Where to play in the Dallas-Forth Worth area

By Mike BaileyMay 17, 2011, 11:17 pm

Nicknamed Hogan's Alley, Colonial Country Club in Ft. Worth has always been one of the players' favorite stops on the PGA Tour. And although the average golfer doesn't have access to the site of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, there are some pretty fair options in the area that are easily accessible to the daily fee golfer throughout the year.

In fact, the nearby municipals are particularly strong, and they’re not far away from Colonial Country Club. In Euless, for example, you can play Texas Star, and if you didn't know it was a muni, you would never guess.

The same can be said for Grapevine Golf Course, which is one just eight golf courses in America that can claim Byron Nelson as its designer.

Located right next to Ft. Worth, Nelson's design was renovated in the late 1990s by D.A. Weibring, who not only enhanced his longtime friend's original 18 holes, but added another nine himself to bring the rolling parkland track to 27 holes. The new addition almost has a links-type feel to it, while Grapevine's original 18 has plenty of rolling fairways, mature oaks, streams and ponds. With excellent conditioning and customer service, golfers definitely don't feel like they are playing a muni, except when they pay their green fees.

Much of the same can be said for Arlington's municipal offering, Tierra Verde Golf Club. Since it's on the other side of Arlington, it's a little bit of a drive from Ft. Worth, but well worth it. This Audubon Sanctuary course, which opened in 1998, was designed by Gary Panks and David Graham. And while this wooded, wetlands setting won't disappoint, you might even be more impressed with the clubhouse grub, which is some of the best in Texas. The menu includes such items as gourmet tapas, stuffed peppers and chicken empanadas.

Some other venues worth considering are Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, a fun Jeff Brauer design with an over-the-top Dallas Cowboys theme; the 36 holes of Bear Creek Golf Club near the DFW International Airport; Tour 18 in Flower Mound, which, like its Houston predecessor features tributes to America's greatest holes such as Augusta National's Amen Corner; The Tribute Golf Club in The Colony, which pays homage to the great Scottish courses of the British Open; and Waterchase Golf Club in Ft. Worth, a 7,300-yard Steven Plumer design that once hosted the Texas Open. Waterchase has plenty of trees, hills, water and excellent conditions.

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McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.



Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."

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Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.