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Hollis Sullivan wins Texas Super Senior Amateur; John Grace claims Legends Division

Hollis Sullivan wins Texas Super Senior Amateur; John Grace claims Legends Division

SUGAR LAND — Hollis Sullivan was able to overcome a five-stroke deficit heading into the final round of the Texas Super Senior Amateur to force a playoff and claim the championship. In the Legends Division, John Grace finished off his wire-to-wire win carding the lowest 54-hole total for a Legend player in Super Senior Amateur history at 216.

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Leaders: Sullivan, of Westworth Village, used a sensational final round to make his way up the leaderboard and claim the Super Senior Amateur in a playoff.  Sitting tied for 5th heading into the final round after shooting 75-76 Sullivan needed to go low in the final round in order to give himself a chance at the championship.  Sullivan did just that; carding two birdies on the front nine and headed into his final nine at 1-under.  Sullivan made the turn inside the top three when the field around him started to slip.  Sullivan headed into hole 18 at 6-over while then leader David Leiss finished hole 16 three strokes ahead.  On hole 18, a 483-yard par 5, Sullivan needed at least a birdie to give himself a chance and went for the green in two leaving him twenty-five feet for eagle.  Sullivan stepped up and nailed the putt to finish his round at 3-under par 69 and 4-over par 220 for the tournament.  Leiss would then bogey hole 17 and then on hole 18 had to make a four-foot tester for par to force a playoff.  Sullivan and Leiss would move to a playoff on the hole Sullivan just eagled.  Sullivan hit his tee shot first and landed in the right fairway bunker, Leiss then stepped up and hit his drive into the water on the left side of hole 18.  Sullivan would hit wedge out of the bunker into the fairway, Sullivans next shot into the green left him 9 feet for birdie and two putts for the win.  Sullivan would make a par and claim the Texas Super Senior Amateur.  This is Hollis Sullivans first individual Texas Golf Association state championship.

John Grace, of Fort Worth, added to his already stellar Texas Golf Hall of Fame resume with the greatest Legends Division performance the Texas Super Senior Amateur has seen in its nine-year existence.  Grace opened up the week shooting an ever-par 72 that included five birdies on the card.  He would follow up his first round by carding another 72 in round two.  Grace would open the final round of play in the Legends Division with an eight-stroke lead over the field.  Grace’s play in the final round put a stamp on a phenomenal week for the multi-time Texas Golf Association state champion, shooting a third consecutive round of even par that included one birdie on hole 16.  This is Grace first win in the Legends Division at the Super Senior Amateur.  This is Grace 9th individual Texas Golf Association State Championship.  He adds a Legends Division title to a crowded trophy shelf that includes the Texas Amateur, four Texas Mid-Amateurs, the Texas Senior Amateur, and the inaugural Texas Super Senior Amateur in 2015 at Fair Oaks Ranch.  Both Grace and Sullivan share a home club, Shady Oaks Country Club in Westworth Village a suburb of Fort Worth.

Top Finishers: In the Super Senior Division, David Leiss finished solo second after a final round 73 before falling short on the first playoff hole 18 to Sullivan.  Leiss spent most of the day as the leader until an untimely bogey on hole 17 opened the window for Sullivan. David Pocknall of San Marcos and Bobby Baugh of San Antonio finished tied for third after shooting 224 overall for the tournament.  Gary Durbin and 36-hole leader Jeff Kramer rounded out the top five of the Super Seniors at 226.

Adrian Walmsley of Dallas was recognized as the low net player of the Super Senior Division.

In the Legends Division, Bill Holstead of Wichita Falls finished runner-up to Grace after three rounds of 75-77-73-231.  Gary Kirwan of McKinney finished solo third place in the Legends Division at an overall 231.

Jay Trahan of Montgomery was recognized as the low net player of the Legends Division.

The 2024 Texas Super Senior Amateur saw two players hit a hole-in-one during the tournament.  During the first round Dave Moore of San Antonio carded a hole-in-one of the par three 17th hole playing at 129 yards with his 9 iron.  The following day the soon to be Texas Super Senior Amateur Champion Hollis Sullivan hit a hole-in-one on hole 7 from 169 yards out with his 6 iron.  Hole 7 statistically played as the hardest hole on the golf course during the second round.

Course: Founded in 1957, River Bend Country Club is one of the Greater Houston area’s most acclaimed member owned country clubs. River Bend Country Club holds rich history that includes the club record once being held by Ben Hogan.   River Bend was designed by Press Maxwell Jr. who has had a hand in designing and renovating other famous courses throughout the United States like Prairie Dunes Country Club in Kansas, a course which his father originally designed.  In 2010 Jeff Blume added to the prestige of the club during a $1.4 million dollar renovation adding rolling fairways, extra bunkers, and changing some green complexes and installing Bermuda grass to the greens.  Blume again added to the course with an additional bunker renovation in 2019.

Today’s Super Senior Division was contested at 6,178 yards while the Legends Division played at 5,720 yards for the first round.

Tournament History: First played in 2015, the Texas Super Senior features two age divisions: 65 and older (Super Senior) and 75 and older (Legends). Entries are open to male amateur golfers who meet the age requirements by the first round of tournament play and have a certified Handicap Index® of 12.4 or less (16.4 or less for Legends) issued through a TGA Member Club.

