Colony Creek golf pro to compete at Valero Texas Open

April 19, 2017 at 11:36 p.m.

The Club at Colony Creek's head golf professional, Casey Russell, will compete at the Valero Texas Open on Thursday, becoming the first golf pro from Victoria to play in a PGA Tour Event.

Russell tees off in the second round at 9 a.m. Friday at the AT&T Oak Course in San Antonio, where he qualified after winning the 2016 South Texas PGA Championship, the STPGA Assistants Championship and the Pro-Assistant Championship with Steve Jones, former UHV golfer and current assistant golf pro at Colony Creek.

Russell came to Victoria in October 2016 from Lochnivar Golf Club in Houston.

While competing in numerous STPGA tournaments, Casey has also established the Crossroads Golf Academy and instructs players from all over the state, using TrackMan 4, the latest in golf radar technology.

Russell started his golf career at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where he served as team captain three of his four years.

While at ULM, the team won the Southland Conference Championship in 2004 and Russell qualified for the 2003 and 2005 US Amateurs.

Curtis Luck trying to cash a check in pro debut

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Curtis Luck is making his pro debut in the Valero Texas Open, and at least he knows what to expect.

His last nine tournaments over the past six months have all been on professional tours.

"I've definitely got a lot of experience under my belt I can use this week to put a good couple of rounds in and have a good result," Luck said.

The 20-year-old Australian made his final year as an amateur one to remember. Luck won the U.S. Amateur in August at Oakland Hills by defeating Brad Dalke of Oklahoma, 6 and 4. He decided to stay an amateur to take advantage of his invitation to the Masters, and then won the Asia Pacific Amateur last fall by one shot over Brett Coletta of Australia at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.

With the Masters behind him - Luck made the cut and tied for 46th - he's ready to start getting paid.

For the second straight week, the top stars on the PGA Tour are staying home. Patrick Reed at No. 15 in the world is the highest-ranked player at the AT&T Oaks Course on the TPC San Antonio.

The field also includes Matt Kuchar, who is playing his fifth straight tournament, PGA champion Jimmy Walker and defending champion Charley Hoffman.



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