Sunday, November 07, 2010

Q-School Second-Stage Qualifiers Coming Up in Texas

Two of the PGA Tour's second-stage qualifiers - the last stage before Q-School finals - take place in Texas. One is scheduled Nov. 16-19 at Redstone Golf Club in Humble; the other Nov. 17-20 at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney.

Attendance is typically free at these qualifiers (but call the course in advance to be safe), and there are always some recognizable names in the second stage qualifiers trying to work their way back to the PGA Tour. Below are some of those players schedule to play in the Texas locations.

Redstone Golf Club
Doug Barron, Brian Bateman, Olin Browne, Brad Elder, Matthew Goggin, David Gossett, Mathias Gronberg, Craig Kanada, Parker McLachlin, Chez Reavie, Brian Watts

TPC Craig Ranch
Brad Adamonis, Chris Cox, Tony Finau, Nick Flanagan, Carlos Franco, Jay Haas Jr., Todd Hamilton, David Lutterus, Pablo Martin, Rod Pampling, Brendan Pappas, Anthony Rodriguez

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

North Beats South at Joe Black Cup

From the Northern Texas PGA:

IRVING, Texas – The Northern Texas PGA captured the 30th Texas Joe Black Cup Matches by an overall point total of 13 to 11. The teams were tied at six points each heading into the Singles Matches on day two. The singles matches were close from the beginning and were tied at one point a piece when a weather delay suspended play for three hours and forty-five minutes. After the delay was lifted, both teams went out and performed well, but the Northern Texas PGA was able to pull away and win key matches to capture the cup. Cameron Doan set the tone defeating David von Hoffmann 5 & 4 in match one, but it was T. Craig Pullen, making his first appearance in the Texas Joe Black Cup Matches, who made a six-foot putt on 16th hole to halve hole and win his match 3 & 2 which clinched the 12 ½ points needed for the NTPGA team to win the matches.

The team records were tied going into the matches with each team sharing a 14-14-1 overall record. The Northern Texas PGA now leads the matches with a 15-14-1 overall record.

The teams from each section were represented by their Section President, Senior Points Leader, top 9 PGA directors of golf and head golf professionals, and a Captain’s Pick of a PGA director of golf or head golf professional. Mark Viskozki, PGA director of golf at Tangle Ridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie served as the Northern Texas PGA team captain with Gordon Johnson, PGA head professional at Houston Country Club in Houston serving as the Southern Texas PGA captain. The matches were contested at Four Seasons Resort and Club (TPC), a 7,166 yard, par 70 layout in Irving.

The Texas Joe Black Cup Matches is an annual competition between the Northern Texas PGA and the Southern Texas PGA Sections. The Ryder Cup style format features 12 golf professionals from each Section competing in Foursome and Four-Ball Matches the first day followed by Singles Matches the final day. The event was started in 1981 to honor Joe Black, a Snyder native who was completing his first year as President of The PGA of America.

One point was awarded to a winning match and halve a point awarded to any match that is tied after eighteen holes. The Northern Texas PGA needed 12 ½ points to capture the cup while the Southern Texas PGA needs 12 points to retain the cup.

Click to view the match results

Monday, October 25, 2010

NTPGA Match Play Goes to Larsson

From the Northern Texas PGA:

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Championship Match of the Cleveland Golf / Srixon / Club Car NTPGA Match Play Championship featured Dean Larsson, PGA assistant golf professional at Bent Tree Country Club (#2 seed) and Cameron Doan, PGA head golf professional at Preston Trail Golf Club (#4 seed). They both are past NTPGA Match Play Champions with Cameron Doan capturing the title in 2000 and Dean Larsson in 2007. Larsson (12) and Doan (4) began the day with 16 NTPGA major individual titles between them.

The Championship Match was closely contested with Doan leading 1 up mid way through the front nine only to be all square after the opening nine holes. Doan won the tenth hole but quickly saw the match return to all square with Larsson winning the 11th hole. The match remained all square through 14 holes until Larsson made birdie on the 15th hole to go 1 up and take the lead in the match. Larsson was able to hang onto his lead going into the 18th hole with the match dormie. Doan’s second shot on the 18th hole found the back greenside bunker while Larsson was safely on the green in two shots. Doan conceded the hole to Larsson after his bunker shot hung up in the fringe. Larsson won the Championship Match 2 up and was able to break Doan's impressive nine in a row match winning streak at Shady Oaks Country Club in this event.

This marked Larsson’s 13th NTPGA individual major championship. Larsson is fourth on the NTPGA individual majors won list with 13 majors behind only Lindy Miller (14), Benny Passon (16) and Perry Arthur (18). Larsson took home $4,000.00 of the $28,800.00 purse and became a two-time NTPGA Match Play Champion.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Burgoon Claims Adams Tour Championship

The 2010 Adams Tour Pro Golf Series wrapped in Mississippi with the First Tee of Meridian Tour Championship, played Oct. 6-9 at Northwood Country Club in Meridian. And former Texas A&M star Bronson Burgoon was the winner.

Bronson Burgoon, from The Woodlands, edged Kyle Ellis, from Senatobia, Miss., by one stroke to earn the $13,500 prize. The two were tied entering the final round and both posted excellent scores, but Burgoon's 66 bettered Ellis' 67.

Top Finishers
Bronson Burgoon, The Woodlands, 69-70-65-66--270
Kyle Ellis, Senatobia, Miss., 67-72-65-67--271
Blake Trimble, Houston, 67-71-70-67--275
Ryan Nelson, Houston, 68-72-68-67--275
Shawn Stefani, Baytown, 71-72-68-67--278
Will Doughtie, Amarillo, 71-70-68-69--278
Jerad Harklau, Benton, Ark., 71-68-68-71--278
Randy Lowry, Houston, 69-75-66-69--279
Mark Walker, Hurst, 71-71-70-68--280
Pablo Acuna, Guatemala, 69-68-71-73--281
Full scores

Teams Announced for 2010 Joe Black Cup

From the Southern Texas PGA:

The Texas Joe Black Cup Matches, an annual Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring teams of golf professionals from the Southern Texas and Northern Texas Sections of the PGA of America, began in 1981.

The Southern Texas PGA team won the first tournament, held at Houston’s Westwood Country Club, by a 15-9 margin. The STPGA won the most recent renewal of the competition, taking a 13-11 victory at Miramont Country Club in Bryan last fall. With that victory, the series was tied— the STPGA has won 14 times, the NTPGA has won 14 times, and there has been one tie.

One of the Sections will have the chance to pull ahead in a few weeks when the Northern Texas PGA hosts the 30th Annual Texas Joe Black Cup Matches at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving, Texas, on Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

That in mind, the memberships of both 2010 teams have now been named. Led by Captain Gordon Johnson, the head golf professional at Houston Country Club, and Assistant Captain Ken McDonald, head golf professional at Houston’s BraeBurn Country Club, the Southern Texas PGA team will include nine professional who played their ways onto the team via the Section’s tournament-based points competition.

They are: Ricky Arnett (head golf professional, Great Hills Country Club, Austin); James Brown (head golf professional, River Oaks Country Club, Houston); Jesse Horner (head golf professional, Horseshoe Bay Resort, Horseshoe Bay); Jeff Hunter (director of golf, The Club at Sonterra, San Antonio); Brad Lardon (director of golf, Miramont Country Club, Bryan); Justin Orbin (director of golf, Point Venture Golf Course, Port Venture); Wes Skaggs (head golf professional, Crystal Falls Golf Club, Leander); Matt Trevino (head golf professional, Riverhill Country Club, Kerrville); and David von Hoffman (head golf professional, Escondido, Escondido).

Joining them will be STPGA President Marc DeWall (head golf professional, The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch,, Boerne), Captain’s Pick Randy Jones (head golf professional, Alamo Country Club, San Antonio), and senior representative Troy Schleicher (senior professional, Matt Swanson Golf Center, Houston).

The Northern Texas PGA will be led by Captain Mark Viskozki, the head golf professional and director of golf at Tangle Ridge Golf Club, and also includes nine Professionals who gained team membership through points earnings.

They are: Robert Boisvert (director of golf, Harbor Lakes Country Club, Granbury); Larry Bryan (head golf professional, Big Spring Country Club, Big Spring); Patrick Buhrmann (head golf professional, Abilene Country Club, Abilene); Cameron Doan (head golf professional, Preston Trail Golf Club, Dallas); Kevin Golding (head golf professional, Four Seasons Resort and Club, Irving); Jason Hase (head golf professional, San Angelo Country Club, San Angelo); Britt Patton (head golf professional, Dallas National Golf Club, Dallas); Craig Pullen (head golf professional, Oakmont Country Club, Corinth); and Greg Sikes (head golf professional, Hogan Park Golf Course, Midland).

Rounding out the NTPGA team are Captain’s Pick Ronny Glanton (head golf professional, Sherrill Park Golf Course, Richardson), NTPGA President Billy Harris (head golf professional, Dallas Country Club, Dallas), and senior representative Lindy Miller (teaching professional, Shady Oaks Country Club, Fort Worth).

The teams will report to the Four Seasons Resort for practice rounds, opening ceremonies and the Texas Joe Black Cup Matches Dinner on Oct. 31. The 2010 competition will kick off with six four-ball and six foursome matches on Nov. 1, followed by a dozen singles matches on Nov. 2. The Southern Texas PGA must win 12 points (each match produces a total of one point) to retain the Texas Joe Black Cup. The Northern Texas PGA must win 12.5 points to take control of the Cup.

The Texas Joe Black Cup Matches were established to honor Texas native Joe Black, who was then completing his first term as president of the PGA of America. A key figure in the history of the PGA and both the Northern and Southern Texas Sections of the PGA of America, Black now resides in Dripping Springs. He remains active in golf and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, which he helped re-establish and relocate to San Antonio’s historical Brackenridge Park Golf Course.

Friday, October 01, 2010

2010 TGA State Senior Four-Ball

From the Texas Golf Association:

Georgetown, TX – Three for three on the weather front at Cimarron Hills as not a single cloud reared its ugly head all week at the TGA State Senior 4-Ball. At the start of the morning, five teams sat within seven strokes of lead, which may seem like a lot to overcome, but the Nicklaus designed track was not yielding many red numbers all week which meant no lead was safe. In the end, it was the team of Jerry Hudgins and Jay Pumphrey who came from five strokes behind at the start of the day to win the State Senior 4-Ball Championship by firing a tournament low 7-under par, 65 to take a two stroke victory over Wayne Smith and Ed Hindsman who finished the day at 2-under par, 70 putting them at seven under for the championship.

