Texas Four-Ball

The Club at Comanche Trace (Hills-Creeks)
August 19-21, 2022


TOURNAMENT EXEMPTIONS

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in the state of Texas age 25 or older as of the first round of tournament play, with a WHS Handicap Index of 6.4 or less. To be eligible for the Senior Division, both players must be age 55 or older as of the first round of tournament play. To be eligible for the Super Senior Division, both players must be age 65 or older as of the first round of tournament play. Teams in the Senior and Super Senior divisions will need participants to have a WHS Handicap Index of 8.4 or less. Please reference TGA Policies and Procedures for further details, including Policies and Procedures, and Terms of Competition.

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

Teams finishing in the top ten (10) and ties of the Championship Division in the previous year’s Texas Four-Ball Championship;

  • Colby Amparan / Gary Ezmerlian
  • Kris Devlin / Trey Todd
  • Rob Couture / Aaron Hickman
  • Kyle Robbins / Jordan Wynn
  • Derek Abel / Christopher Wheeler
  • Casey Carnes / Michael Freeman
  • Gant Bills / Scott Maurer
  • Greg Smith / Josh Swanson
  • Andrew Grice / Wesley Hansen
  • Jess Bonneau / Chase Chapman
  • Todd Albert / Charles White
  • Daniel Depasquale / Jermaine Rakoczy

Teams finishing in the top five (5) and ties of the Senior Division in the previous year’s Texas Four-Ball Championship;

  • Ron Finnerty / Tommy Tucker
  • William Shock / Scott Smith
  • Mike Booker / Pat Youngs
  • Andrew Hydorn / Bill Jackson
  • Don Gafner / Jim Quinn

Teams finishing in the top two (2) and ties of the Super Senior Division in the previous year’s Texas Four-Ball Championship;

  • Aaron Billings / Richard Koenig
  • John Grace / Bill Holstead

The current year’s top five (5) teams and ties in the regional Four-Ball Championships;

  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD

Three (3) Host Club exemptions;

  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD

Note: An exemption earned by a team will only be accepted when both exempt players register as a team. If an exempt player registers with a non-exempt player, that player will forfeit their exempt status and their registration will be accepted under the event specific entry procedure.

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.

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Texas Four-Ball

The Club at Comanche Trace (Hills/Creeks)
August 19-21

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Date: Aug. 19-21, 2022
Host Club: The Club at Comanche Trace (Hills – Creeks)
Address: 3074 Bandera Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78028
Phone: (830) 895-8505
TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Director, Read Langhenry

Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: June 22, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Entries Close: August 10, 2022 at 5:00 PM
Exempt Deadline: July 13, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: $650 (team)

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in the state of Texas age 25 or older as of the first round of tournament play, with a WHS Handicap Index of 6.4 or less. To be eligible for the Senior Division, both players must be age 55 or older as of the first round of tournament play. To be eligible for the Super Senior Division, both players must be age 65 or older as of the first round of tournament play. Teams in the Senior and Super Senior divisions will need participants to have a WHS Handicap Index of 8.4 or less. Please reference TGA Policies and Procedures for further details, including Policies and Procedures, and Terms of Competition.

Format/Field Size: The championship will be contested over 54 holes of four-ball stroke play with three (3) divisions; Championship, Senior and Super Senior. Each division will play from separate tees/yardages and separate champions will be recognized in each division.

At the conclusion of 36 holes the field will be cut to the low 40 teams (and ties), with a pro-rated representation from each division. The pro-rated allocation of teams making the cut from each division will be reflective of the number of teams in each division, relative to the total field size. The determination of total field size, number of teams in each division and pro-rated representation of teams making the cut (before ties) will be announced in conjunction with pairings being posted.

The field is limited to 80 teams, as outlined below:

  • Championship – 25 & over (48 teams)
  • Senior – 55 & over (20 teams)
  • Super Senior – 65 & over (12 teams)

Schedule of Events 

All events will take place at The Club at Comanche Trace (Hills – Creeks), unless otherwise noted. Championship schedule is subject to changes and additions.

Thursday, August 18
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Practice Rounds

Friday, August 19
7:30 AM – Round 1, Wave 1 begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
12:30 PM – Round 1, Wave 2 begins (#1 & #10 Tees)

Saturday, August 20
7:30 AM – Round 2, Wave 1 begins (#1 & 10 Tees)
12:30 PM – Round 2, Wave 2 begins (#1 & 10 Tees)
Following Play – Field cut to the low 40 teams (and ties)

Sunday, August 21
7:45 AM – Final Round begins (#1 & 10 Tees)
Following Play – Awards Presentation

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

Teams finishing in the top ten (10) and ties of the Championship Division in the previous year’s Texas Four-Ball Championship;

