Fresh Look Coming for Corpus Christi Country Club

By Adam Rohrbough, TGA

In celebration of its centennial anniversary, Corpus Christi Country Club will unveil its newly renovated, 18-hole championship course in late October. 

For 41 years, the club resided on Nueces Beach, but in 1963 it purchased more than 150 acres of land about 12 miles south. That’s where Robert Trent Jones designed the classic 18-hole course that has resided there for the past 59 years.  

In 2017, Ham Rogers, a member of the Club, spearheaded an effort to renovate the course. A vote was passed in 2021, and the project began in February. 

Chet Williams Design was tabbed to complete the project. Williams has designed or renovated many notable courses including Whispering Pines, Houston Oaks, Traditions Club at Texas A&M, Royal Oaks Country Club – Dallas, Dallas Athletic Club’s Blue & Gold Courses, and many more. Additionally, Sanders Golf  has overseen the construction on the project. 

“The scope of the renovation was to redo all the greens from scratch, new bunkers, and new grassing of fairways,” said Brent Blackburn, Head Golf Professional at CCCC. “In addition to that, Chet Williams proposed a slight reroute to bring whatever interests that we have here into play.” 

Below are sketches of each hole for the renovation. 

As with any renovation, challenges will arise. The team of Chet Williams Design and Sanders Golf has found a solution to every obstacle, though.  

“Adding that interest being on coastal plain was probably the biggest challenge for Chet’s team,” said Blackburn. “The golf course had no drainage at all. The only drainage we had was surface drainage and a canal that ran through the golf course. I think working with any interest that included the canal, Chet was able to take advantage of it.” 

A renovation can also often present challenges to the club and its’ membership.  

“Are there some challenges and frustrations? Of course,” Blackburn said. “But I think it’ll be a night-and-day difference for us. It was a welcomed upgrade, for sure.” 

Included in the project are 18 new greens. Each complex is different and will provide players with a variety of looks from hole to hole.  

“What we had before were 18 greens that were very similar,” Blackburn said of CCCC prior to the renovation. “Chet has done a masterful job of going from very little variety to where every hole is different. That is a testament to his design and his experience.” 

Corpus Christi Country Club has always been a fun member course, but it did gain 120 yards total from the renovation. Those who play the course can expect a much more playable and enjoyable look at the course with great conditions. 

“Overall, it should be a fantastic experience for anyone who comes down to play it,” Blackburn said. “Down here, we have lots of wind and the course plays to that. But 6,700 yards for us can feel a lot longer for sure.” 

As the TGA Member Club finishes the renovation project next month we are so proud of Corpus Christi C.C., its’ members, and everyone involved throughout the process. We look forward to seeing the way this new course flourishes over the coming years.   

Check out the photos below for a closer look at the construction and design process. 


Null, Robertson, and Vargas Claim North Texas Classic Titles

Null, Robertson, and Vargas Claim North Texas Classic Titles

Briefly: Corbin Null shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday to win the Boys Division of the North Texas Classic by 4 shots. Sidney Robertson, captured the Girls Division Title with a second round 1-under 70, while Asher Vargas ran away to a 14 shot victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division at 10-under par overall.

