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Kite Healthy, Looking Forward To Playing

tom kiteI recently played a round of golf with Tom Kite at Austin Country Club where he proceeded to shoot 70 from the back tees on a fairly soft golf course.  The round included a double bogey on the 209 yard par three second hole and birdies on 3, 13, 14, 15, and 17.

The previous week he posted 68 from the back tees, with seven birdies, a double bogey on hole number 5 and a three putt bogey on hole number 18.

He commented that he is playing better because he is finally healthy enough to swing the club properly and that the knee injury he has been fighting is finally strong enough to support his swing.  He is also putting well, which always helps.

At age 66, Kite still has a strong desire to compete and play well.   And, he is willing to do the work necessary to make it happen.  His physical fitness routine is arduous and currently centered on strengthening his lower body.  He puts in the required time on the range and short game area although he doesn’t beat balls for extended periods like he used to do because he is older and has a firm concept of how he is trying to swing the club.

The 2017 Champions Tour season opens January 21 with the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, Hawaii.  The defending champion is Duffy Waldorf.

Best of luck to Tom in the upcoming season.

 

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Topgolf Austin Hosts Regional Tournament for Inaugural Topgolf Tour

 

IMAGINE WAKING UP IN VEGAS $5O,000 RICHER & CROWNED THE ULTIMATE TOPGOLF CHAMPIONS – THIS ISN’T A DREAM…THIS IS THE TOPGOLF TOUR

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Here’s How It Works:

Topgolf Austin will be hosting a Regional Tournament for the FIRST-EVER Topgolf Tour on August 28. There are only 60 spots available and spots will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. Teams consist of two players (male, female or mix-gender teams) for match play competitions.

The Winning Team from Topgolf Austin will be crowned Regional Champions of Austin and qualify for the Tour Championship taking place on November 13 in Las Vegas, where they will be hosted for an amazing weekend of entertainment.

The Winning Team of the Tour Championship will be eligible for $50,000 CASH PRIZE, and earn the title of inaugural Topgolf Tour Champions!

Details and registration can be found at tour.topgolf.com

 

 

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Jordan Sanders Wins Austin Men’s City Championship

Steve Hammond (l) presented Jordan Sanders with winning trophy

Steve Hammond (l) presented Jordan Sanders with winning trophy

Jordan Sanders started the final round of the 2016 Austin Men’s City Championship with a six shot lead.  He posted one under 71 in the final round to win by five shots over the defending champion Jay Reynolds, who shot 70 on Sunday.  The winning total of 281 was 16 under par.  That is an average of four under per day over four different golf courses.  Pretty good shooting there partner……the coach at the University of North Texas should be pleased about that performance.

Jay Reynolds (r) with Mid Am Trophy 2016 Men's City

Jay Reynolds (r) with Mid Am Trophy 2016 Men’s City

Jay Reynolds won the mid-amateur division by two shots over Patrick Datz.  Reynold was 11 under par for the tournament and Datz was nine under.  Reynolds leads the Austin amateur golf rankings by a substantial margin and this performance will further solidify his standing. Reynolds is well known in local golfing circles but Patrick Datz is a relatively new to the Austin golf scene.

Patrick Datz

Patrick Datz

 

Datz plays at Spanish Oaks and is in the insurance business.  He played collegiate golf at the University of Minnesota and then played professional golf for a year on the mini-tour circuit.  He was the assistant golf coach at Iowa State for three years before moving to Austin and getting into the insurance business.  He has been in Austin about three years.  He played in the Hannon Cup Matches last year and will play in city events as his schedule allows.  Players who were paired with him say he is very long off the tee and has a solid game in general.

Zach Slayton

Zach Slayton

Zachary Slaton won the Junior division.  He was one of three juniors to make the cut.  Zach shot 76 in the final round and beat both Forrest Miller and Lucas Garza by a single shot for the championship.  His four day total was 304.  Forrest Miller, who plays at Austin High and almost won the Firecracker earlier this year, played well for three rounds but posted a high score at Grey Rock that hindered his effort to win the junior division.

Gene Black - 2016 Men's City Low Senior

Gene Black – 2016 Men’s City Low Senior

In the senior division, Gene Black won by a single shot over Chris Hartenstein.  Both players were tied headed into the final round with four over par totals for three rounds.  They both played well but Black’s one under 71 was one shot better than Hartenstein’s final round of even par.

There was drama throughout their round and it was a bit of an up and down situation.  Holes 9 and 10 where the turning point in deciding the eventual outcome. Black narrowly escaped disaster after his tee shot on nine almost went out of bounds and came to rest on a root.  He chipped out then hit an approach to three feet and made par.  He turned in 34, one ahead of Hartenstein who birdied nine to pull within one shot of Black.

Gene Black (l) and Chris Hartenstein.

Gene Black (l) and Chris Hartenstein.

On the tenth hole Hartenstein hit what looked like a good drive but it crept into the water at the edge of the slight dogleg.  He went on to make a double bogey while Black made a birdie for a three shot swing.

Hartenstein played one under par from there in but fell short by one shot.  Both players enjoyed the competition, as is evident from the photo.  They commented that it was fun to play well and be in contention coming down the stretch.

Jonathan Alden had the low round of the day with 67 to finish at six under for the tournament.   Hudson Ross shot 68 and was close to posting a really low round. He had it seven under par after seven holes but faltered coming in with a double bogey on 16.  He is showing a lot of promise and his grandfather Nick Morris was present to watch his fine play.

Tim Wilson was present on Sunday.  Tim played for UT and won the Firecracker twice.  In 1976 while Lions was being remodeled, he defeated Mike Allen in a playoff at Jimmy Clay, where the Firecracker was held that year.  Tim has been facing some physical challenges and his wife Cathy brought him out to be around old friends.  It was great to see Tim and we all wish the best to him and his family.

Congratulations to all the city staff who ran the tournament.  The pace of play was good in all four rounds with average times of about four hours and twenty minutes.  The courses were in good condition and well marked.  Thanks to all the rules officials and volunteers that helped with the scoring.

Top golf was on hand for part of the tournament and provided some giveaways for a promotional event.   They are hosting a regional tournament on August 28th that is a qualifier for a National event and are inviting local players to participate.  Check it out at this link.

Final scores are below.

