Wednesday, February 18, 2009

2009 STPGA Senior Series Schedule

The Southern Texas PGA has announced the 2009 schedule of its Senior Series, and the series will include 10 tournaments beginning in early March.

STPGA Senior Series tournaments are open to all golfers age 50 and over as of Sept. 23, 2009. Annual dues are $125 and include eligibility for Senior Series tournaments. Professionals compete for cash; amateurs compete for merchandise certificates.

Further specifics from the STPGA:

In addition, golfers finishing the season in the top 10 positions on the 2009 STPGA Senior Series "Points List" will earn exemptions into the field of the 2009 Maker’s Mark Texas Senior Open Championship, which will be held Sept. 23-25 on the Forest Course at the Clubs of Kingwood.

This year’s 10 tournament schedule will feature nine 36-hole stroke play competitions, plus the new Bridgestone STPGA Team Championship, which will take place Aug. 10-11 at Gray Plantation Golf Club in Lake Charles, La.

The entry fees for the nine stroke play events are $165 and include greens fees, cart and range balls. The entry fees for the new team championship are $330 (per two-person team).

Players will compete in one of three divisions — the 50-57 Senior Division, the 58-65 Super Senior Division, and the Veteran Division for players ages 66 and older. Players in the Senior Division and Super Senior Division will also be competing for prizes in overall competition.

2009 STPGA Senior Series Schedule

  • March 9-10: La Torretta Del Lago Classic, La Torretta Del Lago Resort, Montgomery
  • April 13-14: Horseshoe Bay Classic, Horseshoe Bay Resort (Slick Rock), Horseshoe Bay
  • May 11-12: Eagle Pointe Classic, Eagle Pointe Golf Club, Mont Belvieu
  • June 15-16: Cimarron Hills Classic, Cimarron Hills Golf Club, Georgetown
  • June 29-30: The Woodlands Classic, The Woodlands Country Club (Palmer/Player), The Woodlands
  • July 13-14: River Crossing Classic, River Crossing Golf Club, Spring Branch
  • July 27-28: The Traditions Classic, The Traditions at Texas A&M, Bryan
  • August 10-11: Bridgestone STPGA Team Championship, Gray Plantation Golf Club, Lake Charles, La.
  • August 31-Sept. 1: River Ridge Classic, River Ridge Golf Club, Sealy
  • September 28-29: STPGA Senior Series Tour Championship, Walden on Lake Conroe Golf Club, Conroe

For more details and registration information, visit

DeWall New President of STPGA Section

Marc DeWall, head professional at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch in Boerne, is the new president of the Southern Texas section of the PGA. Balloting took place earlier this month at the section's 2009 Annual Meeting at Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston.

The STPGA news release includes this look at DeWall's career:

DeWall will serve as the STPGA's president through 2010, moving up from the position of vice-president to accept the office. He served as the secretary of the STPGA in 2005-2006 and was first elected to membership on the Section's Board of Directors in 2000. He served as vice-president of the STPGA’s Western Chapter from 2000 to 2002 and was the Chapter president in 2003 and 2004. He chaired several of the STPGA’s committee while gathering the experience that led to his election to the presidency.

"When I first became involved in the leadership of the Southern Texas PGA, I thought the idea was to help our Section through specific changes I had in mind," said DeWall, a 1989 graduate of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. "Through the years, I’ve witnessed several significant changes, but I quickly came to the conclusion that real change comes through a team effort. I'm lucky to have followed a number of great leaders who have made a difference simply through their involvement in the Section, and I hope I can follow their paths."

DeWall, a Nebraska native, was elected to membership in the PGA of America in 1992. A scholarship golfer at St. Mary's, he has spent his entire career in the San Antonio area. DeWall has served as the head golf professional at two of the area’s most noted clubs — The Dominion Country Club from 1995 to 2006 and The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch since 2006.

He was selected as the STPGA’s 1997 Merchandiser of the Year (Private Facilities) and was the 2001 STPGA Horton Smith Award winner (for leadership in the education of PGA members). He has also earned a number of awards from the Western Chapter of the STPGA, including three selections as the Chapter's Golf Professional of the Year (2001, '04, '05).

DeWall has also been active in national activities, serving as the chairman of the PGA of America’s Annual Meeting Committee in 2003. He was a member of the PGA’s President’s Council in 2006 and 2007.

"I'll put a lot of emphasis on member involvement during my presidency," said DeWall. "As I mentioned, I think member involvement is key to continuing the process of building a better Southern Texas PGA. We have a vision of what we want to accomplish, and it will take the support and cooperation of all our members to achieve the goals we've set."

Glenn Lee, the director of golf at Horseshoe Bay Resort and the 2005 STPGA Golf Professional of the Year, was elected vice-president.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

La Cantera Least-Liked By PGA Tour Pros

The March 2009 issue of Golf Digest includes the magazine's annual survey of PGA Tour pros. One of the questions asked this year was "What's the worst course you play on tour?"

And the winner - a runaway winner, most likely, with 33-percent of the votes - was the Resort Course at La Cantera in San Antonio, host site of the Texas Open (for one more year, before the tournament moves to the TPC San Antonio complex).

This is not a surprise. La Cantera has "won" this dubious distinction before, including a couple years ago in a similar Dallas Morning News survey of the pros. And I've mentioned here before my belief that La Cantera is a terrible place to hold a PGA Tour event.

But - and this is a very important but (so to speak) - for its intended audience, La Cantera's Resort Course is a great course.

Because who was the Resort Course designed for? It wasn't designed for a tiny, very specific slice of golfers (PGA Tour players) playing it in a very specific circumstance (PGA Tour event). It was designed for resort guests. For amateurs, for recreational players.

And for that audience, it's a great course: Fun, different, exciting. Lots of elevated tees and downhill fairways so we "normal" golfers can blast away off the tee; lots of large, mostly unsevere greens on which we can actually make some putts. Great scenery. It's fun. And unlike the tour pros, we're not required to walk it.

It's also fun to know what the PGA Tour pros think of the courses they are playing. But in this case, the pros' answer doesn't really provide any useful insight for the rest of us. They have their reasons for preferring certain types of courses over others, we have ours.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Haney Appearing at North Texas Golf Expo

If you're in the Metroplex, you may already be planning to attend the North Texas Golf Expo, scheduled Feb. 27-March 1 at Market Hall in Dallas. The Morning News reported recently that Hank Haney will be among the speakers and clinic leaders, giving DFW golfers another reason to think about going.

At the top of his weekly local golf column, Bill Nichols reported:

Westlake's Hank Haney, busy preparing Tiger Woods for his return from knee surgery, will be the featured guest at the North Texas Golf Expo. The state's largest and longest-running show will run Feb. 27-March 1 at Market Hall.

Haney will highlight the final day with a junior clinic and speech. Every child at the event will receive a free golf club.

More info at the Expo Web site.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Aransas Pass 9-Holer Re-Opening

Thanks to reader John McCullough for sending in news of the 9-holer formerly known as Iron Gator. The Iron Gator nine was part of an RV park in Aransas Pass, the RV park having the same name. The course, designed by architect John Colligan's company, opened in 2006 but didn't last long.

McCullough reports that the RV park has re-opened as the Southern Oaks Luxury RV Park, and park personnel told him the golf course will be back in action in October. "My brother, who still lives there, drove by last week and says it starting to look pretty green," he said.

Winter Texans, com on down!

The course will now be called Southern Oaks Golf Course. Here's the Web site.