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Country Club gaining recognition

By jhornberg
July 18, 2011 at 2:18 a.m.
Updated July 19, 2011 at 2:19 a.m.


Upcoming golf events AT vccJuly 22 to 24

Victoria City Championships

Played at Colony Creek County Club, Riverside Golf Course and Victoria Country Club.

August 24 to 27

Invista-kci Victoria Open

(Adams Pro Golf Tour)

Professional events run Wednesday to Saturday, with pro-am and charity events in the preceding days.

October 12 to 14

Texas Senior Open

Put on by the South Texas PGA. Entry opens August 12, and is open to players who will be 50 years or older as of the opening of the tournament. Entry is $400 for most people.

Before the final hole of golf at the Victoria Texas Open had even been played, Breene Cantwell and his staff were talking about ways to improve the way they conduct big events.

Much of it involves little things and small hitches that few see.

"Many of them are just hiccups that no one saw," said the golf pro at Victoria Country Club. "We'll have a staff meeting and we'll compare notes

"We basically started on next year the week before the event."

Cantwell said that diligence also applies to local events like the City Championships, which is still accepting signups through July 20 and will be played at all three golf courses in Victoria: Colony Creek, Riverside and Victoria County Club. Participants will play all three golf courses, with the final round coming at Victoria Country Club.

"We try to keep the same philosophy and events," Cantwell said. "We try to run them all like tour events. We've already started compiling a list of things we want to do different and better."

Victoria Country Club has added to its reputation recently with the addition of an NGA Hooters Tour event and the addition this year of a Southern Texas PGA event, the Texas Senior Open, to the schedule. It also hosts the annual Bluebonnet fundraiser tournament, one of the largest in the area, and the Adams Pro Golf Tour, which will be played in mid-August.

The Country Club has been rewarded for its efforts, earning a spot in Golf Digest's list of the top 100 golf courses in the state of Texas, which is set to release in the coming months.

"They didn't say which number we were, we where just told we were on the list," Cantwell said.

The Hooters tour, which completed its second event in Victoria in early July, has been a boost for the golf course. The tour rearranged its schedule to improve attendance at the event in Victoria by moving it back to back with its event in Pearland.

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