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Parel & Nguyen Win 2022 Women’s Four-Ball Championship

SUGAR LAND – Elise Parel from Porter and Jacqueline Nguyen from Houston went wire-to-wire to capture the 2022 Texas Women’s Four-Ball Championship on Tuesday at Riverbend Country Club.

The pair of Houston Baptist University teammates blitzed Riverbend in the Final Round with an 8-under-par 64. It’s the same stellar score they combined to shoot on Monday. They finished the 36-hole championship with a score of 16-under 128 to win by eight shots.

“Especially being teammates and old friends, it means a lot,” said Parel, who will enter her senior year this fall at HBU. “Winning this tournament means our games are on point. Going into the fall season at HBU, it’s going to give us momentum to keep doing well and keep playing for one another.”

It was a bit of role reversal for Parel and Nguyen in the final round. In Monday’s opening round, Parel routinely hit laser-like approaches, which led to a bevy of looks at birdie from 15 feet and in. They made most of them.

On Tuesday, it was Nguyen’s turn.

“Jackie was on literal fire today,” Parel said of Nguyen, who starts her sophomore campaign next month.

Thanks to Nguyen’s precise iron game – and a hot putter – the dynamic duo birdied their first four holes of the final round. They turned at 6-under for the round and cruised in from there to register a second straight bogey-free round.

“We really weren’t trying to shoot another 64,” Parel said. “We just went out there and played our games. We laughed and enjoyed ourselves. At the end of the day, it’s just golf. We’re out here as teammates and friends.”

Eryn Garza from Montgomery and Brandee Fleming from Magnolia took second place in the Championship Flight with a two-day total of 8-under 136. The two Dallas Baptist University teammates combined to fire a 6-under 66 in the final round. Rylie Cerny from Kingwood and Jessica Aguirre from Colleyville finished in third place at 7-under 137.

Sidney Stramel from Allen and Simone Campise from Lewisville were the fourth-place finishers at 6-under 138. Rounding out the Top 5 were Madison Le from Arlington and Abigail Hirtzel from Waxahachie. They finished the tournament with a score of 4-under 140.

In the First Flight, Meghan Moake from Houston and Caitlyn Stanley from Katy took the title with a 36-hole score of 6-under 138 to win by three shots. Moake and Stanley combined to shoot a 5-under 67 in the final round.

Olivia Campbell from Franklin and Cherri Rapp from Austin took home the first-place hardware in the Second Flight. They finished at 15-over 159 to win by six shots.

The most tightly contested battle came in the Third Flight, where Erica McAlister from Keller and Linda Edwards from Southlake scored a one-shot victory over the Corpus Christi duo of Cathy Gibson and Alisa Kennedy. McAlister and Edwards won with a two-day total of 20-over 164.

A true shot-maker’s course, Riverbend was designed in 1956 by J. Press Maxwell, son of the legendary golf course architect Perry Maxwell. After his father passed away in 1952, J. Press began to emerge as one of America’s most-promising designers.

His work at Riverbend validates those opinions. With tight, hardwood-lined fairways, creatively positioned bodies of water, and thought-provoking green complexes, Riverbend forces players to continually think their way around the scenic course. Tricky doglegs with a few imposing trees located in directly in some fairways keep even the most seasoned players on their toes.

Several players in the field at the 2022 Texas Women’s Four-Ball remarked on how fun and challenging the Riverbend course played during the championship.

The TGA extends its warmest gratitude to Riverbend Country Club, including the members and staff. Everyone at the club went out of their way to make the players, TGA staff, and our volunteers feel welcome and appreciated. It’s this kind of buy-in from prestigious TGA Member Clubs that help us conduct world-class amateur championships.

Extra special thanks go out Director of Golf Ryan Brandt, Golf Course Superintendent George Cincotta, and Catering Director Haille Schindler for their exceptional hospitality and assistance in creating a memorable championship week.

