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Roberts and Robertson Win at Collegiate Preview

Briefly: Reese Roberts of Dallas wins the Boys Division of the LJT Collegiate Preview at 12-under with a final round of 1-under par. Sidney Robertson of Tyler wins the Girls Division at 11-over par.

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Winners: Sidney Robertson came into the day one-stroke off the lead, but a steady final round led her to victory in the Girls Division. Robertson’s final round of 4-over 76 was highlighted by three birdies, getting her to seven total birdies on the event. Dallas’ Reese Roberts carded three straight rounds under par to take the title in the Boys Division. Roberts strong play over the 54-holes included 14 birdies and one eagle.

Top Finishers: In the Boys Division, Kingwood’s Andrew Tucker fought until the end. Tucker fired a back-nine 32 during the final round, including an eagle on the 18th hole, but he would finish three strokes behind Roberts at 9-under par. Tied for third place were Dallas’ Aidan Dortch and Austin’s Trenton Mierl. The pair finished 6-under par for the event. In the Girls Division, Gaia Esparza of Helotes finished second at 14-over par for the event. Esparza carded the lowest single round score in the Girls Division with a second round 2-under par 70. Frisco’s Diane Guercio took third place at 16-over par.

Golf Course: Van Zandt Country Club was founded in 1966 and was designed by Leon Howard. The par-72 layout is playing to just over 6,800 yards for the Boys Division and nearly 6,000 yards for the Girls Division. Featuring tree lined fairways, water features, and numerous dog legs, the course demands players hit a variety of different shots.

Weather: The second round featured morning temperatures in the high 70’s, and ramped up to the mid 90’s by the time the final put dropped. Winds were calm during Tuesday’s play, topping out at 7 mph.

Tournament Format: The Collegiate Preview is a 54-hole stroke-play event for players ages 14-19 that have an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The event is divided into two divisions: Boys and Girls.

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.

Tournament Exemptions: All players that finish in the top half of each division will earn points towards the LJT Player of the Year Standings. The event is ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek, and WAGR.

Next Up: The LJT Flodder Financial Shootout will take place at The Club at Falcon Point in Katy from June 27-28.

For more information on the Collegiate Preview, click here. To see all the scores from Van Zandt Country Club, click here.

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Roberts and Esparza Lead Collegiate Preview

Briefly: Gaia Esparza of Helotes leads the Girls Division of the Collegiate Preview after shooting 6-over par across 36 holes on Monday. Reese Roberts of Dallas leads the Boys Division at 11-under following rounds of 68-65.

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Leaders: Helotes’ Gaia Esparza leads the Girls Division after rounds of 80-70 on Monday. Her 2-under in the second round consisted of four birdies and two bogeys. She heads into the final round with a slim one-stroke lead. In the boy’s division, Dallas’ Reese Roberts tallied ten birdies and one eagle across 36 holes on Monday, including a four hole stretch to end the second round where he went 5-under. Roberts holds a three-stroke lead going into the final round.

In Contention: In the Boys Division, Kingwood’s Andrew Tucker sits three-strokes off the lead. Tucker has the low round of the tournament so far, an 8-under par 64 in the first round. Tucker followed that up with an even-par second round to stay in the hunt. Austin’s Blake Burt is in third place, six-strokes off the lead. Burt posted back-to-back rounds under par, going 71-68. Tied for fourth place are Jacob Cole and Ethan Dufresne. The pair carded scores of 72-68 and 71-69 respectively. In the Girls Division, Sidney Robertson of Tyler trails the leader by one-stroke after firing a 73-78 on Monday. Diane Guercio of Frisco is in third, four-strokes off the lead after rounds of 81-74.

Golf Course: Van Zandt Country Club was founded in 1966 and was designed by Leon Howard. The par-72 layout is playing to just over 6,800 yards for the Boys Division and nearly 6,000 yards for the Girls Division. Featuring tree lined fairways, water features, and numerous dog legs, the course demands players hit a variety of different shots.

Weather: Round one opened on a cool morning, with temperatures in the mid-70’s for the first tee time. Temperatures ramped up to the low-90’s as players completed their first round and settled in the upper-90’s throughout the second round.

Tournament Format: The Collegiate Preview is a 54-hole stroke-play event for players ages 14-19 that have an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The event is divided into two divisions: Boys and Girls.

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.

Tournament Exemptions: All players that finish in the top half of each division will earn points towards the LJT Player of the Year Standings. The event is ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek, and WAGR.

