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Jay And Peach Reynolds Lead Bluebonnet Cup

jay and peachJay Reynolds, who recently regained his amateur status and has begun playing local amateur golf, shot six under par 66 to lead the Bluebonnet Cup after the first round of play.  Peach Reynolds, Jay’ father, posted 67 and is hot on Jay’s tail.   Jay has recently commented on his competitive goals and has been heard to say “I just want to beat Peach”.

Peach (on the right in photo above) and Jay have a great golfing relationship and have been known to caddy for each other in tournaments.  That’s not going to happen in the Bluebonnet Cup.  Peach, who recently played in the Senior British Amateur, is always supportive of Jay, but they will each be doing their best to win the tournament.

Several other players broke bar including Chris Benestante, Kevin Taylor and Tim Mitchell among others.

The golf course has plenty of grass on the fairways and the greens are excellent.  Although it was windy, the scoring conditions were good for players in control of their golf ball.

Starting times for Saturday’s round are available at Austin Amateur Golf.

Name Total
Lewis Ressler 118
Chris Kemsley 107
Dan Winterroth 96
Will Garner 87
Dick Brady 86
Ed Winterroth 84
Terry Kennemer 83
Duncan Burch 82
Charlie Pittman 82
Andrew Cotrill 80
Larry Walsh 80
Jan Douglass 80
Josh Pursche 79
Tim Elbrecht 79
Brad Carrozza 77
Clayton Sullivan 77
Gene Black 77
Marco Palacios 77
Troy Lindsey 77
Steve Ross 77
Steffen Schmieding 76
Richard Welch 76
Steve Trafton 76
Josh Donelson 75
Steven Siers 75
Marty Mosher 75
Cameron Button 74
Cody Price 74
Grady Bruce 74
Mike Allen 74
Randy Reynolds 74
Vince Brunssen 73
Steve Wood 73
Hagen Fell 72
Jeffrey Topp 72
Jerry Thorn 72
Joe Bendetti 72
Stephen Paterson 72
Mike O’Keefe 72
Mike Grindle 72
Mark Baldree 72
Tony Pitifer 72
Tim Mitchell 71
Xan Erwin 71
Jonathan Alden 69
Chris Benestante 68
Kevin Taylor 67
Peach Reynolds 67
Jay Reynolds 66

 

 

 

 

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Kristen Gillman In Evian Masters

gillman u.s. women's amateur trophyAustin’s Kristen Gillman, who recently won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship,  is currently playing in the Evian Masters in France.  The Evian Masters is the fifth and final major of the season on the LPGA tour.  The 16 year old Lake Travis student is the youngest player in the field.  Follow her progress on the leaderboard at this link.

Gillman’s travel schedule has certainly changed as a result of winning the U.S. Women’s  Amateur.  She recently played in the Women’s World Team Amateur Championship in Japan, is now in France playing in the Evian Masters, and will soon be playing in the Junior Ryder Cup Championship in Perthshire, Scotland.

Gillman has also earned a spot in several more prestigious events including; the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Miarage, California April 2-5, and the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco April 25-27.

When she returns from afar,  she will be playing High School Golf for Lake Travis.  I’m sure she will be glad to return to Austin and spend some time with friends and teammates.

 

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Cooper Dossey Makes Junior All-Star Series Team

cooper dosseyCooper Dossey of Austin has earned a spot on the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Team.  Dossey plays for Vandergrift High School and had an excellent season over the last school year and during this summer, resulted in several golfing honors.  Among those honors is a place on the Junior All-Star Series Team.

Specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15, the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events presents opportunities for younger players to develop their skills and earn entry into AJGA Open tournaments.

The team was selected based on the Polo Golf Rankings, and a player had to have competed in at least one Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series event in 2014 in order to be eligible. The team of 10 boys and 10 girls will be honored Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF in North Plains, Oregon.

