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Who's The Best Golfer in Austin?
20 Apr 2006
see also: Austin Open, Grey Rock Golf Club

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AUSTIN, TX (April 20, 2006)--Who is the best golfer in Austin? The Austin Open aims to find out this weekend, as a field of 99 professionals and amateurs tee it up at The Golf Club at Circle C. The format is for 36 holes of individual stroke play.

The true "open" nature of the tournament is reflected in the diversity of the field, as club and touring professionals will compete with amateurs ranging from school-aged to mid-amateur to senior.

In addition to identifying Austin's best player (at least for one weekend in April), tournament organizers aim to create an atmosphere that personifies the golf culture of Austin.

"The mission of the Austin Open is to promote the tradition and culture of golf in Austin, Texas", says Chip Gist, General Manager and Director of Golf at The Golf Club at Circle C. "We want a strong field, but we also want a great golf experience for the contestants."

This year marks the second playing of the tournament. The inaugural event in 2005 exceeded expectations in nearly every way, as the field filled quickly and included many of Austin's best players. The tournament was won by Jay Reynolds, an amateur who has since turned professional.

"We're proud to have Jay Reynolds as our first champion", says Gist, "I'm equally thrilled with the quality experience that the players had at the facility." Contestants experienced "Tour" quality amenities such as USGA rules officials, professional scoreboards and leaderboards, excellent course conditions and a rapid pace of play.

Expect another well-run event and a tight finish at the 2006 Austin Open at The Golf Club at Circle C. The first round of the tournament starts Saturday morning at 8:00. Click here for a list of players and first round starting times (PDF format).

The Austin Open is an amateurgolf.com Texas Amateur Rankings Points Event.

About The Golf Club at Circle C
The Golf Club at Circle C was designed by Jay Morrish and opened in 1992. The course has a relaxed atmoshphere and a definite Texas Hill Country feel. Reachable par 5's, cuttable doglegs, and two potentially driveable par-4's offer the chance to play aggressively and post a low score, but there are plenty of trees and hazards to punish reckless play. In addition to hosting the Austin Open, the course has hosted the Canadian Tour, the Texas Women's Amateur, U.S. Open Qualifying.
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