Shreveport, LA (PRWEB) February 11, 2009
Golf legend, Hal Sutton, announced today that he is returning to competitive golf and is excited to play in his first full year on the Champions Tour. Hal will kick off the 2009 Champions Tour at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Florida on February 13-15, 2009, the first of four tournaments he has already committed to play this year. Ultimately, Sutton has his sights on 15 to 20 events, at least, on the Champions Tour. "Might be more than that," Mr. Sutton said.
Sutton, 50, played his first two Champions Tour events last fall at the Administaff Small Business Classic in Houston and the A T & T Championship in San Antonio. "It was fun," he said. "I saw my peers. I wanted to see what it was like. I stuck my toe in the water." It was so much fun that he has already committed to playing four events in 2009--Allianz Championship (Feb 13-15), Ace Group Classic (Feb 20-22), Toshiba Classic (March 6-8), and A T & T Champions Classic (March 13-15).
Hal left professional golf in 2006 to make his mark on the game by developing a first-class golf community in the Texas Hill Country and share his love of golf with young players. "Golf has given me so much," said Mr. Sutton. "Developing Boot Ranch has given me the opportunity to share my passion for the game with a whole new generation. I really enjoy my role as a youth leader and teacher."
Hal's love of golf and years on the PGA Tour gave him an excellent opportunity to form his own ideas of how the game should be played. His Boot Ranch course appeals to low handicap golfers as well as challenges more recreational golfers. Located just outside of Fredericksburg, Texas, the luxury golf community was dubbed Boot Ranch in deference to its Texas roots.
"I was fortunate to find a ranch that had the perfect terrain and natural beauty to create a truly spectacular golf course," explained Hal. "The course winds through hills, ravines and creeks so that each hole has an identity of its own. There are just as many dog-leg rights as there are dog-leg lefts and each of the par 3's plays in a different direction--something difficult to achieve when designing a great golf course."
Hal Sutton began his career as a prominent amateur - including top finishes in NCAA tournaments and NCAA Player of the Year and All-American honors. As a pro, he won 14 PGA tournaments, including memorable final rounds victories over both Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Hal is the only pro to best each of these golf legends in head-to-head match-ups. He may be best remembered as a Ryder Cup Champion. Hal represented his country as a player on four different teams, including his MVP performance in 1999 when the US team staged the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history. Hal also captained the US team in 2004.
"I was fortunate to face great competition during my amateur career that prepared me for the PGA Tour. When I was an amateur we played some of the best golf courses in the world. These courses were chosen because of their true test of a golfer's ability; tournaments today are played on courses that are more spectator-friendly. Modern courses are not always designed with the best interests of the game of golf in mind. That's why I started designing golf courses as a true challenge to the serious golfer."
Boot Ranch spans more than 2,000 acres offering panoramic views of the rolling hills. The ranch features home sites of one-half-to-18-acres as well as interval ownership Sunday House interests. Boot Ranch was rated one of the top 10 new private golf communities in America by Golf Digest (January 2008) and one of the top three best courses in Texas by the Dallas Morning News (February 2008).
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