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Mierl and Null, Webster and Vargas Lead North Texas Classic

Mierl and Null, Webster and Vargas Lead North Texas Classic
Briefly: Trenton Mierl and Corbin Null both shot 5 under par 66 to share the lead in the Boys Division of the North Texas Classic at Buffalo Creek Golf Club. In the Girls Division, Darrelyn Webster leads at 3-under, while Asher Vargas leads the Boys 14 & Under Division at 4-under.
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Leaders: Austin’s Trenton Mierl and Waco’s Corbin Null, both seeking their first win of on the Legends Junior Tour in 2022 are tied at the top of the Boys 15-18 Division with matching 66’s. Null had a bogey free opening round that included an eagle on the par 5 14th hole while Mierl recorded 6 birdies including 3 in a row on holes 16-18. Austin’s Darrelyn Webster made three birdies and an eagle en route to her opening round of 3-under 68 and leads by one stroke heading into Sunday’s Final Round. Springs’s Asher Vargas leads the Boys 14 & Under Division by three strokes after an opening round 67 on Saturday. He made five birdies and an eagle in his first round.
In Contention: In the Boys Division, Dallas’s Deacon Dortch and Prosper’s Ryan Shellberg are tied for third at 3-under, both are seeking their first victory with the LJT this year. Four players are tied for fifth at 2-under, while seven are tied for ninth at 1-under. In the division 15 total players are under par heading into the final round.
In the Girls Division, Tyler’s Sydney Robertson is in second at 2-under, while Dallas’ Leya Glazer and Cedar Park’s Nirjara Gulhane are tied for third at 2-over.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Austin Le of Houston trails by three strokes, with Austins’s Ethan Hoffman in third 5 stroke behind Vargas.
Golf Course: Buffalo Creek Golf Club is hosting the North Texas Classic for the first time in the eight years the Legends Junior Tour has hosted the event. Located in Rockport, the course offers a great challenge to the field, stretching out to almost 7,000 yards in the Boys Division, 6,600 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division and 6,000 yards in the Girls Division.
Weather: The weather was perfect for the first round with temperatures starting in the low 70s and reaching the upper 80s. The winds were calm around five miles per hour out of the southeast.
Tournament Format: The North Texas Classic is a 36-hole stroke play event for players 12-18 years old. All players in the field are required to have an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The North Texas Classic kicks off the Fall Swing of the Legends Junior Tour schedule.
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.
Next Up: The Final Round is scheduled to begin at 8:00 am off the No. 1 and 10 tees on Sunday, September 11. To see the pairings for the Final Round, click here.
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Maier, O’Keefe, and Clancy Win George Hannon Junior Invitational

Briefly: Richardson’s Mitchell Maier won the Boys Division of the George Hannon Junior Invitational presented by Texas Mutual after firing a second round 4-under 67 at the University of Texas Golf Club. Farah O’Keefe of Austin captured victory of the Girls Division with a second round 1-under 70 score, while Jack Clancy of Dallas won the Boys 14 & Under Division with a 2-under 69 final round.

Leaders: Maier put together a fantastic final round to win by three strokes. The Richardson native caught fire on the back nine by rolling in four birdies in route to the big win.  Farah O’Keefe capitalized on her first round lead by carding another under-par round. The University of Texas commit was the only girl to put together two under par rounds. Jack Clancy completed the come back victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division with rounds of 74-69 to get to 1-over 143 overall and win by two. The victory marked Clancy’s second in a row as he recently won the Boys 14 & Under title at the Texas Junior Amateur. 

In Contention: In the Boys Division, Daniel Macias of Austin and Jackson Funkhouser of College Station tied for second by finishing at 4-under 138 total for the week. Funkhouser closed the tournament with an even par 71, while Macias put together a valiant come back effort with a 4-under 67. Kingwood’s Andrew Tucker claimed the fourth spot after finishing the week at 2-under 140 total. Another pair of Austin locals, Ally Black and Mimi Burton, finished behind O’Keefe to round out the top three of the Girls Division. Black took runner-up honors by finishing 5-over for the tournament. Burton claimed third after finishing with a 6-over 148 total. Oliver McSpadden of Leander took the runner-up spot in the Boys 14 & Under Division by matching Clancy’s second round of 2-under 69. Finishing in third was Austin’s Luciano Follmer at 4-over 146 total.