  • Colby Amparan / Gary Ezmerlian
  • Kris Devlin / Trey Todd
  • Rob Couture / Aaron Hickman
  • Kyle Robbins / Jordan Wynn
  • Derek Abel / Christopher Wheeler
  • Casey Carnes / Michael Freeman
  • Gant Bills / Scott Maurer
  • Greg Smith / Josh Swanson
  • Andrew Grice / Wesley Hansen
  • Jess Bonneau / Chase Chapman
  • Todd Albert / Charles White
  • Daniel Depasquale / Jermaine Rakoczy

Teams finishing in the top five (5) and ties of the Senior Division in the previous year's Texas Four-Ball Championship;

  • Ron Finnerty / Tommy Tucker
  • William Shock / Scott Smith
  • Mike Booker / Pat Youngs
  • Andrew Hydorn / Bill Jackson
  • Don Gafner / Jim Quinn

Teams finishing in the top two (2) and ties of the Super Senior Division in the previous year's Texas Four-Ball Championship;

  • Aaron Billings / Richard Koenig
  • John Grace / Bill Holstead

The current year's top five (5) teams and ties in the regional Four-Ball Championships;

  • TBD

Three (3) Host Club exemptions;

  • TBD

Note: An exemption earned by a team will only be accepted when both exempt players register as a team. If an exempt player registers with a non-exempt player, that player will forfeit their exempt status and their registration will be accepted under the event specific entry procedure.  

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

Texas Four-Ball

The Club at Comanche Trace (Hills – Creeks)
August 19-21

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Date: Aug. 19-21, 2022
Host Club: The Club at Comanche Trace (Hills – Creeks)
Address: 2801 Comanche Trace Drive, Kerrville, TX 78028
Phone: (830) 895-8505
TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Director, Read Langhenry

Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: June 22, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Entries Close: August 10, 2022 at 5:00 PM
Exempt Deadline: July 13, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: $650 (team)

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in the state of Texas age 25 or older as of the first round of tournament play, with a WHS Handicap Index of 6.4 or less. To be eligible for the Senior Division, both players must be age 55 or older as of the first round of tournament play. To be eligible for the Super Senior Division, both players must be age 65 or older as of the first round of tournament play. Teams in the Senior and Super Senior divisions will need participants to have a WHS Handicap Index of 8.4 or less. Please reference TGA Policies and Procedures for further details, including Policies and Procedures, and Terms of Competition.

Exemptions: Provided players are otherwise eligible, exemptions are given to the following:
a) Teams finishing in the top ten (10) and ties of the Championship Division in the previous year’s Texas Four-Ball Championship;
b) Teams finishing in the top five (5) and ties of the Senior Division in the previous year’s Texas Four-Ball Championship;
c) Teams finishing in the top two (2) and ties of the Super Senior Division in the previous year’s Texas Four-Ball Championship;
d) The current year’s top five (5) teams and ties in the regional Four-Ball Championships;
e) Three (3) Host Club exemptions

Note: An exemption earned by a team will only be accepted when both exempt players register as a team. If an exempt player registers with a non-exempt player, that player will forfeit their exempt status and their registration will be accepted under the event specific entry procedure.

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.

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 Wednesday, July 13 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. For additional information regarding the wait list and when the number of applicants exceeds the field capacity, please refer to the TGA Policies and Procedures.

Waitlist Procedure/Priority: When a spot becomes available in the championship field, the TGA will fill that spot with the top ranked waitlisted team in the division respective to the withdraw. Once all waitlisted teams in a specific division have been exhausted, the TGA will then fill the spot in the field with the highest ranked waitlisted team, regardless of division. For example: If a team from the Senior Division withdraws, the highest ranked Senior Division team on the waitlist will be contacted to fill that spot. If there are no remaining Senior Division teams on the waitlist, the highest overall waitlisted team will be contacted. This could be a Championship Division or Super Senior Division team.

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

Championship Information

Format/Field Size: The championship will be contested over 54 holes of four-ball stroke play with three (3) divisions; Championship, Senior and Super Senior. Each division will play from separate tees/yardages and separate champions will be recognized in each division.

At the conclusion of 36 holes the field will be cut to the low 40 teams (and ties), with a pro-rated representation from each division. The pro-rated allocated of teams making the cut from each division will be reflective of the number of teams in each division, relative to the total field size. The determination of total field size, number of teams in each division and pro-rated representation of teams making the cut (before ties) will be announced in conjunction with pairings being posted.

The field is limited to 80 teams, as outlined below:

  • Championship – 25 & over (48 teams)
  • Senior – 55 & over (20 teams)
  • Super Senior – 65 & over (12 teams)

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 and lunch during the first two rounds of the championship.

Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) complimentary practice round on Thursday, August 26 only. Players must contact the host club golf shop on or after Wednesday, August 18 to schedule a practice round tee time. Call the Apple Rock Golf Shop at (830) 598-6561 to schedule your practice round. Teams must identify themselves as participants in the Texas Golf Association Texas Four-Ball.

Registration Information: There will be no official registration for the Texas Four-Ball. Teams will receive their championship tee gift at the end of the first round, in the scoring area.

Starting Times/Pairings Information: Starting times/pairings for the first and second rounds will be made available no later than Tuesday, August 16 online at www.txga.org. Final round starting times/pairings will be available in the evening preceding play (approximately one hour after the completion of play) online at www.txga.org. Final round starting times/pairings will be re-drawn based on total score following the previous rounds of play.

Policies & Procedures

To ensure that competitors have the best possible experience when competing in the championship, it is helpful to be knowledgeable of Texas Golf Association (TGA) Policies and Procedures, Terms of Competition and Local Rules (Hard Card), as established by the association. For more information, please click here. For information specific to the Terms of Competition applicable to this championship, please see below:

TGA Cart Policy: Information regarding the use and availability of transportation varies between TGA Championships – refer to Tournament Information for the championship in question. Please be advised that in championships where carts are provided, players are encouraged to utilize motorized transportation. In doing so, carts will be limited to two (2) carts per group. Beginning in 2020: While a caddie is not prohibited from riding in the cart, the TGA has adopted a ‘one-seat’ policy as explained below.

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

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

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

TGA Medical Cart Request Policy
Spectators carts are prohibited. However, spectators in accordance of ADA compliance may request golf carts. Requests for golf carts must be supported by complete documentation, including the fully-completed Cart Request Form and the required accompanying medical documentation specified in that form for all first-time requests. Any medical cart request that is granted by the TGA will be good for that individual for the remainder of that calendar season. A request will not be deemed complete until all required information and documentation has been provided. For further information and details contact Director of Competitions – South Texas, John Cochran IV, [email protected].

Schedule of Events

All events will take place at The Club at Comanche Trace (Hills – Creeks), unless otherwise noted. Championship schedule is subject to changes and additions.

Thursday, August 18
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Practice Rounds

Friday, August 19
7:30 AM – Round 1, Wave 1 begins (#1 & #10 Tees)
12:30 PM – Round 1, Wave 2 begins (#1 & #10 Tees)

Saturday, August 20
7:30 AM – Round 2, Wave 1 begins (#1 & 10 Tees)
12:30 PM – Round 2, Wave 2 begins (#1 & 10 Tees)
Following Play – Field cut to the low 40 teams (and ties)

Sunday, August 21
7:45 AM – Final Round begins (#1 & 10 Tees)
Following Play – Awards Presentation

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Colby Amparan and Gary Ezmerlian Win Texas Four-Ball

HORSESHOE BAY – Fort Worth’s Colby Amparan and Gary Ezmerlian card a final round 7-under-par 65 to win the Texas Four-Ball by two strokes at Horseshoe Bay’s Apple Rock Course.

Amparan and Ezmerlian started the week with back-to-back rounds of 6-under 66s. The duo bested their previous two rounds on Sunday by firing a 7-under 65. Amparan and Ezmerlian teamed up to card seven birdies to post 19-under par overall for the championship.

“It was a total team effort,” Ezmerlian said. “I think that would be what it was the whole weekend. We were just a team. When one of us was out of it the other one was in it.”

Amparan and Ezmerlian played stellar golf all three rounds. They tallied 18 holes under par (17 birdies and one eagle) and never birdied the same hole.

“We didn’t make a bogey,” Ezmerlian said. “I don’t think we were ever really close to making a bogey. Just a team. Both of us the whole way.”

Amparan and Ezmerlian’s experience in playing partnership golf paid off on Sunday. Amparan, whose dad was in attendance, wanted to make a memory this week and was able to do so on the last hole with a great birdie putt.

“It went in and I yelled at him (Ezmerlian) ‘memories’,” said Amparan. “It was really cool.”

Kris Devlin of Austin and Trey Todd of Abilene tied Aaron Hickman of Tyler and Dallas’s Rob Couture for second at 17-under-par 199. Kyle Robbins of Keller and Jordan Wynn of Dallas tied for fourth with Derek Abel of Dallas and Chris Wheeler of Addison at 15-under-par 201.

In the Senior Division, San Antonio’s Ron Finnerty and Tommy Tucker ran away with victory by carding a final round 8-under 64. They won by four shots and tallied seven birdies and an eagle on Sunday.

This was Finnerty and Tucker’s first time to play in the event together, but they showed no lack of experience.

“This was my first Texas Golf Association event,” Tucker said. “So, it was pretty good. It’s a great feeling.”

Finnerty and Tucker tallied 18 birdies and an eagle as a team for the three rounds. They also recently won the senior division of the San Antonio City Four-Ball.

