead at the turn as Doughtie and Caveness weren’t able to get anything going on the front carding 8 pars and a bogey. Stewart and McKinney were able to add three more birdies on back nine to give them the low round for the day for a 6-under par, 65. Doughtie and Caveness bounced back with two birdies on the back, but in the end, it was only good enough for a tie for second place at 13-under for the championship with Kenneth Leasley and Dee Johnston giving Stewart and McKinney the victory with a three day total of 14-under par, 199.

This is Stewart’s third Senior Four Ball title in seven years, but his first playing with McKinney. Individually, they put together a pretty prolific resume of tournament golf in Texas. Stewart has won the Texas Amateur in 1992 and 1998, the Mid-Am Match Play Championship in 2001 and the Senior Four Ball Championship in 2003 and 2005 while McKinney has won the State Four Ball in 1988, the Texas Amateur in 1999 and the Mid-Amateur in 1996. It only made sense that they would be the team to beat this week.

The Super Senior Division finished with no surprises either as the team from Georgetown , Don Grider and Don Neff finished with a nine shot victory over the next closest team of Carey Schulten and Tom Mattox. Grider, who had an eighth place finish this year in the Super Senior Division at the State Senior Championship paired up with Neff to post a 71, 72, and 73 for a three day total of 3-over par, 216, which is pretty respectable as they played the same from the same yardage (6,543 yards).

The Texas Golf Association would like to extend a whole-hearted thank you to the staff of Woodforest Golf Club. Their support of the Texas Golf Association this year has been second to none as Tom Martty and his staff have provided some of the best tournament experiences both on the course and in the clubhouse. Woodforest is definitely a diamond in the rough in the Houston Area that anyone who has the chance should com e out and experience.



Wednesday, September 30, 2009

STPGA Senior Series Crown to Ogrin

From the STPGA - Former PGA Tour professional David Ogrin of New Braunfels carded a total of 1-over-par 74-71—145 to win the Overall competition and the Senior Division of the 2009 Bridgestone Southern Texas PGA Senior Series Tour Championship at Montgomery’s Walden on Lake Conroe Country Club.

The victory was Ogrin’s second of the year in Bridgestone STPGA Senior Series competition; he finished in the top seven of all five tournaments he played in.
Ogrin, who earned $300 for the overall win and $1,160 for the division title, in the season-ending tournament, finished two strokes better than Troy Schleicher of The Woodlands, who finish second overall and in the Senior Division with a 36-hole total of 72-75—147. Schleicher took home $920 in winnings.

Montgomery’s Ron Schroeder finished third in the Senior Division, posting a 78-73—148 total for $730 in winnings.

Frank Conner of San Antonio and Sherwood Stewart of The Woodlands finished at 79-77—156 and 78-78—156, respectively, to tie for first place in the tournament’s Super Senior Division. Both won $760 for their efforts.

Marty Fleckman of Cypress finished in third place with a score of 79-81—160 for winnings of $610.

Austin amateur Tom Vickers won the tournament’s Veteran Division, posting a total of 80-78—158, and received a $510 merchandise certificate. Al Flores of Houston finished as the runner-up in the Veteran group with a score of 82-83—165 for winnings of $340.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Minnesotan Claims Texas Senior Open Title

From the STPGA - Joe Stansberry of Bloomington, Minn., had a four-stroke lead heading into the third and final round of the 2009 Maker’s Mark Texas Senior Open. He needed all of it to wrap his hands around victory and the tournament’s $10,000 first-place prize.

"I played better than I scored on the front nine today," said Stansberry. "I was swinging well. I was putting well, too, but they just weren’t going in."

By the time he and Perry Arthur of Plano, Texas, had reached the turn, they were tied for the lead, and Steve Veriato of San Marcos, Texas, winner of the 2000 Maker’s Mark Texas Senior Open, had joined them at 4-under-par.

"I was nervous, no doubt about it," said Stansberry. "I’ve been in the lead of the last five tournaments I played in headed into the final round. I won two of them, but I felt I gave two away, too."

After a front nine 40, Stansberry settled his nerves and came home with a 35 on the back. Stansberry finished the 54-hole championship with a score of 67-69-75—211, 5-under-par for the Forest Course at The Clubs of Kingwood in Houston and a one-stroke victory over Arthur.

"Even though I didn’t play great today," said Stansberry, who was playing in his second Maker’s Mark Texas Senior Open, "I feel very good. To know I didn’t play that well but still won, (which) is pretty satisfying, especially compared to the two tournaments I thought I gave away."

Arthur finished in second place and earned $7,000 for his 4-under-par total of 73-67-72—212.

Four golfers, including Veriato, finished in a third-place tie. Veriato posted a 72-70-71—213, while Houston’s Carl Baker went 72-72-69—213, Frank Conner of San Antonio went 69-73-71—213 and two-time Maker’s Mark Texas Senior Open champion Danny Edwards of Scottsdale, Ariz., went 71-70-71—213. All four earned winnings of $3,125.

Houston’s David Lundstrom, winner of the 2004 tournament, finished in seventh place at 67-77-71—215 and took home $1,800.

David Ogrin of New Braunfels, Texas, and David Narveson of Simonton, Texas, tied for eighth place at 72-75-69—216 and 70-72-74—216, respectively. Ogrin and Narveson won $1,500 each.

Amatuer Juan Salcedo of The Woodlands, Texas, tied for 19th place and finished as the tournament’s low amateur with a score of 74-70-77—221. Salcedo received a $750 merchandise certificate.

Top Finishers
Joe Stansberry, Bloomington, Minn., 67-69-75-211
Perry Arthur, Plano, 73-67-72-212
Carl Baker, Houston, 72-72-69-213
Frank Conner, San Antonio, 69-73-71-213
Danny Edwards, Scottsdale, Ariz., 72-70-71-213
Steve Veriato, San Marcos, 72-70-71-213
Full Scores

Friday, September 25, 2009

2009 Joe Black Cup Teams Announced

The teams for the 2009 Joe Black Cup - a Ryder Cup-style event pitting squads representing the Northern Texas and Southern Texas PGA sections, have been announced. The team captains are Darrell Crall for the NTPGA and Jeff Strong for the STPGA.

Ken McDonald of Brae Burn Country Club was named to the STPGA team, and it will be his 18th appearance in the competition. That's the most experience of anyone who will play in 2009 - but the NTPGA team, overall, has much more experience than the STPGA team. In fact, the Southern Texas team includes four Joe Black Cup rookies, while all the Northern Texas team members will be making at least their third appearance.

Here are the teams:

Northern Texas
Greg Antunes, Stonetree Golf Club, 13th appearance
Perry Arthur, Sherrill Park Golf Course, 10th appearance
Larry Bryan, Big Spring Country Club, 8th appearance
Cameron Doan, Preston Trail Golf Club, 9th appearance
Gilbert Freeman, Lakewood Country Club, 3rd appearance
Ronny Glanton, Sherrill Park Golf Course, 11th appearance
Billy Harris, Dallas Country Club, 7th appearance
Britt Patton, Dallas National Golf Club, 5th appearance
Jim Stalder, Hurricane Creek Country Club, 5th appearance
Mark Viskozki, Tangle Ridge Golf Club, 3rd appearance
Chad Williams, Corsicana Country Club, 4th appearance
Carl Worley, Jr., Holly Lake Ranch Golf Club, 4th appearance
Captain - Darrell Crall, Northern Texas Section
Assistant Captain - Philip Bleakney, The Golf Club of Dallas
Assistant Captain - Ed Gatlin, Van Zandt Country Club

Southern Texas
James Brown, River Oaks Country Club, 1st appearance
Marc DeWall, The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, 1st appearance
Toby Grubert, The Club at Falcon Point, 1st appearance
Jesse Horner, Horseshoe Bay Resort, 2nd appearance
Tony Johnson, The Club at Comanche Trace, 2nd appearance
Randy Jones, Alamo Golf Club, 2nd appearance
Brad Lardon, Miramont Country Club, 3rd appearance
David Lundstrom, Life Member, 1st appearance
Ken McDonald, Brae Burn Country Club, 18th appearance
Bret Nutt, Redstone Golf Club, 2nd appearance
Wes Skaggs, Crystal Falls Golf Course, 3rd appearance
Matt Trevino, Riverhill Country Club, 4th appearance
Captain – Jeff Strong, Eagle Point Golf Club
Assistant Captain - Gordon Johnson, Houston Country Club

The 2009 Joe Black Cup takes place Nov. 9-10 at Miramont Country Club in Bryan. The NTPGA leads the STPGA in overall results with a 14-13-1 record.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Pierce Takes Adams Tour's Lubbock Stop

Only two tournaments remain on the 2009 Adams Golf Pro Tour Series tournament schedule after the completion of the City Bank Lubbock Open. The Lubbock Open was played at Hillcrest Golf & Country Club and wrapped up on Sunday.

