Former Wonder Boy Qualifies for Texas Open

B.J. Hawkins, a former All-Gulf South Conference performer for the men’s golf team at Arkansas Tech, has qualified for one of the most prestigious annual tournaments in his home state of Texas.

Hawkins shot an even-par round of 70 at Pinecrest Country Club in Longview, Texas, on Tuesday to earn a spot in the 40th Texas State Open.

The tournament will be played July 15-18 at The Cascades Club in Tyler.

According to the Texas State Open Web site, the prize money of $135,000 slated for 2010 gives the Texas State Open one of the largest state open purses in the nation.

The importance of the event is underlined by its list of former champions, which includes major champions such as Lee Trevino and Ben Crenshaw. PGA Tour regulars such as Jeff Maggert and Blaine McAlister also dot the list of former Texas State Open champions.

Hawkins, who is from Winnsboro, Texas, was All-GSC at Arkansas Tech in 2006, 2007 and 2009. He had a career scoring average of 74.7 in 86 rounds as a Wonder Boy.

Hawkins had a 74.0 scoring average and eight top-10 finishes as a senior at Arkansas Tech in 2008-09. He posted rounds of 72 and 67 as a sophomore to win the 2006 Derrall Foreman Invitational in Cleveland, Miss.