- Ed Sanchez of San Antonio and Trevor Hyde of Kerrville finished third in the Texas Golf Association’s South Four-Ball Championship at Quail Valley Golf Club’s El Dorado Course in Missouri City. Sanchez-Hyde shot 11-under for the 36-hole event. The Houston-area team of John Dowdall and Randy Lance shot 11-under on the final day and came from behind to win with a 14-under total.
- In addition to The Club at Sonterra’s Tim Hobby being named Southern Texas PGA teacher of the year (he also won the recent STPGA Match-Play Championship conducted at Bryan’s Miramont CC), other golfers in the area honored with 2013 awards were Escondido Golf and Lake Club general manager Glenn Lee (Bill Strausbaugh Award for mentoring) and Fredericksburg’s Kaytlen James as girls junior golfer of the year (she won the STPGA Junior Tour event at Canyon Springs in July).
- The Central Texas I-Tour is planning a return to operation for the first time since 2011. Jeff Smith will operate the events for the organization that has conducted tournaments for more than 10 years mostly in the Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth areas. First up is a stop March 8 at The Bandit near New Braunfels.
“I’m hopeful we can attract about 80 players to our events here, but if we can find a core group of 40 that will play every week I think we can have a lot of fun,” Smith said. “I’ve contacted some of the players who participated here in years past, and some of our players from Houston and Dallas will be coming over as well.”
Typical entry fee will be $199 per event, as is the case with the stop at The Bandit. Smith said he’s planning 13 events this year in Central Texas and that half of the entry fees will go to a purse, which is planned to start at $1,000 for first place. Smith said the I-Tour will pay cash prizes the day of the event.