Connie Pierce of Oklahoma City was the winner, closing with a 66 to finish at 23-under par. That was four strokes ahead of the runner-up, Houston's Randy Lowry. Pierce took the lead in the tourney in the opening round with a blistering 61.

Top Finishers
Connie Pierce, Oklahoma City, 61-71-67-66--265
Randy Lowry, Houston, 67-67-68-67--269
Chad Saladin, Rolla, Mo., 70-68-63-69--270
Adam Rubinson, Fort Worth, 68-68-69-66--271
Edward Loar, Dallas, 68-69-66-68--271
Charles Soule, Denver, Colo., 71-66-66-68--271
Full Scores

The victory moves Pierce up to fourth place on the tour's money list.

The two remaining events on the schedule are the First Tee of Meridian Classic, Oct. 7-10 at Northwood Country Club in Meridian, Miss.; and the Info Register
Island View Casino Tour Championship, Oct. 14-17 at Windance Country Club in Gulfport, Miss.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Arthur Claimes 5th NTPGA POY Award

From the NTPGA - The Northern Texas PGA is pleased to announce that Perry Arthur, teaching professional at Sherrill Park Golf Course in Richardson, has captured the 2009 Cleveland Golf / Srixon / Club Car NTPGA Player of the Year Award and the Ben Hogan / NTPGA Stroke Play Average Award. This marks Arthur's fifth NTPGA Player of the Year Award and NTPGA Stroke Play Average Award. His four previous awards came in 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2006.

This moves Arthur into a tie with Lindy Miller, PGA Life Member, for the most NTPGA Player of Year Awards. Arthur has also won the NTPGA Stroke Play Average Award more than any other NTPGA member and has extended his lead to two (2) over Robert Hoyt and Lindy Miller who have both earned three (3).

Arthur accumulated a 385.00 point total to capture the 2009 Cleveland Golf / Srixon / Club Car NTPGA Player of the Year title by a narrow fifteen (15) point margin over Dean Larsson, assistant golf professional at Bent Tree Country Club. He finished the year with a first place finish in the Callaway Golf Western Championship, a tie for second place in the E-Z-GO/ UST Mamiya Eastern Championship, a second place finish in the NTPGA Section Championship and a tie for ninth place in the NTPGA Professional Championship. Arthur remains atop the NTPGA individual major championships won list with eighteen (18) tournament victories to his name. He leads Benny Passons (16) by two victories, Lindy Miller (14) by four and Dean Larsson (12) by six.

The titles he accumulated in 2009 would not have been possible without consistent play. Arthur finished the year with a stroke average of 69.71 for seven rounds in route to capturing the 2009 Ben Hogan/ NTPGA Stroke Play Average Award. The five under par round of 67 at the NTPGA Section Championship turned out to be his lowest tournament round of the year and just enough to capture the award by a slim 0.15 of a stroke margin over Larsson. Arthur recorded seven (7) even par or better rounds in 2009 to finish a total of sixteen (16) under par for the year in the four (4) NTPGA individual major championships.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thelen Wins STPGA Pro Championship

From the STPGA - Defending champion Tim Thelen of College Station lurked just off the pace for the first two rounds of the 2009 Southern Texas PGA Professional Championship at Frederickburg’s Boot Ranch, and was two strokes out of the lead heading into the third and final round.

He posted a final round 66 to finish with a bang and won the STPGA’s biggest annual tournament going away, posting a 54-hole total of 7-under-par 70-70-66—206 to finish six strokes ahead of Austin’s David Von Hoffman and Houston’s Ryan Polzin. The win, earning $7,750, was Thelen’s third in the STPGA Professional Championship.

Already four strokes in the lead when he reached the 15th hole of the final round, Thelen salted the victory away with birdies on three of his last four holes. Thelen played the tournament’s final 30 holes without suffering a bogey while racking up seven birdies. His final round 66 cleared the way for Thelen to take his third title in the STPGA Professional Championship; his first win came in 2001.

“The first two days, I played pretty solid golf,” said Thelen. “I really just didn’t miss a golf shot during the final round. I only missed two greens and my putts were just going in.”

“In this Section, with as many good players as the STPGA has, it’s just fun to go play and win,” added Thelen. “It tough, but it’s fun.”

With Von Hoffman (68-74-70—212) and Polzin 71-70-71—212) tied for second place and winning $5,250 each, Leander’s Wes Skaggs (71-73-69—213) and James Brown of Katy (71-72-70—213) tied for fourth place and $3,125 each.

San Antonio’s Randy Jones (74-69-71—214) and Carl Cooper of Humble (68-70-76—214) finished in a sixth-place tie to earn $2,375 apiece.

The top 10 finishers in the tournament earned the added prize of qualifying for the field of the 2010 PGA Professional Championship. The national championship will be played June 27-30, 2010, at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind.

Thelen, exempt from qualifying as a two-time past champion of the tournament, leads the pack.

He will be joined by qualifiers David Von Hoffman of Austin, Ryan Polzin of Houston, Humble’s Carl Cooper, Wes Skaggs of Leander, and James Brown of Katy.

Also heading for the national championship event are Randy Jones of San Antonio, Horseshoe Bay’s Jesse Horner, Bryan’s Brad Lardon, Toby Grubert of Katy and Steve Bowman of Pearland.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Brown Delivers an NTPGA Section Championship

From the NTPGA - Christopher Brown, teaching professional at Turtle Hill Golf Course (north of Muenster), captured the NTPGA Section Championship title in a two-hole playoff against Perry Arthur, teaching professional at Sherrill Park Golf Course. Both players fired rounds of 67 (-5), five under par, to finish in a tie.

Brown set the pace with an opening nine holes of 32 (-4) four under par and closed with a 35 (-1) under par to complete his bogey free round. Arthur only trailed Brown by one shot with a front nine score of 33 (-3) three under par and was able to catch Brown with a back nine score of 34 (-2) two under par.

Brown and Arthur both birdied their first playoff hole (390 yard, par 4, 18th hole). Brown was able to make par on the second playoff hole (168 yard, par 3, 16th hole) to top Arthur’s bogey. This is Brown's first NTPGA individual major championship.

He was awarded $8,000.00 for capturing the 2009 NTPGA Section Championship title and earned an exemption into the next year's PGA TOUR HP Byron Nelson Championship to be conducted May 20-23, 2010 at Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving , Texas .

The Championship was contested over 18-holes due to inclement weather that rendered the golf course unplayable on the scheduled first day of play.

The NTPGA Section Championship presented by HP Byron Nelson Championship, NIKE Golf, PGA TOUR, TELOS Fitness Center and VaNu was conducted at Dallas Athletic Club (Blue Course). The 6,922-yard, par 72 course is located in Mesquite , Texas . The field consisted of 98 PGA professionals from the Northern Texas Section of the PGA of America competing for a $45,200.00 purse and the prestigious title of NTPGA Section Champion.

The Championship is this year's fourth and final individual stroke play championship and Player of the Year points. The four events - the Eastern, Western, PGA Professional Championship and NTPGA Section Championship - are used as qualifiers for the year-end Cleveland Golf / Srixon & Club Car Match Play Championship, Player of the Year Points Challenge, the Ben Hogan/NTPGA Scoring Average Award and the Texas Joe Black Cup team.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Nicklaus Course Breaks Ground in Horseshoe Bay

For probably five years now, maybe longer, the website of Jack Nicklaus' design company has listed a course project in Horseshoe Bay. That project finally appears to be full steam ahead after a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday.

