Thursday, January 28, 2010

NTPGA Names Junior Players of the Year

From the Northern Texas PGA, here is the list of NTPGA Junior Players of the Year for 2009 in each of the three NTPGA chapters (East, Metro, West).

East Texas Chapter Girls Player of the Year
Ages 7-9: Bailey Wagner of San Angelo, Haley Vargas of Lubbock
Ages 10-11: Gracie Greer of Tyler
Ages 12-14: Katlyn Watkins of Cooper
Ages 15-18: Haley Mills of Tyler

East Texas Chapter Boys Player of the Year
Ages 7-9: David Pipes of Brownsboro
Ages 10-11: Christopher Wilhelmi of Tyler
Ages 12-13: Andrew Bloch of Tyler
Ages 14-15: Trey Volentine of Brownsboro
Ages 16-18: Brandon Downs of Rusk

Metro Chapter Girls Player of the Year
Ages 7-9: Hailey Jones of Dallas
Ages 10-11: Brooke Nolte of McKinney
Ages 12-14: Chaithra Katamneni of Coppell
Ages 15-18: Natalie Chrisopulos of Rowlett

Metro Chapter Boys Player of the Year
Ages 7-9: Hogan Jones of Dallas
Ages 10-11: Samuel Johnson of McKinney
Ages 12-13: Shane Piel of Plano
Ages 14-15: Matthew Gilchrest of Southlake
Ages 16-18: Gates Lopez of Fort Worth

West Texas Chapter Girls Player of the Year
Ages 7-9: Faith Delagarza of Midland
Ages 10-11: Ryan Pate of Midland
Ages 12-14: Sarah Black of Andrews
Ages 15-18: Alisa White of Hereford

West Texas Chapter Boys Player of the Year
Ages 7-9: Jack Everett of Big Spring
Ages 10-11: Tanner Montgomery of Andrews
Ages 12-13: Clarke Hudgins of Amarillo
Ages 14-15: Hunter Montgomery of Andrews
Ages 16-18: Blake Crowder of Lubbock

Masters Tour Girls Player of the Year
Ages 12-14: Courtney Dow of Frisco
Ages 15-18: Julia Bazaldua of Arlington

Masters Tour Boys Player of the Year
Ages 12-13: Harrison Mahon of Plano
Ages 14-15: Matthew Gilchrest of Southlake
Ages 16-18: Jack Lempke of Frisco

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

STPGA Scholarship Applications Available

Golfers who are completing high school this year, or will be enrolled in college this year, take note: Applications for the 2010 Souther Texas PGA scholarships are now available. The STPGA will award at least 12 scholarships, totaling at least $44,000. Applications must be received by April 5, and winners are announced May 19.

Applications, as well as minimum qualifications, are available on the STPGA Web site in the "Junior Golf and Scholarships" section, or at the STPGA office at Cypresswood Golf Club in Spring.

The STPGA will award the following scholarships:

  • Three Tommy Aycock Scholarships, named after the late PGA Professional who won the STPGA Section Championship six times, will be presented in 2010. Valued at $1,000 each, the Tommy Aycock scholarships will be awarded to students residing in the seven-county area (Nueces, San Patricio, Aransas, Kleberg, Wells, Bee and Refugio counties) around which Aycock spent much of his career.

  • A pair of George Hannon Scholarships, valued at $10,000 each ($2,500 per year for four years), will be presented to students whose primary residence lies with the Austin area (Travis County and the counties contiguous to Travis County). The George Hannon Scholarships are named for the former University of Texas golf coach who served as the president of the Southern Texas PGA in 1972-73 and was twice honored as the STPGA Golf Professional of the Year. Hannon is a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame.

  • The Joe Moore Scholarship, valued at $1,000, is available to all STPGA Foundation Scholarship applicants. It is named for and was created by a San Antonio golfer whose history includes two San Antonio Amateur Championships and a role on a late-1940s NCAA Championship team at Louisiana State University. Moore, a member at San Antonio’s Woodlake Country Club, played on the PGA Tour for several years and later became the head golf professional at Lackland Air Force Base’s golf course. He retired in the 1980s.

  • Four Lauren Johnson Foundation Scholarships will be awarded in 2010. Two of the scholarships will be valued at $2,500, one at $1,500 and one at $1,000; all recipients must be graduating seniors within the Victoria Independent School District. The Lauren Johnson Foundation and scholarships were created to honor the memory of a young golfer who passed away in an automobile accident.

  • The Ginny Termeer Scholarship was created in 2008 to honor the life and memory of the mother of Steve Termeer, the head golf professional at The University of Texas Golf Club in Austin. Mrs. Termeer was a chemistry teacher in Conroe for more than 20 years and was a dedicated golfer. She was a former president of the Women’s Golf Association at Walden on Lake Conroe Golf Club in Montgomery and a volunteer scorer at the Houston Open, the PGA Tour Championship and numerous other tournaments. The Ginny Termeer Scholarship, valued at $2,500, will be awarded to a junior golfer residing in Montgomery County or any contiguous county.

  • The Bill Sitton Sr. Scholarship, valued at $10,000 (renewable annually; $2,500 per year for four years), is available to all STPGA Foundation scholarship applicants. It was created in 2008 to "assist aspiring college-bound students with furthering their educations." Billy Sitton Jr., the managing director of Club Corp’s international office, said the scholarship honors "a hard-working guy who enjoyed golf and introduced me to it."

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Home of Byron Nelson Championship Facing Foreclosure

Major golf resorts aren't immune to economic downturns; in many ways, upscale properties are more endangered by economic woes. So maybe it isn't a surprise to read that the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas - the home of the PGA Tour HP Byron Nelson Championship - might be headed for foreclosure.

The Dallas Morning News reports:

The more than 400-room hotel is one of the state's top-rated accommodations and hosts the annual HP Byron Nelson Championship golf tournament.

U.S. Bank NA is seeking repayment of a $183 million loan on the property and has scheduled a forced sale on Feb. 2, according to legal filings.

The foreclosure posting is the largest in North Texas in more than 20 years.

"I don't think we've seen one this large in the business cycle," said George Roddy, CEO of Addison-based Foreclosure Listing Service. "That's a very big complex."

The California-based owners of the Four Seasons Resort have been in a dispute with the project's lenders since last fall.


The only good news is that the resort's day-to-day activities are unchanged, and probably won't be affected by a foreclosure. If a foreclosure sale does take place, however, that brings a new owner into the mix, and it's a potential new owner that might - possibly - affect the PGA Tour event.