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TGA Regional Senior Amateurs Set for March 30-April 6

The Texas Golf Association’s 2022 Regional Championship Series continues with the back-to-back playing of the North and South Senior Amateurs.

First up is the South Senior Amateur to be held March 30-31 at Beaumont Country Club. The North Senior Amateur will be contested April 5-6 at The Golf Club of Dallas.

Beaumont Country Club was established in 1906 and is one of the five founding member clubs of the TGA. The course was originally designed by Alex Findlay and opened for play the following year. Baxter Spann supervised a $2 million dollar renovation of the course in 2004. The Golf Club of Dallas opened for play in 1953 and was designed by the father-son team of Perry and Press Maxwell. The course was renovated in 2002 by past Masters champion Charles Coody.

First played in 2003, the Regional Senior Amateurs feature two age divisions: 55 and older (Senior) and 65 and older (Super Senior). Entries are open to male amateur golfers who meet the age requirements by the first round of tournament play, belong to a TGA Member Club, have a World Handicap System Index of 8.4 or less (10.0 or less for Super Senior), and reside in the region relative to their respective championship. The TGA uses the 31st parallel in Salado as the delineation between the North and South regions.

The format for both events is 36 holes of individual stroke play. Each age division competes from different tees and yardages, with a separate champion recognized. Players who are 65 and older can opt to compete in the Senior Division at the time an entry form is submitted. The top 15 finishers and ties in the Senior Division, regardless of age, will earn exemptions into this year’s Texas Senior Amateur.

Live scoring updates, daily recaps, as well as tee-times and pairings, will be available on the website once the action gets underway from Beaumont Country Club and The Golf Club of Dallas.

At the 2021 championships, Dave Davis of Saginaw secured his third North Senior Amateur title with a victory on the second playoff hole over John Derrick of Waco. The two finished regulation play tied at 2-under-par 142 at Wildhorse Golf Club in Denton. Gary Kirwan of McKinney also won the Super Senior Division for a third time by besting two-time overall champion John Grace of Fort Worth in a three-hole playoff. Both players finished 36 holes at 147 (+3). David Ortego of Spring carded rounds of 67-70 (-7) to capture the South Senior Amateur at Kissing Tree Golf Club in San Marcos. Ortego also won the event in 2015. Mike Vacek of Weimar finished at 146 (+2) to win the Super Senior Division.