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Jordan Sanders -1 F -16 68 61 71 71 271
2 Jay Reynolds -2 F -11 66 69 71 70 276
3 Patrick Datz -1 F -9 69 70 68 71 278
4 Brian Noonan +1 F -7 70 71 66 73 280
5 Jonathan Alden -5 F -6 69 70 75 67 281
T6 Austin Campbell -2 F -5 70 71 71 70 282
T6 Robert Evans +1 F -5 72 68 69 73 282
T8 Hagen Fell -1 F -4 71 70 71 71 283
T8 Steve Paterson E F -4 74 66 71 72 283
T8 Jake Ezell +2 F -4 70 69 70 74 283
11 Wehman Hopke +1 F -2 70 72 70 73 285
12 Jack Cersosimo +4 F -1 73 68 69 76 286
13 Thomas Holtzman +5 F E 65 68 77 77 287
14 Carter Newman -3 F +1 73 71 75 69 288
T15 Hudson Ross -4 F +3 73 71 78 68 290
T15 Gene Black -1 F +3 73 75 71 71 290
T17 Gavin Moreland -1 F +4 71 72 77 71 291
T17 Chris Hartenstein E F +4 76 73 70 72 291
T19 Juan Rodriguez +1 F +5 70 69 80 73 292
T19 Josh Luongo +2 F +5 70 69 79 74 292
21 Seger Howell +4 F +7 74 75 69 76 294
22 Ben Carter E F +8 79 72 72 72 295
T23 Jeff Shell E F +9 70 75 79 72 296
T23 Erik Henson +1 F +9 77 70 76 73 296
T23 Tyler Ware +3 F +9 73 69 79 75 296
T23 Josh Hernandez +6 F +9 68 74 76 78 296
T23 Cyrus Turner +6 F +9 74 68 76 78 296
T28 David Collura E F +10 73 72 80 72 297
T28 John Breen +5 F +10 71 79 70 77 297
T28 Mike Allen +6 F +10 74 71 74 78 297
T31 Brandon Phillips E F +11 78 69 79 72 298
T31 Nick Ratliff +6 F +11 71 70 79 78 298
T33 James Gustafson -1 F +12 73 72 83 71 299
T33 Chad Henderson +6 F +12 75 71 75 78 299
T35 Stew Ford +3 F +13 73 75 77 75 300
T35 Layne Park +5 F +13 74 75 74 77 300
T37 Jeremy Williams +3 F +14 71 72 83 75 301
T37 John Pena +3 F +14 75 75 76 75 301
T39 Marc Carrizales +2 F +15 78 76 74 74 302
T39 Nathan Schwarz +2 F +15 83 71 74 74 302
T41 Grady Bruce +4 F +16 75 73 79 76 303
T41 Gabriel Vallejo +11 F +16 71 72 77 83 303
T43 Tim Anderson +2 F +17 75 78 77 74 304
T43 Zachary Slayton +4 F +17 73 78 77 76 304
T43 Sam Wallach +6 F +17 71 75 80 78 304
T43 Mitchell Griffin +9 F +17 73 71 79 81 304
T43 Cody Price +8 F +17 73 75 76 80 304
T43 Andrew Morris +12 F +17 69 77 74 84 304
T49 Jerry Thorn E F +18 72 79 82 72 305
T49 Forest Miller +3 F +18 71 72 87 75 305
T49 Steven Eckelman +4 F +18 75 76 78 76 305
T49 Lucas Garza +7 F +18 72 72 82 79 305
T53 Rip McWlliams +2 F +19 72 82 78 74 306
T53 Justin Long +6 F +19 73 74 81 78 306
T53 Chris Shive +13 F +19 73 69 79 85 306
T56 Tyler Elbrecht +2 F +20 76 75 82 74 307
T56 Ryan Smith +6 F +20 77 74 78 78 307
T56 Tristan Stalker +8 F +20 75 78 74 80 307
T59 Paul Romero +7 F +21 75 72 82 79 308
T59 Peach Reynolds +6 F +21 77 76 77 78 308
T59 Mark Baldree +9 F +21 81 71 75 81 308
T62 Randy Reynolds +4 F +22 78 71 84 76 309
T62 Joe Ramos +8 F +22 71 80 78 80 309
T62 Nick Erickson +12 F +22 76 77 72 84 309
T65 Andrew McLean +8 F +24 76 78 77 80 311
T65 Trevor Thurow +10 F +24 79 70 80 82 311
67 Greg Jones +8 F +26 73 80 80 80 313
68 Daniel Alba +9 F +27 76 74 83 81 314
69 Bill Sill +7 F +29 80 70 87 79 316
70 Tommy Norris +12 F +30 81 69 83 84 317
71 Robert Specjal +10 F +31 75 79 82 82 318
72 Andrew DeHennis +9 F +32 80 74 84 81 319
73 Myron Jordahl +12 F +35 80 74 84 84 322

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Jordan Sanders Leads By Six In Austin Men’s City Championship-Final Round Sunday

Jordan Sanders - 2016 Austin Men's City Championship

Jordan Sanders – 2016 Austin Men’s City Championship

Jordan Sanders shot one under par 71 at Grey Rock Golf Club in the third round of the Austin Men’s City Championship and is leading by six shots headed to the final round on Sunday at Jimmy Clay Golf Course.

Beginning Saturday’s round, Sanders was four shots ahead of his nearest competitor, Thomas Holtzman.  Sanders was 14 under and Holtzman was at 10 under.  Jay Reynolds was in third at eight under.

Holtzman struggled on the front nine and eventually shot 77 to end round three at five under par.

Reynold shot four under on the front nine, -12 for the tournament, and was within three of Sanders who shot one under on the front and was at -15.   As the day wore on, Sanders played steady and finished with 71 while Reynolds shot three over on the back nine to post 71 for the day and finish round three in second place at nine under.

Brian Noonan

Brian Noonan

The low round of the day was 66 by Brian Noonan and he is now tied for third with Patrick Datz at eight under par.  Noonan is a three time Austin Men’s City Champion so he knows how to win.  The question is whether or not Sanders can finish with a good score.  If he does, the championship will most likely be his.

Sanders will be playing for The University of North Texas (not North Texas State as was erroneously reported here in yesterday’s column.  North Texas State became the University of North Texas several years ago).  They have produced fine golf teams in the past and Sanders should be able to help their efforts in the future.

In the senior category, Chris Hartenstein, Gene Black and Mike Allen are tied for first at four over par.   Lucas Garza of Georgetown leads the junior category.    All players are playing from the same tees.

See all the scores below.

