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TGA’s Rich History at Willow Brook CC

Tyler — Back in the early 1960s, Marty Fleckman was one of the best amateurs in the country. The Port Arthur native certainly dominated in Texas.

 

In the last Texas Amateur conducted as a Match Play Championship, Fleckman won the 1964 title at Willow Brook Country Club with a 2-and-1 victory in the final match against Richard Yates. Fleckman was a Third-Team All-American that year at the University of Houston, and he was an integral part of the Cougars’ victory at the 1964 NCAA Championship.

 

“It’s been more than 50 years, but I remember really liking Willow Brook Country Club,” said Fleckman, who has been the Director of Instruction at BlackHorse Golf Club in Cypress for 22 years. “I was a power player back then, with some finesse around the greens. Willow Brook set up good for me.”

 

That probably can be said for almost every course Fleckman played back then.

 

The following year, Fleckman won the 1965 NCAA Individual Championship with a record-setting, two-day total of 135. Led by legendary coach Dave Williams, UH won the team title in 1965, too. Fleckman was named First-Team All-American that season.

 

Guess what happened in 1966! Yep, the Cougars won another NCAA Championship.

 

“Dave Williams won 14 national championships,” Fleckman said. “I was on three of those teams.”

 

Fleckman’s 1966 season at UH was a big one. In addition to his third team national championship, he won the Eastern Amateur, was Medalist at the Western Amateur and earned another First-Team All-American selection.

 

In 1967, he won the Northeast Amateur and was a member of the victorious Walker Cup team that defeated Great Britain & Ireland, 15-9, at Royal St. George’s.

 

Before he turned professional, Fleckman played as an amateur in the 1967 U.S. Open at Baltusrol Golf Club. He led a field that included Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer after 18 holes. Fleckman led again after 54 holes, but ultimately finished T18 and won Low Amateur honors.

 

“I shot a 67 the first day and led the tournament,” Fleckman told the Houston Chronicle in 2010. “I shot 73 in the second round, then came back with a 69 in the third round to lead by one shot. I was having the time of my life.”

 

Once Fleckman turned pro, his first PGA Tour event was the Cajun Classic Open Invitational in Louisiana. Fleckman birdied his final two holes to get into a playoff, then he drained a 30-foot birdie on the first extra hole to win his first-ever professional start.

 

He played on the PGA Tour for 13 years. He was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 1986, and into the University of Houston Hall of Honor in 2006. Fleckman, who gives credit to Byron Nelson, Carl Lohren, and Jim Hardy for advancing his game, won the Southern Texas PGA’s Teacher of the Year award in 2007.

 

In addition to Fleckman and his 1964 exploits, when the 113th Texas Amateur returns to Willow Brook this June, another giant in the game will be on the minds of TGA staff members and volunteers.

 

Alexander James “AJ” Triggs was a two-time TGA President and a longtime member at Willow Brook. Triggs, who passed away in 2015, was the Tournament Chairman in 1964, when Fleckman put his name on the H.L. Edwards Memorial Trophy.

 

Triggs became a Director on the TGA Board in 1970 and served for more than 35 years with 10 of those on the Executive Committee. While he was probably best known for his tireless volunteerism and passion for giving back to the game, Triggs was a prolific amateur golfer, too.

 

He won 55 amateur tournaments and was a key member of the University of North Texas golf team that won four consecutive NCAA Championships from 1949-52. Triggs would join Fleckman in the Texas Golf Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013 Inductees.

 

Late in his life, Triggs, who never met a stranger and was an incredibly engaging storyteller, wrote an unpublished memoir. It was called View from the Back Nine: Stories from My Life.

 

In it, Triggs wrote, “I’ve taken more from golf than I given back, but I’ve tried to return some of the benefits by working behind the scenes with the TGA. Sometimes, it’s kind of boring, not really much fun. But somebody did this organizational work so I could come along and enjoy playing. Now it’s my turn.”

