Mark Brooks hits from a bunker on the 16th hole during the first round of the Stanford St. Jude Championship golf tournament in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, June 5, 2008. Brooks made par on the hole and finished the day at 4-over-par 74.
Some of the top golfers in the state of Texas - and beyond - will come to Victoria Country Club beginning Wednesday morning for the 14th Texas Senior Open.
The number of players in this year's field is down but has several former PGA Tour golfers, current members of the Champions Tour and pros from around the state. It includes 1996 PGA Championship winner Mark Brooks, La Cantara Texas Open winner David Ogrin and Champions tour mainstay David Lundstrom.
Dave Rummells won last year's event on the final few holes after battling it out all day with Mitch Adcock. He is back this year looking to repeat as champion.
Events are running all week at Victoria Country Club, with the final round running Friday morning.
BIG NAME TO WATCH
PAIRING: With David Ogrin and Ronnie Black, 10:10 a.m. from Hole No. 1
CAREER WINS: 7
The Fort Worth native and Texas alumnus was the PGA Championship winner in 1996, one of his seven wins in a career that began in 1984. He was also the runnerup to Retier Goosen at the 2001 US Open and a member of the U.S. President's Cup team in 1996. Brooks, who was a three-time all-American for the Longhorns, is as well known for his work in golf course design as well as his skill at the game. He helped design Southern Oaks Golf Club in Fort Worth.
GROUPS TO WATCH
DAVID RUMMELLS, DAVID LUNDSTROM, DANNY EDWARDS
TEE TIME: Wednesday at 9:50 a.m. from Hole No. 1
All three are former PGA tour professionals with countless tournament champions between them, and they are playing together on the first two days. Lundstrom, left, has won more than $4 million in his career; Rummells, center, is last year's Texas Senior Open winner and two wins on what is now the Web.com Tour; and Edwards has five PGA tour wins on his resume.
DAVID OGRIN, RONNIE BLACK, BROOKS
TEE TIME: 10:10 a.m. Wednesday at Hole No. 1
Ogrin, left, an A&M alum, had a string of top 10 finishes in the late 1990s on the PGA tour, and has won $3 million in his career. Black, right, a Lamar graduate, has two PGA wins in his career and finished sixth in the 1984 Masters.
FACTS & FIGURES
74 - Total number of golfers in the field for this year's Texas Senior Open, down from 2011's field of 92 players.
50 - Projected number of players who will make the cut and play in Friday's final round.
72 - Par for Victoria Country Club during the event (6,870 yards total for all 18 holes)
$6,000 - Total prize money won by last year's champion, Dave Rummells
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
MONDAY: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Practice Rounds and registration for golfers
TUESDAY: 12:30 p.m., Port Lavaca Auto Group Pro-Am
WEDNESDAY: 8 a.m., first round tees off
THURSDAY: 8 a.m., second round tees off
FRIDAY: 8 a.m., final round tees off
PAST TEXAS SENIOR OPEN WINNERS• 2011 Champion - Dave Rummells
• 2010 Champion - Greg Bruckner
• 2009 Champion - Joe Stansbury
• 2008 Champion - Danny Edwards
• 2007 Champion - Rick Karbowski
• 2006 Champion - Danny Edwards
• 2005 Champion - Chuck Moran
• 2004 Champion - David Lundstrom
• 2003 Champion - Rocky Thompson
• 2002 Champion - Mark Coward
• 2000 Champion - Steve Veriato
• 1999 Champion - Mark Hayes
• 1998 Champion - John Grace
• 1997 Champion - Dwight Nevil