The format for the championship, is 54 holes of individual stroke play with no cut. Each age division competes from different tees and yardages, with a separate champion recognized. Prizes are also awarded to low Net scores in both Super Senior and Legends Divisions.

POY Points Race: By winning, Sullivan was awarded 1,000 points towards Texas Super Senior Player of the Year standings. Leiss received 750 for his runner-up performance. Pocknall and Baugh each earned 625 in a tie for third place. Durbin and Kramer received 575 for their tie for fifth.  A complete breakdown of the Texas Super Senior Player of the Year, including points allocation, can be found here.

What’s Next: The next event on the Texas Golf Association men’s calendar is the 115th Texas Amateur to be played June 13-16 at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas.  The next event on the men’s calendar that includes the Super Senior division will be the 96th West Texas Amateur at Quicksand Golf Club in San Angelo on July 19-21.

About the TGA: The Texas Golf Association was established in 1906 with a mission to promote the playing and advancement of the royal and ancient game of golf in Texas. The association is one of the most respected in the country with an ongoing commitment to its members, contestants, volunteers and all who strive to preserve the great traditions of the game.

For More information about the Texas Super Senior, click here.

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Kramer, Grace Lead After Second Round of Super Senior Amateur

SUGAR LAND — Jeff Kramer of The Woodlands took the lead in the Texas Super Senior Amateur after a second round 72. In the Legends Division, Fort Worths’ John Grace extended his lead to eight shots following another round of even par.

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Leaders: Kramer followed up his first round 74 with another round of steady golf carding even-par 72 that included three birdies to sit at 146 overall through two rounds.  Kramer opened his round with a clean scorecard on the front nine that featured birdies on holes 1 and 4.  Kramer continued his solid play with a par and birdie on his first two holes on the back nine.  Kramer would finish the back nine 2-over after a bogey on hole 12 and a double bogey on hole 16.  He will head into the final round of the Super Senior Amateur just one stroke ahead of the field.  Grace began his second round with extremely steady play, carding a par on the first seven holes.  His clean card would not last the entire nine however when he slipped up with a bogey on hole 8.  Grace’s back nine started and ended on a high note carding birdies on 10 and 18.  Just like the first round Grace was able to keep a cool head following a bad hole.  After a bogey on hole 14 he immediately followed it up with a birdie on 15.  Another bogey on 16 was answered with the forementioned birdie on 18.  Grace sits at even par 144 the lowest two round total in the Legends Division in Super Senior Amateur history.  He will look to hold onto a sizeable lead heading into the final round.

In Contention: In the Super Senior Division, David Leiss of Houston sits one back of Kramer after a second round 70 that included five birdies.  First round leader Bill Ashley slipped down to solo third after a second round 6-over 78.  Bobby Baugh of San Antonio sits in fourth place at 150 overall.  Tied for fifth are Dick Stone of Bullard and Hollis Sullivan of Westworth Village at 151.

In the Legends Division, Bill Holstead of Wichita Falls remained solo second after an impressive 3-over-par 75 that included birdies on holes 16 and 18.  Holstead sits at 152 overall after the second round.  In third place is Dallas’ Dan Nicholson who also shot 3-over during the second round and is now at 156 for the tournament.  Rounding out the top five of the Legends Division are Gary Kirwan of McKinney in fourth place at 157 and Jay Trahan of Montgomery in fifth at 161.

Course: Founded in 1957, River Bend Country Club is one of the Greater Houston area’s most acclaimed member owned country clubs. River Bend Country Club holds rich history that includes the club record once being held by Ben Hogan.   River Bend was designed by Press Maxwell Jr. who has had a hand in designing and renovating other famous courses throughout the United States like Prairie Dunes Country Club in Kansas, a course which his father originally designed.  In 2010 Jeff Blume added to the prestige of the club during a $1.4 million dollar renovation adding rolling fairways, extra bunkers, and changing some green complexes and installing Bermuda grass to the greens.  Blume again added to the course with an additional bunker renovation in 2019.

Today’s Super Senior Division was contested at 6,210 yards while the Legends Division played at 5,805 yards for the second round.

Tournament History: First played in 2015, the Texas Super Senior features two age divisions: 65 and older (Super Senior) and 75 and older (Legends). Entries are open to male amateur golfers who meet the age requirements by the first round of tournament play and have a certified Handicap Index® of 12.4 or less (16.4 or less for Legends) issued through a TGA Member Club.

The format for the championship, is 54 holes of individual stroke play with no cut. Each age division competes from different tees and yardages, with a separate champion recognized. Prizes are also awarded to low Net scores in both Super Senior and Legends Divisions.

POY Points Race: Super Senior Player of the Year points will be awarded to the Top 20 finishers of Texas Super Senior. The champions will each get 1,000 points towards the statewide honor, followed by 750 for runner-up; 650 for third; 600 for fourth; and 550 for fifth. A complete breakdown of the Texas Super Senior Player of the Year, including points allocation, can be found here.

What’s Next: The final round of the Texas Super Senior will begin at 8:30 a.m. off holes No. 1 and No. 10 at Riverbend Country Club. The leaders of the Super Senior going last off hole No. 1 and the leaders of the Legends going last off hole No. 10.

