115th Texas Amateur

Trinity Forest Golf Club

June 13-16, 2024




QUALIFYING INFORMATION

Entry & Eligibility Information
Entries Open: January 30, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Exempt Entry Deadline: March 27, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Entries Close: March 27, 2023 at 5:00 PM
Qualifying TGA Staff Contact: Chris Untiedt – Senior Tournament Director

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Entry Fee: $175

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in the state of Texas region with a certified WHS Handicap Index of 6.4 or less. Please reference TGA Competition Policies 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 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.

115th Texas Amateur Qualifying Schedule

Date Region Course City Player Information Pairings / Leaderboard
April 3
West 1
Quicksand Golf Course
San Angelo
Completed
April 8
Houston 1
Magnolia Creek Golf Club
League City
Completed
April 8
East 1
Beaumont Country Club
Beaumont
Completed Final Results
April 14
Houston 2 (Weekend)
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Mont Belvieu
Completed Final Results
April 22
Hill Country 1
Riverhill Country Club
Kerrville
Click Here Pairings / Leaderboard
April 23
DFW 2
Walnut Creek Country Club
Mansfield
Click Here Pairings / Leaderboard
April 27
DFW 3 (Weekend)
Cedar Crest Golf Course
Dallas
Click Here
Pairings / Leaderboard
May 2
Houston 3
Panorama Golf Club
Conroe
Click Here Pairings / Leaderboard
May 2
South 1
Corpus Christi Country Club
Corpus Christi
Click Here Pairings / Leaderboard
May 9
East 2
Willow Brook Country Club
Tyler Click Here Pairings / Leaderboard
May 14 (Rescheduled from April 9)DFW 1Whitestone Golf ClubBenbrookClick HerePairings / Leaderboard
May 18 Hill Country 2 (Weekend) Delaware Springs Golf Course Burnet Click Here Pairings / Leaderboard

115th Texas Amateur Qualifying Schedule – Last Chance Qualifying

Date Region Course City Player Information Pairings / Leaderboard
June 3
Houston
The Club at Falcon Point
Katy
Click Here Pairings / Leaderboard
June 3
DFW
Golf Club of Dallas
Dallas
Click Here Pairings / Leaderboard

*see Last Chance Qualifying below for information, including entry and eligibility information

Qualifying Information

Format: All players who are not exempt must participate in an 18-hole qualifier. Qualifying round starting times, pairings and additional information, including practice rounds, will be posted in the Qualifying Schedule table, above, no later than March 29, 2024.

What’s Included: The qualifying entry fee includes the qualifying round green fee, and usage of the practice facilities. Players will have the ability to play 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 a cart in Texas Amateur Qualifying, the TGA has adopted a ‘One-Seat’ Policy. 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.

Transferring Qualifying Site: Changing a qualifying site is permissible, only before the tournament entry deadline. Or, if a player is entered in a Texas 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 TGA Men’s Competition Policies, at another qualifier.

Walk-Up Procedure for Qualifying Rounds: If a player is entered in a Texas 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 TGA Men’s Competition Policies 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 spot 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 the on-site TGA Official.

Score Posting: At the conclusion of each qualifier, 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. There will be two Last Chance Qualifying sites. One will be located in the DFW area, and another in the Houston area.

Entries Open: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 9:00 AM

Entries Close: Friday, May 31, 2024 at 5:00 PM (or once the filed has reached capacity)

Last Chance Qualifying Fee: $175

Field Limit: 84

Houston Last Chance

Date: Monday, June 3, 2024
Host Club: The Club at Falcon Point
Address: 24503 Falcon Point Drive, Katy, TX 77494
Phone: (281) 392-7888

Dallas/Fort Worth Last Chance

Date: Monday, June 3, 2024
Host Club: Golf Club of Dallas
Address: 2200 W. Red Bird Lane, Dallas, TX 75232
Phone: (214) 333-3595

Available Qualifying Spots (Applies to Last Chance Qualifying Only): The number of players to qualify will be as follows: Field size of 40 or less players, 2 will qualify; Field size of 41-60 players, 4 will qualify; Field size of 61-84, 6 will qualify. No alternate positions will be given out at Last Chance Qualifying


115th Texas Amateur

Trinity Forest Golf Club

June 13-16, 2024


TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

General Information

Date: June 13-16, 2024
Host Club: Trinity Forest Golf Club
Address: 5000 S. Great Trinity Forest, Dallas, TX 75217
Phone: (214) 646-3570
TGA Staff Contact: Chris Untiedt – Senior Tournament Director

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Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: January 30, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Exempt Entry Deadline: March 27, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Entries Close: March 27, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: $175

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in the state of Texas region with a certified WHS Handicap Index of 6.4 or less. Please reference TGA Men’s Competition Policies 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 for the 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 Amateur Champions
b) Top fifteen (15) finishers and ties in the previous year’s Texas Amateur
c) Last five (5) Texas Mid-Amateur Champions
d) Top five (5) finishers and ties in the previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur
e) Previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play winner and Runner-up
f) Previous year’s Texas Senior Amateur Champion
g) Top ten (10) finishers and ties from the previous year’s TGA State Player of the Year Points list
h) Top three (3) finishers and ties from the previous year’s TGA Regional Player of the Year Points list
i) Top two (2) finishers and ties in the current year’s Regional Mid-Amateurs
j) Top three (3) finishers and ties in the previous year’s Regional Amateurs
k) Top three (3) finishers and ties in the previous year’s West Texas Amateur Championship
l) Current year’s LJT Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Champion
m) Previous year’s LJT Texas Junior Amateur Champion (Boys Division)
n) Previous year’s LJT Player of the Year (Boys 15-18)
o) Top 1,000 in the R&A/USGA World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) as of Registration Open Date
p) Winner of The Southwest Airlines Showcase
q) 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

Exemptions Available: The Champion of the 115th Texas Amateur will receive an exemption into the 124th U.S. Amateur to be contested at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, MN on August 12-18, 2024. The Champion will also receive an exemption into U.S. Amateur Final Qualifying the following year, for the 125th U.S. Amateur.

The top 5 finishers at the 115th Texas Amateur will receive an exemption into U.S. Amateur Final Qualifying the following year, for the 125th U.S. Amateur.

Format/Field Size: Play will be contested over 72 holes of stroke play. The field is limited to 144 players; at the completion of 36 holes the field will be cut to the low 54 players and ties.

What’s Included: The championship entry fee includes greens, cart and range fees for all championship rounds including the championship practice round. The entry fee also includes championship gifts, breakfast and lunch during all competitive rounds, and food/beverage at the player welcome reception.

Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) complimentary practice round on June 12, 2024 only. Players must contact the host club golf shop directly on, or after, Thursday, June 5 to schedule a practice round tee time.

Registration Information: Player registration will be held on June 12, 2024. If a player cannot make registration, he must notify the TGA staff that he is unable to make the registration deadline, but will be competing in the championship. Those players not contacting a TGA Official by 5:00 PM on June 12, 2024 are subject to forfeiting their playing position.

Starting Times/Pairings Information: Starting times / pairings for the first and second rounds will be made no later than June 10, 2024 online at www.txga.org. Third and final rounds 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 during the championship. Players are responsible for supplying their own caddie for the competition. Caddies adhere to all TGA Competition Policies and host club policies. Trinity Forest GC has an established caddie program if a player wishes to reserve one. More information will be provided closer to the championship.

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.

Automated Transportation Prohibited: Players and their caddies must walk at all times during the practice round and all stipulated rounds of the championship, unless being shuttled by a member of the Committee or authorized shuttle. Push/pull carts will be permitted, but players are responsible for supplying their own.

Medical Carts/TGA Medical Cart Request Policy: Spectator Carts are prohibited. 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: At the conclusion of each round, each player’s score will be automatically posted to the World Handicap System (WHS). Please do not enter your own scores from the competitive rounds, as this will result in double 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.

HOST HOTELS
The TGA has partnered with the following hotels to be host hotels for the 115th Texas Amateur. Participants are responsible for individually booking their own room for the championship, if needed.
Embassy Suites by Hilton
2727 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Cutoff Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Booking Method: Individual reservations can be made through the booking link by using the code Texas Golf Association or 115th Texas Amateur.
Booking Link: Click Here
Hilton Garden Inn
2325 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Cutoff Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Booking Method: Individual reservations can be made through the booking link by using the code Texas Golf Association or 115th Texas Amateur. Booking Link: Click Here
Hampton Inn & Suites
8605 East RL Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX 75228
Cutoff Date: Friday, May 31, 2024
Booking Method: Individual reservations can be made through the booking link by using the code Texas Golf Association or 115th Texas Amateur.
Booking Link: Click Here

115th Texas Amateur

Trinity Forest Golf Club
June 13-16, 2024

General Information
Date: June 13-16, 2024
Host Club: Trinity Forest Golf Club
TGA Staff Contact: Senior Tournament Director - Chris Untiedt

Entry & Eligibility Information
Entries Open: January 30, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Exempt Entry Deadline: March 27, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Entries Close: March 27, 2023 at 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: $175 

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in the state of Texas region with a certified WHS Handicap Index of 6.4 or less. Please reference TGA Men's Competition Policies 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 for the 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.

Championship Information

Format/Field Size: Play will be contested over 72 holes of stroke play. The field is limited to 144 players; at the completion of 36 holes the field will be cut to the low 54 players and ties.

Automated Transportation Prohibited: Players and their caddies must walk at all times during the practice round and all stipulated rounds of the championship, unless being shuttled by a member of the Committee or authorized shuttle. Push/pull carts will be permitted, but players are responsible for supplying their own.

Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) complimentary practice round on June 12, 2024 only. Players must contact the host club golf shop directly on, or after, Thursday, June 5  to schedule a practice round tee time.

Registration Information: Player registration will be held on June 12, 2024. If a player cannot make registration, he must notify the TGA staff that he is unable to make the registration deadline, but will be competing in the championship. Those players not contacting a TGA Official by 5:00 PM on June 12, 2024 are subject to forfeiting their playing position.

Starting Times/Pairings Information: Starting times / pairings for the first and second rounds will be made no later than June 10, 2024 online at www.txga.org. Third 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

Tuesday, January 30
9:00 AM - Registration Open

Wednesday, March 27
5:00 PM - Registration Exempt Deadline/Registration Close

Qualifying Window: April 3 - May 26, 2024

Last Chance Qualifying: June 3, 2024 (both DFW and Houston)

Monday, June 10
By end of day -  Round 1 & 2 Pairings Released

Wednesday, June 12
8:00 AM - Player Registration & Practice Rounds
6:00 PM - Golf Course Closes
6:30 PM - Player Welcome Reception

Thursday, June 13
6:30 AM - Player Breakfast
7:30 AM - Round 1, Wave 1 begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
11:30 AM - Player Lunch
12:30 PM - Round 1, Wave 2 begins (#1 & #10 Tees)

Friday, June 14
6:30 AM - Player Breakfast
7:30 AM - Round 2, Wave 1 begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
11:30 AM - Player Lunch
12:30 PM - Round 2, Wave 2 begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
Following Play - Field cut to low 54 players (and ties)

Saturday, June 15
6:30 AM - Player Breakfast
7:30 AM - Round 3 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
12:00 PM - Player Lunch

Sunday, June 16
6:30 AM - Player Breakfast
7:30 AM - Round 4 Begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
12:00 PM - Player Lunch
Following Play - Awards Presentation

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

a) Last five (5) Texas Amateur Champions

  • Bret Gray ('23), Holden Wisener ('22), Austyn Reily ('21), Trey Bosco ('20), Ryan Grider* ('19)

b) Top fifteen (15) finishers and ties in the previous year’s Texas Amateur 

  • Bret Gray, Jase Summy, Travis Woolf, Ethan Fang, Luke Dossey, Jeffrey Zatorski, Jacob Borow, Joe Stover, Daniel Choi, Josh Pasco, Jack Burke, Kade Stewart, Colby Harwell,  Tanner Lundgren, Carson Cooper, Sean-Karl Dobson, Trey Bosco

c) Last five (5) Texas Mid-Amateur Champions

  • Josh Pasco ('23), Ryan O'Rear ('22), Frederick Janneck ('21), Ryan O'Rear ('20), Christopher Wheeler ('19)

d) Top five (5) finishers and ties in the previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur

  • Josh Pasco, Brady Shivers, Gant Bills, Austin Jordan, Terence Begnel, Austen Fulmer, Michael Milstead

e) Previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play winner and Runner-up

  • Aaron Hickman, Matthew Sullivan

f) Previous year’s Texas Senior Amateur Champion

  • Gary Durbin

g) Top ten (10) finishers and ties from the previous year’s TGA State Player of the Year Points list