Overall Championship Category

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Jordan Sanders -1 F -15 68 61 71 200
2 Jay Reynolds -1 F -9 66 69 71 206
T3 Brian Noonan -6 F -8 70 71 66 207
T3 Patrick Datz -4 F -8 69 70 68 207
T5 Robert Evans -3 F -6 72 68 69 209
T5 Jake Ezell -2 F -6 70 69 70 209
T7 Jack Cersosimo -3 F -5 73 68 69 210
T7 Thomas Holtzman +5 F -5 65 68 77 210
9 Steve Paterson -1 F -4 74 66 71 211
T10 Wehman Hopke -2 F -3 70 72 70 212
T10 Hagen Fell -1 F -3 71 70 71 212
T10 Austin Campbell -1 F -3 70 71 71 212
13 Jonathan Alden +3 F -1 69 70 75 214
T14 Seger Howell -3 F +3 74 75 69 218
T14 Cyrus Turner +4 F +3 74 68 76 218
T14 Josh Hernandez +4 F +3 68 74 76 218
T14 Josh Luongo +7 F +3 70 69 79 218
T18 Chris Hartenstein -2 F +4 76 73 70 219
T18 Gene Black -1 F +4 73 75 71 219
T18 Mike Allen +2 F +4 74 71 74 219
T18 Carter Newman +3 F +4 73 71 75 219
T18 Juan Rodriguez +8 F +4 70 69 80 219
T23 John Breen -2 F +5 71 79 70 220
T23 Andrew Morris +2 F +5 69 77 74 220
T23 Gabriel Vallejo +5 F +5 71 72 77 220
T23 Gavin Moreland +5 F +5 71 72 77 220
T23 Nick Ratliff +7 F +5 71 70 79 220
T28 Chad Henderson +3 F +6 75 71 75 221
T28 Chris Shive +7 F +6 73 69 79 221
T28 Tyler Ware +7 F +6 73 69 79 221
31 Hudson Ross +6 F +7 73 71 78 222
T32 Ben Carter E F +8 79 72 72 223
T32 Layne Park +2 F +8 74 75 74 223
T32 Erik Henson +4 F +8 77 70 76 223
T32 Mitchell Griffin +7 F +8 73 71 79 223
T36 Cody Price +4 F +9 73 75 76 224
T36 Jeff Shell +7 F +9 70 75 79 224
T38 Nick Erickson E F +10 76 77 72 225
T38 Rob Ormand +3 F +10 75 75 75 225
T38 Stew Ford +5 F +10 73 75 77 225
T38 David Collura +8 F +10 73 72 80 225
T42 John Pena +4 F +11 75 75 76 226
T42 Brandon Phillips +7 F +11 78 69 79 226
T42 Sam Wallach +8 F +11 71 75 80 226
T42 Lucas Garza +10 F +11 72 72 82 226
T42 Jeremy Williams +11 F +11 71 72 83 226
T47 Tristan Stalker +2 F +12 75 78 74 227
T47 Mark Baldree +3 F +12 81 71 75 227
T47 Grady Bruce +7 F +12 75 73 79 227
T50 Marc Carrizales +2 F +13 78 76 74 228
T50 Nathan Schwarz +2 F +13 83 71 74 228
T50 Zachary Slayton +5 F +13 73 78 77 228
T50 Justin Long +9 F +13 73 74 81 228
T50 James Gustafson +11 F +13 73 72 83 228
T55 Steven Eckelman +6 F +14 75 76 78 229
T55 Ryan Smith +6 F +14 77 74 78 229
T55 Joe Ramos +6 F +14 71 80 78 229
T55 Trevor Thurow +8 F +14 79 70 80 229
T55 Paul Romero +10 F +14 75 72 82 229
T60 Peach Reynolds +5 F +15 77 76 77 230
T60 Tim Anderson +5 F +15 75 78 77 230
T60 Forest Miller +15 F +15 71 72 87 230
63 Andrew McLean +5 F +16 76 78 77 231
64 Rip McWlliams +6 F +17 72 82 78 232
T65 Greg Jones +8 F +18 73 80 80 233
T65 Jerry Thorn +10 F +18 72 79 82 233
T65 Matthew Milliken +10 F +18 75 76 82 233
T65 Tyler Elbrecht +10 F +18 76 75 82 233
T65 Tommy Norris +11 F +18 81 69 83 233
T65 Daniel Alba +11 F +18 76 74 83 233
T65 Randy Reynolds +12 F +18 78 71 84 233
72 Christopher Ferraro +15 F +20 74 74 87 235
73 Robert Specjal +10 F +21 75 79 82 236
74 Bill Sill +15 F +22 80 70 87 237
T75 Andrew DeHennis +12 F +23 80 74 84 238
T75 Myron Jordahl +12 F +23 80 74 84 238

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Mid Amateur Division

ull Leaderboard
Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Jay Reynolds -1 F -9 66 69 71 206
T2 Brian Noonan -6 F -8 70 71 66 207
T2 Patrick Datz -4 F -8 69 70 68 207
4 Robert Evans -3 F -6 72 68 69 209
5 Steve Paterson -1 F -4 74 66 71 211
6 Jonathan Alden +3 F -1 69 70 75 214
T7 Josh Hernandez +4 F +3 68 74 76 218
T7 Josh Luongo +7 F +3 70 69 79 218
9 Carter Newman +3 F +4 73 71 75 219
T10 Andrew Morris +2 F +5 69 77 74 220
T10 Gavin Moreland +5 F +5 71 72 77 220
12 Chad Henderson +3 F +6 75 71 75 221
T13 Ben Carter E F +8 79 72 72 223
T13 Layne Park +2 F +8 74 75 74 223
T13 Erik Henson +4 F +8 77 70 76 223
T16 Cody Price +4 F +9 73 75 76 224
T16 Jeff Shell +7 F +9 70 75 79 224
T18 Nick Erickson E F +10 76 77 72 225
T18 Stew Ford +5 F +10 73 75 77 225
T18 David Collura +8 F +10 73 72 80 225
T21 John Pena +4 F +11 75 75 76 226
T21 Brandon Phillips +7 F +11 78 69 79 226
T21 Sam Wallach +8 F +11 71 75 80 226
T21 Jeremy Williams +11 F +11 71 72 83 226
25 Grady Bruce +7 F +12 75 73 79 227
T26 Nathan Schwarz +2 F +13 83 71 74 228
T26 Justin Long +9 F +13 73 74 81 228
T28 Ryan Smith +6 F +14 77 74 78 229
T28 Joe Ramos +6 F +14 71 80 78 229
T28 Trevor Thurow +8 F +14 79 70 80 229
T28 Paul Romero +10 F +14 75 72 82 229
32 Rip McWlliams +6 F +17 72 82 78 232
T33 Greg Jones +8 F +18 73 80 80 233
T33 Tommy Norris +11 F +18 81 69 83 233
35 Christopher Ferraro +15 F +20 74 74 87 235
36 Robert Specjal +10 F +21 75 79 82 236
37 Bill Sill +15 F +22 80 70 87 237

