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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.

For more information on the Alamo Shootout, click here.