Champions: Waco’s Corbin Null went wire to wire to claim the North Texas Classic Victory. He finished an impressive weekend with a final round 67 to win at 9-under 133. Null accumulated 9 birdies & 1 eagle over both tournament rounds. Tylers’s Sidney Robertson completed a second round come back to win the Girls Division. Starting the day one shot back and posted a 1-under par 70 to take the victory. Springs’s Asher Vargas extended his 3 shot first round lead to 1 14 shot victory, thanks to a final round of 6-under 65. Vargas finished the event with 9 birdies and 2 eagles.
Top Finishers: In the Boys Division, Boerne’s Price Hill couldn’t quite catch Corbin Null as the two matched 67’s in the second round to finish second at 5-under 137. The trio of Brooks Harper from Dallas, Ryan Shellberg from Prosper and Trenton Mierl from Austin finished tied for third place at 4-under par 138. Dallas’s Andrew Petruzzelli and Reese Roberts both finished in a tie for sixth at 3-under par 139.
In the Girls Division, Austin’s Darrelyn Webster finished second as her second round 73 wasn’t enough to hold the lead she held after round 1 as she finished the tournament with a 1-under par total of 141. Cedar Park’s Jiyu Han finished the tournament in third place with an even par 142 36-hole total. Rounding out the top 5 were Nirjara Gulhane of Cedar Park and Leya Glazer of Dallas.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, College Station’s Ryan Lee and Austin’s Ethan Hoffman finished tied for second at 4-over par 146. Rounding out the top 5 were Aiden Tiet of Garland and Austin Le from Houston. Both players finished in a tie for fourth at 6-over par 148.
Player of the Years Points: Corbin Null, Sydney Robertson and Asher Vargas all earned 500 points in the Player of the Year Point Race. Points are awarded at each tournament to the top half of each age division.
Golf Course: Buffalo Creek Golf Club is hosting the North Texas Classic for the first time in the eight years the Legends Junior Tour has hosted the event. Located in Rockwall, the course offers a great challenge to the field, stretching out to almost 7,000 yards in the Boys Division, 6,600 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division and 6,000 yards in the Girls Division.
Weather: The weather continued to be great for the second round with temperatures starting in the high 60’s and reaching the upper 80’s by mid-afternoon. The players were faced with breezy conditions with wind around 10-12 mph throughout the day.
Tournament Format: The North Texas Classic is a 36-hole stroke play event for players 12-18 years old. All players in the field are required to have an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The North Texas Classic kicks off the Fall Swing of the Legends Junior Tour schedule.
Texas Junior Golf Alliance: The Alliance is a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association, Northern and Southern Texas PGA and Houston Golf Association. The goal of the Alliance was to allow junior golfers a clear path to the best tournaments in Texas. Each of the three tier-two organizations (STPGA, NTPGA, HGA) conduct events that serve as qualifiers into the statewide tier-one events run by the Legends Junior Tour (LJT). This allows players to compete in local events in which they can earn spots to play in statewide tournaments.
Next Up: The LJT travels to Nutcracker Golf Club in Granbury for the Fall Challenge on October 1-2.


Chase Clayton and Josh Logan Win Texas Four-Ball 

KERRVILLE – San Antonio’s Chase Clayton and Josh Logan fired a final round 9-under 63 on Sunday to win the Texas Four-Ball at The Club at Comanche Trace. The duo finished at 21-under total and three shots clear of second place.  


The San Antonio natives entered Sunday’s final round two shots back of the lead but were able to tie the low round of the day on the course with the 9-under 63. Clayton tallied up six birdies on the day while Logan tacked on three of his own. Clayton and Logan join a superb list as champions of the Texas Four-Ball. 


Bulverde’s Will Dusenbury and Austin’s Curtis Donahoe finished as the runner-ups after a valiant Sunday effort of 8-under 64. The teammates finished three strokes back of the champions at 18-under 198 total for the week. Dusenbury and Donahoe came out on Sunday by going 5-under on their front nine.  


Houston’s Logan Richter and Bobby Hutcherson of Memphis grabbed solo third by finishing at 17-under 199 total for the week. The duo fired a final round 9-under 63 to vault up the leaderboard. 


Three teams finished tied fourth at 16-under 200 total including the 2021 champions Gary Ezmerlian and Colby Amparan of Fort Worth. Joining them in the tie for fourth were the teams of Shayne Eddleman of Georgetown and Ryan O’Rear of Leander as well as Abilene’s Trey Todd and Austin’s Kris Devlin. 


Additionally, two teams finished six back of the champions in a tie for seventh at 15-under 201 total for the tournament.  


San Antonio’s Pat Youngs and Houston’s Mike Booker carded a solid final round of 6-under 66 to capture victory over the Senior Division. The duo finished at 23-under for the week and two ahead of the eventual runner-ups Bill Steen of Frisco and Chris Godspeed of Farmers Branch. Youngs rolled in six birdies and Booker tallied up three of his own en route to the win on Sunday.  


Odessa’s Mark Jones and Luke Groves captured solo third place by finishing at 15-under 201 total for the week. 


Michael Puls of Irving and Tom Burns of Houston won the Super Senior Division after firing a final round 4-under 68 to win by seven strokes. The duo went 2-under on each nine to cruise to victory on Sunday.


Finishing runner-up at 16-under 200 total was Westworth Village’s Hollis Sullivan and Midland’s Steve Whiteside. They finished two shots ahead of third place finishers Gene Aube of Rockwall and Heath’s Robert Swayze.  


With its spectacular setting in the rolling hill country of Kerrville, The Club at Comanche Trace is one of the state’s most scenic golf courses in Texas. The Club at Comanche Trace features a 27-hole layout that is as challenging as it is fun to play. 