Golf Course: The University of Texas Golf Club was designed by Bechtol Russell and opened in 2003. The course is set along the Colorado River and features stunning Texas Hill Country views along with a challenging par-71 layout. The course overlooks Lake Austin and borders the Balcones Natural Wildlife Preserve and has hosted the George Hannon Junior Invitational seven times now, including the last five years.

Weather: Temperatures started in the mid-80s on Tuesday and crept up to the high 90s by the end of play.

Tournament Format: The George Hannon Junior Invitational is a 36-hole stroke play event for players that have earned an exemption through the Texas Junior Golf Alliance or the Hannon Society. The 96-player field is one of the strongest in the state as they play 18 holes each day.

About George Hannon: George Hannon, who was affectionately called “Coach”, coached the University of Texas golf team for 18 seasons. Coach Hannon saw his Longhorns win two National Championships in 1971 and 1972, 12 Southwest Conference Titles and three individual titles. Hannon’s Horns included Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Mark Brooks, Phil Blackmar, Brandel Chamblee, Rik Massengale and Paul Thomas.

About Hannon Cup Association: The Hannon Cup Association contributes to golf scholarships, supports the Austin Junior Golf Academy and hosts the George Hannon Junior Invitational and Hannon Cup Matches. Mark Coward and Brent Buckman were instrumental in conceiving the idea and in organizing and forming the initial committee for the Hannon Cup. Support was provided by a group of individuals and businesses that became known as the Hannon Society.

About Texas Mutual: Texas Mutual is the presenting sponsor of the George Hannon Junior Invitational and has been caring for hardworking Texans for more than 25 years. Taking care of people is what Texas Mutual does and that’s why they invest time, energy and resources into increasing safety, wellness and education for all Texans. Texas Mutual has been the presenting sponsor of this event for the last four years.

POY Points Race: Winners of each division will earn 1,500 points towards Player of the Year standings for the LJT.

Next Up: The LJT will head to Buffalo Creek Golf Club in Rockwall for the LJT North Classic on Sept. 10-11.

For more information on the George Hannon Junior Invitational presented by Texas Mutual, click here. To see all the scores from UT Golf Club, click here.

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Funkhouser, O’Keefe, and Vargas Lead George Hannon Junior Invitational

Briefly: Jackson Funkhouser fired a 4-under 67 to take a one stroke lead in the Boys 15-18 Division on Monday in the opening round of the George Hannon Junior Invitational presented by Texas Mutual at the University of Texas Golf Club. Asher Vargas leads the Boys 14 & Under Division after a first round even-par 71. Farah O’Keefe sits atop the Girls Division after carding an opening 2-under 69.

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Leaders: College Station’s Jackson Funkhouser produced one of four under-par rounds and the low round across all divisions on Monday at UT Golf Club. His 4-under consisted of six total birdies, with three of them coming on the front nine which were his final nine holes. His birdie on the par-5 ninth was the one that put him in the lead heading into the Final Round. Austin’s Farah O’Keefe accounted for the lone round under par for the girls with a 2-under 69. O’Keefe amassed five birdies on the day to take a 2-shot lead heading into the final round. Springs’ Asher Vargas leads the Boys 14 & Under Division after shooting even-par 71 on Monday. Vargas made two birdies and two bogeys to card the clean scorecard in route to a one shot lead.

In Contention: Trailing Funkhouser by one stroke in the Boys 15-18 Division is Richmond’s Mitchell Maier, who shot 3-under 68 and was the third round under par on Monday. Carding the fourth and final round under par was Montgomery’s Eyan Edsall with a 1-under 70. In the Girls Division, three players sit two shots back after carding even par rounds of 71. Austin’s Ally Black and Mimi Burton, and Nirjara Gulhane of Cedar Park will all look to make a move in Tuesday’s final round. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dallas’ Jeffrey Rubenstein is in second at 1-over, while Austin’s Luciano Fullmer occupies third at 2-over. Dylan Knox, William Mitchell, and Jack Clancy are tied for fourth at 3-over.

Golf Course: The University of Texas Golf Club was designed by Bechtol Russell and opened in 2003. The course is set along the Colorado River and features stunning Texas Hill Country views along with a challenging par-71 layout. The course overlooks Lake Austin and borders the Balcones Natural Wildlife Preserve and has hosted the George Hannon Junior Invitational seven times now, including the last five years.