Hudgins and Pumphrey got off to a great start by birdying four of their first seven holes to make the turn at 4-under par, 32 vaulting them to a virtual tie for lead as second round leaders Richard York and Doug Baker made the turn at 1-over par, 37, relinquishing the five stroke lead they started the day with. Pumphrey, a Cimarron Hills member, used his vast course knowledge to contribute two birdies to the team’s card and assist his partner (very well I should say) to throw down an impressive five birdies including birdies on all of the par 5’s on the course. What was probably most impressive was that not a single bogey made their way onto the winner’s card, which wasn’t an easy feat this week.

Finishing in second place were fellow Cimarron Hills members and first round leaders, Ed Hindsman and Wayne Smith. Hindsman and Smith played extremely steady all week long with scores of 67, 72, and 70 for a three day total of 7-under par, 209. The Austin duo was were right there in thick of things, but were only able to muster one birdie on the front nine coupled with one bogey, but made a late charge by birdying three of the last final six holes to finish the tournament alone in second place.

The Super Senior Division had a very exciting finish as Howard Knowles and Bert Rogers were able to fend off fellow competitors the Trophy Club pair of B.J. Shaw and Craig Carlisle by one stroke by firing an even par, 72 on the day. An even par front nine for Knowles and Rogers, coupled with a 2-over par from Carlisle and Shaw brought the two teams even going into the final nine. Knowles and Rogers showed signs letting the championship slip away as they bogeyed the par 4, 10th hole to start the back. But two birdies with another bogey was good enough to finish them at even par for their final round and more importantly a one stroke victory as Carlisle and Shaw couldn’t get anything going on the back side either finishing three over for the day, giving Knowles and Rogers the one stroke victory.

Lardon Outlasts Thelen at STPGA Championship

From the Southern Texas PGA:

Bryan, TX: Brad Lardon started the final round of the 2010 Southern Texas PGA Professional Championship with a one shot lead over two time defending champion Tim Thelen, and that is exactly where they ended up when the final putt fell. Lardon, Director of Golf at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, site of this year's STPGA Professional championship, claimed his second title in this event, having also won in 2006. The battle between he and Thelen, Assistant Professional at The Falls Resort & Golf Club in New Ulm, was joined by Carl Cooper of Humble Oil Patch Golf Club. The three were paired together in the final round and each had their chance, but in the end it was the host professional won claimed the $8,000 first prize check.

"It was quite a battle out there today," Lardon said, adding: "It has been a long time since I played well enough to get in the battle, and it felt good."

The Southern Texas PGA Professional Championship also serves as the qualifying event for the 2011 PGA Professional National Championship. 11 players (plus Thelen, who was exempt as a former PNC Champion) earned a spot in next year’s National Championship, which will be played at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, PA.

Top Finishers
Brad Lardon, 69-68-71--208
Tim Thelen, 68-70-71--209
Carl Cooper, 73-68-69--210
Jason Alexander, 73-73-68--214
Robert Thompson, 72-70-72--214
Full scores

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bruckner Comes From Behind To Win Texas Senior Open

From the Southern Texas PGA:

Kingwood -- Greg Bruckner of Phoenix, Ariz., caught fire in the final round of the 2010 Texas Senior Open, firing a 9-under par 63 to claim a one shot victory over second round leader Robert Thompson of Huntsville, TX. Bruckner made nine birdies and no bogeys in his final round for a 54 hole total of 13 under par. Thompson, who started the day with a five shot lead, made a charge on the back nine with four straight birdies, but came up one shot short. Bruckner earned $5,000 for first place.

"The first two days the greens here made me look foolish," Bruckner said. "Today I was able to see the line, and figured out the grain a little better. We don’t have much grain in Phoenix you know. I was able to hit it close a few times and see the lines and make the putts."

Ron Schroeder of Montgomery was in the thick of the chase until back-to-back bogies on 16 and 17. He still shot a final round 67 to finish third. Jeff New of The Woodlands was the low amateur (tied for 7th overall) finishing at one under par (215) after a final round 75.

Top Finishers
Greg Bruckner, Phoenix, AZ, 69-71-63--203
Robert Thompson, Huntsville, TX, 69-66-69--204
Ron Schroeder, Montgomery, TX, 69-71-67--207
Troy Schleicher, The Woodlands, TX, 69-72-71--212
Perry Arthur, Plano, TX, 71-71-71--213
Full scores

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Texas Golf HOF Gathers Grand Slam, Ryder Cup Trophies for October Exhibit

The Texas Golf Hall of Fame is settling into its new home at Brackenridge Park Golf Course in San Antonio. And in October, the TGHOF has an exhibit planned that features the trophies of the four majors - Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship - plus the Ryder Cup trophy all in one place for the first time in Texas. Here is the news release:

San Antonio, TX -- Texas golf fans will have a rare and historic opportunity to help introduce the opening of the new Texas Golf Hall of Fame at Brackenridge Park and the induction of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2010, as golf's greatest trophies will be together for the first time in Texas for those special events.

In a first-ever presentation outside of the PGA of America’s Historical Center in Florida, the reconstituted Hall of Fame in San Antonio will exhibit the original Wanamaker Trophy (PGA Championship), plus exact replica trophies of The Masters, U.S. Open Championship, British Open Championship (Claret Jug) and the Ryder Cup. Also exhibited will be trophies from the Texas Open, the State Junior Championship, the Texas State Amateur, and the Joe Black Cup.

From the conclusion of the Ryder Cup in Wales on October 5, to the completion of the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio on Oct. 31, the trophies will be on exhibit at “Old Brack” for public viewing and, for a $20 donation to the Hall of Fame, the public can have their photograph taken with the trophies.

"We are thankful and delighted that The PGA of America helped coordinate this event with the Augusta National Golf Club, the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland," said Buddy Cook, chairman of the Hall's Board of Directors. "All have agreed to loan us these magnificent trophies to help kick off our new Hall of Fame and the induction event. This is truly a rare opportunity for Texas golf lovers to be up close to these great trophies – all in one location – and to be photographed with them. Where better than at ‘Old Brack’ as part of our first induction ceremony."

The first Class since 1996 will be inducted into the venerable Hall of Fame on October 25, 2010. The public recently voted for that Class through the Hall's recently released website. Tickets for the induction event are available by contacting the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.

In addition to public exhibits at Brackenridge Park Golf Course during October, the Texas Golf Hall of Fame will hold viewings for the public at the AT&T Championship and its Pro-Am Party, and at receptions at various local events during the month, including an event at The First Tee of San Antonio. Proceeds from the events will benefit the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and The First Tee of San Antonio.

The Texas Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, a 501(c) (3) organization, is located at the Brackenridge Park Golf Course clubhouse and a historic building adjacent to the clubhouse, the Borglum Studio. More information about it can be obtained at

Friday, September 17, 2010

Arthur is NTPGA Player of Year for 6th Time

From the Northern Texas PGA:

DALLAS, TX – The Northern Texas PGA is pleased to announce that Perry Arthur, PGA teaching professional at Sherrill Park Golf Course in Richardson, has captured the 2010 Cleveland Golf / Srixon & Club Car NTPGA Player of the Year Award. This marks Arthur’s sixth NTPGA Player of the Year Award. His five previous awards came in 1996, 1999, 2004, 2006 and 2009. Arthur surpassed Lindy Miller, PGA teaching professional at Shady Oaks Country Club for the most NTPGA Player of Year Awards.

Arthur accumulated a 332.50 point total to capture the 2010 Cleveland Golf / Srixon & Club Car NTPGA Player of the Year title by a 50.08 point margin over Dean Larsson, PGA assistant golf professional at Bent Tree Country Club.

He finished the year with a tie for third place finish in the NTPGA Section Championship, a tie for fourth place finish in the NTPGA Professional Championship, sixth place finish in the Callaway Golf Western Championship and a tie for eighth place in the E-Z-GO/ UST Mamiya Eastern 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.

Stuart Deane, PGA teaching professional at Sinclair’s Golf Training Center in Euless, captured the 2010 Ben Hogan / NTPGA Stroke Play Average Award. Deane finished the year with a stroke average of 71.00 for six rounds. He shot four sub par rounds which included two rounds of 68 (-4) and two rounds of 70 (-2). The one over par round of 73 in the final round at the NTPGA Section Championship turned out to be just enough to capture the award by a slim 0.13 of a stroke margin over Perry Arthur. This marks Deane’s first Ben Hogan / NTPGA Stroke Play Average Award.

The Cleveland Golf / Srixon & Club Car NTPGA Player of the Year Points Challenge is a season long competition that rewards the top-40 finishers in the four major individual stroke play events. The Ben Hogan / NTPGA Stroke Play Average Award requires a minimum of six rounds in the four major individual stroke play events. The four events are the E-Z-GO / UST Mamiya Eastern Championship, Callaway Golf Western Championship, NTPGA Professional Championship and the NTPGA Section Championship.

The top 32 finishers on the 2010 Cleveland Golf / Srixon & Club Car NTPGA Player of the Year Points Challenge will receive invitations into the Cleveland Golf / Srixon & Club Car Match Play Championship on October 18-20 at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth.

Lindy Miller captured the Senior Division of the NTPGA Player of the Year Points Challenge. Miller amassed 325.00 points with a Senior Division win in the E-Z-GO/ UST Mamiya Eastern Championship, a second place finish in the NTPGA Section Championship and NTPGA Seniors’ Championship. This also earned Miller a spot on the NTPGA Joe Black Cup team.

Woodson Captures NTPGA Section Crown

From the Northern Texas PGA:

DALLAS, TX – Richard Woodson, PGA director of instruction at Woodbridge Golf Club, posted a two-round total score of four-under par, 140 to win the Northern Texas PGA Section Championship. Woodson took a two stroke lead into the eighteenth hole and was forced to punch out into the fairway after an errant tee shot into the right rough. His smart play paid off and he was able to salvage bogey to win by one shot. Woodson’s consistent play throughout the round included three birdies, three bogeys and twelve pars. This victory marks Woodson’s first Northern Texas PGA individual major championship. Woodson will take home a $7,250.00 check for his victory and earned an exemption into the 2011 PGA Tour HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Finishing in second place was Robert Boisvert, PGA director of golf at Harbor Lakes Country Club. Boisvert posted rounds of even-par, 72 and three under par, 69 for a total of three-under par, 141. Two players finished in a tie for third place at 142 (-2) two-under par and included Perry Arthur, PGA teaching professional at Sherrill Park Golf Course and Nicholas Griffin, PGA teaching professional at L.B. Houston Golf Course.

The NTPGA Section Championship, presented by NIKE Golf, PGA TOUR, HP Byron Nelson Championship, TELOS Fitness Center and Yamaha Golf Cars, was conducted at Dallas Athletic Club (Blue Course), the 6,890-yard; par 72 golf course located in Dallas, Texas. The field consisted of 84 PGA professionals from the Northern Texas Section of the PGA of America competed for a $41,100.00 purse.

