Texas Golfer | RSS Feed Thu, 14 May 2015 21:10:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.8 Texas’ Largest Golf Star Bluejack National Showcased During Lavish Media Preview /texas-largest-golf-star-bluejack-national-showcased-during-lavish-media-preview/ /texas-largest-golf-star-bluejack-national-showcased-during-lavish-media-preview/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 20:56:39 +0000 /?p=261 MONTGOMERY, Texas — Bluejack National, the world-class private club and community, achieved another important milestone toward its late fall 2015 opening as it was showcased during a lavish media preview to rave reviews during Shell Houston Open week.

The exclusive event, which included Bluejack executives and Tiger Woods Design team members, along with club members and course executives, showcased the progress of Woods’ first U.S. design which will be opened later this fall.

“This is a big milestone for us, because we are getting to share the concept and the dream of Bluejack National with a new group of influential media and decision makers. We are glad we were able have so many people out here,” said Casey Paulson, President of Bluejack National.

Among those speaking at the event was Houston’s Mark O’Meara, Bluejack National Ambassador and World Golf Hall of Fame Inductee and Bryon Bell, President – Tiger Woods Design.

Michael Abbott, President of Beacon Land Development, kicked off the evening which including a dinner and course tours, by saying it was another special night in what promises to be one of Texas’ most special family private courses.

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 3.53.12 PMScreen Shot 2015-05-14 at 3.53.18 PM“For us, Bluejack National is real and living and it’s exciting to be sharing this great dream with so many people.”

Also present was Eric Bauer, Director of Agronomy – Bluejack National, Brandon Goodyk, Director of Development – Bluejack National and Andy Mitchell, President & CEO – Lantern Asset Management.

The evening also served as the introduction of newly hired head golf professional Rich Barcelo, a former PGA Tour player and teacher, who will oversee the golf operations for the par 72 course which will play 7,475 yards from the back tees.

I first saw this course in 2010 and I never knew a course in Houston could have this many elevation changes or interesting topography,” said Bell. “It’s come together really fast over the last several months and it’s really encouraging to see it this far along.

“Tiger feeds off the old style courses and this is a great site for that. This is something he’s wanted to do for a long time.”

O’Meara, who now plays on the Champions Tour and recently made the cut in the Masters Tournament as the 1998 defending champion, will carry a Bluejack logo on his golf bag and also represent the course in Texas and nationwide.

“The first time I came out here, I couldn’t believe the beauty of this site and it’s a thrill to see where it’s come to,” he said.

The large number of TV crews, local, Texas, national and international press, did a series of group and one-on-one interviews along with getting into course vans for an up-close tour of the project.

For more information, further media tours and information about Bluejack National, go to www.bluejack.com or e-mail jgovernale@bluejacknational.com or call 281-745-2163.

 

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Haney, Cook, Devlin plus four others inducted into Texas Golf Hall of Fame /haney-cook-devlin-plus-four-others-inducted-into-texas-golf-hall-of-fame/ /haney-cook-devlin-plus-four-others-inducted-into-texas-golf-hall-of-fame/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:46:02 +0000 http://legacywebdesigners.com/golf/?p=115 SAN ANTONIO –Hank Haney and Chuck Cook, two of the greatest teachers in the state, along with Australian Bruce Devlin and four others were inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in a gala celebration at the San Antonio Country Club in October.

“This game has been very good to me, especially since I moved to Texas 30 years and I’m so honored to be able give back in this way,” said Dallas’ Hank Haney. “This is an honor I’m going to cherish for the rest of my life.”

Joining him in the golf professional category was Austin’s Chuck, who has taught major multiple champions ranging from Tom Kite to Jason Dufner. “I remember I got a chance to go to Fort Worth and see Ben Hogan play and practice once and I stood there for almost two hours. After a while he turned to me and said, ‘what do you think? I said it looks pretty good.’ To be in the same golf hall of fame with Mr. Hogan is pretty amazing.” Cook also Ialso thanked Kite for “never letting me be ordinary, but always pushing me.”

Devlin, now living in Weatherford, was honored in the professional category. “What’s most important to me is family and if you look at table 15 you will see my family tonight and that is the most important,” said an emotional Devlin, who won 27 events around the world.

Dallas Bob Rawlins, recently deceased, was inducted in the amateur category for his many accomplishments, including the 1984 U.S. Senior Amateur title.

Ronnie Choate, the Sam Houston State University golf coach, was honored in the Pioneer category for helping lead the Bearkats to four national golf championships during two different stints. “I never played on the pro tour, but I was glad to serve as a father and a mentor and a coach to hundreds of young men who came through here,” he said. “It was a good life and one I am very proud of.”