On the team is Cooper Dossey of Austin, Texas, who made his first Wyndham Cup appearance as a member of the West Team. Dossey’s AJGA season started at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star and included three top-10 finishes. He captured his first victory at the Goodman Networks Junior at Traditions and placed eighth at the Thunderbird International Junior en route to the No. 17 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings.

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Kim Noonan Advances To Round Of 32 In Women’s U.S. Mid Amateur

kim noonanAfter winning the Houston qualifying event for the Women’s U.S. Mid-Amateur by five shots, Kim Noonan and fellow Austinite Anna Morales traveled to the Harbor Trees Country Club in Noblesville Indiana to participate in the tournament proper.

Their first task was to make it through the 36 hole qualifying portion of the tournament to advance to match play, where the top 64 players would compete.

Noonan  shot 78-79=157.    Ordinarily those would not be considered good scores.  But, with difficult conditions and a difficult course, it was good enough to gain a T23 in a field that took the best 64 and easily advance her to the match play portion of the tournament.

Anna MoralesMorales, shot 87-77=164.  She missed advancing to the match play portion by a single shot.  Must have been very disappointing.  Morales has played in the Women’s U.S. Mid Am several times and is the current Women’s club champion at Austin Country Club.

Monday morning came, Morales went home and Noonan teed it up in the round of 64.   While Noonan would normally be working with spreadsheets and tax code updates required of her C.P.A. duties,  she was playing a match against Julie Carmichael of Plainfield, Indiana.   She proceeded to win that match 2 & 1 to advance.  Click here to see the scorecard of that match.

Tuesday morning at 8:51,  Noonan faces Meghan Stasi, of Oakland Park, Florida in the round of 32 on Tuesday morning.  We wish her the best.  Click here to follow her progress.

 

 

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Wes Short Jr. Claims Quebec City Champions Tour Victory

Austin’s  Wes Short Jr. played the last ten holes in eight under par, finishing birdie, birdie, eagle, to win the Quebec City Champions Tour title.  His closing 64 and eagle on the last hole was good enough for a one shot victory over Scott Dunlap.photo(7)

As the Austin golfing public watched the closing holes of the champions tour event and witnessed Short make a long birdie putt on 16 to pull into a tie for the lead and then make a fifteen footer on 17 to temporarily move into the lead, things were getting very interesting.

Meanwhile Scott Dunlap had hit his second shot close to the hole on the par five 18th.  After he made his eagle putt, Short was one shot back with the 18th to play.

He managed to hit the fairway off the tee and then after waiting for the green to clear, hit a hybrid to within eight feet of the cup.  All he had to do was make the putt to win the championship.

Nervous Austin fans watched as he calmly rolled in the putt and claimed the victory.  Pretty exciting stuff for Austin Golf fans and those who know the trials and tribulations that Short has endured to get into the winners circle.

Way to go Wes… we are so happy for you…

Links to some of the coverage and other stories about the tournament are shown below.

Associated Press story.

Golf.com

Golf Channel

 

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Rudy’s Cup Team Selections Nearing Completion

Local mid-amateurs and seniors have been competing for a spot on the Rudy’s I-35 Cup Austin Team by participating in a schedule of tournaments that provide qualifying points for the competition.  The Rudy’s Cup is a Ryder Cup style competition between Austin and San Antonio that has raised over $250,000 for San Antonio and Austin charities in the last several years.

Players from both cities consider this to one of the highlights of their golfing season and love playing in the event.  It provides funding for charities and improves the relationships between the golfing communities of Austin and San Antonio.

Team Selections are determined by a players standing on the Austin and San Antonio points lists, along with a couple of captain’s picks.  This year Dean Lundquist is Captain of the Austin Team.  Brian Noonan is Vice-Captain and  Steve Hatch is the Assistant Captain.  The competition will be held November 8-9 on the Ram Rock golf course at Horseshoe Bay.

