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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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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.

South Senior Amateur

Tapatio Springs Resort

April 2-3, 2024


TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

General Information

Date: April 2-3, 2024
Host Club: Tapatio Springs Resort
Address: 1 Resort Way, Boerne, TX 78006
Phone: (830) 537-4197
TGA Staff Contact: Justin Guthrie – Tournament Director

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Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: January 31, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Exempt Entry Deadline: February 21, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Entries Close: March 20, 2024 at 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: $260

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who are 55 years of age or older by the first round of tournament play, and reside in the South Texas region (31’ parallel, Salado, TX and South is the break point). Applicants must have a certified WHS Handicap Index of 8.4 or less for the Senior division and 10.0 or less for the Super Senior division. Please reference TGA Men’s Competition Policies 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 in each division until the published exemption deadline of February 21, 2024 at 5:00 PM. Once the exemption deadline has passed, and if the field or a division is not full, the TGA will fill the remaining spots in the field with waitlisted entries, which may affect the size of each division. These entries will be accepted into the field in the order in which they were received, regardless of division.

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

a) Top ten (10) finishers and ties in previous year’s Regional Senior (Senior Division)
b) Top five (5) finishers and ties in previous year’s Regional Senior (Super Senior Division)
c) Last five (5) Regional Senior Amateur Champions (Senior Division)
d) Last five (5) Regional Senior Amateur Champions (Super Senior Division)
e) Top ten (10) finishers and ties in previous year’s Texas Senior Amateur
f) 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 36 holes of stroke play. The field will be limited to 84 players, 60 seniors and 24 super seniors.

Divisions: The field will be split up in two divisions; Senior (55 or older as of the tournament start date) and Super Senior (65 or older as of the tournament start date). Each division will play from different tees/yardage with a separate champion being crowned in each division. Super Seniors must declare on application if they wish to compete in the Senior division.

Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) practice round at a discounted rate of $100.00, plus tax (Discounted rate not available on Sunday, March 31). Contact the host club directly to schedule practice rounds. Rounds may be booked fourteen (14) days in advance.

Registration Information: There is no no official registration for TGA Regional Events. Players are asked to arrive to their respective starting tee 8-10 minutes prior to their starting time.

Starting Times/Pairings Information: Starting times / pairings for the first round will be made no later than March 27, 2024 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 round of play.

Caddies: Caddies are permitted and must adhere to all TGA Men’s Policies & Procedures 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.

Host Hotel: The TGA has contracted with the following hotels to be the host hotel for the South Senior Amateur. Participants are responsible for individually booking their room for the championship, if needed. The deadline to book through the booking link below is March 9, 2024.

Tapatio Springs Resort
1 Resort Way, Boerne, TX 78006
(866) 724-0602
Cutoff Date: March 9, 2024
Booking Link

Policies & Procedures

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South Senior Amateur

Tapatio Springs Resort

April 2-3, 2024


General Information
Date: April 2-3, 2024
Host Club: Tapatio Springs Resort
TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Director - Justin Guthrie

Entry & Eligibility Information
Entries Open: January 31, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Exempt Entry Deadline: February 21, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Entries Close: March 20, 2024 at 5:00 PM 

Entry Fee: $260 

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who are 55 years of age or older by the first round of tournament play, and reside in the South Texas region (31’ parallel, Salado, TX and South is the break point). Applicants must have a certified WHS Handicap Index of 8.4 or less for the Senior division and 10.0 or less for the Super Senior division. Please reference TGA Men's Competition Policies 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 in each division until the published exemption deadline of February 21, 2024 at 5:00 PM. Once the exemption deadline has passed, and if the field or a division is not full, the TGA will fill the remaining spots in the field with waitlisted entries, which may affect the size of each division. These entries will be accepted into the field in the order in which they were received, regardless of division.

Championship Information

Format/Field Size: Play will be contested over 36 holes of stroke play. The field will be limited to 84 players, 60 seniors and 24 super seniors.

Divisions: The field will be split up in two divisions; Senior (55 or older as of the tournament start date) and Super Senior (65 or older as of the tournament start date). Each division will play from different tees/yardage with a separate champion being crowned in each division. Super Seniors must declare on application if they wish to compete in the Senior division.

Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) practice round at a discounted rate of $100.00, plus tax (Discounted rate not available on Sunday, March 31). Contact the host club directly to schedule practice rounds. Rounds may be booked fourteen (14) days in advance.   

