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Alamo Shootout Set for Dec. 9-10 

ADDISON – The Alamo Shootout, the final event on the calendar for the 2023 Legends Junior Tour season, will be played at Olympia Hills Golf Club from Dec. 9-10. In its ninth playing, the only LJT championship played in the San Antonio area returned to the schedule in 2017 after a brief pause from 2012-2016. 

“The Legends Junior Tour really benefits from having great junior golfers in every corner of the state and we’re excited to have our players at one of the best courses in the hill country,” LJT Tournament Manager Adam Schulte said. “Olympia Hills will be a challenge for our players, and the Alamo Shootout has touted a strong field each year since it first started.” 

Last year, Lakeway’s Elijah Galvan carded back-to-back rounds of 3-under 69 to win the Boys Division at 6-under total. Galvan’s stellar play at Riverhill CC pushed him to the two shot victory. In the Girls Division, New Braunfels’ Presley Bolado captured the win behind rounds of 73-74 and finishing at 3-over for the tournament. 

The 2024 field includes some of the top LJT players and will be divided into a Boys and Girls Division. Scheduled for 36-holes of individual stroke play, the 84-player field will look to earn exemptions into 2024 LJT championships. 

“The LJT is excited to conclude another fantastic year of competitive golf at a great venue like Olympia Hills,” said Schulte. “We look forward to crowing our last champions of the year at the Alamo Shootout and are excited for a fun 2024 schedule.” 

Olympia Hills will play host to the Alamo Shootout for the first time.  The 18-hole Finger, Dye, Spann Design Group layout features several tees, drastic elevation changes, natural undulating topography, and fantastic views. The course made its debut in February of 2000 and has maintained its reputation as a premiere, must-play golf course in the San Antonio area ever since. 

For more information on the Alamo Shootout, click here. 

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South Wins Jackie Burke Cup

BULLARD – The South Team won the Jackie Burke Cup for the third consecutive year with a convincing 30-18 victory on Sunday at Eagle’s Bluff Country Club. 

The Jackie Burke Cup is a team match play event modeled after the Ryder Cup. Each team features 12 players as North Texas takes on South Texas. Each match is worth two points and the team with the most points after Sunday wins the cup. 

Entering Sunday tied at 12 points a piece, both teams had a great opportunity to grab bragging rights for the next year. The South Team started the day strong and never looked back. They jumped out to an early lead in 7 matches around the midway point. Over the course of the day, the South Team continued its strong play and eventually won 8 matches en route to the impressive victory over the North. Selma’s Aadi Parmar secured the clinching points for the South Team with a 1 UP win over Landon Hilario. The South’s Preston Hiller and Kyle Doolittle were the only players to go undefeated on the weekend as they each won all three of their matches. 

This is the South Team’s third consecutive victory at the Jackie Burke Cup after breaking a 7-year drought at Willow Brook Country Club in 2021. With the victory, the South Team now takes the overall series lead at 10 wins to the North’s 9.  

Sunday’s temperatures began in the low 50’s to start the day and then reached the low 60’s later in the afternoon. Winds were a little stronger on Sunday, ranging around 10 miles per hour. 

Along with the Jackie Burke Cup going to the South Team, players of the year were announced at the player banquet Saturday night. Garland’s Garrett McMellon was the Boys 15-18 Player of the Year, while Kaylee Yuan of Joshua won Girls 12-18 Player of the Year and Selma’s Aadi Parmar received the Boys 14 & Under Player of the Year. Austin’s Jaxon Bandelier was named the 2023 James A. Ragan Sportsman of the year. 

Opened in 1999, Eagle’s Bluff Country Club is a 462-acre master-planned community bordering the eastern shoreline of Lake Palestine. The golf course was designed by Carlton Gibson and is set on a rolling piece of property highlighted by stately pines, dogwoods, azaleas, and picturesque views of the lake. The strategic par-71 layout, which measures close to 7,000 yards from the back set of tees, features holes that play in a variety of directions, with contoured fairways and greens, and numerous water hazards. 

To see all the scores from Sunday at the Jackie Burke Cup, click here. For more information on the event, click here. 

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North and South Tied at Jackie Burke Cup 

BULLARD – The North and South teams are tied 12-12 after the first day of the Jackie Burke Cup Matches at Eagle’s Bluff Country Club. As it so happens, the all time series is also tied at 9-9. Needless to say, both teams will be eager to take home the win on Sunday. 

