Cooper Leads George Hannon Junior Invitational
Briefly: Preston Cooper fired a 2-under 69 in the opening round of the George Hannon Junior Invitational presented by Texas Mutual and leads by one stroke in the Boys Division. Reese Roberts leads the Boys 14 & Under Division at University of Texas Golf Club, while Emma Von Hoffmann and Sophie Biediger are tied atop the Girls Division.
Leaders: Dallas’ Preston Cooper was one of four under-par rounds on Monday at UT Golf Club. His 2-under consisted of four total birdies, with three of them coming on the front nine which were his final nine holes. His birdie on the par-3 eighth was the one that put him in the lead heading into the Final Round. Spicewood’s Emma Von Hoffmann and Dallas’ Sophie Biediger accounted for two more under-par rounds after both players posted 3-under 68 and lead the Girls Division. Von Hoffmann totaled five birdies in the First Round, while Biediger made four. Dallas’ Reese Roberts leads the Boys 14 & Under Division after shooting even-par 71 on Monday. Roberts made four birdies in his first 18 holes and seeks his second victory in the division this year.
In Contention: Trailing Cooper by one stroke in the Boys Division is Austin’s Sam Dossey, who shot 1-under 70 and was the fourth and final round under par on Monday. Kellan McGinnis of Austin sits in third at even-par, while Montgomery’s Eyan Edsall and Katy’s Treed Huang are tied for fourth at 1-over. In the Girls Division, Tillie Claggett of The Woodlands and Lindsay Lee of San Antonio are tied for third at 1-over and trail the leaders by four strokes. Austin’s Caroline Dasch sits in fifth place in the division at 3-over. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dallas’ Brooks Harper is in second at 2-over, while Duff Mckay of Dallas and Luke Colton of Frisco are tied for third at 3-over. Nicholas Logis and Austin Hofferkamp are tied for fifth at 4-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 six times now, including the last four years.
Weather: Temperatures started in the mid-80s on Monday and crept up to the high 90s by the end of play. The wind was definitely a factor with breezes steady around 12 miles per hour out of the south.
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. To date the Association has distributed more than $145,000 worth of secondary education scholarships through the Southern Texas PGA Foundation.
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 three years.
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 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.
George Hannon Junior Invitational Set for Aug. 9-10
ADDISON — The George Hannon Junior Invitational returns to the University of Texas Golf Club on August 9-10 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 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 last year.
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 sixth 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 Coordinator 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 2020 George Hannon Junior Invitational, Austin’s own and University of Texas commit Keaton Vo captured the Boys 15-18 Division. Vo shot a bogey free 6-under-par 65 in the final round to go on and win by six strokes. In the Girls 12-18 Division, Nicole Vivier also of Austin fired a final round 2-under to win the division by two strokes. Henry Guan of Irving secured victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division after carding rounds of 73-68. Guan entered the final round trailing by one stroke, his final round 3-under-par 68 was enough to win the division and earn his first victory with the Legends Junior Tour.
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, the Southern and Northern Texas PGA Sections and the Houston Golf Association. 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.
George Hannon Junior Invitational presented by Texas Mutual
University of Texas Golf Club
Dates: August 9-10, 2021
Host Club: University of Texas Golf Club
Address: 2200 University Club Drive, Austin, TX 78732
Phone: (512) 266-6464
Tournament Director: Adam Schulte
Registration Opens: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Registration Closes: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Tournament Fee: $310
Divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 14 & Under, Girls 12-18
Field Size: 96 Players
Tournament Eligibility: All players must have an active membership with a member of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance.
Entry Procedure: Players will be added to the field following the Registration Closing Date. Players with exemptions will get added first with non-exempt players being added according to their junior golf rankings based on available spots in the division.
Cancellation/Withdrawal Policy: The cancellation deadline is 10 days prior to the tournament start date. For refund details please check the LJT Championship Policies.
Caddies: Caddies will be permitted for the event. Caddies must not be the player's parent or legal guardian. Players are responsible for providing their own caddies.
Spectator Carts: Spectator carts are allowed and can be rented from the club on a limited basis. Spectator carts will not be allowed during the practice rounds. Spectators that rent carts must follow LJT Spectator Policy when operating the cart.
Practice Round Carts: Carts will be available to players only for Sunday's practice rounds. Players must meet club requirements to operate a cart, which are 16 years of age and a valid driver's license.