The course, called Summit Rock Golf Course, is the centerpiece of a 1,600-acre residential development called Skywater Over Horseshoe Bay. After many delays due to economic concerns, and starts and stops that included the sale of 93 lots and the completion of several homes, the Skywater and Summit Rock projects are moving forward after new owners took over the development.

Summit Rock is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. Whenever you see "signature course" appended to an architect's name, that means the architect really is the course designer (as opposed to having only oversight while the heavy lifting is handled by associates within his company). So expect Nicklaus to make plenty of visits to the Summit Rock location while work is ongoing.

Friday, September 04, 2009

SA's Connor Claims STPGA Senior Series Tourney

Former PGA Tour and Champions Tour player Frank Conner, playing in the Super Senior Division, was the overall winner of the Bridgestone STPGA Senior Series tournament at River Ridge Golf Club in Sealy.

Conner holds a couple interesting distinctions. In his college days at Trinity University in San Antonio, he was one of the top tennis players in the country, and he played in the U.S. Open tennis tournament. Later, he played in the U.S. Open golf tournament - making him one of only three athletes to play in both the golf and tennis U.S. Opens.

He also appears in the PGA Tour record books, having been part of one of the longest sudden-death playoffs in tour history (see here).

Top Finishers - Senior Division
Ron Schroeder, Montgomery, 66-75—141
Steve Parker, Houston, 71-70—141
Troy Schleicher, The Woodlands, 70-71—141
Billy Sitton, Houston, 74-67—141
a-Juan Salcedo, The Woodlands, 69-75—144

Top Finishers - Super Seniors
Frank Conner, San Antonio, 72-68—140
Sherwood Stewart, The Woodlands, 72-70—142
Jim Gittleman, San Antonio, 74-72—146
Marty Fleckman, Cypress, 71-76—147
David Faulkner, Humble, 73-76—149
a-Gordon Norwood, Cypress, 72-77—149

Here is the STPGA recap:

Frank Conner came back from a first-round 78 with a second-round 68 for a 2-under-par total of 140 for the overall and Super Senior Division titles in a Bridgestone STPGA Senior Series tournament at River Ridge Golf Club in Sealy.

Conner finished a stroke up on four golfers for the win, his third trip to the winner’s circle on the Bridgestone STPGA Senior Series circuit for 2009. Conner won the group’s first tournament of the year at La Toretta Del Lago Resort in Montgomery and tied for first place in the Super Senior Division in a July outing at River Crossing Golf Club in Spring Branch. The San Antonio professional has played in six Senior Series competitions this year, finishing in the top five of his division in all six. He earned $300 for the overall win at River Ridge and an additional $410 for the Super Senior Division victory; Conner has earned a total of $3,733.33 in Senior Series winnings for 2009.

Sherwood Stewart of The Woodlands finished in second place in the Super Senior Division at River Ridge, posting an even-par total of 72-70—142 for $330 in winnings. Jim Gittleman of San Antonio took third place at 74-72—146, earning $300, and Marty Fleckman of Cypress finished fourth, winning $250 for a score of 71-76—147.

The four golfers who finished just back of Conner in the overall competition tied for first place in the Senior Division of the River Ridge tournament. Ron Schroeder (66-75) of Montgomery, Houston’s Steve Parker (71-70), The Woodlands’ Troy Schleicher (70-71) and Billy Sitton (74-67) all finished at 1-under-par 141 and won $425 each. The River Ridge tournament marked first-time wins for Sitton and Parker, while Schroeder was recording his second top spot of the year and Schleicher was earning his fifth blue ribbon on the year.

Schleicher sits atop the 2009 Bridgestone STPGA Senior Series points list with just one tournament left to play, and has won a total of $4,145.50 in the seven tournaments in which he has played. Amateur Juan Salcedo of The Woodlands, who finished in fifth place at River Ridge with a score of 69-75—144, is in second place on the points list.

Ben Graves of Kingwood on the Veteran Division of the River Ridge tournament with a score of 73-72—145 for winnings of $330. Houston’s Al Flores finished second at 71-77—148. Graves and Flores took home $330 and $220, respectively.

The last tournament on the 2009 Bridgestone STPGA Senior Series schedule will take place Sept. 28-29 at Walden on Lake Conroe Country Club.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

40-Foot Birdie Wins Adams Tour Event

Ryan Nelson outlasted Brice Garnett to win the Horseshoe Bay Resort Classic on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series. The tournament took place on the Hill Country resort's Ram Rock course Aug. 25-28.

Nelson, from Dickinson, and Garnett, from Gallatin, Mo., finished 72 holes tied at 5-under 279, Nelson after shooting a final-round 67 and Garnett after posting a final-round 69.

The two tied on the first playoff hole. But on the second extra hole, Nelson rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt to secure the victory.

Top Finishes
Ryan Nelson, Dickinson, 70-70-72-67--279
Brice Garnett, Gallatin, Mo., 67-78-65-69--279
Trenton Leon, Dallas, 74-68-74-65--281
Michael Connell, Dallas, 68-72-69-72--281
Charles Soule, Denver, Colo., 76-67-71-68--282
Anthony Broussard, Beaumont, 69-74-68-71--282
Ryan Baca, Richmond, 68-70-71-73--282
Full Scores

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Aussies (And Hull) Raise $130K in 2009 BFK

birdies for kids 2009

Dallas, TX – Six Australians who all work or have worked in the golf industry in the north Texas area conducted the 6th Annual Birdies for Kids Fundraiser on Monday, August 24 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 Executive Vice-President of the Dallas Stars, has played in the fundraiser for four consecutive years. Hull was asked to play in 2006 as the group of Aussies needed one more player to round out four twosomes for the day.

In addition to Hull, the Aussies that participated were: Nick Griffin, an assistant professional at L.B. Houston Golf Course in Dallas; Travis Johns, a former assistant professional at Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas who now resides in Illinois; 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 six Texans by way of Australia were able to manage 188 birdies and 11 eagles throughout the day. The Aussies saved their best for the final round, when as a group they made 33 birdies and three eagles, an average of almost five birdies per player, per round.

The fundraiser raised $130,428.00 during the day. In six years the fundraiser has generated $727,724.97 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.

Again 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. 25 kids participated by asking for support from friends, neighbors and relatives in an effort to raise money for the fundraiser. The kids raised $15,005.00 for the respective charities this year.

Johnny Antle, who just graduated from Graham High School in Graham was the leading fundraiser of the kids that participated for a third consecutive year. Johnny raised $6,150.00. For his efforts he will receive a complete set of Titleist golf clubs as well as two round trip tickets to Australia on Qantas.

- From the Northern Texas PGA

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Rowell Thunders to Adams Tour Victory

Brian Rowell stormed to a 6-stroke victory in the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series Beaumont Open, completed on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the par-71 Beaumont Country Club.

A series of lightning delays interrupted play throughout the tournament, but in the end it was Rowell who thundered to victory. He opened with rounds of 64-63-65, allowing him to cruise home with a 70 in the final round.

It's been feast or famine in nine starts on the Adams Tour in 2009 for Rowell. He has missed the cut six times. But when Rowell makes the cut, the results are good: first, ninth and 16th.

Top 5 Finishers
Brian Rowell, Lafayette, La., 64-63-65-70--262
Jeremy Alcorn, Brownwood, 65-68-67-68--268
Brice Garnett, Gallatin, Mo., 68-71-70-62--271
Robert Gwin, Montgomery, 68-71-66-66--271
Andrew Landry, Groves, 66-69-68-68--271
Full Scores

Next up is the Horseshoe Bay Resort Classic, Aug. 25-28, on the Ram Rock Course.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Champions Tour Event Free to Fans in October

Want to watch a Champions Tour tournament for free? No, not on TV - in person. Show up at the Administaff Small Business Classic at The Woodlands Country Club, Oct. 12-18, and you'll get free admission.

