Amarillo Country Club hosting 2018 West Texas Open
AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) —
The 2018 West Texas Amateur will be played at Amarillo Country Club on July 20 through July 22.
This will be the second West Texas Amateur contested at Amarillo Country Club in recent years. In 2010, the last time the event was held at Amarillo CC, host club member Luke Kane won the title.
A long-time supporter of amateur golf, Amarillo Country Club has hosted numerous Texas Amateur, Texas Mid-Amateur and USGA qualifiers, as well as the 2016 TGA Women's Senior Stroke Play Championship.
Amarillo Country Club opened for play in 1919 with an original design by William McConnell. The course has since undergone several renovations over time, with the latest taking place in 2011.
Overseen by Weibring-Wolfard Golf Design, the multi-million dollar project took 18 months to complete and reopened in the summer of 2013. With six completely new holes, three on each front (Nos. 4,5,6) and back nine (Nos. 10,11,12), more teeing options on each hole and improved turf conditioning, the Texas Panhandle course is now one of the most popular in the area.
Scheduled for 54 holes of individual stroke play, the West Texas Amateur features three divisions: Open, Senior (55 and older) and Super Senior (65 and older). The starting field limit is 144 players with 84 spots allotted to the Open Division, 42 to the Senior Division and 18 for the Super Seniors.
At the 2017 Championship, played at the Lubbock Country Club, host club member David Bolen carded rounds of 70-62-68 to win the Open Division. John Pierce, of San Antonio, came back from three strokes on the last day to win the Senior Division and another Lubbock CC member, Patrick Pritchett, carded a 1-under-par 71 in the final round to win the Super Senior title by six strokes.
Founded in 1925, this year marks the 90th playing of the West Texas Amateur, making it one of the oldest amateur competitions in Texas. Live scoring updates and daily recaps will be available at txga.org once the action gets under way.
For additional information about the West Texas Amateur or any competition conducted by the TGA, call the office at (214) 468-8942.