  • Aaron Hickman, Josh Pasco, Bret Gray, Jase Summy, Brady Shivers, Bobby Massa, Travis Woolf, Gant Bills, Chris Wheeler, Ethan Fang

h) Top three (3) finishers and ties from the previous year’s TGA Regional Player of the Year Points list

  • North: Ryan Zamorano, Andrew Chow, Will Adams
  • South: Logan Thomason, Colt Tenpenny, Terrin Anderson

i) Top two (2) finishers and ties in the current year’s Regional Mid-Amateurs

  • North: TBD
  • South: TBD

j) Top three (3) finishers and ties in the previous year’s Regional Amateurs

  • North: Andrew Chow, Brandon Shong, Justin Bates
  • South: Terrin Anderson, Jonathan Kim, Colt Tenpenny

k) Top three (3) finishers and ties in the previous year’s West Texas Amateur Championship

  • Will Adams, David Seybert, Jake Sitterle, Gatlin Goad, Colt Tenpenny

l) Current year’s LJT Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Champion

  • TBD (June 4-6, 2024)

m) Previous year’s LJT Texas Junior Amateur Champion (Boys Division)

  • Price Hill

n) Previous year’s LJT Player of the Year (Boys 15-18)

  • Garrett McMellon

o) Top 1,000 in the R&A/USGA World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) as of Registration Open Date

  • TBD (Registration Open Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 9:00 AM)

p) Winner of The Southwest Airlines Showcase

  • Christian Rodriquez

q) Three (3) host club exemption

  • TBD

* indicates player is ineligible 

115th Texas Amateur Qualifying Schedule

Entries Open: January 30, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Exempt Entry Deadline: March 27, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Entries Close: March 27, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Qualifying TGA Staff Contact: Chris Untiedt - Senior Tournament Director

Entry Fee: $175

Date
Region
Course
City
April 3
West 1
Quicksand Golf Course
San Angelo
April 8
Houston 1
Magnolia Creek Golf Club (England-Scotland)
League City
April 8
East 1
Beaumont Country Club
Beaumont
April 9
DFW 1
Whitestone Golf Club
Benbrook
April 14
Houston 2 (Weekend)
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Mont Belvieu
April 22
Hill Country 1
Riverhill Country Club
Kerrville
April 23
DFW 2
Walnut Creek Country Club (Pecan Course)
Mansfield
April 27
DFW 3 (Weekend)
Cedar Crest Golf Course
Dallas
May 2
Houston 3
Panorama Golf Club (Thunderbird-Rolling Hills)
Conroe
May 2
South 1
Corpus Christi Country Club
Corpus Christi
May 9
East 2
Willow Brook Country Club
Tyler
May 18
Hill Country 2 (Weekend)
Delaware Springs Golf Course
Burnet

Last Chance Qualifying Schedule

Date
Regional
Course
City
June 3
Houston
The Club at Falcon Point
Katy
June 3
DFW
Golf Club of Dallas
Dallas


For complete qualifying information, click here.


Around the Green

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

USGA Exemptions on the line at TGA Championships in 2024 

ADDISON – Beginning in 2024, the United States Golf Association (USGA) will be making significant changes to qualifying for four of their most prestigious championships: the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Women’s Amateur, the U.S. Junior Amateur, and the U.S. Girls’ Junior.  

Included in those changes are exemptions for future champions of some notable TGA and LJT tournaments next year. The Texas Amateur and Women’s Texas Amateur champions will earn exemptions into the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur.  On the Legends Junior Tour, the winners of the Texas Junior Amateur Boys 15-18 Division and Girls 15-18 Division will earn exemptions into the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior.  

The aforementioned TGA and LJT Championships have long been considered some of the most elite amateur tournaments in the nation. Adding USGA exemptions is only going to make them even better.  

“Champions of TGA events have historically had success on the national stage,” said John Cochran IV, TGA Director of Competition, South Texas. “For our champions to now earn an exemption into some of the USGA’s most historic championships is exciting.” 

Along with the addition of new exemption categories, the USGA is making a significant revision to U.S. Amateur Qualifying for next year. It will change from a one-stage, 36-holes-in-a-day to two stages of qualifying at 18 holes each, with 45 Local Qualifying sites feeding 19 Final Qualifying sites. 

Two of the U.S. Amateur Final Qualifying sites will be in Texas with one taking place at Deerwood Club in Houston and the other at a to-be-announced site in Dallas. 

According to the USGA, all events will be evaluated each fall for the following year, utilizing the three-year rolling average of their World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR) power ranking. Thus, events which become WAGR ranked in 2024 will have the option to meet the respective threshold for an exemption into 2025 USGA championships. 

Over the past three years, the TGA proudly boasts the third highest WAGR-ranked state amateur, third highest women’s state amateur, fourth highest boys junior state amateur, and the highest ranked girls junior state amateur in the nation. 

“This new change will add another layer of intensity to our championships,” Cochran said. “Now, players will not only be competing to etch their name in Texas golf history, but also for a chance to represent the state on a national level. It will make winning one of these four championships that much sweeter.” 

This year, two of our past three Texas Amateur champions qualified for the U.S. Amateur. Reigning champion Bret Gray nearly made it three for three but ultimately lost in a playoff and earned first alternate. 2020 Women’s Texas Amateur champion Bentley Cotton qualified and advanced to match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. 2021 Texas Junior Amateur Boy’s champion Aaron Pounds qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur. 

These are just a few recent examples of how our champions were already earning their way to USGA Championships. 

By winning the 2023 Texas Amateur, Gray is exempt from local qualifying for the 2024 U.S. Amateur. The winner of the 2024 Texas Amateur will not only earn an exemption into the 2024 U.S. Amateur but will also be exempt from local qualifying for the 2025 U.S. Amateur as well. 

With the newly announced exemptions, it’s a surefire way that our TGA champions will be represented on the biggest stages in amateur golf. We also anticipate our field strength in these already strong events to increase due to the elevated reward that will come with winning them. 

For more information on the USGA’s changes to qualifying, click here 

Around the Green

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

Bret Gray Goes Wire-to-Wire to win 114th Texas Amateur

HOCKLEY – Bret Gray from San Antonio won the 114th Texas Amateur with a two-putt par on the first playoff hole Sunday at The Clubs at Houston Oaks. With a four-day total of 11-under-par 273, the Sam Houston State junior became the first wire-to-wire Texas Amateur winner in more than a decade.

“It hasn’t really set in yet. It still feels like a dream,” Gray said minutes after the playoff concluded. “I’m super excited and blessed. Just glad I could finish it off. It was a hard-fought day out there.”

