6th Annual James Avery Hill Country Golf Classic offers an awesome golfing experience!

6th Annual James Avery Hill Country Golf ClassicThey come from Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and as far away as California to play golf in Kerrville. “They” represent the almost 100 golfers already signed up to play in the 6th Annual James Avery Hill Country Golf Classic that is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, November 13th – 15th, 2009, at Comanche Trace, Riverhill Country Club, Comanche Trace and Scott Schreiner Golf Course. 

Born on the concept of bringing golfers to Kerrville and “showing off” the community, tournament chairman and former Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board, B.K. Cody said that he and Harold Wilson, President of Bank of the Hills, were talking in 2003 about the need for a local golf tournament that brought people into our community from all over the state. “We felt it was an easy sell to out-of-town golfers to play three great courses in three days with a chance to experience the Hill Country life. In the golf community around the state, people can’t believe a town our size has three high quality golf courses. Many towns our size would like just one of that quality,” Cody added.

The idea took shape in 2004 and the first tournament kicked off in November of that year with 61 two-man teams competing in six flights. Winning teams in each flight were from different parts of the state and the word-of-mouth began to spread. By the time 2005 came around the tournament not only had a state-wide following, but also a local presence thanks to the efforts of Trevor Hyde, President of Comanche Trace, Mark Caldwell, GM of Riverhill Country Club and Guy Cullins, Head Pro at Scott Schreiner…with their vision and expertise, the tournament really took off.  The tournament has since grown to 90+ teams, and this year’s goal is to reach the 100 team mark. 

Local golfers like Chris Avery, Jimmie Peschel, Jeff Fierst, Clay Robertson, Larry Howard and Bob Hullender of San Antonio have added to the mix of golfers from all parts of the state. Last year ended with an exciting four-hole sudden death playoff between local golfers Tommy and Ralph Arredondo and two of the best amateurs in the state, Alan Hill and Pat Youngs.

The formula of the tournament is still as simple today as it was when the tournament was first conceived: make it fair to every level of golfer and they will play and come back to play. The tournament format is a 54 hole, two-man, best ball, flighted according to the combined handicaps of each golfer. Each day is a “mini-tournament” within each flight and at the end of the competition, there are overall winners in each flight. There are at least seven flights with handicaps ranging from scratch in the Championship Flight, to our higher flights where we have 30 handicappers. We challenge the players with the tee set-ups and pin placements. Each day, we use all three courses and we can set up a course for the level that is playing that course that day.  What keeps bringing back the die-hard golfers and enticing new ones to try it out?  It’s simple. Kerrville has three magnificent golf courses and each of them poses unique challenges to the golfers…whether it’s the bent grass greens at Comanche Trace or the tight fairways at Riverhill Country Club or the doglegs at Scott Schreiner, a golfer’s mettle is tested at each course.  When you add in the spirit of camaraderie that tournaments like this bring, it adds up to a great weekend in Kerrville.

The past three years have been outstanding thanks to our title sponsor, James Avery Craftsman. The Avery name adds renown to the tournament to go along with the great golf. This sponsorship, combined with support from Time Warner Cable, Wells Fargo Bank, Guadalupe National Bank, Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union, Bank of the Hills, and Oppenheimer, Blend, Harrison, and Tate has truly helped the tournament grow in visibility and number of players. 

This year’s host course is The Club at Comanche Trace. For more information on how to sign-up, visit www.hillcountrygolfclassic.com or call the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce at (830) 896-1155.


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