Texas Golfer | RSS Feed Thu, 14 May 2015 21:10:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.11 TGA Wins Inaugural Gold Tee Award from IAGA /tga-wins-inaugural-gold-tee-award-from-iaga/ /tga-wins-inaugural-gold-tee-award-from-iaga/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:44:35 +0000 http://legacywebdesigners.com/golf/?p=113 DALLAS—The Texas Golf Association’s Championship Department in early November won a national award for best practices in Tournament Operations during the 48th International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) Meeting.

The TGA won in the “Large Association” category, which is reserved for state associations with at least 40,000 members. There are approximately 127,000 individual TGA members. From oversized digital scoreboards and live scoring on a mobile website to roped-off tee boxes and standard bearers with the lead groups for the final round, the TGA strives to create for its players, volunteers and host clubs a true championship experience that remains consistent across all statewide and regional events.

The inaugural IAGA Gold Tee Award validates the TGA’s efforts and further illustrates why the organization continues to set the standard for all U.S. state associations.

“The entries make it clear that there is a lot of passion and creativity among our IAGA membership,” one of the three judges said. “Publicizing this good work is a great first step to sharing the success stories that can help all of our associations be the best they can be. Our congratulations go to the winners.”

Custom designed trophies were presented during a ceremony. A complete list of award winners follows.

 

 

CATEGORY SMALL ASSOCIATION WINNER LARGE ASSOCIATION WINNER
Membership/Club/CommunityDevelopment & Outreach

Programs

Arizona Women’s Golf Association Arizona Golf Association
Tournament Operations Connecticut State Golf Association Texas Golf Association
Education * only one entry – Board decision required Southern California Golf Association
Communications/Marketing/PR& Branding Louisiana Golf Association Golf Association of Philadelphia
Alternative Revenue Streams/Corporate Partners South Dakota Golf Association Oregon Golf Association
Communications/Marketing/PR& Branding

–Honorable Mention–

Non-Traditional Association Award to American Junior Golf Association

 

About the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA)

Originally created in 1968 as a small, informal gathering, the IAGA now includes over 250 golf administrators representing over 3 million golfers. Members are golf administrators of regional amateur golf associations and employees of national and international golf organizations. The IAGA has members from the United States Golf Association, the Royal Canadian Golf Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the PGA of America, Club Managers Association of America, National Golf Foundation, National Club Association and most of the state and provincial golf associations throughout North America.

 

About the Texas Golf Association (TGA)

The TGA is one of the largest, fastest-growing and most respected golf associations in the country. Founded in 1906, the TGA is an official representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and is the governing body for amateur golf in the state. In its mission to promote and advance the game of golf, the TGA provides its member clubs a comprehensive array of services. Those services include providing the premier handicapping system in the country, administering top-flight tournaments and competitions, overseeing an innovative junior golf program, and conducting educational seminars and course maintenance programs. These services, and others provided by the TGA, enable clubs to deliver a superior golfing experience to their members, ultimately creating greater usage and loyalty.

 

 

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Deane Takes Game to a Higher Level /deane-takes-game-to-a-higher-level/ /deane-takes-game-to-a-higher-level/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:29:11 +0000 http://legacywebdesigners.com/golf/?p=82 After accomplishing something no other Northern Texas PGA golf professional has done, Stuart Deane competed in May’s HP Byron Nelson Championship at the Four Seasons TPC in Las Colinas.

Deane, the teaching professional at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Arlington, completed a “Grand Slam” on the local level in 2013 when he won all four of the NTPGA’s major stroke play events and then repeated as the Match Play champion. He has now won eight of the last 10 majors.

Deane earlier noted that it was indeed a major accomplishment to win all five events in one season since the Section is noted for having some very good players. “I’ve been lucky enough to play well at the right time,” he said.

He’s no stranger to playing for million-dollar prizes as he won a winner-take-all event sponsored by Donald Trump with a $1 million first prize back in 2006.

Earlier this year, Deane said he was prepared for the challenge, suggesting his game was good enough to to be competitive in the Nelson. “It hasn’t been a birdie fest since the renovations on the course and I’m capable of one- to three-under rounds,” he noted.

Deane also is an assistant golf coach at the University of Texas-Arlington and says playing with the college golfers definitely keeps him on his toes.

Deane previously played in the Nelson in 2008 and 2012, earning the spots with 65s in Monday qualifying at Sherrill Park Golf Course and Lantana Golf Club. He was in 12th place after 54 holes in 2008, but dropped to 49th with a closing 75. He missed the cut in 2012.

Looking back, Deane noted that a wrist injury in 2009 did curtail his game for about 18 months, but he slowly got his game back in shape, allowing him to regain confidence and reaffirm the fact that he can still play at a high level.