Gray defeated Oklahoma sophomore Jase Summy in the extra session. The two talented competitors separated themselves from the rest of the field during Friday’s second round and dueled for most of the weekend. They finished seven shots clear of the rest of the field.

Gray held Summy at bay for much of the final round until Gray’s second shot on the par-5 16th. With a three-shot lead, he tugged a fairway wood into the thick, gnarly Bahia grass left of the green. Gray gouged out his next shot short of the green and suffered a bogey. Meanwhile, Summy walked in a 15-foot birdie. After that exchange, Gray’s lead was trimmed to one shot.

After pars on the 17th hole, Gray made another mistake on his approach into 18 green. Playing about 100 yards away in the right rough, Gray caught a flier. Instead of checking up on the green, it bounced hard and plunked into the water behind it. That led to another bogey. Summy made par to force the playoff at 11-under.

Gray’s drive on the extra hole rattled into one of the century-old oak trees in the 18th fairway. He caught a good bounce, however, and it finished harmlessly in the fairway. Summy blew his drive out to right and had a partially obstructed view on his approach shot. Gray hit his approach safely to 20 feet. Summy’s approach came up shot and left him 80 feet from the hole.

When Summy’s par putt just missed, Gray finally exhaled.

“That’s the first playoff I’ve ever won,” he said. “I’ve been in two others in my life, and one was when I was about 12 years old. I made a little bit better shot into the green the second time around.”

Gray becomes the first wire-to-wire winner since Texas Tech’s Chris Ward won the 101st edition at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas back in 2010. Also playing in that Texas Amateur were a pair of fresh-faced juniors who grew up to become Masters champions. Jordan Spieth, 16 years old at the time, finished T8. Scottie Scheffler, 14, was T14.

Now Gray has something Scheffler and Spieth don’t: a Texas Amateur victory. Gray’s name will be engraved onto the historic H.L. Edwards Memorial Trophy alongside the likes of Ben Crenshaw, Charles Coody, Scott Verplank, Mark Brooks, and Will Zalatoris.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said. “A special feeling, for sure. Hopefully I can have a great career like they all did.”

Not lost in all the drama was the fact that Gray’s victory came on Father’s Day. His dad John Gray walked the margins of the fairways all week in support of his son. Understandably, he was emotional after the win.

“I’m feeling wonderful,” he managed to say with watery eyes. “He played great golf all week. It couldn’t be a better Father’s Day than to watch him, then I get to go home and have dinner with my other sons.”

For Summy’s part, he was upbeat in defeat.

“For the week, I played all right,” he said. “All you can ask for is a chance to win, and that’s what I had. I’m thankful for that. I played pretty good, but it could’ve been a lot better.”

Travis Woolf, a mid-amateur from Fort Worth, finished in third place at 4-under 280. Plano’s Ethan Fang took fourth place at 3-under 281. Fifth place belonged to Baylor junior Luke Dossey with a 72-hole score of 2-under 282.

As it was all week, the temperatures climbed into the high 90s with triple-digit heat indexes on Sunday. The day saw some of the strongest winds of the tournament, however. There were gusts of 30 mph for most of the morning.

“The course played tough today, especially with the wind,” said Spring’s Carson Cooper, who finished T15 at 5-over 289. “Teeing it up at 8:40 in the morning, you’re not used to it gusting 25 mph on the first tee. It played tough, but it’s a championship-style golf course, and this is an elite championship. So it should play tough.”

Formerly known as Tennwood Country Club in the 1950s, Houston Oaks was reinvented into its current, majestic state after acclaimed architect Chet Williams led a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2016-17. Ranked as the No. 7 course in Texas according to the 2023 Dallas Morning News Top-100 rankings, Houston Oaks is the epitome of a championship-quality venue.

Stretched all the way back, the breathtaking par-71 course is 7,007 yards. The competitors in the 114th Texas Amateur played it at 6,914 in Sunday’s final round. The brilliant routing snakes through rolling topography that features more than 1,000 giant oak trees. Houston Oaks also offers several natural water features to avoid, as well as thick, native Bahia grass waiting to gobble up golf balls that stray too far from the fairways.

A critical element to pageantry of the Texas Amateur are the venues that play host to it. Almost all the best courses in Texas have opened their doors to this illustrious championship throughout the years. The Clubs at Houston Oaks certainly fits that description, as evidenced by the myriad compliments about the course from the players.

With that in mind, the TGA is proud to extend its most sincere appreciation to Houston Oaks, including the founding families, members, and staff, for their efforts in delivering such a memorable championship week. From the mint condition of the course and the exceptional quality of the food to the hospitality and general good vibes from all the members who attended and assisted during the championship throughout the week, we can’t thank them all enough.

Extra special gratitude goes out to General Manager Bob Gusella, Head Professional James Brown, Director of Agronomy Jason Schoonover, Superintendent Kevin Bednarik, Communications Manager Jennifer Wosnitzky, and Executive Chef Malik Riley for all their efforts in creating a successful week.

We’re also grateful for our TGA Volunteers, who gave their time and expertise to ensure the competitors in the 114th Texas Amateur received a world-class championship experience.

Next summer, the 115th Texas Amateur heads to the Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas. For more information on this year’s championship, including complete scoring, click here.

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Bret Gray Leads 114th Texas Amateur with 18 Holes to Play

HOCKLEY – Eighteen holes separate San Antonio’s Bret Gray from etching his name into Texas golf history at The Clubs at Houston Oaks. After a second consecutive 4-under-par 67 on Saturday in the third round of the 114th Texas Amateur, the Sam Houston State junior holds a two-shot lead at 13-under 200 overall.

“Today was a grind,” said Gray, the 2022-23 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year. “On the front nine, I made nine straight pars. I didn’t really get any putts to go in, but I made some good pars. On the back nine, the putter started to heat up, and I made a few putts coming in.”

Gray made five birdies on his back nine, including four on the final six holes. He recorded six top-10s for the Bearkats last season, topped off by a victory at the Bayou City Classic in February. Gray also won the All-American Intercollege in 2022 as a freshman. He said he’ll draw on those college wins for confidence during Sunday’s final round.

“The course set up the past two days definitely has felt like a college tournament,” Gray said. “The guys I’m playing with are guys I see in college events, so it has a college feel to it, for sure. One thing I can pull from is really taking it one shot at a time and making golf almost easy. Just hit the fairway, hit the green, and two-putt. If you make a putt, awesome. But just playing simple golf, and that’s how I’ve gotten my two wins. Hopefully we can get a third.”