Weather: Temperatures started in the mid-80s on Monday and crept up to the high 90s by the end of play.

Tournament Format: The George Hannon Junior Invitational is a 36-hole stroke play event for players that have earned an exemption through the Texas Junior Golf Alliance or the Hannon Society. The 96-player field is one of the strongest in the state as they play 18 holes each day.

About George Hannon: George Hannon, who was affectionately called “Coach”, coached the University of Texas golf team for 18 seasons. Coach Hannon saw his Longhorns win two National Championships in 1971 and 1972, 12 Southwest Conference Titles and three individual titles. Hannon’s Horns included Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Mark Brooks, Phil Blackmar, Brandel Chamblee, Rik Massengale and Paul Thomas.

About Hannon Cup Association: The Hannon Cup Association contributes to golf scholarships, supports the Austin Junior Golf Academy and hosts the George Hannon Junior Invitational and Hannon Cup Matches. Mark Coward and Brent Buckman were instrumental in conceiving the idea and in organizing and forming the initial committee for the Hannon Cup. Support was provided by a group of individuals and businesses that became known as the Hannon Society.

About Texas Mutual: Texas Mutual is the presenting sponsor of the George Hannon Junior Invitational and has been caring for hardworking Texans for more than 25 years. Taking care of people is what Texas Mutual does and that’s why they invest time, energy and resources into increasing safety, wellness and education for all Texans. Texas Mutual has been the presenting sponsor of this event for the last four years.

POY Points Race: Winners of each division will earn 1,500 points towards Player of the Year standings for the LJT.

Next Up: The Final Round of the George Hannon Junior Invitational is scheduled for Tuesday with tee times starting at 7:30 am off the No. 1 and 10 tees. Following Tuesday’s Final Round, awards will be handed to the top five in the Boys Division and top three in the Girls and Boys 14 & Under Divisions.

For more information on the George Hannon Junior Invitational presented by Texas Mutual, click here. To see all the scores from UT Golf Club, click here.

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George Hannon Junior Invitational Set for Aug. 8-9 

AUSTIN — The George Hannon Junior Invitational returns to the University of Texas Golf Club on Aug. 8-9 with Texas Mutual Insurance Company returning as the presenting sponsor. This 36-hole event, which features some of the best junior boy and girl golfers in Texas ages 12-18, sets up to be a great finish to another stellar LJT summer schedule. 

“Having a partnership with Texas Mutual is such a blessing to the Hannon Cup Association,” Hannon Cup Association Managing Director Randi Long said. “When we set out to have a junior tournament, the goal was to host one of the best ones in Texas.  Along with Texas Mutual and the Legends Junior Tour, I believe we have accomplished that goal.”   

Texas Mutual Insurance Company is one of the state’s leading workers’ compensation providers. Texas Mutual Vice President of Marketing and Customer Engagement Jeremiah Bentley said the company is proud to be associated with this year’s championship.  

“We’re happy to have the opportunity again to contribute to the organization’s mission,” Bentley said. “As a leader in the workers’ compensation industry, Texas Mutual is always seeking to partner with other leading organizations. This tournament is a high-quality event that provides value to sponsors and exposure to a first-class audience.” 

George Hannon was born in Kemp, Texas, and had a 59-year PGA career, including an 18-year term as the University of Texas Men’s Golf coach. Hannon’s career at UT included NCAA titles in 1971 and 1972, as well as 12 Southwest Conference Championships. Hannon coached legends such as Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Mark Brooks, Phil Blackmar, Brandel Chamblee, Warren Chancellor, Rik Massengale, and Paul Thomas. He was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 1991 and was the Golf Coaches Associations’ 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.   

The Legends Junior Tour has conducted the George Hannon Junior Invitational since the Hannon Cup Association created the event in 2009. It brings together the top 96 boys and girls in and around the state with players competing in a Boys 15-18, Girls 12-18, and Boys 14 & Under Division. 

 The field will take on UT Golf Club’s par-71 layout. Since it opened for play in 2003, the demanding Bechtol-Russel design has always had a championship pedigree. The Austin-based club is the home of the University of Texas Men’s and Women’s golf teams, including the 2012 and 2022 NCAA Men’s Golf National Champions. It’s played host to NCAA Regional Championships, the Betsy Rawls Invitational as well as TGA Major Championships, including the 99th Women’s Texas Amateur. 

