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Preston Stout, Matthew Comegys, Trenton Mierl, Ryann Honea and MacKenzie Moore Win Divisions at North Texas Classic

GRAND PRAIRIE – Preston Stout of Richardson and Matthew Comegys of Plano win a share of the North Texas Classic after firing a total of 11-under-par 133 through 36 holes to become co-champions of the Boys 15-18 Division. MacKenzie Moore of Trophy Club shot a final round 1-under-par 71 to tie Ryann Honea of San Angelo who carded a closing 4-over 75. They both posted 2-under-par 142 for the championship and were crowned co-champions of the Girls 12-18 Division. Austin’s Trenton Mierl fired a 6-under-par 66 to the run away with the Boys 14 & Under Division title by four strokes.

Boys 15-18 Division

  1. Preston Stout               65 – 68 | 133
    2. Matthew Comegys       66 – 67 | 133
    3. Connor Adams            71 – 69 | 140

Girls 12-18 Division

  1. Ryann Honea              67 – 75 | 142
    2. MacKenzie Moore      71 – 71 | 142
    3. Lauren Rios                74 – 69 | 143

Boys 14 & Under Division

  1. Trenton Mierl              68 – 66 | 134
    2. Connor Cassano             71 – 67 | 138
    T3. Rhett O’Rear               71 – 70 | 141
    T3. Nicholas Logis            69 – 72 | 141

Contention:

As the Boys 15-18 Division came down to the wire, co-champions were crowned. Richardson’s Stout shot an impressive 4-under-par front 9 in Sunday’s final round but it was not enough to hold off Plano’s Comegys. A bogey by Stout on the 16th gave Comegys an opportunity to capitalize, and he did just that with a birdie on the 16th hole. He closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th to card a 5-under-par 67 and become a co-champion of the North Texas Classic. Finishing solo third, Connor Adams of Dallas carded a 3-under-par 69 to post 4-under 140 for the championship.

In the Girls 12-18 Division, MacKenzie Moore was impressively consistent both days carding back-to-back rounds in red figures and claim a co-champion title. The 18-hole leader, Ryann Honea, struggled on Sunday. However, a clutch birdie on the difficult par-3 17th gave her a share of the lead heading into 18. Moore and Honea closed out the championship with pars to win by one stroke. Lauren Rios of Coppell bounced back with a 3-under-par 69 on Sunday to finish one stroke behind Honea and Moore and round out the top three.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Trenton Mierl captured his third LJT victory of the season. His impressive rounds of 68 and a bogey-free 66 to post 10-under-par 134 was enough to win by four shots. With the victory, Mierl will extend his lead in the Player of the Year Standings. Connor Cassano of Shreveport shot a final round 67 to finish second, while Rhett O’Rear of Plano finished with a 2-under-par 70 to tie for third with Nicholas Logis of Austin who shot a final round even-par 72.

Tournament Format: The North Texas Classic is a 36-hole stroke play event for golfers ages 12-18 that have an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The event is split into three divisions: Boy 15-18, Girls 12-18 and Boys 14 & Under. Players earned their way into the field by playing in Alliance Partner Events and attaining status with the Legends Junior Tour.

Weather:  Clear skies, slightly breezy with a high of 89 degrees.

Tournament History: This is the sixth year of the North Texas Classic and the fifth year hosted by Tangle Ridge Golf Club. In 2015 the Legends Junior Tour added the event to the fall schedule to better accommodate the growing demand for more events for junior golfers. The event has seen signups grow each year and the North Texas Classic has quickly become one of the top-ranked Open Events on the LJT schedule.

At Stake: Along with an LJT victory, players are also jockeying for position to earn valuable Player of the Year points as well as exemptions into future LJT Invitational and Major events and AJGA PBE Stars. The Player of the Year Standings are used to determine player of the year along with entry into the Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational and set the teams for the Jackie Burke Cup matches later this year.

For more information on the North Texas Classic, click here. To see all the scores from the first round, click here.