A record field tees off Wednesday morning in the APT and WAPT Texarkana Children’s Charities Open at Texarkana Country Club and Northridge Country Club.
The 2020 event has drawn a record 192 entries in the men’s division, with more than 60 in the women’s competition. The men are competing for a $35,000 first place prize. The ladies are battling for $7,500 and exemption status in the Semetra Tour.
All participants will play one round at each course. The men’s field will be cut after the second round to low 50 and ties, while the women’s field will be cut after 54 holes in the 72-hole event. Both third and fourth round play will be at TCC.
Texarkana will be well represented in both divisions. Former high school standouts Zack Fischer, Sean Romero and Garrett May figure to be in the hunt for the top prize. TCC pro Art Romero has plans of surprising a lot of the local golf fans. Emma Edwards and Samantha Stancato have their eyes on the women’s title.
Sean Romero, 26, tied for sixth in the 2019 Texarkana Open. He made the cut in all five of his tournaments last season. His best this year is a 58th at the Coke Dr Pepper Open at OakWing Golf Club.
Northridge could be key for Sean Romero
“Last year I played well at Northridge,” said Romero. “I tend to always play better at Texarkana Country Club just because I play there a lot more. If the weather stays like it is now, look for some great scores. Twenty-one under par won last year, and it will possibly take that or more to win this week.
“The greens at Texarkana are a lot softer this year, and there’s not a lot of rough. I’m guessing it’ll take about three-under to make the cut.”
Texas High graduates Fischer and May have both enjoyed success in the Texarkana Open. They tied for fifth place in the 2018 event. Fischer had back-to-back 65s in that tournament.
Fischer has made the cut in two of three events in 2020. He’s played 10 rounds with a pair of 65s, and has shot 67 twice. His high round this season has been 73.
May has similar credentials, having made the cut in two of four tournaments. In 12 rounds he has a low of 65 and a high of 73.
The defending champion Andrew Presley is not back this year. However, 2017 champion Myles Lewis returns. The 192-men’s field has entries from the PGA Latin America Tour, Mackenzie Tour and PGA China.
Elaine Wood of Spanish Fort, Ala., is back to defend her 2019 crown.
Sixteen-year-old Curry in spotlight
Local golf fans might want to come out see 16-year-old Thomas Curry playing against the professionals. Curry is a sophomore at Texas High, who shot a spectacular 62 this spring.
“I watched Thomas shoot 69 the other day at TCC,” said Romero. “He’s got a lot of talent and practices hard. Thomas has already figured out at a young age how to score out there, and for his size he hits the ball out there, and dead straight.”
Festivities teed off Monday with the annual Pro-Am, which benefits Texarkana Children’s Charities. Curry was on the winning team with an 18-under-par 54. His teammates were Gabby Lemieux, Rob Sitterley and Gary DeSerrano.
May’s team of Josh Andrus, Vickers Fuqua and Fred Meisenheimer placed second with a 58.
There was a Shootout held Tuesday afternoon with both men and women participating.