 

With Willow Brook celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, it’s an opportune time to reflect not only on the club’s rich history, but also on the two individuals with enduring legacies as ambassadors for the game of golf. Though their futures in competitive golf took different paths following the 1964 Texas Amateur at Willow Brook, both Fleckman and Triggs made significant and lasting contributions to the entire Texas golf community that continue to help grow and strengthen the game.

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Gardner, Franklin Lead at Texas Super Senior

SUGAR LAND — The first round concluded Tuesday morning after a weather delay on Monday afternoon saw almost two inches of heavy rain and lightning halt the first round with two groups left to finish. All competitors now have completed 36 holes, and Texarkana’s Chuck Gardner will sleep on a two-shot overnight lead headed into the final round after a second round 1-under-par 71 in the Texas Super Senior. Gardner is the only player under par after two rounds in the TGA’s first state championship of the season. In the Legends Division, J. Wayne Franklin holds a three-shot lead with one round remaining, following his 5-over 77 on Tuesday.

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Leaders: Gardner followed up his opening round of even-par with four birdies, one bogey and double bogey to finish with his 71. Gardner, who finished T5 last year, will look to claim his first individual state championship. Franklin, who resides in Abilene, began the second round two shots off Egerton’s lead in the Legends Division. Franklin’s 77 tied for the low round of the day with Ron Hubbard within the division.

In Contention: In the Super Senior Division, first round leader Hollis Sullivan came back to the pack after a second round 5-over 77 and sits two strokes off Gardner’s lead at 1-over 145 through 36 holes. Houston’s Gary Durbin recorded the lowest round of the day in the Super Senior Division with seven birdies and four bogeys en route to a 3-under 69, good enough to sit alone in third place heading into the final round.

In the Legends Division, Franklin will look to hold off first round leader Ted Egerton from Dallas and Fair Oaks Ranch’s Hubbard, who both sit three off the lead at 12-over 156. Wichita Falls’ Bill Holstead is in fourth place at 14-over-par and David Wagner, also of Fair Oaks Ranch, rounds out the top five at 15-over-par.

Course: Founded in 1972, Sugar Creek Country Club is one of the Greater Houston area’s most acclaimed private clubs with 27 holes of championship golf all designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The three nine-hole courses the legendary architect crafted at Sugar Creek feature rolling fairways framed by mature strands of trees, large undulating greens, and numerous bunkers and water features dotting the landscape.

Over the past several years the club has invested millions in facility-wide improvements to meet the needs of a growing and active membership. Texas-based architect Jeffrey Blume supervised the phased golf course renovation project that included extensive updates and enhancements to playing surfaces and infrastructure while preserving the features and strategy of Jones’ original design.

Today’s Super Senior Division was contested at 6,201 yards. The Legends Division competitors played from 5,810 yards.

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, which will be contested on the Trent/Jones Courses, 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 out at Sugar Creek 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.

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Sullivan and Egerton Lead at Texas Super Senior

SUGAR LAND — Hollis Sullivan on Monday posted an opening round 4-under-par 68 to lead the 2022 Texas Super Senior Championship before heavy rains and lightning suspended play for the day. The first round will resume Tuesday at 8 a.m. The Super Senior was suspended at 3:07 p.m. today and did not restart. In the Legends Division, Dallas’ Ted Egerton holds a narrow two stroke lead at 2-over-par 74 after 18 holes. A complete recap, including 36-hole scores, will be distributed following the second round.

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Leaders: Sullivan of Westworth Village made five birdies and a lone bogey in his opening round to lead by three strokes in the Super Senior Division. Egerton was able to position himself atop the Legends Division after making his way around the demanding course with two birdies, two bogeys and a single double-bogey for his 2-over-par opening round.

In Contention: In the Super Senior Division, two players finished their first round at even-par or better. Weimar’s Mike Vacek is alone in second place at 1-under 71, and Chuck Gardner of Texarkana is at even-par 72. In the Legends Division, J. Wayne Franklin of Abilene sits alone in second place at 4-over 76. Wichita Falls’ Bill Holstead holds third place at 5-over 77.

