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