Texas State Open ends its run in Tyler

Shawn Stefani, of Baytown, won the 2011 Texas State Open at The Cascades in Tyler, which ends its six-year run as host of the state's historic tournament. (Sarah A. Miller | Tyler Morning Telegraph)

After a successful six-year run, the historic Texas State Open golf tournament is leaving The Cascades Golf Club in Tyler for The Lakes at Castle Hills in Lewisville.

The Northern Texas PGA announced Friday a three-year agreement with Bright Realty as the new title sponsor. The championship will be named the Bright Realty Texas State Open.

The golf course, formerly The Golf Club at Castle Hills, has been renamed as part of the new ownership by Bright Realty.

“The Texas State Open has a long and storied history with many great champions and wonderful host sites. It is fitting that an event of this stature will be played at The Lakes at Castle Hills,” Mark Harrison, executive director of the Northern Texas PGA, said in a news release. “Bright Realty is creating a world class golf experience and the Northern Texas PGA is very excited to be able to conduct the Bright Realty Texas State Open at the facility.”

According to a D Magazine report last month, golf instructor Hank Haney announced that The Lakes at Castle Hills would be the new headquarters for the Hank Haney Golf Schools. Also, the report said the 7,152-yard golf course is undergoing an upgrade and renovation.

“We are very excited and honored to be chosen to host the Texas State Open at The Lakes at Castle Hills,” said Chris Bright, Bright Realty CEO. “We consider this another significant step forward in the rebirth of our classic North Texas golf course.

“The combination of some of Texas’ finest golfers and one of its best new courses, The Lakes at Castle Hills, will be a tremendous win for our community, Lone Star golfers and golf fans. We’re excited about many years of partnership showcasing this great event with our great golf course.”

The Texas State Open has been played on 11 different courses since the first event in 1960. The six years at The Cascades ranks third all-time among TSO venues, behind The Woodlands Country Club (eight years, two stints) and Horseshoe Bay (seven years) outside Austin.

The last time the Texas State Open was held in the Metroplex was 2002 at Woodbridge Golf Club in Wylie.

Harrison told the Tyler Paper earlier this summer that the NTPGA was hopeful of keeping the Texas State Open at The Cascades, while adding, “The title sponsor typically has a fair bit of input of where the event would be played.”

The former title sponsor was Chesapeake Energy, which chose not to renew after its three-year agreement expired this summer. During the same time, Joyce Crane sponsored the Texas State Open Pro-Am and Youth Clinic. The TSO did not have a title sponsor the first three years in Tyler.

The 2012 championship tournament will be played Aug. 2-5. Baytown’s Shawn Stefani is the defending champion.

About Bright Realty 

Bright Realty is a full service real estate firm offering services such as land brokerage; customized property management and accounting; leasing advisory services; owner and tenant representation; project management, development and construction services; asset disposition; and marketing services. Bright Realty is the developer of Castle Hills and The Lakes at Castle Hills.

About The Lakes at Castle Hills 

The Lakes at Castle Hills is a full service country club featuring the world headquarters of Hank Haney Golf Schools and a Jay Morrish-designed 18-hole championship course. The newly updated 7,152-yard golf course has undergone a complete renovation with greens reverted to their original design, reconfigured fairways with the addition of several lakes, fountains, premium grass and premium bunker sand, in preparation for the Sept. 24 grand opening.

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