To make that a reality, he’ll have to fend off Oklahoma sophomore Jase Summy from Keller one more time. Summy, also a collegiate winner, shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday. Through three rounds, he sits at 11-under 202, just two shots behind Gray.

“The round today was OK,” said Summy, who drained a 20-foot birdie on 18 to inch a little closer to Gray. “It was clean, not a lot of bogeys. I’m right there. I’ll have a good day tomorrow and see what happens.”

Gray and Summy two have separated themselves from the pack with their tremendous play. The next closest chasers are Baylor junior Luke Dossey and former TCU standout Travis Woolf, who are tied for third place at 5-under 208. Dossey posted the low round of the day, a stellar 5-under 66.

“I think I’ll need a little bit of help, but another day like today with more putts dropping and hopefully I’ll put myself in a position tomorrow,” Dossey said.

With Gray and Summy respectively eight- and six-shots clear of the field, Sunday might have a match play feel to it. The operative word there is “might,” because there is a host of talented amateurs who could make things interesting before it’s over. That group includes Woolf, Dossey, and University of Houston redshirt junior Jacob Borow, who shot 2-under 69 on Saturday to climb into solo fifth place at 2-under 211.

Four more players are tied for sixth place at even-par 213, including Houston Oaks member Kade Stewart, 111th Texas Amateur champion Trey Bosco from Austin, Plano’s Ethan Fang, and Houston’s Jeffery Zatorski.

The National Weather Service’s Extreme Heat Warning remained in effect on Saturday for South Texas. A bit of cloud cover in the morning helped ease the effects of the heat, but it burned off by about 10 a.m. The heat index reached 100 degrees by noon, while the actual temperature hovering around 90 degrees.

Despite the soaring temperatures, all the players remaining in the field, as well as the Houston Oaks staff, the TGA Championships team, and the spectators enjoying the display of elite golf have been mindful to stay hydrated and soak up as much shade as possible. Thankfully, there have been no instances of anyone overheating this week.

The final round of the 114th Texas Amateur begins Sunday at 8 a.m. at Houston Oaks. For more information, including complete scoring, click here.

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Gray Maintains Lead through 36 Holes at 114th Texas Amateur

HOCKLEY – Bret Gray from San Antonio fired a 4-under-par 67 on Friday at The Clubs at Houston Oaks in the second round of the 114th Texas Amateur. He maintained a one-shot lead at the halfway point of the state’s most celebrated amateur championship.

The Sam Houston State junior sits at 9-under 133 overall, one stroke in front of Keller’s Jase Summy, who lit up Houston Oaks on Friday morning for a course-record 7-under 64.

“Yeah, I saw (the 64) as I was about to tee off,” said Gray, a two-time collegiate winner and the 2022-23 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year. “I didn’t really think about it too much, but I knew the number I needed to get to if I wanted to stay in the lead, obviously. I knew this afternoon wave was going to hard. The wind is blowing, it’s hot as heck. I had a number in my head, but I didn’t think about it too much. I just kept playing my game.”

Gray said Thursday he likes to keep things simple: fairways, greens, no three-putts. He stuck to the program again Friday. He rolled in five birdies and chipped one in from off the green for par on No. 15 after a loose tee shot. He suffered just one bogey on the day.

“It was hot out there,” he said. “I was most proud of myself for staying in it all day, taking it one shot at a time, and not letting the heat get to me or making an excuse for that. I stayed even keeled. I was proud of that.”

Summy displayed a similar approach to his round earlier in the day. He poured in nine birdies on his way to breaking the competitive course record at The Clubs at Houston Oaks with his electric 64. The University of Oklahoma sophomore birdied three of his first five holes, then four of his first five on his second nine.

Only a lipped out par putt from 4 feet on his final hole kept him from sharing the lead headed into Saturday’s third round.

“I normally make a lot of birdies, so if I can clean it up and not make any big numbers, I’ll shoot pretty good normally,” said Summy, who won the 2023 Boilermaker Invitational in April and was a Big 12 All-Conference selection last season. “I had one three-putt today – I try not to have any of those; it’s always a goal – and I just thought I played a really clean round of golf. It could’ve been better, but it was just really clean.”

Gray and Summy separated themselves a bit from the rest of the field of top amateurs in the state. Third place belongs to Austin’s Sean-Karl Dobson, who shot a 3-under 68 in the second round to get to 4-under 138 overall. The incoming Stanford freshman is five shots back of Gray.

Fort Worth’s Travis Woolf is six shots behind in fourth place. The former TCU standout sits at 3-under 139 after his solid round of 2-under 69 on Friday. Houston’s Justin Kaplan rallied late with four birdies in his final seven holes to shoot 5-under 66 in the second round. He holds fifth place at 2-under 140.

Seven players are under par after two rounds at the sublime, par-71 Chet Williams-designed Houston Oaks course. Three more are at even-par 142, but they’re all looking up at Gray and Summy with two rounds to play.

With half the state of Texas under a Heat Advisory, it was another scorcher at Houston Oaks during the second round.

Friday’s weather unfortunately didn’t include the early morning cloud cover the field enjoyed on Thursday, which created a steamy environment almost from the start of the day. It was much breezier in the morning, too, with 15-20 mph gusts whipping through Houston Oaks by as early as 9 a.m.

At noon, the temperature at Houston Oaks was a toasty 93 degrees with a 103 index. The steady 20-25 mph winds helped ease the heat’s effects, but it also played havoc on plenty of competitors’ golf balls. The mercury topped out at 98 degrees from around 3-4:30 p.m. with “Feels Like” temperatures climbing to 108.

Hydration was a priority, and the 61 players who made the 36-hole cut at 8-over 150 or better can expect two more days of searing heat at one of the best golf courses in Texas. Among those who survived the cut were three past Texas Amateur winners.

Austin’s Trey Bosco, a senior at Baylor, won the 111th Texas Amateur in 2020 at Boot Ranch. He’s tied for 11th place currently at 1-over 143. Pottsboro’s Austyn Reily, a senior at the University of Houston, claimed the 112th Texas Amateur in 2021 at Midland Country Club. Reily shares apiece of 27th place at 4-over 146. Holden Wisener from Dallas, the defending champion who won the H.L. Edwards Memorial Trophy last summer at Willow Brook Country Club, is tied for 42nd place at 6-over 148.

The third round of the 114th Texas Amateur begins at 8 a.m. at Houston Oaks. For more information, including complete scoring, click here.