For this Championship, the two nines that were utilized were The Hills and The Creeks. The Hills nine was designed by Tom Kite, along with Roy Bechtol and Randy Russell. The second nine being utilized, The Creeks, opened in 2008 and was designed by Jay and Carter Morrish. It’s the newest nine hole track on the property. Both sets of designers took full advantage of the hill country land – rolling hills, water features, and rocky terrain – to create holes that are challenging, exciting and picturesque. The course offers plenty of risk-reward shots for players of all skill levels. 


For more information on the 2022 Texas Four-Ball, click here. For full results, click here.


Schultz Repeats to Claim 2022 North Amateur Championship

Granbury – Jason Schultz of Allen repeats as the 2022 North Amateur Champion at Harbor Lakes Golf Club in Granbury, TX. He carded rounds of 72-69-67 (208) to claim the championship.

Pos. Player City To Par R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Jason Schultz Allen -8 72 69 67 208
2 Joe Seth Murphy Flint -6 73 68 69 210
3 Kevin Doskocil Benbrook -2 70 72 72 214
4 Adam Valickus Fort Worth -1 72 69 74 215
T5 Sam Sewell Argyle 1 73 75 69 217
T5 Clayton Smith Dallas 1 73 71 73 217
T5 Christopher Wheeler Addison 1 70 71 76 217

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Leaders: Jason Schultz of Allen opened his final round with five straight birdies posting a final round score of 5-under 67 to claim the North Amateur Championship. Schultz stayed consistent throughout the first and second round shooting even par 72 his first time playing the course and following it up with a five birdie second round that ended him at 3-under-par 69 and 3-under-par for the tournament. He carried this momentum into the final round where he took the early lead with his stellar bogey-free front nine. This is Schultz’s third Texas Golf Association win of the year and second North Amateur title in a row. He previously won the North Mid-Amateur at Paris Golf and Country Club in late March and the Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play at Denton Country Club last month.

In Contention: Joe Seth Murphy of Flint, TX finished second to Schultz shooting a tournament total of 6-under-par 210. Murphy carded four birdies and a bogey free back nine to stay in contention. Murphy finished four strokes in front of Benbrooks’ Kevin Doskocil who claimed solo third place with rounds of 70-72-72 to finish 2-under-par for the championship.
Course: Harbor Lakes Golf Club is a design masterpiece created by renowned architect Dick Phelps. Located just south of Fort Worth along the shores of Lake Granbury, the course is characterized by its unique architecture and breathtaking natural settings, drawing inspiration from both seaside links courses as well as the rolling terrain of the Texas Hill Country. The course presents golfers a perfect blend of challenge and aesthetics, providing a truly world-class golf experience.

Tournament History: The North Amateur Championship is open to male golfers residing in the North Texas region (31’ parallel, Salado, TX and South is the break point) with a certified WHS Handicap Index of 8.4 or less. The North Amateur Championship was established in 2003, prior to 2022 the championship was most recently held at The Bridges Golf Club in Gunter, TX.

POY Points Race: By winning, Schultz was awarded 1000 points towards Regional Player of the Year standings. Joe Seth Murphy claims 800 Regional Player of the Year Points, and Kevin Doskocil will receive 700 Player of the Year Points. POY Points will also be awarded to all other players that finished Top 30 at the North Amateur.

What’s Next: Next on the state championship schedule is the Texas Four-Ball. With registration closed, the Four-Ball will be contested August 19-21 at Comanche Trace in Kerrville. Texas Mid-Amateur qualifying is underway for the TGA with sites scattered across the state for the next two months. The Texas Mid-Amateur will be hosted Abilene Country Club September 23-25.

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

For more information about the North Amateur, click here. To see all the scores from Harbor Lakes Country Club, click here.


Emma McMyler Repeats as Women’s Texas Amateur Champion

HUMBLE – Prior to this week, Xavier University junior Emma McMyler was already part of Texas golf history. On Friday at the Golf Club of Houston’s Tournament Course, she elevated herself to a new level entirely: two-time Women’s Texas Amateur champion.

With a 3&2 victory in the Final Match against Kansas State University sophomore Remington Isaac of Montgomery, McMyler won the 101st edition of the prestigious amateur championship. It was a successful title defense, as the San Antonio native also won the 100th Women’s Texas Amateur last summer at River Crest Country Club in Fort Worth.

“It means a lot. To be able to do it twice is a cool thing to do,” said McMyler, who also won the 2021 Women’s Stroke Play Championship. “Doing it at this course is pretty special with it being a PGA Tour course. The field was pretty strong this week, and I had a lot of tough matches. But I played really well and was able to pull out the win. It’s pretty special.”

