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25th Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play Set for July 27-30

Cross Timbers Golf Course in Azle will be the host site for the 25th Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play from July 27-30. This will be the first TGA championship to be held at Cross Timbers.

“We are thrilled to have Cross Timbers Golf Course as a new championship partner,” said Chris Untiedt, TGA Senior Tournament Director. “It is always exciting when we have the opportunity to conduct an event at a spectacular facility for the first time and we are certain it will be a great experience for the players.”

Opened in 1995, Cross Timbers Golf Course was designed by Texas-based architect Jeffery Brauer. Routed through a secluded woodland area near Ash Creek, the strategic 6,734-yard, par-72 layout features significant elevation changes, tree-lined fairways, natural hazards, and well-protected, contoured greens.

“Cross Timbers has a wonderful variety of holes that present a challenge to a player’s entire game,” Untiedt said. “There are numerous risk-reward options throughout the round where momentum swings can happen quickly, which makes the course a very compelling venue for the Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play.”

The 25th edition of the championship begins with a 90-player starting field playing 18 holes of stroke play qualifying on Thursday, July 27, with the lowest 32 scorers advancing to the match play stage of the championship. First- and second-round matches will be played Friday, July 28; quarterfinals and semifinals on Saturday, July 29; and the final on Sunday, July 30. All matches are 18 holes.

Starting times for the stroke play qualifying round will be posted on the TGA website no later than July 24. Live scoring updates and daily recaps will also be available online once the action gets underway from Cross Timbers Golf Course.

At last year’s Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play held at Denton Country Club, Jason Schultz of Allen rallied from an early 2-hole deficit to defeat Rob Couture of Celina, 3 and 1, in the championship final. It was the second TGA title of the season for Schultz, who earlier in the year won the North Mid-Amateur at Paris Golf & Country Club.

First held in 1999, the Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play is the only individual event on the TGA annual schedule to feature head-to-head competition. Notable past winners include Texas Golf Hall of Famers Chip Stewart (2001) and Mike Booker (2013) and two-time champion Colby Harwell (2017, ’19).