About the TGA: The Texas Golf Association was established in 1906 with a mission to promote the playing and advancement of the royal and ancient game of golf in Texas. The association is one of the most respected in the country with an ongoing commitment to its members, contestants, volunteers and all who strive to preserve the great traditions of the game.

For More information about the Texas Super Senior, click here.

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Ashley, Grace Lead After Round 1 of Super Senior Amateur

SUGAR LAND — Bill Ashley of Levelland posted an opening round 1-under par 71 to lead the Texas Super Senior Amateur. Fort Worths’ John Grace holds a five-shot lead after a stellar round of even par 72 in the Legends Division after 18-holes.

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Leaders: Ashley made four birdies to three bogeys in his opening round to lead by three strokes in the Super Senior Division. Ashleys goal heading into round one was to “start and finish the round with the same golf ball”, a goal he was able to accomplish. Grace positioned himself a top the Legends Division leaderboard quickly after three birdies on holes 14, 16, and 17 in his first nine holes. Grace would shoot two-over-par 38 on his final nine holes but will still head into the second round with a sizable lead.

In Contention: In the Super Senior Division, Jeff Kramer holds solo second place after a two-over-par 74. Dick Stone of Bullard, Sam Manning of Dallas, and Hollis Sullivan of Westworth Village sit tied for third place heading into the second round after each shooting 75. In the Legends Division, Bill Holstead, of Wichita Falls, is alone in second place at five-over par 77. Dan Nicholson of Dallas and Jay Trahan of Montgomery round out the top three after both shooting nine-over-par 81.

Course: Founded in 1957, Riverbend Country Club is one of the Greater Houston area’s most acclaimed member owned country clubs. Riverbend Country Club holds a rich history that includes the club record once being held by World Golf Hall of Famer Ben Hogan. Riverbend was designed by Press Maxwell Jr. architect of other famous courses throughout the United States like Prairie Dunes Country Club in Kansas. In 2010 Jeff Blume added to the prestige of the club during a $1.4 million dollar renovation adding rolling fairways, extra bunkers, and changing some green complexes and installing Bermuda grass to the greens. Blume again added to the course with an additional bunker renovation in 2019.

Today’s Super Senior Division was contested at 6,372 yards while the Legends Division played at 5,937 yards for the first round.

Tournament History: First played in 2015, the Texas Super Senior features two age divisions: 65 and older (Super Senior) and 75 and older (Legends). Entries are open to male amateur golfers who meet the age requirements by the first round of tournament play and have a certified Handicap Index® of 12.4 or less (16.4 or less for Legends) issued through a TGA Member Club.

The format for the championship, is 54 holes of individual stroke play with no cut. Each age division competes from different tees and yardages, with a separate champion recognized. Prizes are also awarded to low net scores in both Super Senior and Legends Divisions.

POY Points Race: Super Senior Player of the Year points will be awarded to the top twenty (20) finishers of Texas Super Senior. The champions will each get 1000 points towards the statewide honor followed by 750 for runner-up, 650 for third, 600 for fourth and 550 for fifth. A complete breakdown of the Texas Super Senior Player of the Year, including points allocation, can be found here.

What’s Next: The second round of the Texas Super Senior will tee off at 8:30AM off holes #1 and #10 at Riverbend Country Club. Following the second round the field will be repaired based on scores with the leaders of the Super Senior going last off hole #1 and the leaders of the Legends going last off hole #10.

About the TGA: The Texas Golf Association was established in 1906 with a mission to promote the playing and advancement of the royal and ancient game of golf in Texas. The association is one of the most respected in the country with an ongoing commitment to its members, contestants, volunteers, and all who strive to preserve the great traditions of the game.

For More information about the Texas Super Senior Amateur, click here.

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Texas Super Senior Amateur Set for April 22-24

Riverbend Country Club in Sugar Land will be the host site for the 9th Texas Super Senior Amateur, to be played from April 22-24.

This year’s Texas Super Senior Amateur will be the fourth TGA championship held at Riverbend Country Club, which most recently hosted the 2022 Women’s Four-Ball, won by Elise Parel and Jacqueline Nguyen.

“We are thrilled to return to such a wonderful venue as Riverbend Country Club,” said Owen Kinney, TGA Tournament Manager. “The club has been a tremendous supporter of the amateur game, and we know the membership and staff are looking forward to showcasing their exceptional facility and providing a memorable experience for the players.”

Designed by Press Maxwell, Riverbend Country Club opened for play in 1957. Maxwell routed the challenging layout through gently rolling terrain and created interest and strategy by incorporating the site’s abundant natural features. In 2010, architect Jeff Blume oversaw an extensive renovation project that included rebuilding and shifting tees and bunkers, reconstructing green complexes, and upgrading irrigation and drainage systems.

“Riverbend is a thorough test of golf from tee to green,” Kinney said. “It’s a very traditional design that demands accuracy and good course management skills and I know the players will enjoy competing for the championship title on this great stage.”

First conducted in 2015, the Texas Super Senior features two age divisions: 65 and older (Super Senior) and 75 and older (Legends). Entries are open to male amateur golfers who meet the age requirements by the first round of tournament play and have an up-to-date WHS Handicap Index® not exceeding 12.4 (16.4 for Legends) issued through a member club of the TGA.

