Houston Amateur Golf Association Archived News
Mike Westrum placed first in the Championship flight and took home a Bobby Jones award at Tour18 on October 30, 2011 by shooting a low gross round of 69 and a net 67.
Mike Bunn defeated defending champion Scott Smith 7 & 5 to win the 2011 Match Play Event.
Ryan Clarke won the 2011 HAGA Club Championship gross award with a four round total of 299. Trailing by seven strokes going into round 4, Steve Hammonds fired a career best 79 win the net award. Mike Westrum held off last year's Player of the Year, Ryan Clarke, to win the 2011 Player of the Year by just 63 points. For complete results go to the 2011 Club Championship leaderboard.
Jared Mazzant fired a hole-in-one on the 11th hole of the Cypresswood Tradition course on September 25th, 2011 during round two of the Club Championship. Jared used a 4-iron on the difficult 211 yard hole.
Ryan Waikem won a Bobby Jones award at Golfcrest Country Club on July 24, 2011 with a fine round of 74 with a net 65.
Mike Westrum fired a bogey free round of 65 with a net 62 on March 27, 2011 at the Clear Creek Golf Course to win the second Bobby Jones award of 2011. Adam Kuzinski also shot a bogey free round of 69.
Jason Miller shot a gross 69 with a net 66 on March 13, 2011 at the Wilderness Golf Course to win the first Bobby Jones award of 2011.
In the January 11th, 2011 Board Meeting, the board approved a change in the structure of tournament prizes. Instead of paying a fixed amount for each tournament, we will change the amount paid based on the number of players competing The result is that more money will be paid out at each tournament. You can view the details on the website. We will also have a printed copy at the tournaments.
Members may now post away scores on the Internet. To post away scores, go to Post Online. You'll need your GHIN number which you can find on the Latest Handicaps page. You may also enter away scores on the eGolfer portal. Once you have registered, you can post your hole-by-hole scores along with your stats such as Fairways, GIR and putts.
Mike Westrum followed a great round of 70 with a 75 to win the 2010 HAGA Gross Champion award with a four round total of 296. Kevin Duke retained his third round lead for Net Champion with a four round total of 284. Kevin also placed first in the Championship Flight. Fred LaGrasta won the First Flight by one stroke over Tomas Melchor with a four round net total of 300. Ken Barnum improved his lead to seven strokes to win the Second Flight. For complete results, click on the leaderboard.
Ryan Clarke won Player of the Year for 2010 by a 356 point margin over Rick Turner. Ryan has finished in the top 10 in 26 of 26 events this year. Congratulations to Ryan for his consistent play this year.
David Phillips shot a one-under par 70 with a net 64 to win a Bobby Jones award at the Houston Oaks Golf and Country Club on August 29, 2010. David fired a scorching 31 on the back nine with two eagles and two birdies.
Ryan Clarke won the 2010 Summer Tour gross award with a best four round total of 293. Buddy Rozell won the Net award with a 279 total, followed by Ryan Clarke with 281 and Al Reisz with 282. Note: The tournament held at Golfcrest Country Club on July 25, 2010 was not part of the 2010 Summer Tour.
Rick Turner won his second Bobby Jones award of 2010 by shooting a gross 73 with net 66 at Golfcrest Country Club on Jul. 25, 2010. Rick was in the last group of the day. When he walked into the scoring area after his round he asked what was the low round of the day. After hearing it was 74, he tossed his score card on the table and said, "Read 'em and weep!"
The Houston Amateur Golf Association was the Title Sponsor for the Houston Golf Association Junior Golf Match Play tournament at Memorial Park July 14-16. See the 2010 HGA Match Play page for more details.
The Houston Amateur Golf Association 2010 Memorial Tournament was held at the Bandit Golf Club, New Braunfels, TX on May 1st and 2nd. Michael Rush won the Low Gross award with a two day total of 147. Ryan Waikem won the Low Net award with a 130 total.
