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Women’s Four-Ball Set for July 31 – Aug. 1 

FAIR OAKS RANCH – The 2023 Women’s Four-Ball will be played July 31 – Aug. 1 at Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club’s Blackjack Course just outside of Boerne.  

“The TGA is very excited to go to Fair Oaks Ranch,” TGA Director of Women’s Operations Amy Worthington said. “Since the event first started in 2007, the field has continued to get stronger and stronger and showcase some of the most talented players in the state. It’s always fun to watch the comradery between the partners at this event.” 

The rolling terrain, oak trees, wildlife and wildflowers of Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club exemplify nature’s best work, enhanced by the truly exquisite golf environment at our Club. The Club opened its doors in 1978, using the original 14,000-square-foot ranch home of Ralph E. Fair Sr., an internationally known oilman and rancher, as the center of the Club. The club, built in the 1930s, is constructed with native Texas Hill Country river rock. Fair Oaks features town 18-hole championship style golf courses in Live Oak and Blackjack. For this championship, the field will be playing the Blackjack course. 

 Designed by golf legend Gary Player, the Blackjack Course at Fair Oaks is an 18-hole championship golf course. It starts within the community before opening up to a 9-hole stretch through the former hay field of the ranch. Holes 6 through 14 provide players a quiet reprieve from the noise of the surrounding area. The wind on this stretch of holes can provide a stiff challenge for golfers of all skill levels. 

Scheduled for 36 holes of four-ball stroke play, the Women’s Four-Ball will feature two sets of tees for the fifth consecutive year. The TGA wants to encourage women’s participation at every stage, from juniors to collegiate players to senior amateurs of all skill levels. The 10 teams with the lowest combined WHS handicap indexes will be required to play in the Championship Flight. All other teams have the choice to select which flight they would prefer to compete in. 

“The separate tees allow for a better playing experience for all of our players and makes this championship even more competitive,” Worthington said. 

The first Women’s Four-Ball was held in 2007 at Redstone Golf Club. Now in its 17th playing, the Women’s Four-Ball continues to attract some of the state’s most elite female amateur golfers. 

Last year, Jacqueline Nguyen and Elise Parel won at Riverbend Country Club at 16-under 128 total. They beat the field by an impressive eight strokes.  

For more information about the Women’s Four-Ball, click here.