Charles Dexter, one of the founding members of Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas and the first Texas executive committee member of the United States Golf Association, was also inducted in the Pioneer Category.

Bill Penn, the first full-time executive director of the Texas Golf Association and a longtime promoter of golf in the state, was recognized for distinguished service.

The Dallas Country Club was added to the Texas Registry of Historic Courses. It was the first course of any kind in North Texas when it opened in 1896 as a six-hole facility near downtown Dallas. It has hosted many prestigious golf events over the years.

“We are greatly honor by these Lone Star legends being added to what we feel is the greatest state golf hall of fame in the nation,” said board chairman Buddy Cook. “It’s another great night to honor these great individuals.”

Among the Texas golf legends in the crowd were World Golf Hall of Fame members Kite and David Graham. David Marr III, a Golf Channel commentator, served as the host,

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TGA Announces 2014 Players of the Year /tga-announces-2014-players-of-the-year/ /tga-announces-2014-players-of-the-year/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:43:16 +0000 http://legacywebdesigners.com/golf/?p=105 The Texas Golf Association is pleased to announce its 2014 Players of the Year. The honorees are: Stratton Nolen of Austin for the Statewide Player of the Year; Mike Booker of The Woodlands for the Senior Player of the Year, John Dowdall of Fulshear for the South Regional Player of the Year and Clarke Kincaid of Trophy Club for the North Regional Player of the Year.

The winners in each category are selected by the TGA Championship Committee based on a performance points system in which individuals earn points for top finishes in designated regional, statewide and USGA national championships.

Stratton Nolen – Statewide Player of the Year

Stratton Nolen earned 1,650 points this season by playing in three events to earn Statewide Player of the Year honors. The Austin native was victorious in the Texas Golf Association’s Public Links Championship at Texas Star Golf Course in Euless. Nolen shot 69 in the first round to earn the No. 5 seed and won every match leading up to his 2&1 win over Will Griffin in the final.

Just two weeks later, Nolen would be in the thick of things at the 105th Texas Amateur Championship at the venerable Brookhollow Golf Club. The former Legends Junior Tour star began with rounds of 69 and 66, but a third-round 73 put him in second heading into the final round, which is where he would finish after a final-round 69.

Along with his two successful TGA Championships, Nolen played in the 2014 Amateur Public Links Championship at Sand Creek Station Golf Country Club in July. Nolen missed the cut by three strokes.

 Mike Booker – Senior Player of the Year

Mike Booker played in six TGA events in 2014, earning 1,950 points for his second Senior Player of the Year Award. Booker won this award in 2012 and is the first senior to win twice. The Woodlands native teamed with 2013 Senior Player of the Year Mike Peck when the two won the Senior Division of the State Four-Ball at Deerwood Club in Houston.

Booker tied for second at the South Senior Amateur, which is one of four regional events the TGA conducts in the south, and tied for sixth at the State Senior Amateur at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth. Booker also earned points from playing in the Mid-Amateur Championship, the Texas Amateur and the Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship, which he won in 2013.

John Dowdall – South Regional Player of the Year

John Dowdall had two top-3 finishes in three South Regional Events this season, teaming up with Randy Lance to win the South Four-ball Championship at Quail Valley Golf Club and finishing third at the South Amateur Championship at Comanche Trace in Kerrville. Dowdall, who is a native of Fulshear, was one of three players to finish below par in the South Amateur Championship after three rounds.

Along with his three South Regional events, Dowdall earned points from his tie for 11th in the West Texas Amateur at Wichita Falls Country Club. He is the first two-time South Regional Player of the Year, winning this award for the first time in 2012.

 Clarke Kincaid – North Regional Player of the Year

Trophy Club’s Clarke Kincaid finished in the top-10 of all three regional events he played in this season, with a tie for third in the North Amateur at Watters Creek. Kincaid tied for seventh in the North Mid-Amateur at Prestonwood Country Club.

Along with his North Regional finishes, Kincaid tied for fifth in the West Texas Amateur, shooting a 66 in the second round at Wichita Falls Country Club.

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STPGA takes bragging rights /stpga-takes-bragging-rights/ /stpga-takes-bragging-rights/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:34:44 +0000 http://legacywebdesigners.com/golf/?p=97 WESTLAKE—The Southern Texas PGA captured the 34th edition of the Joe Black Cup Matches, 14-10, here at The Vaquero Club thanks to domination of the opening day team matches, assuming a 17-16-1 lead in the series.