“Big time. Big time,” Finnerty said. “You know we’ve been working on our game and to get it to the point where it’s at now is great.”

William Shock and Scott Smith of Houston finished runner-up at 14-under-par 202. The teams of Mike Booker and Pat Youngs, Andrew Hydorn and Bill Jackson, and Don Gafner and Jim Quinn all finished tied third at 13-under-par 203.

In the Super Senior Division, Horseshoe Bay Resort members Aaron Billings and Richard Koenig took home the title following a closing 9-under-par 63. They posted an impressive 24-under-par for the championship to hold off John Grace of Fort Worth and Bill Holstead of Wichita Falls by two shots.

To win as members of the club was special for Billings and Koenig.

“I think it’s a good representation of Horseshoe Bay,” Billings said. “We’ve got some very good players here. I think we represented the super senior Texas Four-Ball well.”

James Long of Granbury and Buffalo Gap’s Danny Walters finished solo third at 12-under-par 204. Alan Dale and Bobby Haney of New Braunfels posted 9-under-par 207 to finish fourth.

The TGA extends its most sincere appreciation to Horseshoe Bay Resort, its staff and membership for their hospitality this week. Extra special thanks go out to Director of Golf Anthony Holder, Tournament Coordinator Holly Jenkins, Assistant General Manager Bobby Hagy, Food and Beverage Director Vildan Ruiz, Director of Agronomy Ken Gorzycki, Apple Rock Course Superintendent Michael Gale and the entire Horseshoe Bay Resort Apple Rock grounds crew for their preparation and tireless work during the championship. The players and TGA staff know how pivotal their efforts were in making the Texas Four-Ball a great week.

For more information on the 2021 Texas Four-Ball, click here.

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Two Teams Share Lead Heading into Final Round at Texas Four-Ball

HORSESHOE BAY – Fort Worth’s Colby Amparan and Gary Ezmerlian share the lead at 12-under par with Derek Abel of Dallas and Chris Wheeler of Addison after the second round of play at Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Apple Rock Course.

Amparan and Ezmerlian carded a 6-under 66 for the second consecutive round. Abel and Wheeler fired off a second round 8-under 64 to put themselves in great position heading into Sunday’s final round.

“It’s been ham and egg. Especially yesterday,” Ezmerlian said. “Today I struggled on the first nine holes and Colby played great. And then I played pretty good on the last nine holes.”

Amparan and Ezmerlian, who have played in this event together five times before, bring a plethora of experience playing together in partnership golf.

“We just play a lot of partnership golf together in general,” Amparan said. “We know when to help each other. We know when to leave each other alone. We know when each other is frustrated and if they need space so that helps a lot.”

Abel and Wheeler are lifelong friends that have competed in four-ball events across the country over the past few years.

“For us we’ve played together a lot in these four-ball events,” said Abel. “Everything from the U.S. Four-Ball to these state four-balls. We kind of feed off each other and balance each other pretty well.”

The duo flexed their experience again on Saturday as Wheeler carded five birdies of his own and Abel tallied four.

Round one leaders Aaron Hickman and Rob Couture sit in solo third after a round of 2-under 70 on Friday. They sit at 11-under overall and just one shot back of the co-leaders.

“It was a bit of a struggle today,” said Hickman. “We didn’t get off to a good start and didn’t finish very well. It was a battle out there.”

Three teams are tied for fourth at 10-under par for the championship. Andrew Grice and Wesley Hansen of Austin, Gant Bills of Dallas and Scott Maurer of Plano, and Kris Devlin of Austin and Trey Todd of Abilene all carded 7-under 65’s to move up the leaderboard on Friday. All three teams will begin the final round two shots behind the co-leaders.

Following play on Saturday, the Championship Division was cut to the top 27 teams for Sunday’s final round.

In the Senior Division, two teams also share the top spot on the leaderboard 10-under-par heading into Sunday. The teams of Scott Smith and William Shock as well as Ron Finnerty and Tommy Tucker both fired 4-under-par 68s. They’ll head into Saturday’s second round with a two-stroke advantage over two teams tied for third. Don Gafner and Jim Quinn carded a 1-under 71 while Steve Love and Mike Peck toured the course with a 6-under 66.

Sitting tied for fifth at 8-under par for the tournament is Andrew Hydorn and Bill Jackson as well as Lee Sandlin and Hollis Sullivan.

The Senior Division was cut to the top 10 teams following the second round.

In the Super Senior Division, John Grace and Bill Holstead fired a 6-under par 66 to take a one stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round. The team of Aaron Billings and Richard Koenig sit just behind in solo second after a second round 8-under 64.

Sitting six shots back in third place is Lelan Chiles and Tom Takes at 9-under-par for the tournament.

