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Golfers to watch at the Victoria Texas Open

June 28, 2011 at 1:28 a.m.


Event runs from Thursday, June 30, to Sunday, July 3. First round each day tees off at 7:30 a.m.

Pro-am tournament tees off 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday; Wedneday: Shootout, 1 p.m. Youth Clinic at 4:30 p.m.

The NGA Hooters Tour rolls into town this week for the second Victoria Texas Open, which starts Thursday at Victoria Country Club, and with pro-am and charity events leading up to it.

Here are some players to keep an eye on at this year's event:

RYAN HENRY (Pictured)

CUTS MADE: 6 (of 9)

MONEY: $15,850 (40th overall)

The University of Tulsa graduate surged out to a big lead after shooting a third-round 63 at the first Victoria Texas Open, then held on to secure the tournament title. Henry finished 10th at the Texas Honing Open the week before, his third top 10 finish of the season. He has not won a tournament since last year's Victoria Texas Open.

Jeff Corr

CUTS MADE: 11 (of 12)

MONEY: $56,899 (fourth overall)

Corr is the top money winner in the field on the NGA Hooters Tour, with the top three - Phillip Pettitt Jr., Brandon Brown and Ted Potter - all sitting out the Victoria Texas Open. Corr doesn't have a win this season, but he has finished in the top five six times, including a fifth-place finish in Pearland over the weekend. He is a tour veteran, earning almost $500,000 in prize money since joining in 2006.

Bronson Burgoon

CUTS MADE: 1 (of 1)

MONEY: $2,846 (157th overall)

Burgoon isn't a regular tour player. Last year, the graduate of Texas A&M played one tournament - The Victoria Texas Open - but he didn't disappoint in the least. He started the tournament with a 6-under 66, and was leading after the first day before dropping off. The Woodlands native had the distinction of dropping the tournament-winning shot that secured a national title for the Aggies in 2009.

Casey Wittenberg

CUTS MADE: 7 (of 9)

MONEY: $32,567 (16th overall)

Wittenberg played full seasons on the Nationwide Tour in 2008 and 2010, and a season on the PGA Tour in 2009. But the Oklahoma State graduate is remembered for his success as an amateur, including making the finals at the 2003 U.S. Amateur Championships. He also finished tied for 13th at the 2004 Masters, the lowest any amateur had finished in several decades to that point.

Richard Swift

CUTS MADE: 3 (of 8)

MONEY: $5,362 (109th overall)

Swift is the sentimental favorite. He is a confidante of Victoria Country Club golf pro Breene Cantwell, and has had success in the past. He played for a while on the Nationwide Tour. But most noteworthy was his work getting the NGA Hooters Tour to Victoria. He played an instrumental role in the tour coming to town, helping to put tour officials in touch with Cantwell and the people who run the golf course.

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