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Comegys and Spaulding Lead Bluebonnet Championship at 8-Under

Briefly: Defending champion Matthew Comegys and Matthew Spaulding are tied for the lead in the Boys 15-18 Division of the Bluebonnet Championship after shooting 8-under 64 at Brownwood Country Club.  Rhett O’Rear and Austin Hofferkamp are tied atop the Boys 14 & Under Division at 3-under, while Mallorie Luitwieler leads the Girls 12-18 Division after the first round.

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Leaders: Matthew Comegys of Plano and Matthew Spaulding of Spring lead the Boys 15-18 Division after shooting 8-under 64 in the opening round. Comegys, who is the defending champion, made eight birdies and an eagle on Saturday, while Spaulding made seven birdies and an eagle on the par-5 18th hole. In the Boys 14 & Under division, Austin Hofferkamp of The Woodlands and Rhett O’Rear of Plano are tied for the lead at 3-under 69. Hofferkamp made seven birdies in his first 18 holes and played the final 12 holes at 6-under. O’Rear, who is the reigning Boys 14 & Under Player of the Year, started his day with back-to-back birdies in the first two holes and added a third on No. 7 and a fourth on No. 16. His lone bogey came on the par-3 eighth. Luitwieler of Katy made six birdies in the first round, including three in her last three holes to get to 3-under overall.

In Contention: Dallas’ Connor Adams is one stroke back of the leaders in the Boys 15-18 Division after a round of 7-under on Saturday. Martin Kemp of Dallas and Trevor Mierl of Austin are tied for fourth at 6-under, while Jacob King, Will Jordan, Braeden Hoyt and Ben Delarosa are tied for sixth at 5-under. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Eric Zhao of Canada and Reese Roberts of Dallas are tied for third at 2-under, while Yi Wen Huang of Austin is fifth at 1-under. Three players are tied for sixth in the division at even-par. Austin’s Caroline Dasch and Mimi Burton are tied for second at 2-under, while Mason Lewis of Arlington and Jasmine Do of Cypress are tied for fourth at 1-under.

Golf Course: Brownwood Country Club has hosted the Bluebonnet Championship every year since its inception in 2000. The club sits in central Texas and features ample opportunities for players to go low and make birdies. The par-72 layout stretches to 6,300 yards for the boys and 5,800 yards for the girls.

Tournament Format: The Bluebonnet Championship is a 36-hole stroke play event for players ages 12-19 that have a valid membership with a member of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The tournament field features 132 players across three divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 14 & Under and Girls 12-18.

Weather: Temperatures ranged in the 60s throughout the day with the threat of rain present until around 4:00 PM when it started to come down slowly. Winds were calm around five to eight miles per hour.

What’s Next: The final round of the Bluebonnet Championship will begin at 7:30 am on Sunday, May 2. Players will tee off the No. 1 tee throughout the day, with the Girls 12-18 Division going first, followed by the Boys 14 & Under Division and then the Boys 15-18 Division.

For more information about the Bluebonnet Championship, click here.

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Moon, Burton and Roberts Win at Spring Preview

College Station, Texas – Daniel Moon shoots 2-under 69 in the Final Round to win the Spring Preview’s Boys 15-18 Division at The Golf Club at Texas A&M. Mimi Burton captured the Girls 12-18 Division, while Reese Roberts won in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Winners: Temple’s Daniel Moon trailed by four strokes heading into Sunday’s Final Round. He finished with rounds of 70-69 to get to 3-under 139 overall and two strokes ahead of the field. Mimi Burton of Austin captured the Girls 12-18 Division after shooting consecutive rounds of 2-over 73. She made four birdies on Sunday and five in total over 36 holes to win by one stroke and claim her first LJT victory. Reese Roberts of Dallas won the Boys 14 & Under Division after shooting 3-under 68 in the Final Round and erasing a five-stroke deficit. Roberts had five birdies in his final 18 holes and only one double-bogey en route to finishing at 3-over 145 overall.

Top Finishers: Tomek Pickrell posted a 5-under 66 in the blistery winds and finished tied for second in the Boys 15-18 Division along with Daniel Zou and Nathan Ty Pheng. Andrew Tan and Jacob King finished tied for sixth, while Tyler Gardner, Eston Duff, Joe Stover and Xing Luo tied for seventh. In the Girls 12-18 Division, Maelynn Kim finished second, while Kate Tilma, Jiyu Han and Avery Blake tied for third. Caroline Kent and Jenna Madden tied for sixth in the division, while Grace Jin and Brecklyn Flanagan tied for eighth. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Elijah Estonilo and Coltrane Mittag finished tied for second, while Eli Walker Campbell finished fourth and Brooks Harper finished fifth.