McMyler is the first to win consecutive Women’s Texas Amateurs since Texas Golf Hall of Famer Mina Hardin did it 1999-2000. Hardin, the 2010 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion, was the Senior Medalist this week at the Tournament Course during the Qualifying Round and advanced the Championship Bracket. A veteran of more than 50 USGA national championships, Hardin also won back-to-back Women’s Texas Amateur titles in 1996-97.

The Final Match was tight throughout the front nine. Both players held leads at one point, but they were tied as they reached the 10th tee box. Over the next 40 minutes or so, McMyler ripped off three straight birdies to take a commanding 3-up lead. Long off the tee and precise with her irons, she put herself in position to capitalize again and again. McMyler poured in a 12-footer on the 10th, then made 25-foot bomb on the 11th, and capped off the string with a 6-foot birdie on No. 12.

With her father Brian on the bag as caddie, McMyler also birdied the par-3 14th to go 4 up.

“I was kind of feeling it with the putter,” she said.

For her part, Isaac never backed down and continued the fight until both players bogeyed the par-3 16th, which ended things. The former Montgomery High School standout made four birdies on the front nine, but McMyler’s birdies kept besting Isaac’s pars early on the inward loop.

“I have definitely gotten mentally stronger because of this week,” said Isaac, who won seven of her 10 events during her high school senior and led her team to a runner-up finish at the 2021 UIL state championships.

Isaac employed her good friend and mentor Hailee Cooper as her caddie in the Final Match. The two were high school teammates for a year – Isaac was a freshman during Cooper’s senior year – and Isaac defeated Cooper in the Thursday’s Semifinals at the Tournament Course. Despite the tension of the match and what was at stake, Isaac and Cooper smiled and joked with each other throughout the round. The good friends clearly enjoyed the experience, regardless of the final outcome.

McMyler, a two-time Big East Golfer of the Year who won twice for Xavier last season, earned 21st seed in the Championship Match Play Bracket after recording 3-over-par 75 in Tuesday’s Qualifying Round. In the Round of 32, she defeated No. 12 seed Lauren Nguyen of Katy, 3&2. McMyler then took down 28th-seed Ellie Rippee of McKinney, 2&1, in the Round of 16.

In the Quarterfinals, McMyler beat No. 29 seed Hunter Nugent of Irving, 3&2. The Xavier standout then toppled No. 1-seeded Camryn Carreon of San Antonio in the Semis, 1 up.

“The week being so long, it’s really challenging,” said McMyler, who recently finished T26 playing as an amateur at the Epson Tour’s Ann Arbor’s Road to the LPGA powered by the A2 Sports Commission. “It was super-hot out here, so staying hydrated and staying fresh for the entire week was important.”

In addition to the McMyler-Isaac showdown, six other flights in the tournament held their final matches Friday.

In the First Flight, Paige Wood of McKinney defeated Chelsea Romas of Coppell, 5&4. In the Second Flight, Elina Sinz of Katy beat Faith Kilgore of Wimberley, 3&2. In the Third Flight, Trinity King of Arlington took down Federica Tavelli-Westerlund of San Marcos in 19 holes. In the Fourth Flight, Maria Jose Martinez Almeida of Houston defeated Brooke Morales of McKinney, 7&6. In the Fifth Flight, Simone Campise of Lewisville scored a 1-up victory against EG Messenger of Montgomery. In the Sixth Flight, Molly Murray of McKinney defeated Aidan McLachlan of Dallas, 4&3.

The Texas Golf Association extends its gratitude to the Golf Club of Houston, including its staff and membership, for their support, hospitality, and generosity during the 101st Women’s Texas Amateur. We greatly appreciate the efforts from the club, as well as the TGA volunteers, for helping us create a memorable championship week. For more information on the 101st Women’s Texas Amateur, click here.


McMyler, Isaac to Play for 101st Women’s Texas Amateur Championship

HUMBLE – After winning their third and fourth grueling matches of the week on Thursday, defending champion Emma McMyler from San Antonio will face Montgomery’s Remington Isaac on Friday for the 101st Women’s Texas Amateur title on the Tournament Course at the Golf Club of Houston.

A junior at Xavier University, the 21st-seeded McMyler held off No. 1 seed Camryn Carreon, also from San Antonio, in a back-and-forth Semifinals match that came down the final hole. Up 1 in the match, McMyler laced a long iron from the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th that found a piece of the left side of the green. Carreon, a senior at the University of Texas at San Antonio, missed the green from the fairway. She nearly holed her chip shot, but her ball bounced past the cup.