Next Up: The Final Round of the Collegiate Preview is set to begin at 7:30 am off the No. 1 tee at Van Zandt Country Club on Tuesday, June 21.

For more information on the Collegiate Preview, click here. To see all the scores from Van Zandt Country Club, click here.

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Odessa Country Club Wins Texas League Play Playoffs

Horseshoe Bay — Odessa Country Club-Old defeats Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club at the 2022 Texas League Play Playoffs hosted by Horseshoe Bay Resort. Odessa CC won 9.5-2.5 to claim their second playoff championship, both captained by Mark Jones.

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Championship Match: Sunday, June 5 – The Championship match was a faceoff between No. 9 seed Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club and No. 10 seed Odessa Country Club-Old. Texas League Play Playoffs are nothing unfamiliar to team Captain’s CJ Brock of Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club and Mark Jones of Odessa Country Club. Brock previously captained the Dallas Athletic Club team who won in 2016 and Jones was the captain of the 2019 Odessa Country Club team who won the playoffs.

The first match of the finals was between Jay Weiss and Michael Shirley of Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club and Darren Seglem and Mark Jones of Odessa Country Club. Seglem and Jones set the tone early for Odessa Country Club with a clean 3-0 win in their match.

The second match of the day was a showdown between Charles Archer and Randy Durant of Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club and Robert Rigney and Brandon Warne of Odessa Country Club. The two teams went back and forth all day and ultimately halved the match, 1.5-1.5.

Nick Loar and Marc Nelson of Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club went up against Luke Groves and Jim McNeil of Odessa Country Club in the third match. Like Seglem and Jones, Groves and McNeil got hot early and never looked back winning their match 3-0, and ultimately securing the team victory.

The fourth and final match of the playoffs was a battle between Rockwall Golf & Athletic Clubs CJ Brock and Mike Frias and Odessa Country Club’s Aaron White and Jerry Dugan. Brock and Frias were the anchor for the Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club team all week but came up short, falling to White and Dugan 2-1.

Semifinal Matches: Saturday, June 4 – Semifinal matches got underway with a matchup between No. 9 seed Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club and No. 13 seed Denton Country Club. Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club came out firing early taking 3.5 out of 4 points in the opening nine holes of their matches. Carrying their momentum to the backside, the club secured the win 9.5 to 2.5, advancing to the finals.

The second Semifinal matches of the day was a West Texas showdown between No. 3 seed Abilene Country Club and No. 10 seed Odessa Country Club-Old. The two clubs went head-to-head all day and ended their matches tied 6-6. It took one playoff hole to decide the team to join Rockwall Golf & Athletic club in the finals when Jerry Dugan dropped a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to send Odessa Country Club to the finals.

Quarterfinal Matches: Friday, June 3 – Quarterfinal matches started with No.1 seed Nutcracker Golf Club and No. 9 seed Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club. The entire match came down to the final putt on 18 with team captain CJ Brock rolling in a seven-foot birdie putt for Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club to send them to the Semifinals with a winning match score of 6.5 to 5.5.

The second set of matches, No. 13 seed Denton Country Club carried the momentum from their Round of 16 win and defeated No. 5 seed Odessa Country Club-Links. Denton Country Club won the match 8.5-3.5 and will advance to the Semifinals. The third matches of the day included No. 2 seed Golf Club of Houston and No. 10 seed Odessa Country Club-Old. Lead by Luke Groves and Jim McNeal’s 3-0 victory in their respective match, Odessa Country Club-Old won the match 9-3, knocking off the No. 2 seed.

The final match of the Quarterfinals was a faceoff between No. 3 seed Abilene Country Club and No. 11 seed Ridlgea Country Club. The two clubs went back and forth all day and ultimately the matchup came down to the final match of the day with Abilene Country Club winning 6.5-5.5. Abilene Country Club was the only team with a Round of 16 bye to advance to the Semifinals.

Round of 16 Matches: Thursday, June 2 – Ten teams went head-to-head Thursday during the Round of 16 at the Texas League Play Playoffs. The three top seeds had a bye into the second round of quarter final matches. Those teams included No. 1 seed Nutcracker Golf Club, No. 2 seed Golf Club of Houston, and No. 3 seed Abilene Country Club. The first matches of the Round of 16 was contested between No. 8 seed Tierra Verde Golf Club and No. 9 seed Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club. The two clubs were tied 6-6 at the competition of all four matches. A playoff between the two clubs went six holes before Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club won the playoff and moved on to the next round.