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Senior Division

T1 Chris Hartenstein -2 F +4 76 73 70 219
T1 Gene Black -1 F +4 73 75 71 219
T1 Mike Allen +2 F +4 74 71 74 219
4 Chris Shive +7 F +6 73 69 79 221
5 Rob Ormand +3 F +10 75 75 75 225
6 Mark Baldree +3 F +12 81 71 75 227
7 James Gustafson +11 F +13 73 72 83 228
8 Steven Eckelman +6 F +14 75 76 78 229
T9 Peach Reynolds +5 F +15 77 76 77 230
T9 Tim Anderson +5 F +15 75 78 77 230
T11 Jerry Thorn +10 F +18 72 79 82 233
T11 Daniel Alba +11 F +18 76 74 83 233
T11 Randy Reynolds +12 F +18 78 71 84 233
14 Myron Jordahl +12 F +23 80 74 84 238

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Jordan Sanders Shoots 61 At Muny-Leads Men’s City With 14 Under

Jordan Sanders shoots 61 at Lions Municipal in 2nd round of 2016 Men's City Championship

Jordan Sanders shoots 61 at Lions Municipal in 2nd round of 2016 Men’s City Championship

Jordan Sanders stood on the 18th tee at Lions Municipal Golf Course in the second round of the men’s city championship needing a birdie to tie the course record at Lions.  He was 10 under par for the round.

In 2015, Jay Reynolds was in a similar situation.  He stood on Muny’s 18th tee at 9 under par.  Reynolds drove the green and made the putt to shoot 60 and break a long standing course record of 61, shared by Ben Crenshaw and Randi Petri.  Most people know about Ben Crenshaw but not as many know about Petri.  He was perhaps the best junior to ever come out of the Austin golfing scene.  Click here to learn more about Randy Petri.

Sanders, who played high school golf at Cedar Park High School, just finished his freshman year at Texas Tech and has transferred to North Texas State where he will be playing golf in his sophmore year. Read his Texas Tech Bio here.

Jordan Sanders Putt at Lions Municipal to tie course record of 60

Jordan Sanders Putt at Lions Municipal to tie course record of 60

Sanders blasted a tee shot long and straight and wound up about three feet off the front of the 18th green.  He was about 50 feet from the cup with a cross grain putt that would break six feet to the right.  His first putt was short by some ten feet.  So now he had another right breaker cross grain and slightly down grain to tie the course record.  He lipped out.

His two day total of 129, 14 under par is good for a four shot lead over Thomas Holtzman.  Holtzman played high school golf at Lake Travis High School but had some health issues that prevented him from reaching his potential.  He currently plays for St. Edwards University and has shot 65 at Morris Williams and 68 at Lions.  Read more about Thomas Holtzman at this link.

Jay Reynold's with his trophy after his 2015 Men's City Championship win

Jay Reynold’s with his trophy after his 2015 Men’s City Championship win

Jay Reynolds is the defending Champion of the Men’s City.  He started strong with a 66 at Morris Williams and followed up with 69 at Lions Municipal.  His two day total of eight under is six back of Sanders.  However, Reynolds has the firepower to post two low rounds and has played a lot of golf at Greyrock, the next course in the rotation.  He also leads the Austin Amateur Golf points ranking by a considerable margin and just won the Chester Cup.

Steve Paterson

Steve Paterson

There are lots of story lines in a tournament like the Austin Men’s City Championship.  For example, Steve Paterson shot 66 at Lions Municipal today to go with his first round 74 at Morris Williams.  The interesting thing about the round is that he made three eagles on par fives.  He made eagle at holes number 2, 8, and 12. He also birdied number 14 to post a total of seven under par for the four par fives.  Unfortunately he had five bogies in his round to 66.  Quite unusual.  But then that is the nature of Lions Municipal Golf Course.  Lots of scoring opportunities but trouble is not far away.  It’s not like Paterson is a dark horse.  He won last year’s Austin Amateur Golf points race and was named Austin’s Mid Amateur of the year.

I saw Bill Sill in the parking lot after the round.  He shot 70 at Lions and made the cut for the first time in the Men’s City Championship.  Congrats to Bill.  His story is one of many that play out in a championship like this that allows all the Austin golfers the chance to tee it up and see what the golfing gods bestow upon us.  It’s a glorious occasion.

Chris Shive leads the senior division at one under par.  He shot 73 at Morris Williams and 69 at Lions.  Click here to see the senior standings.

Forrest Miller leads the junior division at even par.  Click here to see the junior standings.

The cut for the final 36 holes was 11 over par.  The top 72 players will play Greyrock and Jimmy Clay in the final two rounds.

By the way, the courses were in great shape.  There is more grass on the fairways at Morris Williams than I have ever seen and the rough was deep and difficult.  The fairways at Lions and the greens were great.  Congrats the city staff for all the good work and thanks to mother nature for the spring rains.

Follow the third and fourth round action on the free GolfAustin App for I-phones and Android devices.  Scores are posted after each nine holes and after more frequently in the final round.  Go to the app store to acquire the app.

Results of the first two rounds are below.

