The Northern Texas PGA Foundation was a big winner Monday at the Ewing Charity Classic, and Dean Larsson was the biggest individual winner when he drove home in a Mercedes Benz GLA 250.The 16th edition of the fundraising golf tournament featuring 22 teams of PGA club professional members and members of the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour and amateurs, raised a record $275,000, the NTPGA announced.Larsson, the head pro at Royal Oaks Country Club won the Mercedes for a year after winning the closest to the pin shootout among area club pros. Larsson hit a 56-degree wedge from 82 yards, to 4 feet, 1 inch from the hole.Professionals Robert McMillan and Edward Loar III teamed up with amateurs Mike Backlund, Scott Munro, Tim Weymouth to shoot 18-under 126 to win the tournament in a playoff with the team of Tony Romo, Stonebriar Country Club director of golf Britt Patton and amateurs Dean Woodward, Jeff Stiltner and Joe Bob Joyce.Fin Ewing, a Texas Golf Hall of Fame member, has been donating a car as a prize since 2012 as a thank you to the PGA professionals who participate in the event.Chad Moscovic, director of instruction at Brook Hollow Golf Club, earned $3,000 for finishing second with a shot of 5 feet, 8 inches. Britt Patton won $1,500 after a shot of 6 feet, 2 inches.Mark KazlowskiHistoric year can get better for MorikawaThe Hero World Challenge has all the trappings of a working vacation on a Caribbean island with a 20-man field, no cut and warm tropical air in December. It just doesn’t feel that way to Collin Morikawa.A historic year for the 24-year-old Californian can still get better.At stake for Morikawa this week at Albany Golf Club is a chance to reach No. 1 in the world in only his 61st tournament worldwide as a pro. That would be the second-quickest ascent to the top of the world in golf behind Tiger Woods (21 starts).None of this seems to faze Morikawa, not after a year in which he won his first World Golf Championship, his second major at the British Open and became the first American to be No. 1 on the European Tour when he won the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai two weeks ago.And to think it was just over 18 months ago that he picked up his business degree from the University of California at Berkeley.“I wouldn’t call it surprised,” Morikawa said after a pro-am round that included cricket legend Brian Lara. “I set a lot of lofty goals and they’re reasonable goals — they’re not unreasonable — but I set a lot of high goals and that’s just the standard I live up to. It always has been. I just keep pushing myself.”The Associated PressFind more golf coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
16th Ewing Charity Classic raises record $275,000 at this year’s event