And it's going to be big.
Not only is the player lineup loaded with local Texan stars, but the Shootout is offering rare opportunities for both collegiate and highschool players to play alongside the LPGA pros.
On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, the North Texas College Shootout was held at Las Colinas with two spots at the Shootout on the line.
After a beautiful morning on the course, two lead ladies emerged and tied for first and second. Madison Pressel of the University of Texas and Casey Grice of the University of North Carolina snagged the two sponsor's exemption spots with scores of even-par 71.
As if playing on their first LPGA tour wasn't enough, both ladies had a different added bonus.
Madison Pressel, a senior at UT, is the younger sister of LPGA star Morgan Pressel, who is also scheduled to play at the Shootout.
"Being able to play my first round in an LPGA tournament with my sister will be awesome," said Madison.
Casey Grice, although a junior far away at UNC, calls College Station, Texas, home.
"This is a great opportunity for me to play with the pros," said Grice, a junior at UNC. "I'm [a native], so I was excited to see the LPGA return to North Texas."
Chelsea Mocio and Katerina Ruzickova are teammates at Texas A&M and from placing third and fourth have earned the opportunity to play in the LPGA Monday Qualifier on April 22 against a field of professionals competing for two spots in the LPGA tournament proper. Mocio carded a 73 and Ruzickova finished with a 74.
The North Texas LPGA Shootout will be held April 25-28, 2013. The 144-player official money tournament is the Tour’s first in the North Texas region in more than 20 years.
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