Around the Green
The latest golf-related news, notes, and feature stories from the TGA.
Men’s Championship Updates (COVID-19)
For the first time in just under three months, the TGA returned to conducting first-class competitions for the benefit of its membership. With new health and safety protocols in place, the 21st Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship, held June 2-4 at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas, went off without a hitch.
The gradual easing of state and local lockdown restrictions, coupled with the successful implementation of new tournament safety guidelines for players, staff, volunteers, spectators and host club staff, has allowed the TGA to revisit and make adjustments for the upcoming Men’s Championships listed below.
Texas Father-Son (July 10-12, Omni Barton Creek, Austin)
With the state moving into Phase 3 of reopening, the Texas Father-Son starting field size will be expanded to the original 80 teams (160 players). The championship will also be played under the original format. There will also be shared carts and the utilization of double-tee, double-wave starting times.
For more information about the Texas Father-Son, click HERE.
West Texas Amateur (July 17-19, Bentwood CC, San Angelo)
The West Texas Amateur will be played under the original format and will return to the original field size of 144 participants in three divisions (Championship, Senior and Super Senior).
Entries will now be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Those that have earned an exemption will have a reserved spot in the field provided they register by the Exempt Entry Deadline. With the expanded field size there will be a cut following 36 holes of play. There will also be shared carts and the utilization of double-tee, double-wave starting times.
For more information about the West Texas Amateur, click HERE.
Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play (July 23-26, Willow Brook CC, Tyler)
The Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play will be played under the original format and original field size (84 players). Shared carts ridership will be allowed throughout the championship, including the Stroke Play Qualifying Round.
For more information about the Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play can be found HERE.
111th Texas Amateur (Aug. 6-9, Boot Ranch GC, Fredricksburg)
When the decision was made in April to reschedule the 111th Texas Amateur to August 6-9, 2020, the starting field size was reduced from 144 to 120 participants. At the time, this change was seen as necessary because of the expected lower qualifying numbers as a whole, given the reduced number of sites and new dates for the qualifying rounds.
However, due to higher than anticipated qualifying numbers, the TGA will be increasing the field size to 132 players. The field size cannot increase to 144 players due to roughly 45 minutes less daylight in August as opposed to June.
For more information about the 111th Texas Amateur, click HERE.