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
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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
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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