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Dossey, Robertson and O’Rear Lead North Texas Classic
Briefly: Sam Dossey fired an 8-under 64 and leads the Boys Division of the North Texas Classic at Tangle Ridge Golf Club. Sidney Robertson’s 1-under leads the Girls Division, while Rhett O’Rear leads the Boys 14 & Under Division at 4-under.
Leaders: Austin’s Sam Dossey is seeking his second straight win after capturing the title at the George Hannon Junior Invitational last month. He finished strong on Saturday with a birdie on the par-4 16th, a birdie on the par-3 17th and an eagle on the par-5 18th. He totaled seven birdies in the first round along with his eagle. Tyler’s Sidney Robertson made five birdies en route to her opening round of 1-under 71 and leads by four strokes heading into Sunday’s Final Round. Plano’s Rhett O’Rear leads the Boys 14 & Under Division by two strokes after a 68 on Saturday. He made five birdies in the first round, including back-to-back birdies on his final two holes, the par-3 17th and the par-5 18th.
In Contention: In the Boys Division, four players are tied for second at 5-under, including Matthew Foster who is seeking his second victory with the LJT this year. Three players are tied for sixth at 4-under, while four are tied for ninth at 2-under. In the division 15 total players are under par heading into the final round.
In the Girls Division, McKinney’s Kate Bennett is in second at 3-over, while Dallas’ Adrienne Ahn is third at 4-over. Two players are tied for fourth, while three are tied for sixth at 6-over.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Brooks Harper of Dallas trails by two strokes, with Selma’s Shiv Parmar and Frisco’s Luke Colton tied for third. Two players are tied for fifth at even-par, while two more are tied for seventh at 2-over.
Golf Course: Tangle Ridge Golf Club has hosted the North Texas Classic six of the seven years the Legends Junior Tour has hosted the event, including the last three years. Located in Grand Prairie, the course offers a great challenge to the field, stretching out to 6,800 yards in the Boys Division, 6,300 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division and 6,000 yards in the Girls Division.
Weather: The weather was perfect for the first round with temperatures starting in the 70s and reaching the low to mid 90s. The winds were calm around five miles per hour out of the southeast.
Tournament Format: The North Texas Classic is a 36-hole stroke play event for players 12-18 years old. All players in the field are required to have an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The North Texas Classic kicks off the Fall Swing of the Legends Junior Tour schedule.
Texas Junior Golf Alliance: The Alliance is a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association, Northern and Southern Texas PGA and Houston Golf Association. The goal of the Alliance was to allow junior golfers a clear path to the best tournaments in Texas. Each of the three tier-two organizations (STPGA, NTPGA, HGA) conduct events that serve as qualifiers into the statewide tier-one events run by the Legends Junior Tour (LJT). This allows players to compete in local events in which they can earn spots to play in statewide tournaments.
Next Up: The Final Round is scheduled to begin at 8:00 am off the No. 1 and 10 tees on Sunday, September 12. To see the pairings for the Final Round, click here.