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Bret Gray Leads 114th Texas Amateur after Round 1

HOCKLEY – There are numerous ways to construct a successful gameplan for elite competitive championships such as the 114th Texas Amateur. Bret Gray from San Antonio found something that works for him, and he used it to shoot a sizzling 5-under-par 66 on Thursday at The Clubs at Houston Oaks. That was good for a one-shot lead after 18 holes at the state’s oldest and most prestigious amateur championship.

“I just played simple golf,” said Gray, who poured in five birdies and an eagle against two bogeys. “I took advantage of the par 5s and the downwind holes. I didn’t hit it phenomenally, but I got up and down when I had to.”

A sophomore at Sam Houston State and the 2022-23 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Gray understated his performance on the par 5s at Houston Oaks. More accurately, he blitzed them with three birdies and an eagle to go 5-under on those four holes. He said his affinity for the golf course only increased after Thursday.

“Houston Oaks is awesome, said Gray, a two-time collegiate winner who posted six top-10s last season. “It’s a great venue for the Texas Am. It’s in great condition; the greens are rolling great. The course is kind of penal, though. You can put yourself in some bad spots and make some big scores, but if you keep it on the right side of the hole, you’ll be OK.”

One shot behind Gray is Plano’s Ethan Fang, who shot an impressive 4-under 67. The incoming California-Berkeley freshman was the runner-up at last month’s Class 6A Individual State Championship for Plano West High School.

Fang started his round on Hole 10 and promptly birdied five of the holes on the back nine of Houston Oaks.

“I hit the ball really good today,” said Fang, who skipped his Wednesday practice round at Houston Oaks and instead qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur in Granbury. “I think I hit every fairway. Other than that, it was just a good round of ball striking. My putting was good, too. It’s a fun course to play.”

Alex Papayouanou from The Woodlands sits two shots back at 3-under 68. The incoming UCLA freshman recently won the District 13-6A individual championship for The Woodlands High School.

He started on Hole 10, and after a double bogey on the par-5 16th, Papayouanou finished his first nine holes at 2-over par.

“Once I got to the turn,” he said, “I just turned it on.”

Papayoanou rolled in a birdie on the par-4 third hole, then cashed in an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He added birdies on the par-3 seventh and par-5 eighth to get to 3-under overall.

“It was a grind out there today,” he said. “I’ve been hitting it well, though, and I’m really happy with how I played today.”

Five players share fourth place at 2-under 69 after the first round. That group includes Garrett Leek from Brock, Connor Adams from Dallas, Luke Dossey from Austin, Joe Stover from Dallas, and Joey Gullion from Spring.

Typical for this time of year, the heat was a factor at the 114th Texas Amateur, which is a walking-only event.

By 1 p.m., the mercury showed 93 degrees, but the heat index pushed up to 101. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for most of Southeast Texas, including Hockley and the vast Houston Oaks property.

“You’re sweating so much that you’re losing grip of the club,” said Chris Wheeler, the 2022 North Texas Player of the Year who shot a 1-under 70 on Thursday. “You’re trying to conserve your energy and stay hydrated as best you can. I’ve played in this event enough times to know the heat and the walking have a cumulative effect. By the time Day 4 rolls around, you really start to feel it.”

The temperature climbed to 97 degrees by 3 p.m., with a heat index of 108. Even as late in the afternoon as 6 p.m., it was still 95 degrees with a triple-digit heat index. The cloud cover from the morning burned away, leaving the competitors exposed to the oppressive sun for much of the afternoon. The wind kicked up a bit, too. It was a steady 10-15 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph as the day wore on.

C.J. Brock, one of the more experienced mid-amateurs in the field, said the heat took a toll on him physically and mentally.

“Honestly, I don’t know if it’s possible to drink enough fluids while you’re on the golf course,” said C.J. Brock, who shot a 1-over 72. “But it’s also much more of a mental challenge. You start to lose it mentally before you lose it physically. I had some shots today, like on the short par-3 fifth hole, where I just couldn’t get comfortable. It was because of the heat.”

Sitting at the center of the sprawling, nearly 1,200-acre property, the golf course is the crown jewel of Houston Oaks, a multi-faceted club that also features a shooting range, a six-court tennis club, pickleball courts, wine club, fishing club, and a swim club. There’s also a baseball field, an equestrian club, and a hen house that produces farm-fresh eggs to its world-class dining facilities.

In short, it’s an amazing club that literally has something for everyone.

Once known as Tennwood Country Club in the 1950s, the course was a private facility for the employees of Tenneco Oil & Gas. The club was bought by three Houston families in the mid-2000s and received a massive, multimillion dollar renovation in 2016-17 by acclaimed architect Chet Williams, formerly of Jack Nicklaus Design.

The result was a spectacular, 7,007-yard, par-71 masterpiece that weaves around – and sometimes through – massive, centuries-old oak trees, of which there are more than 1,000 on the property. Certain holes, such as the 16th and 17th, feature gigantic oaks in the fairway that require thoughtful planning or specific shot shapes to avoid.

In addition to several natural water features, another one of Houston Oaks’ defenses is the widespread native areas covered in Bahia grass. In the same family as the ultra-sticky Paspalum grass, the Bahia at Houston Oaks stands about knee-high length and is as thick as cold spaghetti.

“Luckily, I avoided hitting it in there today,” Wheeler said. “I did go in there for a couple ball searches, though. Good luck finding anything in there. You have to step on it or get lucky somehow. Most likely, it’s gone.”

This week marks the second time Houston Oaks has opened its door to a TGA major championship. It also welcomed the Texas Mid-Amateur in 2021. In addition, Houston Oaks hosted the 2018 Texas Shootout, 2020 Jackie Burke Cup, multiple U.S. Women’s Open qualifiers, and the 2022 and ’23 Big 12 Conference Match Play Championship.

A total of 16 players broke par for Round 1. Another 14 competitors are within six shots of Gray at 1-over 71, including Trey Bosco, who won the 111th Texas Amateur in 2020.

Award Show

During Wednesday night’s exceptional Players’ Reception at Houston Oaks, the TGA honored last season’s top players, as well as two standout volunteers.

Colleyville’s Zach Atkinson received the night’s biggest award. The longtime amateur stalwart and TGA Director picked up a beautiful bronze 2022 Texas Player of the Year trophy for his consistent, elite performances last summer. Atkinson finished second at the 2022 Texas Mid-Amateur and was a semifinalist at the Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play. He also tied for fourth place at the 113th Texas Amateur, a championship he won back in 2004.