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Jordan Sanders [LM] -10 F -14 68 61 129
2 Thomas Holtzman [LM] -3 F -10 65 68 133
3 Jay Reynolds [LM] -2 F -8 66 69 135
T4 Jonathan Alden [MW] -2 F -4 69 70 139
T4 Juan Rodriguez [MW] -3 F -4 70 69 139
T4 Jake Ezell [MW] -3 F -4 70 69 139
T4 Patrick Datz [MW] -2 F -4 69 70 139
T4 Josh Luongo [LM] -2 F -4 70 69 139
T9 Steve Paterson [LM] -5 F -3 74 66 140
T9 Robert Evans [LM] -3 F -3 72 68 140
T11 Nick Ratliff [MW] -2 F -2 71 70 141
T11 Brian Noonan [LM] E F -2 70 71 141
T11 Jack Cersosimo [LM] -3 F -2 73 68 141
T11 Hagen Fell [LM] -1 F -2 71 70 141
T11 Austin Campbell [LM] E F -2 70 71 141
T16 Tyler Ware [MW] -3 F -1 73 69 142
T16 Wehman Hopke [MW] E F -1 70 72 142
T16 Josh Hernandez [MW] +2 F -1 68 74 142
T16 Chris Shive [LM] -2 F -1 73 69 142
T16 Cyrus Turner [LM] -3 F -1 74 68 142
T21 Forest Miller [LM] +1 F E 71 72 143
T21 Gabriel Vallejo [LM] +1 F E 71 72 143
T21 Jeremy Williams [LM] +1 F E 71 72 143
T21 Gavin Moreland [LM] +1 F E 71 72 143
T25 Mitchell Griffin [MW] -1 F +1 73 71 144
T25 Carter Newman [MW] -1 F +1 73 71 144
T25 Lucas Garza [LM] +1 F +1 72 72 144
T25 Hudson Ross [LM] E F +1 73 71 144
T25 Charles Neel White [LM] -2 F +1 75 69 144
T30 Jeff Shell [MW] +3 F +2 70 75 145
T30 James Gustafson [LM] +1 F +2 73 72 145
T30 David Collura [LM] +1 F +2 73 72 145
T30 Mike Allen [LM] E F +2 74 71 145
T34 Chad Henderson [MW] -1 F +3 75 71 146
T34 Sam Wallach [LM] +4 F +3 71 75 146
T34 Andrew Morris [LM] +6 F +3 69 77 146
T37 Brandon Phillips [MW] -3 F +4 78 69 147
T37 Erik Henson [LM] -1 F +4 77 70 147
T37 Justin Long [LM] +3 F +4 73 74 147
T37 Paul Romero [LM] +1 F +4 75 72 147
T41 Gene Black [MW] +3 F +5 73 75 148
T41 Christopher Ferraro [MW] +2 F +5 74 74 148
T41 Cody Price [MW] +3 F +5 73 75 148
T41 Stew Ford [LM] +4 F +5 73 75 148
T41 Grady Bruce [LM] +2 F +5 75 73 148
T46 Steffan Schmieding [MW] E F +6 77 72 149
T46 Layne Park [MW] +3 F +6 74 75 149
T46 Seger Howell [MW] +3 F +6 74 75 149
T46 Chris Hartenstein [LM] +2 F +6 76 73 149
T46 Randy Reynolds [LM] E F +6 78 71 149
T46 Trevor Thurow [LM] -1 F +6 79 70 149
T52 John Breen [MW] +7 F +7 71 79 150
T52 Daniel Alba [MW] +2 F +7 76 74 150
T52 John Pena [LM] +4 F +7 75 75 150
T52 Rob Ormand [LM] +4 F +7 75 75 150
T52 Bill Sill [LM] -1 F +7 80 70 150
T52 Tommy Norris [LM] -2 F +7 81 69 150
T58 Ben Carter [MW] E F +8 79 72 151
T58 Matthew Milliken [MW] +4 F +8 75 76 151
T58 Tyler Elbrecht [MW] +3 F +8 76 75 151
T58 Jerry Thorn [MW] +7 F +8 72 79 151
T58 Ryan Smith [MW] +2 F +8 77 74 151
T58 Joe Ramos [MW] +8 F +8 71 80 151
T58 Steven Eckelman [LM] +5 F +8 75 76 151
T58 Zachary Slayton [LM] +7 F +8 73 78 151
66 Mark Baldree [MW] -1 F +9 81 71 152
T67 Greg Jones [MW] +8 F +10 73 80 153
T67 Tim Anderson [MW] +6 F +10 75 78 153
T67 Tristan Stalker [LM] +7 F +10 75 78 153
T67 Peach Reynolds [LM] +5 F +10 77 76 153
T67 Nick Erickson [LM] +6 F +10 76 77 153
T72 Andrew McLean [MW] +6 F +11 76 78 154
T72 Robert Specjal [MW] +7 F +11 75 79 154
T72 Rip McWlliams [MW] +10 F +11 72 82 154
T72 Myron Jordahl [LM] +3 F +11 80 74 154
T72 Andrew DeHennis [LM] +3 F +11 80 74 154
T72 Marc Carrizales [LM] +5 F +11 78 76 154
T72 Nathan Schwarz [LM] E F +11 83 71 154
Missed Cut
MC Tucker Tovar [MW] +6 F +12 77 78 155
MC Steve Trafton [MW] +9 F +12 74 81 155
MC Patrick Shanahan [MW] +5 F +12 78 77 155
MC Brett Egge [MW] +5 F +12 78 77 155
MC Taylor Greenway [LM] +6 F +12 78 77 155
MC Lorenzo De Paolis [LM] +6 F +12 78 77 155
MC Mark Miks [MW] +8 F +13 76 80 156
MC Kevin Marshburn [MW] +4 F +13 80 76 156
MC Shane Alvey [MW] E F +13 84 72 156
MC Mark Schnabel [MW] +8 F +13 76 80 156
MC Alex Woodward [LM] +8 F +13 77 79 156
MC Rock Torres [LM] +5 F +13 80 76 156
MC Kevin Dahl [MW] +9 F +14 76 81 157
MC Nathan Neal [MW] +4 F +14 81 76 157
MC Will Ezell [LM] +1 F +14 85 72 157
MC Ryan McGinley [MW] +10 F +15 76 82 158
MC Brent Philen [MW] +5 F +15 81 77 158
MC Monte Glosson [LM] +12 F +15 75 83 158
MC Lee Vaughn [LM] +6 F +15 81 77 158
MC William Dietlein [LM] +7 F +15 80 78 158
MC Kelly Cramer [MW] +8 F +16 79 80 159
MC Terry Hutchens [MW] +9 F +16 78 81 159
MC Chris Chappell [MW] +9 F +16 78 81 159
MC Chris Lyles [LM] +15 F +17 74 86 160
MC Gavin Trevino [LM] +8 F +17 81 79 160
MC Chandler Otto [MW] +9 F +18 80 81 161
MC Jace Caldwell [MW] +8 F +18 81 80 161
MC Spencer Spilman [LM] +9 F +18 81 80 161
MC Arnie Tovar [MW] +10 F +19 80 82 162
MC Johnny Jeffers [LM] +13 F +19 78 84 162
MC Jerry Attaway [LM] +8 F +19 83 79 162
MC Jason Long [MW] +7 F +20 84 79 163
MC Dennis Sokol [LM] +7 F +20 85 78 163
MC Austin Firth [LM] +7 F +21 86 78 164
MC Bryan Neuhaus [MW] +8 F +22 85 80 165
MC John Cowart [LM] +9 F +23 86 80 166
MC Ric Howard [MW] +12 F +25 84 84 168
MC Andrew Taylor [MW] +14 F +26 83 86 169
MC Abel Ponce [MW] +10 F +27 88 82 170
MC Dan Giarratano [MW] +16 F +28 83 88 171
MC Chris Taylor [MW] +15 F +28 84 87 171
MC Sean Durkin [MW] +15 F +31 87 87 174
MC Sergey Yerozolimsky [MW] +11 F +31 91 83 174
MC Jerry Holmes [MW] +15 F +33 89 87 176
MC Andrew Curiel [LM] +12 F +36 96 83 179
MC John Haynsworth [MW] +15 F +39 95 87 182
MC John Iung [MW] +40 F +79 110 112 222
DQ Bradley Patterson [MW] +12
DQ Trevor Spring [MW] +16
DQ Nick Rodriguez [MW] +32
DQ Jd Cervantes [LM]
DQ Thomas Kowalski [LM]
DQ Marco Palacios [LM]
* denotes a 10th hole start

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Jay Reynolds Prepares for the Men’s City Championship and His Future

The Austin Men’s City Championship kicks off tomorrow Aug. 4 and continues through Aug. 7. The four-round tournament will host 130 amateur golfers at four different courses around the Austin area – Lions Municipal, Morris Williams, Grey Rock, and Jimmy Clay.

