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BraeBurn CC to Host Five Future TGA Championships
ADDISON – BraeBurn Country Club, in Houston, TX, has been chosen by the TGA as the host site of five future TGA Championships over the next nine years: the 2024 Texas Four-Ball (August), the 2025 Women’s Senior Stroke Play (Sept/Oct), the 2026 Texas Senior Amateur (Sept), the 2030 Texas Mid-Amateur (Sept), and the 2032 Texas Amateur (June). The club previously hosted the 1995 Texas Amateur and the 2005 Mid-Am Match Play.
“The TGA is thrilled to reunite with BraeBurn Country Club after nearly two decades and continue to build upon a partnership that will support amateur competition in Texas,” said John Cochran IV, TGA Director of Competitions, South Texas. “We are confident that the club’s rich history, illustrious course, and superb amenities will not only test the greatest players from around the state but also create a welcoming atmosphere for each of the five championships.”
Originally known as Colonial Country Club, BraeBurn Country Club was established in 1926. John Bredemus, a renowned golf course architect during the Golden Age, created the course.
The club was reformed and given the new name of BraeBurn Country Club in 1931 by a team that included Jack Burke Sr. and John Bredemus. It is the fourth oldest club in Houston.
In 2021, architectural firm Tripp Davis and Associates completed a remodeling of the course. They kept the same routing but rebuilt all the greens, the tee boxes, and redesigned the bunkers to a more traditional style.
“In the past decades, we have had such a rich history of golf here, that we would like to continue upon that tradition.” said Mark Duranski, Head Golf Professional at BraeBurn. “With the renovation in 2021 taking place, we’ve realized what a gem this golf course is. We can now create a very challenging setup despite the fact that it’s currently just under 7,000 yards. We know that we have an excellent tournament style course and want to promote its reputation as such.”
The club has previously hosted the 1950 Houston Open, the 1952 LPGA Houston Weathervane, the 1954 NCAA National Championship, the 1988 Miracle Network Golf Tournament hosted by Greg Norman, and the 1995 Texas Amateur.
With a past tournament list like that, it was only a matter of time before BraeBurn returned to the spotlight.
“We like to roll out the red carpet for all of our Members and guests. When players come to BraeBurn for a tournament, we want them to feel welcome,” Duranski said. “That’s the kind of experience that we want to put forward for the golfers in the state that are going to come compete in these events.”
BraeBurn has long been known as a shot-maker’s course because of the predominance of trees. It will test the best amateurs in the state by making them utilize every tool in their arsenal as they wind through the parkland style layout.
“From a golfing standpoint, the changes made can create a variety of different types of shots that players will have to hit,” Duranski said. “Players must execute every shot whether it’s from the tee, an approach shot, or around the greens. Plus, our par 3’s give us lots of variability in distance, allowing us to create some fun and interesting angles.”
BraeBurn Country Club will be a fantastic host to many of our most high-profile championships including the 2032 Texas Amateur. We are eager to bring our players there to show off what a wonderful golf experience it is and there’s no better way to conclude the five-championship agreement than with the most prestigious amateur tournament in the state.
“We have a great membership here that is in support of growing amateur golf,” Duranski said. “With a growing junior golf program, it is exciting to think of the stages they could potentially play on, including these future TGA Championships, which will continue to grow BraeBurn’s reputation as being a premier golf venue in Texas.”
In addition to the five future TGA Championships, BraeBurn has agreed to host a 2024 first stage U.S. Amateur qualifier. New to next year, the U.S. Amateur will move from a one-stage, 36-hole qualifying format to a two-stage qualifying format with 45 18-hole local qualifying sites and 19 18-hole final qualifying sites.
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