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Jackie Burke Cup Set for Nov. 12-13
BROWNWOOD – The Legends Junior Tour’s Jackie Burke Cup heads to Central Texas this year for the first time. The Hideout Golf Club and Resort is set to host the match play event on Nov. 12-13. Modeled after the Ryder Cup, this two-day event features the 24 best junior golfers of the 2022 season compete in Four-Ball, Foursome, and Singles match play.
“The Legends Junior Tour is extremely excited to bring the Jackie Burke Cup to The Hideout Golf Club,” LJT Tournament Manager Adam Schulte said. “This is the first LJT event that Hideout has hosted, and they have been fantastic to work with. It’s shaping up to be a great weekend of golf.”
The Hideout is a fantastic club located in Brownwood that opened in 2008 and was designed by the late former professional golfer Bill Johnston. The 18-hole championship course features bent grass greens and ermuda fairways. It’s a par 72 course that tips out at just under 7,000 yards.
First conducted in 2005, the season-ending Jackie Burke Cup is an invitation-only event that features the top 12 players from North Texas squaring off against their counterparts from South Texas in a Ryder Cup-style competition. Each team consists of eight players from the Boys 15-18 Division, two from the Girls 12-18 Division and two from the Boys 14 & Under Division.
The teams will face off in Four-Ball, Foursome, and Singles matches over the two days. Matches are worth two points each. A tied match is split: one point for each team. The matches start with six Four-Ball matches Saturday morning followed by six Foursome matches in the afternoon. On Sunday, players are selected for 12 Singles matches, leaving 48 possible points to be earned throughout the weekend. The South Team will need 24 points to retain the cup, while the North Team will need 25 points to win the cup.
Players earned their way onto their respective teams by accumulating points throughout the year in designated LJT and Texas Junior Golf Alliance tournaments. North and South regions are defined as either being above or below the 31’ parallel (Salado, Texas).
“This is one of the best events of the year when you combine the top players in the state with a fun team format,” Schulte said. “It’s fun to see the comradery between the players after competing against each other all season long. It’ll be a great way to end what has been a phenomenal 2022 LJT season.”
The LJT players of the year Adrienne Ahn of Dallas (Girls 12-18) and Trenton Mierl of Austin (Boys 15-18) will look to lead their respective teams to victory. The South claimed victory last year after the North held the title from 2014-20.