Austin players are determined by the Austin Amateur Golf rankings  listed on their website. More information about the Rudy’s Cup and the schedule of remaining tournaments that provide points in the rankings is available by clicking on these links or going to the Austin Amateur Golf Website.

Points lists for San Antonio are available at Golf San Antonio.  Click here to look at current standings for San Antonio.

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Austin Country Club Champions

Austin Country Club has posted the list of this year’s Club Champions on their Website.  The 2014 Club Champions include the following:

BRIAN AND KIM NOONAN
2014 Couples’ Club Champion

ANNA MORALES
2014 Ladies’ Club Champion

BRIAN NOONAN
2014 Men’s Club Champion

GEORGE COVERT
2014 Men’s Senior Club Champion

MIKE EDGAR
2014 Men’s Super Senior Club Champion

REESE RAMSEY
2014 Boys’ Club Champion

MARGARET COWART
2014 Girls’ Club Champion

Local Area Country Clubs are encouraged to send similar information to GolfAustin.Org at golfaustintexas@gmail.com.  We would be happy to share that information with the Austin Golfing public.

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Kristen Gillman Playing In Women’s World Team Championship

gillman u.s. women's amateur trophyWinning the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship has qualified Austin’s Kristen Gillman to play in number of prestigious events.  Along with Allison Lee and Emma Talley, Gillman is currently representing the United States in the Women’s World Team Championship, being played in Karuzawa, Japan.  Following the Women’s World Team Championship, she will compete in the Evian Masters and then represent team USA in the Junior Ryder Cup Matches in Scotland.

That is pretty heady stuff for a 16 year old Lake Travis Golfer.

After two rounds of the World Women’s Team Championship, the U.S. is in 10th place.  Gillman recorded 74-70 and is at even par.

See the full leaderboard at this link.

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Sadie Englemann’s 63 A New Women’s Course Record At Austin Country Club

sadie englemannSadie Englemann shot 63 in the first round of the Junior Club Championship at Austin Country Club to establish a new course record for women.  She and her competitors played from the regular women’s tees that measure 5300 yards.

Playing in the 13-15 year old girls division of the junior club championship,  Englemann shot 63-75=138 for  a six under par total over 36 holes to claim the title by eight shots over Bentley Cotton, who shot 76-70=146.

While the score of 63 is remarkable in itself, it is stunning when you consider that Englemann is 12 years old and attends Westridge middle school, where she is a straight A student.  Her previous low score at ACC was 68 and she shared the course record with Anna Morales, the current ACC Women’s club champion.  Morales has qualified for several U.S. Mid Amateur Championships, played collegiate golf for Duke University and has quite a golf resume. Now, the record is Englemann’s alone. And, it may stand for a while.

The course record round included nine birdies and nine pars .  Starting on the back nine, she recorded pars on the first two holes then birdied 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, and 18 to make the turn in six under par.

Word of her shooting 30 on the back nine generated enough interest among members that a gallery of spectators assembled for her trip around the front nine.  They had the pleasure of watching Sadie shoot a 33 on the front nine that included six pars along with birdies on holes  3, 6, and 8.

Englemann had been instructed by Buck Mayers for a couple of years before changing to Breck Spradley at Barton Creek after Mayers took the position of Director of Instruction at Escondido in Marble Falls.  She takes a lesson about every three months.

Although almost no one in Austin knows who Englemann is, she is compiling a solid golf resume which includes placing 11th in her age division in the 2014 Callaway Junior World Golf Championship, and playing on the U.S. Kids Ryder Cup Team in Pinehurst earlier this month.  She is ranked 13th in the Girls 12-18 points category of the Texas Legends Junior Tour.

Although her parents have encouraged her to try other sports to avoid becoming burned out on golf, her father says she has always declined that offer and has never said she doesn’t want to practice golf.  He said it’s been like that since she began playing at age 3.  Mom, who is a pediatrician, keeps a close eye on balancing golf with school.

When her father was asked what Sadie had to say about the round he replied that she said “Can you believe that.  I knew I could do it.”