The Cardinal Team led by Fred LaGrasta defeated the Cactus Team led by Dan Yamashiro 7-5 in the Inaugural HAGA Player's Cup held on April 24, 2010 at Walden on Lake Conroe. The top 24 finishers in the 2009 POY points race were selected to participate with the 1-2 finishers as the team leaders. The Player's Cup consists of 12 individual matches with one point to the winner and 1/2 for a draw.
Scott Waltrip won the second Bobby Jones award of 2010 by shooting a one-under par 71, net 67, at the Falls Golf Club and Resort on April 11, 2010.
Bob Miller fired an Ace on Hole #4 at the Bear Creek Masters course on Feb. 28, 2010 in his first tournament with the Houston Amatuer Golf Association. Bob said, "144 to the pin dead down wind. 9 iron. Hit front edge and rolled about 20 ft into the hole."
Rick Turner won the first Bobby Jones award of 2010 by shooting a gross 74 with net 67 under difficult course and weather conditions at Longwood Golf Club on Jan. 31, 2010.
As a result of our successful junior golf fund raiser in 2009, the HAGA board considered and approved a motion to become a Silver Sponsor of HGA Junior Golf. As a Silver Sponsor the Houston Amateur Golf Association was the Title Sponsor for the Houston Golf Association Junior Golf Match Play tournament at Memorial Park July 14-16, 2010. See the 2010 HGA Match Play page for more details.
HAGA members David Salvati, Jon Norman, Chip Block, and Jaime Diaz-Granados presenting a check for $2,500 to Bill Walker (second from right) of the Houston Golf Association
Jason Miller finished the final round of the 2009 Houston Amateur Golf Association Club Championship with a one-under 71 to capture the low gross title. Jason trailed Clay Garner by one stroke going into the final round. Jeff Riddle held off a charge by Clay Garner to win the low net title by one stroke. Not to be denied, Clay won the Championship flight. Jeff won the First flight and Cliff Brooks won the Second flight on his 60th birthday. Click here for the complete results of the 2009 HAGA Club Championship.
During the week of Oct. 12, 2009, HAGA volunteers marshalled Hole No. 2 for the sixth consecutive year at the Administaff Small Business Classic held at the Woodlands Tournament Course. Many thanks to George Hartnett for organizing the effort and spending many long hours at the tournament. Thanks also to the other volunteers who helped out during week.
Dan Yamashiro won the 2009 HAGA Player of the Year award by just two points over Fred Lagrasta. Congratulations to Dan for his consistent play over the year.
Jeremy Clark defeated Brian LaCour 3&2 to win the 2009 HAGA Match Play event.
The Houston Chronicle covered our tournament at High Meadow Ranch on August 2nd and published a video interview with Mike Westrum and Jared Coyle. Congratulations to Mike and Jared for a job well done. Special thanks to Todd Hveem and Chris Elliott for the great coverage.
On July 29, the Houston Chronicle published an article about the Houston Amateur Golf Association, "Competitive itch can be scratched" by Todd Hveem and on July 30th a video interview by Chris Elliott with Chip Block, Fred Lagrasta and Garry Brunson at the Memorial Park Golf Course. Thanks to Chip, Fred and Garry for taking time out of their busy schedules for the interview.
At our tournament at Cypresswood on July 19, HAGA raised almost $1,500 for the HGA Junior Golf program. It was our most successful fund raiser yet. The men of HAGA would like to thank 14 year-old HGA Junior Golf member Emily Gilbreth who stood in the sun for four hours to participate in a closest to the pin, 'Beat The Kid' contest. Her efforts alone raised $350. To the chagrin of some of our members the final score was Emily – 47, HAGA – 18. We will try and find a lesser skilled player next year to give all a better chance. Thanks for all of your contributions and a special thanks to Garry Brunson and Cliff Brooks for helping on the par 3 challenge and to Michael Sloan and Fred Lagrasta for donating $5 for each birdie.