The Championship was the fourth and final individual stroke play championship and Cleveland Golf / Srixon / Club Car Player of the Year points event of the 2010 season. The four events, the Eastern Championship, the Western Championship, PGA Professional Championship and NTPGA Section Championship are used as qualifiers for the year-end Cleveland Golf / Club Car Match Play Championship, Player of the Year Points Challenge, the Ben Hogan/NTPGA Scoring Average Award and the eleven spots for the 2010 NTPGA Texas Joe Black Cup team.

Top Finishers
Richard Woodson, Woodbridge GC, 68-72--140
Robert Boisvert, Harbor Lakes CC, 72-69--141
Perry Arthur, Sherrill Park GC, 70-72--142
Nicholas Griffin, L. B. Houston GC, 71-71--142
Jason Daly, Denton CC, 76-67--143
Dean Larsson, Bent Tree CC, 74-69--143
Rodney Cook, Four Seasons Resort, 71-72--143
Britt Patton, Dallas National GC, 70-73--143
Full scores

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Free Admission at SA Champions Tour Event

Free stuff is always nice, especially when it's golf stuff. And in 2010, the Champions Tour stop in San Antonio, the AT&T Championship, is free to the public. That's right, no buying of tickets required - not even on tournament days.

Here's the press release with details:

September 1, 2010 – The AT&T Championship has announced a new, creative incentive for spectators attending this year’s tournament at Oak Hills Country Club from October 25-31. The PGA Champions Tour event will be the first ever in San Antonio to offer free admission during the week of the golf tournament courtesy of Snapple – and attendance figures will net up to $15,000 for a local charitable organization.

Twenty local charitable groups will take part in this unique ticket distribution program. Each of the participating groups will receive 1,500 one-day passes to distribute to the San Antonio public. Participating groups will have their own coded tickets and each ticket redeemed during the days of Championship competition (Friday through Sunday) will count as one point toward the respective group’s total. At the end of the tournament, the group accumulating the most points will earn a $15,000 donation for their designated charity. There will also be a structured tier donation for the consolation charitable organizations.

“For the first time ever, we are inviting the city of San Antonio and all fans of the tournament to attend the AT&T Championship at no charge,” said Tournament Director, Colby Callaway. “While it is a win for the attendees, it is also a big win for the non-profit organizations that we are supporting.”

During Snapple Gate Days admission is free to all spectators, all week. If you did not receive a complimentary ticket prior to the day you wish to attend, simply park in the “free” spectator lot, and jump on a courtesy shuttle for a ride to the front gate. Tickets will be distributed at the front gate on the days of Championship play. Please note that no ticket is necessary during practice days and Pro-Amateur events scheduled Monday through Thursday.

The AT&T Championship is scheduled to take place on October 25-31, 2010, at the historic Oak Hills Country Club. For more information about the tournament and sponsorship information, call 210-698-3582. Additional details regarding the Charity Ticket Program and free admission can be found at

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Elliott Claims NTPGA Pro Championship

From the Northern Texas PGA:

MCKINNEY, TEXAS – Jamie Elliott, PGA teaching professional at Prestonwood Country Club (Creek Course), posted a two-round total score of six-under par, 138 to win the Northern Texas PGA Professional Championship. Elliott’s bogey-free second round included one birdie on the front nine and two birdies on the back nine, one of which was on the par-5, 18th hole. This victory marks Elliott’s fourth Northern Texas PGA major championship victory. Elliott will take home a $3,000.00 check for his victory.

Finishing in second place was Stuart Deane, PGA teaching professional at Sinclair’s Golf Training Center . Deane posted rounds of two-under par, 70 and four-under par, 68 for a total of six-under par, 138.

Elliott will lead eight (8) PGA professionals from the Northern Texas Section to the PGA Professional National Championship at Hershey Country Club in Hershey , Pennsylvania to be conducted June 26 – June 29, 2011. Joining Elliott will be Stuart Deane, PGA teaching professional at Sinclair’s Golf Training Center, John Sikes, PGA teaching professional at Hollytree Country Club, Clint Avara, PGA teaching professional at Creekview Golf Club, Cameron Doan, PGA head professional at Preston Trail Golf Club, Kevin Golding, PGA head professional at Four Seasons Resort & Club (TPC), Joshua Havard, PGA assistant professional at Country View Golf Club and Perry Arthur, PGA teaching professional at Sherrill Park Golf Course. The top 20 players from the 2011 PGA National Professional Championship will compete in the 93rd PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

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 2010 NTPGA Match Play Championship and Texas Joe Black Cup team. The NTPGA Professional Championship was presented by Titliest, FootJoy, Club Car and Mercedes-Benz and supported by the HP Byron Nelson Championship and PGA TOUR. 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 100 Section members who competed for the $21,100.00 purse with the champion taking home $3,000.

Top Finishers
Jamie Elliott, Preston Wood CC - Creek, 69-69--138
Stuart Deane, Sinclair's Golf Training Ctr, 70-68--138
John Sikes, Hollytree CC, 68-71--139
Clint Avara, Creekview Golf Club, 73-67--140
Cameron Doan, Preston Trail GC, 72-68--140
Kevin Golding, Four Seasons Resort, 71-69--140
Joshua Havard, Country View GC, 69-71--140
Perry Arthur, Sherrill Park GC, 67-73--140
Full scores

Huntsville's Thompson Wins STPGA Senior Championship

From the Southern Texas PGA:

Austin, TX: Robert Thompson of Whispering Pines Golf Club in Huntsville broke open a close final round in the 2010 Southern Texas PGA Senior Professional Championship thanks to three consecutive birdies on holes #9-11, and then had a hole-out for eagle from the fairway on the 15th hole. That six hole stetch at The Hills Country Club - Signature Course led to a final round five under par 67, and a 36 hole total of 8 under par 136. Thompson, a six time Southern Texas PGA Professional Champion, won the Senior Professional Championship by four strokes over runner-up Troy Schleicher (68-72=140) of Swanson Golf Center in Houston. Steve Parker. PGA Life Member, finished alone in third place with a final round 70, and a 141 total.

In addition to winning the STPGA Senior Professional Championship and the $1,100 first place check, Thompson and seven other PGA Professionals from the Southern Texas Section advanced to the PGA Senior National Professional Championship. The STPGA Senior Professional Championship served as the qualifier for the Senior PNC for the Southern Texas Section. Dave Findley of Redstone Golf Club in Houston won the Veteran's Division for player 70 and over.

Top Finishers
Robert Thompson Huntsville, 69-67--136
Troy Schleicher The Woodlands, 68-72--140
Steve Parker Houston, 71-70--141
Larry Degenhart Austin, 72-70--142
Philip Miranda Austin, 74-71--145
Full scores

Corpus Youth Receives Sportsmanship Award

From the Texas Legends Junior Tour:

Dallas, Texas (August 17, 2010) - Sportsmanship is characterized by virtues such as fairness, discipline, courage, persistence, and respect for others. The good sportsman does the right thing even when no one is looking. He wins graciously and loses with dignity. He treats his opponents with respect at all times, in all circumstances. He stays true to the spirit of the game, even if it is not advantageous to do so. When faced with adversity, he does not complain or blame others, but fights on with the persistence of a champion. The Legends Junior Tour is proud to present James Ragan of Corpus Christi with the first ever Legends Junior Tour Sportsmanship Award.

"James has been an inspirational presence on our Tour for the past several years," said David Prinz, Director of Operations for the Legends Junior Tour. "His game has improved each season but what really sets him apart are his character, perseverance, and respect for others."

A three year member of the Legends Junior Tour, Ragan had two Top-10 finishes this season, tying for ninth in the Winter Classic and taking first place at the Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic in March. That win earned Ragan one AJGA tournament exemption along with exemptions for the remaining Legends Junior Tour Majors – the HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship, the Texas Boys State Junior Championship, and the George Hannon Invitational. It also helped him earn a coveted spot on the Jackie Burke Cup South Team.

"I had two goals for this year: qualify for the HP Byron Nelson Junior and make the Jackie Burke Cup team," said Ragan. "I wasn’t able to play in the Byron [Nelson Junior] but I am really excited to represent South Texas at the Jackie Burke Cup. And I am honored to receive this award."

Ragan, 17, is about to enter his senior year at Corpus Christi’s Carroll High School. He will be presented with his award, along with the 2009/10 Players of the Year, at the Jackie Burke Cup pre-tournament dinner at Bent Tree CC in Dallas.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Fort Worth Golfer First to Win TGA 'Triple Crown'

What is the Texas Golf Association's "Triple Crown?" It's the three individual majors staged by the TGA: the Texas Amateur, Mid-Amateur, and Senior Amateur. Prior to the weekend, no golfer had ever won all three of those tournament during his career. But now Fort Worth's John Grace has.

From the TGA:

Odessa, TX - The 2010 Texas Senior Amateur Championship has concluded in epic fashion and a worthy champion has been crowned. The Permian Basin Breeze held steady as did the champion of this year’s event. Odessa Country Club gave the players one last challenge with its strong wind gusts and firm greens. The 18th hole would ultimately decide the champions of both the divisions. It was a day for the history books when all said and done.

The leaders of the Senior Division stayed neck and neck and were unable to make much of a gap throughout the day. With a handful of players in tight contention it was anyone’s race. Reggie Howell was tied for the lead and was in the race until the wheels fell off and he gave back 4 strokes on the last four holes to finish even par for the tournament. Third place was taken by Chuck Palmer with a 2-under for the tournament. Timothy Carlton was determined to find victory on the back making some incredible shots. One to remember was his recovery shot on the par 4 12th. He hooked his drive left under a tree 200 yards from the green. He made a low running hook to end up within 2 feet of the hole leaving just a short tap-in birdie. He birdied holes 16 and 17 as well to become tied for the lead going into the 18th hole. A three putt ultimately was the undoing though and he finished in second place. The key to victory at Odessa CC was holding steady and being patient. Grace recorded 15 pars, one birdie and two bogies for his final round that allowed a 1-stroke victory over the field. The 2010 champion, John Grace, has become the first person to win all three individual majors of the Texas Golf Association. The Texas Amateur, Mid-Amateur, and Senior Amateur has never been obtained by one person and John Grace has found himself in a league of his own.

Don Anderson took the Super Senior title today in a tight race to the finish. Anderson made birdie on the 17th hole to put him within 1 stroke of the lead behind Bob Hullender. Hullender made a double bogey 5 on the par 3 18th and Anderson made a par resulting in a 1 stroke victory with a tournament total of 6 over par. Also tied for second with Hullender were Jerry Ransom and Andy Wall who finished at 7 over par.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Money Leader Wins on Adams Tour

Dickinson's Ryan Nelson was already the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series money leader heading into the Northeast Oklahoma Championship. And with his victory in that event, Nelson now holds what might be an insurmountable lead with only four tournaments remaining on the schedule.