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Parel & Nguyen Sizzle with a 64 to Lead Women’s Four-Ball Championship

SUGAR LAND – Elise Parel from Porter and Jacqueline Nguyen from Houston combined for eight birdies and a bogey-free 8-under-par 64 on Monday to grab the lead after one round of the 2022 Texas Women’s Four-Ball Championship.

The two Houston Baptist University teammates were understandably all smiles when they finished their opening round at scenic Riverbend Country Club, a delightful yet challenging 1956 J. Press Maxwell design.

“We started off really good with two birdies in our first three holes,” said Nguyen, a sophomore at HBU. “Then Elise caught fire. She literally started sticking them within 5 or 6 feet.”

Outside a 25-footer on the par-4 16th, Parel said all their birdies were within 15 feet.

“If any hiccups happened on a shot, we knew we could rely on each other to stick it close or at least make par,” Parel said. “It was just really good teamwork.”

Three shots back in second place are Rylie Cerny from Kingwood and Jessica Aguirre from Colleyville. They’ll be teammates in the fall at Stephen F. Austin, but Monday at Riverbend was the first time they’ve every teamed up. After a 5-under 67, it’s safe to say they have some chemistry together.

“I think the key for us was we were really having fun and joking around out there,” Aguirre said. “We made sure we knew it was OK if we hit a bad shot; we tried not to get too emotional out there. It was a really good day out there for us.”

Abigail Hirtzel from Waxahachie and Madison Le from Arlington are in third place with a 3-under 69. Erin Garza from Montgomery and Brandee Fleming from Magnolia share fourth place at 2-under 70 with Simone Campise from Lewisville and Sidney Stramel from Allen.

Scheduled for 36 holes of four-ball stroke play, the Women’s Four-Ball feature two sets of tees for the fourth consecutive year. The TGA encourages participation from competitive golfers of all skill levels, from juniors and collegiate players to senior amateurs of all skill levels. In addition to the Championship Flight, competitors were placed into three other flights based on each team’s combined World Handicap System index.

In the First Flight, Meghan Moake from Houston and Caitlyn Stanley from Katy combined to shoot a 1-under 71 to take the lead. Cherri Rapp from Austin and Olivia Campbell from Franklin hold the Second Flight lead after their 6-over 78. Erica McAlister from Keller and Linda Edwards from Southlake will sleep on the Third Flight lead after they teamed up for a 9-over 81.

One of the crown jewels of the Sugar Land area, the tree-lined Riverbend course sports narrow fairways, perfectly conditioned greens, and surprising elevation changes. In 2010, Texas architect Jeff Blume led a $1.4 million renovation project that added more topography in the fairways, as well as additional bunkers. The par-72 layout the course tips out at a little less than 7,000 yards, but the Championship Division of the 2022 Women’s Four-Ball Championship played it from 6,005 yards.

The inaugural Women’s Four-Ball was held in 2007 at the Golf Club of Houston, which recently hosted the 101st Women’s Texas Amateur. Now in its 16th edition, the Women’s Four-Ball continues to attract some of the state’s most elite female amateur golfers.

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Women’s Four-Ball Set for Aug. 8-9

SUGAR LAND – The 2022 Women’s Four-Ball will be played Aug. 8-9 at Riverbend Country Club in Sugar Land.

“The TGA is very excited to go to Riverbend Country Club,” TGA Director of Women’s Operations Amy Worthington said. “Since the event first started in 2007, the field has continued to get stronger and stronger and showcase some of the most talented players in the state.”

Established in 1957, Riverbend Country Club has been a golf staple in the Houston area for many years. The Press Maxwell Jr. designed course is beautiful and offers a challenge to all who play. In 2010, golf course architect Jeff Blume helped in a $1.4 million renovation including additional bunkers and rolling fairways. Blume returned in 2019 to add a flare with “Billy’s Bunkers” that offer maximum playability and enhanced aesthetics for the course. As a par-72 layout the course tips out at a little under 7,000 yards from the back tees. With no two holes alike, every player will enjoy a unique experience when winding through the Bermuda grass course.