Kevin Duke won the first Bobby Jones Award of 2009 at Walden on Lake Conroe on June 28 by firing a one-under 71. His net score was 65. Congratulations to Kevin for a great round of golf.
Pairings for the first round of the 2009 HAGA Match Play Tournament were drawn at the Board Meeting on March 10. The complete match play bracket and rules for match play are listed on the Match Play page.
David Phillips won the 2009 Winter Tour Low Gross award, $150, with a best four round total of 316. Henry Luna won the Low Net award, $300, with a best four round total of 281. Jon Holliday and Rick McKinney tied for second, $150, with totals of 286.
Players may now participate in an optional Hole-In-One pool for $5.00. Money will remain in the pool until someone scores a hole-in-one. There will be a sign-up list at each tournament. Players currently on the list and the size of the pool can be viewed at Hole-In-One Pool.
Henry Luna defeated Ron Marshall in a playoff to win the 2008 HAGA Club Championship low net award with a four round total of 279. Rich Vigil won the low gross award with a four round total of 296. Rich also won the 2008 Player of the Year award.
Aaron Brougher defeated Kevin Duke 3&2 in the 2008 HAGA Match Play final held at the Golf Club at Cinco Ranch on September 3. Chip Block and Tom Lemmon finished tied for third.
Rusty Stark won the 2008 Summer Tour Low Gross award and tied for first Low Net with Rick McKinney. Sandip Patel placed third in the Low Net category.
At our Board Meeting on August 12, 2008, the Board voted on and passed a change to the process in which new HAGA members (aka – Special Flight players) can obtain their required 5 rounds with the organization, and thus their handicap.
At our Board Meeting on May 13th, the board discussed and approved balls labeled as "Practice" as conforming and permissible for use in HAGA events.
Clay Garner has won two consecutive Bobby Jones Awards. The first occurred at the HAGA Memorial Tournament on May 3rd and 4th where he shot a two-day gross total 145 and net 133. The second occurred at The Village Golf Club on May 18th where he shot a one-under par 71 and net 64. These outstanding performances vaulted him into the lead for Player of the Year.
The 2008 Winter Tour ended in a tie for Low Gross with Greg Gerson and Jason Miller at 299. The Rules Committee and the two tied players will convene to discuss the best manner to determine a winner of the Low Gross category of the Winter Tour. Troy England finished first in the Low Net category at 279, Kevin Duke second at 282. Ron Marshall and David Salvati tied for third at 284. Congratulations to all the winners of the 2008 HAGA Winter Tour.
Beginning on March 1st, 2008, The Sienna Plantation Golf Club in Missouri City has graciously agreed to provide the HAGA with a course to call our own. The club will proudly display our trophy case in their clubhouse and provide all HAGA members with same discounted greens fee rates they provide the residents of the Sienna Plantation subdivisions. This discount is $10.00 off their standard rates, anytime. You will be required to show your HAGA Handicap Card (GHIN Card) in order to receive the discount. Sienna Plantation will also have an up-to-date roster of all HAGA members in case you forget your card. Secondly, HAGA members will be permitted to make tee times at Sienna Plantation one week in advance of your intended play date. (Normal policy is 3 days in advance). In return, the HAGA will annually play one regular tournament event and 2 of the 4 rounds of our Club Championship at Sienna Plantation beginning in 2009. Sienna Plantation will present an excellent test for part of the Club Championship as the last 5 holes deliver many "make or break" opportunities for the leaders and those trying to catch them.
On Tuesday, January 8th, 2008, the HAGA Board discussed and agreed upon two important changes to the organization.
- Changing the name of the Masters Tournament to The Memorial Tournament. Each year, the event will now be played in honor a HAGA member - past or present, living or deceased – who has meant a lot to the organization. This change will take affect beginning with this year's tournament in San Antonio on May 3rd & 4th. If you have a suggestion for an honoree for this year's tournament, please pass your suggestion on to the Tournament Director or any other member of the Board for consideration.