The Northeast Oklahoma Championship concluded on Aug. 14 at Emerald Falls Golf Club in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Nelson opened with a 68, and made a big move with a second-round 64. He fell behind Dallas' Edward Loar in the third round when Loar shot 65. But in the final round, Nelson carded a 69 to Loar's 72 to come from two behind Loar and finish one stroke in front.

The victory is the second of the Adams Tour season for Nelson, who has finished outside the Top 10 in only two of 11 starts in 2010.

Top Finishers
Ryan Nelson, Dickinson, TX, 68-64-68-69--269
Edward Loar, Dallas, TX, 66-67-65-72--270
Matthew Giles, Sydney, Australia, 68-67-71-69--275
Mark Walker, Hurst, TX, 66-69-67-74--276
Brock Mulder, Waterloo, IA, 75-69-68-67--279
Ryan Baca, Sugar Land, TX, 67-68-72-72--279
Scott Abbott, Dallas, TX, 73-70-65-72--280
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Midlander Wins NTPGA Assistants Title

From the Northern Texas PGA:

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Stuart Hendley, assistant golf professional at Green Tree Country Club in Midland, Texas, captured the Northern Texas Section (NTPGA) Callaway Golf PGA Assistant Championship title and earned a spot in the field at the 2010 Callaway Golf PGA Assistant Championship with a 76-66 – 142 (even par) total. After a disappointing first round score of five-over par, 76, Hendley was able to post a one-under par, 34 on the front nine in round two followed by an impressive four-under par, 32 on the back nine. This victory marks Hendley’s first Northern Texas PGA major championship title.

Hendley will lead three other NTPGA Section assistant professionals in the Callaway Golf PGA Assistant Championship scheduled for November 11 – November 14, 2010 on the Wanamaker Course at The PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie , Florida .

Qualifying along with Hendley was Josh Wilks, assistant golf professional at Keeton Park Golf Course in Dallas , Texas , Lee Rhind, assistant golf professional at Midland Country Club in Midland , Texas and Adam Headley, assistant golf professional at Hillcrest Country Club in Lubbock , Texas . Wilks, Rhind and Headley all posted scores of two-over par, 144 and qualified through a five-way playoff in order to determine the spots.

The NTPGA Callaway Golf PGA Assistant Championship also served as a team qualifier for the 2010 James P. Jordan Cup Matches to be held on November 1-2, 2010 at The Territory in Duncan , Oklahoma . This “Ryder Cup” style event is conducted annually between a team of twelve PGA assistant golf professionals from the Northern Texas Section and the South Central Section of the PGA of America. Hendley earned an exemption onto the 2010 NTPGA James P. Jordan Cup Team for his victory.

The NTPGA Callaway Golf PGA Assistant Championship was conducted at Mira Vista Country Club, a 6,944-yard par 71 course located in Fort Worth , Texas . A field of 57 assistant golf professionals competed for a share of the $5,000.00 purse. Hendley took home $670.00 for his victory.

Top Finishers
Stuart Hendley, Green Tree CC, 76-66--142
Josh Wilks, Keeton Park GC, 71-73--144
Lee Rhind, Midland CC, 72-72--144
Adam Headley, Hillcrest CC, 73-71--144
Troy Lewis, Brook Hollow GC, 71-73--144
Rory Smith, Preston Trail GC, 72-72--144
Jason Rocha, Glen Garden G&CC, 73-72--145
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Monday, August 09, 2010

Kwon Wins South Amateur Championship

From the Texas Golf Association:

Magnolia, TX – Some cloud cover and a light breeze gave the players some relief from the heat, but High Meadow Ranch Golf Club still posed a formidable challenge for players in the final round of the South Amateur Championship. The day started looking good for the leader after two rounds, Juan Salcedo of The Woodlands, as he took a four stroke lead going into the final round. But in the end, it was James Kwon of Houston who finished victorious as 20 foot chip shot from the front fringe of the 18th green found its way into the bottom of the hole to give the SMU Golfer a one stroke victory.

Kwon walked up to the first tee of the morning looking to overcome what looked like a insurmountable four stroke lead by Salcedo. There wasn’t much action on the front nine, as both players weren’t able to make any kind of move either way. Salcedo made a costly double bogey right off the bat on the par 4, 3rd hole but was able to gain his composure and birdie the par 5, 4th. Kwon in the meantime didn’t take much advantage of the double bogey by Salcedo as he was only able to escape the 3rd hole with a bogey gaining only one shot on the leader. Kwon was able to also birdie the 4th hole but slid back again with a bogey on the par 3, 5th hole.

Pars the rest of the way to the turn left Kwon gaining only one stroke with three strokes to make up and nine holes to play. The back nine was different story all together as Kwon set his game on cruise control making par on the next eight holes while Salcedo unfortunately went in the other direction. Four consecutive bogeys from the 13th hole through the 16th hole by Salcedo left Kwon now with a one stroke lead with two holes to play. Both players were able to par the 17th hole leaving Salcedo needing to make something happen on the final hole. Both players found the fairway off the tee with Juan to hit first to the green. A smooth iron shot was able to find the middle of the green leaving Salcedo with a 30 foot putt as Kwon was left 137 yards to the green and a tricky front hole location tucked behind a water hazard protecting the entire front edge of the green. Kwon’s approach shot sailed right at the flagstick but barely cleared the hazard landing softly just off the front of the green inches from rolling back in the hazard.

With 20 feet of fringe and green standing between his ball and the hole, Kwon was able firmly bump the ball on the green striking the flagstick causing the ball to fall straight down into the hole. Although that shot at that moment guaranteed Kwon victory, the shot proved to be key as Salcedo was able to make his 30 footer for birdie as well. The victory gives James an exemption into the 2011 Texas Amateur Championship being held at Austin Country Club next year. Exemptions were also earned by Juan Salcedo as well as third place finisher, Kip Guidry of Missouri City.

Top Finishers
James Kwon, Houston, 71-70-72--213
Juan Jose Salcedo, The Woodlands, 70-67-77--214
Kip Guidry, Missouri City, 72-70-73--215
Brandon Wilhide, Richmond, 77-73-68--218
Michael Whitehead, Sugar Land, 72-76-70--218
John Dowdall, Houston, 76-70-72--218
Bob Kearney, Houston, 71-71-76--218
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New Moon Over North Amateur Championship

From the Texas Golf Association:

Carrollton, TX – Surviving the heat was the theme of the week at the North Amateur Championship presented by Cool Clubs. The Honors Golf Club of Dallas hosted the championship and presented players with a great opportunity to shoot low scores. Besides the triple digit temperatures, players faced near perfect scoring conditions throughout the week. In the end, Alex Moon took full advantage of the opportunity and cruised to a five shot victory.

Alex Moon, of Dallas, had a 3 shot lead after two days and wasted little time in taking control in the final round. With a birdie on the first hole, Moon showed his closest competitors that they would have to go low to catch him. Moon, a member of the University of Texas golf team, put on a show on the front nine with 6 birdies and just a lone bogey. Moon birdied 5 out of 6 holes during one stretch to put the championship out of reach. Moon matched the tournament low with a final round of 66 and finished at a very impressive 14 under par for the week. Alex Moon has had great success in TGA championships recently, adding this win to his 2008 West Texas Amateur title.

Nobody played better over the last two days than Paul McConnell, but he dug himself too big of a hole after the first round. Using his final round of 67 to go with his second round 66, McConnell vaulted up the leader board into second place. McConnell, of Garland, made 7 birdies and 2 bogeys in his final round to finish at 9 under par for three rounds. Jeff Dick played very consistently all week, but could not keep up with the blistering pace and settled for third. Jeff Dick shot rounds of 69-69-70 to finish at 8 under par. Jeff Dick made the final round eventful with 8 birdies, 4 bogeys, and a double bogey.

Top Finishers
Alex Moon, Dallas, 68-68-66--202
Paul McConnell, Garland, 74-66-67--207
Jeff Dick, Sherman, 69-69-70--208
Clarke Kincaid, Trophy Club, 71-68-72--211
Ryan Dagerman, Dallas, 66-73-73--212
Ted Waldrip, Arlington, 75-67-70--212
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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Collins Claims Adams Tour Stop in Kansas

Wil Collins fired a final round 65 to win the Southwest Kansas Pro-Am on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series. The tournament concluded on Aug. 7 at The Golf Club at Southwind (Buffalo Dunes Golf Course) in Garden City, Kansas.

Collins, from New Mexico, finished three strokes ahead of home-state favorite Chris D. Thompson. Collins' 265 total was 21-under par and he earned $15,000 for the victory.

Top Finishers
Wil Collins, Albuquerque, NM, 68-64-68-65--265
Chris D. Thompson, Independence, KS, 66-66-69-67--268
Ryan Nelson, Dickinson, TX, 69-68-66-69--272
Matthew Giles, Sydney, Australia, 67-69-69-67--272
Mark Walker, Hurst, TX, 68-70-69-67--274
Kenny Coakley, Lakewook, Colo., 69-67-70-68--274
Franklin Corpening, Fort Worth, TX, 69-65-68-72--274
Ryan Baca, Sugar Land, TX, 68-71-67-69--275
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Friday, August 06, 2010

San Antonio's Carriker Honored by Golf Digest

Beginning in 1984, Golf Digest has annually presented its Junior Development Awards to individuals or organizations that lead the way in bringing children into golf and promoting junior golf.

Its 2010 honorees include Mary Carriker of San Antonio. In announcing the award, the magazine states:

Mary Carriker has progressed from junior golf mom to junior golf director. She is currently director of the First Tee of San Antonio, chairman of the AJGA tournament that has been held there for the past 19 years, director of amateur events for the San Antonio Golf Association and chairman of the pro-am that precedes the Valero Texas Open.

Carriker became involved with junior golf in the 1980s when she was living in Hawaii and her children wanted to play competitively. She was disappointed by the limited opportunities there. A few years later, the family moved to San Antonio. Still looking for junior activities, Mary heard about the fledgling AJGA where Wendy Ward, a friend of her daughter, Holly, was competing. Before long, she was running the San Antonio AJGA event and has continued to do so since 1991.