Following the second round, the Super Senior Division was cut to the top six teams and ties.

Through the years, the Horseshoe Bay Resort has hosted the Texas Amateur, Texas Father-Son, and the Texas Junior Amateur. It’s the third time the resort has been the site for the Texas Four-Ball (2007 & 2013).

The final round of the Texas Four-Ball begins Sunday at 7:45 a.m. at Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Apple Rock Course. For more information on this championship, click here.

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Round One of Texas Four-Ball Suspended, Hickman and Couture Lead

HORSESHOE BAY – Aaron Hickman of Tyler and Rob Couture of Dallas hold the clubhouse lead of the Texas Four-Ball after turning in a magnificent 9-under-par 63 at Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Apple Rock Course. Due to multiple suspensions of play during the first round there are groups that were unable to finish.

Play was suspended for a total of 2 hours and 23 minutes between two delays in the late afternoon due to lightning in the area during Friday’s first round. Play will resume at 7:45 a.m. Saturday morning.

Hickman and Couture became friends through golf many years ago and now travel the country playing together. Over the years, they have played countless rounds together including last year’s Texas Four-Ball in which they finished runner-up. Though this year is only the second time the duo has teamed up in the Texas Four-Ball, Hickman and Couture had no problem navigating the Apple Rock Course on Friday.

Hickman carded five birdies on his own ball, while Couture tallied four birdies of his own. The duo went 5-under on their last eight holes en route to their opening 9-under 63 to lead the field by two.

“We got off to a good start. I birdied number one and we kind of hung in there,” Hickman said. “It wasn’t that stressful. We just played pretty solid all day.”

Despite the weather delays Hickman and Couture were able to keep their rhythm and composure.

“It’s not easy. We didn’t hit great shots coming out of the first weather delay,” Couture said. “But after that we played well coming out of the second one.”

Brady Jones of Royse City and Matt Neyra of Rockwall sit two shots back of Hickman and Couture in sole second place. Fort Worth’s Colby Amparan and Gary Ezmerlian sit in third after an opening round of 6-under 66.
Three teams are tied for fourth at 5-under par. They include Jess Bonneau and Chase Chapman, Will Glanville and Jeff Howard as well as Greg Smith and Josh Swanson.

In the Senior Division, Don Gafner and Jim Quinn sit atop the leaderboard after firing an opening round 8-under par 64. The teams of Scott Smith and William Shock, Dan Cook and Steve Miles as well as Ron Finnerty and Tommy Tucker fired 6-under-par 66s. They’ll head into Saturday’s second round with a one-stroke advantage over Dan Howard and Craig Rumora. Mike Booker and Pat Youngs are tied for sixth with Lee Sandlin and Hollis Sullivan after rounds of 4-under-par 68.

In the Super Senior Division, John Grace and Bill Holstead fired a 10-under par 62 to take a commanding three stroke lead into Saturday’s second round. The team of Aaron Billings and Richard Koenig sit behind in solo second after a first round 7-under 65.

With its spectacular setting on the shores of Horseshoe Bay, the Apple Rock resort course is one of the state’s most scenic championship golf courses in Texas. The Horseshoe Bay Resort – Apple Rock Course opened in 1985 and was designed by the highly touted Robert Trent Jones, Sr.

Jones, Sr. took full advantage of the hill country land – rolling hills, water features, and rocky terrain – to create a course that is challenging, exciting and picturesque. The course offers plenty of risk-reward shots for players of all skill levels.

Round one of the Texas Four-Ball resumes Saturday at 7:45 a.m. Once play of the second round concludes the field will be cut to the low 24 teams and ties in the Championship Division, low 10 teams and ties in the Senior Division and low six teams and ties in the Super Senior Division. For more information, click here.

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Texas Four-Ball Set for Aug. 27-29

The 46th Texas Four-Ball, the second of this year’s four men’s major amateur championships conducted by the Texas Golf Association, will be played Aug. 27-29 on the Apple Rock Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Horseshoe Bay Resort is home to a trio of award-winning golf courses, Slick Rock, Ram Rock and Apple Rock, all designed by World Golf Hall of Fame member Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Apple Rock, the last of the three courses built, opened in 1985 and recently underwent an extensive renovation overseen by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the legendary architect’s eldest son. The months-long, multimillion dollar project included building new greens, tees and bunkers, as well as the installation of a state-of-the-art irrigation and drainage system to enhance playing conditions.

“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to return to Horseshoe Bay Resort for this year’s Texas Four-Ball Championship,” said Chris Untiedt, TGA Tournament Director. “The newly renovated Apple Rock Course is a wonderful and complete test of golf and will provide a formidable challenge for the state’s best amateur golfers.”