Carreon conceded her opponent’s short par putt to give McMyler the 1-up victory.

“Camryn’s been playing well all year,” said McMyler, who won twice for XU last season. “It was a great match, a hard-fought match. It was fun to play against someone who is also from San Antonio. I’ve known her for a while. It was a lot of fun, and a really great match.”

The other Semifinal match featured two talented players who also knew each other well. Both No. 31 seed Remington Isaac and 30th-seeded Hailee Cooper are from Montgomery. They played on the same Montgomery High School golf team; Isaac was a freshman when Cooper was a senior. Together, they led a talented team to the UIL Class 6A Regionals in 2018.

Thursday at the Tournament Course, Isaac came out on top with a 1-up victory. The two longtime friends both shot even-par 36 on the front nine, then proceeded to match each other – par for par – from the 10th to the 17th hole. Isaac poured in an 11-foot birdie on No. 18 to capture the win and advance to the Final Match.

“We were pretty much all square the whole round,” said Isaac, a sophomore at Kansas State. “My putt on 18 was downhill, breaking hard left. I didn’t want to run it too far by because then I needed to make the par putt if I missed the birdie. It just barely dribbled in. It was a pretty good putt.”

Earlier Thursday morning, in a Quarterfinals battle of two participants in the upcoming 122nd U.S. Women’s Amateur at Chambers Bay in August, Carreon outlasted University of Illinois sophomore Alise Knudson from Dallas in 19 holes. Carreon took a 1-up lead on the 17th hole and had a ticklish 4-footer for par to end the match on the par-4 18th.

She pushed it.

Carreon didn’t have to wait long to exact revenge. She drilled a 10-footer for birdie to win the match on the first extra hole.

“Honestly, I was upset after I missed that little putt on 18,” she said. “On the first playoff hole, I said to myself, ‘It’s all or nothing.’ I really crunched my drive. I didn’t hold anything back. My putts weren’t falling all round, but I finally got one when I needed it.”

In other Quarterfinals action from the Championship Bracket, McMyler took care of 20th-seeded Hunter Nugent, a UTSA senior from Irving, 3&2. Isaac defeated University of Houston senior Annie Park from Houston, 3&2. Cooper beat last year’s runner-up at the 100th Women’s Texas Amateur Megan Winans, an Oklahoma freshman from Richardson, 2&1.

In addition to the Final Match in the Championship Match Play Bracket, Friday also brings the Finals in six lower flights. All the competitors who finished 33rd or worse in Tuesday’s Qualifying Round were seeded into flights based on their scores.

For more information on the 101st Women’s Texas Amateur, click here 


Top-Seeded Carreon Advances to Quarterfinals at 101st Women’s Texas Amateur

HUMBLE – University of Texas at San Antonio senior Camryn Carreon survived a birdie barrage, an ace, two talented opponents, and 99-degree weather on Wednesday on the Tournament Course at the Golf Club of Houston to advance to the Quarterfinals at the 101st Women’s Texas Amateur.

After dispatching No. 32 seed Leah Alberto of Kingwood 4&3 in the morning’s Round of 32, Carreon found herself 1 up through 11 holes in the Round of 16 against Houston’s Sarah Kmiecik, a junior at Mary Hardin-Baylor. Then Kmiecik birdied the 12th, 13th, and 14th holes to flip the match and go 1 up.

Carreon and Kmiecik traded pars on the par-15 15th hole, then the fireworks show began.

The par-3 16th played 168 yards into a right-to-left wind. Kmiecik pulled out a 4-hybrid with 25 degrees of loft. She flushed it and called after it, “Be the right number!”

Spoiler alert: It was the right number.

Her ball landed just right of the hole, spun left, hopped twice, and disappeared. It was Kmiecik’s fourth career ace and third in the past six months. Suddenly, she was 2 up with two to play. A lot of opponents might’ve packed it in after that, but not Carreon. All she did was drain a 15-foot birdie on No. 17, and then a 25-footer for another one on the 18th to draw the match to even.

Carreon ended it when she stuffed a wedge to 4 inches on the 20th hole.

“I was just trying to give myself a chance towards the end,” said Carreon, who recently qualified for the 122nd U.S. Women’s Amateur in August. “On the greens, I was just freeing myself up. They weren’t falling earlier today in the round like they’ve been, but they did at the end. It was the right time.”