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TCU’s Brun, Texas Team Capture Big 12 Championships /tcus-brun-texas/ /tcus-brun-texas/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:24:50 +0000 http://legacywebdesigners.com/golf/?p=77 Julien Brun’sjulien-brun second-straight 66 made him the runaway individual medalist at May’s Big 12 Championship at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity. Brun’s 9-stroke win over Iowa State’s Sam Daley tied for the third-largest margin of victory in Big 12 Championship history. Brun’s 72-hole score of 277 was just one stroke behind the Big 12 record of 276 by Oklahoma State’s Morgan Hoffman in 2009, while setting a new Whispering Pines course record. Brun’s 66 tied the Big 12 Championship mark for the lowest fourth-round score. “I had a good start (in the final round) and it helped me build momentum,” Brun said. “This is a really stressful golf course. I couldn’t relax until the end, but it feels great.” A junior from Antibes, France, Brun extended his TCU career record to eight tournament victories. On the team side, Texas captured its fifth Big 12 team title and first back-to-back win in the conference tournament since winning the 2002, 2003 and 2004 titles. The Longhorns came into the final round at 3-over-par, trailing Texas Tech by a single stroke. Texas took advantage of the Red Raiders seven-over-par day final round with a three-over finish with an overall score of six-over, securing a three-stroke victory. Longhorn freshman Beau Hossler tied for third, finishing even par, 11 shots behind Brun. “This was hard fought. This whole entire season has been a mixed bag for us in regards to overcoming a lot of obstacles,” said Texas head coach John Fields. “I’m super excited for them. I’m excited for our program.”

 

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The Brothers Hogan Shows the Legend’s Warmer Side /the-brothers-hogan/ /the-brothers-hogan/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:08:28 +0000 http://legacywebdesigners.com/golf/?p=55 Many books have explored with awestruck reverence the Ben Hogan “mystique” and the legend’s remarkable record inside the ropes. The Brothers Hogan: a Fort Worth History endeavors to humanize and demystify the golfing icon in a way few golf fans have ever seen. With details collected and shared by Hogan’s niece Jacqueline Hogan Towery, her late husband Robert Towery along with Austinite Peter Barbour, this book reveals Hogan, the family man while lovingly recalling what a sweet life could be had in the boom years of early- and mid-20th century Fort Worth.

Towery, the daughter of Ben Hogan’s brother Royal, was aware her uncle was one of golf’s most successful and captivating figures but she also knew his fun and compassionate side. Jacque, as she’s referred to in the book, shares this insight:

Uncle Ben was much more social than folks realize… When not at Shady Oaks, Uncle Ben loved listening to Bing Crosby records, going out to romantic movies, and dancing. When he was delighted by something, he would clap his hands together like a child.

Hogan enthusiasts who think they’ve heard every story or every angle in the legend’s history will enjoy this fresh perspective. The familiar tales are all there: Hogan overcoming the hooks to become the game’s most proficient ball-striker and the best player of his generation, Hogan’s majors and incredible comeback after his near-fatal auto crash in 1949. Along with those, readers also get a glimpse into Hogan’s private world, his dearest relationships and how he enjoyed city he called home.

Plenty of golfers know the 16th hole at Lions Municipal in Austin is known as the “Hogan Hole” and probably even know the story of Hogan remarking the par four was the only one he’d seen with “no fairway” while playing an exhibition match at Lions in 1950. That day, Hogan partnered with Harvey Penick to take on then-collegians Morris Williams and Ed Hopkins. He gave the crowd a show, not only by firing a 67, but by clowning, taking pratfalls and playing a character completely unlike his steely public persona.

“He showed up late for the schedule tee time (Editor’s Note: Ben Hogan was never late for anything), staggered on to the first tee box with his famous white golf cap on sideways. He swung at the ball and whiffed it,” recalls the late Robert Towery. Hogan goofed his way down the fairway, stumbling, clowning and duffing his way to 7 before returning to character and finishing the round well under par. Weeks later would capture the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion, considered by many as his signature victory.

The Brothers Hogan also lets readers in on the card games at Shady Oaks, the family dinners at Joe T. Garcias and respective offices and board rooms of Ben and Royal Hogan, two men who overcame tragedy and left legacies that still bear weight and inspiration in Fort Worth and beyond.

If you enjoy the flow and precision of a history book with the warmth of a family memoir, pick up The Brothers Hogan. Order the book from TCU Press: http://www.prs.tcu.edu/book-pages/barbour_brothers_hogan.asp.

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Haven’t We Seen This Before? Sheffler’s Success Becoming ‘Spieth-esque’ /shefflers-success/ /shefflers-success/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:02:11 +0000 http://legacywebdesigners.com/golf/?p=43 Scottie Sheffler’s golf career is on a trajectory eerily similar to some players who have gone on to collegiate and professional success at historically young ages. Fellow Dallas residents Jordan Spieth and Justin Leonard and five-time major winner Phil Mickelson come to mind when considering the decorated 18 year old’s play in top junior and amateur events.

In late April, Sheffler, the top-ranked junior in the country, won the prestigious Junior Invitational at Sage Valley (Sage Valley Country Club, Graniteville, SC) by one shot over long-hitting Texas A&M recruit Cameron Champof Sacramento, Calif. Sheffler’s final-round 71 at Sage Valley may have been his last in a national junior event, but don’t expect the University of Texas commit to have a quiet summer.

In May (at press time), the Highland Park senior was set to defend his UIL state championship title (which he won in 2012 and 2013) a final time and compete as an amateur in the PGA Tour’s HP Byron Nelson. The 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur champ will likely compete in the U.S. Amateur in August (he was a quarterfinalist in the event last summer) before joining his teammates at UT this fall.

Sheffler follows Spieth, a two-time U.S. Junior winner who also competed in the Byron Nelson twice as a high school student (in 2010 and 2011), as one of the Dallas area’s (and the nation’s) most decorated juniors. Spieth helped the Longhorns win an NCAA team title in 2012 before turning pro and winning the PGA Tour’s 2013 Rookie of the Year Award and competing on the Presidents Cup team.

While Sheffler would more than happy to continue following in Spieth’s footsteps, it might not be long before we’re asking “Who will be the ‘Next Scottie Sheffler?’”

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