Crowded Leaderboards at Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship
Briefly: Frisco’s Davis Ovard, Mansfield’s Cameron Beck, and Heath’s Matthew Watkins are all tied atop the leaderboard at 2-under 70 in the Boys 15-18 Division. In the Girls 12-18 Division, Alise Knudson of Dallas, Magnolia’s Halle Whitney, and Frisco’s Caroline Kent are all tied for the lead after rounds of 4-over 76. Nathan Miller of Dallas fires a 2-under 70 to take the first round lead in the Boys 14 & Under Division.
Boys 15-18 Division
T1. Davis Ovard, Frisco 70
T1. Matthew Watkins, Heath 70
T1. Cameron Beck, Mansfield 70
4. Seth Bearden, Crowell 69
5. Sam Dossey, Austin 72
T1. Alise Knudson, Dallas 76
T1. Halle Whitney, Magnolia 76
T1. Caroline Kent, Frisco 76
T4. Lauren Rios, Coppell 77
T4. Farah O’Keefe, Austin 77
Boys 14 & Under
- Nathan Miller, Dallas 70
2. Christian Clanton, Trophy Club 77
T3. David Kramp, Dallas 78
T3. Rhett O’Rear, Plano 78
T3. Finn Burkholder, The Woodlands 78
In Contention: Seth Bearden of Crowell trails the Boys 15-18 Division leaders by one after posting a round of 1-under 71. Austin’s Sam Dossey made six birdies on the day to post an even par round of 72 and round out the top 5 after round one. Lauren Rios of Coppell, Farah O’Keefe of Austin, and Plano’s Ellie Roth all sit one shot back of the leaders after posting rounds of 5-over 77. Trophy Club’s Christian Clanton sits seven shots back after a first round score of 5-over 77. Dallas’s David Kramp and Brooks Harper are tied for third with Plano’s Rhett O’Rear and The Woodland’s Finn Burkholder at 6-over 78.
Golf Course: Brookhaven Country Club features three unique courses that were designed by Byron Nelson and Press Maxwell in 1958. The Masters Course is hosting the Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship for the second straight year and stretches out to 6,900 yards in the Boys 15-18 Division, 6,500 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division and 6,000 yards in the Girls 12-18 Division.
Tournament Format: The Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship is a 36-hole stroke play event for players ages 12-19 that have a valid membership with a member of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The tournament field features 120 players across three divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 14 & Under and Girls 12-18.
Weather: The first round consisted of windy conditions with players facing winds of 18 mph throughout the day, and gusts of up to 28 mph. After a cool morning, the temperature climbed up towards 93 degrees in the early afternoon.
What’s Next: The final round of the Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship is set for Tuesday, June 30. Pairings for the final round were redrawn according to scores from the first round and can be viewed by clicking here
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