The Jackie Burke Cup is a team match play event modeled after the Ryder Cup. Each team features 12 players as North Texas takes on South Texas. Each match is worth two points and the team with the most points after Sunday will win the cup. 

Opened in 1999, Eagle’s Bluff Country Club is a 462-acre master-planned community bordering the eastern shoreline of Lake Palestine. The golf course was designed by Carlton Gibson and is set on a rolling piece of property highlighted by stately pines, dogwoods, azaleas, and picturesque views of the lake. The strategic par-71 layout, which measures close to 7,000 yards from the back set of tees, features holes that play in a variety of directions, with contoured fairways and greens, and numerous water hazards. 

The South Team jumped out to an early 7-5 lead after winning the morning session of Four-Ball Matches against the North Team. Reese Roberts and Alex Huang got the North Team on the board first with a 3&2 win over Trenton Mierl and Jaxon Bandelier. Bradley O’Donnell and Kyle Doolittle secured the first points for the South Team with a 4&2 victory over Wylie Waldrip and Rhett O’Rear. Preston Hiller and Shaunak Nair won 5&4 against Nicholas Norris and Lucas Latimer, while Austin Hofferkamp and Shiv Parmar won 4&3 over Daniel Ferguson and Nathan Zmolik. Aadi Parmar and Dylan Knox tied tied with Luke Olive and Landon Hilario in the most compelling match of the morning. After claiming the first points of the day, the North Team got back on the board in the morning session’s last match as Kaylee Yuan and Eileen Lee bested Krysta Loftin and Carly Sherman 4&2. 

The afternoon Foursomes Matches saw the North team draw even with the South behind three match victories. For the South, Preston Hiller and Kyle Doolittle captured a 4&3 victory over Daniel Ferguson and Lucas Latimer. Carly Sherman and Krysta Loftin won 5&4 over Kaylee Yuan and Eileen Lee. For the North, Alex Huang and Rhett O’Rear secured a clutch 2&1 win over Trenton Mierl and Austin Hofferkamp. Wylie Waldrip and Nathan Zmolik were impressive in 5&4 victory against Shaunak Nair and Bradley O’Donnell. Rounding out the North afternoon victories was Reese Roberts and Nicholas Norris who defeated Shiv Parmar and Jaxon Bandelier 1UP in 18 holes. The duo of Aadi Parmar and Dylan Knox tied with Luke Olive and Landon Hilario again in the final match of the day. Luke Olive made a clutch putt on the final hole to halve the match and tie things up overall. 

Temperatures started in the low 50s on Saturday and crept up to 60 in the early afternoon. The wind was near non-existent as it stayed around 3-5 mph throughout the day. 

The Final Round of the Jackie Burke Cup is Singles Matches with tee times starting at 7:30 am. Following the conclusion of the Final Round, the cup will be awarded to the winning team or the South Team if there is a tie. 

The South has won two years in a row to even up the all-time series. Last year they defeated the North 27-21 at The Hideout Golf Club & Resort in Brownwood. They will look to extend their streak to three on Sunday. 

To see all the scores from Saturday at the Jackie Burke Cup, click here. For more information on the event, click here. 

 

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Jackie Burke Cup Set for Nov. 11-12  

BULLARD – The Legends Junior Tour’s Jackie Burke Cup heads to East Texas this year for its’ 19th edition. Eagle’s Bluff Country Club is set to host the match play event on Nov. 11-12. Modeled after the Ryder Cup, this two-day event features the 24 best junior golfers of the 2023 season who will compete in Four-Ball, Foursome, and Singles match play.  

“The Legends Junior Tour is extremely excited to bring the Jackie Burke Cup to Eagle’s Bluff,” LJT Tournament Director Scott Davidson said. “This is the first LJT event that they have hosted, and they were a fantastic venue for the Women’s Texas Amateur earlier this year.”  

Opened in 1999, Eagle’s Bluff Country Club is a 462-acre master-planned community bordering the eastern shoreline of Lake Palestine. The golf course was designed by Carlton Gibson and is set on a rolling piece of property highlighted by stately pines, dogwoods, azaleas, and picturesque views of the lake. The strategic par-71 layout, which measures close to 6,400 yards from the middle set of tees, features holes that play in a variety of directions, with contoured fairways and greens, and numerous water hazards. 

