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Monday, February 10, 2020

Golf Course Review: Brackenridge Park GC

I recently played Brackenridge Park in San Antonio, TX, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  There is so much golf history here.  The course was designed by famous architect, A.W. Tillinghast and opened in 1916.  It is one of the oldest courses in Texas.

The Texas Open was played here from 1922-1959 and is the third oldest event on the PGA TOUR.  Typical of the older style courses, it is not long, but the fairways are narrow bordered by beautiful oak and pecan trees.

 Also, you will find six greens are rectangular in shape which is another trait found on courses of this era.

The course was in excellent condition and the greens rolled fast and true.  The fairways and tees were all overseeded which made for a green golf course in January.

The Texas Golf Hall of Fame is now located in the club house so be sure you take a stroll through the building to view the artifacts.

If in San Antonio, this is a must play!  Soak up some history and enjoy this gem of a course.

Golf Course Review: Blue Lake Golf Club

Although I have played this jewel many times, I always forget how much fun it is!  Blue Lake Golf Club is a nine hole golf course located near Horseshoe Bay, TX.  It has been ranked by the Dallas Morning News as one of the Top 10 Nine Hole Golf Courses in Texas.  It is a beautiful course with great views of the hill country and Lake LBJ.

It was designed by golf course architect, Joe Finger, and opened in 1962.  There are five, par 3's, three, par 4's and one par 5.  My favorite holes are the par 3, 6th, 7th and 8th holes all fairly long and playing downhill.

Wildlife is abundant here, just watch where you step.

It's an easy one hour drive from Austin and it is worth the trip.  I would recommend coming in the spring when the bluebonnets are in full bloom.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Proud of my Collegiate Golfers!

It's always fun to see my junior golfers I work with grow up and graduate to college golf.  It's a bigger stage for them and they not only deal with that, but also the demands of school work.  It's a balance and I am proud of them for just getting out there and competing whether they win or lose.

But, I am extremely proud when they do well!!

This is my team of golfers I worked with during their high school years and have now moved on to play golf at the collegiate level.

Sarah Rovenstine-Vandergrift High School (All District and had Top 10 finishes each year in HS)
Attended Southern Nazarene University   Graduated 2018

Abby Cloud-Dripping Springs High School
Attending Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX

Michael Gonzales-Lockhart High School (4 year Letterman)
Attending LeTourneau University, Longview, TX

Arturo Hernandez-Cedar Creek High School (3 Time All District First Team, Voted Team MVP)
Attending Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Competed in seven events and has four top 5 finishes with a low score of 71.

Chandler Roberts, Hays Consolidated High School
Attending Fort Hays State after two years at Hesston College, both in KS

Matt Shuler-Eagle Pass High School
Attending Westmont University, Santa Barbara, CA

Zach Slayton, Home School (won numerous events of note during his high school career)
Attending Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO

Competed in five events this year and has a scoring average of 73.8 and a tournament low round of 67.

Congratulations to all of these collegiate golfers as they progress with their game.  They all have wonderful work ethics and I know they will all be successful in whatever career path they choose!