Course: Founded in 1972, Sugar Creek Country Club is one of the Greater Houston area’s most acclaimed private clubs with 27 holes of championship golf all designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The three nine-hole courses the legendary architect crafted at Sugar Creek feature rolling fairways framed by mature strands of trees, large undulating greens, and numerous bunkers and water features dotting the landscape.

Over the past several years the club has invested millions in facility-wide improvements to meet the needs of a growing and active membership. Texas-based architect Jeffrey Blume supervised the phased golf course renovation project that included extensive updates and enhancements to playing surfaces and infrastructure while preserving the features and strategy of Jones’ original design.

Today’s Super Senior Division was contested at 6,338 yards. The Legends Division competitors played from 5,877 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, which will be contested on the Trent/Jones Courses, 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 first round will resume at 8 a.m. for the groups that were unable to finish their round due to the dangerous weather that caused today’s suspension. The second round of the Texas Super Senior will begin as scheduled at 8:30 a.m. off holes No. 1 and No. 10 out at Sugar Creek 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 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.


Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play

Denton Country Club

July 21-24, 2022

General Information

Date: July 21-24, 2022
Host Club: Denton Country Club
Address: 1213 Country Club Blvd., Argyle, TX 76226
Phone: (940) 464-499
TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Director – Justin Guthrie

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Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: June 1, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Exempt Entry Deadline: June 22, 2022 at 5:00 PM
Entries Close: July 13, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: $250

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 5.4 or less. Please reference TGA Policies and Procedures for further details, including Policies and Procedures, and Terms of Competition.

Entry Procedure: The field will be established in the order in which entries are received with a priority for exempt players until the published deadline of Wednesday, June 22 at 5:00 PM. Once the exemption deadline has passed, and if the field is not full, the TGA will fill the remaining spots in the field with waitlisted entries. These entries will be accepted into the field in the order in which they were received. After the close of entries, players that withdraw will be filled based on the waitlist. For additional information regarding wait list and when the number of applicants exceeds the field capacity, please refer to the TGA Policies and Procedures.

Championship Information

Format/Field Size: The championship is scheduled for 18 holes of stroke play qualifying on Thursday, July 21. The low 32 players from stroke play qualifying will advance to match play beginning on Friday, July 22. The field is limited to 90 players.

Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) complimentary practice round on Wednesday, July 20 only. Players must contact the Denton CC golf shop to schedule a practice round tee time.

Registration Information: There is no official registration for the Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play. Players are asked to arrive to their respective starting tee 8-10 minutes prior to their starting time.Tee gifts will be distributed in the scoring area following stroke play qualifying on Thursday, July 21.

Starting Times/Pairings Information: Starting times/pairings for stroke play qualifying round will be made available no later than Monday, July 18 online at www.txga.org. Match play starting times/pairings will be made available in the evening proceeding stroke play qualifying (approximately one hour after the completion of play) online at www.txga.org. Match play draw will be based on the stroke play qualifying score and position.

For complete championship information, click here.

Wednesday, July 21
Practice Rounds

Thursday, July 22
7:30 AM – Stroke Play Qualifying Round (#1 & #10 tees)
Following Play – Field cut to the low 32 players for Match Play

Friday, July 23
7:30 AM – Round of 32 Matches
Player Lunches
1:00 PM – Round of 16 Matches
 
Saturday, July 24
7:30 AM – Quarterfinal Matches
Player Lunches
12:30 PM – Semifinal Matches

Sunday, July 24
7:30 AM – Championship Match
Following Play – Awards Presentation

Exemptions: Provided players are otherwise eligible, exemptions are given to the following:

a) Last three (3) Texas Amateur Champions;

  • Austyn Reily (ineligible)
  • Trey Bosco (ineligible)
  • Ryan Grider (ineligible)

b) Last three (3) Texas Mid-Amateur Champions;