The starting field of 84 players (60 Super Seniors, 24 Legends) will play 54 holes of individual stroke play over three days with no cut. Each age division will compete from different tees and yardages, with separate champions recognized. Players who are 75 and older can opt to compete in the Super Senior Division at the time an entry form is submitted. The top three finishers and ties in the Super Senior Division, regardless of age, and the winner of the Legends Division will earn exemptions into this year’s Texas Senior Amateur to be held Sept. 27-29 on the Tournament Players Course at The Nelson Golf & Sports Club in Irving. In addition to the overall Super Senior and Legends champions, awards will also be given to the lowest net scores in each division.

Starting times and pairings for the first and second rounds will be posted online at txga.org no later than April 16. Live scoring updates and daily recaps will also be available on the TGA website once the action gets underway from Riverbend Country Club.

At the 2023 Texas Super Senior Amateur, Chuck Gardner of Texarkana won for the second year in a row with rounds of 72-74-69 on the New Course at White Bluff Resort in Whitney. His one-under-par 215 total was good for a one-shot margin of victory over 2016 champion Jerry Hudgins of Tyler. With the win, Gardner became the first person in the event’s history to successfully defend the title. Bill Holstead of Wichita Falls shot 73-76-83 to claim a wire-to-wire victory in the Legends Division. Holstead, the 1970 Texas Amateur champion, finished at 16-over 232 and well ahead of a trio of players tied at 237. Ed Turner of Dallas and Jay Trahan of Montgomery won low net honors in the Super Senior and Legends Divisions, respectively.

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Cedar Crest Golf Course First of Six Courses Hosting U.S. Adaptive Open Qualifier

Addison – Cedar Crest Golf Course in Dallas, Texas is set to host their first U.S. Adaptive Open Qualifier. The qualifier will be one of only six sites across the United States between April 16 to May 7.  

In 2017, the USGA followed through with a pledge to establish a “championship for the adaptive golf community”. The U.S. Adaptive Open is the 15th and newest USGA Championship for men and women amateur golfers. The tournament is split into eight groups based on the player’s disability and features the widest age range of players with eligible players ranging from 16-80 years old. Modifications in the Rules of Golf were added by the USGA in 2023, permitting players to “compete using on-course aides, loosened club-anchoring rules, and adjusted drops” to accommodate carts. The players compete for two trophies that are given to the lowest-scoring players in the women’s and men’s divisions while copper medals are awarded to the lowest scorers in each of the divisions in the tournament.  

Blazing a path for the future of adaptive golf, you can say that more than a trophy is what is on the line for these players. This is a golf event unlike any other with an opportunity to grow the adaptive golf community year-by-year going into the future. Every golfer wants to uphold this great game and keep improving it and these players are no different. Some of the players shared with the USGA after last year’s event that they wouldn’t even think they could play a full 18 holes and now they are playing as part of a USGA championship.  

With the first two tournaments taking place at Pinehurst Country Club & Resort, this is the first year the tournament will head to a new site. That is not the only new part of the 3rd U.S. Adaptive Open with this year’s event featuring a cut for the first time. Starting April 16, Adaptive players across the country will play in qualifiers to try and punch their ticket to Sand Creek Station.  

The Texas Golf Association is one of six AGAs (Allied Golf Associations) hosting a qualifier with Cedar Crest Golf Course hosting the first U.S Adaptive Open qualifier in the Lonestar State.  

“We are very excited to be a part of this growing initiative for adaptive golf. Cedar Crest is a great and historic course, and we couldn’t think of a better place for a USGA qualifier site,” said Managing Director of TGA Foundation/Outreach Kelly Kilgo “To be a part of six other AGAs hosting a qualifier is something special. We can’t wait to meet these players and not only see them play some great golf but also hear some of their incredible stories.” 

Cedar Crest Golf Course has a rich history of golf and is a favorite amongst metroplex golfers. Designed by A.W Tillinghast, the course held the 1927 PGA Championship, 1926 Dallas Open, 1954 USGA Negro National Open and USGA’s Public Links Championship. The country club was turned public in 1946 after the City of Dallas purchased it. In 2001 the club built a new clubhouse and renovated the course. 

“It means a great deal to Cedar Crest and our team to be able to host an event like this,” shared Cedar Crest’s PGA Professional Ira Molayo. “This provides an opportunity to promote golf in an inclusive way.”  

The Texas Golf Association will be working with the Texas Adaptive Golf Association and hosting its 3rd Texas Adaptive Golf Championship later this fall at Indian Creek Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas on October 7-9.  The TGA has supported the Texas Adaptive Golf Association to help with staff, volunteers, and rules officials for the tournament and this year the TGA will be more involved with the event. Based in Fort Worth, TAGA was founded by Bobby Bell, Randy Shack, and Josh Tankersley to bring the game of adaptive golf to Texas.  

For more information on the 3rd U.S. Adaptive Open, click here. For more information on the Texas Golf Association Adaptive Open, click here.  

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Bobby Baugh Wins South Senior Amateur; Brad Greebon Wins Super Senior Amateur

Briefly: San Antonio’s Bobby Baugh breaks through with his first Texas Golf Association victory following a four-shot win in the 2024 South Senior Amateur at Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort. Baugh started the final round two shots off of the lead and posted a final round even par score to sit atop the leaderboard at 2-under par for the championship.

