State’s Top Amateurs Converge for Texas Shootout
The 2015 victorious North team <br>(TXGA Photo)
The 2015 victorious North team
(TXGA Photo)

HOUSTON, TX (October 29, 2016) -- The Cypress Creek Couse at Champions Golf Club will host the 2016 Texas Shootout from Oct. 29-30.

The season-ending Texas Shootout is by invitation- only and features the top 12 players (eight mid- amateurs and four seniors) from North Texas squaring off against their counterparts from South Texas in a Ryder Cup-style competition.

Players earn their way onto their respective teams by accumulating points throughout the year in designated TGA regional and statewide tournaments, as well as USGA national championships. North and South regions are defined as either being above or below the 31’ parallel, located in Salado.

Of the eight mid-amateurs selected from each region, four come from the TGA Statewide Player of the Year point standings and four from the Regional Player of the Year point standings. The top four North and South senior players are chosen based on the Statewide Senior Player of the Year point standings.

The format for the Shootout includes foursome, four-ball and singles matches. A total of 24 matches will be played over the two days. Each match is worth three points – one point each for front nine, back nine and 18 – making for 72 available points. The first team to accumulate 36½ points is the winner.

Designed by Ralph Plummer, the Cypress Creek Course opened for play in 1959. With more than 70,000 trees, wide fairways and enormous greens, it remains one of America's premier tournament sites. Among the many elite championships that have been contested on Cypress Creek over the years include the 1967 Ryder Cup, 1969 U.S. Open, 1993 U.S. Amateur and 1998 U.S. Women’s Amateur, and five PGA Tour Championships.

Skippered by playing captain Mike Peck of Irving, the North team bested the South team, 38-34, at the 2015 Texas Shootout at Dallas National Golf Club. The South leads the overall series 7-6.


North Team: Zach Atkinson, CJ Brock, Rob Couture, *Dave Davis, Gary Ezmerlian, Brad Gibson, *John Grace, Aaron Hickman, *Mike Peck (Playing Captain), Rick Sulzer, Chris Wheeler, and *Wayne Wright.

South Team: *Bobby Baugh, *Mike Booker (Playing Captain), Nicholas Cristea, Patrick Datz, John Dowdall, *Gary Durbin, Robert Evans, John Hunter, *John Pierce, Jay Reynolds, Danny Simmerman, and Seth Stuart.

*Indicates senior player representative

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, October 29
8:00 - 8:50 a.m. - Foursome Matches
12:30 - 1:20 p.m. - Four-Ball Matches

Sunday, October 30 8:00 - 9:28 a.m. - Singles Matches; Awards Presentation following conclusion of play.

ABOUT THE Texas Shootout

This Ryder Cup-style team event is the final tournament of the Texas Golf Association competitive amateur golf season. Each team consists of 8 players who qualify for their respective teams via TGA State and Regional Player of the Year points accumulated throughout the TGA season.

Eligibility: The field will be made up of 16 competitors, 8 players from each region (North / South). Of the 8 players chosen from each region, 5 players will be selected from the TGA Statewide Player of the Year point standings, and 3 players will be selected from the TGA Regional Player of the Year point standings. All statewide players will have up to the completion of the current year USGA Mid Amateur Championship to earn points toward the event. All Regional players will have up to the completion of the Regional Mid Amateur Championship to earn points towards the event. If a player qualifies by both criteria, he will be selected based on the higher rank. The next highest ranked player from within the Regional or Statewide points will be added to ensure 5 players from the statewide rankings and three players from the Regional rankings will be chosen.

Format: Ryder Cup format: Four-ball Matches, Foursome (Alternate shot) Matches, and Singles Matches. 3 point system, 1 point for the winner of each nine holes, and 1 point for the overall match winner

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