  • Frederick Janneck
  • Ryan O'Rear
  • Christopher Wheeler


c) Players advancing into the Round of 16 in the match play portion of previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play;

  • Christopher Wheeler, Andrew Lawson, Coy Breen, Aaron Hickman, John Derrick, Colby Harwell, Gary Ezmerlian, Padden Nelson, Todd Albert, Jeffery Juillerat, Sean McCauley, Jon Glover, Drew Evans, Jason Enloe, Johnny Begzos, Daniel Depasquale


d) Top 10 finishers in the previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur;

  • Frederick Janneck, Clay Fullick, Aaron Hickman, Ryan O'Rear, John Yerger, William Aycock, Eric Lodge, Brandon Immel, Todd Albert, Clay Hodge, Casey Carnes


e) Top 10 finishers in the current year’s Texas Amateur;

  • TBD - June 16-20, 2022


f) Winner and Runner-up in the current year’s Regional Mid-Amateurs;

  • North: Jason Schults, Scott Maurer
  • South: Daniel Depasquale, Randy Lance


g) Low Mid-Master from previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur;

  • Clay Fullick, Aaron Hickman


h) Three Host Club Exemptions.

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

Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play

Denton Country Club

July 21-14, 2022


TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

General Information

Date: July 21-24, 2022
Host Club: Denton Country Club
Address: 1213 Country Club Blvd., Argyle, TX 76226
Phone: (940) 464-499
TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Director – Justin Guthrie

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Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: June 1, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Exempt Entry Deadline: June 22, 2022 at 5:00 PM
Entries Close: July 13, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: $250

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 5.4 or less. Please reference TGA Policies and Procedures for further details, including Policies and Procedures, and Terms of Competition.

Entry Procedure: The field will be established in the order in which entries are received with a priority for exempt players until the published deadline of Wednesday, June 22 at 5:00 PM. Once the exemption deadline has passed, and if the field is not full, the TGA will fill the remaining spots in the field with waitlisted entries. These entries will be accepted into the field in the order in which they were received. After the close of entries, players that withdraw will be filled based on the waitlist. For additional information regarding wait list and when the number of applicants exceeds the field capacity, please refer to the TGA Policies and Procedures.

Exemptions: Provided players are otherwise eligible, exemptions are given to the following:
a) Last three (3) Texas Amateur Champions;
b) Last three (3) Texas Mid-Amateur Champions;
c) Players advancing into the Round of 16 in the match play portion of previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play;
d) Top 10 finishers in the previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur;
e) Top 10 finishers in the current year’s Texas Amateur;
f) Winner and Runner-up in the current year’s Regional Mid-Amateurs;
g) Low Mid-Master from previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur;
h) Three Host Club Exemptions.

The TGA reserves the right to select players to be in the field. For exemption request details, please view TGA 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: The championship is scheduled for 18 holes of stroke play qualifying on Thursday, July 21. The low 32 players from stroke play qualifying will advance to match play beginning on Friday, July 22. The field is limited to 90 players.

Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) complimentary practice round on Wednesday, July 20 only. Players must contact the Denton CC golf shop to schedule a practice round tee time.

Registration Information: There is no official registration for the Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play. Players are asked to arrive to their respective starting tee 8-10 minutes prior to their starting time.Tee gifts will be distributed in the scoring area following stroke play qualifying on Thursday, July 21.

Starting Times/Pairings Information: Starting times/pairings for stroke play qualifying round will be made available no later than Monday, July 18 online at www.txga.org. Match play starting times/pairings will be made available in the evening proceeding stroke play qualifying (approximately one hour after the completion of play) online at www.txga.org. Match play draw will be based on the stroke play qualifying score and position.

Caddies: Caddies are permitted and must adhere to all TGA 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. For more information on TGA ‘One-Seat’ Policy, click here.

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 Director of Competitions – South Texas, John Cochran IV.

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 Policies & Procedures. For complete TGA Competition Policies, click here.