- Allowing the use of rangefinders (laser or GPS) within our events. Improper Use of Range Finders – In accordance with USGA Rules of Golf, the Note under Rule 14-3 for all HAGA Championships and tournaments is in effect. Therefore, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.) the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional information function is actually used.
Rich Vigil won the first Bobby Jones Award of 2008 on January 6th at Clear Creek with a one-under par 71 gross and a net 65.
The Rules of Golf have changed for 2008.
"Marlon Chapman, 14, has been selected to represent The First Tee of Houston/Redstone Chapter at the 2008 The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy on July 8-15 at Kansas State, home of the Earl Woods Youth Academy." You can read the complete story in the Houston Chronicle, June 11,2008. In April, 2007, HAGA bought Marlon a new set of Cobra irons and a bag. Congratulations, Marlon!
The First Tee and HAGA
The Houston Amateur Golf Association is an active participant in The First Tee Houston/Redstone. The First Tee of Houston/Redstone is dedicated to impacting the lives of young people in the greater Houston area by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character-development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. The First Tee Houston/Redstone provided services to 640 kids in 2006, has provided services to over 3,200 kids since 2004, and to date has had an impact on the lives of over 30,000 kids through the National School Program. More information can be obtained at www.thefirstteehoustonredstone.org.
At its April 2006 meeting the HAGA Board approved a donation to purchase a brick for the walkway of the Dick Harmon Learning Center which also serves as the Media Center during the Shell Houston Open. More recently HAGA also purchased a set of Cobra irons and a bag for The First Tee member Marlon Chapman. Marlon received his clubs from four HAGA members at a lunch at Redstone on April 13, 2007 (pictured l to right are Garry Brunson, Jaime Diaz Granados, Marlon, Jon Norman, and David Salvati). Marlon, who is 12 years old, has been a member of The First Tee Houston/Redstone since 2005 and is the first member of The First Tee Houston/Redstone to become Birdie Certified which qualifies him to play in the HGA Junior Golf Program. He possesses a passion for golf that is contagious and HAGA wishes him well as he begins playing tournament golf. More importantly, he embodies all of The First Tee Nine Core Values and continues to set himself apart as a leader of this chapter. Without question, young people like Marlon make The First Tee a special program.
Four HAGA members (Jon Norman, Michael Sloan, Chip Block, and Garry Brunson) are active volunteers at The First Tee Houston/Redstone. Recent events they have participated in were:
[:] The First Tee National School Program Champions Challenge Presented by Humana on March 24 where 116 fourth graders from 30 schools in the Aldine and Humble School Districts competed as teams in 11 events at The First Tee's three-hole course at Redstone.
[:] An event on November 7 at the Dick Harmon Learning Center at Redstone when the Nationwide Tour joined forces with The First Tee for a golf clinic. Among the events was a team competition consisting of a Nationwide player paired with a The First Tee member for a three-event skills challenge. After all three events, the teams were tied and four of The First Tee kids competed in a putting contest in front of 400 people to determine the winner.
2007 Bobby Jones Award Winners
Congratulations are in order to two of our members for winning the prestigious Bobby Jones Award from HAGA. Jon Norman posted a low gross of 70, net 65 at Evergreen Point in January and Rick Turner posted a low gross of 70, net 65 at River Ridge in February. For those members not familiar with the HAGA Bobby Jones Awards, they are given to any member who posts both the low gross and the low net scores (excluding ties) at any HAGA event with at least 40 members. Only one Bobby Jones award was handed out all last year in March of 2006 to Greg Gerson, and to have two already on the books so early in 2007 shows how competitive the golf at HAGA has become. With warmer weather now upon us all members should be encouraged to get out on the golf course more, visit their PGA Professional and practice, practice, practice; who knows, maybe a Bobby Jones Award might be in your future!
[:] Mike Westrum - February 2007, Hole 14 at Clear Creek. It was playing 177 and Mike used a 7 iron. His ace helped him shoot a 69 that day which was overall low gross and helped him win low net in the Championship Flight.
