Austin's Fox Shoots 65 To Win 92nd Texas Junior Amateur
HORSESHOE BAY, Texas – Austin’s Macy Fox fires a 7-under 65 in the final round to win the Girls Division of the 92nd Texas Junior Amateur at Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Slick Rock Golf Course.
Trailing by two strokes after 36 holes, Fox teed off in the penultimate group and started her day with a birdie on No. 1. She made a bogey on No. 2 and then made par on her next six holes before another birdie on nine.
“I had chances on the front side but wasn’t making any birdie putts until No. 9,” said Fox, “The birdie on nine gave me some momentum and it carried over into the back nine.”
After making the turn at 1-under-par, Fox made a birdie on the par-5 10th, the par-5 12th and then four straight birdies on holes 14-17 to get to 11-under overall. She got up and down for par on the 18th, which capped off her sensational 6-under 30 in the final nine holes of the championship.
The win earns Fox a spot on The Dorothy Franey-Langkop Trophy, which is awarded to the winner of the Girls Division of the Texas Junior Amateur. The event has a strong list of past champions, which includes Angela Stanford, Courtney Dow, Annika Clark, Hailey Jones, Kelsey Vines and Bronwyn Burke.
Kingwood’s Elise Parel finished runner-up in the Texas Junior Amateur at 9-under 207 overall. Parel posted rounds of 68-70-69 to get to 9-under overall, making 18 birdies total through the 54-hole championship.
Austin’s Bentley Cotton and Jensen Jalufka, who were paired with Parel in the final group on Wednesday, finished third and fourth in the championship. Cotton shot 1-over 73 in the final round to get to 4-under 212 overall, while Jalufka shot 3-over 75 to get to 2-under 214 overall.
Eubin Shim of Waco, Calynne Rosholt of Cedar Park and Leah Alberto of Kingwood all tied for fifth in the Girls Division at 1-under 215. Maddi Olson finished eighth, Kaylee Vesely finished ninth, while Delaney Martin, Jackie Feldman and Madelyn Jones tied for 10th.
Maggie Ni and Natalie Cao tied for 13th at 220 overall, while Libby Singleton rounded out the top 15 at 221 overall after shooting 2-under 70 in the final round.
The Texas Junior Amateur is the largest junior golf tournament in the state. The event features 240 players spread out over four divisions. The Girls Division competed on the Slick Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort on July 23-25, while the Boys and Girls 14 & Under Divisions played 36 holes on the same golf course. The Boys Division played 54 holes on the Summit Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort.
Horseshoe Bay Resort has hosted the Texas Junior Amateur in eight of the last nine years. The Slick Rock Golf Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and features bentgrass greens along with more than 70 bunkers and a dozen water hazards on the course. The par-72 layout was stretched out to 6,011 yards for the Girls Division this week.
The 60-player field in the Girls Division was cut to the low 27 players after Tuesday’s second round. Players that were 10-over or better after 36 holes made the cut and played on Wednesday. Of the 27 players that made the cut, 10 of them were even-par or better in the final round.
This was the first Major Tournament on the Legends Junior Tour schedule for the Girls Division. Players earned double points towards the LJT Player of the Year Standings, which determines the LJT Player of the Year along with the field for the George Hannon Junior Invitational, which is the next Major Tournament on the LJT schedule, and the teams for the Jackie Burke Cup.
Texas Junior Am Round 1 at Slick Rock Complete
Horseshoe Bay, Texas – Elise Parel of Kingwood and Logan Zurn of Grapevine shoot 4-under 68 in the first round of the 92nd Texas Junior Amateur and lead their divisions at the Slick Rock Golf Course. Carrollton’s Symran Shah leads the Girls 14 & Under Division at 3-under.
Parel got her day going early with back-to-back birdies on her second and third hole after starting on No. 10. She made a bogey on the par-4 16th but bounced back with three birdies in her final nine holes, including the par-4 ninth to finish at 4-under.
Tied for second in the Girls Division are Jensen Jalufka of Austin and Eubin Shim of Waco. The duo fired matching 3-under 69s on Monday and will head into Tuesday’s second round one back. Austin’s Kaylee Vesely is tied with fellow Austin-native Ally Black in fourth at 2-under 70, while Jackie Feldman Macy Fox and Leah Alberto are tied for sixth at 1-under 71
The Girls Division of the Texas Junior Amateur is scheduled for 54 holes of stroke play competition on the Slick Rock Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort. Following Tuesday’s second round, the division will be cut down to the low 27 players and ties for Wednesday’s final round.