Alexander Wins STPGA Club Car Memorial

From the Southern Texas PGA:

San Antonio, TX: Lonnie Alexander of the Onion Creek Club in Austin birdied the 16th and 17th holes at the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio to break out of a log jam and post earn a two shot win over Jesse Horner of Horseshoe Bay Resort in the Southern Texas PGA Club Car Memorial Championship. Alexander was the only player to finish the 36 hole tournament under par on the challenging TPC San Antonio course. His final round of even par 72 gave him a two day total of 143, one under par. Horner, who was tied with Alexander after round one, had a two of par 74 to finish at one over par for 36 holes. Three players – Allen Hodde of The Woodlands Performance Center, James Brown of River Oaks Country Club in Houston, and Tim Thelen of The Falls Resort and Golf Club in New Ulm – all finished at two over par, three shots back.

Robert Thompson of Whispering Pines in Trinity shot back-to-back rounds of 73 to win the Senior Division by three shots over three players. Tying for second in the Senior Division were Troy Schleicher, Steve Parker, and Carl Baker, all of Houston.

After getting off to a fast start with back to back birdies, Alexander had opened up a three shot lead, but Thelen caught him when Alexander made a double bogey on the par five 8th hole. Thelen quickly fell back with a double bogey of his own on the 11th hole, followed by a bogey on number 12. Horner was in the mix with steady play until he made bogey at 11 and 12. When Alexander made his back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 he was able to secure the win.

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Montgomery Teams Defends Title at State Stableford

From the Texas Golf Association:

Kerrville, TX – A cool morning with little wind gave the players a great chance to shoot good scores in the final round of the Stableford Handicap. Many teams took advantage with good final round scores, but Riverhill Country Club didn’t yield any overall positive point totals. Riverhill has been a gracious host of this tournament for years, but this year the course really challenged the players. In the end a very familiar champion was crowned.

Rick Hare and Denny Wood made a big comeback on the final day to claim the Hogan Flight title. Alan Culberson and Jerry Weathersby had a five point lead to start the day, but struggled to a -10 point round and -8 point total. The team of Hare and Wood, both of Montgomery, were able to take advantage. Their final round of -2.5 points and total of -5.5 was good for a comfortable win. Robert Engel and Kenneth Melber came from well back in field to win the Nelson Flight. Engel and Melber shot an impressive final round of +3 points and vaulted up the leader board. Their -7 point total was good enough for the win. David and DJ Allen also posted a nice final round score to jump into second place at -8.25 total points. Overnight leaders James Blanton and James Switzer struggled to a -8 point round and fell to a tie for third place.

The Crenshaw Flight saw a drastic turnaround in the last round. Ron Henson and Jim Spillane trailed by eight points starting the day, but put on a huge rally to claim the flight. Henson and Spillane shot a final round of +4.25 points and were able to win the flight easily. Chris and Larry Garner, the overnight leaders in the flight and overall had a tough day. The Garner’s round of -13.75 points dropped them into fourth place in the flight. Henson and Spillane, both of Spring, posted a total of -0.25 points for the week, which was good enough for their second straight overall championship. Daron Calhoun and Brian Jaks held onto their lead to win the Kite Flight. Calhoun and Jaks had a two point lead after the second round and were able to increase it on their way to the victory with -8 total points. Johnny Davis and John Shirley made the biggest move of the day. Davis and Shirley fired a round of +5.5 points and flew up the leader board to claim second place in the flight at -11.5 total points.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Golf Magazine's Best Public Courses in Texas

It's course rating season again at the golf magazines. And Golf magazine has its 2010 list of the Best Courses You Can Play now online. Only two Texas courses make their Top 100 - Barton Creek's Fazio Canyons (No. 71) and Barton Creek's Fazio Foothills (No. 77).

Here is Golf Magazine's opinion of the top public courses in Texas:

1. Barton Creek (Fazio Canyons), Austin
2. Barton Creek (Fazio Foothills), Austin
3. The Tribute, The Colony
4. TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks), San Antonio
5. Old American, The Colony
6. La Cantera (Palmer), San Antonio
7. TPC San Antonio (AT&T Canyons), San Antonio
8. Pine Dunes, Frankston
9. TPC Las Colinas, Irving
10. Butterfield Trail, El Paso
11. Horseshoe Bay (Ramrock), Horseshoe Bay
12. Cowboys, Grapevine
13. The Rawls at Texas Tech, Lubbock
14. Wolfdancer, Lost Pines
15. Redstone (Tournament), Humble
16. Augusta Pines, Spring
17. The Quarry, San Antonio
18. Texas Star, Euless
19. Pecan Valley, San Antonio
20. Brackenridge Park, San Antonio

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New Ulm's Thelen Claims STPGA Assistant Championship

From the Southern Texas PGA:

Kingwood, TX: Tim Thelen, assistant PGA Professional at The Falls Resort and Golf Club in New Ulm, had not made a bogey through 35 holes of the Southern Texas PGA Callaway Golf Assistant Championship. That is quite a feat on the tough Deerwood Club golf course where the championship was being played. Thelen knew he had a two shot lead and a bogey on the 36th and final hole would be enough, but he wanted to play the entire tournament without a bogey. He didn’t accomplish that goal when he made bogey on the last hole, but he did accomplish his main goal – winning the championship – by one shot over hard charging Brandon Dixon, assistant professional at Miramont Country Club in Bryan. Dixon fired the tournament’s low round with a six under par 66 in round two.

Thelen won the National PGA Assistant Championship last year, and claimed the 2010 STPGA Assistant title with rounds of 68-69=137, and the $1,200.00 first place check. Dixon’s second place finish earned him a spot in this year’s National PGA Assistant Championship in November, along with third place finisher Bill Wening (70-70=140) of Northgate Country Clubi n Houston, and fourth place finisher Brandt Keischnick (68-73=141) of Whispering Pines in Trinity.

A complete list of final results is provided below, and is also posted on the Southern Texas PGA web site ( which lists the tournament winnings for those finishing in the money. For more information you can contact the Southern Texas PGA at 832-442-2404.

As defending champion of the National PGA Assistant Championship Thelen was exempt from the qualifying stage, which meant the next three low finishers gained a spot in the national championship.

Top Finishers
Tim Thelen, The Falls, 68-69--137
Brandon Dixon, Miramont CC, 72-66--138
William Wening, Northgate CC, 70-70--140
Brandt Kieschnick, Whispering Pines GC, 68-73--141
Jacob Davis, Club at Comanche Trace, 71-71--142

San Angelo's Hase Wins Callaway Western

From the Northern Texas PGA:

MIDLAND, TX – Jason Hase, PGA director of golf at San Angelo Country Club in San Angelo, Texas, posted a seven-under par, 65 in the final round of the Callaway Golf Western Championship to capture his first Northern Texas PGA major championship title. Hase’s two round total of nine-under par, 135 gave him a two-stroke victory of Midland resident, Lee Rhind, assistant golf professional at Midland Country Club in Midland, Texas. Hase began his bogey-free with birdies on holes #1 and #2 and an eagle on the par-5, 4th hole. Another birdie on hole #9 lead to a front nine total of five-under par, 31 and birdies on holes #12 and #16 lead to a back nine total of two-under par, 34. Hase took home a check in the amount of $2,600.00 for his victory.

Finishing at a close second at seven-under par, 137 was Lee Rhind. Rhind had a rough start to his round with a quadruple bogey on the first hole, but with birdies on holes #3, #4, #5 and #9, he was able to get back to even-par for the round heading into the back nine. He then went on to birdie holes #12, #13 and #15 to post a three-under par, 33 on the back nine for a second round total of 69.

Hase’s victory earned him an exemption into the Nationwide Tour WNB Golf Classic to be conducted on September 23-26, 2010 at Midland Country Club. Joining Hase in the WNB Golf Classic will be Bruce Smith, PGA director of instruction at Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas, Texas and Brian McKinley, PGA head golf professional at Green Tree Country Club who both earned spots via the “PGA Class-A” Qualifier held in conjunction with round one.

Top Finishers
Jason Hase, San Angelo CC, 70-65--135
Lee Rhind, Midland CC, 68-69--137
Stuart Deane, Sinclair's Golf Training, 70-68--138
Cameron Doan, Preston Trail GC, 70-71--141
Brian McKinley, Green Tree CC, 69-72--141
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Monday, July 26, 2010

TGA State Mid-Am Results

From the Texas Golf Association:

Dallas, TX - The final match of the 2010 Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship presented by Liberty Mutual got off to an early start Sunday morning and it didn’t take long to decide the winner. Dallas Athletic Club hosted this year’s championship and provided a real test for the finalists. Although the players had perfect scoring conditions, nerves were evident from both players early on. John Bearrie and John Derrick squared off in the finals, each looking to win their first TGA state championship.

John Bearrie, of Arlington, wasted no time in taking control of the match. After some short game miscues from both players on the 1st hole, Bearrie was able to win the hole with a bogey. John Derrick really struggled early in the match and was quickly 2 down thanks to failed up and downs. After Bearrie made a downhill 10 foot birdie putt on the 3rd hole to go 3up the match seemed out of reach. Derrick was able to win the 7th hole with a par, but Bearrie quickly answered by winning next two holes to lead 5up at the turn.

John Derrick, of Waco, did not give up and tried his best to mount a comeback on the back 9. He nearly holed out for eagle from the 11th fairway and was able to cut Bearrie’s lead to 4up. After Bearrie plugged his second shot in the greenside bunker on the 12th hole and failed to get up and down, the match started to get interesting as the lead was now just 3up. One again John Bearrie answered the challenge and won the 13th hole with a par and pushed Derrick to the brink. On the 14th hole, Derrick was in trouble off the tee and left the door open for elimination. Bearrie calmly sank a 6 foot par putt to win the hole and earn an impressive 5 and 4 victory.

John Bearrie has long been thought of as one of the most talented amateurs in North Texas, but was unable to break through on the state level. Bearrie was the 2008 North Player of the Year, so he is no stranger to success. This is a very well deserved honor for John Bearrie, who has worked as hard as anyone to get to this point. Bearrie played outstanding golf all week, claiming the stroke play medalist honor as well of the championship. With his play, John Bearrie left no doubt that he was the best player in the field this week. The Texas Golf Association would like to thank both the presenting sponsor and host Dallas Athletic Club for all their help in supporting amateur golf and conducting a successful championship.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Baca Claims Texarkana Trophy on Adams Tour

Ryan Baca of Sugar Land was the winner of the Orr Hyundai Texarkana Classic on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series. The tournament was played July 21-24 at Northridge Country Club on the Texas site of the border.

Baca held off Ryan Spears of Del City, Okla., by one stroke to earn the first-place prize money of $10,500. Both players fired 67s in the final round, but Baca's total of 11-under 273 was enough for victory.

