Old American to host Texas Women's Open

June, 17, 2013
The Texas Women's Open will tee off along the shores of Lake Lewisville as the 36-hole stroke play event takes place at Old American Golf Club beginning Wednesday.

"With its design variety, Tour-level conditioning and variable wind conditions, Old American is ideally suited for high-caliber championship play,” NTPGA executive director Mark Harrison said in a statement. “We are excited about the test of golf it presents our players."

Jody Fleming of Melbourne, Australia, ran away with the 2012 event at The Lakes of Castle Hills with a 13-under par total, winning by five strokes.

Local Aussies giving back to community

August, 31, 2011
Mark Harrison and eight other North Texas area Australian golf professionals managed to get in 126 holes of golf from dawn until past dusk on Monday in the 8th annual Birdies For Kids fundraiser.

The event raises money for local charities and the nine local golfers look at it as a way to give back to the area.

“We’re all not from here, but feel very, very fortunate to have an opportunity to work and live in this community and felt as a group we could do something to connect and give back,” said Harrison, executive director of the Northern Texas PGA. “That’s essentially how it started. It was that simple. It’s far exceeded our expectations.”

The golfers made 217 birdies and five eagles at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas, collecting just a shade more than $144,000. That means in the eight years, they’ve now generated more than $1 million for local charities.

“If you told me eight years ago we’d raise more than a million dollars, I’d say there was no chance,” Harrison said.

The Aussies who participated were:

Rohan Allwood (an assistant professional at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas)
Justin Barrick (an assistant professional at The Honors Golf Club of Dallas)
Simon Buckle (head professional at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas)
Stuart Deane (a teaching professional at Texas Star in Euless)
Nick Griffin (head professional at Shady Valley Golf Club in Arlington)
Jeremy Langdale ( assistant professional at Green Tree Country Club in Midland)
Dean Larsson (an assistant professional at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas)
Cameron McCormick (director of instruction at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas)
Mark Harrison (Executive Director of the Northern Texas PGA)

Dean Larsson wins NTPGA Pro Championship

August, 16, 2011
Dean Larsson, a PGA assistant golf pro at Bent Tree Country Club, won the Northern Texas PGA Professional Championship with a 7-under-par total in the two-round event. Larsson had three birdies on the back nine to propel him to a three-shot win over four golfers. It's Larsson's 15th NTPA individual major championship and his second major win this year as he takes home $3,100 for the victory.

This tournament also decided which pros will advance to the 2012 PGA National Professional Championship, which determines who gets in next year's PGA Championship.

More from the NTPGA release:

Larsson’s scoring average for 2011 NTPGA major championships is a stellar 67.50 for four rounds. Larsson said he hit the ball well over the past two days and “stayed aggressive throughout the tournament, trying to make as many birdies as possible.” Next year marks the third time Larsson will compete in the PGA National Professional Championship. The previous two attempts resulted in missed cuts. However, Larsson has a trick up his sleeve for this go around. His childhood friend and caddy during Larsson’s first year on the Nationwide Tour lives just twenty minutes from the 2012 host site. “I am calling him tonight to mark the tournament on his calendar. He will definitely be caddying for me next year!” said Larsson.

Four players tied for second place with a two round total of five-under par, 139 including Tom Strueber, PGA Life Member, Stuart Deane, PGA teaching professional at Sinclair’s Golf Training Center, Jeff Barton, PGA director of instruction at Preston Trail Golf Club, and Paul Norris, PGA director of instruction at Golden Bear Golf Center.Deane carded the low round of the day at five-under par, 67.

The final three qualifying spots for the 2012 PGA National Professional Championship were determined in a playoff between four players. Six alternate spots were also determined through playoffs.

Larsson will lead eight (8) PGA professionals from the Northern Texas Section to the 45th PGA Professional National Championship at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, California to be conducted on June 24 – June 27, 2012. Joining will be Tom Strueber, Stuart Deane, Jeff Barton, and Paul Norris. Also qualifying were Richard Woodson, PGA director of instruction at Woodbridge Golf Club, Bruce Smith, PGA director of instruction at Brookhaven Golf Club, and Casey Paulson, PGA general manager at The Vaquero Club, all after surviving the four-way playoff for the final three spots.

The top 20 players from the 2012 PGA National Professional Championship will compete in the 94th PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Resort (The Ocean Course) in South Carolina.

Dean Larsson wins NTPGA Eastern Championship

August, 2, 2011
Dean Larsson, the assistant golf professional at Bent Tree Country Club, won the E-Z-Go/UST Mamiya Eastern Championship by three shots after shooting a final round 2-under-par 70 on Tuesday. It's his 14th Northern Texas PGA individual major championship and second Eastern Championship.

More from the NTPGA's release:

Stuart Deane, PGA teaching professional at Sinclair’s Golf Training Center, made a late charge and was tied for the lead with just two holes to play. Deane’s par-bogey finish combined with Larsson’s back-to-back birdies on holes #14 and #15 were enough to give Larsson a three shot cushion with three holes to play. Deane’s second round of 6-under par, 66 was the low round of the day. Finishing third, four shots behind Larsson, was Stuart Hendley, assistant golf professional at Green Tree Country Club.

After the round, Larsson said “I knew the two birdies on #14 and #15 were big. I felt good once I got through #17, which is a hole that can jump up and bite you, and safely landed my tee ball on #18.” When asked about his first round of 63, Larsson replied, “It is hard to follow up a low round and I definitely battled a bit more out on the course today.” Larsson, who is only four NTPGA major championships away from tying the all-time leader Perry Arthur, just wants to continue playing well in events. Larsson will compete for his 15th NTPGA individual major championship on Monday, August 8 at the NTPGA Assistants’ Championship.

This 36-hole NTPGA major championship is the second of four individual stroke play events that comprise the Cleveland Golf/Srixon & Club Car NTPGA Player of the Year Points Challenge, and serves as a qualifier for the 2011 Texas Joe Black Cup and James P. Jordan Cup teams. The E-Z-GO/UST Mamiya Eastern Championship featured a field of 101 NTPGA Members and Apprentices competing at Sherrill Park Golf Course (#1) in Richardson.

Larsson took home $4,200.00 of the $33,003.00 championship purse.