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Cordillera Ranch salutes instructor Gathright


Top 100 Instructor’s Students Finish in Top-3 of Prestigious Tournament

(BOERNE, Texas) – Cordillera Ranch – the Hill Country’s premier luxury and golf community – congratulates Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor and Director of Instruction Bryan Gathright, as three of his students finished in the top-3 of the prestigious 109th Texas State Amateur.

Mitchell Meissner, a recent graduate of Rice University and longtime pupil of Gathright, shot a 6-under 282 over four rounds to win the Texas State Amateur by three shots over Levi Valadez at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity. McClure Meissner, brother of Mitchell and a member of the SMU golf team, finished tied for third at even-par 288. Both Valadez, a sophomore on the Sam Houston State golf team and McClure Meissner, also hone their games under the watchful eye of Gathright.

“Words cannot express the pride I have for these young men,” Gathright says. “Knowing all three and their competitive natures, I knew they were all fighting for the win. Yet, I also knew that they would be proud and happy for one another.

“Having taught them for anywhere from six to nine years, a family-type bond has evolved. Father’s Day 2018 will be one I will never forget.”

Gathright was instrumental in changing Mitchell Meissner’s outlook on competitive golf. For 18 months, Meissner struggled with his putting, especially in competition. Gathright advised his right-handed pupil to try a radical concept – putting left-handed. Since then, Meissner has won two collegiate tournaments, including the 2018 Conference USA individual championship. He also won the Greater San Antonio Match Play Championship the week prior to the Texas State Amateur.

A GOLF Magazine “Top 100 Teacher in America” for the past 18 years, Gathright came to Cordillera Ranch in 2016 from San Antonio’s Oak Hill Country Club. A fixture in the Hill Country golf community. Gathright was the original director of instruction at both the La Cantera Golf Academy and the Harvey Penick Golf Academy – where he worked alongside the teaching legend for nearly three years.

Others who have flourished under Gathright’s tutelage include Jimmy Walker and Notah Begay III. Another Gathright student, Toni Hakula, won the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica’s Bupa Match Play Championship earlier this year. Gathright has taught numerous other PGA, Champions and LPGA Tour professionals, and over 200 high school golfers who have gone on to play collegiate golf.

“We salute Bryan for this incredible accomplishment – to have the top-3 finishers in a marquee event like the Texas State Amateur is unprecedented and something that might never happen again,” says Charlie Hill, President and Chief Operating Officer of DH Investments, developer of Cordillera Ranch. “Bryan’s commitment to developing the complete game, including the mental aspect so critical for successful competitors, for each of his pupils is why he’s had such tremendous success and following. We’re proud to have Gathright as a part of the Cordillera Ranch team.”

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About Cordillera Ranch

Cordillera Ranch is an 8,700-acre master-planned residential community located north of San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country. It offers residents on-site recreational activities and boasts 0.25-acre villas, one- to 10-plus acre estates, including valley view, golf course, Guadalupe River frontage and hilltop home sites. 

Residents of the gated community can join The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, featuring seven resort-style clubs in one location – The Golf Club, The Social Club, The Tennis and Swim Club, The Equestrian Club, The Rod and Gun Club, The Spa and Athletic Club and The River Club. Cordillera Ranch is undertaken by Cordillera Ranch Development Corp., a subsidiary of Texas-based DH Investment Company.

For families with school-aged kids, the community is situated in the prestigious Boerne Independent School District. Newsweek recently ranked both Boerne ISD high schools among the top 3 percent in the country. Also, an education analysis group listed five Boerne ISD elementary schools among the eight best in the San Antonio area, including the top four spots.

And then there’s San Antonio – recently ranked 10th in the Milken Institute’s “Best Performing Cities” list, which evaluates small and large cities by tracking job growth, wage and salary growth, and the size and concentration of high tech industry. Also, the U.S. Census Bureau recently tabbed Boerne as one of the fastest-growing areas in the country and financial website LendEDU named Boerne the second-best town in Texas to start a small business. 


Robert Rodriguez
Liza Mencarini