The second, third, fourth, and fifth seeds all were eliminated from the Championship Match Play Bracket in the morning’s Round of 32. Such is the nature of match play. Anything can happen. Kyle Fraser from Fort Worth, the No. 2 seed, lost to 31st-seeded Isaac Remington of Montgomery in 19 holes. No. 3 seed Haley Vargas was defeated by 30th-seeded Hailee Cooper from Montgomery, 1 down. The No. 4 seed, Delaney Martin from Boerne, fell to Irving’s Hunter Nugent, 3&2. The fifth seed, Gabriela McNelly from Mico, lost to McKinney’s Ellie Rippee, 3&1.

Meagan Winans, runner-up at last summer’s 100th Women’s Texas Amateur, was one of the few top seeds to survive Wednesday’s Rounds of 32 and 16. The University of Oklahoma freshman from Richardson needed 19 holes to get past Hankamer’s Cari Denson in the morning. It wasn’t any easier in the afternoon; Fort Worth’s Megan Tang pushed Winans to 23 holes before the young Sooner notched the victory.

The heat was a major factor yet again, with the mercury tipping out at nearly 100 degrees. By 1:30 p.m., the heat index was 105 degrees. Shade umbrellas, lots of bottled water, and iced towels were omnipresent at the Golf Club of Houston.

Four of the 16 matches in the morning’s Round of 32 went to extra holes, highlighted by a 24-hole marathon between Texas Golf Hall of Famer Mina Hardin from Fort Worth and University of Illinois sophomore Alise Knudson from Dallas. Knudson ultimately prevailed after trailing 3 down through nine holes.

Hardin was still 1 up by the time they reached the 18th tee box, but she pushed her drive into the right rough. After a punchout back to the fairway, Hardin clipped a wedge to 4 feet. Knudson was in for par; Hardin needed to convert the knee-knocker to win the match.

“I misread it,” she said.

After trading pars on the first extra hole, Hardin said she thought she was cooked when Knudson poured in a 20-footer for birdie. Hardin, the 2010 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion, answered by draining a 15-foot birdie of her own.

“We were both hitting really good shots,” said Hardin, a five-time Women’s Texas Amateur champion. “It’s not like we were dogging it around out there. We were both 1-under through the first five extra holes.”

The match concluded on the Tournament Course’s par-4 sixth hole when Hardin yanked an approach shot into the water.

“That’s golf,” she said. “Sometimes you’re the bug. Sometimes you’re the windshield. Alise is a heck of a player.”

The Championship Match Play Bracket’s Quarterfinals begin Thursday at 8 a.m. The Semifinals follow in the afternoon, setting the stage for the Final Match on Friday morning. For more information on the 101st Women’s Texas Amateur, click here.


A. Dortch, McKay, Madden Lead at Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship

A. Dortch, McKay, Madden Lead at Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship

Briefly: Aiden Dortch of Dallas, TX, sits alone atop the Boys 15-18 Division of the Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship after shooting a scorching 7-under 65 at Tangle Ridge Golf Club. Duff McKay also of Dallas holds 1 shot lead in the Boys 14 & Under division at 1-under-par 71. Finally, Jenna Madden of McKinney leads the Girls Division by four strokes after her 2-under-par 70 in round 1.

Tournament Leaderboard

Leaders: In the Boys 15-18 Division, Aiden Dortch leads after a 7-under-par 65 first round total.  Dortch birdied his first three holes of the day and kept the momentum rolling through his entire round including an eagle on the par 5 529 yard 18th hole and carding only one bogey for the round.

In the Girls 12-18 Division, McKinney’s Jenna Madden leads after posting 2-under 70 in her opening round. Madden birdied four of her last six holes on the back nine to claim the lead after day one.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, McKay used back-to-back birdies on holes 12 and 13 to get off to a hot start on the back nine and came home with an even 36 on the front.

In Contention: In the Boys 15-18 division Tyler Blackwell of Austin and Brooks Harper of Dallas share a tie for second after the first round both carding 5-under par 67.  Also in contention Ethan Dufresne of The Hills sits alone in fourth at 68,  Reese Roberts of Dallas rounds out the top 5 at 2-under-par 70.

