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Salazar Shoots 69 and Leads Flodder Financial Shootout

Briefly: Jacob Salazar of League City shot 3-under 69 in the opening round of the Flodder Financial Shootout to lead the Boys 15-18 Division by three strokes. Katy’s Elina Sinz leads the Girls 12-18 Division at 1-under, while Aaron Pounds of The Woodlands and Grant Yerger of Driftwood are tied for first in the Boys 14 & Under Division at the Club at Falcon Point.

Leaderboard:

 

Boys 15-18 Division
1. Jacob Salazar, League City            69
T2. Rustyn Goolsby, Mt. Pleasant      72
T2. Christian Clark, Dallas                  72
T4. William Sammons, Spring            73
T4. Sutton Price, Plano                      73

Girls 12-18
1. Elina Sinz, Katy                              71
2. Delany Martin, Boerne                   73
3. Lauren Nguyen, Katy                     74
T4. Alice Linsig, Houston                   75
T4. Maelynn Kim, Katy                       75

Boys 14 & Under
T1. Aaron Pounds, The Woodlands   70
T1. Grant Yerger, Driftwood               70
3. Kevin Mu, Austin                            71
T4. Brecken Franklin, Montgomery    73
T4. Nathan Marion, San Antonio        73

In Contention: Two players trail Salazar in the Boys 15-18 Division at even-par 72. Rustyn Goolsby of Mt. Pleasant and Christian Clark of Dallas are tied for second and just three strokes back of the leader. Spring’s William Sammons and Plano’s Sutton Price are tied for fourth in the division at 1-over 73, while five other players are five strokes back at 2-over. Boerne’s Delaney Martin is two strokes behind Sinz in the Girls 12-18 Division. Lauren Nguyen of Katy sits alone in third place at 2-over, while Alice Linsig, Maelynn Kim and Maggie Ni are tied for fourth at 3-over. Kevin Mu of Austin shot 1-under 71 in the first round and trails Pounds and Yerger in the Boys 14 & Under Division, while Brecken Franklin and Nathan Marion are tied for fourth at 1-over 73.

Golf Course: The Club at Falcon Point is hosting the Flodder Financial Shootout for the second time in as many years. The club is celebrating its 35th year in 2019 after opening in 1984. The duo of Bruce Devlin and Robert von Hagge designed the par-72 layout, which features 18 holes that tests the full bag of each golfer.

Weather: The first round was delayed 30 minutes due to heavy rains throughout the night. The course accumulated a little more than two inches overnight, but the sun came out before noon on Monday and started to dry up the course. The temperature climbed up above 90 degrees with light and variable winds.

Tournament Format: The Flodder Financial Shootout is a 36-hole stroke-play event for players ages 12-19 that have an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The event is divided into three divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 14 & Under and Girls 12-18.

Tournament History: This is the seventh year of the Flodder Financial Shootout, but the list of past champions is one of the strongest on the Legends Junior Tour. Walker Lee and Cole Hammer are past champions of this event and have both gone on to qualify for and compete in a U.S. Open Championship. Other past champions include Travis Vick, Isha and Ashni Druva, Scott Roden, Michael Perras, Garrett Martin, Macy Fox and Treed Huang.

Tournament Exemptions: All players that finish in the top half of each division will earn points towards the LJT Player of the Year Standings. The event is ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek and AJGA Stars will be handed out as well.

Next Up: The final round of the Flodder Financial Shootout is scheduled to start at 7:30 am off the No. 1 and 10 tees on Tuesday, June 18. Following play, the top finishers of each division will be awarded trophies with the winners earning Flodder Financial Shootout custom-made belt buckles.

For more information on the Flodder Financial Shootout, click here. To see all the scores from Monday, click here.