Brad Greebon, of San Marcos, claimed his first TGA championship with his victory in the Super Senior Division. Greebon’s two-day total of 3-over par was good for a one-shot victory over Kingsland’s Mark Johnson, who finished at 4-over par.

Final Results

Golf Course: This is the sixth championship at Tapatio Springs. Most recently they hosted the 2023 Texas Father-Son, won by Brian and Wick Comegys. The resort has also hosted the TGA’s Texas Shamble, a mixed team event, for the last six years. Located approximately 30 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio, Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort opened in 1981 with a course originally designed by Bill Johnston. In 2015, Tripp Davis & Associates completed an extensive renovation of the facility which included reshaping and rebuilding all fairways, bunkers, teeing areas, and green complexes.

Weather: Tuesday’s opening round of the South Senior Amateur welcomed the players with partly cloudy skies and gusty winds out of the north. Tuesday’s high reached the mid-70s. Wednesday welcomed the players with sunny skies and a slight breeze out of the north. The final round temperature reached the low 70s.

Top Finishers: Baugh played steady golf throughout the championship, with seven birdies over the two rounds. Baugh multiple times has been in contention at TGA events, was able to close out this week and finish four strokes ahead of Austin’s Michael Allen and Boerne’s Blake Ross. Allen and Ross finished the South Senior Amateur at 2-over par.

Finishing in a tie for fourth place at 3-over par were League City’s Blanton Hansen and first round leader Tommy Tucker, of San Antonio.

Super Senior Division: Greebon, a member at Kissing Tree in San Marcos, played steady golf during the final round after an opening round of 3-over par. Greebon posted three birdies, one bogey and a double bogey during his final round for even-par.

Rounding out the top three finishers in the Super Senior Division were runner-up Mark Johnson and David Pocknall, also of San Marcos, in third place. Pocknall, a multiple time winner in TGA events, finished the final round at 1-over par and 5-over for this year’s championship.

Player of the Year: Senior and Super Senior Player of the Year points will be awarded to the top finishers at the 2024 South Senior Amateur. The winning player in each division will receive 500 points, followed by 400 for second, 300 for third, 200 for fourth, and 100 for fifth. For Senior and Super Senior POY information, click here and here.

What’s Next: The next event in the Regional Series will be the 96th West Texas Amateur at Quicksand Golf Course in San Angelo. Registration is open to players from all over Texas and will open on May 22nd and the event will have three divisions – Open, Senior and Super Senior. The final event in the South Regional Series will be the South Amateur held at Corpus Christi Country Club in Corpus Christi. Registration for the South Amateur will open on June 12th.

More Info: The Texas Golf Association extends its sincere appreciation to the staff, members of Tapatio Springs, and our volunteers for their integral part in making the South Senior Amateur a memorable and successful event. For more information on the South Senior Amateur, click here.

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Randall Conn Wins North Senior Amateur; Tom Takes Claims Super Senior Division

Briefly: Trophy Club’s Randall Conn wins the North Senior Amateur title with a final round 72 to finish at five-over-par 145 for the tournament, to claim the win over the field by five strokes.  This is Conn’s first Texas Golf Association championship.

Tom Takes of Weatherford, claimed the Super Senior Division at 7-over-par 147, a one shot victory over second place Sam Manning of Dallas.  This is Takes first Texas Golf Association victory as well.

Final Results

Golf Course: This is the third Texas Golf Association regional championship at Walnut Creek Country Club. Most recently they hosted the 2019 North Four-Ball, won by Jason Schultz and Dru Fenimore. Located in Mansfield approximately 30 miles southwest of downtown Dallas, Walnut Creek Country Club opened in 1974 and was designed by Don January and Bill Martindale.  Walnut Creek Country Club has been rated as one of the best clubs in the DFW area by Avid Golfer every year since 2020.

Weather: Tuesday’s opening round of the North Senior Amateur presented an extreme challenge to the players with overcast skies and strong winds out of the northwest blowing at 25-30 mph all day with gusts up to 40 mph. Tuesday’s high reached into the upper 60s. Wednesday welcomed the players with slightly better conditions, the wind continued to blow out of the northwest at about 8-10 mph and gusts up to 20 mph. The final round temperature reached the low 70s.

Top Finishers: Conn fired a very impressive three-over-par 73 in the first round of the North Senior amateur in brutal conditions with wind gusts reaching upwards of 40 mph.  Conn recorded one birdie during his first round on the par 3 fourth hole.  Conn shot 72 in the final round, running away from the rest of the field by taking advantage of much better playing conditions.  Conn put a stamp on his victory with an eagle on hole 18.

Tim Mauser, of Aledo, fired rounds of 74-75-150.  Mauser entered the final round one back of Conn after the tough first round playing conditions and started strong with a birdie on the first hole of the final round but Conns stellar play was enough to pull away from the field. 2022 and 2023 North Senior Amateur Champions Neal Barfield of Dallas and Jon Schaefer of Plano finished in a tie for third place after round of 79-72-151 and 76-75-151, respectively.  Rounding out the top five were David Johnson of Trophy Club and Lee Sandlin of Dallas who both finished at twelve-over-par for the tournament.

