North Texas Tees Off for Golf Season
Grab your sunglasses and country club best, because it’s golf tournament season in North Texas. With more than 200 public and private golf courses, our region’s love for golf is Hole-in-1 status. And, the international golfing community has noticed. The Professional Golfers Association, the Ladies’ Professional Golfers Association and other major players have all staked their claim in North Texas with various tournaments including a U.S. Open and two PGA Championships.
Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout
April 30 – May 3 at Las Colinas Country Club As a part of the LPGA Tour
The LPGA’s top four player in the world have traveled to the Lone Star State to shoot it out on the green. Stacy Lewis (U.S.A.), Hyo Joo Kim (South Korea), Lydia Ko (Australia) and Inbee Park (South Korea) along with 133 other golfers took to the course yesterday teed off this morning for the second round. Last year, Lewis’s 6-stroke victory over Meena Lee was her ninth win on the LPGA Tour. She also shattered Park’s winning record from 2013.
The course at Las Colinas Country Club was designed by Joe Finger in 1963. The 2013 tournament was the first time the LPGA Tour has played in the North Texas region in over 20 years. For more details on this weekend’s event, CLICK HERE.
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
May 21 – 24 at the Colonial Country Club As part of the PGA Tour
The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial is one of only five tournaments given “invitational” status by the PGA Tour, and consequently it has a reduced field of approximately 125 players as opposed to most full-field open tournaments with a field of 156 players. Beginning in 1946 as the Colonial National Invitation, the tournament keeps tradition by bestowing the annual winner with an official Scottish tartan plaid jacket. Australia’s Adam Scott ended up taking the win last year over America’s Jason Dufner is a very close game.
For 69 years, this tournament has been held at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. The current course was designed by Jerry Pate, former U.S. Open Champion and renowned golf course architect. For more details on the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, CLICK HERE.
AT&T Byron Nelson Championship
May 28 – 31 at the Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas As a part of the PGA Tour
Now the ninth longest-running active tournament on the PGA schedule, The AT&T Byron Nelson has become the Kentucky Derby of North Texas. This highly anticipated and competitive tournament has roots that trace back all the way to 1944. Originally the Dallas Open then the Dallas Invitational, it officially became the Byron Nelson Golf Classic in 1968. Last year’s winner, Brendon Todd took home the trophy at 14 under par. However, the record is still held by Sam Snead who hit a startling 20 under par in 1957.
The Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas became home to the golf classic in 1983. The global telecommunications powerhouse, AT&T took over as the presenting sponsor for the first time this year, a title previously held by Hewlett-Packard (HP). For details on the AT&T Byron Nelson, CLICK HERE.