Texas Senior Open moves to Victoria

Aug. 16, 2011 at 3:16 a.m.

Steven Veriato last played at Victoria Country Club about five years ago, but was surprised how much the course has changed in those intervening years.

"It's getting better and better," said the golf pro. "The trees keep creeping in and making the course fairways narrow."

Veriato, who helped put together the first Bluebonnet charity tournament in Victoria several years ago, will get a chance to play the course much more often as part of the Southern Texas PGA, which signed a contract to move the Texas Senior Open to Victoria at a news conference on Monday.

The tournament, which begins Oct. 12 and runs to Oct. 14 with a pro-am and a last chance qualifier in the preceding days, is moving to Victoria Country Club after three years at the Forest Course at the Clubs of Kingwood.

Country Club will be the third home for the tournament in its 15-year history.

The tournament will be sponsored by the Victoria Convention and Visitor's Bureau, with Port Lavaca Auto Group sponsoring the pro-am on Oct. 11.

It was not clear how many years the tournament signed on to play at Victoria Country Club.

O.C. Garza, the city's director of communications, said Victoria stands to gain a lot from the tournament's presence in town.

"We see a lot of positives," he said. "Claud Jacobs and Breene Cantwell have worked hard to bring some of the best to town.

"They came to us with a real chance to get this tournament, and we are proud to support them."

Garza predicted that the tournament would result in 240 to 300 hotel room nights being sold in town, and that's not including food and entertainment spending also. This also opens the door to the possibility of other PGA events, such as the junior championships, Garza said.

Victoria Country Club's tournament lineup has grown in the last few years. The country club, which has hosted a tournament for the Adams Pro Golf Tour for more than a decade, added a NGA Hooters Tour event last year.

The Adams Pro Golf Tour, the Victoria Invista/kci Open, begins next Wednesday.

Many of the players are excited by the prospects for the vent. David Ogrin, of New Braunfels, said a growing community like Victoria is perfect for the Texas Senior Open.

"This tournament needs an active growing community like Victoria," he said. "For a tournament to be a success, it needs to identify with a community like Victoria that is reasserting itself here in Texas."



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