North Texas LPGA Shootout, April 25-28
The LPGA has selected Irving for its $1.3 million North Texas LPGA Shootout, the first time the Tour has played in North Texas in 22 years. Irving's Las Colinas Country Club will host the event, scheduled for April 25-28, 2013. It will deliver a full-field of 144 golfers, playing 72 holes of stroke play.
"Irving has a deep history of hosting premier golf events,” said Irving City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. "We roll out the red-carpet and provide athletes the comforts and amenities they need while competing. On top of that, we also have top-notch facilities accustomed to serving large and passionate groups of sports fans. The LPGA will find Irving convenient, friendly and fun.”
The North Texas LPGA Shootout also will provide a unique opportunity for amateur players in the area to earn spots in the field through qualifying. Tournament exemptions will be awarded to the winners of a high school and collegiate “shootout” played in advance of the event, giving up-and-coming talent in the area an opportunity to tee it up with the world’s best golfers.
"We are so excited to host this tournament, and the fact the LPGA is including North Texas high school and college female athletes further underscores the value of this event to Irving," said Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne. “Irving is highly focused on providing opportunities for youth, and we are proud to host an event of this stature that will offer young women such a unique experience."
Tournament proceeds will benefit the Nexus Club, which primarily supports and raises funds for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf in North Texas.