Over the years, the club has welcomed some of the highest profile players in the game of golf. These include three-time major champion Jordan Spieth, PGA Tour winners Dylan Frittelli, Cody Gribble, and Jhonattan Vegas, reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Scottie Scheffler, and 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion Sophia Schubert. 

This is the seventh time in the tournament’s 13-year history for UT Golf Club to host the George Hannon Junior Invitational. It’s a challenging test of golf complemented by scenic Texas Hill Country views and always delivers a great championship. Other host clubs of this event include Austin Country Club, Spanish Oaks Golf Club and The Hills Country Club. 

“It’s always exciting to cap off a great summer with a trip to Austin for the George Hannon Junior Invitational,” LJT Tournament Manager Adam Schulte said. “It’s a great event year after year and we can’t thank the Hannon Cup Association, Texas Mutual Insurance and UT Golf Club enough for making it all possible.” 

 At the 2021 George Hannon Junior Invitational, Austin’s own Sam Dossey picked up his first win of the season with the Legends Junior Tour and the second of his career after going 70-69 and winning the Boys 15-18 division by one stroke. Dossey was the only player in the division to go bogey free for both rounds and picked up his three birdies on the par-4 first, the par-4 seventh and the par-5 14th. The Austin-native picked up the win at his home course.  

Emma Von Hoffmann was tied with Sophie Biediger following 36 holes at 3-under 139 overall. The two went to a sudden-death playoff starting on the first hole and proceeded to match each other for six holes, before Von Hoffmann made par on the par-4 seventh to win the Girls 12-18 title. 

Reese Roberts completed the wire-to-wire victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division with rounds of 71-74 to get to 3-over 145 overall. After starting the day on No. 10, he was tied going into the par-3 eighth but made a birdie on the 160-yard hole and took a one-stroke lead. He finished with a par on the par-5 ninth and picked up his second victory with the LJT in 2021.  

 The George Hannon Junior Invitational is held in the Austin area annually and features one of the top-ranked fields on the LJT Schedule. Past champions of this event include Max Miller, Joe and Julia Beck, Scottie and Callie Scheffler, Brendan Redfern, Cole Hammer, Thomas Critch, Levi Valadez, Alexandra Rossi, Chandler Phillips, Hailee Cooper, and Stephen Campbell Jr. 

 The George Hannon Junior Invitational is ranked by Golfweek and Junior Golf Scoreboard with the top half of each division earning points towards the LJT Player of the Year Standings. The top finishers of the Boys 15-18 and Girls 12-18 Divisions will also earn AJGA Performance Stars.   

 Players in the George Hannon Junior Invitational are members of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance which is a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association and the Southern and Northern Texas PGA Sections. The alliance provides junior golfers with top tier competition across the state and a path to gain experience and grow throughout their junior golfing careers. 

 For more information about the George Hannon Junior Invitational, click here. To learn more about the Hannon Cup Association, click here.   

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Jaivir Pande and Kate Pickrell Win 96th Texas Junior Amateur

HORSESHOE BAY – Austin’s Kate Pickrell fended off a stacked leaderboard in Wednesday’s final round of the 96th Texas Junior Amateur to be crowned champion. The rising senior at Lake Travis High School carded a finishing 2-under 70 to win the girls title by one stroke. Houston’s Jaivir Pande sunk a 10-foot birdie putt on the eighteenth hole of Ram Rock to win the boys title. Pande capped off his week with a 5-over 76 to finish at 1-over par and win by one.

Pickrell battled eventual runner-up Grace Jin of Hunstville all day, but it was a birdie on the par-3 seventeenth hole of Apple Rock that sealed the deal for the Austinite. The Lake Travis senior has been playing well of late as she recently won the AJGA Patrick Reed Invitational earlier this summer.

“After the first round I was sitting a little further back,” Pickrell said of her play early in the championship. “I kind of knew I needed to pick it up the next few days.”

Pickrell did just that. After beginning with a 1-over 73, she posted back to back rounds of 2-under par.

“I know this is going to be my last year (of high school) so I am happy to get a win near the end of summer. I am glad I was able to win it at home,” Pickrell said.

Jin shot a final round 2-under 70 to earn the runner-up honors of the Girls 15-18 Division. Her scorecard included six birdies in Wednesday’s final round. Rounding out the top three was Cedar Park’s Jiyu Han who finished at even-par for the week.

