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
Full scores

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
Full scores

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
Full scores

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
Full scores

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.