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 texasgolfhof.org.

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 www.attchamp.com.