It might be too early for sightings of ghosts and goblins, but Monday, Oct. 16 is sure to feature its share of bogeymen when Moody Gardens Golf Course hosts the 28th annual Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce golf tournament.

This year’s tournament will honor first responders including the Red Team (firefighters) sponsored by Galveston Insurance Associates, the White Team (EMS) sponsored by DSW Homes and the Blue Team (Police) sponsored by Ben Peterek, Gulfside Cleaning Services.

“Thanks to our co-chairs Ben Peterek and Kaleb Apffel, this year is going to be bigger and better than ever,” said Director of Events Frances Moody in a news release. “We have great auction items including an offshore fishing trip, a 3-day holiday trip for two at The Breakers Palm Beach and so much more.”

The event will include breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as both silent and live auctions and numerous on-course games, plus a ball and an array of raffle items.

While it is not yet too late for area businesses and individuals to take advantage of sponsorship opportunities, this notice should “spook” them into not allowing the deadline to “creep” up and make them (Boo!) miss out. For additional information, contact Frances Moody at or call 409-763-5326.


The Texas Golf Hall of Fame (HOF) inducted its 2017 class yesterday with the “Gathering of Eagles” golf tournament at Brackenridge Park Golf Club and an induction dinner at the San Antonio Country Club.

Kelli Kuehne, one of the most dominant women’s golfers in history, was inducted along with 10-time PGA Tour winner Steve Elkington and golf professional James E. “Buddy”Cook. M.T. Johnson received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Lions Municipal, Austin’s first public golf course, was added to the Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses.

Elkington was the first prominent Australian to play college golf in the United States, helping the storied University of Houston program win national titles in 1982, 1984 and 1985. He also won the 1995 PGA Championship.

The diminutive Kuehne, honored in the HOF amateur category, won four individual state titles (1992-95) while attending Highland Park High School. She also claimed the 1994 U.S. Girls’ Junior, the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1995 and 1996 and the British Ladies Amateur (1996). She joins her brother Trip, a 2015 HOF inductee.


The 2018 Houston Open will be played March 26-April 1, and Houston Golf Association president Steve Timms has issued a statement saying: “We are focused on two things right now, on delivering on our promise to the Houston community to hold another great tournament and on working to find a new local title sponsor to secure our future”.

Area golf fans have surely become spoiled by the fact that so many highly-ranked players have in recent years come to Houston because of its plum positioning the week before the Masters. They are sure to be saddened upon learning that will not be the case in 2019. Meanwhile, the tournament currently is still in search of a new title sponsor.


There’s a Coney Island at Sonny’s place for the first person who can honestly claim knowledge of the golf accomplishments of Fred Hooter. Fred was in town briefly last week, but efforts to get him in a sitting position long enough for an interview proved unsuccessful. Stay tuned.


Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were at one time the “Big Three” in men’s professional golf. Today, it seems there is a ferris wheel full of players who can from week to week or at least month to month rotate in and out of the top three positions in the Official World Golf Rankings. Tune in next week for some insight and thoughts on what “Big Three” means on the global golf scene.

Be safe, on and off the course.

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