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Texas Super Senior Am Set for April 25-27

The 2022 Texas Super Senior Amateur will be played April 25-27 at Sugar Creek Country Club in Sugar Land.

The premier event for male amateur golfers who are 65 years of age and older will be the fourth TGA championship held at Sugar Creek. The club most recently hosted the 2019 South Regional Four-Ball, won by Devaughn Robinson and Robert Skeen.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to conduct this year’s Texas Super Senior Amateur at Sugar Creek Country Club,” said Justin Guthrie, TGA Tournament Director. “The club is committed to promoting amateur golf, and we are honored to be back at this exceptional facility and working together to provide another exceptional championship experience.”

Founded in 1972, Sugar Creek Country Club is one of the Greater Houston area’s most acclaimed private clubs with 27 holes of championship golf all designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The three nine-hole courses the legendary architect crafted at Sugar Creek feature rolling fairways framed by mature strands of trees, large undulating greens, and numerous bunkers and water features dotting the landscape.

Over the past several years the club has invested millions in facility-wide improvements to meet the needs of a growing and active membership. Texas-based architect Jeffrey Blume supervised the phased golf course renovation project that included extensive updates and enhancements to playing surfaces and infrastructure while preserving the features and strategy of Jones’ original design.

“We are delighted to welcome the TGA and the Texas Super Senior Amateur to Sugar Creek Country Club as a highlight of our yearlong 50th Anniversary celebration,” said Jim Stickels, the club’s Director of Golf. “With our continued focus on excellent playing conditions and championship-quality green speeds, Sugar Creek will be an ideal stage for the state’s best senior amateurs, and the membership and staff will provide unmatched hospitality.”

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, which will be contested on the Trent/Jones Courses, 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.

Live scoring updates, daily recaps, as well as tee-times and pairings, will be available on the website once the action gets underway from Sugar Creek Country Club.

At the 2021 championship, Wayne Wright of Aledo captured his second Texas Super Senior Amateur title with rounds of 72-71-73 on the North Course at Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth. His 3-over-par 216 total was good for a six-shot margin of victory. Wright also won the event in 2017 at Pine Dunes Resort & Golf Club in Frankston. Mike Rice of Houston, the 2005 U.S. Senior Amateur champion, finished at 16-over 229 to win the Legends Division. Ford Cartwright of Lufkin and Jamey Freisleben of Montgomery tied for low Net in the Super Senior Division with handicap adjusted totals of 221 (+8). Butch Vaut of Royse City claimed low Net honors in the Legends Division at 218 (+5).

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Barfield and Quinn Win at North Senior Amateur

Dallas — Neal Barfield of Dallas won the Senior Division of the North Senior Amateur after firing a 1-over 71 amidst windy conditions on Wednesday. Jim Quinn of Arlington completed his wire-to-wire victory of the Super Senior Division with rounds of 67-76 at Golf Club of Dallas.

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Leaders: Barfield made four birdies in his second round and posted the low score on Wednesday in both divisions. His 4-over total pushed him two strokes ahead of the field as he won the North Senior Amateur for the first time. Quinn started steady in round two, going out at even-par 35, but ran into a four-hole stretch where he played 6-over. He finished with three pars and five strokes ahead of the field.

In Contention: In the Senior Division, Burleson’s Lewis Stephenson and Grapevine’s Michael Goff finished tied for second at 6-over, while Irving’s Steve Love and McKinney’s Donald Oconnor finished fourth and fifth. In the Super Senior Division, two-time reigning champion Gary Kirwan of McKinney finished runner-up to Quinn, followed by Rockwall’s Rick Lindsay in third, Irving’s Michael Puls in fourth and Jacksonville’s Dick Stone in fifth.

Course: Golf Club of Dallas is hosting the North Senior Amateur for the second time. The course was designed by Perry and Press Maxwell and opened in 1953. The last time the North Senior Amateur was at GC of Dallas was in 2010, which saw Jim Mundell win the Senior Division and Randy Wolff win the Super Senior Division.

