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Ronny Glanton named golf professional of the year by Northern Texas PGA

Fin Ewing III (left), owner of The Ewing Automotive Group, presents a check to Northern Texas PGA president Ronny Glanton with proceeds from the Ewing Charity Classic at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas on Nov. 26, 2018.

Ronny Glanton, the head pro at Richardson’s Sherrill Park since 1985, was named the golf professional of the year by the Northern Texas PGA. He is the first three-time recipient of the award, having won it in 1999 and 2007.

Glanton, the current NTPGA president, played a key role in the creation of PGA Frisco, which includes two 18-hole courses, the relocation of the PGA of America headquarters to Frisco and a new headquarters building for the NTPGA.

“During Ronny’s tenure as president, we have been able to accomplish so many things, and at the top of that list was the announcement of the Northern Texas PGA’s section office moving to PGA Frisco,” said Mark Harrison, executive director/CEO of the NTPGA. “There is no chance that ever happens without Ronny’s leadership, tenacity and overall vision for the section.”

Ewing Classic raises $250K for NTPGA

The 14th annual Ewing Charity Classic on Monday at Trinity Forest Golf Club raised $250,000 for the Northern Texas PGA Foundation.

The biggest winner, though, might have been Robert McMillan, director of instruction at McMillan Golf Academy, who took home a 2020 Mercedes Benz C300 in a closest to the pin contest. The car was provided by 2019 Texas Golf Hall of Fame inductee Fin Ewing III of Ewing Automotive Group.

After the pro-am, which included 22 teams of club pros and current or former PGA Tour, Korn Ferry Tour or LPGA Tour players, 23 area professionals each took one shot at a hole from 80 yards. McMillan’s 54-degree sand wedge ended up 61/2 inches from the hole. Britt Patton, director of golf at Vaquero Club, finished second, hitting his ball 19 inches from the hole to take home $2,500.

“I’m still in a little bit of shock, but this is awesome,” McMillan said.

Professionals Blaine Hale Jr. and Troy Denton teamed with amateurs Mark Godvin, Gregg Hammer and Chris Halaska to card a 13-under 131 to win the pro-am by one stroke.

Scheffler donates $50K for junior golf

The NTPGA Foundation received a $50,000 donation to support junior golf from Scottie Scheffler, the Korn Ferry Tour Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year, who is in his rookie season on the PGA Tour.

Scheffler, an NTPGA Junior Tour member from 2002 to 2010, earned $300,000 through RSM Birdies Fore Love program. Scheffler credited the NTPGA Junior Tour and Legends Tour with shaping him as a golfer.

Briefly: Bohyun Park, a junior at Carrollton Ranchview who has committed to Texas, shot even-par 288 to tie for fourth at the Rolex Tournament of Champions at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Park is No. 8 in the Rolex AJGA rankings. Plano West senior Michelle Zhang tied for 29th.

Dallas-based Topgolf reports that 20 million customers at 57 venues around the world this year have hit 1 billion balls, which they estimate would circle the globe … Hanna Harrison of Plano teamed with Evelyn Arguelles of Mexico to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Fla., in April. They shot a 1-under 70 at Mira Vista CC in Fort Worth.

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