FACT SHEET: 2012 Invista-kci Victoria Open
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The Invista-kci Victoria Open in previous years was always held toward the end of the summer. Last year, temperatures overshadowed the Michael Smith's hot opening rounds, only to watch a young gun overtake him at the end. It was one of the last tournaments on the Adams Golf Tour schedule.
This year, things are different.
The event jumped from the end to the beginning. And with it, a new set of challenges for golfers who will be dealing with rust instead of the grind, and the possibility of rain instead of the sweltering heat.
Here's what you need to know about this year's Invista-kci Victoria Open:
• WHEN: Opening rounds, Wednesday and Thursday, tee times beginning at 8 a.m. at Victoria Country Club; final round are Friday at Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.
• ADMISSION: Admission is free for all spectators on all days of the tournament.
• FIELD: There are 69 golfers in the field; after two rounds, the field will be cut to the top 40 percent (about 28, including ties).
• PAR: Par will be 71 for the event; Hole No. 1 will be 471 yards and will be played as a par 4. Total yardage for the event: 6,856.
• LAST YEAR'S EVENT: Blake L. Trimble rallied with some help from Michael Smith to win the 2011 Invista-kci Victoria Open in late August. Smith opened the door in last year's event after three days of near flawless golf, only to watch his lead get swallowed up by a bunker on the first hole. Trimble kept up the pressure, and the Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., native was able to take the lead on the final hole with some superb putting and one more lucky break when Smith's birdie putt lipped out on the 18th green. Most notable about the event in August was the near-unbearable heat. Two golfers were taken to area hospitals with dehydration symptoms, and many more struggled in the 100-plus degree temperatures that were hitting the Crossroads at the time. That doesn't figure to be a problem this year. The event was moved to the front of the Adams Golf Tour schedule from the end, and now opens the season instead of serving as one of the closing events.
• THIS YEAR'S EVENT: With the benefit of better weather, expect several of the golfers to turn in better scores this year than in the last one. But this year, they might have to contend with rain, of which there is a chance for three of the four days. Still, it's a welcome change from the nightmare of playing 18 holes in the heat of the day, which got to some of the golfers during the Adams Tour event and the Hooters Tour event in July. There are some notables in the field, including former TCU golfer and Austin native Scott Roudebush, who played this course an amateur recently. Also competing is former Texas A&M golfer Bronson Burgoon, who helped secure the Aggies 2009 men's golf title. Two former PGA golfers are in the field: Craig Kanada and John Kimbell. Kimbell has been a Nationwide tour mainstay for several years, while Kanada has earned about $2 million in his career between the PGA and Nationwide tours.
• LOCALS IN THE TOURNAMENT: Most notable in the event are Joe Mitchell Jr. and Austin Waibel, the two assistant golf professionals at Victoria Country Club. Mitchell has placed as high as ninth in this event in the past. Also in the field is former UHV golfer Jon Moore, who has played this course several times as a member of the Jaguars last year. The Corpus Christi native played both the Jim West Intercollegiate and the Association of Independent Institutions tournament at Victoria Country Club, which serves as UHV's home course. Blessing's Brad Besler is also in the field. Also from Victoria and in the field are Cory Manning and Perry Farley, the latter of which is listed as an amateur in the field.
• WHAT TO EXPECT: With the weather relatively tame for the next four days, barring a chance of rain that could make things interesting, this tournament promises to be less of an endurance trial than last year's. But what could artificially inflate scores is the rust factor - this is the first event of the season for the Adams Golf Tour, and while many of the golfers on the course will be ready to go, a winter away from competitive golf could make for a few unexpectedly high scores.
Round 1 Round 2 Name
1 8:00 AM 10 9:00 AM Hugues Joannes, Beaumont, TX
Damon Ferreira, Allen, TX
Matthew Vela, San Antonio, TX
10 8:00 AM 1 8:50 AM Zack Fischer, Wake Village, TX
Tyler Neal, Tucson, AZ
Bobby Massa, Grand Prairie, TX
1 8:10 AM 10 9:10 AM Adam Valickus, Schertz, TX
Will Osborne, Fort Worth, TX
Phillip Hui, San Antonio, TX
10 8:10 AM 1 9:00 AM Randy Lowry, Spring, TX
Jared Vela, Pasadena, TX
Matthew Henson, Austin, TX
1 8:20 AM 10 9:20 AM Martin Jimenez, San Antonio, TX
Cameron Bishop, Tulsa, OK
Austin Waibel, Victoria, TX
10 8:20 AM 1 9:10 AM Stephen Hollingsworth, Spring, TX
Ryan Myers, Flint, TX
Praneeth Perera, Carrollton, TX
1 8:30 AM 10 9:30 AM James Haggard, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Brent Marshall, The Woodlands, TX
Joshua Ray, New Braunfels, TX
10 8:30 AM 1 9:20 AM Andrew Douthit, Frisco, TX
Thomas Garza, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX
Dacota Dryden, Dallas, TX
1 8:40 AM 10 9:40 AM Brad Besler, Blessing, TX
Andrew Landry, Beaumont, TX
Michael Whitehead, Houston, TX
10 8:40 AM 1 9:30 AM Michael Campbell, League City, TX
Taylor Ohlhausen, Abilene, TX
Justin McDaniel, San Antonio, TX
1 8:50 AM 10 9:50 AM David Petry, San Antonio, TX
Jon Moore, Corpus Christi, TX
Ryan Kiel, Seguin, TX
10 8:50 AM 1 9:40 AM Ezequiel Reyna, Weslaco, TX
Brandon Jones, San Antonio, TX
Anthony Peppler (AM), Southlake, TX
1 9:00 AM 10 8:00 AM Lance Lopez, Missouri City, TX
Shawn Jasper, Marthasville, MO
Trent Leon, Dallas, TX
10 9:00 AM 1 8:00 AM Devin Carrey, Surrey, BC
Scott Roudebush, Dallas, TX
Chris Brown, Garland, TX
1 9:10 AM 10 8:10 AM Greg Sonnier, Lake Charles, LA
Dustin Morris, Crosby, TX
Bronson Burgoon, the Woodlands, TX
10 9:10 AM 1 8:10 AM Michael Knight, Calgary, AB
Michael Hillis, Utopia, TX
Chase Cooper, Goodwell, OK
1 9:20 AM 10 8:20 AM Chris Ward, McKinney, TX
Craig Kanada, The Woodlands, TX
Brett Lederer, Lakewood, CA
10 9:20 AM 1 8:20 AM Brian Rowell, Lafayette, LA
Charleton Dechert, Pineville, LA
Joe Mitchell Jr., Victoria, TX
1 9:30 AM 10 8:30 AM Philip Thompson, Utopia, TX
Johnny Lucas, Corpus Christi, TX
Joseph DePanfilis, Phoenix, AZ
10 9:30 AM 1 8:30 AM Jeff Rein, Garden Ridge, TX
Cory Manning, Victoria, TX
Noah Stevens, Austin, TX
1 9:40 AM 10 8:40 AM Michael Drake, Fontana, CA
John Kimbell, San Antonio, TX
Bobby Hutcherson, Memphis, TX
10 9:40 AM 1 8:40 AM Cole Moreland, Austin, TX
James Jordan, Austin, TX
Greg Vondrak (AM), San Antonio, TX
1 9:50 AM 10 8:50 AM Jeffrey Brown (AM), Austin, TX
Perry Farley (AM), Victoria, TX
Josh Vasquez (AM), New Braunfels, TX