In the Girls 12-18 Division, two players sit 4 shots behind the leader Madden.  Lauren Rios of Coppell and Sonia Hao of Dallas both finished Round 1 at 2-over-par 74.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division Asher Vargas of Spring and Hunter Grimes of Spring Branch hold a tie for second both shooting even par 72 on the day. Also in contention in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Ryan Lee of Plano sitting 3 shots back at 1-over-par 73

Golf Course: Tangle Ridge Golf Club, located in Grand Prairie, is hosting the Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship for the first time in the tournament’s 14-year history. The par-72 layout opened in 1995 and was designed by Jeffrey Brauer. The course features exciting elevation changes, subtle Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda Grass Greens along with it’s tree lined fairways and multiple bunkers and water challenges..  The course played to 6805 yards for the boy’s 15-18 division, 6307 yards for the boy’s 12-14 division and 5939 yards for the girl’s division.

Weather: The weather for Tuesday’s First Round was extreme, reaching temperatures of up to 104 degrees at the hottest parts of the day.  Winds picked up during the afternoon tee times blowing a consistent 15-20 mph.

Tournament Format: The Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship is a 36-hole stroke play event for players 12-18 years old. All players in the field are required to have an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance.

Texas Junior Golf Alliance: The Alliance is a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association, Northern and Southern Texas PGA and Houston Golf Association. The goal of the Alliance was to allow junior golfers a clear path to the best tournaments in Texas. Each of the three tier-two organizations (STPGA, NTPGA, HGA) conduct events that serve as qualifiers into the statewide tier-one events run by the Legends Junior Tour (LJT). This allows players to compete in local events in which they can earn spots to play in statewide tournaments.

Tournament Exemptions: The top three finishers of the boy’s 15 – 18 division will earn an exemption into the upcoming Texas Junior Amateur at Horseshoe Bay Resort on July 25-27.

Next Up: The Final Round is scheduled to begin at 7:30 am off the No. 1 and 10 tees on Wednesday, July 13. The Girls 12-18 and Boys 14 & Under Divisions will tee off in the morning wave, while the Boys 15-18 Division will tee off in the afternoon wave. To see the pairings for the Final Round, click here.

For more information on the Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship, click here. To see all the scores from Tangle Ridge Golf Course, click here.


Holden Wisener Wins the 113th Texas Amateur

TYLER – SMU junior Holden Wisener poured in a 16-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win the 113th Texas Amateur at historic Willow Brook Country Club on Sunday. As the ball dove into the cup, Wisener gave an emphatic fist pump and yelled, “Let’s go!”

The Dallas native finished at 14-under-par 270 for the 72-hole championship. That was good for a tie with Bobby Massa from Dallas and Jake Doggett from Hutto. The big-hitting Massa, who led for the first three days, just missed his birdie try from 18 feet on the extra hole. Doggett missed his attempt at a chip in from about 25 feet. The Midwestern State senior took runner-up honors for the second straight year.

For Wisener, the Father’s Day victory tripped a flood of emotions. His grandfather, who taught him the game, passed away earlier this year. His mom and dad were greenside for the win, and the three shared a big, sweaty family hug.

“It’s tough, but to be able to celebrate this with my dad is really special,” Wisener said, fighting through tears. “This is the biggest win of my career, and I’m just so honored that it was a TGA event. I grew up coming out to TGA events and caddied in a Texas Am for one of my best friends when I was 14 years old. I’ve always been around the TGA, and I grew up on the Legends Junior Tour. This means so much to me.”

On the 72nd hole, Holden missed a putt from about 4 feet. In the playoff, his birdie putt to win was on almost the same line, just longer.

“It was about 4 feet, same line, and I left it low,” said Wisener, who went 68-66-68-68 for the week. “In the playoff, some sort of clarity came over me. I rolled it really well and it found the bottom thankfully.”

And now Wisener goes into Texas golf history, and his name will go onto the H.L. Edwards Memorial Trophy.

“It feels amazing,” he said. “I’ve never been more nervous on a golf course. To come out on top, it feels insane. It’s awesome. When I got to the playoff, all I did was pray. And it paid off.”

Former Texas Amateur champion Zach Atkinson from Colleyville, Hayes Hamilton from Kingwood, and Francois Jacobs from League City shared fourth place at 12-under 272. Atkinson, who won the 95th Texas Amateur at the Club at Carlton Woods, fired a final round 65 to climb up the leaderboard.

“I was just trying to hang on,” Atkinson said. “I got everything out of my round I could. I don’t get to play a ton, so to get to come out here and walk four rounds in this heat, and finish like this is an accomplishment for me.”

Making the 113th Texas Amateur extra special, this year is the 100th anniversary of Willow Brook Country Club. Founded in 1922 as a nine-hole course, the tricky, shot-maker’s course has gone through many renovations, including mostly recently in 2016-18 when Tripp Davis & Associates modernized the thrilling track with rebuilt and reshaped tee boxes, greens, and bunkers.

