Golfers who regularly play the courses at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center know of Dean Choate.

Based on recent accomplishments, a much wider group of people may soon become familiar with the resort's pro for the last six years. If all goes according to plan, Choate's recent exploits could earn him a spot in some big time events. ""We have a qualifier every year in the southern Texas section for Class A club pros only.

It was held at Walden. I finished tied for eighth, which earned me a spot to the national club pro tournament,"" Choate said. The tournament, which will be held in June at Reynold's Plantation near Atlanta, will send the top 20 club pro finishers to the PGA championship next August. Choate knows he's competing with some of the best golfers in his class, but is optimistic about his chances. ""I'm going against the best club pros in the nation. If I play well, I feel like I've got a pretty good chance. We'll see what happens,"" he said. The tournament will field about 140 golfers, so Choate is fine-tuning a game the Huntsville native honed playing for the team at Sam Houston State University from 1990 to 1994. ""I've been working real hard on my game,"" he said

Choate toured as a professional for six years following his college career.
""I played a lot of mini-tour events. I traveled as a so-called journeyman. I got tired of the traveling and decided it was time to raise a family, so I came home,"" he said.

But in June, Choate will draw on that experience, and hit the road at least one more time for a shot at golfing glory. ""I'm excited. I'm looking forward to going. It's kind of the goal I've been working toward for the last two years. It's good to play well anytime, but especially in a big event. If I can just take my game on the road, we'll see what we can do,"" Choate said.

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