Registration Information: There is no no official registration for TGA Regional Events. Players are asked to arrive to their respective starting tee 8-10 minutes prior to their starting time. 

Starting Times/Pairings Information: Starting times / pairings for the first round will be made no later than March 27, 2024 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 round of play.

Host Hotel: The TGA has contracted with the following hotels to be the host hotel for the South Senior Amateur. Participants are responsible for individually booking their room for the championship, if needed. The deadline to book through the booking link below is March 9, 2024. 

Tapatio Springs Resort
1 Resort Way, Boerne, TX 78006
(866) 724-0602
Cutoff Date: March 9, 2024
Booking Link

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Schedule of Events

Wednesday, January 31
9:00 AM - Registration Open

Wednesday, February 21
5:00 PM - Registration Exempt Deadline

Wednesday, March 20
5:00 PM - Registration Close

Wednesday, March 27 
5:00 PM - Player Information & Round 1 Pairings Released

Tuesday, April 2
8:00 AM - Round 1 Begins off #1 & #10

Wednesday, April 3
8:00 AM - Final Round Begins off #1 & #10
Following Play - Awards Presentation

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

a) Top ten (10) finishers and ties in previous year's Regional Senior (Senior Division)

  • Mike Booker, Terrence Miskell, Ron Byrd, John Pierce, Kurtis Lilley, Thomas Immenschuh, Bobby Baugh, Gary Durbin, Mike Padilla, Pat Youngs

b) Top five (5) finishers and ties in previous year's Regional Senior (Super Senior Division)

  • Chuck Reeve, Steve Moran, Wayne Hollingsworth, Kent Samuel, Rick Turner, Thomas Rahlfs

c) Last five (5) Regional Senior Amateur Champions (Senior Division)

  • Mike Booker ('23 & '22) , David Ortego ('21), Scott Smith ('19), John Pierce ('18)

d) Last five (5) Regional Senior Amateur Champions (Super Senior Division)

  • Chuck Reeve ('23), Mike Vacek ('22), Mike Vacek ('21), Mike Arnold ('19), Kent Samuel ('18)

e) Top ten (10) finishers and ties in previous year's Texas Senior Amateur

  • Gary Durbin, Lewis Stephenson*, Bobby Baugh, Sandy Pierce, Tray Tyner, Terrence Miskell, Kyle Kelting*, Chuck Gardner*, Mike Booker, Bart Goodwin*, John Dowdall, Trip Long*

f) Three (3) host club exemptions

* indicates player is ineligible 

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A Playbook for Golf & Life

“Golf is a metaphor of life. As soon as you assume something’s going to happen, it usually doesn’t. And maybe even the opposite happens.”
– Mike Booker, Texas Golf Association

If anyone knows what it takes to build the type of mindset needed to become a successful competitive golfer, it’s Houston’s Mike Booker. Winner of 14 TGA Championships, a 2019 Texas Golf Hall of Fame inductee, and a collegiate All-American on the late 1970s powerhouse University of Houston golf teams, Booker at age 68 knows exactly what constitutes a tournament golfer.

Or as he would put it, a Tournament Golfer: capital T, capital G.

The four-time Texas Senior Player of the Year recently published his first book. It’s a unique self-help offering for anyone who wants to know how to improve their tournament results and become more successful in their daily lives. It’s called The Tournament Golfer’s Playbook and identifies two very different types of competitive golfers and how becoming one of them can lead to triumph – in tournaments and life itself.

“My book is for players who want to win golf tournaments,” said Booker, who notched his latest triumph at the 2023 South Texas Senior Amateur. You see, Booker believes there are Golfers-Who-Play-Tournaments, and then there are Tournament Golfers. There is about a 700-yard, par-5 gulf between these two types of competitors.

For example, the Golfer-Who-Plays-Tournaments has a list of excuses for poor scores. It was a bad back, or inclement weather, or unlucky lip-outs that kept him from meeting his expectations. The Tournament Golfer, meanwhile, has no such rationalizations. This competitor, Booker notes, is drama-free. He turns in his scorecard without alibis.

Or, as Booker says in his book, “Don’t explain, don’t complain.”

There’s much more to the dichotomy, of course. Booker gets into all of it. The Golfer-Who-Plays-Tournaments has bad habits of getting ahead of themselves, thinking too far into the future (or the past), over-celebrating good shots and getting upset over bad ones.

Booker understands this because he is a Tournament Golfer. He is quick to add, however, that wasn’t always the case. He was a Golfer-Who-Plays-Tournaments for years and years.

