The Brownwood Country Club will be the site of a professional golf tournament in late September to benefit The Ark — a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter that serves Brown, Comanche and Coleman counties.
“(Brownwood Country Club general manager) Jimmy Tidwell is bringing the Adams Pro Tour to Brownwood and my understanding is they generally have a charity involved when they hold tournaments,” said Angela Ontiveros, finance director of The Ark. “I was contacted and asked if we would be interested in being the charity for the event and then to be chosen, we're absolutely honored. It's going to be huge for Brownwood to have a professional golf tournament come through.”
The event is officially entitled “The Ark Classic,” as the Adams Pro Golf Tour will make a stop Sept. 19-24 — one of 13 tournaments on its schedule for the year. The tour also has events scheduled in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, as well as Texas.
“The Putter Jarvis (Memorial Invitational) is a big tournament and the Bluebonnet Classic that we have for the juniors is a big tournament, but this is going to be something special,” said Boden Polk, assistant golf pro at Brownwood Country Club. “Having that quality of field and having the tour wanting to come here is great for the club and it's going to be good for Brownwood as well.”
The week will feature a Pro-Am tournament, a junior golf clinic hosted by the Adams Tour pros and a “Support the Ark and Meet the Pros” Social, along with the 72-hole, four-round golf tournament Wednesday through Saturday. Action is slated to begin at 8 a.m. each day. The top 35 percent of the field, including ties, will advance to the final two rounds.
“The course will be closed all day Wednesday and Thursday because of a full field,” Polk said. “Once they make the cut, we'll open between noon and 1 p.m. for members.”
Based out of Carrollton, the Adams Pro Tour provides an avenue for professional golfers to hone their skills while preparing for a life on the PGA Tour. The Adams Pro Tour partners with local non-profits to raise thousands of dollars for charity each year. The tour has graduated players to the Web.com Tour and PGA Tour such as Bubba Watson, Ryan Palmer, Cameron Beckman, Tim Herron, J.L. Lewis and Mark Hensby.
The tournament purse is $100,000, with a guaranteed $20,000 prize for the winner. Amateurs can enter the tournament for a fee of $700, according to the Adams Pro Tour website. The deadline to enter is Sept. 12.
“The course is in great condition right now,” Polk said. “The greens are as good as you're going to see for bentgrass greens in West Texas in this heat.”
Some of the pros would also prefer to stay with a host family, and those interested should contact Coralie at the Brownwood Country Club. Volunteers for the event are also needed and sponsorships are still available.
“We're partnering with the county club to try to get sponsorships for the event,” Ontiveros said. “There's a set amount that the country club pays for the tour to come to Brownwood, so anything above and beyond that set amount will come to The Ark.”
For additional information on the event, contact The Ark at (325) 643-2699 or the Brownwood Country Club at (325) 646-1086.