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 www.administaffclassic.com 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.