The rolling, tree-lined fairways dogleg both left and right, which puts a premium on strategy and accuracy off the tee. The well-guarded, thoughtfully contoured green complexes demand precise irons shots to find the optimal sections of the putting surfaces.

PGA Tour winner and longtime Texas-based instructor Marty Fleckman attended the final round. Fleckman won the 1964 Texas Amateur, which was the last time the prestigious championship was contested at Willow Brook. The proud club also played host to the 1967 and ’96 Women’s Texas Amateur, the 1993, 2003, and ’13 Texas Senior Amateur, the 2019 Texas Shootout, and the 2020 Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play.

The TGA extends its warmest appreciation to Willow Brook Country Club, including its members and staff, for their hard work in delivering such an enjoyable championship week. From the primo condition of the golf course and the 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 Lana Adams, Head Golf Professional Chris Hudson, Superintendent Ken Bowman, Executive Chef Melvin Guevara, Director of Events Niki Self, Assistant Golf Professional Katelyn Sepmoree, and Club President Clay Cavender for all their efforts in creating a successful week.

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

Next summer, the 114th Texas Amateur heads to the Clubs at Houston Oaks in Hockley. For more information on this year’s championship, including complete scoring, click here.


Massa’s Lead Trimmed to One at 113th Texas Amateur

TYLER – Bobby Massa from Dallas shot a second consecutive 2-under-par 69 on Saturday in the third round of the 113th Texas Amateur to hold on to his lead in the state’s oldest, most prestigious amateur championship. That advantage, however, continues to shrink.

Through 54 holes, Massa has posted 13-under 200, which is one shot better than Hutto’s Jake Doggett and Francois Jacobs from League City. Massa, a reinstated amateur who played collegiately at the University of Texas at Arlington, held a four-shot lead after Round 1 thanks to his dazzling 9-under 62 that broke Willow Brook Country Club’s course record.

Headed into the third round, Massa was three strokes clear of the field. He turned in another red number on Saturday, but the field gained some ground on him again.

“It was a kind of a struggle for most of the day,” he said. “I didn’t drive it great. I got in some unlucky spots and made a couple bad bogeys. I’m still hitting the irons OK. I just need to get it going tomorrow.”

Doggett, the runner-up in last summer’s 112th Texas Amateur at Midland Country Club, had no problems getting it going early in his third round. He birdied the par-4 first hole, then chipped in for eagle on the second to go 3-under through two holes.

“I started off really good,” said Doggett, a Midwestern State senior who was recently selected to represent the U.S. at the Palmer Cup in Switzerland. “It was one of those days. The putter was hot. I hit a lot of greens and kept giving myself looks.”

Doggett has been doing a lot of that lately. He won five times for the Mustangs this season and was named to the PING First-Team All-American squad by the Golf Coaches’ Association of America.

On Saturday, Doggett made seven birdies and the eagle against one lone bogey. He said he’s eager to get another chance at winning the H.L. Edwards Memorial Trophy after last year’s close call.

“I didn’t have the round I wanted in the final round last year,” Doggett said.  “I’m excited to get a little revenge on that and put my name on that trophy.”

Doggett shares second place at 12-under 201 with Jacobs, an Arkansas Tech senior. Jacobs, whose twin brother Andre missed the cut and caddied for Francois in the third round, rolled in five birdies to offset one bogey for his 4-under 67.

Holden Wisener, a junior at SMU, holds fourth place at 11-under 202. The Dallas native  came in with a 3-under 68 in the third round. Hayes Hamilton, an Arkansas Tech teammate of the Jacobs’, is alone in fifth place at 10-under 203. Hamilton has a twin brother, too. Holden Hamilton missed the cut on Friday and caddied in the third round for his brother, who bounced back from a double-bogey on No. 16 to birdie the final two holes.

Nine players are within five shots of the lead with 18 holes to play. Sunday has the potential to be a shootout on the pristine, shot-maker’s Willow Brook course.

It was another Heat Advisory day in Tyler with temperatures hovering in the mid-90s with heat indexes bumping up against 100. The best amateurs in Texas handled the conditions well and played Willow Brook to a stroke average of 71.26. For the first 54 holes of the championship, Willow Brook’s stroke average is 72.53.

The final round of 113th Texas Amateur begins Sunday at 8 a.m. For more information, including complete scoring, click here.