Most recently, the club was set to host the TGA’s 2020 Super Senior Amateur Championship, but it was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19. We are excited to be able to bring the best women in the state to this spectacular club this year.

Scheduled for 36 holes of four-ball stroke play, the Women’s Four-Ball will feature two sets of tees for the fourth consecutive year. The TGA wants to encourage women’s participation at every stage, from juniors to collegiate players to senior amateurs of all skill levels. The 10 teams with the lowest combined WHS handicap indexes will be required to play in the Championship Flight. All other teams have the choice to select which flight they would prefer to compete in.

“The separate tees allow for a better playing experience for all of our players and makes this championship even more competitive,” Worthington said.

The first Women’s Four-Ball was held in 2007 at Redstone Golf Club. Now in its 16th playing, the Women’s Four-Ball continues to attract some of the state’s most elite female amateur golfers.

Last year, Faith Delagarza of Midland and Amari Smith of McKinney fired a closing 7-under-par 65 at Royal Oaks Country Club to win the title for the third year in a row. Delagarza is back in the field with a new partner, Hanna Harrison of Plano, looking to defend her title once again.

For more information about the Women’s Four-Ball, click here.

Women’s Four-Ball Championship

Riverbend Country Club

August 8-9

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Women’s Four-Ball Championship

Riverbend Country Club

August 8-9

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Women’s Four-Ball

Riverbend Country Club

August 8-9

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General Information

Date: August 8-9, 2022
Host Club: Riverbend Country Club
Address: 1214 Dulles Ave, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Phone: (281) 491-2500
TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Director, Amy Worthington

Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: June 13, 2022 at 9:00am
Entries Close: July 27, 2022 at 5:00pm
Withdraw Date: July 27, 2022 at 5:00pm

Entry Fee: $480 per team

Eligibility: Entries are open to female amateur golfers with a certified WHS Handicap index. Please reference TGA Women’s Competition Policies for further details, including policies and procedures, and terms of competition.

Entry Procedure: In the event the championship becomes over-subscribed, acceptance of entries will be based on the lowest combined team WHS Handicap Index on July 27, 2022. The maximum spread of partners’ index is 8.0.

Championship Information

Player Field: The field is limited to 50 teams (100 players).

Format: 36-holes of four-ball stroke Play. Two competitors play as partners, each playing her own ball. The lowest score of the partners is the score for the hole. The ten (10) teams with the lowest combined handicap indexes at the Women’s Four-Ball Championship will be required to play from the championship tees. All other teams will have a choice to play in the championship flight, playing the championship tees. Those who do not wish to play in the championship flight will be pre-flighted based on their combined handicap indexes. The maximum spread of partners’ index of 8.0 will be used for the purpose of creating flights and scoring.

*The deadline for teams to change their division is Monday, August 1 at 5:00pm*

What’s Included: The entry fee includes greens, carts, and range fees for the practice round and all championship rounds. The entry fee also includes a championship gift, and lunch after all championship rounds.

Hotel Information: There is no host hotel for the Women’s Four-Ball Championship. TGA Members can take advantage of Affinity Travel Benefits by utilizing their hotel search engine by clicking here.

Practice Round Information: Each player is allowed one (1) complimentary practice round at Riverbend Country Club on Sunday, August 7. Players must contact the host club golf shop and identify themselves as 2022 Women’s Four-Ball Championship players to schedule a practice round starting on August 2nd.

Pairings Information: Starting times and pairings for the first round will be made available online at www.txga.org no later than 5:00pm on Friday, August 5. Final round starting times and pairings will be made available online following the conclusion of first round play.

Prizes/Awards: Merchandise gift certificates redeemable at the host club golf shop will be awarded to the overall gross champions and the top gross champions in each flight.

P.O.Y. Points: State Player of the Year points will be awarded to the top finishers.

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:

Caddies: Caddies are not permitted during the championship.