Pande, winner of the boys’ title, didn’t have his best stuff in the final round but showed toughness in still finding a way to win. The rising senior at Kinkaid High School emphatically fist pumped as he rolled in the winning birdie putt on the final hole to finish 1-over for the championship.

“I got off to a less than ideal start today,” Pande said of his final round. “I had a couple mistakes out there, but it was playing tough for everyone, and I knew I had to just keep making pars.”

Pande’s final round 5-over 76 was a bit of a roller coaster ride on Wednesday. He had six holes of bogey or worse but was able to limit the damage with four birdies including one on the last hole.

“Not every day you’re going to play well,” Pande said. “Just being able to have the ability to with adversity is something I’m very proud of in my game.”

Pande enters his senior year of high school with great confidence and will look to build upon the win this fall.

“It’s going to give me a lot of confidence knowing I came here to the Texas Junior Amateur and came out on top. I’m looking forward to keeping the momentum going,” Pande said of his victory.

The low round of the day came from runner-up Luke Colton of Frisco with a 3-under 68 as Ram Rock played well over par for the day. Colton’s final round included six birdies as he finished 2-over for the week and one back of Pande.

Rounding out the top three was Montgomery’s Eyan Edsall who posted a final round 5-over 76 to finish 3-over for the week.

The Legends Junior Tour extends its sincere appreciation to the staff and members of Horseshoe Bay as well as our volunteers for their integral part in making the 96th Texas Junior Amateur a memorable and successful event.

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One Round Remains at 96th Texas Junior Amateur

HORSESHOE BAY – Houston’s Jaivir Pande fired a 3-under 68 in Tuesday’s second round of the Texas Junior Amateur to take a two shot lead in the Boys Division. Pande, a rising senior at Kinkaid High School, recorded an eagle on the par-5 fourteenth hole on Horseshoe Bay’s Ram Rock course to vault into the 36-hole lead. In the Girls Division, two are tied atop the leaderboard at 1-under par 143 total. Bellaire’s Kenna Lee and Austin’s Kate Pickrell lead a slew of competitors bunched at the top headed into Wednesday’s final round at Horeshoe Bay’s Apple Rock course.

Horseshoe Bay’s Ram Rock and Apple Rock courses again proved to be a stern test for the state’s best in round two. The Boys 15-18 Division are playing the Ram Rock course while the Girls 15-18, Girls 14 & Under, and Boys 14 & Under Division’s are playing the Apple Rock course.

In the Boy’s 15-18 Division, Pande tallied three birdies and an eagle in route to the solid second round score. Pande leads by two and will look to continue his strategies in Wednesday’s final round.

“Today, I did the same thing as yesterday,” Pande said. “I was able to just limit the mistakes. I only had two bogeys on the card.”

Pande is set to begin his senior year of high school in a few weeks and likes where his game is at.

“The Texas Junior Amateur is one of the biggest tournaments we have here in Texas, so to be able to be on the top of the leaderboard is very motivating and makes me want to work harder for the rest of my tournaments,” Pande said.

Eyan Edsall of Montgomery joined Pande as the only two players to post consecutive rounds under par. The incoming freshman at Stephen F Austin University sits in second and two shots back of the lead heading into Wednesday’s final round on Horeshoe Bay’s Ram Rock course. Edsall made the turn at three under in Tuesday’s second round before suffering a couple bogeys down the stretch.

Trevor Algya of Highland Village and Tyler Blackwell of Austin sit in a tie for third at 3-over for the championship and seven shots back of the lead.

The division has been cut to the low 45 players and ties heading into Wednesday’s final round.

In the Girl’s 15-18 Division, co-leaders Kenna Lee of Bellaire and Austin’s Kate Pickrell will look to battle off a stacked leaderboard headed into Wednesday’s final round. They lead by one shot over three girls sitting even-par for the championship.

“Today, I just told myself I was going to play smart golf,” Lee said. “I wasn’t going to be too aggressive. I was going to focus on shooting a good score.

Pickrell fired the low round of the day in the Girls 15-18 division with a score of 2-under 70.

“Tomorrow I am going to try and be patient and take advantage of those putts that are pretty close to the hole,” Pickrell said.