Wednesday, May 5
9:00 AM -Registration Opens
Wednesday, July 14
5:00 PM - Registration Closes
Sunday, August 1
10:00 AM - Players May Contact Club for Practice Round
Friday, August 6
3:00 PM - Pairings Released
Sunday, August 8
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Official Practice Rounds
Monday, August 9
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Round 1 Tee Times off No. 1 & 10
3:00 PM - Pairings made for Final Round
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Round 2 Tee Times off No. 1 & 10
3:00 PM - Awards Ceremony
Boys 15-18 Division Exemptions
A. Past Champions: Keaton Vo
B. Top 10 – 2021 Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship: Ben Gregg, Ben Delarosa, Henry Guan
C. Top 10 – 2021 Texas Junior Amateur: Aaron Pounds, Kevin Watts, Carson Cooper, Christian Clark, Kristoffer Kuvaas, Eyan Edsall, Elvis Steen
D. Top 5 – 2021 Texas Cup Invitational: Patrick Kahanek, Hunter Drotts, Awesome Burnett, Garrett Endicott, Julio Alfredo Rios Brache, Byungho Lee
E. Top 5 - 2021 Bluebonnet Championship: Matthew Comegys, Trevor Mierl, Ben Brogdon, Ty Holbrook
F. Top 5 – 2020 George Hannon Junior Invitational: Trevor Algya, Andrew Tan, Sam Dossey, Jay Pabin, Truett Burns, Key Coker, Andrew Spaulding
G. Top 3 – 2021 Collegiate Preview: Reese Roberts, Trenton Mierl
H. Top 3 – 2020 Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational: Kevin Watts, Shoichiro Kato, Matthew Spaulding
I. 2021 LJT Tournament Champions: Davis Ovard, Brian Comegys, Grant Doggett, Matthew Foster
J. Champion – 2020 North Texas Classic: Preston Stout
K. Champion – 2020 James A. Ragan Memorial: Connor Adams
L. Champion – 2020 Alamo Shootout: Daniel Moon
M. 2020 Boys 14 & Under POY: Rhett O'Rear
N. Top 10 – 2021 Junior Golf Scoreboard Class as of May 5, 2021 (TX Only): Zach Heffernan, J.Holland Humphries, Evan Vo, Jackson Norwich, Sebastian Moss, Bret Gray, Logan Vargas, Joshua German, Pierce Johnson, Jeffrey Zatorski
O. Top 10 – 2022 Junior Golf Scoreboard Class as of May 5, 2021 (TX Only): Jacob Sosa, Sean-Karl Dobson, Jase Summy, Zachary Kingsland, Kaelen Dulany, Matthew Spaulding
P. Top 5 – 2023 Junior Golf Scoreboard Class as of May 5, 2021 (TX Only): Thomas Morrison, Gaven Lane, Ethan Fang, Jaivir Pande, Jack Usner
Q. NTPGA: Peyton Iverson, Ryan Hailey, Tate Littman, Sam Jenkins, Davis Seybert
R. STPGA: Cade Barone, Nathan Marion, Grant Morgan
Girls 12-18 Division Exemptions
A. Past Champions: Eubin Shim
B. Top 5 – 2021 Texas Junior Amateur: Maelynn Kim, Kendall Jackson, Tillie Claggett
C. Top 5 - 2021 Bluebonnet Championship: Mason Lewis, Lindsay Lee, Grace Jin, Farah O'Keefe
D. Top 5 – 2020 Texas Girls’ Invitational: Ashley Yen, Summer Lee
E. Top 5 – 2020 George Hannon Junior Invitational: Alexa Saldana, Gabbi Bentancourt
F. Top 3 – 2021 Collegiate Preview: Sophie Biediger, Mallorie Luitwieler
G. Top 2 – 2020 Texas Junior Golf Alliance Junior Invitational: Lauren Nguyen, Julia Vollmer, Jiyu Han
H. 2021 LJT Tournament Champions: Maggie Ni, Jenna Madden, Mimi Burton, Mia Nixon, Kate Pickrell
I. Champion – 2020 North Texas Classic: MacKenzie Moore, Ryann Honea
J. Champion – 2020 James A. Ragan Memorial: Darrelyn Webster
K. Champion – 2020 Alamo Shootout: Avery Thompson
L. Top 5 – 2021 Junior Golf Scoreboard Class as of May 5, 2021 (TX Only): Bohyun Park, Melena Barrientos, Meagan Winans, Jacqueline Nguyen
M. Top 5 – 2022 Junior Golf Scoreboard Class as of May 5, 2021 (TX Only): Symran Shah, Allyn Stephens Ashley Yiu
N. NTPGA: Sophie Biediger, Gia Ahlowalia, Mia Gaboriau, Ryan Ko, Alise Knudson, Kate Tilma
O. STPGA: Camille Pazouki, Sayers Allen, Savannah Dupre
Boys 14 & Under Division Exemptions
A. Past Champions: Henry Guan
B. Top 5 – 2021 Texas Junior Amateur: Shiv Parmar, Nathan Miller, Austin Le, Luke Colton
C. 2021 LJT Tournament Champions: Austin Hofferkamp, Nicholas Logis, Reese Roberts, Rhett O'Rear, Brooks Harper
Host Club/Sponsor Exemptions
A. Host Club Exemptions: Oliver McSpadden, Gabby Roth, Charlie Stanton, Alex Mata, Kyle Towne
B. Hannon Society Exemptions: Luke Hagen, Trenton Mierl, Blake Burt, Sloane, Panter, William Berry, Connor Henry, Ellianna McKinnley, Meghan Meserole, Grant Passi
C. Committee Exemptions:
The Legends Junior Tour reserves the right to select players to be in the field. Exempt players must complete registration for the event by the published deadline or they will lose their spot in the field.