Lubbock Junior Part of Nine-Event Tour of Texas
The Highly Acclaimed Rawls Course at Texas Tech University
to Play Host
Everything’s bigger in Texas — the
saying rings especially true with the American Junior Golf
Association. Last year, 610 AJGA members called the Lone Star
State home — making up 14 percent of the entire AJGA
The AJGA conducted seven events in Texas in
2003, but that number will swell to nine this year to give
sufficient playing opportunities to members there.
The first of the new events will take place
in early June when the AJGA sets up shop in Lubbock, Texas,
for the inaugural AJGA Lubbock Junior. The Rawls Course at
Texas Tech University will serve as the host facility for
the event scheduled for June 7-10.
“With the size of our membership in Texas
and the South Central region, we’re excited to offer
expanded opportunities for our juniors in this area,”
AJGA Director of Player Services Rob Jansen said. “Being
held in a college town like Lubbock will give the players
additional exposure as well.”
Exposure to coaches won’t be the only
aspect of college on hand at the AJGA Lubbock Junior; one
of the newest collegiate golf courses will be on display for
54 holes of competition when the juniors tackle the Rawls
“It’s a great chance for Texas Tech
to showcase their brand new facility,” said Bobby Powell,
vice president of operations for the AJGA. “It’s
a no-brainer for the kids to go play and take the opportunity
to get a look at the course and the university.”
Date: June 7-10, 2004
Field: 99 girls and boys ages 12-18.
Format: 54-hole stroke play; 18-hole
qualifier June 6 at LakeRidge Country Club
Course: The Rawls Course at Texas Tech
Course Opened: 2003
Designed by: Tom Doak
Competitive Course Record: 66, Leon
van Rensburg, Sept. 2003 and Kyle Willman, Oct. 2003
Noteworthy: The Rawls Course will host
the 2005 NCAA Women's Golf Central Regional tournament...
The course closes with back-to-back par-5 holes: No.
17 measures 584 yards, while No. 18 is 562 yards
Designed by Tom Doak, the course lies in what
used to be a flat cotton field and employs a links-style design.
What was initially a flat Texas prairie of 268 acres now sits
as an oasis of rolling fairways and lush greens surrounded
by 15-foot berms on all sides.
“The design of the Red Raider course is
probably the most complicated we’ve done to date,”
Doak wrote on the course’s Web site. “Starting
with a flat cotton field, we had to create an entire landscape
from scratch and then build our golf holes around it.”
The consensus is that the course’s eighth
hole is its hardest. The par-4 hole plays 476 yards into the
prevailing southwest wind. Among its pitfalls is a 21-foot
deep greenside bunker.
“I think the toughest hole on the course
is No. 8,” said Jack North, the course’s managing
director. “It’s well-trapped with a severely sloped
Another of Doak’s creations is the famed
Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Ore. But it is the Rawls Course,
his latest effort, which was recently named one of the top
10 new courses in the nation by Golf Magazine. The buzz around
the new course has been spectacular, according to North.
“It’s just an unbelievable opportunity
(to be able to host the AJGA),” North said. “We’re
truly thrilled and amazed to get a tournament like this so
early in our existence. We’re proud to host it and are
going to try to make this year’s the best ever.”
Another impressive component of the complex
is its practice facility which features a 53-acre driving
range, 16,000 square feet of practice greens and five sand
bunkers. The driving range, the largest of its kind in the
world, can accommodate up to 90 players at one time.
But it is the course itself that is sure to
attract plenty of quality competition for juniors.
“One good thing about this tournament
is that it’s early in the year so kids from the area
are out of school and there are no other national events in
the region that week,” Powell said.
While school may be done for the year when
the AJGA rolls into town, the Rawls Course will still be trying
to teach junior golfers a thing or two. The lesson: Don’t
Mess with Texas—and the jewel that is Texas Tech’s