Huntsville’s Grace Jin, Cedar Park’s Jiyu Han, and San Antonio’s Marissa Loya sit one shot back of the lead in a tie for third at even-par 144 total. All three girls posted second rounds under par to position themselves nicely with eighteen holes remaining.

The division has been cut to the low 27 players and ties heading into Wednesday’s final round.

Jack Clancy of Dallas defeated Luciano Follmer of Austin in a three-hole playoff to earn the title of Boys 14 & Under Division Champion. Clancy posted a final round 3-over 75 that included two birdies on the back nine. Aiden Tiet of Garland, Dylan Ma of The Woodlands, and Asher Vargas of Spring all finished at 1-under for the championship to share third place.

Katy’s Yixian (Emily) Zhang shot her second consecutive round of 2-under 70 to claim the Girls 14 & Under Division title at 4-under total. Zhang finished five shots ahead of runner-up Kaylee Yuan of Joshua, who finished at 1-under for the championship. Rounding out the top three was Austin’s Isabel Emanuels at 8-over par for the tournament.

Round 3 of the 96th Texas Junior Amateur begins Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.

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Horseshoe Bay Plays Tough in Round 1 of 96th Texas Junior Amateur

HORSESHOE BAY – Frisco’s Luke Colton grabbed the lead in Monday’s first round of the 96th Texas Junior Amateur with a 2-under 69 on Horseshoe Bay’s Ram Rock course. Colton’s round was the only sub-70 score as he leads the Boys Division by one. In the Girls Division, there are three tied atop the leaderboard at 2-under par 70. Bellaire’s Kenna Lee, Camille Pazouki of San Antonio, and Huntsville’s Grace Jin all share the lead headed into Tuesday’s second round at Horeshoe Bay’s Apple Rock course.

A round under-par was hard to come by as Horseshoe Bay’s Ram Rock and Apple Rock courses proved to be a stern test for the state’s best juniors. The Boys 15-18 Division played the Ram Rock course while the Girls 15-18, Girls 14 & Under, and Boys 14 & Under Division’s played the Apple Rock course.

In the Boy’s 15-18 Division, Colton carded three birdies on the back nine to finish out a strong first round. Colton is one of the younger players in the division but showed no youth on Monday as he leads by one.

“I managed to roll in a few putts around the turn,” Colton said. “That kind of set me up for the rest of the round. The course has a lot of doglegs and it’s pretty tight, so you have to be specific off the tee on your lines. I think that works to my advantage. Usually, my driver is pretty straight.”

Carding rounds of 1-under 70 to sit in a tie for second were Houston’s Jaivir Pande and Eyan Edsall of Montgomery. Edsall tallied up three birdies on the day while Pande had six.

Austin’s Tyler Blackwell and Kyle Doolittle of New Braunfels sit two shots back of the lead after rounds of even-par 71. A stacked leaderboard will look to make moves in Tuesday’s second round on Ram Rock.

The division will cut to the low 45 players and ties after Tuesday’s second round.

In the Girl’s 15-18 Division, each of the three co-leaders took advantage of Apple Rock’s front nine. Lee made the turn at three under, while Pazouki and Jin turned at 2-under.

“The round was pretty good,” said Pazouki, a rising senior from San Antonio. “The front nine went well. Putting was just automatic on the front. The back nine started off with two bogeys but I got it under control to finish off strong.”

Sitting just one shot back of the lead at 1-under par are San Antonio’s Marissa Loya and Cedar Park’s Jiyu Han. San Antonio’s Julia Vollmer carded an even-par round of 72 to put herself in sole possession of sixth heading into the second round. Four girls sit tied for seventh at 1-over par.

The division will cut to the low 27 players and ties after Tuesday’s second round.

Jack Clancy of Dallas carded the low round of the tournament thus far with a 5-under 67 to take control of the Boys 14 & Under Division. Clancy’s solid round included an eagle on Apple Rock’s par-5 tenth hole. Clancy leads the division by two shots over Allen’s Elijah Estonilo who carded a first round 3-under 69. Sitting in sole possession of third at 2-under par is The Woodlands’ Dylan Ma.

Katy’s Yixian (Emily) Zhang shot a first round 1-under 71 to take the lead in the Girls 14 & Under Division. She will look to claim the division title tomorrow as she leads by four strokes over Joshua’s Kaylee Yuan who carded a respectable round of 2-over 74.