Wheeler took home the 2022 North Texas Player of the Year award. Wheeler won the North Texas Four-Ball with his partner Bobby Massa. Wheeler finished fourth at the North Texas Mid-Amateur, tied for fifth at the North Texas Amateur, and was solo sixth at the 2022 West Texas Amateur.

Boosted by a victory at the South Texas Amateur, Austin’s Dan Depasquale won the 2022 South Texas Player of the Year. He also tied for eighth at the West Texas Amateur and shared a piece of ninth place at the South Texas Four-Ball with his partner Jermaine Rakoczy.

Ed Rapp from Houston was honored as the 2022 South Texas Volunteer of the Year, and Ken Renwick from Dallas picked up the 2022 North Texas Volunteer of the Year. The volunteers are the lifeforce that make TGA Championships possible. It’s their hard work and tireless dedication that create memorable and exciting experiences for the players. We can never thank Rapp, Renwick, and all their colleagues for their help.

By the Numbers

1 – This is the first time Houston Oaks has played host to the Texas Amateur.

4 – There are four past Texas Amateur champions in the field, including Atkinson (2004), Austin’s Trey Bosco (2020), Pottsboro’s Austyn Reily (2021), and defending 2022 champion Holden Wisener from Dallas.

4, part 2 – There are four sets of brothers playing in the 114th Texas Amateur: Aiden and Deacon Dortch, Luke and Sam Dossey, Hayes and Holden Hamilton, and Trevor and Trenton Mierl.

5 – Houston Oaks boasts five par 3s, making precise iron play crucial. The holes range in length during the 114th Texas Amateur from 115 yards to 240 yards. “The par 3s are tough out here,” said Gray, the leader after Round 1. “Even the shortest hole of the day. I bogeyed it, and it was only playing 117 yards. If you play the par 3s good this week, I feel like you have a pretty good chance.”

16 – The youngest player in the field this week is 16-year-old Finn Burkholder from The Woodlands. There are three other 16-year-olds playing this week, as well.

26.2 – The average age in this year’s championship.

54 – This year’s eldest statesman is 54-year-old Bill Skorheim from Spring. There are no senior amateurs in the field, a scenario that hasn’t happened in several years.

144 – A full field of 144 players comprises this year’s championship.

1,176 – A record number of amateur golfers registered to qualify for this year’s Texas Amateur. The 1,176 entries surpassed the 1,010 accepted at the 111th Texas Amateur in 2020 at Boot Ranch in Fredericksburg.

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114th Texas Amateur Set for June 15-18

The Clubs at Houston Oaks in Hockley is poised to host the 114th Texas Amateur. Conducted by the TGA since 1906, this year’s championship is scheduled for June 15-18.

“The goal of hosting the Texas Amateur started several years ago, and we’re very excited that all the hard work has come to fruition,” said Bob Gusella, The Clubs at Houston Oaks’ General Manager. “To be able to welcome the finest amateur golfers in the state for the 114th Texas Amateur this summer is an honor and a privilege for us. We can’t wait to showcase our club and our unique brand of Texas hospitality.”

This year’s Texas Amateur will be the second TGA men’s major and third overall TGA championship conducted at The Clubs at Houston Oaks. The club previously hosted the 2018 Texas Shootout and the 2021 Texas-Mid Amateur.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to return to The Clubs at Houston Oaks for the 114th Texas Amateur,” said Justin Guthrie, TGA Tournament Director. “The owners, members, and staff at Houston Oaks are such tremendous supporters of amateur golf, and we are excited to extend our relationship with them and to work together in conducting an unforgettable championship.”

The Clubs at Houston Oaks has been constantly growing and evolving ever since three couples got together to purchase the old Tennwood Country Club in the mid-2000s. They gave it a new name and purpose and implemented a long-range plan to enhance the entire facility in a multi-step approach. When it came time to redo the existing golf course, the new owners hired noted Texas-based architect Chet Williams.

In early 2016, Williams began work on a comprehensive overhaul of the course that involved reimagining everything above ground and modernizing all below-ground systems as well.

Following the completion of the 17-month, multimillion-dollar remodel, the modern-day Houston Oaks course was unveiled in late 2017. Williams’ stunning 7,007-yard, par-71 layout meanders through groves of centuries-old oak trees and in and around natural water features and vast native areas. The course features gentle undulations throughout with a wonderful variety of strategic challenges including long and short holes, doglegs, cleverly placed bunkers, and large green complexes.

“At first glance, it may not look as intimidating as some courses, but it’s a fantastic test of golf,” Gusella said. “The players will need precision and discipline starting from the tee box. They will need to hit the fairways most importantly, and then carefully maneuver their way around from there to score well.”

The golden opportunity to compete for the state’s most coveted amateur title at such a highly regarded venue as Houston Oaks was not lost on the players. The TGA accepted a record 1,176 entries for the 114th Texas Amateur, eclipsing the previous record of 1,010 accepted entries for the 111th Texas Amateur in 2020 at Boot Ranch in Fredericksburg. It is just the second time entries have surpassed the 1,000 mark.

“The Clubs at Houston Oaks is well known around the state, and we knew from the start there would be a tremendous amount of interest for this year’s championship,” Guthrie said. “It’s very gratifying to set a record for the number of entries, because it shows just how excited players are about competing in the Texas Amateur at such a special place.”

Holden Wisener of Dallas won last year’s Texas Amateur in a playoff at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler and is one of four past champions among the 41 players who were fully exempt from having to qualify. Joining Wisener are Austyn Reily of Pottsboro (2021), Trey Bosco of Austin (2020), and Zach Atkinson of Colleyville (2004).

Top finishers from the 2022 championship are also among the group of exempt players and include Hayes Hamilton of Kingwood (who finished T4), Francois Jacobs of League City (T4), Travis Woolf of Fort Worth (7th), Hunter Bott of Montgomery (T8), Garrett Leek of Brock (T8), and Cody Winkler of McKinney (T11).

To determine the remaining 103 spots in the 144-player starting field, 18-hole qualifiers were held April 10 – June 6 at 14 sites across the state.

The format for the walking-only championship is 72 holes of individual stroke play. All contestants play 18 holes on both June 15-16. After 36 holes the field will be cut to the low 54 scorers and ties heading into the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

Starting times and pairings for the first and second rounds will be posted on the TGA website no later than June 12. Live scoring updates and daily recaps will also be available online once the action gets underway from The Clubs at Houston Oaks.