No strings attached - everyone gets in free. Parking and shuttle service during tournament week are also free.

"We wanted to do something special for the golf fans in the Houston area this year," said the tournament's Executive Director Bryan Naugle. "In our first five years, the people in this area have supported us so much. With the support of Administaff, UnitedHealthcare, Hewlett Packard and our other corporate partners we are able to offer this opportunity to see some of the game’s greatest players. The game of golf and the Champions Tour is all about giving back. During these challenging economic times we are glad we can do our part."

Sweet deal. Keep an eye on for more tourney info and announcements.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

12th NTPGA Major Title for Larsson

From the Northern Texas PGA:

MCKINNEY, TEXAS – Dean Larsson, assistant professional at Bent Tree Country Club, began his final round only two shots off the lead at 2-under par. Larsson was chasing first round leaders Billy Harris, head golf professional at Dallas Country Club, Jamie Elliott, director of instruction at Bridlewood Golf Club, Christopher Brown, teaching professional at Turtle Hill Golf Course and Troy Lewis, assistant golf professional at Brook Hollow Golf Club who all began the final round in a tie for first place at 4-under par.

After a slow start which included a double bogey on his second hole, Larsson played the next sixteen holes at 10-under par which included birdies on his last five holes to fire the low round of the tournament of 64 (8-under par). His two round total of 134 (10-under par) was enough to clinch his victory by three shots over Jamie Elliott who finished at 7-under par for the tournament with rounds of 68 and 69.

This marks Larsson’s 12th individual NTPGA Major Championship and third this year as he also captured the NTPGA Eastern Championship and NTPGA Assistants’ Championship. This is Larsson’s first NTPGA Professional Championship. He moved into fourth all-time on the individual NTPGA Major Championships won list surpassing Robert Hoyt who he was tied with at eleven individual major victories. Larsson is closing the gap swiftly on Perry Arthur who leads the individual majors won list with 18 victories. Benny Passons (16) and Lindy Miller (14) sit in second and third on the list.

Larsson will lead eight (8) PGA professionals from the Northern Texas Section to the PGA Professional National Championship at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana to be conducted on June 27 – June 30, 2010.

Joining Larsson will be Jamie Elliott, director of instruction at Bridlewood Golf Club, Bruce Smith, director of instruction at Brookhaven Country Club, Billy Harris, head golf professional at Dallas Country Club, Jeffrey Barton, assistant golf professional at Preston Trail Golf Club, Rodney Cook, teaching professional at Four Seasons Resort & Club, Larry Bryan, head golf professional at Big Spring Country Club and Jim Stalder, head golf professional at Hurricane Creek Country Club. The top 20 players from the 2010 PGA National Professional Championship will compete in the 92nd PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin .

This 36-hole NTPGA Section major championship is the third of the four individual stroke play championships that comprise the Cleveland Golf Srixon / Club Car NTPGA Player of the Year Points Challenge, as well as a qualifier for points to make the 2009 NTPGA Match Play Championship and Texas Joe Black Cup team. The NTPGA Professional Championship was presented by Titliest, FootJoy, Cobra and Club Car and supported by the HP Byron Nelson Championship, PGA Tour and SkyGolf. The Championship was conducted at TPC Craig Ranch a 7,168 yard par 72 layout located in McKinney, Texas.

The Northern Texas PGA Professional Championship featured 110 Section members who competed for the $25,500.00 purse with Larsson taking home $3,500.00.

Top Finishers
Dean Larsson, Bent Tree Country Club, 70-64--134
Jamie Elliott, Bridlewood Golf Club, 68-69--137
Bruce Smith, Brookhaven Country Club, 70-68--138
Billy Harris, Dallas Country Club, 68-70--138
Jeffrey Barton, Preston Trail Golf Club, 73-66--139
Rodney Cook, Four Seasons Resort & Club, 69-70--139
Larry Bryan, Big Spring Country Club, 71-69--140
Jim Stalder, Hurricane Creek Country Club, 69-71--140

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Katy Golfer Wins TGA State Senior Am

From the Texas Golf Association:

Kerrville, TX – David Pocknall of Katy came charging from four strokes back to catch Jerry Hudgins of Houston and tie for the lead after 54 holes and force a sudden death playoff. The New Zealand native, Pocknall carded the low round of the day at 69 and carried his momentum into the first playoff hole which we won by draining a slippery 12 foot downhill putt. Hudgins who shared the overnight lead after 36 holes backed up today with a round of 73 and found himself deadlocked with a steely new Senior competitor who was hungry for a win.

Hudgins appeared to have the advantage on the first playoff hole (18th on the Creeks) after hitting his three wood short but straight down the middle. Pocknall on the other hand found himself in trouble after pulling his driver left and behind a group of trees in the native grass. After Hudgins pushed his approach in the right bunker, Pocknall punched through the trees and ended up short left. Hudgins hit his bunker shot long and then almost canned his 25 foot par putt but settled for bogey. Pocknall hit a great little pitch shot from the rough, and then made the clutch putt for the win and his first Senior Amateur title.

Chuck Palmer of Dallas finished alone in third place after dropping a key shot on the Par 5 17th that took the wind from his sails and dashed his hopes for a win.

John Grace of Fort Worth was one of only 5 players to break par today after a solid round of 2 under par 70. His three day total of 216 was good for a T 4 finish along with Richard Hageman of Garden Ridge, TX.

Wall Hangs On to Win Super Title
Andy Wall of Tyler put the finishing touches on a wire to wire win on Sunday after a final round 75 and a three shot victory over Rick Rogers of Corpus Christi. Wall took control of the Super Senior division after an opening round two under par 70 that put him 5 shots clear of the field. Andy never looked back and no one could catch the past TGA Senior Amateur Champion.

Comanche Trace member and Kerrville resident Bill Stilwell played very well for a respectable third place finish.

Monday, August 10, 2009

TGA South Amateur Championship Results

From the Texas Golf Association

Heading into the final round three players stood atop the South Amateur leader board, Michael Whitehead of Sugar Land, David Pocknall of Katy and Kip Guidry of Missouri City. However at the end of the final round there would be only one player left at the top. Michael Whitehead would not be denied his second South Amateur Championship title. Michael came firing right from the start with birdies on holes 3, 5 and 7 on his way to stellar a front nine score of 33. Whitehead’s front nine score gave him a 5 stroke lead over both Pocknall and Guidry with only nine holes to play. Whitehead never looked back and played error free golf coming home shooting one over par 37 on the final nine. His two under par 70 in the final round put him six strokes ahead of his nearest competitor Kip Guidry and allowed him to capture his second South Amateur in 3 years.

Kip Guidry hung on to capture solo second place by firing a final round four over par 76. David Pocknall once again found himself in the hunt but just couldn’t catch up to Whitehead. Pocknall birdied holes 7 and 18 but his double on 5 didn’t help the cause. Pocknall finished tied for third with The Woodland’s Owen Joyner. Joyner has been consistent all week with rounds of 72, 73 and yet another 73. The South Amateur was the final regional championship of the 2009 season. Many of the players in the field will be tuning up their games for the State Mid-Amateur in September.

Top Finishers
Michael Whitehead, Sugar Land - 67-74-70--211
Kip Guidry , Missouri City - 71-70-76--217
Owen Joyner, The Woodlands - 72-73-73--218
David Pocknall, Katy - 69-72-77--218
Scott Smith, Houston - 77-72-73--222
Alan Ferries, Cypress - 73-73-76--222
Full Results

TGA North Amateur Championship Results

From the Texas Golf Association

There is simply no doubt who the best amateur golfer in the state is these days and all the players in the North Texas Amateur were reminded of who that person is this weekend. Tierra Verde Golf Club in Arlington hosted this year’s championship and held its own against the region’s top amateurs. The leaders got off to a blistering pace on the first day, but scores rose over the weekend thanks to a brisk wind that challenged the players. Rob Couture however, could not be stopped and cruised to a five shot victory.

