A total of 144 players will take on Kingwood Country Clubs 7,058-yard, par-72 Forest Course in the first official event of the 2002 Canadian Tour season. Players will compete for $150,000 in prize money.
The Golf Channel will showcase live four-round coverage of the Texas Classic from Thursday through Sunday beginning at 1 pm ET each day. Also to be broadcast on The Golf Channel are five additional events this spring - next weeks Texas Challenge in Austin, as well as two events each in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Included in the starting field is 2001 Order of Merit (money title) winner Aaron Barber, who used wins at last years Barefoot Classic and TELUS Edmonton Open en route to the money crown. Jason Bohn, coming off a 13-under 58 at last years season-ending Bayer Championship, is also scheduled to compete, as is Brian Kontak, who fired a 58 of his own on a mini-tour earlier this season. Of the top nine finishers on the 2001 Order of Merit, seven will tee it up in Texas Thursday - Barber, Bohn, Jace Bugg, Mark Slawter, Steve Scott, Dave Christensen and Canadian Craig Matthew.
New faces making their Canadian Tour debut include former U.S. Amateur champions Hank Kuehne (1998) and Jeff Quinney (2000), who earned exempt cards for the 02 Tour season at last months Winter Qualifying School near Orlando. James Driscoll, the runner-up to Quinney in that U.S. Amateur final two years ago, and Winter Q-School medallist Chris Wollmann, a member on the Buy.com Tour a year ago, will also play their initial Tour event. Receiving an exemption into the Texas Classic is reigning U.S. Amateur Champion Bubba Dickerson.