Tournament History: The North Senior Amateur is in its 13th year on the schedule and is the second regional event in North Texas in 2022. The tournament is a 36-hole stroke play event with players competing in two separate divisions. The Senior Division is comprised of players that are 55 years and older, while the Super Senior Division is made up of players that are 65 years and older.

TGA Regional Series: The TGA Regional Series is made up of four events for each region of North and South Texas. There is a Regional Four-Ball, Mid-Amateur, Senior Amateur and Amateur for both the North and South. The West Texas Amateur also serves as an event in the Regional Series and is open to any players in the state of Texas that meet eligibility.

Player of the Year: Points were awarded to the top five finishers of each division for the Senior Player of the Year and Super Senior Player of the Year. The champions each got 500 points towards the statewide honor followed by 400 for runner-up, 300 for third, 200 for fourth and 100 for fifth. The Regional Senior Amateurs were the first opportunity for players to earn points in those races.

What’s Next: The TGA heads out to Tempest Golf Club for the North Four-Ball, which was rescheduled from it’s original February date due to severe weather. Qualifying has commenced for the 113th Texas Amateur and sites are scattered across the state for the next few months. The Legends Junior Tour heads to the Austin area for the rescheduled Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic at Crystal Falls Golf Club on April 9-10.

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 North Senior Amateur, click here. To see all the scores from Golf Club of Dallas, click here.


85th Texas Senior Amateur

Champions Golf Club

September 9-11, 2022

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General Information

Date: September 9-11, 2022
Host Club: Champions Golf Club (Jackrabbit Course)
Address: 13722 Champions Dr, Houston, TX 77069
Phone: (281) 444-6449
TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Director, Justin Guthrie

Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: June 8, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Entries Close: August 3, 2022 at 5:00 PM
Exempt Deadline: August 3, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: $325

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in the state of Texas age 55 or older as of the first round of tournament play, with a WHS Handicap Index of 6.4 or less. Please reference TGA Policies and Procedures for further details, including Policies and Procedures, and Terms of Competition.

Entry Procedure: The field will be established by handicap index (lowest to highest) using the handicap “Effective Revision Date” of Wednesday, August 3. All applications, including exemptions, must be received by the entry close date of Wednesday, August 3 at 5:00 PM. After the entry deadline has passed, spots in the field will be allocated to any remaining exempt players and then the lowest handicap index players until the field is full. Those not making it into the field will be placed on the waitlist in rank order of their handicap index (lowest to highest).

Players will be notified by 5:00 PM Friday, August 5, if they are in the field, or where they stand on the wait list. Each week thereafter, TGA Staff will circulate an updated waitlist prior to the championship in an effort to keep players informed of their status.

The TGA reserves the right to select players to be in the field. For exemption request details, please view TGA Policies and Procedures. 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. All players will be competing in one division from the same tees and yardage. The field is limited to 144 players. At the completion of the 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 54 players and ties.

For full player information for the 85th Texas Senior Amateur, click here

All events will take place at Champions GC, unless otherwise noted. Championship schedule is subject to changes and additions.

Thursday, September 8
8:00 AM – Practice Rounds Begin
6:00 PM – Golf Course Closes

Friday, September 9
8:00 AM – Round 1, Wave 1 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
11:30 AM to 3:30 PM – Player Lunch
1:00 PM – Round 1, Wave 2 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)

Saturday, September 10
8:00 AM – Round 2, Wave 1 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
11:30 AM to 3:30 PM – Player Lunch
1:00 PM – Round 2, Wave 2 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)

Sunday, September 11
8:00 AM– Final Round Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
Following Play – Awards Presentation