There’s a great anecdote early in the book about when he was 16 years old and advanced to the semifinals of the California Junior Match Play Championship. He faced one of the top-ranked juniors in the state, future U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson. Booker took a quick lead – Simpson duck-hooked tee balls out of bounds on the first two holes – and he started thinking about who he’d face in the finals.

Cut to the end, Simpson won 3&2. Even as a teenager, Simpson displayed winning characteristics even when he was 2 down. No alibis.

“Scott was a Tournament Golfer, and I had no idea what had just happened to me,” Booker said. “It would take me over a decade to understand what he – and many other Tournament Golfers I encountered – possessed that I did not. In my book, I detail how the reader can become a Tournament Golfer and stop being just a Golfer-Who-Plays-Tournaments.”

Published in January, The Tournament Golfer’s Playbook debuted at #1 on Amazon’s New Release list. It also made it to #1 on Amazon’s Best Seller list in February. It’s stuffed full of the kind of advice, anecdotes, and insider information every serious golfer needs.

It’s more than that, though. At the end of each chapter, Booker gives readers a “Life Hack” that relates how becoming a Tournament Golfer also can help them succeed in life off the golf course.

The chapter about “Taking Responsibility” illuminates why and how the Tournament Golfer benefits from owning up for their actions on the golf course.

“Taking responsibility gives the player true freedom,” Booker said. “Everyone in life and business makes mistakes. The Tournament Golfer attitude calls for us to take responsibility: own (the mistake), fix it, and eliminate it.”

This new book is just the latest way Booker has given back to golf. Mike and his wife, Pat, founded the Booker Family Foundation that supports a wide array of worthy causes, including the TGA’s Youth on Course program that allows juniors to play for $5 or less at select courses across the state.

A melanoma skin cancer survivor himself, Booker’s foundation has raised more than $1 million for the Booker Melanoma Research Endowment for UT/MD Anderson to help eradicate the disease. He and Pat are Trustees for The First Tee, and ardent supporters of the University of Houston golf program. They funded the UH short game area at the Golf Club of Houston, the home course for Mike’s alma mater, the UH Men’s & Women’s Golf Teams.

Now he can add author to his impressive list of accomplishments. Once you read  The Tournament Golfer’s Playbook, you might start adding successful bullet points to your lists, too.

For more information or to order the book,  click here. To read an excerpt from  The Tournament Golfer’s Playbook,  click here.

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Mike Booker Wins South Senior Amateur; Charles Reeve Wins Super Senior Amateur

Briefly: Houston’s Mike Booker claims his 5th South Senior Amateur title with a final round 2-under par 69 to finish at 2-under par for the tournament, two shots ahead of Ron Byrd and Terrence Miskell. Booker, a Texas Golf Hall of Famer, recorded his 14th Texas Golf Association victory in his decorated career.

After a one hour delay, Charles Reeve won the Super Senior Division in a playoff at 4-over par 146 against Steve Moran. Reeve and Moran played one hole in the playoff before lightning in the area forced the delay. On the second playoff hole, number 18, Reeve made birdie.

Final Results

Golf Course: Gus Wortham Park Golf Course traces back over 100 years to when it opened in 1908 as the original site of Houston Country Club. The 6,388-yard, par-71 course, which has been owned by the City of Houston since 1973, was completely renovated and modernized in 2019 by the architectural firm of Finger Dye Spann, Inc. The historic venue also hosts the Houston City Amateur and City Senior Amateur every fall.

Weather: Tuesday’s opening round of the South Senior Amateur welcomed the players with overcast skies and gusty winds out of the south. Tuesday’s high reached into the low 80’s. Wednesday once again saw gusty winds and scattered afternoon showers.

Top Finishers: Booker, a four-time TGA Senior Player of the Year, and a past South Regional Player of the Year, recorded five birdies in the final after posting five birdies in his opening round of even par 71. Booker first won this event in 2012 and then went back-to-back in 2016 and 2017, and defended his title once again following his victory last year at Beaumont Country Club.

Byrd, of The Woodlands, posted back-to-back rounds of even par 71, while Miskell, of New Braunfels, followed up his opening round 1-under par 70 with a final round of 1-over par 72.

Finishing in a tie for fourth place at 1-over par 143 were Kurtis Lilley and John Pierce, of Cypress and San Antonio, respectively.