[:] Charles Garner - November 2006. The 16th hole at the Cypresswood Creek course is a 193 yard long, difficult par 3. It has water on the left and bunkers on the right. Charles and his son Clay were playing a practice round in preparation for our Club Championship when Charles made his ace. The not-so-funny part is that the next weekend during the Club Championship he put one in the water on this same hole.
2006 Year End Stuff
There were a lot of things happening at 2006 year's end and one of the most important orders of business was the sending out of well deserved congratulations to several players, namely; Mike Westrum and Chris Kamburis respectively, for winning the 2006 Club Championship low gross and low net. Also to Bill Taylor for his victory in the 2006 Player of the Year competition and who, as a result, was named HAGA's representative for the 2007 Shell Houston Open Pro-Am. Likewise to Tom Lemmon for winning the 2006 Match Play. Jobs well done guys. (Keep in mind that everyone will now be 'gunning' for you next year)! Finally a couple of very special congratulations are in order for the appointment of both Jaime DiazGranados and Martin Noyola as lifetime HAGA members. The group absolutely would not be the same without them and everyone appreciates the countless hours they have put into making the organization what it is today.
Elections for 2007 HAGA Officers and Board Members also concluded at the Club Championship and the results are now posted on the Officers and Board Members pages of the web site. Congratulations to all and we look forward to seeing them in action at the monthly board meetings which are held at Steak & Ale on the corner of Mangum and Highway 290 at 7:00 pm on the second Tuesday of each month.
2006 Summer Tour Concludes at Houston National
The HAGA Summer Tour finished up at Houston National. The low gross winner was Greg Gerson with a 297 who took home the top prize in that category of $150 in Edwin Watts store credit. The low net winners were David Stewart with 280, Tom Lemmon with 281 and Bryant Darnay with 282 who each took home prizes amounting to $300, $200 and $100 respectively in Edwin Watts store credit. Congratulations to these four men and all who participated. Full field results are here.2006 Match Play Finals Complete
The Final Round of the 2006 Match Play has now been completed, and everyone who participated had a great time and the competition was excellent. The final match between Eric Eisen and Tom Lemmon finished on Friday October 20th, with Tom finally taking the trophy 5 and 4. Congratulations to Tom for a great effort and making it through a lot of tough matches and opponents to win the event. Here are the current Match Play rules and thefinalt results for this year's event.HAGA and the Houston City Amateur Tournaments
Congratulations to Clay Garner and Rick Sanford for qualifying to play respectively in the Houston City Amateur Championship and the Houston City Senior Amateur Championship. Clay shot a 77 at Cypresswood on August 26th to make the field of 72 in the City Amateur, while Rick shot a 75 at Inwood Forest to qualify for the City Senior Amateur. Both of these championships will be held at Memorial Park, with the City Amateur taking place September 22nd-24th and the City Senior Amateur scheduled for October 7th-8th. A total of fifteen other HAGA members also teed it up in the qualifying rounds of the two tournaments. Jason Bell, Neil Biehn, Chip Block, Jack Collazo, Kevin Duke, Greg Gerson, Brian Lacour, Fred Lagrasta, Rick McKinney, Jon Norman, David Phillips, John Smith, and Mike Westrum were in the field for the Houston City Amateur; David Betz and Chip Block took part in the Houston City Senior Amateur. A tip of the cap to all of these men for their efforts in attempting to qualify. HAGA Supports Junior Golf
