News and Notes: Aaron’s / Bob Estes Abilene Junior

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The tradition
continues in Abilene

Bob Estes

Bob Estes attended the cookout and spoke with players and staff.

The Aaron’s / Bob Estes Abilene Junior is currently the
third-longest running event on the AJGA’s schedule, with the inaugural event
taking place back in 1981. Abilene Country Club, the host course this week, has
hosted the event 16 times. Past champions include PGA Tour players Scott
Verplank (‘81, ’82), and Phil Mickelson (1987).

PGA Tour player gives
back to hometown

Abilene, Texas, and Abilene Country Club are all familiar
territories for Bob Estes, one of the two tournament sponsors this week. Estes,
whose parents were members of Abilene Country Club, played multiple rounds over
the years on the Club Course. Estes has four PGA Tour victories and 10
runner-up finishes to his name. This is the seventh year that Estes has
sponsored an AJGA event in his hometown.

Waiting for the sun
to shine

Players, spectators, and AJGA staff members were at the
mercy of the weather throughout the tournament. Thunderstorms postponed the
first round for one day, but players were prepared to play as much golf as they
could in 48 hours when the course was deemed playable. The tournament was a
54-hole stroke play competition and was played in just two days with an average
time par of 3:51.

 

Skinner, Isabelle rain shot (4)

Isabella Skinner of Cumming, Ga., faces the rain during round one.