 

 

 

 

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Bill Penn Elected To Texas Golf Hall Of Fame

SAN ANTONIO—Former U.S. Senior Amateur champion Bob Rawlins from Dallas, former Texas Golf Association Executive Director Bill Penn from Austin and Dallas Country Club headline the 2014 induction class for the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.
The TGHOF Board of Directors on Aug. 18 elected seven individuals to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and the Dallas Country Club to its Registry of Historic Golf Courses.  After receiving a record number of nominations through the hall’s website, the hall’s board was delighted with the outpouring of support for the nominees, the voting process and this year’s class.
The elected individuals for the 2014 Class are: Bob Rawlins – Amateur; Chuck Cook and Hank Haney – Club Professional; Bill Penn (deceased) – Distinguished Service; Bruce Devlin – Tour Professional; and, Charles Dexter (deceased) and Ronnie Choate – Pioneers. Venerable Dallas Country Club was added to The Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses.
Rawlins won the 1984 USGA Senior Amateur at Birmingham Country Club in 19 holes over Richard Runkle. Rawlins, known around Dallas and beyond as “Dark Cloud” for his sarcasm and perceived pessimism, also was the low amateur at the 1983 U.S. Senior Open when he finished tied for 15th place.
Penn, a lifelong Austin resident who passed away in 2003, became Executive Director of the TGA in 1988 after a distinguished amateur career that included four Austin Men’s City Championship titles. Penn also was the captain of the winning 1999 U.S. State Team Championship squad. In 2002, the TGA honored him by creating the Bill Penn Grant, which financially supports community outreach programs to help Texas youth learn some of life’s most important lessons through their exposure to the game of golf.
Founded in 1896 with a golf course designed by Tom Bendelow, Dallas Country Club is one of the crown jewels of the exclusive Highland Park area of Dallas. DCC joins its Dallas neighbors Cedar Crest Golf Course and Brook Hollow Golf Club, along with Fort Worth’s Colonial Country Club, Houston’s Champion’s Golf Club and San Antonio Country Club and Brackenridge Park in the registry.
Devlin won 27 professional events worldwide.  With that record, he far exceeded the other Tour Professional nominees in the voting. He is also known for his golf course designs and architecture and as a TV commentator.  Cook has been a mentor and teacher to PGA Tour professionals Payne Stewart, Keegan Bradley, Luke Donald,  Jason Dufner  and many club professionals around the country.  Haney is widely known as one of Tiger Woods’ past coaches and for his show on The Golf Channel – The Haney Project – in which he has taught such celebrities as Rush Limbaugh, Michael Phelps and Charles Barkley. Longtime golf advocates and supporters Charles Dexter (deceased), a founding member of Brook Hollow, and Huntsville resident, Ronnie Choate, were elected in the Pioneer category.
“This is a wonderful class and we are delighted to add them to the greatest state golf hall of fame in the country,”said Texas Golf Hall of Fame Board Chair Buddy Cook of San Antonio.  “All of them are worthy representatives of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame”, Cook added.
The formal induction will take place at a dinner on Oct. 20 at the San Antonio Country Club in San Antonio.  For the fifth year, the emcee for the event will be Golf Channel anchor, David Marr III.  Earlier that day, the Inductees will be introduced at a press conference and participate in a round table discussion and golf outing at the historic Brackenridge Park Golf Course, the home of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.  The names of this class will be commemorated on a stone marker along the TGHOF’s Walk of Fame and on the Wall of Fame in the “Old Brack” clubhouse.
More information about the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, its members, and its facilities at Brackenridge Park on San Antonio’s Riverwalk can be found at www.texasgolfhof.org. In the near future, ticket information for the induction dinner will be available on the Hall of Fame website. Tickets will be available to the public and supporters of the members and inductees.
The Texas Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, a 501 (c) (3) organization, is located in San Antonio at the historic Brackenridge Park Golf Course clubhouse.

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