The 2nd Annual HAGA Charity golf tournament was held on June 25th at Wildcat Golf Club in Houston, supporting the Houston Golf Assocation's Junior Golf Program. We had a great turnout of 56 players with each donating $8 as part of their cost of the tournament. In addition to the standard $8 donation and the tournament cost, many players also contributed by entering the closest to the pin competition, with Wildcat generously donating 4 free rounds of golf as prizes on each of these holes. More contributions were made by players pledging money for Birdies for Charity, where a donation was made for each birdie made by players entered in the skins competition. Ray Haering, Cliff Brooks and Chip Block also each donated $1 per birdie while Richard Barnes and Neil Biehn donated $2 per birdie. Finally, Blake "hot pants" Hutchinson and Michael Sloan made separate donations of $25 and $100, respectively. A grand total of $1,015 was raised for HGA Junior Golf, qualifying HAGA as a Bronze sponsor of the program. Pictured here (l to r) are Bill Walker of the Houston Golf Association and Michael Sloan, Garry Brunson, Jon Norman, Neil Biehn, and Jaime Diazgranados of the Houston Amateur Golf Association. We would also like to thank Gurrola Reprographics for their donation of the enlargement of the check for the presentation. The HGA Junior Golf Program is dedicated to preserving the traditions and integrity of the game by fostering the growth and development of junior golfers through promoting sportsmanship, self-confidence, honesty, and perseverance. PGA Champions Tour and HAGA Volunteers
For the third straight year the Houston Amateur Golf Association marshalled the second hole at the Administaff SmallBusiness Classic at Augusta Pines. Members Mike Bunn, George Hartnett, Ray Haering, Garry Brunson and our 'Hole Captain' Skip Westfall manned the site with assistance from other volunteers. The Champions Tour event was held October 9-15, 2006 and was won by Jay Haas.2006 Shell Houston Open Pro-Am
Each year, the Houston Amateur Golf Association pays for a spot in one of the SHO Pro-Ams, and this year it was given to our 2005 Player of The Year, Greg Gerson. (See this section of the website for more details on Player of the Year). Click here to read an account of Greg's day at the April 17, 2006 event.
2006 Bobby Jones Award
Congratulations to Greg Gerson for winning a Bobby Jones Award at Greatwood on March 19. This award is given to a player who wins both low net and low gross at the same tournament. Greg did this with the low net of 67 and the low gross of 71.
Every golfer has dreamed of one but according to the United States Golf Registry, the odds of a hole in one are anywhere from 1 in 20,000 to 1 in 33,000. These are approximations based on estimated rounds played and estimated holes-in-one. HAGA has had five members recently experience this excitement. Congratulations to all five men.
- Kevin Duke - June 2006, Texaco Country Club, Hole 12. The hole was playing about 155 yards and Kevin hit a 9 iron which landed softly in front of the hole and bounced in. This was his second ace. The great thing about this one was that his Dad was there to witness it and his Dad had also made a hole-in-one on the same hole many years ago.
- Paul Webster - March 2006. Hole 12 at Greatwood in the HAGA tournament. On a very windy day, Paul hit a 3 iron to the 203 yard par 3 which in his words “bounced once and disappeared”.
- Fred LaGrasta - March 2006. Hole 10 of the Highlands course at Wildcat. He hit a 9 iron on the 120 yard par 3. Although he heard the ball hit the flagstick, the slope of the green prevented him from seeing the ball disappear into the cup.
- Jody Garrett - November 2005 at the HAGA Club Championship at Cypress Lakes. On Hole 17, a par 3 playing 152 yards, he hit a 7 iron which landed about 18” in front of the hole, wandered slightly, and disappeared from sight. This hole happened to be one of our closest-to-the-pin holes that day and a score of 1 also won a skin. The bar tab was around $115 which was offset substantially by the closest-to-the-pin and skin money. This was Jody’s second hole-in-one. See this for a more detailed account.
- Chip Block - October 2005. Hole 12 at Greatwood. The cart GPS said 183 and he hit a 3 iron. Chip was playing with his son Randy so he had someone special to share it with. This was Chip’s second ace.
Low Gross Greg Gerson 296 ($150)
Low Net 1st Blake “The Pants” Hutchinson 277 ($300)
Low Net 2nd Greg Gerson 283 ($200)
Low Net 3rd Cliff Brooks 285 ($100)
The Winter Tour consisted of the first six tournaments on the schedule. In addition to paying the regular prizes at each event, we paid low gross and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place low net based on the best four scores from these six tournaments. Anyone playing in more than four events was able to "throw out" their highest scores.