Rob Couture started the day tied with Alex Moon, but it did not take him long to get a comfortable lead. Couture birdied the second and third holes and had a four shot lead by the time he made the turn. Couture cruised home from there with a bogey free round. He added a birdie on the 17th hole to get to ten under par for the week. Rob Couture has dominated Texas Golf Association championships over the past few years. Including this victory, Couture has now won five times in the last two years alone. With his victory Couture also became the North Player of the Year for the second time in the last three years.

Stetson McMillan and Alex Moon played consistently all week and tied for second place at five under par. Moon tried to rally late with birdies on the 13th and 14th holes, but his rally was cut short after missing birdie putts on the next two holes. This finish added to Moon’s victory at the West Texas Amateur gives him good momentum going into his golf season at the University of Texas . McMillan got off to a hot start Sunday, but could not keep up with Couture’s pace and finished with an even par round of 72. This was McMillan’s second consecutive second place finish in a TGA championship.

Jared Johnson tied the best round of the championship with a six under par 66. Johnson, a member of the Tyler Junior College Golf Team, vaulted all the way into a tie for fourth place. Michael McKinley joined Johnson at four under par for the week. McKinley was very solid all week with rounds of 70-70-72.

The North Amateur was the final regional championship of the 2009 season. Many of the players in the field will be tuning up their games for the State Mid-Amateur in September. There the field will have their eye on the defending champion, none other than Rob Couture.

Top Finishers
Rob Couture, Dallas - 66-72-68--206
Alex Moon, Dallas - 69-69-73--211
Stetson McMillan, Hideaway - 67-72-72--211
Jared Johnson, Lindale - 71-75-66--212
Michael McKinley, Dallas - 70-70-72--212
Full Results

Monday, August 03, 2009

Dennis Claims WTGA State Am

Stacy Dennis of Huntsville is the 2009 winner of the Women's Texas Golf Association State Amateur Championship. The tournament was played at Ridgewood Country Club in Waco.

This is the second state amateur championship for Dennis, a former Texas A&M golfer who also won in 2004.

Dennis defeated Rosalyn Kim of Belton with a birdie barrage, making five birdies through 15 holes of the championship match. The final score was Dennis winning 5-up.

Friday, July 31, 2009

State Junior, 15-18 Divisions

Here is a recap of the 14-under divisions, boys and girls, at the Texas State Junior Championship, recently completed. The recap is from the Texas Legends Junior Tour, which conducted the championship:

AUSTIN, Texas (July 29, 2009) - The Texas State Junior Championship is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Now in its 82nd year, the TSJC has grown into a three-day affair with over 280 participants. After a four year hiatus, the tournament returned to Jimmy Clay and Roy Kizer Golf Courses in Austin. And for three days the wind blew and the temperatures soared. But for Gabriel Antony and Elena Warren the conditions couldn't have been any more perfect.

Antony fired a final round 67 to tie him with fellow competitor Nick Tremps at 4-under par 209. The two headed to No. 18 for a sudden death playoff where they both made par. On the second playoff hole (No. 10), Tremps found the fairway bunker off the tee and then missed the green with his second shot. Antony, meanwhile, split the fairway with his tee shot and hit his second to about 10 feet. After Tremps failed to get up-and-down for par, Antony two-putted for the victory.

The win was a redemption of sorts for Antony, who lost in a playoff to Jack Lempke at last year's Texas Cup Invitational. For Tremps, it was the second year in a row he lost the State Junior in a playoff. Last year he was defeated by Jade Scott on the first playoff hole.

Over on Jimmy Clay, Elena Warren of Austin shot the low round of the tournament, an even-par 72, to claim the Girls 15-18 title. Warren, 16, began the day one shot behind leader Christina Stringham but her three birdie, three bogey performance in the final round left her three shots clear of three players including Stringham.

Conducted by the Legends Junior Tour, the 15-18 divisions of the State Junior Championship featured 246 players (144 boys, 102 girls) from around the state. The Boys played the par-71 Roy Kizer Golf Course at 6,750 yards while the Girls played the par-72 Jimmy Clay course from 5,947 yards.

Top Finishers
Boys 15-18
Gabriel Antony, Rockwall, 71-71-67-209
Nick Tremps, San Antonio, 73-68-68-209
Trent Redfern, Austin, 72-71-68-211
Wesley McClain, Diboll, 71-69-71-211
Alex Nelson, McKinney, 67-72-72-211
Full Scores

Girls 15-18
Elena Warren, Austin, 79-77-72-228
Ryanne Haddow, Sugar Land, 78-79-74-231
Katelyn McDougal, Richmond, 78-78-75-231
Christina Stringham, Pasadena, 75-80-76-231
Chaney Uhles, Fort Worth, 81-78-74-233
Marissa Bransburg, Magnolia, 79-77-77-233
Full Scores

State Junior, 14-Under Divisions

Here is a recap of the 14-under divisions, boys and girls, at the Texas State Junior Championship, recently completed. The recap is from the Texas Legends Junior Tour, which conducted the championship:

AUSTIN, Texas (July 28, 2009) - Stratton Nolen of Austin came from behind to win the Boys 14 & Under division at the 82nd Texas State Junior Championship while Eji Kwon went wire-to-wire in the Girls 14 & Under division.

Conducted by the Legends Junior Tour, the 14 & Under divisions of the State Junior Championship featured 54 players (36 boys, 18 girls) from around the state. The Boys played the par-72 Jimmy Clay Golf Course at 6,496 yards while the Girls played from 5,200 yards.

Nolen, 14, began the day one shot behind first-round leader Brad Dalke after an opening round 74. But the lead was quickly squandered by Dalke as he bogeyed three of his first seven holes while Nolen started with nine straight pars. Birdies on Nos. 10 and 12 brought Nolen back to even-par for the tournament. A bogey on the final hole left him one-over and one shot clear of the field.

The win was the second of the year for Nolen. He also won the Bluebonnet Championship in May. With the win, Nolen earned an AJGA Junior All-Star exemption.

Matthew Perrine, also of Austin, finished in second place after rounds of 75-71. William Martinez took home the third place trophy by virtue of a scorecard tie-breaker with Dalke.

Eji Kwon of College Station bested the field of 18 in the Girls 14 & Under division after rounds of 76-77. The win was the first for Kwon on the Legends Junior Tour and also earned her an AJGA Junior All-Star exemption.

Kelsey Canales of Corpus Christi finished in second place at 156 while Jordan LaBarbera of Allen finished in third at 160.

Top Finishers
Boys 14-under
Stratton Nolen, Austin, 74-71-145
Matthew Perrine, Austin, 75-71-146
William Martinez, Austin, 77-73-150
Brad Dalke, Burkburnett, 73-77-150
Reese Chance, Houston, 74-78-152
Full Scores

Girls 14-under
Eji Kwon, College Station, 76-77-153
Kelsey Canales, Corpus Christi, 81-75-156
Jordan LaBarbera, Allen, 82-78-160
Sarah Moore, Burkburnett, 82-80-162
Courtney Dow, Frisco, 81-81-162
Full Scores

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Callaway Golf Western Championship Results

From the Northern Texas PGA:

MIDLAND, TX – Perry Arthur, teaching professional at Sherrill Park Golf Course in Richardson, Texas, finished with a two round total, 6-under par, 138 to win the Callaway Golf Western Championship by one shot. Arthur began the day one shot behind the leaders at 4-under par. With a bogey on hole #1, Arthur was able to bounce back with three birdies on the front nine to post a 2-under par, 34. Arthur’s back nine proved steady with just one bogey, one birdie and seven pars to finish the day at 2-under par, 70. With this victory, Arthur was able to tie Cameron Doan’s record of three (3) Western Championship titles. His other victories were in 1999 and 2006. This marks Arthur's 18th Northern Texas PGA Individual Major Championship, extending his total majors won lead to three (3) over Benny Passons with fifteen (15).

Finishing one-shot back was Vince Jewell, teaching professional at Woodbridge Golf Club in Wylie, Texas, and first round co-leader, Lee Rhind, assistant golf professional at Midland Country Club. Jewell managed to post a 3-under par, 69 and Rhind an even-par round of 72.