Super Senior Division: Takes played consistent golf over the two days with rounds of 74-73-147 to claim the Super Senior Division of the North Senior Amateur by one stroke over Sam Manning.  Takes and Manning were neck and neck throughout the entire final round with Manning firing four birdies to make a strong run at Takes.  However, it would end up being a par on hole 16 that would be the deciding factor in Takes’ win as Manning finished bogey, bogey, birdie versus Takes par-bogey-birdie. Finishing in third place Michael Puls of Irving, shot 76-74-150.  Gary Kirwan of McKinney and Russell Cox of Woodway rounded out the top five with tournament totals of 152 and 153.

Player of the Year: Senior and Super Senior Player of the Year points will be awarded to the top finishers at the 2024 North Senior Amateur. The winning player in each division will receive 500 points, followed by 400 for second, 300 for third, 200 for fourth, and 100 for fifth. For Senior and Super Senior POY information, click here and here.

 What’s Next: The next event in the Regional Series will be the 96th West Texas Amateur at Quicksand Golf Course in San Angelo. Registration will open to players from all over Texas on May 22nd and the event will have three divisions – Open, Senior, and Super Senior. The final event in the North Regional Series will be the North Amateur held at Tempest Golf Club in Gladewater, TX. Registration for the North Amateur will open on June 12th.

More Info: The Texas Golf Association extends its sincere appreciation to the staff, members of Walnut Creek Country Club, and our volunteers for their integral part in making the North Senior Amateur a memorable and successful event. For more information on the North Senior Amateur, click here.

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Regional Senior Amateurs Set for April 2-3

The Texas Golf Association’s 2024 men’s regional tournament series rolls on in the first week of April with the North and South Senior Amateurs. The championships will be held concurrently from April 2-3.

The North Senior Amateur will be played on the Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield. Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort in Boerne will be the host site for the South Senior Amateur.

This will be the fourth TGA championship held at Walnut Creek and the sixth at Tapatio Springs. The last TGA championship held at Walnut Creek was the 2019 North Four-Ball, won by Dru Fenimore and Jason Schultz. Tapatio Springs most recently hosted the 2023 Texas Father-Son, won by Brian and Wick Comegys. The resort has also hosted the TGA’s Texas Shamble, a mixed team event, for the last six years.

The Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club opened in 1974 and was designed by Billy Martindale and Texas Golf Hall of Fame member Don January. The classic, parkland-style layout weaves through groves of trees, natural water hazards, and unspoiled native areas. Located approximately 30 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio, Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort opened in 1981 with a course originally designed by Bill Johnston. In 2015, Tripp Davis & Associates completed an extensive renovation of the facility which included reshaping and rebuilding all fairways, bunkers, teeing areas, and green complexes.

First played in 2003, the Regional Senior Amateurs feature two age divisions: 55 and older (Senior) and 65 and older (Super Senior). Entries are open to male amateur golfers who meet the age requirements by the first round of tournament play, have an up-to-date Handicap Index® not exceeding 8.4 (10.0 for Super Senior) issued through a member club of the TGA, and reside in the region relative to their respective championship. The delineation between the North and South regions is the 31st parallel that passes through the city of Salado.

Both championships are conducted using the same competitive format. The starting field of 84 players (60 Seniors, 24 Super Seniors) will play 36 holes of individual stroke play over two days with no cut. Each age division will compete from different tees and yardages, with separate champions recognized. Players who are 65 and older can opt to compete in the Senior Division at the time an entry form is submitted.

The top 15 finishers and ties in the Senior Division, regardless of age, will earn exemptions into this year’s Texas Senior Amateur to be held Sept. 27-29 on the TPC Course at The Nelson Golf & Sports Club in Irving. In addition, the top five finishers and ties will earn performance points which will be applied to the year-long Senior Player of the Year race.

Starting times and pairings for the first round of both championships will be posted on the TGA website no later than March 27. Live scoring updates and daily recaps will also be available online once the action gets underway from Walnut Creek Country Club and Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort.

At the 2023 championships, Mike Booker secured his fifth overall South Senior Amateur title with a 36-hole total of 2-under-par 140 at Gus Wortham Park Golf Course in Houston. Charles Reeve won the Super Senior Division on the second playoff hole over Steve Moran after the two players tied at 4-over 146 at the end of regulation play. John Schaefer won the North Senior Amateur with rounds of 74-75 (+5) over 36 holes at Whitestone Golf Club in Benbrook. Rick Lindsay took home the honors in the Super Senior Division with a 7-over 151 total.

41st Texas Mid-Amateur

Denton Country Club

September 6-8, 2024


QUALIFYING INFORMATION


Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: May 1, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Exempt Entry Deadline: June 26, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Entries Close: June 26, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Qualifying TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Manager – Owen Kinney

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Entry Fee: $175

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in the state of Texas, age 25 or older as of the first round of tournament play, with a WHS Handicap Index of 8.4 or less. Please reference TGA Policies and Procedures for further details, including Policies and Procedures, and Terms of Competition.

Entry Procedure/Qualifying: All players who are not exempt must qualify via an 18-hole sectional qualifying round. Please see “Exemptions” tab for list for the list of exempt players. Qualifying round starting times, pairings and additional information, including practice rounds, is available to view on the Qualifying Information page.

