TYLER, Texas — The 49th Tanos Exploration II/Patterson-UTI Drilling Texas State Open teed off Tuesday morning at The Cascades Club in Tyler and runs through Friday, August 2.

The Championship will be a 72-hole stroke play event consisting of 156 professionals and amateurs playing for a projected purse of $200,000. The field will play 36 holes before being cut to the low 55 scores and ties.

Admission and parking is free.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is one of the many golfers participating in the tournament. He teed off at 8:24 a.m. on Hole 10.

East Texas-area golfers include:

  • Bryan Barker, of Tyler (Tees off at 1:42 p.m.)
  • Jeremy Bates, of Quitman (Tees off at 2:09 p.m.)
  • Jaxson Bellar, of Bullard (Tees off at 9:27 a.m.)
  • Trey Brooks, of Tyler (Tees off at 2:18 p.m.)
  • Blake Elliott, of Bullard (Tees off at 1:51 p.m.)
  • Jared Johnson, of Lindale (Tees off at 1:42 p.m.)
  • Bobby Massa, of Tyler (Tees off at 7:30 a.m.)
  • Rick Maxey, of Tyler (Tees off at 8:24 a.m.)
  • Stetson McMillan, of Tyler (Tees off at 1:42 p.m.)
  • Robert Shields, of Tyler (Tees off at 2:27 p.m.)
  • James Yeates, of Lufkin (Tees off at 9:27 a.m.)

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Romo spoke with the media on Monday, and in addition to fielding questions about his golf game, he also took the time to praise Whitehouse native, turned NFL MVP, Patrick Mahomes.

“He’s probably your adopted son,” Romo said . “The way I describe him is that he is one the best things to happen to the NFL in a long time and that’s for multiple reasons. One, I think everyone can see his talent and his ability. It’s rare, it really is special. But also him as person, the kid. Your adopted son, you raised him the right way. He is a very genuine, nice kid."

CBS19 will be out at The Cascades throughout the week. So, stop by our tent and get a FREE CBS19 umbrella to help shade you from that East Texas sun!

The event is conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) Northern Texas Section. Title Sponsors include Tanos Exploration II, LLC, and Patterson-UTI Drilling Company, LLC. The tournament is presented by Joyce Crane and Veritex Community Bank. It is hosted by The Cascades and the charitable partner is the PGA Northern Texas Section Foundation.

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