Top Finishers
Ryan Baca, Sugar Land, 72-67-67-67--273
Ryan Spears, Del City, Okla., 71-67-69-67--274
Chad Ginn, Alexandria, La., 70-70-67-68--275
Mikel Martinson, Lubbock, 66-71-64-74--275
Shaun Melville, Lubbock, 71-69-69-67--276
Bronson Burgoon, The Woodlands, 70-69-71-69--279
Mark Walker, Hurst, 69-68-69-73--279
Craig Van Horn, Oklahoma City, 72-68-71-69--280
a-Zack Fischer, Wake Village, 73-69-69-70--281
Brian Rowell, Lafayette, La., 70-68-68-75--281
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Montgomery's Gwin Wins Texas State Open

From the Northern Texas PGA:

TYLER – Robert Gwin of Montgomery captured the 40th Chesapeake Energy Texas State Open with rounds of 66-65-68-66 for a four-round total 15-under par, 265. With solid rounds of golf all week, Gwin made six birdies and two bogeys during the final round to capture the Championship. Gwin played college golf at Sam Houston State University and currently has conditional status on the Nationwide Tour. Gwin will take home a check for $26,000.00 for his first place win.

Trailing one shot behind in second place was Bobby Massa of Grand Prairie who was competing in his first event as a professional with rounds of 70-65-63-68 for a 14-under par, 266. Massa, who was in the hunt all day, bogeyed the 72nd hole. A par would have forced a sudden death playoff.

Tied for third place was Bryan Baker of Tyler, Matthew Rosenfeld of Plano and Jeremy Alcorn of Irving with a 13-under par, 267. In sixth was Joseph Totah of Palestine with a total of 12-under par, 268. Shawn Stefani of Baytown came in seventh with a total of 11-under par, 269, and competing for his first time as a professional, Chris Ward of McKinney took eighth with a total of ten-under par, 270.

Blaine Weiterman of Overton shot five-under par, 275 to claim the low amateur title. Weiterman played at Tyler Junior College for two years and is currently playing golf for Sam Houston State University. He qualified for the Texas State Open at the Second Chance Qualifier held at The Cascades Club on July, 6.

The 72-hole stroke play event consisted of 144 contestants. 51 professionals and 6 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. The total purse was $135,000.00 with $26,000.00 awarded to Gwin.

Top Finishers
Robert Gwin, Montgomery, 66-65-68-66--265
Bobby Massa, Grand Prairie, 70-65-63-68--266
Bryan Baker, Tyler, 66-68-66-67--267
Matthew Rosenfeld, Plano, 66-67-66-68--267
Jeremy Alcorn, Irving, 66-66-65-70--267
Joseph Totah, Palestine, 67-70-64-67--268
Shawn Stefani, Baytown, 67-69-64-69--269
Christopher Ward, McKinney, 70-68-69-63--270
Dawie Van Der Walt, Purcellville, Va., 69-67-69-66--271
Bill Allcorn, Abilene, 66-71-67-67--271
Ryan Nelson, Dickinson, 63-65-67-76--271
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West Texas Am Goes to Amarillo's Kane

From the Texas Golf Association:

Amarillo, TX - The 2010 West Texas Amateur Championship has come to a close and Luke Kane has been crowned champion. It was another beautiful day at Amarillo Country Club for the final round. With the clear blue skies and pleasant temperatures came gusts of wind that remind us where we are. For a third straight day the puzzle to the championship was the greens. In immaculate shape and full of secrets the greens are a challenge in themselves, but added with strong steady wind they are a true feat to overcome and with great composure, Kane did just that.

The Open Division was up for grabs for a lot of players this morning as the field was all very close at the top. The question was who was going to step up and take control early on. The answer was Luke Kane who came out of the gates with a birdie on the first hole. He followed that up with another birdie on the 5th hole. He faltered slightly on the front with bogies on 6, 7, and 8 that gave his fellow competitors hope. They couldn’t take advantage of the break though and went in the wrong direction themselves. Kane finished the back nine at an even 35 to shoot 71 today and a three-day total of 207, three under par. Luke was the only person to break par for the tournament. Clark Mitzner of Houston was one of only two players to shoot under par on Sunday coming in with a 69 to give him solo second. Mitzner had the highlight of the day on the course when he holed out from 120 yards for eagle on the 15th hole. Two strokes behind Mitzner was John Bearrie of Arlington at 212 for the tournament giving him third overall.

The Senior Division was topped by a veteran to the podium in West Texas. Tom Doughtie is a 5-time West Texas Champion which includes three victories in the Senior Division. Doughtie started the day with a 7-stroke lead and he maintained that lead and then some today. With four birdies, including one on the last, Tom claimed his trophy by a margin of eleven with a three-day total of 215. In second came Steve Rogers in with a 78 today and a tournament total of 226. Tied for third were Buddy Trumpf of Witchita Falls, Jeff Koontz also of Witchita Falls, and David Moore of Montgomery.

The Super Senior Division found a champion in Michael Hastings. Hastings maintained the lead for the weekend to bring home the title with a round of 78 today for a tournament total of 233. Corky Dawson took second place in the division shooting an 80 for his final round with a total of 238 and third place was taken by Edward Turner in with an 81 for a three-day total of 240.

Top Finishers
Luke Kane, Amarillo, 67-69-71--207
Clark Mitzner, Houston, 70-71-69--210
John Bearrie, Arlington, 69-72-71--212
Brenden Redfern, Austin, 67-69-77--213
Casey Weiss, Amarillo, 71-70-72--213
Paul McConnell, Garland, 72-71-70--213
Tyler Sheppard, Magnolia, 70-74-69--213
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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Corpus Golf Scene as Microcosm

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times has a good at the struggling golf scene in Corpus. As noted here before, Corpus has gone from its golfers clamoring for new places to play because of overcrowding at the two municipal tracks, to courses shutting down for lack of play. The newspaper's articles points out that at their peak a few years ago, Oso Beach Municipal and Gabe Lozano Sr. Golf Center attracked 150,000 rounds a year between them. That's an astounding amount of play for two golf courses. But that total has sinced dropped by half. And not because golfers are playing other courses - other courses are closing; many Corpus golfers apparently just stopped playing.

The article begins:

Corpus Christi golf courses are facing closure, financial trouble and sinking player interest.

It's a trend mirrored nationwide, and it's likely to get worse before it gets better, experts say.

Pharaohs Golf Club closed Wednesday after 46 years of operations because owners couldn't justify dipping further into their own pockets to keep it afloat.

It's the most recent bad news for Corpus Christi's golfing community.

Due in part to the economic downturn and also to player's declining interest, free time and discretionary spending, thousands of courses across the country are in danger of closing or have.

Kings Crossing Golf Course closed in July 2009. In May, owners of the Newport Dunes course in Port Aransas filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, less than two years after opening.

Rounds of golf played at Padre Isles Country Club have dropped 35 percent and memberships dropped by 57 percent since levels peaked in 2001, General Manager Charlie Eskridge said.

"If it was just for golf right now, I'd probably close," he said.

Read the full article.

Friday, July 02, 2010

College Pair Wins WTGA Four Ball

The Women's Texas Golf Association's 2010 Four Ball Championship was recently completed at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club (Dye Course) in McKinney. The winning team was Taylor Slagle and Sarah Hurt, both of Southlake. Slagle and Hurt played high school golf together and are now in college, Slagle at Coastal Carolina and Hurt at Wofford.

Slagle and Hurt won in a sudden-death playoff against Marian Barker and Ryann White of Lubbock. The two teams both shot 68–65. Defending champions Carolyn Creekmore and Stacy Dennis shot a two day total of 140.


Monday, June 28, 2010

2010 Texas Am Champ is Chris Ward

From the Texas Golf Association:

Dallas, TX - The 101st playing of the Texas Amateur Championship is in the books and McKinney’s Chris Ward is the 2010 Champion. Ward did it in dominating style as his name was atop the leaderboard at the end of every round which included his masterful opening round 64 giving him enough breathing room for the rest of the week. Big 12 rival Jordan Russell from Texas A&M and Garrett Driver of Humble finished in a tie for second and just didn’t have enough to catch the Texas Tech Red Raider.

From the time he completed his first round to his final putt on his 72nd hole, his name failed to be on top of the leader board for only one hole when Bryant Lach from The Woodlands took a one stroke lead with a birdie on the par 3, 8th hole (44th hole of the event) which Ward bogeyed. One hole later, Ward took the lead again, but this time he wouldn’t relinquish it again for the rest of the championship. Ward played near flawless golf as he cruised around the 7,068 yard track making four birdies with one lone bogey to finish the day at 3-under par putting him at 14-under for the championship. Second place finishers, Jordan Russell and Garrett Driver played extremely well as Russell was able to card six birdies to just two bogeys for a final round 4-under, 67 leaving him at 9-under for the championship and Driver finished strong by birdying four of his final six holes to match Russell’s 9-under par finish tying him for second place. Hideaway’s Stetson McMillan finished with an impressive 4-under par, 67 to take fourth place outright while Clark Mitzner of Houston, Christopher Brown of Garland, and Bryant Lach of The Woodlands finished in a tie for fifth place.

Congratulations once again to Chris Ward for becoming the 2010 Texas Amateur Champion. Congratulations also goes to the top twenty finishers and ties (2-over par for the championship) as they will receive an exemption into the 2011 Texas Amateur Championship to be held at Austin Country Club. Included on that list will be Royal Oaks members Brad Mason and fourteen year old Scottie Scheffler who played strong over the weekend to finish the championship at even par.

Top Finishers
Chris Ward, McKinney - 64-68-70-68--270
Jordan Russell, College Station - 69-69-70-67--275
Garrett Driver, Humble - 68-69-69-69--275
Stetson McMillan, Hideaway - 70-70-69-67--276
Christopher Brown, Garland - 68-69-72-68--277
Clark Mitzner, Houston - 71-70-69-67--277
Bryant Lach, The Woodlands - 68-66-70-73--277
Zack Fischer, Wake Village - 73-70-72-64--279
Thomas Birdsey, Trophy Club - 72-71-68-68--279
Jordan Spieth, Dallas - 68-70-73-68--279
Will Griffin, San Antonio - 67-72-71-69--279
Full Scores

Note that Jordan Spieth finished tied for eighth. He's the 16-year-old who played so well at the 2010 Byron Nelson Championship.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Dallas' Abbott Wins Adams Tour Stop in Beaumont

Scott Abbott of Dallas is the champion of the 2010 Beaumont Open, part of the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series. The tournament was played on the par-71 Beaumont Country Club.

Beaumont's own Anthony Broussard finished tied for second with Michael Arnoud of Baton Rouge, La.

Abbott birdied the 71st hole to take a 1-stroke lead. Broussard could have forced a playoff with a birdie on the last, but bogied, as did Arnoud, giving Abbott his final 2-stroke margin of victory.