Provided players are otherwise eligible, exemptions are given to the following:

a) Last five (5) Texas Senior Amateur Champions 

  • Gary Durbin (2021)
  • John Derrick (2020)
  • Gary Durbin (2019)
  • Lewis Stephenson (2018)
  • Ed Brooks (2017)

b) Top 20 (and ties) in previous year’s Senior Amateur

  • Gary Durbin, Kyle Kelting, Hollis Sullivan, Chuck Gardner, Lee Sandlin, Lewis Stephenson, Jed Shreve, Alan Hill, John Pierce, John Dowdall, Steve Love, Mike Lohner, Larry Corson, Rob Teets, Vern Spurlock, Jacky Lee, Michael Jones, John Derrick, Rob Addington, Larry Nunez, Jerry Hudgins, Michael Guerrette, Bill Jackson

c) Finished in the top 20 (and ties) in current year’s Texas Amateur or current and/or previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur 

d) Any player that qualified for the final field of the current year’s U.S. Senior Open and/or U.S. Senior Amateur 

e) Top five (5) finishers (and ties) in current year’s West Texas Amateur

f) Top fifteen (15) finishers (and ties) in the current year’s Regional Senior Amateurs 

  • North: Neal Barfield, Lewis Stephenson, Michael Goff, Steve Love, Donald Oconnor, John Schaefer, Kevin Grimes, Bill Brown, Sam Manning, John Donahue, Scott Wolf, Chuck Palmer, Lance Tjaden, Larry Corson, Brad Stumpf
  • South: Mike Booker, Kurt Lilley, Jed Shreve, Bill Shock, Todd Lacoste, Bobby Baugh, John Pierce, Kurt Martin, Charlie Jabbia, Tommy Tucker, Titus Harris, Michael Allen, Andy Hydorn, Fred Gintert, BK Cody, Tony Escoyne, John Dowdall

g) Low two (2) Seniors that make the cut in the current year’s Texas Amateur 

h) Previous year’s Statewide Senior Player of the Year 

  • Lewis Stephenson

i) Current year's Mid-Amateur Match Play winner and runner-up

j) Top three (3) finishers (and ties) in the current year’s Texas Super Senior Amateur (Super Senior Division) 

  • Chuck Gardner
  • Gary Durbin
  • Hollis Sullivan

k) Three (3) Host Club exemptions

85th Texas Senior Amateur

Champions Golf Club

September 9-11, 2022


TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

General Information

Date: September 9-11, 2022
Host Club: Champions Golf Club (Jackrabbit Course)
Address: 13722 Champions Dr., Houston, TX 77069
Phone: (281) 444-6449
TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Director, Justin Guthrie

Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: June 8, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Exempt Entry Deadline: August 3, 2022 at 5:00 PM
Entries Close: August 3, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: $325

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in the state of Texas age 55 or older as of the first round of tournament play, with a WHS Handicap Index of 6.4 or less. Please reference TGA Policies and Procedures for further details, including Policies and Procedures, and Terms of Competition.

Entry Procedure: The field will be established by handicap index (lowest to highest) using the handicap “Effective Revision Date” of Wednesday, August 3. All applications, including exemptions, must be received by the entry close date of Wednesday, August 3 at 5:00 PM. After the entry deadline has passed, spots in the field will be allocated to any remaining exempt players and then the lowest handicap index players until the field is full. Those not making it into the field will be placed on the waitlist in rank order of their handicap index (lowest to highest).

Players will be notified by 5:00 PM Friday, August 5, if they are in the field, or where they stand on the wait list. Each week thereafter, TGA Staff will circulate an updated waitlist prior to the championship in an effort to keep players informed of their status.