The Texas Amateur is the state’s oldest and most prestigious amateur championship and is one of the four men’s majors on the TGA’s annual schedule along with the Texas Four-Ball, Texas Senior Amateur and Texas Mid-Amateur. Notable past Texas Amateur champions include Charles Coody, Ben Crenshaw, Bruce Lietzke, Mark Brooks, Scott Verplank, Bob Estes, and Will Zalatoris.

2023 TEXAS AMATEUR NOTES

PAR AND YARDAGE: For the Championship, The Clubs at Houston Oaks will play approximately 7,007 yards with a par of 35-36 – 71.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY: Thursday, June 15 – First round, stroke play (18 holes). First wave starting times begin at 7:30 a.m. off No. 1 and No. 10 tees; Second wave starting times begin at 12:30 p.m. off No. 1 and No. 10 tees.

Friday, June 16 – Second round, stroke play (18 holes). First wave starting times begin at 7:30 a.m. off No. 1 and No. 10 tees; Second wave starting times begin at 12:30 p.m. off No. 1 and No. 10 tees. The starting field of 144 players will be cut after 36 holes to the low 54 scorers and ties.

Saturday, June 17 – Third round, stroke play (18 holes). Starting times begin at 7:30 a.m. off No. 1 and No. 10 tees.

Sunday, June 18 – Final round, stroke play (18 holes). Starting times begin at 7:30 a.m. off No. 1 and No. 10 tees. Lowest scorer for 72 holes will be the champion. In the event of a tie for the Championship, a hole-by-hole play-off will be held immediately following regulation play.

H.L. EDWARDS MEMORIAL TROPHY: The winner of the Texas Amateur receives custody of the H.L. Edwards Memorial Trophy, named in honor of Harry Lee Edwards, the “Father of Golf in Texas.” Edwards earned the descriptive title because he helped to establish the TGA in February of 1906, served as its first president, and won the first-ever Amateur Championship. Additionally, Edwards was also a founding member of both Dallas Country Club and Brook Hollow Golf Club.

AMATEUR CHAMPIONS SUCCESSFUL ON TOUR: Ten past Texas Amateur champions have combined for a remarkable 58 wins on the PGA Tour: Ben Crenshaw (1972) – 19; Bruce Lietzke (1971) – 13; Mark Brooks (1979, 1981) – 7; Scott Verplank (1982, 1984-85) – 5; Bob Estes (1988) – 4; Charles Coody (1959) – 3; Earl Stewart, Jr. (1947) – 3; Don Massengale (1958) – 2; Marty Fleckman (1964) – 1; and Will Zalatoris (2014) – 1.

FOLLOW THE TEXAS AMATEUR: Once the action gets underway from The Clubs at Houston Oaks, log on to the TGA website for up-to-date Texas Amateur news and information, including starting times, pairings, live scoring, and daily recaps. For enhanced Texas Amateur coverage, follow the TGA’s social media feeds on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

114th Texas Amateur

The Clubs at Houston Oaks

June 15-18, 2023




QUALIFYING INFORMATION

Entry & Eligibility Information
Entries Open: January 31, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Exempt Entry Deadline: March 29, 2023 at 5:00 PM
Entries Close: March 29, 2023 at 5:00 PM
Qualifying TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Coordinator – Owen Kinney

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Entry Fee: $175

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in the state of Texas region with a certified WHS Handicap Index of 6.4 or less. Please reference TGA Competition Policies 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 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.

114th Texas Amateur Qualifying Schedule

Date Region Course City Player Information Pairings / Leaderboard
April 10 East 1 Beaumont CC Beaumont Click Here
April 11 West 1 Frio Valley Ranch GC Concan Click Here
April 23 DFW 1 (Weekend) Firewheel Golf Park (Lakes Course) Garland Click Here Final Results
April 24 Houston 1 Riverbend CC Sugar Land Click Here Final Results
April 25 DFW 2 Rusted Rail GC Crandall Click Here Final Results
April 30 Houston 2 (Weekend) Sterling CC Houston Click Here Final Results
May 2 West 2 Hillcrest CC Lubbock Click Here Final Results
May 11 Hill Country 1 Corpus Christi CC Corpus Christi Click Here Final Results
May 18 East 2 Tempest GC Gladewater Click Here Final Results
May 20 Hill Country 2 (Weekend) Delaware Springs GC Burnet Click Here Final Results
May 22 Houston 3 The Club at Falcon Point Katy Click Here Final Results
May 23 DFW 3 Waterview GC Rowlett Click Here Final Results

114th Texas Amateur Qualifying Schedule – Last Chance Qualifying

Date Region Course City Player Information Pairings / Leaderboard
June 5 Houston April Sound CC (Blue-White) Montgomery Click Here Final Results
June 6 DFW Cross Timbers GC Azle Click Here Final Results

*see Last Chance Qualifying below for information, including entry and eligibility information

Qualifying Information

Format: All players who are not exempt must participate in an 18-hole qualifier. Qualifying round starting times, pairings and additional information, including practice rounds, will be posted in the Qualifying Schedule table, above, by April 7, 2023.

What’s Included: The qualifying entry fee includes the qualifying round green fee, and usage of the practice facilities. Players will have the ability to play 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 a cart in Texas Amateur Qualifying, the TGA has adopted a ‘One-Seat’ Policy. 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.

Transferring Qualifying Site: Changing a qualifying site is permissible, only before the tournament entry deadline. Or, if a player is entered in a Texas 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 TGA Competition Policies, at another qualifier.

Walk-Up Procedure for Qualifying Rounds: If a player is entered in a Texas 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 TGA Competition Policies 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 spot 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 the on-site TGA Official.

Score Posting: At the conclusion of each qualifier, 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. There will be two Last Chance Qualifying sites. One will be located in the DFW area, and another in the Houston area.

Entries Open: Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 9:00 AM

Entries Close: Friday, June 2, 2023 at 5:00 PM (or once the filed has reached capacity)

Last Chance Qualifying Fee: $175

Field Limit: 84

Houston Last Chance

Date: Monday, June 5, 2023

Host Club: April Sound CC (Blue-White)

Address: 1000 April Sound Blvd, Montgomery, TX 77356

Phone: 936-588-1101

Dallas/Fort Worth Last Chance

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Host Club: Cross Timbers GC

Address: 1181 S. Stewart St, Azle, TX 76020

Phone: 817-444-4940

Available Qualifying Spots (Applies to Last Chance Qualifying Only): The number of players to qualify will be as follows: Field size of 40 or less players, 2 will qualify; Field size of 41-60 players, 4 will qualify; Field size of 61-84, 6 will qualify. No alternate positions will be given out at Last Chance Qualifying