Other Sports: Local links: Irving Golf Club to reopen after $3.5 million renovation; Highland Park, Texas alum leads Korn Ferry Tour

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Irving Golf Club, the public course off Loop 12 formerly known as Twin Wells, will reopen Saturday after a $3.5 million renovation by Colligan Golf Design.

The renovation of Irving’s only daily fee golf course included rerouting eight holes, installing a new irrigation system and reshaping greens and tees. The nines were switched so that the front nine is the former back nine. Some holes were relocated to help alleviate flooding problems from the West Fork of the Trinity River adjacent to the course.

The weekend rate is $35 for Irving residents and $45 for nonresidents.

HP alum leads Korn Ferry Tour in points

Highland Park and Texas alum Scottie Scheffler will enter this weekend’s Korn Ferry Tour Finals with the points lead with regular season and postseason combined. The winner is exempt to The Players Championship and will keep his priority all year,

Also in The 25 are SMU alum Harry Higgs at No. 4 and McKinney Boyd graduate Vincent Whaley at No. 20.

In addition to earning his PGA Tour card, The 25 points leader earns an exemption into the Players Championship.

AT&T Byron Nelson raises $3M for charity

The AT&T Byron Nelson raised $3 million in charitable proceeds for the Salesmanship Club Charitable Golf of Dallas, the club announced.

“The tournament is truly more than a game to us, and we are incredibly proud to continue providing a substantial contribution to Momentous Institute,” tournament director Jon Drago said.

The Momentous Institute works directly with more than 5,500 families and children with social and emotional health issues.

The 2020 AT&T Byron Nelson will be May 7-10 at Trinity Forest Golf Club. It will mark the 75th anniversary of the season Byron Nelson won 18 times, including 11 in a row.

Lane, Lee selected to junior all-stars

Gaven Lane of Argyle and Tyler Lee of Addison were selected to the 20-player AJGA Junior All-Star Team of top 12- to 15-year-old golfers in the world during the 2019 season, the American Junior Golf Association announced.

Lane, who attended Argyle Middle School, had five top-10 finishes in AJGA tournaments. Lee, a freshman at Jesuit, had four top-10 finishes.

Members of the Junior All-star Team receive an invitation to play in the Junior All-Star Invitational at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga, Oct. 11-14.

WinStar to host long drive event

WinStar Golf Club in Thackerville, Okla., will host the World Long Drive Championship, Tuesday-Wednesday. The longest hitters in the world will compete for belts in the Open, Women’s and Masters Divisions.

The reigning world champions are Phillis Meti (Women’s Division), Maurice Allen (Open Division) and Eddie Fernandes (Masters Division).

Competitors will come from eight official World Long Drive qualifying events throughout North America.

The championship will be televised live on Golf Channel from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Twitter: @MarkKazlowski

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