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In the next couple of weeks, area golfers will tee up attempting to qualify for the Texas high school state tournament and a lifetime of golf memories.

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Wesley Bryan won the Heritage tournament on Sunday, putting lots of greenbacks ($1.17 million) into his bank account and qualifying him for an attempt to put a green jacket onto his shoulders at the 2018 Masters.

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In the end, El Nino — the boy, as he was for so long known — became The Man. He won it with a birdie, which had to make it feel better than with par, which was all he needed on the final, playoff hole.

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Barrels upon barrels of ink will summarize the first three rounds of the 81st Masters in newspapers around the world today. Barrels upon barrels more will be used to guess how the final round will unfold, reminding us that the real tournament begins on the back nine of the final round.

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As he climbed the leaderboard, the television coverage focused more on Thomas Pieters’ second round at the Masters. Tied for the lead by day’s end with Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and first-round leader Charley Hoffman, the Masters rookie seemed not at all surprised by his position.

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Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Bill Payne carefully, gently folded the green jacket of Arnold Palmer, placing it on the back of the chair — the throne where a year ago the king sat, his failing health having rendered him unable to strike the ceremonial first shot at the 2017 Masters.

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I promised to not write about him until he did something worth writing about. He has done a couple of things which influenced professional golf this week, and one that is interesting and might or might not matter in 100 years.

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Shell’s final year of Houston Open sponsorship is coming to an earlier than anticipated end today in anticipation of inclement weather. Players will play from both the first and 10th tees, starting at 7:15 a.m. Assuming there is no playoff, the whole thing should be wrapped up by high noon.

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It is Tuesday at the Shell Houston Open (SHO) and I have found my assigned spot at the media center. I glance across the aisle to see that Greg Moore from Golf WRX is going to be my neighbor.

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The Shell Houston Open (SHO) begins play this Thursday at The Golf Club of Houston. This is the last year that Shell will serve as title sponsor for the event, marking the end to a long and successful run which now produces as strong a field as any PGA Tour regular season event; five of the …

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My brother-in-law Mark does not play golf. His older brother used to and for a short while dated a lovely young woman whose family actually owned their own nine-hole layout a couple of hours away. I really hoped they would marry and live happily ever after, but they did neither.

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First, you make a roux. That’s what I was thinking as I ordered my cup of gumbo at Bubba’s on the Gulf Freeway at FM 518. I was there to meet Rick Ansell and his buddies Tom and Chris to talk about the 11th annual Brotherhood of St. Andrews golf tournament.

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The days are passing as quickly as a line from a John Denver tune. Soon, we will reset our clocks as a new season is upon us. That makes for a welcomed longer golf day.

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Bill Marshall, Les Flynn, Charlie Campbell and Ron Beesley teamed for a 65 to win last week’s senior scramble at Bayou Golf Club.

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While the Patriots of New England were celebrating in snowy Boston last Monday, Galveston’s Ball High Tornados were hosting their Beginners Spring Classic in summerlike weather.

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Arguably the best sight at Super Bowl LI was the presence of former President George H.W. Bush, who, according to members of his Secret Service detail, used to play what they referred to as “aerobic golf.”

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Readers of a certain vintage might recall (Stuart) King Hill, who was born in Hamilton, Texas, played high school football at Brazosport High and was an All-American quarterback who led the Rice Owls to a Southwest Conference title in 1957.

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As the Pittsburgh Steelers’ PAT (aka extra point) moved sharply left to right and the Miami Dolphins watched their last possible hope for a miracle comeback sink like a deflated Tom Brady football last Sunday, I thought of two things. I would have thought of three things, but feared I might …

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Each year as the magic of the season takes over my brain, I am overcome with an urge to offer up poetry; this year is no different, so here I go!

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In this season of buying and giving and getting and returning, let us pause to appreciate contributions loyal readers make to this weekly endeavor.

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John Kusnerik fired a career best 76 to lead teammates Aiden Knupple, Ian Carroll, Drew Mefferd and Nick Zompa to a 10th place finish in the Clear Lake Boys JV Winter Classic last week.

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The 21st Meals on Wheels, Inc. Thanksgiving Holiday Golf Classic and Turkey Shoot tees off with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21. 

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Barry Phillips is a Class A PGA golf professional. He’s new to our area and is currently living alone — his family will join him as soon as possible — while settling into his new job at Golf Galaxy.

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If they come in threes, perhaps the next hole-in-one will be my first (official) one to be entered into the United States Golf Register.

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Hot off solid early season performances that included a victory over Texas City in the Causeway Cup matches, the Golden Ones continue to swirl on in fine fashion.

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The second annual “Causeway Cup” battle between the Texas City Stingarees and host Ball High Tors, was contested last week at Moody Gardens Golf Course. It’s like the Ryder Cup, in that it is a purely match play competition with each hole played offering up a winner, a loser or a tie — also …

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Ryder Cup play between the U.S. and Europe begins this Friday morning. Ball High and Texas City High are offering a warm-up for those matches as they utilize a modified Ryder Cup format in the second annual “Battle of the Causeway.”

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The PGA regular season is over and the NFL season has just begun. I hope your favorite team won just as did mine. Or not. I’m an unapologetic Texans fan for life — no matter what.

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The Rainbow Connection, now known as Childhood Cancer Connection Inc. (CCCI), was established in 1984 to support children living with cancer and blood disorders and their families.

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There is some truth to the rumor that Golfsmith — a Texas golfing institution — is considering filing for bankruptcy while actively searching for a new owner.

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The International Olympic Committee and the International Golf Federation got a lucky bounce Sunday when reigning champions of the most recent PGA Tour majors, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose, locked into what greatly resembled a match play finish, while American Matt Kuchar added to the exci…

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According to Susan’s account, her grandfather, Tony, never even attempted to exit his vehicle after the crash; he just sat there, uninjured and miffed, waiting for the police to arrive.

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More than one person has had some kind of twist on the story of my recently mangled 7-iron, my long ago mangled nose, or both. Now, here’s your chance to share a story and win a free Coney Island at Sonny’s Place.

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Golfers talk about rakes. Should they be placed in or outside the bunker? Should they be made of metal, plastic, wood or some combination? Why are they always positioned most inconveniently from where I need them? 

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Joe Walsh and Ava Walsh along with Nathan Toberman and Sky Denson all had a good showings recently while competing in the Drive, Chip and Putt nationwide competition.

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It is not too early for me to again remind my fellow golfers about hydration, especially the two local pros who will tee up early in the hot, humid morning with a goal of playing 100 holes of golf in one day.