Dossey, Gonzalez, and Barrientos Win Divisions at Weather Shortened Collegiate Preview
Briefly: For the first time in Legends Junior Tour history, Austin’s Sam Dossey and Queretaro’s Alejandro Gonzalez both claim the title of co-champions in the Boys Division after posting rounds of 4-under 68. Melena Barrientos of Plano wins the Girls Division by five shots, after a round of 4-under 68.
- Sam Dossey, Austin 68
1. Alejandro Gonzalez, Queretaro 68
3. Sam Bumgardner, Fort Worth 69
T4. Wil Griffin, Hot Springs 70
T4. Cody Winkler, McKinney 70
T4. Nicholas Hance, Irving 70
- Melena Barrientos, Plano 68
2.Gabrielle Roth, Austin 73
3. Annika Saidleman, Austin 74
T4. Sydney Williams, Frisco 75
T4. Sophie Biediger, Dallas 75
T4. Alise Knudson, Dallas 75
Winners: Both Sam Dossey and Alejandro Gonzalez earn their first Legends Junior Tour victory at Hurricane Creek Country Club. Dossey recorded six birdies on his round, including three of the four par fives. Gonzalez birdied his final hole of the round to finish tied with Dossey atop the leaderboard. In the Girls Division, Plano’s Melena Barrientos cruised to a five-shot victory after posting a 4-under 68. Barrientos made five birdies on the day, also claiming her first Legends Junior Tour victory.
In Contention: Fort Worth’s Sam Bumgardner finished solo third at 3-under 69. Bumgardner birdied three of his last four holes to climb up the leaderboard. Cody Winkler of McKinney, Nicholas Hance of Irving, and Hot Springs’s Wil Griffin all finished tied for fourth at 2-under 70. Griffin finished strong and birdied his final two holes to finish in the top five. Winkler carded a bogey-free round, while Hance made five birdies and an eagle on his round. Austin’s Gabrielle Roth posted a round of 1-over 73 to finish in solo second. Annika Saidleman of Austin finishes in third after recording a round of 2-over 74. Sophie Biediger of Frisco, and Dallas’s Sydney Williams and Alise Knudson all finished tied for fourth at 3-over 75.
Golf Course: Hurricane Creek Country Club was designed by Leon Howard in 1968 and features bent grass greens with tree-lined fairways of 419 Bermuda grass. While the basic layout of the course has remained intact, significant improvements have been made over the past decade that make Hurricane Creek as striking to the eye as it is challenging to your golf game.
Weather: The second round was cancelled, and the first round was resumed Tuesday morning, as lightning delays forced play to be suspended on Monday evening. Tuesday featured a cool and cloudy morning that opened up to a sunny afternoon with temperatures that climbed into the high 80’s.
Tournament Format: The Collegiate Preview is a 54-hole stroke-play event for players ages 14-19 that have an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The event is divided into two divisions: Boys and Girls.
Tournament Exemptions: All players that finish in the top half of each division will earn points towards the LJT Player of the Year Standings. The event is ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek, and WAGR.
Next Up: The Legends Junior Tour travels to Horseshoe Bay Resort for the 94th Texas Junior Amateur on July 27-29. Qualifying for the Texas Junior Amateur Boys Division throughout the state wraps up next week.
Collegiate Preview Set for July 6-7
ANNA — The Legends Junior Tour’s Collegiate Preview heads to Hurricane Creek Country Club for the third time in the tournament’s seven-year history.
Hurricane Creek Country Club recently hosted the Hurricane Creek Classic from June 9-12. The Women’s All Pro Tour event was won by LJT alumna Kristen Gillman of Austin. It was Gillman’s first victory as a professional golfer. Four weeks following the professional event, the club will welcome 96 of the top juniors in the state.
“We’re excited to be returning to Hurricane Creek Country Club for the first time since 2016,” LJT Tournament Coordinator Adam Schulte said. “The golf course is a true test and we look forward to crowning two worthy champions.”
Hurricane Creek Country Club was designed by renowned golf course architect Leon Howard in 1968. The traditional parkland golf course features tree-lined fairways and Bermuda grass greens. The 7,027-yard layout is nestled within a serene natural setting and water comes into play on 11 of the 18 holes. Hurricane Creek Country Club General Manager and Director of Golf Greg Morrison looks forward to hosting this year’s Collegiate Preview.
“Junior golf is a huge piece of what we do here,” Morrison said. “We always want to be involved in ways that we can help juniors. The golf course is in great shape and I think the players should expect a great test.”
The prestigious junior tournament was first played in 2014 at Ridgewood Country Club. Hurricane Creek Country Club played host in 2015-16, followed by a return to Ridgewood Country Club in 2017, Cimarron Hills Golf & Country Club in 2018 and Mira Vista Country Club last year.
The Collegiate Preview is restricted to players 14 years and older who are members of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. It is a 36-hole event that is ranked nationally by Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek and the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Sugar Land’s Shaheen Momin won last year’s Boys Division at Mira Vista Country Club in Fort Worth. Momin, who went on to earn 2019 Player of the Year honors, carded rounds of 68-70-66 to post 9-under-par 204 for the tournament. He claimed the title by three strokes and it was one of his seven top-10s last year.