Transportation: Players are encouraged to ride carts during all championship rounds. Cart fees for all championship rounds are included in the entry fee. Carts are limited to two (2) riders at one time and two (2) carts per group. Players must share. Riding on the back of golf carts is prohibited.

Electronic Measuring Devices: Electronic devices that measure distance only are allowed for this championship.

USGA Groove Condition of Competition: The USGA Groove Rules effective January 1, 2010 are not in effect for this competition.

TGA Medical Cart Request Policy

Spectator carts are prohibited. However, spectators in accordance with 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 Tournament Director Amy Worthington, [email protected].

Schedule of Events

All events will take place at Riverbend Country Club, unless otherwise noted. The championship schedule is subject to changes and additions.

Sunday, August 7th

  • 12:00pm – Player Practice Rounds

Monday, August 8th

  • 9:00am – Round 1 Shotgun
  • Following Play – Player Lunches

Tuesday, August 9th

  • 9:00am – Final Round Shotgun
  • Following Play – Player Lunches, Awards Presentation

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Women’s Four-Ball

Riverbend Country Club

August 8-9

General Information

Date: August 8-9, 2022
Host Club: Riverbend Country Club
Address: 1214 Dulles Ave, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Phone: (281) 491-2500
TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Director, Amy Worthington  

Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: June 13, 2022 at 9:00am
Entries Close: July 27, 2022 at 5:00pm
Withdraw Date: July 27, 2022 at 5:00pm

Entry Fee: $480 per team

Eligibility: Entries are open to female amateur golfers with a certified WHS Handicap index. Please reference TGA Women’s Competition Policies for further details, including Policies and Procedures, and Terms of Competition.

Entry Procedure: In the event the championship becomes over-subscribed, acceptance of entries will be based on the lowest combined team WHS Handicap Index on July 27, 2022. Maximum spread of partners’ index is 8.0.

Championship Information

Player Field: The field is limited to 50 teams (100 players)

Format: 36-holes of Four-Ball Stroke Play. Two competitors play as partners, each playing her own ball. The lowest score of the partners is the score for the hole. The 10 teams with the lowest combined handicap indexes at the Four-Ball Championship will be required to play from the Championship Tees. All other teams will have a choice to play in the Championship Flight, playing the Championship Tees. Those who do not wish to play in the Championship Flight will be pre-flighted based on their combined handicap indexes. Maximum spread of partners’ index of 8.0 will be used for the purpose of creating flights and scoring.

*Teams have the option to change their division up to Monday, August 1 at 5:00pm*

Caddies: Caddies are not permitted during the championship.

Transportation: Players are encouraged to ride throughout the championship. Carts are limited to two (2) riders at a time and a maximum of two (2) carts per group. Players must share if applicable. Riding on the back of golf carts is prohibited.

Please click here for complete player information for the Women's Four-Ball Championship.


Schedule of Events

Monday, June 13
9:00am - Registration Opens

Wednesday, July 27
5:00pm - Registration Closes, Withdraw Deadline

Monday, August 1
5:00pm - Deadline to Change Team Division

Friday, August 5
5:00pm - First Round Pairings Released

Sunday, August 7
12:00pm - Player Practice Rounds

Monday, August 8
9:00am - Round 1 Shotgun
Following Play - Player Lunches

Tuesday, August 9
9:00am - Final Round Shotgun
Following Play - Player Lunches & Awards Presentation   

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Delagarza and Smith Win Women’s Four-Ball for Third Consecutive Time

Briefly: Faith Delagarza of Midland and Amari Smith of McKinney become the first to claim the Women’s Four-Ball championship three consecutive times with a gross tournament score of 9-under-par 135. Off to a slow start on day 1, the team finished the round 2-under-par 70 and 4 strokes back from the lead. Knowing they had to bring the fire for the final round, Delagarza and Smith stuck to their tried-and-true strategy with confidence.

“We use the same game plan every year,” Delagarza said. “We’re super close and we love each other so when one gets down, we lift each other up and that’s what lets us thrive here.”