“Players will need to have their full skill sets ready to go at Eagle’s Bluff,” Davidson said. “The course offers the kind of risk-reward opportunities that require strategy and discipline off the tee, on approach shots, and around the greens. It’s a great venue for this style of event where smart decision making will be important.” 

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 South has won two years in a row to even up the all-time series. Last year they defeated the North 27-21 at The Hideout Golf Club & Resort in Brownwood. 

 Tee times for the Jackie Burke Cup will be published on the TGA website Friday, Nov. 10. View the field by clicking here. For more information on the Jackie Burke Cup click here. 

 

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Women’s Texas Pinehurst Heads to Sterling CC 

HOUSTON – The 2023 Women’s Texas Pinehurst will be played Nov. 6-7 at Sterling Country Club in Houston. This will be the eleventh playing of the season finale event on the TGA women’s schedule. 

The Sterling Course was constructed in the Fall of 2011. Designed by Jeff Blume, Sterling features elevation changes and rolling hills unique to the Houston area. Known for designing beautiful yet challenging golf courses, Blume did not disappoint with his design of Sterling. With five sets of tees to choose from, players of all skill levels are able to enjoy this great golf course. 

Sterling Country Club at Houston National includes a double-sided driving range and practice facility. Sterling members enjoy unlimited golf on a private course, as well as access to the daily-fee course, Houston National. If you’re looking for championship golf, casual elegance and Texas hospitality, then look no further than Sterling Country Club. 

“Sterling is fantastic place to be able to bring our women for the final event of the year,” TGA Championship Administrator Katie O’Connell said. “We’re proud to be able to partner with them to put on a great event.” 

The Women’s Texas Pinehurst has a starting field of 50 teams (100 players). Scheduled for 36 holes of Chapman Stroke Play, also known as the Pinehurst Format, each player will hit their own tee shot. Next, the player will hit from their partner’s ball and vice versa. After the second shot, the partners select which ball they wish to score. Once they have chosen the ball, the team will play alternate shot until the ball is holed. The field will be preflight based on combined Handicap Indexes. 

At the 2022 Women’s Texas Pinehurst Arlington’s Melissa Loh and Camry Tardy of Dallas carded rounds of 5-under 67 and 4-under 68 to win by five strokes at Indian Creek Golf Club. The duo began the final round one-shot with a one-shot advantage and didn’t waver.  

This year’s field includes another strong contingent of Texas women golfers. It includes the 2017 champions Joanna Davis and Marian Barker, 2020 & 2021 champions Caitlyn Stanley and Meghan Moake, and 2016 & 2018 champions Anna Schultz and Jewell Malick. 

Once the action gets under way from Sterling CC, head to txga.org for daily recaps. For more information about the Women’s Texas Pinehurst, click here. 

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Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational Set for October 28-29 

SULPHUR SPRINGS – The Legends Junior Tour’s Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational will take place at Sulphur Springs Country Club for the second consecutive year. The 36-hole tournament is set for its fifth edition this coming weekend October 28-29. 

Sulphur Springs Country Club is a one-of-a-kind 18-hole par-72 golf course that scenically winds through the Sulphur Springs Country Club community. This layout surrounds the clubhouse and displays an array of beautiful holes that will challenge every golfer’s skill level. The course and practice areas are very well maintained and entice golfers in from all over East Texas. 

“The Legends Junior Tour is excited to take the TJGA Invitational back to Sulphur Springs,” LJT Tournament Manager Adam Schulte said. “The field of players is strong, and we are excited to see some competitive golf.” 

The Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational was first played at Eagle Pointe Golf Club in Mont Belvieu, TX from 2019-2020. In 2021 the event was played at Tempest GC. 

The Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational is restricted to players with an active membership with the TJGA with the majority of players earning exemptions through North and South Texas PGA events, as well as LJT events. The tournament will be competed in three divisions, Girls 12-18, Boys 14 & Under, and Boys 15-18.  

Prosper’s Ryan Shellberg captured the Boys 15-18 championship in 2022 with a three-under-par 141. Ryan Lee from College Station won the Boys 14 & Under division shooting four-over for the tournament, and Southlake’s Chiara Brambilla won the Girls Division by an impressive eight strokes after a 2-under 142 total over 36 holes. 