Top Finishers
Scott Abbott, Dallas, 63-65-67-68--263
Anthony Broussard, Beaumont, 68-65-66-66--265
Michael Arnaud, Baton Rouge, La., 65-67-63-70--265
Le Roux Ferreira, Kingwood, 71-68-63-66--268
Pablo Acuna, Guatemala, 70-69-66-65--270
Bill Allcorn, Abilene, 69-66-68-67--270
Matthew Giles, Sydney, 65-69-68-68--270
Blake Trimble, Houston, 66-68-68-68--270
Full Scores

The Adams Tour's next event is the Orr Hyundai Texarkana Classic July 21-24.

Friday, June 25, 2010

STPGA Announces Scholarship Recipients

From the Southern Texas PGA:

The Southern Texas PGA Scholarship Committee has selected 19 students to receive a total of $65,000 in 2010 STPGA Foundation Scholarships. The amount to be disbursed this year represents a record total for the STPGA Foundation Scholarship Program, which has distributed $414,100 in scholarship funds to 176 students since the program was restructured in 1999.

"The STPGA Foundation Scholarship Program is such a wonderful thing to be involved in," said Mark Steinbauer, chairman of the Southern Texas PGA Scholarship Committee. "It is great to see how many of our PGA families give back. It is also very rewarding to help someone along the way who needs a break to make the college experience better."

"Our program is one of the highest quality programs I have ever been involved with. I can't tell you how proud I am to be involved in such a top-notched program," added Steinbauer. "We can all be proud of the fact that we have helped someone along the way in life."

Southern Texas PGA Foundation scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of a number of criteria, including residence within southern Texas, status as full-time students, a minimum grade point average and financial need.

The 2010 Southern Texas PGA Foundation’s Scholarship recipients are listed below.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Results from The Woodlands

Bob Estes and Robert Gates (the golfer, not the Secretary of Defense) are the two golfers advancing out of the Texas sectional and into the 2010 U.S. Open.

The sectional, played at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, wrapped up Tuesday after weather delaysp prevented the completion of play on Monday. Here are the final scores:

Bob Estes, Austin, 136
Robert Gates, The Woodlands, 137
Roland Thatcher, The Woodlands, 137
A.J. Elgert, Lincoln, Neb., 139
Will Dodson, Dallas, 143
Craig Kanada, The Woodlands, 143
Zack Sucher, Mobile, Ala., 144
Casey Clendenon, Houston, 144
Thomas Hagler, Cypress, 146
Julio Vegas, Austin, 146
Justin Engel, Sugar Land, 147
Michael Whitehead, Sugar Land, 148
Jake Spencer, Anthony, N.M., 148
Scott Abbott, Dallas, 149

Those are the only golfers who stuck around until Tuesday to finish play. The other 21 golfers who started play withdrew, including Steve Elkington and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Monday, June 07, 2010

No U.S. Open for Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo won't be playing golf in the 2010 U.S. Open. Romo withdrew from the sectional qualifying tournament in The Woodlands on Monday afternoon, shortly into his second round.

The tournament was delayed by rain in the morning, and a second weather delay occurred in the afternoon. That guaranteed the finish would carry over until Tuesday, when the Cowboys go back to work. So Romo decided to withdraw, saying he wouldn't be able to play on Tuesday due to team commitments.

The fact that he started his second round with a quadruple-bogey had nothing to do with his decision, right? Yeah, that's the ticket.

Actually, Romo played quite well in the morning 18, although he had a triple-bogey 8 during that round. But he recovered to shoot 71, making no other bogeys and recording four birdies.

Alas, that quad got his second round off to a terrible start. Romo completed only three holes when the second weather delay was called.

Garland Golfer Wins State Publinx

From the Texas Golf Association:

Arlington, TX – Another spectacular day of golf at Tierra Verde Golf Club in the final round of the State Public Links Championship. The final 18-hole match was played this morning between 2-seed, Christopher Brown, and 29-seed, Joe Epperson. Overcast skies were welcomed by the players and spectators after enduring the first 3 days of sun and heat. With a stillness in the air and the untouched dew on the grass, a serene setting offered an overwhelming calm that allowed the players to find great focus in the match at hand.

Both players this morning offered some amazing golf in the battle for the championship. The players went after every flag and demonstrated some very aggressive play. On the par-5 second, Epperson went for the green in two. He came up just short of the green while Brown put his ball to 5 feet. Epperson left himself with a 6 foot putt uphill for his birdie and just missed left. Brown took advantage and sunk the birdie putt to go 1 up. Epperson was not willing to let that go on for too long as he won the 4th hole and sent the match back to All Square .

The 5th hole is where Brown took his lead to never look back. He went on to win 3 of the next five holes to go 4-under through 9. Epperson made one final attempt on the 13th with a birdie at the short par-5, but it proved not to be enough. The hole and match was conceded on the 17th hole after Epperson put his drive left into the hazard. The final result was Brown winning 3 & 1.

Brown’s comment was, "It was a fun tournament and I enjoy playing in Match Play. It is a mental roller-coaster you really have to fight." He stated that he really found his focus after being down 3 in his first match. In the quarterfinals he fought back as well when he was 3 down through the first 5 holes. He said, "I had to play within myself not make stupid mistakes after that." He considered Epperson a great opponent and complimented him on his determination and never quitting in the match.

Congratulations to Chris Brown, the 2010 State Public Links Champion.

Match Play Results
Christopher Brown, Garland, defeats Joe Epperson, Plano, 3 and 1
Full Results

Romo Shoots 71 in Round 1 of US Open Sectional

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo recovered from an early triple-bogey to card a 71 in the morning session at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in The Woodlands on Monday. Another 18 holes is under way now in the 36-hole qualifier, but after a weather delay it is uncertain whether the sectional will be completed today.

Romo's 71 put him in a tie for 10th place, four strokes off the lead. Only the top two finishers will move on to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach next week.

Romo recorded a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 fourth hole, but made no other bogeys and scored four birdies in the rest of his first round.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Romo's Sectional Qualifier on Monday

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is one of 36 golfers competing for two spots in the field at the 2010 U.S. Open in a sectional qualifier on Monday at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands.

Romo tees off at 9 a.m., playing with Thomas Hagler of Cypress and Dustin Wigington of Oklahoma City.

In a one-day, 36-hole qualifier, anything in possible. But among the pros Romo will have to beat out are Bob Estes, Craig Kanada, Steve Elkington, Roland Thatcher and Ryan Baca.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tidbits from Colonial

The PGA Tour's weekly notes package includes a few interesting tidbits about this week's Colonial and last week's Nelson.

  • The only golfer ever to win both the Nelson and Colonial in the same season is Ben Hogan. Jason Day won last week's Nelson, so he gets to try this week to become the second to accomplish that feat. And Day is a member at Colonial.

  • Only one golfer has won the Colonial more than twice. Yep, Ben Hogan again. Phil Mickelson can become the second this week. If he wins, it will be win No. 3 at Colonial. Same for Kenny Perry.

  • Twenty-two of the Top 30 players in the world rankings are playing Colonial in 2010. This tournament's field really dropped off in the aftermath of Hogan's death, just as the Nelson's field has in the aftermath of Nelson's death. But Colonial, at least, is rebounding nicely.

  • The last native Texan to win the Colonial was Ben Crenshaw in 1990.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Romo Advances in U.S. Open Qualifying

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo made it through his local qualifier on Thursday in a bid to play his way into the 2010 U.S. Open.

Romo was one of seven golfers who advanced out of a local qualifier played at The Honors Golf Club of Dallas. Here are the scores of the qualifiers plus two alternates:

Vince Jewell, Dallas, 31-33--64
Bill Allcorn, Abilene, 34-31--65
Scott Abbott, Dallas, 34-34--68
Casey Clendenon, Houston, 36-32--68
James B Patton, Arlington, 33-36--69
Tony Romo, Burlington, 34-35--69
Anthony Broussard, Beaumont, 32-37--69
(alt.) Robby Ormand, Austin, 33-36--69
(alt.) Ronny Glanton, Richardson, 36-34--70

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hiller Wins STPGA Callaway Tradition

From the Southern Texas PGA:

Austin, TX: Greg Hiller of San Antonio shot a final round of three under par 69 to claim a one shot victory at the 2010 STPGA Callaway Tradition Championship. Hiller’s two under par total of 142 for two rounds over the challenging Fazio-Canyons Course at Barton Creek Resort and Spa was good enough to edge Chip Craig of Kingwood by a single shot. Tim Thelen and Lonnie Alexander tied for third at even par 144.

In the Senior Division, first round leader Steve Parker of Houston posted a three shot over Troy Schleicher of The Woodlands. Parker followed his opening round 69 with a 74 for a one under par total of 143.

Hiller, who works for the Alamo City Golf Trail in San Antonio at Breckenridge Park, was asked if he was watching the leader boards on the course: “No. I never do,” Hiller stated. “I knew I was playing well and thought maybe I was in the thick of it, but I didn’t know I was winning.”

Several names got to the top of the leader board at various times throughout the final round, and Craig was tied with Hiller coming to the 36th and final hole. He then three putted for a bogey and came up one shot short of forcing a playoff. Thelen and Alexander also had some chances, but in the end it was Hiller holding the winner’s trophy and $3,000.00 first place check.

Top Finishers
Gregory Hiller, San Antonio, 73-69-142
Chip Craig, Kingwood, 71-72-143
Lonny Alexander, New Braunfels, 72-72-144
Tim Thelen, College Station, 72-72-144
Ricky Arnett, Austin, 72-73-145
Full Scores

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

2010 U.S. Women's Open Qualifying - Texas Sites

The USGA has done away with local qualifying in 2010 for the U.S. Women's Open, instead offering one round of qualifying (which it is calling sectional qualifying) at 20 sites around the country.

One of those qualifiers was played on Monday, May 17 in Texas, and there'll be another in Texas on Monday, May 24. Below are the results for the first of those two qualifiers; only those who qualified for the U.S. Women's Open, plus alternates, are listed.

Shady Oaks Country Club, Fort Worth
Maria Hernandez, Spain, 70-74—144
Taylor Leon, Dallas, 72-73—145
Heather Young, Fort Worth, 74-73—147
(alt.) Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden, 76-73—149
(alt.) a-Chelsea Mocio, Fort Worth, 76-75—151

The second Texas qualifier is scheduled for May 24 in Richmond at Shadow Hawk Golf Club.

U.S. Open Qualifying, Texas Sites

More 2010 U.S. Open local qualifying results coming in from Texas sites. The three lists below show only those players who qualified from each site, plus alternates.

