(LEWISVILLE, Texas and PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.) – The PGA TOUR’s Web.com Tour announced today it will play a new tournament this year at The Lakes at Castle Hills in the Dallas suburb of Lewisville. The “Greater Dallas Open” will be played June 1-7, with the Northern Texas PGA Section and its 501(c)(3) Junior Golf Foundation assuming host organization responsibilities. It will be slotted as the 11th tournament on the Web.com Tour’s 2015 schedule.
“The unique opportunity to partner with the Web.com Tour and Northern Texas PGA Section to introduce and host a new facet of competitive golf to North Texas was impeccable timing,” said Chris Bright, CEO of Bright Realty. “The ongoing golf course improvements and current clubhouse renovations provide us a great platform to showcase our club and the improved amenities.”
“We’re excited about this new partnership with The Lakes at Castle Hills and the Northern Texas PGA Section and its potential for the future,” said Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee. “We think The Lakes at Castle Hills will provide an excellent venue in terms of both layout and facilities. Word has already spread quickly and our players are looking forward to playing there in June.
“The Web.com Tour played its season-ending championship in the north Dallas area in 2008 and 2012 and both events were very well received and supported by fans and the Dallas-area business community,” Calfee added. “We call on these same people to rally in support of the Web.com Tour once again as this year’s roster of talented Web.com Tour players continues the season-long pursuit of the 50 coveted PGA TOUR cards that are at stake.”
“The Northern Texas PGA has a wonderful partnership with The Lakes at Castle Hills, having hosted the Texas State Open at the club for four consecutive years. Mr. Bright and his team at Bright Realty are creating a world-class golf experience and it’s only fitting that the Greater Dallas Open is being played at The Lakes at Castle Hills,” said Mark Harrison, Executive Director of the Northern Texas PGA. “For the first time ever, the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour will play three consecutive weeks in the same market. It’s an exciting time for golf fans in Dallas/Fort Worth and we look forward to an event that will be as memorable as the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.”
The Lakes at Castle Hills was founded in 1999. In 2011, Bright Realty, owner of the surrounding development, assumed full management of the golf club. Bright Realty oversaw an extensive golf course renovation – new greens surfaces, new bunkers and an improved maintenance program – in the summer of 2011, for which it was awarded “Renovation of the Year” by Avid Golfer. Currently, there is water on 17 of the 18 holes, as well as premium Arkansas crushed-quartz bunker sand. The 270 acres at The Lakes at Castle Hills was originally Bright Family Farm land.
Since Bright Realty assumed management of the golf facility at The Lakes at Castle Hills, it has hosted several prominent competitions, including the Bright Realty Texas State Open from 2012-14, the 2012 and 2013 First Stage qualifiers for the TOUR’s Qualifying Tournament, and AT&T Byron Nelson Championship open qualifiers.
Home to the NTPGA Junior Golf Foundation and Junior Tour, the Northern Texas PGA Section has been fostering the careers of some of golf’s brightest young stars for the last 32 years. With an alumni list reading as a veritable who’s who in golf and including such names as PGA TOUR stars Hunter Mahan, Justin Leonard, Chad Campbell, Ryan Palmer and new Masters champion Jordan Spieth, the NTPGA Junior Tour has established itself as a proven breeding ground for the next generation of great players.
With NTPGA alums Cody Gribble, Hunter Haas, Paul Haley II, J.J. Killeen, Kelly Kraft, Edward Loar, Anthony Paolucci, Martin Piller and Matt Weibring all owning membership on the Web.com Tour in 2015, the Greater Dallas Open will provide a unique opportunity for fans to see the success stories of the NTPGA junior program in person and cast their votes on who they think is the next big name using the #WHOSNEXT hash tag across their favorite social media platforms.