The Callaway Golf Western Championship conducted by the Northern Texas PGA Section was presented by the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Midland Country Club and West Texas National Bank and was conducted at Midland Country Club in Midland , Texas a 7,268-yard, par 72 layout. The 93-player field comprised of golf professionals from the Northern Texas Section of the PGA of America competed for a $21,500.00 total purse, with Perry Arthur taking home $2,500.00 and an exemption into the Nationwide Tour WNB Golf Classic.

Top Finishers
Perry Arthur, Sherrill Park Golf Course, 68-70--138
Vince Jewell, Woodbridge Golf Club, 70-69--139
Lee Rhind, Midland Country Club, 67-72--139
Jon Antunes, Heart of Texas Golf Academy, 71-69--140
Nathan Blankenship, Legacy Ridge, 71-70--141
Jeffrey Barton, Preston Trail Golf Club, 68-73--141
Full Results

Monday, July 27, 2009

Another State Title for Galko

Montgomery , TX – The final match of the week is complete and Steve Galko is this year’s Mid-Am Match Play Champion after defeating Kyle Flodder 3 and 2 this morning to capture his second career state title. Galko’s dominance began four days ago when he won medalist honors by firing a 4-under par 68 during the stroke play qualifying round securing the number seed for match play going into the weekend.

Galko made it look easy right off the bat winning his first match over League City ’s Blanton Hansen 7 and 5 and then proceeded to take down Trent Booher of Sugar Land 5 and 3. It didn’t stop there as Saturday morning was more of the same defeating Bill Steen of Frisco 4 and 2 setting up a semi-final match with The Woodlands’ Mike Booker. This was a different story as Booker took the match all the to the 18th hole giving him what seemed to be the advantage. Why? Because Galko had been so dominant during the week that he hadn’t played the 18th hole in three days, and it showed as he had to scramble from a fairway bunker leaving him 100 yards to the green while his opponent sat comfortably on the green in two looking to go extra holes. However Galko had different ideas and proceeded to get up and down from the fairway which was capped off by a 20 foot putt to secure his spot in the finals.

Galko’s opponent in the finals, Kyle Flodder was somewhat as a surprise playing in his first full season of competitive amateur golf in Texas. The former TCU standout worked a bit harder to reach the finals as three of his four matches played were taken to the 18th hole for slim 1-up victories. None-the-less, he gave himself a legitimate shot at the title.

The match started off fairly even as Galko could only muster a 1-hole lead thru seven holes. But costly bogeys by Flodder on the 8th and 9th holes gave Galko a comfortable 3-up lead at the turn. Flodder fought back though as a 30 foot birdie putt on the very difficult par 5, 11th found its way to the bottom of the hole coupled with a bogey by Galko two holes later, put the match back up for grabs. The match turned on the par 4, 15th when Flodder was unable to convert a perfect tee shot finishing with a bogey putting Galko back up 2 holes. An aggressive second shot on the par 5 16th hole left Galko with a chance for birdie, which he converted to win the match 3 and 2 and take home his first state title since his victory in the 2005 Public Links Championship at Blackhorse Golf Club.

-- Texas State Golf Association

Monday, July 20, 2009

Lubbock's Martinson Claims 2009 Texas State Open; 59 Posted

From the Texas Golf Association:

TYLER, Texas – Mikel Martinson of Lubbock captured the 39th Chesapeake Energy Texas State Open with rounds of 70-64-65-65 for a four-round total 16-under par, 264. With solid rounds of golf all weekend, Martinson eagled hole #14 and made three birdies during the final round to capture the Championship. Martinson played college golf at New Mexico Junior College and Wayland Baptist University, and currently competes on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series. "I didn't take any big chances, just set myself up for birdie putts today," said Martinson. "I trusted myself and hit good drives." For his first place win, Martinson will take home a check for $25,000.00.

Trailing one shot behind in second place was Matthew Rosenfeld of Plano with rounds of 68-65-65-67 for a 15-under par, 265. 54-hole co-leader Matthew Rosenfeld had a chip for eagle on the 72nd hole, but missed just inches away from forcing a sudden death playoff.. This was Rosenfeld’s third Texas State Open Championship.

In third place was Randy Lowry of Spring with a 12-under par, 268. Tied for fourth were Adam Meyer of Waco and Chris Parra of Dallas with rounds of 11-under par, 269. Kelly Grunewald, three-time Texas State Open Champion, tied for six alongside Ryan Baca of Richmond with rounds of 10-under par, 270.

Travis Woolf of Fort Worth and Chris Ward of McKinney shot rounds of 7-under par, 273 to claim the low amateur title. Woolf is a senior at Texas Christian University and qualified for the Texas State Open at Waterchase Golf Club. Ward played golf for Oklahoma State University during the 2006-2007 season and is now a senior playing on the Texas Tech University golf team. Ward competed in his first Texas State Open Championship in 2008 where he was the second low amateur.

The low round of the day came from Clark Dennis, 1992 Texas State Open Champion, with an impressive course and tournament record of 11-under par, 59. A member of the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour for twelve years, Dennis currently competes on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series and Gateway Tours. "I wasn't expecting anything today. My swing is still in transition, but I hit solid shots today and putted really well," said Dennis. "It's neat to shoot 59." This was Dennis' second time to approach the final hole with a possible round of 59. In 1997, he shot a 60 on the Nationwide Tour, a low record for the Tour at the time. Dennis shattered the previous 62 (-8) course record, set by 2007 Texas State Open Champion Matt Loving during round one of the Championship.

The 72-hole stroke play event consisted of 144 contestants. 48 professionals and 7 amateurs survived the 141 (+1) cut after 36-holes. All four rounds were contested at The Cascades, a 6,918 yard, par 70 layout located in Tyler, TX. The total purse was $126,880.00 with $25,000.00 awarded to the champion.

Top Finishers
Mikel Martinson, Lubbock, 70-64-65-65--264
Matthew Rosenfeld, Plano, 68-65-65-67--265
Randy Lowry, Spring, 66-67-65-70--268
Adam Meyer, Waco, 71-66-68-64--269
Chris Parra, Dallas, 67-68-69-65--269
Kelly Grunewald, Grand Prairie, 68-68-68-66--270
Ryan Baca, Richmond, 68-67-68-67--270
Todd Rossetti, McKinney, 67-66-72-66--271
Martin Flores, Dallas, 67-66-71-68--272

Over the Moon at West Texas Am

From the Texas Golf Association:

Wichita Falls, TX – Alex Moon of Dallas takes the title of the 2009 West Texas Amateur Champion to join a long list of some of Texas best amateur players. Alex’s final round was a contrast to his first two rounds and was rock solid down the stretch and gave him a three day total of 208. His one under par round of 70 contained 2 birdies and only one bogey. Moon shot the course record on Friday with a blistering 66 to pull within one shot of the lead after 36 holes. Alex will be returning to the University of Texas Longhorn golf team in the fall.

Justin Kaplan of Sugarland, True Graves of Odessa, and Stetson McMillian of Hideaway finished two shots back at 210 and three under par for the championship. McMillian was the overnight leader but lost a few shots on Sunday to finish T-2. Kaplan plays golf for the Minnesota Gophers, Stetson plays golf for the Stephen F. Austin, Lumberjacks, and Graves will be a freshman for the Texas State Bobcats in the Fall.

Kevin Varrichio of Arlington also shot the course record of 66 along with Alex Moon on Friday,

Senior Division – Tom Doughtie of Amarillo won his first West Texas Amateur Senior Division Championship to add to his already impressive three Open division titles. The 2008 TGA Senior Player of the Year shot 69 to clip Mickey Jones of Odessa by one stroke. Doughtie finished at two under par for the championship and has his sights set for the upcoming State Senior. Defending Champ Aaron Billings of Horseshoe Bay finished in third place five strokes off the lead.

Super Senior Division - Big Joe Cadle of Wichita Falls won the Super Senior division by coming from behind over Carey Schulten of Dallas . Cadle shot a one over par round of 72 to win by 8 strokes over Coy Jones of Longview.

