TGA's Take Your Shot Challenge a Massive Success
DALLAS – Nearly 60 competitors on Thursday took part in the inaugural Take Your Shot Challenge, a Texas Golf Association Foundation fundraiser that had players compete in a nine-hole closest-to-the-pin contest at Trinity Forest Golf Club with chance to win $1 million in the grand finale.
> Click here to watch Recap Video
> Click here for Final Results
Brian Jennings from Dallas was the big winner. After winning two of the nine closest-to-the-hole contests, he and seven others attempted one shot from 176 yards at Trinity Forest’s Horse Course to win $1 million for a hole-in-one. Jennings didn’t make the ace, but his ball finished closest to the hole and that was good for a $500 gift certificate from Peter Millar. For his two closest to the hole shots on No. 3 and 7, Jennings won a round of golf for four at TPC San Antonio and a spot in an upcoming one-day Dave Pelz Scoring Game Clinic and a custom-ground Pelz wedge.
“It was the real deal. A million bucks is a lot of cash,” said Jennings, a 32-year-old real estate developer. “It was a great event, and very well run. The shot was between a 7-iron and 8-iron. I tried to hit a soft 7 and fade one in there. It wasn’t meant to be, but I encourage everyone to come out to the next one and take their shot at a million bucks.”
The event began a little after 5 p.m. with registration, putting contests and free food and beverages for competitors and guests. At promptly 6 p.m., players started taking their shots on the Trinity Forest short course built by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore in 2016. The visually stunning par-3 course looks and feels like a miniature version of the links-style big course, which is the home of the PGA Tour’s AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. The facility also is the home of the SMU Men’s & Women’s Golf Teams, and members of the Women’s Team graciously volunteered to serve as witnesses during the competition.
Each of the nine holes had an exciting prize for any hole-in-ones made during the evening. For example, the competitors had chances to win $25,000 in cash, a custom-made golf cart, a two-year lease on a 2018 Range Rover, $25,000 in private jet time and a Pebble Beach golf package for four people, to name a few of the high-profile prizes.
Players with the closest shots to the holes also won prizes and advanced to the night’s $1 million shot grand finale, which took place on a lighted hole just after sunset.
“It was great. The nine holes probably average in distance about 125-130 yards,” Jennings said. “I had two shots that were about 5-feet from the hole, and I won some great prizes. It was fantastic. My favorite part of the night was the TGA Staff. It was very well run. Everyone made it really fun, playing under the lights for a million bucks. The whole thing was a lot of fun.”
There also was a raffle for a trip for two to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, complete with three nights and six rounds of golf. Trey Caldwell, who made the drive up from Austin, won the trip to the award-winning resort on the Pacific coast of Southern Oregon.
“It was an awesome day and winning the raffle just made it extra special,” said Caldwell. “It was a real pleasure to be here and help support junior golf in Texas.”
All proceeds from the event benefit the TGA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ensuring that the game of golf grows and prospers. It achieves this mission through the financial and administrative support of existing grass-roots junior golf development programs and in creating new avenues for deserving and underserved youth to learn some of life’s most important lessons through their exposure to the game of golf. To learn more about the TGA Foundation, click here.
- Photos from Texas Golf Association's post 🏆 Preston Stout and Matthew Comegys are crowned co-champions of the Legends Junior Tour #LJTNorthTXClassic after posting 11-under-par 133 through 36 holes. Ryann Honea and MacKenzie Moore also took home co-champion honors with a one-stroke victory in the Girls 12-18 ... 6 Likes
- 404: Page Not Found | Mailchimp #SaveTheDate: #FunGolf Events are now open in #Houston & #SanAntonio!
Come play in our 2-person scramble at TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course) on Oct. 14 (gross & net) & Walden on Lake Conroe on Oct. 17 (gross with flights).
- Texas Golf Association Registration Event Portal :: Master Roster Registration The #Fun continues with our most sought after event, the annual #TexasShamble!
📍 Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort
🏌️♂️ October 30: Practice Round
🏌️♂️ October 31: Round 1 (Includes Lunch)
🏆 November 1: Round 2 (Prizes/Awards/Includes lunch)
There will ... 1 Likes
- 🚨Registration for the #USWomensFourBall Qualifying closes Sept. 9th!
🏆U.S. Women’s Four-Ball Championship
⛳️Maridoe Golf Club
🗓April 24-28, 2021
Local Qualifying Sites:
Rangers Golf Club - Arlington - Sept. 23
Magnolia Creek GC - League City-Nov. 12
Apply to ...
- TGA Announces Fall Event Series for Men and Women 📢 TGA Announces Fall Series Events - a slate of new competitive tournaments for men & women with at least one new event conducted in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and the Austin-San Antonio Hill Country area. Follow the link to learn ... 14 Likes
- Timeline Photos We have two more volunteer days coming up this fall with The Spirit Golf Association at the Houston Food Bank! Follow the links to volunteer:
Monday, September 14
Saturday, October 10
https://buff.ly/2QCnuvG 3 Likes
- Jim Brown Honored with Bob Wells Volunteerism Award We are pleased to announce longtime director & past president Jim Brown has received the Bob Wells Distinguished Service Award, the TGA’s highest honor for individuals who’ve contributed to the growth of the game through volunteerism & meritorious service. 23 CommentsRavi Shah Congratulations from the Shahs. Your service to junior golf has and will continue to leave a profound legacy..Anna Schultz Congratulations Jim!! You are very deserving of this award!Chhaya Shah Congratulations Jim. Couldn’t think of a better person who deserves this recognition.52 Likes
- Photos from Texas Golf Association's post Jason Schultz of Allen and Prosper’s Russell Williams card a final round 6-under-par 66 to go wire-to-wire and win the #Texas4Ball by three strokes at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club's Weiskopf Course. The were 26-under for the championship.
In the ... 2 CommentsMark Ellis Congratulations Russell! That little course in Crockett churns out some excellent players! 😊Clay Hughey Way to go Russell Williams. Congrats to Sparky and Kennedy too. You guys represented East Texas well.21 Likes
- Following their brilliant 12-under-par 60 in Round 1, Russell Williams and Jason Schultz card an 8-under-par 64 in Round 2 at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club's Weiskopf Course to post 20-under through 36 holes and lead the field by three.
... 1 CommentsJeff Atkinson Congrats, heck of a tournament!8 Likes
- Photos from Texas Golf Association's post Russell Williams & Jason Schultz have known each other since competing as collegiate golfers in the ‘90s. On Friday, they teamed up to card an opening round 12-under-par 60 at the Texas Four-Ball and lead the field by two strokes.
... 16 Likes
- The Spirit Golf Association Announces Appointment of Charlie Epps, PGA, as Interim President The Spirit Golf Association announced today that long-time PGA Professional Charlie Epps will serve as interim president. Epps has served on the SGA Board of Directors since January 2020. Get the full details by clicking the link below. 5 Likes
- Teammates Faith Delagarza and Amari Smith win back to back #WomensFourBall Championship 🏆
🔢 Leaderboard: https://www.txga.org/womens-four-ball-championship-2020-leaderboard 4 Likes
- 🎥 Sunday at the #TexasAmateur! What a great week @bootranchtx!
A new champion has been crowned! Congratulations, @treybosco! The TGA extends its sincere appreciation to the @bootranchtx staff and membership for their efforts in making the 111th Texas Amateur ... 9 Likes