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Owens, Kent and Mu Win Divisions at Fall Challenge

LUBBOCK – Boyd Owens of Baton Rouge, La. gets to 7-under and wins the Boys 15-18 Division of the Fall Challenge at The Rawls Course. Frisco’s Caroline Kent completes her wire-to-wire victory in the Girls 12-18 Division, while Austin’s Kevin Mu wins the Boys 14 & Under Division.
 
Leaderboard:  

 

Boys 15-18
1. Boyd Owens                     -7     137
2. Shaheen Momin               -3     141
T3. Clifton Armstrong           -1     143
T3. Cooper New                   -1     143
5. Brian Boles                       +1     145

Girls 12-18
1.Caroline Kent                     +6     150
2. Estelle Seon                      +7     151
T3. Emily Mu                         +9     153
T3. Helen Park                      +9     153
T5. Ryann Honea                  +10   154
 
Boys 14 & Under
1.Kevin Mu                              E      144
2. Andrew Petruzzelli             +2     146
3. Daniel Macias                    +9     153
4. Grant Yerger                      +9     153
5. Austin Hofferkamp             +12   156

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Leaders: Owens earned his first victory in the Boys 15-18 Division by posting rounds of 67-70 and finishing four strokes ahead of the field. He made an eagle on the par-5 second hole and finished the week with two eagles and seven birdies in 36 holes. Kent held a one-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s round and finished one stroke ahead to pick up her first win with the Legends Junior Tour. She shot 5-over 77 in the final round, making birdie on holes two, four and 12. Mu was seven strokes back heading into the final round, but posted a score of 3-under 69 to win the Boys 14 & Under Division and earn his first win with the LJT. He made five birdies on Sunday and finished with seven total birdies in 36 holes.
 
Top Finishers: Shaheen Momin of Sugar Land finished runner-up in the Boys 15-18 Division after shooting rounds of 69-72. Keller’s Clifton Armstrong fired a 4-under 68 on Sunday and finished tied for third with Comfort’s Cooper New at 1-under 143.Lubbock’s Brian Boles finished fifth at 1-over 145, while Lucas Wright and Alex Kopenhaver tied for sixth at 2-over. Estelle Seon, who played in the final group with Kent, finished second in the Girls 12-18 Division at 151 overall. Plano’s Helen Park and Austin’s Emily Mu tied for third at 153, while four others tied for fifth at 154. Dallas’ Andrew Petruzzelli finished behind Mu in the Boys 14 & Under Division at 2-over 146, while Daniel Macias of Austin and Grant Yerger of Driftwood finished tied for third at 153 overall.
 
Weather: Similar to Saturday, the winds were up with an overcast sky for the final round of the Fall Challenge. Wind ranged around 25 miles per hour and gusted upwards of 40 miles per hour while temperatures crept up towards 90 degrees. There was no rain overnight, which allowed the groups to tee off on time.
 
Past Champions: Owens, Kent and Mu join a list of past champions that includes Crosby Guercio, Tucker Allen, Tomek Pickrell, Treed Huang, Hailey Jones and Halle Whitney.
 
Tournament History: The Fall Challenge was created three years ago to fill the demand of more open events on the Legends Junior Tour. The event has posted a strong 84-player field each year and The Rawls Course joins Traditions Club and The Campus Course at Texas A&M as past host sites of this event.
 
Next Up: The Legends Junior Tour will head south to Corpus Christi, Texas for the James A. Ragan Memorial at Corpus Christi Country Club. The 84-player field will take on the Robert Trent Jones Sr. course and be tested by some more windy conditions.
 
For more information on the Fall Challenge, click here.
 

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Boyd Owens Fires 67 and Leads Fall Challenge

LUBBOCK – Boyd Owens of Baton Rouge, La. posts a 5-under 67 in the opening round of the Fall Challenge and leads the Boys 15-18 Division by one stroke at The Rawls Course. Frisco’s Caroline Kent leads the Girls 12-18 Division by one stroke after shooting 1-over 73, while Dallas’ Andrew Petruzzelli leads the Boys 14 & Under Division at 4-under 68.
 
Leaderboard:  

 

Boys 15-18
1. Boyd Owens                    -5            67
2. Mikey Bullock                  -4            68
3. Shaheen Momin              -3            69
T4. Hunter McDonough       -1            71
T4. Garrett Endicott             -1            71
 
Girls 12-18
1. Caroline Kent                   +1           73
2. Emily Mu                          +2           74
T3. Ally Black                       +3           75
T3. Alexis Escobedo            +3           75
T3. MacKenzie Moore          +3           75
 
Boys 14 & Under
1. Andrew Petruzzelli           -4            68
2. Kevin Mu                         +3           75
T3. Austin Hofferkamp         +6           78
T3. Trenton Mierl                 +6           78
5. Grant Yerger                    +7           79

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Leaders: In the Boys 15-18 Division, Owens went off in the last group off the No. 1 tee and finished with the lowest score of the day. He made four birdies and an eagle on the day with one lone bogey. The eagle came on the par-5 ninth, which was playing into the wind at 539 yards. In the Girls 12-18 Division Kent leads after making five birdies on the day, including a birdie on her final hole, the par-5 18th. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Petruzzelli shot 4-under 68 and leads by seven strokes. He made four birdies in the round, but the eagle on No. 11 was his shot of the day. He was 100-yards away and after hitting the green, backed his ball back into the hole for a two on the par-4. Petruzzelli is looking for his second-consecutive victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division after winning the North Texas Classic earlier this month.
 
In Contention: Harlingen’s Mikey Bullock trails Owens in the Boys 15-18 Division by one stroke after shooting 4-under 68 in the first round. Sugar Land’s Shaheen Momin sits in third place at 3-under 69, while Spicewood’s Hunter McDonough and San Antonio’s Garrett Endicott are tied for fourth at 1-under 71. Four more players are tied for sixth at even par and five strokes back of the leader. Emily Mu of Austin trails Kent in the Girls 12-18 Division after shooting 2-over 74 on Saturday. Ally Black, Alexis Escobedo, MacKenzie Moore, Maggie Ni and Estelle Seon are all tied for third in the division at 3-over 75. Austin’s Kevin Mu trails Petruzzelli in the Boys 14 & Under Division at 3-over 75. Austin Hofferkamp of the Woodlands and Trenton Mierl of Austin are tied for third in the division at 6-over 78, while Grant Yerger of Driftwood sits alone in fifth place heading into the final round at 7-over.
 
Golf Course: The Rawls Course at Texas Tech is hosting the Fall Challenge for the first time in the tournament’s history. The Rawls Course was designed by Tom Doak and opened in 2003. The course features wide fairways and stretches out to 7,000 yards in the Boys 15-18 Division, 6,500 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division and 5,900 yards in the Girls 12-18 Division. The fairways are wide and surrounded by fescue grass along with bunkers all throughout the property. The course sits just north of the Texas Tech University campus and is home to the Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams.  
 
Weather: Rain and lightning hit the Lubbock area around 2:30 am on Saturday and didn’t move on until around 8:00 am. The first round was delayed three hours as crews worked to clear the inch and a half of rain that fell overnight and into the morning. The sun came out around 10:00 am and so did the wind. The breeze was steady around 20 miles per hour throughout the day with gusts reaching up to 30 miles per hour.
 
Next Up: The final round of the Fall Challenge is scheduled to begin at 8:00 am on Sunday, September 29 at The Rawls Course. Players were repaired according to scores from the previous round and sent off the No. 1 and 10 tees. To see the pairings for the Final Round, click here.
 
For more information on the Fall Challenge, click here.