Perched atop some of the highest land in the Horseshoe Bay community, Apple Rock is one of the most scenic and breathtaking golf courses in Texas. The 6,999-yard, par-72 layout features dramatic elevation changes, rolling fairways, chiseled bunkers, undulating green complexes and unforgettable views of Lake LBJ.

“Apple Rock truly captures what playing golf in the Texas Hill Country is all about,” said Anthony Holder, Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Director of Golf. “Robert Trent Jones designed a course that incorporates the wildlife, sweeping vistas, lake views, protruding rocks and other native areas into the golf experience all while disrupting as little as possible.”

The 2021 Texas Four-Ball will feature an 80-team starting field comprised of three age divisions playing from different tees with separate champions crowned: Championship (25 years and older), Senior (55 and older) and Super Senior (65 and older). The format is 54 holes of four-ball stroke play. After the completion of 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 40 teams, including ties.

At the 2020 championship, held on the Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club in Montgomery, Jason Schultz of Allen and Russell Williams of Prosper posted a 54-hole total of 26-under-par 190 to win the Championship Division. Steve Love and Mike Peck, both of Irving, finished at 20-under 196 to win the Senior Division. The Lufkin team of Ford Cartwright and John Kennedy won the Super Senior title with a 16-under 200 total.

Live scoring updates, daily recaps, as well as tee-times and pairings, will be available at txga.org once the action gets underway from Horseshoe Bay Resort.

This year’s Texas Four-Ball is a continuation of the long-standing relationship between the TGA and Horseshoe Bay that dates to the resort’s earliest days. Over the years, the Central Texas landmark has been a proud supporter of amateur golf and has hosted many different TGA championships, including the Texas Amateur, Women’s Texas Amateur, Texas Junior Amateur, Texas Senior Amateur, Women’s Four-Ball and Texas Father-Son, to name a few.

“The Horseshoe Bay Resort prides itself on the relationship we have with Texas Golf Association and are honored to have hosted some of the best amateur players in the state at our facility,” Holder said.

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Jason Schultz and Russell Williams Win Texas Four-Ball

MONTGOMERY – Jason Schultz of Allen and Prosper’s Russell Williams card a final round 6-under-par 66 to go wire-to-wire and win the Texas Four-Ball by three strokes at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club’s Weiskopf Course.

Schultz, 47, and Williams, 46, began the week with a 12-under-par 60 on Friday and they never looked back after leading the field through Round 1. Despite a slow start on Sunday that let their lead drop to one shot at the turn, Schultz and Williams teamed up to card five birdies on their closing nine holes to post 26-under par overall for the championship.

“It was very nerve-racking,” Williams said. “I’d never been in that position. But I’ll tell you what, I had the best partner in the field. He was solid all week and I’m just glad that the two or three times a round he needed a little pick up I was able to do that and contribute.”

Schultz and Williams did balance each other well all three rounds. They tallied 27 holes under par (26 birdies and one eagle) and only birdied the same hole three times. In fact, they had five holes where one player birdied while the other made bogey. It was a true team victory.

“It means a lot,” Schultz said. “It was a fun environment from start to finish. We kind of just built from day one and kept going from there.”

Scott Loving and Brandon Destefano of Conroe tied Aaron Hickman of Tyler and Dallas’s Rob Couture for second at 23-under-par 193. Will Griffin and Coy Breen of San Antonio tied for fourth with Dru Fenimore of Dallas and Mission’s Miguel Del Angel at 22-under-par 194.

In the Senior Division, Mike Peck and Steve Love of Irving clinched the victory in extraordinary fashion. They arrived at the ninth tee (their closing hole) tied for the lead with Lewis Stephenson of Burleson and San Antonio’s John Pierce, who were in the clubhouse at 19-under par.

Needing a birdie to secure a one-shot victory, Love hit his approach shot to 12-feet above the hole. Peck lagged his birdie attempt to with three feet and set the stage for his partner. Knowing exactly what was at stake, Love gave his putt one final look. He made his stroke and his ball found the bottom of the cup.

“It’s exciting for me because I don’t get to do this as much as Mike,” Love said. “Mike held us together the whole back nine. It was amazing the putts he was making for par. We kind of teamed it up and got through it, so it was really exciting.”

Peck and Love, who have been good friends for years, tallied 23 birdies as a team for the three rounds and add this victory to their decorated amateur golf resumes.

“Anytime you win one of the TGA’s major tournaments it’s truly an honor,” Peck said.
“It’s fantastic to do it with a great friend. It was a team victory and couldn’t have been any better.”

David Ortego of Spring and Sugar Land’s Gordon Wagner tied Stephenson and Pierce for second with a closing birdie of their own to post 19-under-par 197 . Kenneth Coutant of Dallas and McKinney’s Bill Jackson finished fourth at 18-under-par 198, while Lee Sandlin of Dallas and Westworth Village’s Hollis Sullivan tied for fifth with Larry Corson of Dallas and Southlake’s Mike Lohner at 17-under 197.