Jay Reynolds, 2015 men’s city champion, returns to defend his title. This year, Reynolds has had success on the local level. He is looking to the Men’s City Championship as another opportunity to improve his game and take it to the next level.

Jay Reynold's with his trophy after his 2015 Men's City Championship win

Jay Reynold’s with his trophy after his 2015 Men’s City Championship win

“I’ve won a couple tournaments [on the local level] and placed fairly high in pretty much all of them,” Reynolds said. “I’ve been trying to get myself into the national amateur spotlight and trying to get my game good enough to win a U.S. Amateur or the U.S. Mid-Amateur.”

Reynolds substantially leads the Austin Amateur ranking by a margin of 1,982 points and has a combined total of 3,344 points. Chris Benestante follows in second place with a combined 1,362 points. Reynolds competed in and won the Chester Cup at Great Hills Country Club last weekend. He entered the tournament last minute as an opportunity to practice for upcoming tournaments and a busy fall season.

“I entered [the Chester Cup] sort of last minute to get myself some competitive reps,” Reynolds said, “because there’s really not anything that tells you about your own game better than playing in a tournament. I think you’ve got to play to really learn.”

Austin Amateur Golf Rankings - Top 10

Austin Amateur Golf Rankings – Top 10

Although Reynolds has been successful this year, he has struggled with his drive.

“I really haven’t driven the ball well this year, so I’ve been working on that,” Reynolds said. “The rest of my game is generally pretty good – putting, chipping, wedge and iron play. I feel like when I drive well I’m pretty hard to beat. So I’d say that’s been the main focus of what I’ve been working on and there’s definitely been some improvements and I’m hoping that continues.”

Reynolds will have to play well this weekend in order to pull another win. Steve Paterson, who finished second in last years Men’s City Championship is returning, as well as Jake Ezell who tied for third.

Competitors won’t only have to face tough competition on four different courses, but deal with the Austin summer heat as well. Reynolds said the heat would be a huge factor throughout the weekend.

“With it being so hot you have to have your endurance and be in good shape,” Reynolds said. “That’s one of the things I think makes a big difference…if you can’t handle the heat for four days, you’re going to crumble.”

Reynolds approaches the weekend with confidence, but says he’s going to play as if he’s behind throughout the four rounds.

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“It’s hard to be the defending champion because you start with this inflated expectation just because you’ve won before,” Reynolds said. “I’m going to try to play as if I’m two shots behinds…like I’m chasing rather than leading. I’m just going to try to keep it simple like that.”

Golf enthusiasts in the area will have many opportunities to catch some competitive golf this weekend.

A list of tee times and pairings as well as a schedule for the weekend can be found on the Austin Parks and Recreation website.

 

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Jay Reynolds Wins Chester Cup

Jay Reynolds

Jay Reynolds

On the 18th tee Sunday, Jay Reynolds was even par for the tournament and one shot behind Chris Hartenstein.  After pushing his tee shot into the right rough on the uphill par five, Reynolds played a 6 iron up the hill and onto the green for an eagle putt of about 20 feet.

Hartenstein played his third shot on number 18 to about 12 feet and was putting for birdie.  Each player narrowly missed their putt and finished regulation play at one under par 143 for 36 holes.

Chris Hartenstein

Chris Hartenstein

The playoff began and ended on the par three 10th hole. Both players missed the green and then chipped to about four feet.  Hartenstein missed his par putt and Reynolds made his.  Game over.

First round leader Nathan Shilling finished in third at 145, one over par.

 

Reynolds has won several times this year and leads the Austin Amateur rankings by a substantial margin.

Full field results are below.

SAT SUN TOTAL
 
REYNOLDS, JAY 71 72 143
HARTENSTEIN, CHRIS SR 71 72 143
SCHILLING, NATHAN 68 77 145
PATERSON, STEVE 75 71 146
HENDRIX, JAKE 74 73 147
EVANS, ROBERT 72 77 149
BREEN, JOHN 78 72 150
SHELL, JEFF 76 75 151
BLACK, GENE SR 76 75 151
HJELM, BRYAN 74 78 152
HENSON, ERIK 77 75 152
CARTER, BEN 74 79 153
JOHNSON, TOM SR 76 77 153
HAMM, TIM 75 79 154
TRAFTON, STEVE SR 76 78 154
REYNOLDS, PEACH SR 81 73 154
ALBERTSON, ROB 79 75 154
ALDEN, JONATHAN 78 76 154
HINDSMAN, MILES 77 78 155
WALSH, JACOB 76 80 156
ERICKSON, NICK 82 75 157
JUNGMAN, MATT 78 80 158
ORMAND, ROB SR 80 80 160
LESCHBER, LANDON 77 83 160
SCOTT, MARK SR 80 81 161
SPILMAN, TOM SR 78 84 162
ROMERO, PAUL 76 87 163
CARRIZALES, MARK 80 83 163
GRUBBS, JAMES SR 84 80 164
KRASSNER, LEE 80 86 166
MORGAN, JIM SR 87 80 167
JORDAHL, MYRON SR 84 86 170
SYKES, RICHARD 80 93 173
ESAU, COLE 92 82 174
STAUBER, JON 93 89 182
SUNDAY
NUGENT, MIKE 82
JENSON, ANDY ABSOLUT 80
GALLAGHER, CARL 79
DOUGHERTY, JAMIE 79
WASHBURN, ROBERT 80
WOOD, STEVE ABSOLUT CONSOLATION 76
WELCH, RICHARD WD
HAMPTON, DAVID 76
HOPKINS, DAVID 77
BENITES, XAVIER CUERVO 78
MOAZAMI, AMIR 89
PRICKETTE, TIM 78
HORNSBY, CHRIS 78
GRAVELLE, MATT CUERVO CONSOLATION 87
ELLETT, JOHN 78
FITZGERALD, GREG 78
BERRA, DAN 83
CONDON, JOSH DEWARS 84
RIESE, CHARLIE   MODS 83
CARROLL, MIKE 82
STEWART, HAYDEN 85
THRASH, COREY DEWARS CONSOLATION 75
NUGENT, TIM 88
ALLEN, DAVID 83
MOORE, HILTON 91
ESAU, REX JIM BEAM 87
DONOVAN, TOM 94
PAYNE, RICK          MODS 82
ZEIGLER, GARY 94
OAKS, DANA JIM BEAM CONSOLATION 82
GAITHER, MARK 78
QUALLS, MICHAEL 89
PANTER, TODD 96
MATTHEWS, JIM 85
RASCATI, JOE BACARDI 84
FLOYD, JIM 81
REYNOLDS, MARK 102
GRAHAM, CHUCK BACARDI CONSOLATION 85
BARTLEY, KEN       MODS 89
HALBERT, TREY 101
FRINK, BILL 88
HEMPSTEAD, CHUCK WILD TURKEY 90
POWELL, GLEN 93
CARSEY, JOHN 96
WHORTON, DAVID WD
MCMORDIE, CLAUD WILD TURKEY CONSOLATION 96
MACKAY, TOM 92

