Texas Cup Invitational Heads to Waco
ADDISON – The Texas Cup Invitational heads to Ridgewood Country Club for the first time in the tournament’s 14-year history on March 12-14.
This boys-only invitational is scheduled for 54-holes of stroke play and continues to draw one of the best fields on the LJT schedule.
“We’re excited to be taking this championship to Ridgewood Country Club,” said Tournament Director Adam Schulte. “This field is always one of the best each year and the course will provide a true test for our champion.”
This will be the first Major Championship for the Boys Division in 2021, offering double points towards the Player of the Year standings as well as AJGA Performance Stars including fully exempt status for the winner. The tournament is also ranked by the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek.
Ridgewood Country Club opened in 1947 and sits right up against Lake Waco. The course was originally designed by Texan Ralph Plummer and in the early 1960s the city of Waco finalized plans to expand the lake and increase the lake’s elevation. Plummer returned to Ridgewood to renovate the course and it re-opened in June of 1963. The par-70 layout will be played a little more than 6,600 yards for the championship and features bentgrass greens as well as bermudagrass fairways, tees and rough.
The event is ranked by the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Golfweek and Junior Golf Scoreboard and offers numerous AJGA Stars to the top finishers.
This year’s 84-player field is led by seven past LJT Champions in the Boys 15-18 Division, including all three from 2021. Frisco’s Davis Ovard won the Winter Classic in January, while Austin’s Brian Comegys won the Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic and Temple’s Daniel Moon won the Spring Preview in February. The last three Boys 14 & Under Players of the Year are competing along with the last two Boys 14 & Under Texas Junior Amateur Champions.
The event is open to players with an active membership within the Texas Junior Golf Alliance and the field is built off exemptions from the previous year. There are 10 players competing from out of state including five from Louisiana. The No. 2 ranked player, according to Junior Golf Scoreboard, from New Mexico and the No. 4 ranked player from Mississippi are in the field.
Brandon Massey of Fort Worth won last year’s Texas Cup Invitational at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club’s Dye Course. He posted rounds of 78-69-69 to get to 216 overall and four strokes ahead of the field. Massey is the tournament’s only two-time winner after capturing the title in 2017.
The Texas Cup Invitational has previously been hosted at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club (2019-20), Ridglea Country Club (2017-18), Mira Vista Country Club (2013-16) and The Honors Club of Dallas (2008-12), which was recently renovated into Maridoe Golf Club. The tournament has produced some stellar past champions including Stratton Nolen (2010), Andrew Winters (2011), Chandler Phillips (2012), Braden Bailey (2013), Ryan Grider (2016), Thomas Bockholt III (2018) and Brian Boles (2019).
The 2021 Texas Cup Invitational starts March 12 at 8:00 AM at Ridgewood Country Club.
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