Weather: Sunday’s weather mimicked Saturday’s weather with temperatures up around 80 degrees and winds consistently blowing around 20 miles per hour with gusts upwards of 35 mph. The sun shined a little more than the previous day, but the wind added bite to the golf course.

Host Course: The Golf Club at Texas A&M is hosting the Spring Preview for the first time in the event’s 16-year history. The club took on a $5 million renovation in 2013 and Texas A&M’s own Jeff Blume handled the redesign. The par-71 course is playing at around 6,700 yards in the Boys 15-18 Division, 6,300 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division and 5,800 yards in the Girls 12-18 Division.

Tournament History: The Spring Preview field was increased to 120 players in 2021 after seeing more than 250 players sign up. Past champions of this event include William Zalatoris, Maddie Szeryk, Stratton Nolen, Brad Dalke, Nathan Weant, Brendan Redfern, Travis Vick, Julia Beck, Cole Hammer, Hailee Cooper, Kyle Hogan, Turner Hosch and Hanna Alberto.

Next Up: The Legends Junior Tour heads to Waco on March 12-14 for the Texas Cup Invitational. Ridgewood Country Club is hosting the first Major event for the Boys 15-18 Division in 2021 and the 84-player field will be set on March 3.

To see all the scores from Saturday’s first round, click here. For more information on the LJT Spring Preview, click here.

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Luo, Burton and Simmons Lead Divisions at Spring Preview

College Station, Texas – Xing Luo fires a 5-under 66 in the opening round of the Spring Preview to lead the Boys 15-18 Division at The Golf Club at Texas A&M. Mimi Burton leads the Girls 12-18 Division at 2-over, while Brooks Simmons leads the Boys 14 & Under Division at 1-over.

Leaders: Luo of Katy posted the best round on Saturday making six birdies and one bogey in his first 18 holes, including three in a row on holes four through six. Austin’s Burton leads by one stroke in the Girls 12-18 Division after shooting 73 in the first round. Burton made a birdie on the par-5 sixth hole and looks to capture her first victory with the LJT. Brooks Simmons of Dallas leads the Boys 14 & Under Division by one stroke after shooting 72. The 2020 Texas Junior Amateur Champion in the Boys 14 & Under Division made four birdies en route to his 1-over round.

In Contention: Four players are tied for second in the Boys 15-18 Division and trail Luo by two strokes heading into the final round. Dallas’ Joe Stover, Pflugerville’s Eston Duff, Boerne’s Jacob King and Frisco’s Nathan Ty Pheng all shot 3-under 68 on Saturday. Richardson’s Preston Stout is sixth at 2-under, while Daniel Zou, Ryan Shellberg, Pierce Johnson and Daniel Moon are tied for seventh at 1-under. In the Girls 12-18 Division, Avery Blake of The Woodlands sits alone in second at 3-over, while Frisco’s Caroline Kent and Cedar Park’s Jiyu Han are tied for third at 4-over. Jenna Madden rounds out the top five in the division at 5-over. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Elijah Estonilo of Allen and Coltrane Mittag of Ashland, Neb. are tied for second at 2-over, while Brooks Harper is fourth at 3-over and Eli Walker Campbell is fifth at 4-over.

Weather: The wind was gusting at The Golf Club at Texas A&M on Saturday. Winds stayed around 20 miles per hour with gusts upwards of 35 mph. The temperature crept up around 80 degrees in the afternoon, but players had to battle wind all throughout the day.

Host Course: The Golf Club at Texas A&M is hosting the Spring Preview for the first time in the event’s 16-year history. The club took on a $5 million renovation in 2013 and Texas A&M’s own Jeff Blume handled the redesign. The par-71 course is playing at around 6,700 yards in the Boys 15-18 Division, 6,300 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division and 5,800 yards in the Girls 12-18 Division.

What’s at Stake: This is the third Open Event on the LJT schedule in 2021 and player of the year points are going to be awarded to the top half of each division. Along with points, the top finishers will get AJGA Stars and exemptions into future LJT Majors like the Bluebonnet Championship, Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship and Texas Junior Amateur. The event is ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek.

Next Up: Pairings for the Final Round of the Spring Preview are available and can be viewed by clicking here. The morning wave will start at 8:00 AM and feature the Girls 12-18 and Boys 14 & Under Divisions, while the afternoon wave will start at 11:30 AM and feature the Boys 15-18 Division.

To see all the scores from Saturday’s first round, click here. For more information on the LJT Spring Preview, click here.