Thanks for all who participated and mark your calendars: the Summer Tour starts June 11th at Sienna Plantation.
The Mayor's Get Moving Houston group held a walking only golf tournament at Black Horse (North Course) on Monday, January 30. One of GMH’s goals is to keep moving Houston 'down the list' of America's fattest cities. We've moved from first to fifth and their goal is to get us out of the top 10.
It was a Shambles format which means all four players hit a tee shot, the best position was selected, and everyone played their own ball from there. The best 2 gross scores and the best 2 net scores from each hole were counted. The weather was a bit cool and fairly breezy; a fine day for walking. It was odd to look around that course and only see walkers. Not a single cart in sight.
The HAGA had 3 members participating – Jon Norman, Peter Brewer and Garry Brunson. Peter won both closest to the pin and long drive.
Buffalo Run GC vs. HAGA 'Ryder Cup' Format Matches - The HAGA and the Buffalo Run Golf Club played Ryder Cup style matches the weekend of January 14-15, 2006 at the Cypresswood Tradition course. The two-day event consisted of 2 two-man scrambles, 5 foursomes, 6 four-ball, and 10 singles matches.
The HAGA won 18 matches, halved 3 matches and lost 2 matches. The final score was 19 1/2 to 3 1/2. The weather was nice, Cypresswood gave us great service, and The Tradition was in fine shape.
Winners were the teams of Ray Haering/Michael Sloan, Bill Taylor/Rob Shaw, Charles and Clay Garner, Peter Brewer/George Hartnett, Blake Hutchinson/Kirk Girouard, Eric Eisen/Brian Lacour, Aaron Brougher/Matt Balfour, and Ting Song/Xingyuan Li (they were perfect ….winning 10 and 8!) and single winners David Phillips, Neil Biehn, Mike Bunn, Henry Luna, Jim Bell, Ryan Clarke, Buddy Grant, Paul Harris, Rick McKinney and Ray Haering. Matches were halved by the teams of Mike Westrum/Jody Garrett, Steve Hammett/Mike Johnson, and Cliff Brooks/Chris Kamburis (who, after being dormie after 16, won the last 2 holes for the halve).
The 2005 Club Championship results are online and the big winners are Jody Garrett (Low Net) and Randy Watkins (Low Gross). At the conclusion of the Club Championship, we elected new officers and board members.
Greg Gerson is the '04-'05 HAGA Player of the Year winner!! The final Player of the Year points standings are now online.
2005 Bobby Jones Awards
Congratulations go out to Clay Garner for winning a Bobby Jones Award at Southwyck on August 7th. Clay shot a 75 gross for a net 68.
Congratulations go out to Don Schmidt for winning a Bobby Jones Award at Red Wolf Run Golf Course. Don played a great round of golf, firing a 73 gross (63 net) leaving the field behind.
The 2005 Summer Tour finished on September 11th at Cypresswood. Congratulations to the following winners:
Low Gross: Ronnie Brechin 1st Place (294 total) $150
Low Net: Buddy Grant 1st Place (276 total) $300
George Hartnett 2nd Place (277 total) $200
Charles Garner 3rd Place (278 total) $100
The Tour consisted of a player’s best 4 scores from the 7 tournaments beginning with Magnolia Creek on June 12. This allowed each player to ‘throw out’ the worst scores if they played in 5 or more tournaments.
The HAGA donated $610 to the Houston Golf Association Junior Golf Program as a result of our Bear Creek Masters tournament on May 15. This donation came from a portion of the entry fees which was supplemented by a generous offer from Michael Sloan of $5 for each birdie up to 25 (there were 42 birdies in total) and by Buddy Grant and Ronnie Brechin donating their winnings from the skins game. The HGA Junior Golf Program seeks to instill personal integrity, honesty and self esteem through the game of golf and is open to boys and girls ages 12 through 18.