In the Super Senior Division, John Kennedy and Ford Cartwright of Lufkin claimed their first title as a four-ball team following a closing 4-under-par 68. They posted 16-under-par for the championship to hold off Charles Reeve of Houston and Montgomery’s Tom McGraw by three strokes.

“It’s great because it’s been a while,” Kennedy said. “This guy (Ford) is the best partner in the world. He’s always positive and it really helps me and I think we really pair up well together.”

Richard Hageman of Garden Ridge and Spring’s Dan Alpha finished solo third at 13-under-par 203. Sam Boyd of Horseshoe Bay and League City’s Gary Noto posted 8-under-par 208 to finish fourth, while Fred Brown and Kent Samuel of The Woodlands rounded out the top five at 6-under-par 210.

The TGA extends its most sincere appreciation to Bentwater Yacht & CC, its staff and membership for their hospitality this week. Extra special thanks go out to Director of Golf Mark Steinbauer, Head Golf Professional David Brock, Catering & Events Coordinator Chelsea Bledsoe, Director of Agronomy Donny Latham and the entire Bentwater Yacht & CC grounds crew for their preparation and tireless work during the championship. All the players and TGA staff know how crucial their role was in making the Texas Four-Ball a memorable week.

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Schultz, Williams Extend Lead at Texas Four-Ball

MONTGOMERY – Russell Williams of Prosper and Jason Schultz of Allen extend their lead at the Texas Four-Ball after carding an 8-under-par 64 in the second round at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club’s Weiskopf Course.

Following their brilliant 12-under-par 60 in Round 1, Williams and Schultz begin Saturday afternoon right where they left off as Schultz birdied four of his opening six holes.

He carded another birdie on the par-4 18th to turn in 5-under 31 on his own ball. On the back nine, Schultz and Williams teamed up for three more birdies to post 20-under par through two rounds and lead the field by three strokes.

“My partner played really well today,” Williams said. “He was striping the ball. I picked him up on about three holes, other than that, it was a Jason Schultz show.”

Though Williams and Schultz have played together for many years, they are teeing it up in the Texas Four-Ball as a team for the first time. The duo finds themselves atop the leaderboard with 18 holes to play; however, they plan to keep the same mentality for Sunday’s final round.

“We just look forward to having some fun,” Schultz said. “I got a good partner and that’s all you can ask for. We’ll just keep doing what we’re doing.”

Chris Goodspeed of Dallas and Frisco’s Bell Steen sit three shots back of Williams and Schultz. The three-time Texas Four-Ball champions (1996, 1997, 2002) carded nine birdies and an eagle en route to a 10-under-par 62, tying the low-round of the day.

Goodpseed, 54, and Steen, 54, have been friends since the first grade. They played collegiate golf together at Abiliene Christian University and on Sunday, they’ll look to add a fourth Texas Four-Ball title to their amateur golf careers.

“He’s my best friend and I love getting to play golf with him,” Steen said.

Three teams are tied for third at 16-under par for the championship. Scott Loving and Brandon Destefano of Conroe matched their opening 64 with another round at 8-under. Rob Couture of Dallas and Tyler’s Aaron Hickman carded a bogey-free 7-under-par 65 on Friday, while Will Griffin and Coy Breen of San Antonio birdied their final hole to shoot 6-under 66. All three teams will begin the final round four shots behind Williams and Schultz.

Following play on Saturday, the Championship Division was cut to the top 27 teams for Sunday’s final round.

In the Senior Division, two teams are tied atop the leaderboard. David Ortego of Spring and Sugar Land’s Gordan Wagner followed their opening 63 with a 4-under-par 68. They are tied with Mike Peck and Steve Love of Irving who carded a 6-under-par 66 on Saturday. Kenneth Coutant of Dallas and McKinney’s Bill Jackson are solo third after consecutive rounds of 66.

John Pierce of San Antonio and Burleson’s Lewis Stephenson are tied for fourth with Kip Estep of Rockwall and Houston’s Scott Smith. They are at 12-under-par 133 overall and will begin Sunday’s final round two strokes behind the leaders. The Senior Division was cut to the top 10 teams following the second round.

In the Super Senior Division, John Kennedy and Ford Cartwright of Lufkin continued to play solid golf on Saturday. They carded three birdies and an eagle en route to a 4-under-par 68. Kennedy and Cartwright hold a three-shot lead over Tom McGraw of Montgomery and Houston’s Charles Reeve who are 9-under through two rounds.

Richard Hageman of Garden Ridge and Spring’s Dan Alpha are third at 8-under-par 135 overall. Following the second round, the Super Senior Division was cut to the top six teams and ties.