While Garland’s Garrett McMellon has locked up the Boys 15-18 Player of the Year race and Kaylee Yuan has locked up the Girls 12-18 Player of the Year honors, we have a tight race in the Boys 14 & Under Division that will conclude this weekend. It will come down to two players – Selma’s Aadi Parmar and Lantana’s Henry Jackson. 

Along with competing for LJT Player of the Points players will be competing for exemptions into LJT events like next year’s Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship, George Hannon Junior Invitational and other invitational events.  

You can view the pairings by clicking here. The final round pairings will be redrawn according to scores from the first round and will begin Sunday at 8:00 am. 

For more information on the Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational, click here. 

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USGA Exemptions on the line at TGA Championships in 2024 

ADDISON – Beginning in 2024, the United States Golf Association (USGA) will be making significant changes to qualifying for four of their most prestigious championships: the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Women’s Amateur, the U.S. Junior Amateur, and the U.S. Girls’ Junior.  

Included in those changes are exemptions for future champions of some notable TGA and LJT tournaments next year. The Texas Amateur and Women’s Texas Amateur champions will earn exemptions into the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur.  On the Legends Junior Tour, the winners of the Texas Junior Amateur Boys 15-18 Division and Girls 15-18 Division will earn exemptions into the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior.  

The aforementioned TGA and LJT Championships have long been considered some of the most elite amateur tournaments in the nation. Adding USGA exemptions is only going to make them even better.  

“Champions of TGA events have historically had success on the national stage,” said John Cochran IV, TGA Director of Competition, South Texas. “For our champions to now earn an exemption into some of the USGA’s most historic championships is exciting.” 

Along with the addition of new exemption categories, the USGA is making a significant revision to U.S. Amateur Qualifying for next year. It will change from a one-stage, 36-holes-in-a-day to two stages of qualifying at 18 holes each, with 45 Local Qualifying sites feeding 19 Final Qualifying sites. 

Two of the U.S. Amateur Final Qualifying sites will be in Texas with one taking place at Deerwood Club in Houston and the other at a to-be-announced site in Dallas. 

According to the USGA, all events will be evaluated each fall for the following year, utilizing the three-year rolling average of their World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR) power ranking. Thus, events which become WAGR ranked in 2024 will have the option to meet the respective threshold for an exemption into 2025 USGA championships. 

Over the past three years, the TGA proudly boasts the third highest WAGR-ranked state amateur, third highest women’s state amateur, fourth highest boys junior state amateur, and the highest ranked girls junior state amateur in the nation. 

“This new change will add another layer of intensity to our championships,” Cochran said. “Now, players will not only be competing to etch their name in Texas golf history, but also for a chance to represent the state on a national level. It will make winning one of these four championships that much sweeter.” 

This year, two of our past three Texas Amateur champions qualified for the U.S. Amateur. Reigning champion Bret Gray nearly made it three for three but ultimately lost in a playoff and earned first alternate. 2020 Women’s Texas Amateur champion Bentley Cotton qualified and advanced to match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. 2021 Texas Junior Amateur Boy’s champion Aaron Pounds qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur. 

These are just a few recent examples of how our champions were already earning their way to USGA Championships. 

By winning the 2023 Texas Amateur, Gray is exempt from local qualifying for the 2024 U.S. Amateur. The winner of the 2024 Texas Amateur will not only earn an exemption into the 2024 U.S. Amateur but will also be exempt from local qualifying for the 2025 U.S. Amateur as well. 

With the newly announced exemptions, it’s a surefire way that our TGA champions will be represented on the biggest stages in amateur golf. We also anticipate our field strength in these already strong events to increase due to the elevated reward that will come with winning them. 

For more information on the USGA’s changes to qualifying, click here 

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BraeBurn CC to Host Five Future TGA Championships 

ADDISON – BraeBurn Country Club, in Houston, TX, has been chosen by the TGA as the host site of five future TGA Championships over the next nine years: the 2024 Texas Four-Ball (August), the 2025 Women’s Senior Stroke Play (Sept/Oct), the 2026 Texas Senior Amateur (Sept), the 2030 Texas Mid-Amateur (Sept), and the 2032 Texas Amateur (June). The club previously hosted the 1995 Texas Amateur and the 2005 Mid-Am Match Play. 

“The TGA is thrilled to reunite with BraeBurn Country Club after nearly two decades and continue to build upon a partnership that will support amateur competition in Texas,” said John Cochran IV, TGA Director of Competitions, South Texas. “We are confident that the club’s rich history, illustrious course, and superb amenities will not only test the greatest players from around the state but also create a welcoming atmosphere for each of the five championships.” 

