Emma McMyler, a junior from Xavier University in San Antonio, will return to defend her Texas women’s amateur title July 12-15 at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble.

McMyler defeated Richardson’s Meagan Winans, a sophomore at Oklahoma, in the finals last year. The last player to successfully defend her title at the Texas Golf Association event was Texas Golf Hall of Famer Mina Hardin in 1999-2000.

McMyler, the Big East Golfer of the Year, led Xavier to his third straight Big East Conference title. Winans and semifinalist Elina Sinz of Katy, a junior at Auburn, are also on the court with Ellie Szeryk of Allen, a junior who recently transferred to SMU from Texas A&M.

Arlington’s Tierra Verde Golf Club closes for renovations

Arlington’s Tierra Verde Golf Club, The Dallas Morning News‘ Course no. 22 as is in the mid-range category, closed at weekends to resurface the greens and renovate the bunkers.

The course opened in 1998. It was ranked No. 80 in the state in 2009. It was last ranked in the top 100 in 2013.

The green surfaces will be enlarged and restored to the original design. Champion Dwarf Bermuda will replace TifEagle Bermuda. Green twigs are expected to be planted Monday and the course is expected to reopen Oct. 1, the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department said in a news release.

Mark Claburn, superintendent of golf course maintenance for Arlington’s four courses, said the green surface will be of the same variety as Texas Rangers Golf Club. He said the Texas Rangers putting surfaces were well received by the general public and by college and Korn Ferry Tour players during the Veritex Bank Championship.

The bunker renovation will include switching to the Better Billy Bunker coating, which will improve playing conditions and reduce maintenance. The sand will also be replaced.

“We are committed to keeping Tierra Verde Golf Club on the short list of must-visit courses in the area, and we certainly believe these upgrades reflect that,” said Greg Durante, Director of Golf Services. “The feedback we regularly receive from golfers is their love of the layout and their appreciation of the scenic setting that Tierra Verde provides. Our hope is that these playability improvements will result in an even better experience for our customers.

In short…

The Volunteers of America Classic Girls Championship will be held Monday through Wednesday at Golf Clubs at the Tribute. McKinney’s Avery Zweig won last year’s event and earned a spot in the LPGA Tournament. … The 42nd Texas Father-Son Championship will be played Friday through Sunday at Wichita Falls Country Club. The 80 teams on the course for the Texas Golf Association event will be assigned to one of six flights based on their handicap rating. The first two rounds are better ball. The final round of the championship flight is an individual stroke game. … Sam Randolph, director of instruction at Mira Vista CC, and his amateur partner Mason Harper won the NTPGA Pro-Junior Championship at Lantana Golf Club in one fell swoop.

To see subscription options for The News and SportsDay, click here.