41st Texas Mid-Amateur Qualifying Schedule

Date Region Course City Player Information Pairings/Leaderboard
July 1
Hill Country 1
The Hills Country Club (Live Oak)
Austin, TX
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Pairings / Leaderboard
July 8
Houston 1
April Sounds Country Club
Montgomery, TX
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Pairings / Leaderboard
July 13
DFW 1 (Weekend)
Firewheel Golf Park (Bridges – Champions/Masters)
Garland, TX
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July 15
West 1
Wichita Falls Country Club
Wichita Falls, TX
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Pairings / Leaderboard
July 25
East 1
Beaumont Country Club
Beaumont, TX
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Pairings / Leaderboard
July 28
Houston 2 (Weekend)
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Mont Belvieu, TX
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Pairings / Leaderboard
July 30
DFW 2
Cross Timbers Golf Course
Azle, TX
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Pairings / Leaderboard
August 1
South 1
Corpus Christi Country Club
Corpus Christi, TX
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Pairings / Leaderboard
August 3
Hill Country 2 (Weekend)
Delaware Springs Golf Course
Burnet, TX
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Pairings / Leaderboard
August 5
DFW 3
Shady Valley Country Club
Arlington, TX
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Pairings / Leaderboard
August 8
East 2
Eagle’s Bluff Country Club
Bullard, TX
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Pairings / Leaderboard
August 14
Houston 3
Cypresswood Golf Club (Cypress)
Spring, TX
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Pairings / Leaderboard


41st Texas Mid-Amateur Qualifying Schedule – Last Chance

Date Region Course City Player Information Pairings/Leaderboard
TBD DFW TBD TBD Click Here
Pairings / Leaderboard

**See Last Chance Qualifying below for more information, including entry and eligibility information.

Qualifying Information

Format: All players who are not exempt must participate in an 18-hole sectional qualifier. Qualifying round starting times, pairings and additional information, including practice rounds, will be posted in the Qualifying Schedule table, above, by July 8th.

What’s Included: The qualifying entry fee includes the qualifying round green fee, cart, range balls, and usage of the practice facilities. Players will have the ability to one (1) practice round at a reduced rate. See site specific Player Information for more details.

TGA Cart Policy: Included in the entry fees, all players have access to ride in a shared cart during their qualifying round. Players may walk or ride during TGA qualifying rounds. While a caddie is not prohibited from riding in the cart, the TGA has adopted a ‘one-seat’ policy as explained below.

‘One-Seat’ Policy: The “one-seat” policy allows either the player or the player’s caddie to ride in or move a golf cart, but not at the same time. The player and the player’s caddie are not allowed to ride in the same or separate carts at the same time.

The player can ride in or move a golf cart with another player in it, so long as the player’s caddie is not riding in another cart at that time.

The player can ride in or move a golf cart with another player’s caddie in it, so long as the player whose caddie is in the cart is not riding in another cart at the same time. As a reminder, players are responsible for the actions of their caddie (when applicable).

Transferring Qualifying Site: Changing a qualifying site is permissible, only before the tournament entry deadline. Or, if a player is entered in a Texas Mid- Amateur qualifier and the entry deadline has passed and circumstances arise that would cause him to miss his assigned qualifier, he may follow the “Walk Up Procedure”, outlined in the Men’s Polices & Procedures, at another qualifier.

Walk-Up Procedure for Qualifying Rounds: If a player is entered in a Texas Mid-Amateur qualifier and the entry deadline has passed and circumstances arise that would cause him to miss his assigned qualifier, he may follow the “Walk Up Procedure”, outlined in the Men’s Polices & Procedures, at another qualifier. Any walk up player at a qualifying site will be drawn by lot to replace players in the field that fail to show up at their designated starting time.

To be a part of the Walk-Up procedure you must be registered at another qualifying site. Players wishing to Walk-Up are required to check in with the TGA official at the 1st tee 30 minutes prior to the start of the qualifying round. Players attempting to transfer qualifying sites who are late to check in will be placed at the bottom of the Walk-Up list. Once play begins, if a player who is in the starting field fails to show up at the tee at the designated time, an alternate player will be called. If the player does not show within five minutes, the alternate player’s ball will be in play.

Qualifying Places: The number of qualifying spots allocated to each site will be determined by the TGA after the entry deadline has closed and all eligible entries are confirmed. This number of spots available is based on the field size at each site. Each qualifying site will have a predetermined field limit and may fill up. Each qualifying site must have at least 5 players or it will be canceled. If the requested qualifying site is full or cancelled, applicants will be reassigned by the TGA to the nearest qualifying site available. If reassignment is unacceptable, a full refund will be granted.

Ties: The last qualifying position or an alternate position shall be decided by a sudden death hole-by-hole playoff immediately after the last score has been approved and posted by a TGA Tournament Director.

Score Posting: At the conclusion of each sectional qualifying each player’s score will be automatically posted to the World Handicap System. Please do not enter your own scores from the competitive rounds, as this will result in a double post.

Last Chance Qualifying – Entry and Eligibility Information

Last Chance Qualifying is open to all eligible players including unsuccessful qualifiers or any players missing the original entry deadline. Entries are accepted on a first-in basis and a limited wait list will be established.

Last Chance players are allowed to participate in ONE (1) Last Chance Qualifier.