The second matches of the day included No. 4 seed The Hills Country Club and No. 13 seed Denton Country Club. Coming down to the final match, Denton Country Club defeated The Hills Country Club 7-5. The third matches of the round were played between No. 5 seed Odessa Country Club-Links and No. 12 seed Lakewood Country Club. An all-around team effort was needed with all matches contributing to the final match score of 7-5 in favor of Odessa Country Club-Links.

The fourth matches featured No. 7 seed Eagle Pointe and No. 10 seed Odessa Country Club-Old. The second Odessa Country Club team to advance to the Texas League Play Playoffs cruised to the next round of matches winning 10-2, keeping the hopes of an Odessa vs Odessa finals alive.

The fifth and final match of the day was between No. 6 seed The Golf Clubs at the Tribute and No. 11 seed Ridglea Country Club. After multiple 3-0 match scores, Ridglea Country Club defeated the No. 6 seed 8.5-3.5.

Course: Horseshoe Bay Resort is hosting the Texas League Play playoffs for the twelfth consecutive year in a row, and the thirteenth time overall. This year’s playoffs will be contested on the Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed Slick Rock course. The Slick Rock course is most known for its breathtaking par-4 fourteenth hole, also know as the “Million Dollar” hole. The hole features 35-yard waterfall players are forced to carry with their tee shot before winding down, though, and around the water feature.

Tournament History: The Texas League Play Playoffs have been around since the introduction of Texas League Play in 2006. Regular season conference winners advance to a single-elimination bracket tournament to determine the overall state champion. Conference winners are seeded into the Playoff Bracket based on the total number of points accumulated during the regular season.

TGA League Play: Texas League Play is open to all TGA members clubs that meet the club eligibility requirements. Participating clubs establish a four-club conference and compete over an eight-week regular season. The regular season consist of six interconference matches including three home and three away matches. Eight players represent each club on match day and play Four-Ball matches. Points are awarded in a Nassau style scoring with each of the four matches being worth three points.

What’s Next: The TGA heads out East to Tyler where the 113th Texas Amateur Championship will be contested. The state championship will be played June 16-19 at Willow Brook Country Club. The field consists of 144 of the best amateurs in the state who will all be competing for the coveted H.L. Edwards trophy and Texas Amateur title.

About the TGA: The Texas Golf Association was established in 1906 with a mission to promote the playing and advancement of the royal and ancient game of golf in Texas. The association is one of the most respected in the country with an ongoing commitment to its members, contestants, volunteers and all who strive to preserve the great traditions of the game.

For more information about Texas League Play, click here. To see all the scores from the playoffs at Horseshoe Bay Resort, click here.

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Foster, Campbell, Madden and Zhong Lead Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic

LAKEWAY – Dallas’s Matthew Foster and Richmond’s Eli Walker Campbell share the lead of the Boys 15-18 Division following round one of the 2022 Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic. They each carded an impressive 2-under-par 70. Jenna Madden of McKinney posted a 2-over-par 74 and leads the Girls 12-18 Division. Henry Zhong of Irving leads the Boys 14 & Under Division following an opening 3-over-par 75.

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Division Leaders: Foster played a consistent round, carding just one bogey and three birdies on the day. After starting the round on the back nine, Foster finished his round with a string of eight pars. Campbell, who also started the round on the back nine, went out at even par with two birdies and two bogeys. He managed to avoid trouble on the back while carding two more birdies. Both Foster and Campbell sit at 2-under-par 70. In the Girls 12-18 Division, Madden battled throughout the round. Despite three bogeys and a double on the day, she remained poised and closed out the round with three birdies and one bogey over her last seven holes. Madden, who is the defending champion, leads the field by one with 18 holes to play. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Zhong carded three birdies en route to the round one lead. He currently holds a narrow one stroke lead as he looks to hold off the field during Sunday’s final round.

In Contention: In the Boys 15-18 Division, Ben Delarosa of Dallas posted a 1-under-par 71. He sits one shot behind the leaders and is solo third. Three players are tied for fourth at even-par 72 heading into Sunday’s final round. In the Girls 12-18 Division, Sydney Givens of Austin is solo second, one off the lead, after carding a 3-over-par 75. Nirjara Gulhane of Cedar Park is in third with 4-over-par 76. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Yi Wen Huang of Austin holds second place following a 4-over-par 76. Argyle’s Grant Baer and Austin’s Luciano Follmer are tied in third place at 5-over-par 75.

Course: Crystal Falls Golf Club is in the picturesque Hill Country with a peaceful atmosphere and abundant wildlife. With numerous penalty areas and steep elevation changes, this 6,654 yard golf course may be short, but it still poses a formidable challenge.

