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.