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Sadie Englemann Wins Texas State Junior Championship
Author: TGA Staff
July 28th 2017 - Sadie Englemann Goes Wire-to-Wire at Texas State Junior Championship
HORSESHOE BAY – Sadie Englemann of Austin said no lead was big enough in the 2017 Texas State Junior Championship. She began the final round with a five-shot advantage, however the two-time defending champion, Hailey Jones, made a final round charge. Englemann’s will was tested, but she showed grit down the stretch en route to a one-shot victory at Slick Rock GC.
“Today, I just wanted to come out here and keep fighting and I think I did that,” Englemann said. “I am just pretty proud of myself for holding it together.”
Englemann, 15, opened her final round with four straight pars. Jones, who began the day in solo second, birdied the par-3 second and par-5 third to cut into Englemann’s lead early. She bogeyed the par-4 fifth and Englemann capitalized. The Westlake High School sophomore birdied the fifth hole and closed out the front nine with four pars to turn in 1-under 35 and retain a five-shot margin.
Jones, a two-time Legends Junior Tour Girls Player of the Year, did not back down. The Dallas native made three consecutive birdies to start her closing loop. She followed with her seventh red number of the day on the par-4 14th and found herself only two shots off the lead. Englemann made a costly bogey on the par-4 16th. Her margin was down to one with two holes to play.
Englemann and Jones parred the par-3 17th. The 91st Texas State Junior Championship would be decided on the 18th hole. Englemann found the middle of the fairway as did Jones. They followed suit on their approach shots finding the putting surface in regulation. Englemann stood over her birdie putt first and stroked back and through. The ball came to a stop two feet short of the hole. Jones missed her birdie try and Englemann confidently rolled in her par putt to capture the championship by one-stroke.
“This is a pretty big one,” Englemann said. “The players in this field are so good and just the fact that everyone went so low and I came out winning it at 15-under that’s a big mark for me.”
Englemann, medalist at the 2016 U.S. Girls Junior and three-time winner on the Legends Junior Tour, adds the Texas State Junior Championship to a decorated junior golf career. She joins Annika Clark, Courtney Dow, Angela Stanford and a host of other great champions of this coveted event.
Sara Camarena of Austin, Leah Alberto of Kingwood and Madelyn Jones of Austin rounded out this year’s top-5.
The Legends Junior Tour extends its warmest and most sincere appreciation to the staff and members of Slick Rock Golf Club at Horseshoe Bay Resort, as well as our volunteers, for their integral part in making the 91st Texas State Junior Championship a memorable and successful event. For more information about this championship click here.
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