Top Finishers
Alex Moon, Dallas, 72-66-70--208
True Graves, Odessa, 70-68-72--210
Stetson McMillan, Hideaway, 70-67-73--210
Justin Kaplan, Houston, 68-70-72--210
Many tied at 211
Full Results

Monday, July 13, 2009

Gills Claim '09 Father-Son Championship

Brett and Steve Gill are the winners of the 2009 Texas Golf Association Father Son Championship, played at Eagle's Bluff Country Club in Bullard. It's the third win in the past five years in this event for the Gills.

Here is the recap from the TGA:

The third day is by far the toughest at the Texas Golf Association's Father Son Championship. After two days of competition where you can lean on your partner if you need to, day three requires both team members to play their best as the total of each player's 18-hole score counts.

Brett and Steve Gill, who have won this title twice already (2005 & 2006) made it their third in the last five years by finishing the day with a team total 3-over par 145, giving the father/son pair a tournament total of 278 edging out defending champions Juan and Juan Jose Salcedo by just 3 strokes.

The team was anchored by Brett as he brought in an even par 71 as he was able to bounce back from three bogeys making three birdies to finish even. Brett's father and partner for the past three days played extremely well, complementing son Brett’s 71 with a 3-over par 74, which could have been a lot better if it weren't for a lone triple bogey on the par 4, 16th hole.

Second round co-leaders Rob and Robby Ormond couldn’t keep up with the Gills as the duo fired a pair of 75s putting them at 8-over for the day finishing in fifth place. Defending champions Juan and Juan Jose Salcedo, who started the day just one stroke behind the leaders, finished the day 7-over par for a total of 282, good enough for second place outright. The low team total of the day was turned in by Jean Aube and Jean Aube Jr. who carded a 72 and 71 respectively to finish at 282 for the tournament and in a tie for third place with Kyle and Will Deshazo.

In the President's Flight, which consisted of those teams that failed to qualify for Sunday’s Championship Flight, three teams finished tied first which included Jim and Seth Mundell, John and Ryan Beatty and Roman and Robert Kupchynsky. The President’s Flight played the third round in a four-ball stroke play format. The same format they had played throughout the event. In the stableford competition, the team of Cullen and Brannon Smith were able to hold on to their second round lead to take first place in the Hogan Flight. The team of John and Jason Freeman who started in second place today couldn't mount a big enough comeback although finishing the day 3/4 of a point better than their fellow compeitiors Cullen and Brannon.

The Smith's made it interesting as they went out with 27 points with both players making double bogey on their 9th hole netting zero points leaving the door open, but managed to finish strong coming in with 32 points for a total of 59, just ½ point off of their quota. Meanwhile, the Freemans very consistently carding 28 points per side finishing just 1 1/2 points behind Team Smith.

In the Nelson Flight the team of Hal and Peyton Cook bettered their 54 1/2 point quota by 7 1/2 finishing the day at 62 points and taking first place in the Nelson Flight beating out the team of Gary and Kyle and Janik who matched the Cook's total for the day, but wasn't not good enough to overtake first place in the end.

The only two teams to finish in the plus column after three days were in the Crenshaw Flight and in the end, the team of Ira and Greg Kisver were able to hold off Johnny and Cody Davis finishing the day an impressive 10 3/4 points above their quota of 44 1/4 for a 3-day total of 3 1/4. lthough Johnny and Cody were able to finish their round 9 3/4 points over their quota.

Top Finishers
Brett Gill/Steve Gill. 67-66-145--278
Juan Salcedo/Juan Jose Salcedo, 66-68-147--281
Jean-Paul Aube III/Jean-Paul Aube Jr., 67-72-143--282
Kyle Deshazo/Will Deshazo, 68-66-148--282
Rob Ormand/Robby Ormand, 66-67-150--283
Full Results

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Adams Tour Avid Golf Classic Results

Chris Thompson beat Andrew Landry in a playoff to win the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series' Avid Golfer Classic at The Bridges Golf Club in Gunter.

Thompson, from Independence, Kan., and Landry, from Groves, each finished at 274 after final rounds of 69 and 72, respectively. Thompson birdied the 72nd hole to get into the playoff, then birdied the first extra hole to win it.

Top 5
Chris D. Thompson, Independence, Kan., 65-74-66-69--274
Andrew Landry, Groves, 68-67-67-72--274
Colby Beckstrom, Muskegon, Mich., 70-67-68-70--275
Michael Connell, Dallas, 67-72-66-70--275
Robert Gwin, Montgomery, 69-69-69-69--276
Full Results

Up this week is the Adams Golf Texarkana Classic, beginning July 8 at Texarkana Golf Ranch.

Friday, July 03, 2009

WTGA Four-Ball State Championship Results

The Women's Texas Golf Association recently staged its Four-Ball State Championship at The Bandit in New Braunfels. And the winners were Carolyn Creekmore of Dallas and Stacy Dennis of Huntsville.

Creekmore and Dennis eagled the final hole of the two-day tournament to grab the two-stroke victory over Nancy Kromar and Beth Clecker.

Full Results

Monday, June 29, 2009

Burgoon Stumbles, Sacheck Capitalizes for Texas Am

James Sacheck is the winner of the 100th Texas Amateur Championship, taking advantage of Bronson Burgoon's stumbles over the final nine. Here is the recap from the Texas Golf Association:

Bryan -- Another hot day welcomed the players the at Miramont Country Club. But none of that mattered to the remaining players in the field as their main focus was to finish the day crowned the 2009 Texas State Amateur Champion. In the end, James Sacheck took the title playing in his first ever Texas Amateur.

Sacheck, who shot a course record (in competition) 7-under par, 64 on Friday to take a commanding 5 stroke lead into the weekend found himself on the outside looking in after a disastrous third round where he carded no birdies and posted a disappointing 7-over par 78 putting him 6 shots back of The Woodlands’ Bronson Burgoon.

Burgoon looked unstoppable on Sunday as he made the turn at 1-under par putting him at 8-under for the championship and a 5 stroke lead over the eventual champion. But no birdies on the back nine with a double bogey sandwiched in between two bogeys brought Burgoon in at 2 over for a Sunday total of 74, putting him at 4-under for the championship.

Sacheck remained focused throughout the day as he completed his round bogey-free, finishing the day with two birdies a side for the clubhouse lead at five under. It then became a waiting game as three groups behind him Bronson Burgoon was trying to keep his composure as a costly double bogey on the par 3 13th hole put him in a virtual tie for the lead with Sacheck with five holes to play.

But another costly bogey on the other par 3 15th hole dropped him one shot behind Sacheck. Pars on 16 and 17 kept him alive but needed a birdie on the par 5, 18th to force a playoff with Sacheck who was waiting anxiously behind the gallery ropes.

A perfect drive on 18 left Burgoon a chance to go for the green and but his approach shot landed short in the green-side bunker. A nicely played bunker shot left Burgoon with a makeable 5 foot putt to force a playoff with Sacheck, but was unable to roll it in as the crowd stood in disbelief, including James Sacheck who was wondering just a second prior if he would need to start warming up for a playoff. A few moments later reality had sunk in for the TCU standout. He was now officially the 100th winner of the Texas Amateur Champion.

Congratulations again to The Woodlands' James Sacheck and all of those tied at 15th or higher who will receive automatic exemptions into next years championship to be held at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas.

Top Finishers
James Sacheck, The Woodlands — 70-64-78-67—279
Johnathan Schnitzer, Houston — 70-69-70-71—280
Bronson Burgoon, The Woodlands — 69-72-65-74—280
Jordan Spieth, Dallas — 71-70-71-69—281
Travis Woolf, Fort Worth — 74-65-69-73—281
Full Scores

Friday, June 26, 2009

Corpus' Kings Crossing to Close

Kings Crossing Country Club in Corpus Christi will cease golf course operations at the end of July, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. The newspaper reports the clubhouse will remain open for social activities, but that the land currently used as a golf course will be up for grabs by developers, with housing the expected end result.

Kings Crossing opened in the late 1980s to much fanfare, a quasi-links design by architect Bill Coore, who went on to much greater fame as Ben Crenshaw's design partner (Coore also did a solo design at Rockport Country Club).