Originally known as Colonial Country Club, BraeBurn Country Club was established in 1926. John Bredemus, a renowned golf course architect during the Golden Age, created the course. 

The club was reformed and given the new name of BraeBurn Country Club in 1931 by a team that included Jack Burke Sr. and John Bredemus. It is the fourth oldest club in Houston. 

In 2021, architectural firm Tripp Davis and Associates completed a remodeling of the course. They kept the same routing but rebuilt all the greens, the tee boxes, and redesigned the bunkers to a more traditional style. 

“In the past decades, we have had such a rich history of golf here, that we would like to continue upon that tradition.” said Mark Duranski, Head Golf Professional at BraeBurn. “With the renovation in 2021 taking place, we’ve realized what a gem this golf course is. We can now create a very challenging setup despite the fact that it’s currently just under 7,000 yards. We know that we have an excellent tournament style course and want to promote its reputation as such.” 

The club has previously hosted the 1950 Houston Open, the 1952 LPGA Houston Weathervane, the 1954 NCAA National Championship, the 1988 Miracle Network Golf Tournament hosted by Greg Norman, and the 1995 Texas Amateur. 

With a past tournament list like that, it was only a matter of time before BraeBurn returned to the spotlight.  

“We like to roll out the red carpet for all of our Members and guests. When players come to BraeBurn for a tournament, we want them to feel welcome,” Duranski said. “That’s the kind of experience that we want to put forward for the golfers in the state that are going to come compete in these events.” 

BraeBurn has long been known as a shot-maker’s course because of the predominance of trees. It will test the best amateurs in the state by making them utilize every tool in their arsenal as they wind through the parkland style layout.

“From a golfing standpoint, the changes made can create a variety of different types of shots that players will have to hit,” Duranski said. “Players must execute every shot whether it’s from the tee, an approach shot, or around the greens.  Plus, our par 3’s give us lots of variability in distance, allowing us to create some fun and interesting angles.” 

BraeBurn Country Club will be a fantastic host to many of our most high-profile championships including the 2032 Texas Amateur. We are eager to bring our players there to show off what a wonderful golf experience it is and there’s no better way to conclude the five-championship agreement than with the most prestigious amateur tournament in the state.

“We have a great membership here that is in support of growing amateur golf,” Duranski said. “With a growing junior golf program, it is exciting to think of the stages they could potentially play on, including these future TGA Championships, which will continue to grow BraeBurn’s reputation as being a premier golf venue in Texas.” 

In addition to the five future TGA Championships, BraeBurn has agreed to host a 2024 first stage U.S. Amateur qualifier. New to next year, the U.S. Amateur will move from a one-stage, 36-hole qualifying format to a two-stage qualifying format with 45 18-hole local qualifying sites and 19 18-hole final qualifying sites. 

For more information on BraeBurn Country Club, click here. 

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James A. Ragan Memorial Returns to Corpus Christi Country Club 

ADDISON – The Legends Junior Tour is set to head south for the 9th James A. Ragan Memorial at Corpus Christi Country Club on Oct. 8-9. 

James Ragan was a former Legends Junior Tour Player that was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer when he was 13 years old. Ragan founded the Triumph Over Kids Cancer Foundation, which has raised more than $3 million for cancer research. 

James started playing on the Legends Junior Tour in 2008 and recorded three top-25 finishes. The Corpus Christi native won the 2010 Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic and earned his way into the prestigious Jackie Burke Cup. The same year, he was presented with the LJT’s first Sportsmanship Award and a year later the award was named after him. James passed away in February of 2014.  

Corpus Christi CC hosted this event from 2017-2021 and was the home course of James Ragan. Last year the tournament was hosted at Gabe Lozano GC as Corpus Christi CC was finishing up a renovation.  

In celebration of its centennial anniversary, Corpus Christi Country Club unveiled its newly renovated, 18-hole championship course in late October of 2022.  

For 41 years, the club resided on Nueces Beach, but in 1963 it purchased more than 150 acres of land about 12 miles south. That’s where Robert Trent Jones designed the classic 18-hole course that has resided there for the past 59 years.   

In 2017, Ham Rogers, a member of the Club, spearheaded an effort to renovate the course. A vote was passed in 2021, and the project began in February of last year.  

