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2013 Texas Challenge

2013 Texas Challenge

The Texas Challenge was held on Tuesday July 30th, at The Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club in conjunction with the State Amateur tournament. Teams of two junior girls, from Winner's Programs around the state, competed. The Winner's Program is a golf and grades initiative of the WTGA in partnership with the LPGA and USGA Girls Golf Texas Chapters. The Winner's Program benefits youth (ages 7-17) in our Texas communities, and promotes and grows girls' golf.

The Texas Challenge honors the late Toni Wiesner by awarding The Toni Wiesner Cup to the winning team. Toni Wiesner, a TCU graduate and Fort Worth resident was a long time friend to the WTGA, and was a member of the USGA Junior Girls' golf committee. Toni's many golf achievements include being a five time WTGA State Amateur Champion (1985, 1988, 1989, 1993 and 2003), the 1981 Women's Southern Amateur Champion, the 1997 British Senior Women's Amateur Champion and a three time runner-up of the USGA Senior Women's Amateur. Toni possessed a wonderful determination and competitive spirit and always displayed graciousness, whether in victory or defeat. These qualities make Toni the perfect example for the participants in the WTGA Winners' Program and the Texas Challenge. Toni's solid characteristics and good sportsmanship are qualities not only the junior girls, but all golfers, can look up to and try to emulate.

This year's Texas Challenge participants included Trinity King and Halie Wright representing Dallas; Grelyn Goolsby and Zoe Mayfield, Longview; Alexa Vela and Libby Singleton, Houston; Julia Vollmer and Jazmine Salinas, San Antonio; and Kerissa Limon and Arrianna Rocha representing Austin. Each team, made up of one girl in the 7-11 age group and one girl in the 12-17 age group, competed in five different "Big Break" style games. These included a pitching competition, a flop wall, a modified glass break, a bunker competition and a putting competition.

Prior to commencement of the competition, Jewell Malick, a friend of Toni Wiesner, addressed the girls. She told the girls of the qualities of sportsmanship and friendship which Toni Wiesner exemplified and which The Toni Wiesner Cup represents. As she said: "Toni would be very proud to see you girls participating in this competition and advancing the game of golf."

That evening, the young ladies who competed in the 2013 WTGA Texas Challenge were welcomed to the State Amateur Championship banquet, where The Toni Wiesner Cup was presented to the co-winning teams from San Antonio and Longview who will share the trophy for six months each. Congratulations to them and to all the teams who participated!

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