Exemptions: Provided players are otherwise eligible, exemptions are given to the following:

a) Last five (5) Texas Senior Amateur Champions

b) Top 20 (and ties) in previous year’s Senior Amateur

c) Finished in the top 20 (and ties) in current year’s Texas Amateur or current and/or previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur

d) Any player that qualified for the final field of the current year’s U.S. Senior Open and/or U.S. Senior Amateur

e) Top five (5) finishers (and ties) in current year’s West Texas Amateur

f) Top fifteen (15) finishers (and ties) in the current year’s Regional Senior Amateurs

g) Low two (2) Seniors that make the cut in the current year’s Texas Amateur

h) Previous year’s Statewide Senior Player of the Year

i) Current year Mid-Amateur Match Play winner and runner-up

j) Top three (3) finishers (and ties) in the current year’s Texas Super Senior Amateur (Super Senior Division)

k) 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 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. All players will be competing in one division from the same tees and yardage. The field is limited to 144 players. At the completion of the 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 8 only. Players must contact the golf shop directly to schedule a practice round tee time.

Registration Information: There is no official registration for the Texas Senior Amateur. Players are asked to arrive to their respective starting tee 8-10 minutes prior to their starting time.Tee gifts will be distributed in the scoring area following first round play.

Starting Times/Pairings Information: Starting times/pairings for the first and second rounds will be made no later than Tuesday, September 6 online at www.txga.org. Final round starting times/pairings will be available in the evening preceding play (approximately one hour after the completion of play) online at www.txga.org. Final round starting times/pairings will be re-drawn based on total score following the previous rounds of play.

Caddies: Caddies are permitted and must adhere to all TGA 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. For more information on TGA ‘One-Seat’ Policy, click here.

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 Director of Competitions – South Texas, John Cochran IV.

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 Policies & Procedures. For complete TGA Competition Policies, click here.


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News



Booker and Vacek Win at South Senior Amateur

Briefly: Mike Booker overcomes a four shot deficit to win the 2022 South Senior Amateur. Booker started his final round tied for 16th place and charged up the leaderboard with a final round score of even par 71. Similar to Booker, Mike Vacek also overcame a four shot deficit to win the Super Senior Division. Vacek started his final round tied for 7th.
Leaderboard:
Senior Division
1. Mike Booker +5 147
T2. Kurtis Lilley +7 149
T2. Jed Shreve +7 149
T4. Bill Shock +8 150
T4. Todd Lacoste +8 150
T4. Bobby Baugh +8 150

Super Senior Division
1. Mike Vacek +8 150
T2. Alan Fama +12 154
T2. Kent Samuel +12 154

Final Results
Golf Course: Beaumont Country Club was established in 1906 and is one of the five founding member clubs of the TGA. The course was originally designed by Alex Findlay and opened for play the following year. Baxter Spann supervised a $2 million dollar renovation of the course in 2004. The par 71 golf course tips out at 6703 yards and tests all facets of a players game. The senior division played from roughly 6,300 yards whereas the super senior division played from roughly 6,000 yards.
Weather: Wednesday’s first round started with overcast conditions and high winds as a storm swept across the state of Texas. After a two and a half hour delay and a half inch of rain the sky cleared up for an afternoon of blue skies and temperatures in the 80’s. For Thursday’s second round the wind calmed down and players saw a high of 75 degress.
Winner’s Info: Mike Booker of Houston won the 2022 South Senior Amateur Senior Division with a 36 hole total of 147. This is Booker’s 4th South Senior Amateur title previously winning in 2012, 2016, 2017 and now in 2022. Mike Vacek of Weimar won the Super Senior Division with a score of 150. Vacek defended his 2021 Super Senior division title which was won at Kissing Tree Golf Club in April of last year.
In Contention: Finishing tied for second in the Super Senior Division was round one leader Alan Fama of Houston and Kent Samuel of The Woodlands. Both players finished four strokes behind first place. In the Senior Division Kurtis Lilley of Cypress and Jed Shreve of The Woodlands finished two strokes behind Booker in a tie for second. One stroke behind second place was a three way tie for fourth. The tie included Bill Shock of Houston, Todd Lacoste of Austin, and Bobby Baugh of San Antonio.
What’s Next: Next up in the south regional series is the South Amateur which will be held at Victoria Country Club August 5-7. For more information click here.
More Info: The Texas Golf Association extends its sincere appreciation to the staff and members of Beaumont Country Club, the city of Beaumont, 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.