Tournament Format: The Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic is a 36-hole stroke play event for players with an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. Players ages 12-18 are split into three different divisions: Boys 15-18, Girls 12-18 and Boys 14 & Under. The event is ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek and has AJGA Performance Stars that will be handed out to the top finishers.

What’s Next: The Final Round of the Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic is scheduled for Sunday, April 10 with tee times going off the No. 1 and 10 tees. To see pairings for the final round, click here.

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About the LJT: The Legends Junior Tour is part of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance, which is a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association, Northern and Southern PGA and Houston Golf Association. The tour operates as part of the Texas Golf Association and its foundation. Since its inception in 2005, the tour has provided funds to promote junior golf initiatives while conducting some of the state’s top junior championships including the Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship, Texas Junior Amateur and the Texas Girls’ Invitational as well as the Texas Cup Invitational.

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Depasquale Wins 2022 South Mid-Amateur

Briefly: Daniel Depasquale of Austin hangs on to win the Texas South Mid-Amateur at Forest Creek Golf Club. Depasquale carried a six stroke lead going into the final round, which proved to be just enough. Randy Lance of Spring finishes runner-up by one stroke, following three birdies over the last seven holes.

LEADERBOARD:
1) Daniel Depasquale, Austin, 73-68-81 | 222
2) Randy Lance, Spring, 76-71-76 | 223
3) Padden Nelson, Houston, 75-75-64 | 224
4) Jonathan Keane, Austin, 84-68-74 | 226
T5) Tino Flores, Houston, 72-78-77 | 227
T5) Brandon Rougeau, Round Rock, 79-71-77 | 227
7) Tim Hamm, Austin, 78-73-77 | 228
T8) Logan Boatner, Humble, 73-80-76 | 229
T8) Bill Shock, Houston, 81-76-72 | 229

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GOLF COURSE: Forest Creek Golf Club provides a tough test with it’s rolling fairways and pristine greens. The Dick Phelps-designed course, built in 1990, underwent extensive renovations in the fall of 2018 that included the rebuilding of the greens with Tif-Eagle Bermuda, reconstruction of the bunkers, and a new irrigation system.

WEATHER: Players battled the elements during Friday’s first round as morning temperatures were in the low 50’s and wind gusts reached over 30 mph. Both the second and final rounds had temperatures reach into the 70’s, with the final round also having wind gusts of over 20 mph.

WINNER’S INFO: Daniel Depasquale posted a first round 1-over-par 73 in difficult weather conditions, leaving him one stroke behind Tino Flores of Houston. In the second round, Depasquale fired 6 birdies and an eagle to tie the low round for the event at 4-under-par 68. His third round was a grind, finishing at 9-over-par 81 and securing the victory by a single stroke.

IN CONTENTION: Randy Lance, of Spring, started the final round six strokes back. Three birdies on the final nine (including holes 16 & 17), put him within two of the lead. Ultimately, he would fall one short of the lead with a 76-71-76—223 total. Finishing third was Padden Nelson of Houston. His steady play of 75-75-74—224 was unbothered by the windy conditions on Friday and Sunday.

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: Peter Trivanovich, of League City, carded a hole-in-one during the second round. The ace came on the sixth hole with a four hybrid, which was playing approximately 180 yards.

WHAT’S NEXT: The 2022 season continues with the South Senior Amateur at Beaumont Country Club on March 30-31. You can view the entire Texas Golf Association calendar HERE.

MORE INFO: The Texas Golf Association extends its sincere appreciation to the staff and members of Forest Creek Golf Club, the city of Round Rock, and our volunteers for their integral part in making the South Mid-Amateur a memorable and success event. For more information on the South Mid-Amateur, CLICK HERE.

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Valdez and O’Keefe Win Alamo Shootout

Valdez and O’Keefe Win at Alamo Shootout

Kerrville – Palmer Valdez cards a final round of 2-under 70 to win the Boys Division of the Alamo Shootout at 4-over 148. Farah O’Keefe fires 2-under 70 and comes out on top in a two-player playoff to win the Girls Division at 4-over 148.

Leaderboard:

Boys Division
1. Palmer Valdez 148
T2. Kuan Zhou 150
T2. Henry Stone 150
T4. Four Tied 151

Girls Division
1. Farah O’Keefe 148 *Won in Playoff
2. Marissa Loya 148
3. Mimi Burton 149
4. Darrelyn Webster 152
5. Sarah Reed 154

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Champions: Palmer Valdez, of Southlake, wins the Boys Division by two strokes after carding rounds of 78-70 to finish at 4-over 148. Palmer’s final round of 2-under 70 was powered by five birdies and was the only sub-par round in the Boys Division for the event. In the Girls Division, Austin’s Farah O’Keefe came from behind to force a playoff at 4-over 148. O’Keefe’s final round 2-under 70 was the only score under par in the Girls Division, and she closed out the victory on the fourth playoff hole.