For Bentwater Yacht & Country Club, this is the fifth time it has played host to a TGA major championship. Through the years, the club has hosted the Texas Mid-Amateur, Texas Senior Amateur, Club Team and Texas Father-Son. It’s the first time Bentwater Yacht & CC has been the site for the Texas Four-Ball.

The final round of the Texas Four-Ball begins Sunday at 8 a.m. at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club’s Weiskopf Course. For more information on this championship, click here

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Williams and Schultz Grab First Round Lead at Texas Four-Ball

MONTGOMERY – Russell Williams of Prosper and Jason Schultz of Allen hold the first round lead of the Texas Four-Ball after turning in a brilliant 12-under-par 60 at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club’s Weiskopf Course.

Williams, 46, and Schultz, 47, have known each other since competing as collegiate golfers in the ‘90s. Over the years, they have played countless rounds together as well as various four-ball events. Though this year is the first time the duo has teamed up in the Texas Four-Ball, Williams and Schultz had no problem navigating the Weiskopf Course on Friday.

Williams carded five birdies and an eagle on his own ball, while Schultz tallied seven birdies of his own. They both bogeyed the par-3 eighth en route to their opening 12-under 60 to lead the field by two.

“We both stayed patient, and when one person was down the other person just kind of picked it up and we just kind of kept the momentum going,” Williams said. “We had a little slip up on eight, but we bounced right back and made a couple birdies and got it going on the back.”

Two teams sit two shots back of Williams and Schultz. John Hunter and Shane Heise of The Woodlands and Will Grifiin and Coy Breen of San Antonio fired opening rounds of 10-under-par 62.

Hunter and Heise set the tone early in Round 1. As the third group off the tenth tee Friday morning, they carded four birdies and an eagle to jump to 6-under through nine. The duo didn’t slow down on their closing loop. Hunter carded birdies on the par-5 second, par-4 fifth and par-3 eight to complement Heise’s birdie on the par-4 sixth.

“Round 1 was a good bit of ham and egg for both of us,” Hunter said. “We kind of got some momentum, made some putts, had some balls go in that probably surprised us a little bit and got about as much out of it as we could. We can’t look back and say we did anything wrong. It was a good day.”

Griffin and Breen, who have been friends since 2002, started slow on Friday. They turned in 2-under 34 and were eight shots off the clubhouse lead.

“I saw some teams were going low and knew we needed to get it going,” Griffin said.

Coy carded a bogey-free 4-under 32, while Griffin carded six birdies en route to a closing nine 6-under 30. Their 10 birdies combined for an 8-under-par 28 as a team. The 2020 Greater San Antonio Four-Ball Championship runner-ups climbed the leaderboard and will begin Saturday just two shots off the lead.

“We knew we didn’t play well on our first nine,” Griffin said. “Coy made a really good putt on 17 (their eighth hole) that kept us bogey free which was huge. Then we made the turn and played awesome on the front nine like we know we can.”

Michael Samp and Chris Headon as well as Aaron Hickman and Rob Couture carded rounds of 9-under-par 63 and are tied fourth. Three teams are tied for sixth at 8-under par. They include Josh Ketter and Bryan Mitchell, Scott Loving and Brandon Destefano as well as Grant Bills and Scott Maurer.

In the Senior Division, two teams are tied atop the leaderboard. David Ortego and Gordan Wagner as well as Mike Lohner and Larry Corson fired 9-under-par 63s. They’ll head into Saturday’s second round with a one-stroke advantage over Dave Davis and Jim Quinn. Mike Peck and Steve Love are tied for fourth with Scott Smith and Kip Estep after rounds of 7-under-par 65.

In the Super Senior Division, John Kennedy and Ford Cartwright of Lufkin carded eight birdies en route to an 8-under-par 64. Dan Alpha and Richard Hageman are solo second at 5-under par, while Tom McGraw and Charles Reeve share third at 4-under par with Bud Bartels and Richard Baker.

With its spectacular setting on the western shores of Lake Conroe and three award-winning courses, Bentwater Yacht & Country Club is one of the state’s premier golf communities. The Weiskopf Course, the first built at Bentwater, made its stunning debut in 1989 and was designed by PGA Tour legend Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish.

The architectural duo took full advantage of the site’s natural beauty – stately hardwoods and towering pine trees, rolling topography, elevation changes and numerous water features – to create a course that is all together enjoyable, challenging and visually sensational. With options to play shots over inlets or carry corners of tree-lined doglegs, the Weiskopf Course provides plenty of exciting risk-reward moments.

The second round of the Texas Four-Ball begins Friday at 7:45 a.m. Once play concludes the field will be cut to the low 24 teams and ties in the Championship Division, low 10 teams and ties in the Senior Division and low six teams and ties in the Super Senior Division. For more information, click here.