 

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Nathan Shilling Leads Chester Cup

Nathan Shilling shot four under par 68 at Great Hills Country Club to grab a three shot lead over Chris Hartenstein and Jay Reynolds after the first of two rounds of the Chester Cup.  Play concludes Sunday.  Shilling finished third in the Chester Cup in 2014 so he is familiar with being close to the lead.

Reynolds leads the Austin Amateur points race in 2016 by a substantial margin and Hartenstein, who is a Great Hills member and has won the Austin Mens Senior championship a couple of times in the least few years, will provide a challenge to Shilling in the final round.

The Chester Cup is named after long time Great Hills employee Chester Burks and has been contested for several years.  Mr Burks is still present to enjoy the competition and renew old friendships.

Full field results are shown below.

SUNDAY SAT
TEE TIME SCORE
1 ECKLEMAN, STEVE SR WD
2 STAUBER, JON 10:35 93
3 ESAU, COLE 10:35 92
4 MORGAN, JIM SR 10:45 87
5 JORDAHL, MYRON SR 10:45 84
6 GRUBBS, JAMES SR 10:45 84
7 ERICKSON, NICK 10:55 82
8 REYNOLDS, PEACH SR 10:55 81
9 CARRIZALES, MARK 10:55 80
10 SYKES, RICHARD 11:05 80
11 SCOTT, MARK SR 11:05 80
12 KRASSNER, LEE 11:05 80
13 ORMAND, ROB SR 11:15 80
14 ALBERTSON, ROB 11:15 79
15 SPILMAN, TOM SR 11:15 78
16 ALDEN, JONATHAN 11:30 78
17 BREEN, JOHN 11:30 78
18 JUNGMAN, MATT 11:30 78
19 HENSON, ERIK 11:40 77
20 HINDSMAN, MILES 11:40 77
21 LESCHBER, LANDON 11:40 77
22 ROMERO, PAUL 11:50 76
23 JOHNSON, TOM SR 11:50 76
24 SHELL, JEFF 11:50 76
25 WALSH, JACOB 12:00 76
26 BLACK, GENE SR 12:00 76
27 TRAFTON, STEVE SR 12:00 76
28 HAMM, TIM 12:10 75
29 PATERSON, STEVE 12:10 75
30 HJELM, BRYAN 12:10 74
31 CARTER, BEN 12:20 74
32 HENDRIX, JAKE 12:20 74
33 EVANS, ROBERT 12:20 72
34 REYNOLDS, JAY 12:30 71
35 HARTENSTEIN, CHRIS SR 12:30 71
36 SCHILLING, NATHAN 12:30 68
SUN STROKES
TEE TIME WITHIN FLIGHT
1 NUGENT, MIKE 10:15
2 JENSON, ANDY 10:15
3 GALLAGHER, CARL 10:15
4 DOUGHERTY, JAMIE 10:15
5 WASHBURN, ROBERT 10:05
6 WOOD, STEVE 10:05
7 WELCH, RICHARD 10:05
8 HAMPTON, DAVID 10:05
9 HOPKINS, DAVID 9:50 0
10 BENITES, XAVIER 9:50 1
11 MOAZAMI, AMIR 9:50 2
12 PRICKETTE, TIM 9:50 2
13 HORNSBY, CHRIS 9:40 0
14 GRAVELLE, MATT 9:40 2
15 ELLETT, JOHN 9:40 2
16 FITZGERALD, GREG 9:40 2
17 BERRA, DAN 9:25 0
18 CONDON, JOSH 9:25 2
19 RIESE, CHARLIE   MODS 9:25 2
20 CARROLL, MIKE 9:25 2
21 STEWART, HAYDEN 9:15 0
22 THRASH, COREY 9:15 2
23 NUGENT, TIM 9:15 2
24 ALLEN, DAVID 9:15 3
25 MOORE, HILTON 9:00 1
26 ESAU, REX 9:00 2
27 DONOVAN, TOM 9:00 2
28 PAYNE, RICK          MODS 9:00 3
29 ZEIGLER, GARY 8:50 0
30 OAKS, DANA 8:50 1
31 GAITHER, MARK 8:50 1
32 QUALLS, MICHAEL 8:50 3
33 PANTER, TODD 8:35 0
34 MATTHEWS, JIM 8:35 1
35 RASCATI, JOE 8:35 1
36 FLOYD, JIM 8:35 1
37 REYNOLDS, MARK 8:25 0
38 GRAHAM, CHUCK 8:25 0
39 BARTLEY, KEN       MODS 8:25 0
40 HALBERT, TREY 8:25 2
41 FRINK, BILL 8:10 0
42 HEMPSTEAD, CHUCK 8:10 1
43 POWELL, GLEN 8:10 1
44 CARSEY, JOHN 8:00 1
45 WHORTON, DAVID 8:00 2
46 MCMORDIE, CLAUD 8:00 4
47 MACKAY, TOM 8:00 6

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Butler Park Pitch & Putt – 66 Years Young

On a hot, hazy summer day in Austin, a group of young guys with a few clubs and a cooler full of beer casually walk toward the familiar white and green pro shop. Blanco, the resident white poodle, greets them. They’re not wearing collared shirts and khakis, rather athletic shorts and t-shirts – one’s even wearing a bathing suit and flip-flops. The green fee is appealing for the college crew, only $9 and no tee-time required. At Butler Park Pitch and Putt this is a typical scene.