Top Finishers: Austin’s Henry Stone, who held the lead following the first round, finishes tied for second with Kuan Zhou of Sugar Land at 6-over 150. Stone had six birdies for the event, including a stretch of three in a row during the final round. The Hills’ Ethan Dufresne, Austin’s Grant Yerger, Dallas’ Aidan Dortch, and Temple’s Daniel Moon finished tied for fourth at 7-over 151. In the Girls Division, San Antonio’s Marissa Loya finished runner-up following a four-hole playoff. Loya’s finsihed with an overall score of 4-over 148. Austin’s Mimi Burton finished third at 5-over 149 and Austin’s Darrelyn Webster finished in fourth at 8-over 152.

Event Format: The Alamo Shootout is a 36-hole stroke play event with players competing in two divisions: Boys 12-18 and Girls 12-18. The field was selected based on the order of player signups.

Weather: Play was delayed and suspended due to frost for half an hour this morning, resuming at 9:30 AM. During play, competitors enjoyed low winds and temperatures that steadily climbed into the low-60’s by midday.

Golf Course: Designed by close friends Joe Finger and Byron Nelson in 1974, Riverhill Country Club’s 18-hole course is a premier location for golf in Texas and the United States. Based in the heart of Hill Country, the course boasts its rare bent-grass greens and a 7,137 yard, 72-par challenge featuring scenic creeks, hills and a lake throughout the property. Over time, the course became Nelson’s favorite, where he was quoted saying, “If I had only one golf course to play, it would be Riverhill.” The Boys Division played from approximately 6,800 yards while the Girls Division played the course at approximately 5,950 yards.

What’s next: The LJT starts the 2022 golf season on January 15-16 with the Winter Classic at Dallas Athletic Club’s Blue Course.

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Stone Leads at Alamo Shootout

Kerrville – Henry Stone of Austin shoots even-par 72 at Riverhill Country Club to lead the Boys Division of the Alamo Shootout. Marissa Loya of San Antonio and Mimi Burton of Austin share the lead of the Girls Division with a pair of 3-over 75’s.

Leaderboard:

Boys Division
1. Henry Stone 72
T2. Parker Heath 73
T2. Jackson Vesper 73
T4. Daniel Moon 74
T4. Aidan Dorth 74

Girls Division
T1. Marissa Loya 75
T1. Mimi Burton 75
T2. Kate Tilma 76
T2. Darrelyn Webster 76
T5. Three Tied 78

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Leaders: Stone, class of 2023, made three birdies on the day to take a narrow one-stroke lead in the Boys Division. In the Girls Division, Loya and Burton each carded three birdies in route to their shared one-stroke lead following the first round. Burton’s final birdie came by chipping in on the 18th hole in front of a small gallery.

In Contention: Trailing Stone by one stroke in the Boys Division are Dallas’ Parker Heath and the Colony’s Jackson Vesper who each fired 1-over par 73’s. Temple’s Daniel Moon and Dallas’ Aidan Dorth sit two strokes back with 74’s. In the Girls Division, Kate Tilma of Wichita, KS and Darrelyn Webster of Austin sit one stroke off of the lead. A trio of players sit tied behind them, three strokes off of the lead.

Event Format: The Alamo Shootout is a 36-hole stroke play event with players competing in two divisions: Boys and Girls 12-18. The field was selected based on the order of player registration.

Weather: Temperatures started in the mid-40s in the morning and rose to the low-50s by the end of the day. Players faced ten to twenty mile per hour winds and saw mostly cloudy skies.

Golf Course: Designed by close friends Joe Finger and Byron Nelson in 1974, Riverhill Country Club’s 18-hole course is a premier location for golf in Texas and the United States. Based in the heart of Hill Country, the course boasts its rare bent-grass greens and a 7,137 yard, 72-par challenge featuring scenic creeks, hills and a lake throughout the property. Over time, the course became Nelson’s favorite, where he was quoted saying, “If I had only one golf course to play, it would be Riverhill.”

What’s next: The Final Round of the Alamo Shootout is scheduled for a 9:00 am start on Sunday, with tee times going until 11:00 am off the No. 1 & 10 tees. At the conclusion of play on Sunday, the top finishers will be awarded.

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