For more than 100 years, the Texas Golf Association has served as the host, promoter and supporter of amateur golf in Texas, but if current fundraising goes as planned they will achieve a first later this fall.
It will have a place to call its own and a headquarters for its multi-faceted work.
The TGA recently launched a fundraising drive to move its headquarters later this year, along with the First Tee of Greater Dallas, to a historic locale – The Honors Golf Club in Northwest Dallas.
A media preview and gala dinner reception kicked off the fundraising Friday, with plans for the First Tee to begin junior clinics at The Honors Club this summer.
“We are very excited about the prospects of using The Honors Golf Club as a home base for First Tee programming and the offices of the TGA,” said executive director Rob Addington. “The club has been a great supporter of amateur golf, hosting several TGA and USGA events over the past several years and with the renovation of the clubhouse it provides a wonderful venue for us to promote the game and our initiatives.”
Aside from the huge 60,000-square foot clubhouse, which would offer plenty of room for TGA operations that currently are located in rented office space in downtown Dallas, The Honors Club has a rich history.
It was opened in the 1950s as Columbian Country Club, a private, all-Jewish club, which partially was built by a young Lee Trevino and others and was where Trevino spent time honing his game. It’s a place where Trevino now has a membership.
After a recent membership business model changeover, the member-owned club is beginning to attract some of the top players in Dallas to its still-stellar 18-hole layout, originally designed by Ralph Plummer and renovated by D.A. Weibring in 1999.
“It’s a place with a lot of history and an outstanding golf course,” Addington said. “It’s a place we could hold the State Amateur there tomorrow, it’s that good.”
With a successful campaign and its determination to continue its significant role to help support amateur golf in the state, this fall the Texas Golf Association hopes finally to have a home of its own.
Longtime Texas golf teacher Hank Haney has taught thousands of students, amateurs and professionals in his career and written dozens of books, but it’s unlikely he ever taught one or wrote about one like longtime student Tiger Woods.
Haney, the former head golf coach at SMU and Director of Instruction at Stonebridge GC in McKinney, taught Woods, the former World No. 1 player for six years.
Haney still owns a string of golf ranges in the Dallas area where he and his staff still conduct a full range of school activities at The Lakes of Castle Hills.
The book about Woods, titled The Big Miss, was released nationally Monday, and deals with the six years Haney spent with Woods when he won nearly 50 percent of all tournaments entered and six majors.
But the major criticism Haney has taken is that he broke “the code” between a student and golf teacher.
“I didn’t violate any confidentiality because I didn’t even have a contract with Tiger,” Haney said. “Those are my memories as well. I had a front-row seat of coaching the greatest player ever and I wanted to write what I saw.”
While excerpts were leaked early, the vast majority of the longtime Texan’s book deals with Haney and Woods working together to make him the dominant player in this generation.
Haney said with the book now in general release, golfers can judge for themselves if their home-state teacher, who has worked with so many, broke any teacher-student code or if there is even a code to break.
Former PGA and Champions Tour golfer Rives McBee hosted the third Regional 4 Golf Collectors Society Hickory Tournament this week at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, with the turnout showcasing one of its most successful events ever.
A total of 43 golfers, including 14 from Canada, took part in the two-day competition, which included both gross and net medal play.
All players used hickory clubs, some of the pre-1930s variety, to make their way around the 18-hole layout that hosted the 1969 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and several Byron Nelson PGA Tour qualifiers.
Many golfers in the field wore colorful knickers, common when hickory, not steel or graphite, were all the rage with the best players of the day.
“It’s just a fun event to celebrate the history of the game,” said McBee, who played on the PGA and Senior Tours, capturing titles on each. “We started this in Austin and felt I could bring it to Dallas, it’s a great and fun event.”