The pair from Dallas Baptist University waltzed into the clubhouse with a bogey free 7-under 65 for the final round. Delagarza and Smith said they played both aggressive and conservative at the right times, allowing them to make history.

“It’s definitely fun and really special,” Smith said of the winning feeling. “No one’s ever done it before so it’s really cool and hopefully we can come back next year and continue the tradition,” Delagarza said.

The TGA would sincerely like to thank Royal Oaks and all its staff members and the volunteers for helping make this event possible.

Leaderboard:

            1          Delagarza + Smith       -9         70        65        135

            2          Azarcon + Cassity        -6         69        69        138

            3          Head + Pistone            -4         66        74        140

            4          Bianchi + Choi             -2         70        72        142

            T5        Campise + Stramel      -1         70        71        143

            T5        Fox + Garcia                -1         72        71        143

Final Results

Golf Course: Founded in 1969, Royal Oaks Country Club is nestled between luscious trees and serene lakes in the heart of Dallas. Today, the club has become one of the premiere golf courses in Texas. With its opening design by Don January and Billy Martindale, the course was tough enough and made even more challenging by the renovation by Jay Morrish in 1985. Royal Oaks has been host to many TGA majors, including the 2010 Texas Amateur and the 2015 Texas Mid-Amateur.

Weather: The temperature reached 95 degrees with constant winds of 13 mph and gusts up to 24 mph out of the south-southwest. 

In Contention: Grand Prairie’s Aysis Azarcon and Grace Cassity of Katy earned second place with a 6-under 138 gross total for the championship. Dallas Baptist University teammates Madison Head of Haslet and Meagan Pistone of Montgomery finish out the top three with a total gross score of 4-under 140.

What’s Next: The 2021 Women’s Senior Stroke Play at Ridgewood Country Club on October 13-15, 2021.

More Info: For more information on the 2021 Women’s Four-Ball Championship, click here.

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Madison Head and Meagan Pistone Lead at Women’s Four-Ball After First Round

Briefly: Madison Head of Haslet and Meagan Pistone of Montgomery fired off a 6-under 66 to take the solo lead after the first round of the Women’s Four-Ball Championship.

Leaderboard:

1          Head + Pistone            Montgomery, Haslet               66

T2        Azarcon + Cassity        Katy, Grand Prairie                69

T2        Jones + Jones              Austin                                        69

T3        Delagarza + Smith       McKinney, Midland               70

T3        Bianchi + Choi             Allen, Pflugerville                    70

T3        Campise + Stramel      Allen, Lewisville                      70

Round 1 Results | Round 2 Pairings

Golf Course: Founded in 1969, Royal Oaks Country Club is nestled between luscious trees and serene lakes in the heart of Dallas. Today, the club has become one of the premiere golf courses in Texas. With its opening design by Don January and Billy Martindale, the course was tough enough and made even more challenging by the renovation by Jay Morrish in 1985. Royal Oaks has been host to many TGA majors, including the 2010 Texas Amateur and the 2015 Texas Mid-Amateur.

Weather: The temperature reached 96 degrees with steady winds at 13 mph and gusted up to 26 mph out of the south.

In Contention: Grand Prairie’s Aysis Azarcon and Grace Cassity of Katy are three shots off the lead entering the clubhouse at a 3-under-par 69, tied with the Jones duo, Shanna and Madelyn, of Austin. There’s a three-way tie for third, all teams sitting at 2-under 70. Allen’s Allie Bianchi and Pflugerville’s Hannah Choi, Simone Campise of Lewisville and Sidney Stramel of Allen and defending champs Faith Delagarza of Midland and Amari Smith of Mckinney are all in the hunt for the title.

What’s Next: Round 2 starts Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. at Royal Oaks Country Club.

More Info: For more information on the 2021 Women’s Four-Ball Championship, click here.

Women’s Four-Ball Championship

Royal Oaks Country Club
August 9-10


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