The club was sold in 2005 to a company called Kingley Properties. As part of the sale, Kingley was required to keep the golf course open for three years, but after that, the newspaper reported, no restrictions applied.

During those three years the new owners often antagonized the homeowners in the Kings Crossing neighborhood by sending letters threatening to shut the club if more residents didn't sign up for social memberships. Rather than scaring the homeowners, the letters seemed to have the opposite effect, generating a backlash against the club.

Now, the end of the golf course has actually arrived.

Aussie Wins Texas Women's Open

Australian golfer Katy Jarochowicz is the 2009 champion of the Texas Women's Open, just completed at Eastern Hills Country Club in Garland. Here is a recap from the Northern Texas PGA:

Garland, TX – Katy Jarochowicz of Australia captured the Texas Women's Open at Eastern Hills Country Club by one shot over Adrienne McDonald of Gun Barrel City, Texas. Jarochowicz fired a one-under par, 69 in round one followed by an even-par 70 in round two for a total of one-under par, 139, taking home the first place prize of $3,000.00. This is her fifth year as a professional golfer and the Texas Women’s Open is her first professional victory. In addition to a crystal trophy and first place prize money, the Honorable Joe Driver presented Jarochowicz with a Texas State flag that was flown over the Capitol building in Austin this morning.

Jarochowicz stated in her acceptance speech, "To be mentioned in the same sentence as Babe Zaharias and Polly Riley as a champion is truly amazing. I still can't believe it. I joked yesterday that if I won I would get a tattoo of the Texas Lone Star on my foot and now that I have actually won I think I'm going to do that."

Finishing at solo second place at even-par for the tournament was Adrienne McDonald. This is the second consecutive year that McDonald has finished runner-up. Allyson Ferguson of Houston, Texas, was the low amateur with rounds of 72-71 totaling three-over par, 143.

The 36-hole stroke play event featured a field of 132 top playing professionals and amateurs competing at Eastern Hills Country Club located in Garland. The 6,104-yard, par 70 layout has played host to the Texas Women’s Open since 2001.

Top 10
Katy Jarochowicz, Australia, 69-70--139
Adrienne McDonald, Gun Barrel City, 71-69--140
Christina Lecuyer, Conway, AR, 68-73--141
Ashley Sholer, Hamilton, ON, 74-68--142
Tara Goedeken, Dodge City, KS, 70-72--142
Dawn Shockley, Glen Haven, CO, 70-72--142
Mallory Blackwelder, Versailles, KY, 73-70--143
Brittany Johnston, Akron, OH, 71-72--143
Allyson Ferguson (a), Houston, 72-71--143
Brooke Beeler (a), Butler, IL, 71-73--144
Sarah Hurt (a), Southlake, 72-72--144
Full Results

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Don't Play Slow in Austin - You Might Get Shot

According to the Austin American-Stateman, a 73-year-old man playing Lions Municipal in Austin thought the group ahead was playing too slow. A confrontation ensued on the ninth hole.

At the end of the round, the 73-year-old accosted the group again, this time in the parking lot. And pulled a gun:

After finishing the game, Dailey and the others ended up in the parking lot where he provoked another argument with the men, the affidavit said. Dailey pointed an automatic handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets at one of the men and screamed, "If I feel threatened, I am morally obligated to destroy you," according to the affidavit.

Slow play has always been a problem in golf. Now, too, apparently so are morons with guns.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Corpus Christi Hoping for Revitalization at Public Courses

The Corpus Christi newspaper has an article out today about the state of play at the two municipal courses in town, Oso Beach and Gabe Lozano Sr. Golf Center. Rounds at the two tracks have dropped nearly 50 percent, and the courses are bleeding money, losing hundreds of thousands per year.

Pretty dramatic. The paper explores the reasons why, citing the economy, a general drop in play among all golfers, and more. But here's the nut sentence:

The Gabe Lozano course, on Old Brownsville Road, was closed for nearly eight months for improvements, and the Oso Beach course had sections closed throughout the past three years, Gavlik said.

When your two munis are inaccessible - at least in their full form - for eight months or three years at a time, of course the rounds are going to fall off a cliff. And rounds in Corpus have, dropping from a combined 140,000 (!) per year to "only" 80,000 per year. (It should be noted that the vast majority of golf courses in America would consider 40,000 rounds very heavy traffic; even for most municipals, that would be in line with norms.)

Whether the courses can make money going forward depends on getting them open and keeping them open. The quality of the renovations at Oso and Gabe's? Sure, that matters, but not as much as it would in larger cities. While golfers in Corpus have more options today than they did 10 years ago (mostly because of previously private clubs allowing public play on at least a limited basis), Oso and Gabe's are still the only games in town for muni golfers.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Stonebridge Ranch Team Claims Title

Report from the Northern Texas PGA:

Grand Prairie – PGA Professional Joe Menton teamed with Mickey Freed, James Freed and Eric Kelley representing Stonebridge Ranch Country Club to post a 21-under-par total 123, winning the Northern Texas PGA Championship and earning a berth in The 2009 McGladrey Team National Championship.

The team representing Stonebridge Ranch Country Club won by a two-stroke margin and will compete among a 41-team field on Oct. 26-28, in the National Championship at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort.

The team of David Foster and amateurs Wayne Beeler, Steve Ciulla and Doug Dendy fired a 19-under-par 125 finishing at second place by winning a playoff against third place finishers Philip Bleakney and three amateurs from The Golf Club of Dallas. There were seven teams in the Section Championship field.

Conducted by The PGA of America, The McGladrey Team Championship is the first grass-roots amateur best-ball championship managed by The PGA of America. PGA Professionals and amateurs compete for a combined purse of $14,070 at the Section Championship and $200,000 at the National Championship. Amateurs’ purse compensation will be in the form of gift certificates.

The164-player National Championship field will compete on three of Pinehurst’s premier layouts, Nos., 2, 4 and 8.

The McGladrey Team Championship is a result of the partnership between The PGA of America and RSM McGladrey, the official accounting, tax and business consulting firm of The PGA of America. RSM McGladrey is the fifth largest accounting, tax and business consulting firm in the country when considered with McGladrey & Pullen LLP (a partner-owned CPA firm).

2009 Texas Publinx Results

Report from the Texas Golf Association:

Austin, TX - The first cloud cover of the week brought cooler temperatures and much stronger winds for the Final match of the State Public Links Championship. Falconhead Golf Club in Austin was a great test for the players all week, but Sunday might have been the toughest day of the championship. The Final matched Shane McDonald of Mansfield against Craig Cyr of Austin in a battle with plenty at stake.

Both players had to conquer some nerves in the first few holes of the match and it was evident in the scores. Each player took two out of the first four holes to keep the match at all square. McDonald, a member of the New Mexico University Golf Team, made an incredible up and down from a bunker ten feet below the level of the green to keep the match all square through five holes. The match would go back and forth yet again, as Cyr won the 6th hole with a twenty foot par putt and McDonald took the eighth hole with a par. Cyr gained control of the match by winning the 9th hole for a 1 up lead.

As the match moved to the back nine, both players were still very much in the hunt for the title. Shane McDonald converted multiple up and downs to keep the match as close as he could, but two costly double bogeys were just too much to overcome. Cyr was patient throughout the match and never made any big mistakes. Cyr won the 11th hole to go 2 up and then seized control of the match by going 3 up after 15 holes. Faced with an uphill battle, McDonald went for the green on the reachable par four 16th hole. His drive carried the green and bounded into a hazard. Cyr played a wedge shot to the middle of the green and that was all he needed for a 4 and 2 victory.

Craig Cyr is new to Texas Golf Association championships, and even new to the state. He has lived in Austin for just seven months, and this week was his first ever TGA event. However, Cyr does have more experience than that would lead you to believe. The 25 year old Cyr played on the Quinnipiac University Golf Team in Connecticut and has played in high ranking amateur events such as the Sunnehanna Invitational. For his efforts, Cyr earned an exemption into the 2009 State Mid-Amateur as well as the 2010 Texas Amateur. With such success in his first TGA championship, who knows what the future holds for the talented newcomer Craig Cyr.

View the match play results