Zurn leads the Boys 14 & Under Division, which is competing in 36 holes of stroke play competition on the Slick Rock Golf Course. He made five birdies in the afternoon heat, which reached temperatures upwards of 110 degrees on Monday, including back-to-back birdies on holes 13 and 14.
Keller’s Jase Summy and Dallas’ Andrew Petruzzelli are tied for second in the Boys 14 & Under Division at 2-under 70. Five players are tied for fourth in the division and are three strokes back heading into Tuesday’s final round for the division.
Shah holds a four-stroke advantage in the Girls 14 & Under Division after the first round. She made six birdies on the day, including the par-3 second hole and the picturesque par-4 14th, which features a scenic water fall in front of players tee shots.
Spicewood’s Brooke McDonough, Austin’s Darrelyn Webster and Cedar Park’s Briana Lemaire are tied for second in the division, while Harper Edwards, Ella Fisher and Lauren Rios are tied for fifth at 4-over.
The Girls 14 & Under Division is competing at the Slick Rock Golf Course over 36 holes of stroke play competition.
Horseshoe Bay Resort is hosting the Texas Junior Amateur for the eighth time in the last nine years. The event moved to The Woodlands Country Club for 2016, but has returned to the renovated Slick Rock Golf Course. Slick Rock was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and features more than 70 bunkers and 12 water hazards including the water fall on the par-4 14th.
Pairings for Tuesday’s play will start at 7:30 am off both the No. 1 and No. 10 tees. The Boys and Girls 14 & Under Divisions will stretch from 7:30 to 9:00 am, while the Girls Division will take on the heat in the 12:00 to 1:30 pm wave.
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Horseshoe Bay Resort Hosting Texas Junior Amateur
DALLAS – Horseshoe Bay Resort is hosting the Texas Junior Amateur on July 23-25 as the state’s largest championship is set for its 92nd year.
Horseshoe Bay Resort has hosted the Texas Junior Amateur in seven of the last eight years. After spending 2016 at The Woodlands Country Club, the event returned to Horseshoe Bay on the Summit Rock and Slick Rock golf courses last year. This will be the second year that Summit Rock has hosted the Boys Division, while the other three divisions return to the renovated Slick Rock.
Summit Rock is a Jack Nicklaus signature course and opened in October 2012. The Hill Country style venue features a rocky terrain surrounded by native grass on each hole. The course has Bermuda fairways and bent grass greens, which will challenge all the golfers in the Boys Division.
“We’re happy to be coming back to Summit Rock for the Boys Division,” Kellen Kubasak, LJT Director of Operations, said. “The course offers a great test for our field along with Slick Rock for our Girls and younger Boys and Girls.”
Slick Rock was built in 1971 and designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. The course is known as a “hard par, easy bogey” course and features 71 bunkers throughout the 18-hole layout with a dozen water hazards. The par-4 14th at Slick Rock is a picturesque hole that has golfers tee off over a stunning waterfall and onto the fairway. The course was renovated in 2016 and updated with bent grass greens.
San Angelo’s Jansen Smith won the Boys Division last year after making an eagle on the final hole of the tournament. Smith holed out from 72 yards on the 54th hole to win by one stroke over San Antonio’s John Keefer. The win was Smith’s second of the year and he would go on to win Player of the Year honors in the Boys 15-18 Division.
Austin’s Sadie Englemann won the Girls Division at Slick Rock by one stroke over Dallas’ Hailey Jones, who was looking for her third straight win in the tournament. Englemann, who has committed to play golf at Stanford, posted rounds of 66-64-71 to get to 15-under 201 overall after 54 holes.
Argyle’s Gaven Lane won the Boys 14 & Under Division at 3-under after posting rounds of 69-72 in the 36-hole tournament at Slick Rock. Katy’s Lauren Nguyen won the Girls 14 & Under Division at 1-under 143 overall.
Other past champions of this event include Ben Crenshaw, Bruce Lietzke, Jeff Maggert, Stratton Nolen, Will Griffin, Angela Stanford, Annika Clark, Courtney Dow, Kaitlyn Papp and Jordan Spieth.
The Boys Division and the Girls Division will each play 54 holes with a cut after 36 holes, while the Boys and Girls 14 & Under Divisions will play 36 holes. The first round for all four divisions will begin on Monday, July 23.
Players earned their way into the Boys Division by earning an exemption or competing in one of 12 qualifying events across the state. Players in the Girls Division and the Boys and Girls 14 & Under Division were added based on the LJT Priority Entry System.
The Texas State Junior Championship is Golfweek and Junior Golf Scoreboard ranked, while the older Boys and Girls Divisions are recognized by the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Exemptions into future LJT Invitational Tournaments will be up for grabs along with AJGA Performance Stars.
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