Butler Park Pitch and Putt 1950-2016

Butler Park Pitch and Putt Celebrating 66 Years

The nine-hole, par three golf course, once just a piece of land on the outskirts of the city, was transformed into an Austin golf fixture 66 years ago. Overtime the golf course has embraced the laid-back Austin culture and remains an ideal venue and legendary landmark for Austinites to play a relaxed round of golf.

Lee Kinser, owner and general manager of the course since 1995, attributes the courses success to its clientele and relaxed environment.

“Here [at Butler], its young people,” Kinser said, “90 percent of our clientele is between 20 and 35 years old. We welcome anyone and it’s really laid back…its just as much a social event as it is a golfing event.”

Brothers Douglas and Winston Kinser began building the course in 1948 – one hole at a time. Winston designed the course and after three years of construction on June 1, 1950, the course was opened to the public.

Lee Kinser and Blanco

Lee Kinser and Blanco – Photo: Facebook

Sadly, Douglas Kinser died suddenly within one year of the course’s opening. Winston, his brother and business partner, was left to pick up the pieces and run the course alone. He wasn’t crazy about idea of hiring employees so he recruited his family to run the course.

Lee Kinser, who was once married to Winston’s son Al, was introduced to the course and immediately fell in love with it. She and her father-in-law had a close connection and bonded over the course, working together for 15 years.

“I loved my father-in-law,” Kinser said, “we worked here together for years…he loved it here.”

Winston Kinser truly loved the course, however an overly thrifty mindset and lack of maintenance caused the course to suffer overtime. Lee recalled a time when a customer stormed into the pro shop and loudly declared his angst with the poor condition of the course.

In 1995, Lee Kinser became the sole owner and general manager of the course and began renovations. Kinser hired the professionals she needed to make the necessary improvements around the course. The changes helped and Kinser said business has picked up a lot over the years. Last year 38,530 rounds were played at Butler Park Pitch and Putt.

Due to its size and the fact that regulars don’t like the idea of the course closing for the day, tournaments aren’t frequently held at Butler. However, a two-man scramble, blind draw tournament is still played every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.– a tradition that has lasted 15 years. Although the Tuesday night tournaments are played for fun, Kinser said there is no lack of healthy competition.

“It’s actually a big deal,” Kinser said. “It’s usually a lot of caddies from different courses around the area that play in [the tournaments]. Anyone can play, but they’re pretty competitive about it.”

Names updated to the Hole-In-One Butler Wall of Fame

New names updated to the Hole-In-One Butler Wall of Fame in 2015

A tradition that is well known around the Austin golf community is adding names to the esteemed Butler Wall of Fame that is displayed in the clubhouse. The names of hundreds of Pitch and Putt golfers who have sunk holes-in-one are posted on the wall – an honor only the lucky and talented have known.

The course is by no means perfect. Customers enjoy the golf, but many have complained about the condition of the greens – an understandable problem considering the age of the course. Kinser said updating the greens is the next big project.

“I want to put in artificial grass on the greens,” Kinser said. “It’s so busy and you’re supposed to rebuild your greens every 30 years…ours have been the same for 66 years.”

This won’t be a quick or cheap fix. To rebuild one green with live grass costs $100,000 per green – meaning it would cost over $1 million to update the greens. Kinser is looking at artificial grass for multiple reasons.

“It would eliminate watering, mowing and fertilizing,” Kinser said. “It’s around $10,000 per green – we have 10 with the practice green so it’d be a whole lot cheaper to do that.”

There is still a lot more research and funding needed to rebuild the greens, but improvement is on the horizon.

Butler Park Pitch and Putt has been and continues to be an important golf landmark to Austin golfers old and young.

For more information on the course and its history visit their website.

 

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Volunteering At The Dell Match Play World Golf Championship

Written by John Comrie, July 11, 2016

Have you ever watched a PGA event on television and wondered what goes on behind the scenes to produce the event?  I did and now I know.  You could too if you sign up to volunteer at the 2017 Dell Match Play event to be held at the Austin Country Club March 22-26.

John Comrie worked as a volunteer inside the media center

John Comrie worked as a volunteer inside the media center

I grew up in the bitter winter cold of Western Canada north of Montana and North Dakota where the golf season is so short that we depended on PGA on television and radio to keep connected to the sport.  Twenty-five years ago, I fulfilled a long held dream of living in warmer parts of the United States and in due course, ended up in Texas and was invited to become a member of the Austin Country Club.  I still watch and listen to a lot of PGA golf.

By the fall of 2015 I was looking at descriptions of more than 20 volunteer committees that required support from members of the Austin general public.  Just the vast range of committee responsibilities indicates the scope of activity required to put on this event.

Standard Bearers at number 11

Standard Bearers at number 11

Marshalls, Lasers, Walking Scorers and Standard Bearers were all expected.  But Caddie Registration, Evacuation, Media Center were complete surprises.  In the end, I became a member of the Media Center, went through the orientation training, purchased my volunteer uniform and showed up for my first day’s work.

 

Inside the media center

Inside the media center

To my surprise, I was given the opportunity to work with the announcers for PGA Radio helping them to maneuver through the crowds as they quickly moved from one interview or commentary position to another.  When finished on Sunday night, I had new friends who worked in the production of all PGA media events, met caddies and players, had my own media headphones through which I could hear (but not speak) all the internal planning in real time as instant decisions were required to make the media come to life on air.

Traffic Controller at the 1899 Club

Traffic Controller at the 1899 Club

I have many friends who worked for other committees and it was interesting to compare notes on our experiences.  Although every volunteer gets an in depth look at their own committee, everyone ended up with a general sense of what was involved to produce this extraordinary event.  It took more than 1200 volunteers to make the tournament operational, and I met many of them.  A few became friends, all of whom I look forward to working with at the 2017 version of this event.

Volunteers transport players from number 9 green to number 10 tee

Volunteers transport players from number 9 green to number 10 tee

I have enjoyed PGA events, particularly on TV and Radio for many years, but I know them in a new way today.  More importantly, I now have a much better feel for the contribution they make to every community in which they are found.  So not only did all 1200+ volunteers enjoy an extraordinary few days watching extraordinary golf at an extraordinary venue; but, the Dell Match Play PGA Event contributed substantial funds to the  Austin Parks Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, The First Tee of Greater Austin, Helping Hand Home for Childrenand Keep Austin Beautiful

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2017 WGC Dell Match Play Event from March 22-26, information will be available on this website and other media outlets when volunteer sign-up begins for the 2017 tournament.

*John Comrie is an avid golfer who writes about golf related events with a Texas connection.  He can be reached at jc@johncomrie.com.

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