Owens, Kent and Mu Win Divisions at Fall Challenge
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
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
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.
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Boyd Owens Fires 67 and Leads Fall Challenge
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
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
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.
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Fall Challenge Set for Sept. 28-29
LUBBOCK – The Legends Junior Tour heads to Lubbock for the first time since 2006 as the 84-player field of the Fall Challenge is set to take on The Rawls Course at Texas Tech on Sept. 28-29.
“We’re excited to move the Fall Challenge out to West Texas and showcase more of the great golf courses throughout the state,” Legends Junior Tour Tournament Director Kevin Porter said.
In its third year on the Legends Junior Tour schedule, the Fall Challenge will be the first tournament to be hosted in Lubbock since the West Texas Junior in 2006. The Fall Challenge was held at The Golf Club at Texas A&M last year and at The Traditions Club in 2017.
“The Fall Challenge has become one of the most popular events on the calendar,” Porter said. “The LJT is excited to bring a great field out to The Rawls Course and test the players with a fun layout.”
The Rawls Course opened in 2003 and was designed by Tom Doak. The renowned golf course architect also designed the world-famous Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Ore. Doak and his team excavated nearly 1.3 million yards of topsoil to sculpt the West Texas cotton field into a completely new landscape. The result was a par-72 championship golf course that can stretch out to 7,349 yards. It features a links-style layout with elevation change of up to 30 feet.
“We are extremely excited to be involved and host our first Legends Junior Tour Fall Challenge,” The Rawls Course General Manager Greg Winter said. “We are very passionate about junior golf and we like being involved with anything that will help grow the game.”
Scheduled for 36 holes of stroke play, the field will be split into three divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 14 & Under and Girls 12-18. LJT Player of the Year points are up for grabs, as well as exemptions into the first annual Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational. The event will be ranked by both Golfweek and Junior Golf Scoreboard.
At last year’s Fall Challenge, Crosby Guercio of Frisco carded rounds of 70-69 to post the only overall score in red figures and win the Boys 15-18 Division by four strokes. Three-time LJT Player of the Year, Hailey Jones of Dallas, won the Girls 12-18 Division following rounds of 73-74 while Tomek Pickrell of Cypress won the Boys 14 & Under Division.
With the season’s end drawing near, Player of the Year Points are becoming very important as players jockey for a spot on their respective Jackie Burke Cup teams. There are only three tournaments remaining to earn points before the 2019 Player of the Year is announced for each division. Dallas Hankamer of Temple leads the Boys 15-18, while Lauren Nguyen of Katy leads the Girls 12-18 and Grant Yerger of Driftwood leads the Boys 14 & Under standings.
Tee times for the first round begin at 8 a.m. off No. 1 and 10 tees on Sept. 28. Final Round pairings will be redrawn according to first round scores and begin at 8 a.m. off No. 1 and 10 tees on Sept. 29.
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