Super Senior Division: Reeve, of Houston, played consistent golf over the two days with back-to-back rounds of 2-over par 73. Moran, the reigning Houston City Senior Amateur (Super Senior Division) followed up his opening round 4-over par 75 with an even par round of 71 to force the playoff.

Richmond’s Wayne Hollingsworth finished in solo third after following up his opening round 77 with a final round 76 to post 11-over 153. Three players finished in a tie for fourth at 12-over par 154; Kent Samuel of The Woodlands, Thomas Rahlfs and Rick Turner, both of Houston.

Regional POY: South Player of the Year points will be awarded to the top finishers at the 2023 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 Regional POY information, click here.

What’s Next: The next event in the Regional Series will be the 95th West Texas Amateur at Diamondback Golf Club in Abilene. Registration is open to players from all over Texas and will open on May 24th 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 The Wilderness Golf Club in Lake Jackson. Registration for the South Amateur will open on June 14th.

More Info: The Texas Golf Association extends its sincere appreciation to the staff, members of Gus Wortham Park Golf Course, our volunteers, and the Houston Golf Association 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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Regional Senior Amateurs Set for April 3-5

The Texas Golf Association’s 2023 men’s regional tournament series rolls on in the first week of April with the back-to-back playing of the North and South Senior Amateurs.

The North Senior Amateur will be held April 3-4 at Whitestone Golf Club in Benbrook, while the South Senior Amateur will be contested April 4-5 at Gus Wortham Park Golf Course in Houston.

Located about 12 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Whitestone Golf Club opened in 2000 and is a design collaboration between Jeff Brauer and Jay Morrish. Set on 150 acres of beautiful rolling land, the par-72 layout plays just over 6,450 yards from the middle set of tees. Gus Wortham Park Golf Course traces back over 100 years to when it opened in 1908 as the original site of Houston Country Club. The 6,388-yard, par-71 course, which has been owned by the City of Houston since 1973, was completely renovated and modernized in 2019 by the architectural firm of Finger Dye Spann, Inc.

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 WHS 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 in 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. 8-10 at Amarillo Country Club.

Starting times and pairings for the first round of both championships will be posted online the TGA website no later than March 31. Live scoring updates and daily recaps will also be available online once the action gets underway from Whitestone Golf Club and Gus Wortham Park Golf Course.

At the 2022 championships, Mike Booker of Houston secured his fifth overall South Senior Amateur title with a 36-hole total of 5-over-par 147 at Beaumont Country Club. Mike Vacek of Weimar finished at 8-over 150 to win the Super Senior Division for the second straight year. Neal Barfield of Dallas won the North Senior Amateur with rounds of 73-71 (+4) over 36 holes at The Golf Club of Dallas. Jim Quinn of Arlington took home the honors in the Super Senior Division with a 3-over 143 total.

South Senior Amateur

Gus Wortham Golf Course

April 4-5, 2023

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

General Information

Date: April 4-5, 2023
Host Club: Gus Wortham Golf Course
Address: 7000 Capitol, Houston, TX 77011
Phone: (713) 928-4260
TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Coordinator – Owen Kinney

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Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: February 8, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Exempt Entry Deadline: March 1, 2023 at 5:00 PM
Entries Close: March 28, 2023 at 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: $220

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who are 55 years of age or older by the first round of tournament play, and reside in the South Texas region (31’ parallel, Salado, TX and South is the break point). Applicants must have a certified WHS Handicap Index of 8.4 or less for the Senior division and 10.0 or less for the Super Senior division. Please reference TGA Competition Policies 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 in each division until the published exemption deadline of March 1, 2023 at 5:00 PM. Once the exemption deadline has passed, and if the field or a division is not full, the TGA will fill the remaining spots in the field with waitlisted entries, which may affect the size of each division. These entries will be accepted into the field in the order in which they were received, regardless of division.

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

a) Top ten (10) finishers and ties in previous year’s Regional Senior (Senior Division)
b) Top five (5) finishers and ties in previous year’s Regional Senior (Super Senior Division)
c) Last five (5) Regional Senior Amateur Champions (Senior Division)
d) Last five (5) Regional Senior Amateur Champions (Super Senior Division)
e) Top ten (10) finishers and ties in previous year’s Texas Senior Amateur
f) 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 36 holes of stroke play. The field will be limited to 84 players, 60 seniors and 24 super seniors.

Divisions: The field will be split up in two divisions; Senior (55 or older as of the tournament start date) and Super Senior (65 or older as of the tournament start date). Each division will play from different tees/yardage with a separate champion being crowned in each division. Super Seniors must declare on application if they wish to compete in the Senior division.

Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) practice round at the rate of $47.00 (Monday-Thursday) or $55.00 (Friday-Sunday), plus applicable taxes. Practice rounds can be booked up to seven (7) days in advance. Players must contact the host club directly to schedule a practice round.

Registration Information: There is no no official registration for TGA Regional Events. Players are asked to arrive to their respective starting tee 8-10 minutes prior to their starting time.

Starting Times/Pairings Information: Starting times / pairings for the first round will be made no later than March 30, 2023 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 round 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.

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 Policies & Procedures.


South Senior Amateur

Gus Wortham Golf Course

April 4-5, 2023

General Information
Date: April 4-5, 2023
Host Club: Gus Wortham Park Golf Course 
TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Coordinator - Owen Kinney

Entry & Eligibility Information
Entries Open: February 8, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Exempt Entry Deadline: March 1, 2023 at 5:00 PM
Entries Close: March 28, 2023 at 5:00 PM 

Entry Fee: $220 

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who are 55 years of age or older by the first round of tournament play, and reside in the South Texas region (31’ parallel, Salado, TX and South is the break point). Applicants must have a certified WHS Handicap Index of 8.4 or less for the Senior division and 10.0 or less for the Super Senior division. Please reference TGA Competition Policies 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 in each division until the published exemption deadline of March 1, 2023 at 5:00 PM. Once the exemption deadline has passed, and if the field or a division is not full, the TGA will fill the remaining spots in the field with waitlisted entries, which may affect the size of each division. These entries will be accepted into the field in the order in which they were received, regardless of division.

Championship Information

Format/Field Size: Play will be contested over 36 holes of stroke play. The field will be limited to 84 players, 60 seniors and 24 super seniors.

Divisions: The field will be split up in two divisions; Senior (55 or older as of the tournament start date) and Super Senior (65 or older as of the tournament start date). Each division will play from different tees/yardage with a separate champion being crowned in each division. Super Seniors must declare on application if they wish to compete in the Senior division.

Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) practice round at the rate of $47.00 (Monday-Thursday) or $55.00 (Friday-Sunday), plus applicable taxes. Practice rounds can be booked up to seven (7) days in advance. Players must contact the host club directly to schedule a practice round.    

Registration Information: There is no no official registration for TGA Regional Events. Players are asked to arrive to their respective starting tee 8-10 minutes prior to their starting time. 

Starting Times/Pairings Information: Starting times / pairings for the first round will be made no later than March 30, 2023 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 round of play.

For complete championship information, click here.   



Schedule of Events

Wednesday, February 8 
9:00 AM - Registration Open

Wednesday, March 1 
5:00 PM - Registration Exempt Deadline

Tuesday, March 28 
5:00 PM - Registration Close

Thursday, March 30 
5:00 PM - Player Information & Round 1 Pairings Released

Tuesday, April 4 
8:00 AM - Round 1 Begins off #1 & #10

Wednesday, April 5 
8:00 AM - Final Round Begins off #1 & #10
Following Play - Awards Presentation

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

a) Top ten (10) finishers and ties in previous year's Regional Senior (Senior Division)

  • Mike Booker, Kurtis Lilley, Jed Shreve, Bill Shock, Todd Lacoste, Bobby Baugh, John Pierce, Kurt Martin, Charlie Jabbia, Tommy Tucker

b) Top five (5) finishers and ties in previous year's Regional Senior (Super Senior Division)

  • Mike Vacek, Alan Fama, Kent Samuel, Jamey Friesleben, Gary Noto

c) Last five (5) Regional Senior Amateur Champions (Senior Division)

  • Mike Booker ('22) , David Ortego ('21), Scott Smith ('19), John Pierce ('18), Mike Booker ('17)

d) Last five (5) Regional Senior Amateur Champions (Super Senior Division)

  • Mike Vacek ('22), Mike Vacek ('21), Mike Arnold ('19), Kent Samuel ('18), Mike Arnold ('17) 

e) Top ten (10) finishers and ties in previous year's Texas Senior Amateur

  • Sandy Pierce, Andy Hydorn, Mike Booker, Terrence Miskell, Kyle Kelting*, David Ortego, Chuck Gardner*, Lewis Stephenson*, Lee Sandlin*, Tray Tyner

f) Three (3) host club exemptions

* indicates player is ineligible 

Around the Green

The latest golf-related news, notes, and feature stories from the TGA.

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.