The Pros are Here!
Texarkana has a storied past in the world of professional golf, from club professionals to PGA Tour champions to course designers. The homegrown list of golfing elite includes Byron Nelson, Miller Barber, and Bill Rogers, just to name a few. Even the likes of John Daly, Tiger Woods, David Duval, Justin Leonard, and Scottie Scheffler have played here.
The courses at Texarkana Country Club, known as ‘Little Augusta’ by Mr. Nelson, and Northridge Country Club will be the settings for the next round of names as the All Pro Tour (APT) and Women’s All Pro Tour (WAPT) make their annual stop for the Texarkana Children Charities Open, July 13 through the 16.
A subsidiary of K&G Sports, LLC, the APT Tour has conducted tournaments and partnered with local non-profits since 1994 throughout the mid-south region. The WAPT tour had its beginnings with the 2019 season. Both tours can lead to players joining the professional tours while at the same time benefiting charities with thousands of dollars each year.
This year’s Texarkana Children Charities Open, the 6th for the APT tour, boasts a $30,000 first prize and an estimated purse of $160,000. One hundred eighty-four players from all over the United States and worldwide will compete over 72-holes at Northridge and Texarkana Country Club.
78 US and worldwide players from the WAPT tour will compete in their fourth stop in the Ark-La-Tex for a minimum $10,000 top prize and an estimated purse of $40,000. The top 2 finishers will earn exemptions to the Epson Tour's FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship, July 29-31, 2022, in Battle Creek, MI. Also, during the tour season, participating WAPT players can accrue points, and the top five players will receive exemptions to Stage II of the LPGA Q-School.
Practice rounds for both APT and WAPT players will take place on Monday (July 11) and Tuesday (July 12) at both courses. The Open begins Wednesday (July13) morning with both the APT and WAPT players split between Northridge and Texarkana Country Club.
Thursday continues the split with players trading courses from Wednesday. If they played at Northridge Wednesday, they will play at Texarkana Country Club Thursday, and so on. After their respective cuts, both tours will play at Texarkana Country Club on Friday and Saturday.
All tournament play days are free and open to the public. Come experience the future of professional golf in your own backyard!