Both the Boys and Girls 14 & Under Divisions are playing 36 holes and will crown champions on Tuesday. The Boys and Girls 15-18 Divisions are playing 54 holes and will conclude play on Wednesday.

Round 2 of the 96th Texas Junior Amateur kicks off Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.

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Harper, McKay, and Madden Win at Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship

Harper, McKay, and Madden Win at Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship

 Briefly:  Dallas Brooks Harper wins the Boys 15-18 Division of the Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship at Tangle Ridge Golf Club shooting an 8-under-par 136 to claim a one shot victory. McKinney’s Jenna Madden won the Girls 12-18 Division at even par , while Dallas’ Duff McKay won the Boys 14 & Under Division also shooting an 8-under-par 136.

Champions: Brooks Harper entered Wednesday’s final round in the leading group two shots back on the lead after a first round 67.  Harper started the day off strong with a birdie on hole 3 that would have him tied for first early in the round.  The back nine Harper came alive birdying 4 of the 9 holes. 18 saw Harper and Dortch tied at -7 both Harper and Dortch sent their drives into the same fairway bunker.  Harper put his bunker shot to 3 feet and a tap in birdie claimed him the Boys 15-18 title.

McKinney’s Jenna Madden won the Girls 12-18 Division after shooting rounds of 70-74 to finish the championship at even par and five strokes ahead of the field. She posted the only under par round of the tournament in the girls division with a 2 under par score of 70 in the first round.

Dallas’ Duff McKay won the Boys 14 & Under Division at 8-under overall after rounds of 71-65 at Tangle Ridge Golf Club. His final round was one he will forever remember as Duff holed his tee shot on the 316 yard par 4 3rd hole to record his third career hole in one.  Duff put the tournament out of reach from his competitors with a run of four straight birdies on holes 10 through 13.

 Top Finishers: In the Boys 15-18 Division, Ethan Dufresne of The Hills finished T-2 with Dortch and claimed the trophy by way of a scorecard playoff by shooting a 34 on the back nine.  Dallas Aiden Dortch finished T-2 with Dufresne losing scorecard playoff with his 36 on the back nine for the final round. Luke Colton of Frisco finished fourth firing a second round low total of 66 to climb up the leaderboard after entering the day at even par.

In the Girls 12-18 Division, two girls tied for second at 5 over par. Coppell’s Lauren Rios and Kate Strickland from Lincoln, Nebraska fought hard but could not catch Jenna Madden on the scoreboard.  Dallas’ Sonia Hao finished alone in fourth place at 6 over par respectably.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Spring Branch’s Hunter Grimes finished runner up at 4 under par 140 for the championship.  Jack Clancey fired a 67 on Wednesday to secure third place with a 2 under par 36 hole total.  Highland Village’s Tyson Embry finished fourth at even par, followed by the trio of Plano’s Ryan Lee, Spring’s Asher Vargas and Houston’s Austin Le who all finished in a tie for fifth place at 1 over par for the championship.

 Golf Course: Tangle Ridge Golf Club, located in Grand Prairie, is hosting the Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship for the first time in the tournament’s 14-year history. The par-72 layout opened in 1995 and was designed by Jeffrey Brauer. The course features exciting elevation changes, subtle Champion Ultra dwarf Bermuda Grass Greens along with it’s tree lined fairways and multiple bunkers and water challenges..  The course played to 6788 yards for the boy’s 15-18 division, 6335 yards for the boy’s 12-14 division and 5870 yards for the girl’s division.

 

Weather: Wednesday’s weather was similar to Tuesday’s with the sun out and temperatures approaching 105 Degrees. The 5 – 10 mph winds did offer a little relief to the players battle with the course and the heat.

 

Tournament Format: The Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship is a 36-hole stroke play event for players ages 12-18 years old. Membership with a Texas Junior Golf Alliance Partner is required to play in Legends Junior Tour events.

 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.

 Next Up: The Legends Junior Tour heads to Horseshoe Bay Resort on July 25-27 for the 96th Texas Junior Amateur. The 240-player field is split between four division: Boys, Girls, Boys 14 & Under and Girls 14 & Under. The Boys Division will play the Ram Rock Course, while the Girls Division and both 14 & Under Divisions will play the Apple Rock Course.

 

Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship

Tangle Ridge Golf Course

July 12-13



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