Mia Gaboriau of Coppell won the Girls Division in a sudden-death playoff over Canton’s Mia Nixon and Fort Worth’s Malisone Chanthapanya. Gaboriau closed out the victory with a par on the third playoff hole to claim her first LJT title.
The LJT staff continues to monitor the health and safety guidelines from government officials in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following new strict health guidelines, the LJT successfully managed three safe and competitive championships in June (Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship, Flodder Financial Shootout and Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship). The LJT is committed to another safe and successful week at Hurricane Creek Country Club.
Along with LJT Player of the Year Points, players are competing for exemptions into LJT Invitational events. The top three finishers in the Boys Division will earn an exemption into the George Hannon Junior Invitational, Texas Junior Amateur, 2021 Texas Cup Invitational and 2021 Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship.
In the Girls Division, the champion will earn a spot in the George Hannon Junior Invitational and Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational, while the top three will earn an exemption into the 2021 Texas Girls’ Invitational.
For more information on the Collegiate Preview, click here.
Momin and Gaboriau Win at Collegiate Preview
Winners: Shaheen Momin of Sugar Land shot 5-under 66 in the final round to win the Boys Division of the Collegiate Preview. Momin, who made five straight birdies in his final round, posted scores of 68-70-66 to win by three strokes and claim his first victory with the Legends Junior Tour in 2019. Mia Gaboriau of Coppell won the Girls Division after making par on the third playoff hole.
1. Shaheen Momin, Sugar Land, TX -9 204
T2. Dallas Hankamer, Temple, TX -6 207
T2. Treed Huang, Katy, TX -6 207
4. Peyton Johnson, Shreveport, LA -2 211
5. Holden Webb, Shreveport, LA -1 212
1. Mia Gaboriau, Coppell, TX +16 229*
T2. Mia Nixon, Canton, TX +16 229
T2. Malisone Chanthapanya, Fort Worth, TX +16 229
4. Lauren Rios, Coppell, TX +23 236
T5. Raeleigh Davidson, Frisco, TX +24 237
*Won in Playoff
To see all the scores from the Collegiate Preview, click here.
Top Finishers: Dallas Hankamer of Temple shot 6-under 65 in the final round and finished tied for second with Katy’s Treed Huang, who was the 36-hole leader. Hankamer played bogey-free on Tuesday and made four birdies and an eagle in his round. The eagle came on the par-4 eighth hole when he chipped in from about 60 yards out. Huang shot even-par in the final round with a birdie on the first and 11th holes and back-to-back bogeys on six and seven. Peyton Johnson of Shreveport, La. finished fourth in the Boys Division at 2-under followed by Holden Webb of Shreveport, La. at 1-under. Jackson Naeger and Will Horn tied for sixth, while Daniel Moon finished eighth, Luke Eckholm finished ninth and Advait Chutke shot 2-under 69 to finish inside the top 10. In the Girls Division Mia Nixon of Canton and Malisone Chanthapanya of Fort Worth finished tied for second after falling short to Gaboriau in the playoff. Both players made par on the first playoff hole but Chanthapanya lost in the second playoff hole, while Nixon lost in the third. Lauren Rios finished fourth in the division, while Raeleigh Davidson and JJ Betz tied for fifth.
Tournament Format: The Collegiate Preview is a 54-hole stroke-play event for players with an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance and that are 14 years or older and not yet enrolled in college. The event is modeled after a typical collegiate-style event with players playing 36 holes on the first day and 18 on the second. This event has been praised by past LJT Alumni for preparing them to play golf at the next level.
The Course: Mira Vista Country Club opened in 1987 and was designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish. The par-71 layout is a tough test for the field and challenges each player’s abilities to hit shots into rolling fairways and tight green complexes. The course is being played at around 6,900 yards in the Boys Division and 6,000 yards in the Girls Division.
Tournament History: The Collegiate Preview started in 2014 at Ridgewood Country Club. Ryan Grider, who is currently on the Baylor Men’s Golf team won the Boys Division while Hailee Cooper, who is currently on the Texas Women’s Golf team won the Girls Division. Both players would repeat as champions in 2015 at Hurricane Creek Country Club. Crosby Guercio and Hailey Jones won the weather-shortened event in 2016, while Grider and Elina Sinz won in 2017. The event was held at Cimarron Hills Golf & Country Club in 2018 and saw Garrett Martin win the Boys Division and Sinz win the Girls Division.
The Weather: The weather was similar to Monday with temperatures in the low to mid 90s and a gentle breeze that allowed players a chance to aim for the flagsticks.
What’s Next: The Legends Junior Tour heads south to Austin for the George Hannon Junior Invitational on Aug. 12-13. The field will take on the tough UT Golf Club layout and compete in yet another LJT Invitational event with critical points up for grabs for the Player of the Year Standings and the Jackie Burke Cup Matches.