Austin Country Club, Austin
a-Payne Gniewek, Trenton, Mich., 69
Jarrod Lyle, Australia, 69
Kyle Maze, Austin, 70
a-Julio Vegas, Venezuela, 70
Jamie Amoretti, San Antonio, 71
(alt.) a-Cody Gribble, Dallas, 71
(alt.) a-Conrad Shindler, Westlake, 71

Lakeside Country Club, Houston
Ryan Baca, Sugar Land, 64
Craig Kanada, The Woodlands, 65
Shawn Stefani, Bayton, 67
a-Michael Whitehead, Sugar Land, 67
Justin Engel, Sugar Land, 68
a-Brady Exber, Las Vegas, Nev., 68
Thomas Hagler, Cypress, 69
Jhonattan Vegas, Venezuela, 69
(alt.) a-Jake Saladin, Houston, 70
(alt.) a-Ryan Kelley, The Woodlands, 70

Midland Country Club, Midland
Zack Reeves, Arlington, 71
(alt.) a-Larry Bryan Jr., Big Spring, 73
(alt.) a-Christopher Ward, McKinney, 73

Nicklaus Talks About Summit Rock

These are tough times for golf courses, and we've seen many courses close in the past few years. But there are still golf courses under construction in Texas - new openings, those rarer than they were 10 years ago, are still on the way.

One of those courses under construction is Summit Rock, a Jack Nicklaus signature course in Horseshoe Bay. The course is part of the luxury real estate development Skywater over Horseshoe Bay.

Nicklaus recently visited the site, and here is a clip of him talking about the course and the construction:

Monday, May 17, 2010

2010 Byron Nelson Monday Qualifier Results

Here are the four golfers who played their way into the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Classic in the Monday qualifier:

Bobby Hutcherson, San Marcos, 30-34--64
Trevor Fisher, Fort Worth, 32-32--64
Wil Collins, Albuquerque, N.M., 33-32--65
Jason Schultz, Dallas, 32-33--65

And here is the recap, provided by the NTPGA:

The 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship Open Qualifying Tournament was conducted at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club (Hills Course) in McKinney . 85 players competed for four qualifying spots. The field was comprised of PGA TOUR, Nationwide Tour and Champions Tour members, as well as 54 players that advanced to Open Qualifying from Pre-Qualifying.

The four qualifiers were Bobby Hutcherson of San Marcos, Texas, Trevor Fisher of South Africa, Texas, Wil Collins of Albuqeurque, New Mexico and Jason Schultz of Dallas, Texas. Hutcherson and Fisher posted the low rounds of the day with scores of eight-under par, 64.

There was a hole-by-hole sudden playoff with three players who shot seven-under par, 65 competing for the final two spots. The players in the playoff were Wil Collins of Albuquerque , New Mexico , Jason Schultz of Dallas , Texas and Bradley Ott of Frisco , Texas . Collins and Schultz both made par on the first playoff hole to advance to the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship.

The 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship will be conducted on May 20-23 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving, Texas.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo earned a spot in the Monday qualifier field via the pre-qualifier, but was unable to play due to Cowboys team commitments.

You can find the full list of scores here.

Couture/Fenimore win State Four Ball

From the Texas Golf Association:

Frisco, TX – Another great day for scoring greeted the players for the final round of the State Four-Ball Championship. The Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club played host to this year’s championship and gave teams a great chance to shoot low numbers. After a round full of inclement weather, two days of mild conditions allowed the players to post impressive scores. Rob Couture and Dru Fenimore were five shots off the lead coming into the final round, but made a remarkable comeback to claim the title by 3 strokes.

Rob Couture and Dru Fenimore, both of Dallas, made 9 birdies on their way to final round 63. The team birdied 4 of the last 5 holes to make a late charge and vault up the leader board. Fenimore drained birdies on the final 2 holes to increase their lead. Rob Couture has now won the State Four-Ball 2 out of the last 3 years. Couture and Fenimore finished at 24 strokes under par for the 54 hole championship after rounds of 65-64-63.

After back to back amazing rounds of 61 and 63, the team of Greg Boots and Lucas Boyd held the 36 hole lead. A final round of 1 under par 71 was not enough as they fell to a four way tie for 2nd place. Boots and Boyd got off to a slow start and were not able to recover in time. After two days full of birdies from both players, the team managed only three in the final round and faltered with two bogeys.

Also tied for 2nd place was the team of Aaron Hickman and Colin Stoops. Hickman and Stoops made a run and were able to close in on the leaders, but only made 2 birdies in their final 7 holes in a final round of 66. Jim Neumann and Jim Campbell made a late rally to try and put pressure on the leaders, but fell just short. Neumann, a Stonebriar member, and Campbell fired a final round 63 to climb into the second place tie, three shots off the lead. Randy Lance and David Ward also had a great final round to join the second place tie. Lance and Ward got off to a blistering start, making 3 birdies and an eagle in the first 4 holes. Their final round 63 left them 3 shots off the lead.

View scores

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Playoff Decides Firewheel Classic on Adams Tour

The Mt. Auburn Roofing Firewheel Classic on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series came down to a playoff between Todd Rossetti and Tyler Leon. And Rossetti emerged with the win.

Rossetti and Leon, both of Dallas, finished 72 holes on the Bridges Course at Firewheel Golf Club in Garland tied at 16-under 273. Rossetti got there with a closing 69; Leon had a final round of 67.

The two headed back to the par-5 18th for the first hole of a sudden-death playoff, and Rossetti ended it there with a winning birdie.

Top Finishers
Todd Rossetti, Dallas, 67-71-66-69--273
Tyler Leon, Dallas, 65-72-69-67--273
Brian Rowell, Lafayette, La., 67-68-68-71--274
Anthony Broussard, Beaumont, 71-66-69-69--275
Wil Collins, Albuquerque, NM, 69-69-70-68--276
Full scores

Rossetti has made on two cuts in six starts on the Adams Tour so far in 2010, but he's made the most of them; in addition to this win, his other made cut resulted in a tie for fourth.

Leon has three starts so far in 2010, and now has posted finishes of 10th, seventh and second.

British Open Qualifier Coming in Plano

The HP Byron Nelson Championship concludes in Las Colinas on Sunday, May 23. The following day, some of the players from the Nelson, plus a bunch more, will head up to Plano and Gleneagles Country Club for a 36-hole qualifier to get into the 2010 British Open.

If you're in DFW and you're hungry for more golf than the back-to-back Nelson and Colonial can provide, then take in the qualifier, too. You can view the full field here.

Among those entered are Matt Kuchar, K.J. Choi, Rickie Fowler, Ryan Moore, J.B. Holmes, Rory Sabbatini, Bubba Watson, Chad Campbell, Bill Haas, Davis Love III, Fred Couples, Vaughn Taylor, D.J. Trahan, Charley Hoffman and Boo Weekley. It's like a one-day PGA Tour event.

Only eight players from this site will qualify to play in the British Open. That's lots of talent fighting for a handful of spots.

Romo Unlikely to Play in Nelson Monday Qualifier

tony romo golf

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo made it through the pre-qualifier last week to earn a spot in the field for the HP Byron Nelson Championship Open Qualifying Tournament (a k a, the Monday qualifier). But it appears likely that Romo won't be able to play after all.

After earning his spot in the Monday qualifier, Romo requested an afternoon tee time. The reason: The Cowboys begin their first official, organized team preseason activities on Monday at 11 a.m., and Romo plans to be there.

Alas, when tee times were announced, Romo had been given a 9:57 a.m. tee time. No afternoon tee times were given to anyone; as per PGA Tour regulations pertaining to Monday qualifying fields of this size, the tee times are all morning times.

After seeing his tee time, Romo said the only way he'll be able to play is if the qualifier is significantly delayed by weather.

The qualifier takes place at the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club's Hills Course in McKinney. Others in the field include Joe Durant, Mark Brooks, Paul Stankowski, Kris Cox, Frank Lickliter, Robert Gamez, Guy Boros, Eric Axley, Robert Damron and Glen Day.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cowboys QB Romo Advances in Nelson Qualifying

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is trying to qualify to play in the PGA Tour HP Byron Nelson Classic. And he successfully made it through Step 1, advancing out of the "pre-qualifier."

Romo played the Hills Course at Stonebridge Ranch in McKinney, where 129 players competed to finish in the Top 23 (plus ties). The Top 23 gained entry into the "Monday qualifier" that takes place next, well, Monday, prior to the Nelson. Another 128 players were on Stonebridge's Day Course, with the Top 23 finishers there also advancing.

Romo carded an even-par 72, which got him in on the number. The next step is much, much tougher, however: Only four spots in the Nelson field are available at Monday qualifying, which will also include many more golfers with PGA Tour experience.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

U.S. Open Local Qualifiers

There are more than 100 local qualifying sites around the country for the 2010 U.S. Open, and some of those qualifiers are now in the books. Only qualifiers and alternates are listed. Here are the Texas sites to date (we'll add new posts as more results come in over the coming days):

Gentle Creek Golf Club, Prosper
Will Dodson, Dallas, 36-34--70
Will Osborne, Fort Worth, 32-39--71
Jerrett Hamilton, Richardson, 39-33--72
B.J. Staten, Austin, 39-33--72
Edward Loar, Dallas, 34-38--72
Dean Larsson, Frisco, 35-37--72
Phil Tataurangi, Flower Mound, 37-35--72
(alt.) John Schaefer, Plano, 35-37--72
(alt.) Clark Dennis, Fort Worth, 35-37--72

Butterfield Trail Golf Club, El Paso
a-Jake Spencer, El Paso, 73
a-Ross Rotwein, El Paso, 74
(alt.) Dominic Curran, Silver City, N.M., 74
(alt.) Travis Reid, Clovis, N.M., 76

2010 Texas Open Monday Qualifying Results

Here are the four Monday qualifiers who played their way into this week's PGA Tour Valero Texas Open:

Derek Tolan, Centennial, Colo., 36-32--68
Mike Standly, League City, 35-33--68
Gene Williams, San Antonio, 36-32--68
Ryan Baca, Sugar Land, 33-35--68

The Monday qualifier was played at The Club at Comanche Trace in Kerrville.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Els Headlines First Texas Open at TPC

The Valero Texas Open moves to its new home next week, the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. And the new course, plus the Spring date to which the tournament moved last year, is supposed to help attract a higher-quality field. Its date immediately following The Players Championship doesn't help, but, hey, two things at a time: New date, new course. Is the field better in 2010?

Well, Ernie Els is making his first-ever appearance in the Texas Open. I'd say that's a good sign. Els highlights the field, which was finalized at 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

Among those joining Els in San Antonio next week will be defending champion Zach Johnson, sponor invites John Daly and David Duval, Sergio Garcia (who served as a consultant on the course design), J.B. Holmes, multi-winner Justin Leonard, Adam Scott and Vijay Singh. Full field