Three teams tied for the lead at the Texas State Club Team Championship
Cedar Park, TX – (March 31, 2012) -- A warm spring day in the Hill Country produced a three way tie after round one of the Club Team Championship. Twin Creeks Country Club, hosting its first Texas Golf Association state championship, is proving to be a challenge for the players. There were no under par rounds recorded, but a crowded leader board should provide an exiting final round on Sunday.

The team from Ridgewood Country Club in Waco opened with a team total of 150 to tie for the lead. Colby Harwell fired an opening round 74 and John Derrick shot 76 to count for the team. Memorial Park Golf Course from Houston also shot a team total of 150 on day one. David Leiss fired 74 while Randy Lance contributed 76 to the team score. The Club at Comanche Trace from Kerrville also enters the final round tied for the lead. Trevor Hyde’s opening round 74 combined with a 76 from Wick Comegys to total 150. Lewis Stephenson (Walnut Creek CC), and Michael Parker (Northgate CC) are tied for individual medalist honors after opening rounds of even par 72.

The course provides dramatic Hill Country views thanks to low-lying ravines and rocky outcroppings. Designer Lee Schmidt says, "Playing this course will be what it would feel like if you just happened upon a golf course carved out of nature." Two creeks wind throughout the course to add to the challenge and provide natural water elements. The par 72 layout can be stretched to over 7,000 yards from the back tees.

The Club Team Championship is open to all member clubs of the Texas Golf Association. Clubs are responsible for selecting the three-man teams by any means they wish, but each team member must meet the following eligibility requirements: Be a male amateur member in good standing of the club listed on the entry form; be at least 25 years of age by March 31, 2012; have a current USGA handicap of 8.4 or less issued from the member club listed on the entry form; and a current resident of Texas. Format for the Club Team consists of all three team members playing two rounds of individual stroke play, with the two lowest scores counting towards their daily total. In addition to state bragging rights, teams will be vying for the Rotan Cup, which is presented to the champions for display at their home club. The elegant silver trophy was produced by Tiffany & Co. of New York and is named in honor of George V. Rotan, a five-time winner of the Texas Amateur and a member of the 1923 Walker Cup Team.

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UPDATE: In 2005, after an 8-year hiatus, the Texas Golf Association brought back the State Club Team Championship as a way for member clubs to get together and enjoy the spirit of camaraderie and competition.

However, the championship failed to attract much interest among member clubs and players over the ensuing years, despite continued enhancements to the event.

The TGA has surveyed many players to get their opinion and assessment for the low participation rate and have found that there are multiple areas of concerns: number of players per team, championship format, date, and host site.

After an internal review, the TGA has elected to suspend the State Club Team Championship in 2013, allowing time to discuss possible solutions and recommendations for its future.

Eligibility: Clubs / Courses that are members of the Texas Golf Association in good standing may enter (1) one team per facility. If by the priority date, the field is not full, clubs with more than one distinct 18 hole course, may enter (1) additional team per 18 hole course. Club / Course is responsible for selecting a three (3) player team to represent them. Each member of the team must be a male amateur golfer who is 25 years old by the first round of the championship. Have a handicap of 8.4 or less and be a permanent resident of Texas. Semi-private, resort, and public courses may only enter players that maintain a USGA Handicap at that facility. Please reference “TGA State Championship Eligibility” on www.txga.org for further eligibility details.

Format: 36 hole competition using USGA State Team Championship format. Each player will post an 18 hole score, and the team score for each round will be the two (2) lowest scores of the three players.

Field limit: 30 teams

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