The Greenwood Cup Junior Invitational Announces Venue Change
The premier junior golf tournament announced its fall dates and change of venue to the historic Houston Country Club
HOUSTON, TX – Planning for The Greenwood Cup Junior Invitational has been underway. As in year’s past, the event was scheduled to be held at River Oaks Country Club on October 26-27, 2019. With the uncertainty surrounding the course renovation at River Oaks, taking place to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, the decision was made to keep the dates but change the venue. The Greenwood Cup Tournament Committee is pleased to announce this year’s event will now be held at Houston Country Club.
“River Oaks and Houston Country Club, and our members, have enjoyed a unique friendship that has been passed down for multiple generations, and we are excited to host this year’s event at HCC. Houston Country Club is a very special place, with a storied history in golf, and we are certain the golf course will be a significant test and first class experience,” said Tournament Committee Chairman Stuart Wallace.
Houston Country Club was founded in 1908 and almost immediately began to host competitive tournaments. The first Texas Golf Association Championship ever played on an 18-hole course was held at Houston Country Club in 1910, and HCC hosted the second Texas Women’s Championship a few years later in 1917. Amateur golf was always important at HCC, and in 1914 they launched The Houston Invitational, hosting the best amateurs from around the country from 1914 through 1954.
Houston Country Club moved to its current location in 1957, a beautiful golf course designed by the famed architect, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The highly regarded course attracted The Shell Wonderful World of Golf to HCC in May of 1964, which featured two of the greatest players the game has ever known, Ben Hogan vs. Sam Sneed. Coore Crenshaw renovated the course in 1988, and again in 2011, into a challenging 7200-yard, par 71 layout.
“We are proud of the golf history at Houston Country Club, and we are very excited to add a new chapter by hosting this prestigious junior golf event. We believe our golf course will present a stern test of golf and will deliver a worthy team of champions,” said Houston Country Club President Jay Greer.
The 2018 Greenwood Cup at River Oaks Country Club included highly ranked juniors from around the country. Alexander Yang and J. Holland Humphries won the boys division with a two-day total of 133 (11 under par). Sadie Englemann successfully defended her title from 2016 and 2017, with her new partner, Rachel Heck. Sadie and Rachel shot 132 (12 under par) to win the girls division.
Since its inception in 2016, The Greenwood Cup Junior Invitational has quickly established itself on the junior golf calendar by attracting an elite field with many of the country’s top junior golfers. Each year, the tournament hosts approximately 50 two-person teams, both boys and girls, playing 36 holes of four-ball competition.
This year’s event will take place October 26-27 at Houston Country Club.