The STPGA jumped off to a 4 1/2-1 1/2 lead in the four-ball matches and stretched the lead to 8-4 in the foursome matches before the two teams of club professionals battled to a 6-6 draw in the singles.

Brad Lardon, director of golf at the Miramont County Club, gave the South, captained by Glenn Lee of the Escondido Golf and Lake Club in Horseshoe Bay, the decisive 12th point with a 4&3 win over Clayton Friend, director of golf at the Diamond Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth.

Joining Lardon as winners of all three of their matches were Ryan Polzon of the Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston and James Alexander of the Club at Carlton Woods.

For North captain Philip Bleakley of the Golf Club of Dallas, NTPGA president Paul Ernerst of the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Irving proved to be the point leader, winning twice and halving his other match.

Adam Headley of the Hillcrest Country Club in Lubbock holed a 5-iron 190 yards for a hole-in-one on the par-3 second hole, using the momentum to win his match over Eric Bogar of the Sugar Creek Country Club, 7 & 5.

The Ryder Cup-style competition was started in 1981 to honor Joe Black, who was finishing up his first year as the president of the PGA of America, and for Texas bragging rights between two of PGA’s most prestigious Sections.

Singles

Joe Mitchell, ST df. Judd Whiteman, 3&2; Ryan Polzin, ST df. Dean Larsson, 3&2; Paul Ernest, NT df. David Altemus, 6&4; Jason Alexander, ST df. Billy Harris, 6&4; Cameron Doan, NT df. Wes Skaggs, 3&2; Brad Lardon, ST df. Clayton Friend, 7&6; Adam Headley, NT df. Eric Bogar, 7&6; John Sikes, NT df. Troy Schleicher, 3&2; Patrick Buhrmann, NT df. Rick Arnett, 3&2; David von Hoffman, ST df. Kevin Golding, 2&1; Jason Hase, NT df. James Brown, 4&3; Darrell Fuston, ST df. Brent Lingel, 2&1.

Four-Ball

Lardon-Skaggs, ST df. Sikes-Harris, 4 & 3; Larsson-Whiteman, NT df. Altemus-Schleicher, 2&1; Bogar-Polzin, ST df. Friend_Headley, 4&3; Fuston-Mitchell, ST df. Doan-Hase, 2up; Brown-Arnett, ST halved Golding-Earnest; Alexander-von Hoffman, ST df. Lingel-Buhrmann,1upoffman df. Lingel-Buhrmann, 1 up Hoffman

Foursome

Whiteman-Larsson, NT df. Altemus-Fuston, 5 & 3; Lardon-Skaggs, ST df. Doan-Hase, 5&3; Polzin-Bogar, ST df. Harris-Sikes, 1 up; Golding-Earnest, NT df. Von Hoffman-Mitchell, 4&2; Schleicher-Alexander, ST df. Lingel-Buhrmann, 3&2; Arnett-Brown, ST halved Friend-Headley

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U.S. Open Sneak Peek – A Venue Unlike Any Other /pinehurst-open-sneak-peek/ /pinehurst-open-sneak-peek/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:07:25 +0000 http://legacywebdesigners.com/golf/?p=49 North Carolina’s Pinehurst No. 2 will host two U.S. Opens this June, showcasing a different kind of setup than is seen in most U.S. Open set up by the USGA. Thanks to a restoration by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, No. 2 has no rough. The design duo went back to the site’s original plans and removed irrigation from the course’s “non-fairway” zones, revealing a light, sandy soil native to the region strewn with small, stubborn tufts of wiregrass. The visual contrast of the “new” roughs with the emerald fairways is stunning and the playability of the course is now similar to how it was 90 years ago. Coore explains how this radical look will affect play for the game’s best competitors:

“The uncertainty of shots that are going to be played from those native roughs, we think, is going to be one of the most interesting stories of this championship,” Coore said. “I think for viewers and people in attendance here, the spectrum of shots that you will see in approaches to greens from players who miss the fairways will be literally from the alpha to the omega. That in itself will add a degree of excitement that we don’t associate with the U.S. Open,” Coore says.

Hunter Mahan, who played in the final group at last year’s U.S. Open at Merion, previewed Pinehurst No. 2 recently and says “It’s very old school and it looks very natural. It’s supposed to play this way. It’s supposed to be a second-shot golf course. The USGA is going to have fun with this set up, but they don’t have to do too much. It’s going to be challenging thinking (my way) around this course.”

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