DFW Area Last Chance Qualifying:

Date: TBD
Host Club:
Address:
Phone:
Entries Open:
Entries Close:
Last Chance Qualifying Fee: $175
Field Limit: 84

Available Qualifying Spots (Applies to Last Chance Qualifying Only): The number of players to qualify will be as follows: Field size of 20 or less players, 2 will qualify; Field size of 21-39 players, 3 will qualify; Field size of 40-60, 4 will qualify. No alternate positions will be given out at Last Chance Qualifying.


41st Texas Mid-Amateur

Denton Country Club

September 6-8, 2024


TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

General Information

Date: September 6-8, 2024
Host Club: Denton Country Club
Address: 1213 Country Club Road, Argyle, TX 76226
Phone: (940) 464-0077
TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Director – Justin Guthrie

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Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: May 1, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Exempt Entry Deadline: June 26, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Entries Close: June 26, 2024 at 5:00 PM

Entry Fee for Qualifiers: $175
Exempt Entry Fee: $325

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in the state of Texas, age 25 or older as of the first round of tournament play, with a WHS Handicap Index of 8.4 or less. Please reference TGA Policies and Procedures for further details, including Policies and Procedures, and Terms of Competition.

Entry Procedure/Qualifying: All players who are not exempt must qualify via an 18-hole qualifying round. Please see “Exemptions” tab for list of exempt players. Exempt players must register by the published exempt entry deadline. Qualifying round starting times, pairings and additional information is available to view on the Qualifying Information page.

Exemptions: Provided players are otherwise eligible, exemptions are given to the following:
a) Last five (5) Texas Mid-Amateur Champions;
b) Last five (5) Texas Amateur Champions;
c) Top twenty (20) finishers and ties from the previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur;
d) Top five (5) Mid-Amateur finishers and ties from the current year’s Texas Amateur;
e) Low Mid-Master in previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur;
f) Low Mid-Master in current year’s Regional Mid-Amateurs;
g) Current year Mid-Amateur Match Play winner, runner-up and semi-finalists;
h) Top three (3) finishers and ties from the current year’s Regional Mid-Amateurs;
i) Top two (2) Mid-Amateur finishers and ties from the current year’s Regional Amateur’s;
j) Top three (3) Mid-Amateur finishers and ties from the current year’s West Texas Amateur;
k) Previous year’s Texas Senior Amateur Champion;
l) Current Year’s Texas Super Senior Amateur Champion;
m) Previous year’s Regional Players of the Year;
n) Current year’s Medalist Players of the Year;
o) Previous year’s Texas Senior Player of the Year;
p) Previous year’s Texas Super Senior Player of the Year;
q) Top fifteen (15) finishers and ties from the previous year’s TGA State Player of the Year Points List;
r) Top 2,000 in the R&A/USGA World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) as of Registration Open Date
s) Three (3) host club exemptions

The TGA reserves the right to select players to be in the field. For exemption request details, please view TGA Men’s Competition Policies. Exempt players must enter by the published deadline or they will lose their exempt status and spot in the final field.

Championship Information

Format/Field Size: Play will be contested over 54 holes of individual stroke play. The field is limited to 132 players; at the completion of 36 holes the field will be cut to the low 54 players and ties.

Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) complimentary practice round on Thursday, September 5, 2024 only. Players must contact the host club golf shop directly to schedule a practice round tee time.

Registration Information: Player registration will take place on Thursday, September 5 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Registration will be located outside the golf shop. Please check-in prior to your scheduled practice round. If you are unable to play an official practice round on Thursday, September 5, please inform the TGA staff that you cannot register, but intend to compete in the championship.

Starting Times/Pairings Information: Starting times / pairings for the first and second rounds will be made no later than September 3, 2024 online at www.txga.org. Final round starting times/pairings will be re-drawn based on total score following the previous round of play.

Caddies: Caddies are permitted and must adhere to all TGA Men’s Competition Policies and host club policies.

Cancellation/Withdrawal Procedure: Prior to the entry deadline players looking to withdraw should do so online through their Golf Genius user profile or by contacting the TGA Staff Contact directly. After the entry deadline has passed players should either call the Texas Golf Association at (214) 468-8942 or email the TGA Staff Contact directly. Only withdrawals on the day of the competition should be directed to the host club golf shop.

Transportation: Players may walk or ride at their own discretion. Cart fees are included in the players entry fee. The TGA ‘One-Seat’ Policy is in effect. Spectators must walk at all times.

Medical Cart: Spectators in accordance of ADA compliance may request golf carts. Requests for golf carts must be supported by complete documentation, including the fully-completed Cart Request Form and the required accompanying medical documentation specified in that form for all first-time requests. Any medical cart request that is granted by the TGA will be good for that individual for the remainder of that calendar season. A request will not be deemed complete until all required information and documentation has been provided. For further information and details contact Senior Tournament Director – Chris Untiedt.

Score Posting: The TGA will post all scores for individual stroke play events to players GHIN number. Players are asked to not post scores for individual TGA stroke play events as it will result in a duplicate posting.

Policies & Procedures

To ensure competitors the best experience at all Texas Golf Association (TGA) events, it is helpful to be knowledgeable of TGA Men’s Competition Policies.