Chet Williams Design was tabbed to complete the project. Williams has designed or renovated many notable courses including Whispering Pines, Houston Oaks, Traditions Club at Texas A&M, Royal Oaks Country Club – Dallas, Dallas Athletic Club’s Blue & Gold Courses, and many more. Additionally, Sanders Golf oversaw the construction on the project. 

The James A. Ragan Memorial is ranked nationally by Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek. The event’s 84-player field will vie for exemptions into future LJT Invitational events like the Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship, the Texas Junior Amateur, The Texas Girls’ Invitational and the Texas Cup Invitational as well as compete for AJGA Performance Stars.  

Past champions include accomplished players like Walker Lee, Mac Meissner, Ellie Szeryk, Meagan Winans, and Keaton Vo. 

The tournament starts on Sunday, Oct. 8 with tee times starting at 8:00 AM. The final round is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 9 with tee times starting at 8:00 AM. The awards ceremony will take place as soon as play is completed on Monday.  

For more information about the James A. Ragan Memorial, click here. If you would like to learn more about James’ foundation, Triumph Over Kids Cancer, click here. 

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Pasco Wins 40th Texas Mid-Amateur

MIDLAND – When Midland’s Josh Pasco quit playing golf thirteen years ago, he couldn’t have imagined winning a competitive tournament. Now he can. The hometown hero fired a 7-under 65 on Sunday to capture the 40th Texas Mid-Amateur title at Midland Country Club. Pasco came in scorching hot with a 5-under back nine that included two eagles. 

“I feel awesome,” Pasco said immediately after the victory. “Coming into the week being a hometown guy, playing this course, and friends…expectations were high. Day one struggled a little bit, day two I brought it back and then played today with nothing to lose. I played my game and it worked out.” 

Pasco began the week with a 3-over 75 on Friday and was six shots off the lead. Admittedly, he felt the expectations but responded on the weekend with a 3-under 69 and a final round 7-under 65. Pasco actually quit golf when he was 23 years old and didn’t play for ten years. It wasn’t until three summers ago that he picked his clubs back up. 

“This win was big,” Pasco said. “I played a little bit in high school but had never really played any individual tournament golf until two summers ago. I started playing TGA events and noticed the events they had around the state.” 

The Midland native vaulted up the leaderboard on Sunday afternoon behind two eagles in his final seven holes. The first came on the par-5 12th hole and the second came on the par-5 15th hole where he gave an emphatic fist pump as the long putt dropped.  

Fellow West Texan Brady Shivers of Seminole fell just short of victory by finishing runner-up at 6-under for the championship. Shivers, who ultimately carded an impressive 5-under 67, held a one-shot lead over Pasco as he stood on the tee box of the 17th hole but suffered back-to-back bogeys to finish the round.  

The eventual runner-up needed par on the 18th hole to force a playoff but hit his approach shot long. Needing to get up and down, Shivers chip rolled further past the pin than he would’ve liked. The putt to tie came up short. 

Finishing in solo third at 4-under for the tournament was Plano’s Gant Bills. His impressive showing earned him ‘Low Mid-Master’ honors as the top finisher amongst players aged 40 & older. Bills, like many others in the field, put together a valiant effort on Sunday with a 3-under 69. 

Past champion Terence Begnel capped off his weekend with a 2-under 70 to finish as the low Midland Country Club member in a tie for fourth overall at 2-under total. Joining Begnel in the tie for fourth were Nemo’s Austin Jordan, 36-hole leader Austen Fulmer of Cedar Park, and Houston’s Michael Milstead. 

Argyle’s Marcus Jones and Celina’s Rob Couture earned top ten finishes by finishing at 1-under 215 total for the tournament in a tie for eighth place. Tyler’s Aaron Hickman, Colleyville’s Zach Atkinson, and Austin’s Jed Dirksen all posted under-par rounds on Sunday to finish at even-par for the championship and earn a share of tenth place. 

The course average for the final round was significantly lower at 73.39 and the total yardage was 7,065. The winds didn’t let up during Sunday’s final round as gusts got up to 25 mph.  

The TGA would like to thank the staff and membership of Midland Country Cub for hosting this week’s championship. Their staff is top notch and provided a fantastic experience for our players. 

For more information on the 40th Texas Mid-Amateur, including complete scoring, click here.