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Lee, Von Hoffmann and Tiet Win at Spring Preview

Garland, Texas – Byungho Lee shoots 2-under 70 in the Final Round to win the Spring Preview’s Boys 15-18 Division at Firewheel Golf Course. Emma Von Hoffmann captured the Girls 12-18 Division, while Aiden Tiet won in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Winners: Plano’s Byungho Lee trailed by two strokes heading into Sunday’s Final Round. He finished with rounds of 72-70 to get to 2-under 142 overall and a one-shot victory. Emma Von Hoffmann of Spicewood captured the Girls 12-18 Division after shooting rounds of 76-74. She overcame a two-shot deficit to start the day and held on to win by one stroke to claim her second LJT victory. Aiden Tiet of Garland won the Boys 14 & Under Division after shooting 1-under 71 in the Final Round and emerging from a three-way playoff. Tiet recorded two eagles and one birdie in his final 18 holes en route to finishing at even-par 144 overall.

Top Finishers: After holding a two-shot lead after round one, Andrew Petruzzelli posted a 1-over 73 to finish in second place in the Boys 15-18 Division at 1-under 143. Grant Yerger posted the low round of the day at 3-under 69 and finished in third place at even-par 144. Sterling Hurd finished in fourth place at 1-over 145. Henry Stone and Jonathan Kim finished tied for fifth at 2-over 146.  In the Girls 12-18 Division, Adrienne Ahn finished second at 7-over 151. Finishing at 8-over 152, and tied for third, was Lucy Kate Smith, Nirjara Gulhane, and Raychel Nelke. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Elijah Estonilo and Asher Vargas finished tied for second after coming up short in the three-man playoff.

Weather: Sunday’s weather mimicked Saturday’s weather with cool, cloudy conditions and winds consistently blowing around 20 miles per hour with gusts upwards of 35 mph. The sun shined a little more than the previous day, but the wind added bite to the golf course.

Host Course: Firewheel Golf Course is hosting the Spring Preview for the first time in the event’s 17-year history. The Champions and Masters nines of the Bridges Course are just 18 of the 63 holes that Firewheel Golf Course has to offer, also on site are the Old and Lakes Courses. The par-72 Bridges course is playing at around 6,900 yards in the Boys 15-18 Division, 6,100 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division and 5,800 yards in the Girls 12-18 Division.

Next Up: The Legends Junior Tour heads to Abilene on March 11-13 for the Texas Cup Invitational. Abilene Country Club is hosting the first Major event for the Boys 15-18 Division on the 2022 LJT Schedule

To see all the scores from Sunday’s second round, click here. For more information on the LJT Spring Preview, click here.

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Petruzzelli, Singh, and Estonilo Lead at Spring Preview

Garland, Texas – Andrew Petruzzelli cards a 2-under 70 in the opening round of the Spring Preview to lead the Boys 15-18 Division at Firewheel Golf Course Anika Singh leads the Girls 12-18 Division at 2-over, while Elijah Estonilo leads the Boys 14 & Under Division at Even Par.

Boys 15-18 Division

1. Andrew Petruzzelli       70

T2. Byungho Lee               72

T3. Sterling Hurd              72

T3. Kenneth Melendrez    72

T3. Huang / Hill / Kim     72

 

Girls 12-18 Division

1. Anika Singh                     74

T2. Emma Von Hoffman  76

T2. Adrienne Ahn               76

T4. Carley Button                77

T4. Nirjara Gulhane            77

 

Boys 14 & Under Division

1. Elijah Estonilo               72

2. Aiden Tiet                       73

3. Collin Alstrin                  74

T4. Asher Vargas               75

T4. Grant Baer                   75

Leaders: Petruzzelli of Dallas posted the best round on Saturday making six birdies in his first 18 holes, including four on the front nine. McKinney’s Singh leads by two strokes in the Girls 12-18 Division after shooting 74 in the first round. Singh made two birdies on the day and looks to capture her first victory with the LJT. Elijah Estonilo of Allen leads the Boys 14 & Under Division by one stroke after shooting 72. Estonilo carded four birdies en route to his even-par round in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

In Contention: Six players are tied for second in the Boys 15-18 Division and trail Petruzzelli by two strokes heading into the final round. Plano’s Byungho Lee, Highland Village’s Kenneth Melendrez Jr, Round Rock’s Jonathan Kim, Austin’s Sterling Hurd, Plano’s Alex Huang, and Boerne’s Price Hill all shot even-par 72 on Saturday. Austin’s Henry Stone and Tyler’s Jacob Cole are tied for eight at 1-over, while Tyler Blackwell, Garrett McMellon, Noah McWilliams, and Parker Heath are tied for tenth at 2-over. In the Girls 12-18 Division, Emma Von Hoffman of Spicewood and Adrienne Ahn of Dallas are tied for second at 4-over, while Denton’s Carley Button and Cedar Park’s Nirjara Gulhane round out the top five in a tie for fourth at 5-over. Jenna Madden rounds out the top five in the division at 5-over. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Aiden Tiet of Garland current sits one shot back in second place after a round of 1-over 73. Collin Alstrin of Prosper rounds out the top three in third place at 2-over 74. Asher Vargas of Spring and Grant Baer of Argyle are both tied for fourth at 3-over 75.

Weather: Players experienced cool and misty conditions during the morning hours. The clouds cleared and the wind picked up in the afternoon, as temperatures rose into the upper 70’s and winds blew around 20 mph.

Host Course: Firewheel Golf Course is hosting the Spring Preview for the first time in the event’s 17-year history. The Champions and Masters nines of the Bridges Course are just 18 of the 63 holes that Firewheel Golf Course has to offer, also on site are the Old and Lakes Courses. The par-72 Bridges course is playing at around 6,900 yards in the Boys 15-18 Division, 6,100 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division and 5,800 yards in the Girls 12-18 Division.

What’s at Stake: This is the third Open Event on the LJT schedule in 2022 and player of the year points are going to be awarded to the top half of each division. Along with points, the top finishers will get AJGA Stars and exemptions into future LJT Majors like the Bluebonnet Championship, Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship and Texas Junior Amateur. The event is ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek.

Next Up: Pairings for the Final Round of the Spring Preview are available and can be viewed by clicking here. Tee Times for the second round will begin at 8:00 AM off both #1 & #10 tees.

To see all the scores from Saturday’s first round, click here. For more information on the LJT Spring Preview, click here.

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LJT Spring Preview Heads to College Station

ADDISON After a frigid cold hit the state of Texas, the Legends Junior Tour’s Spring Preview heads to The Golf Club at Texas A&M on Feb. 27-28 for the first time in the tournament’s 16-year history.

“This event has always been popular but this year we exceeded the number of signups which allowed us to increase the field size as kids are ready to get back to playing competitive golf,” said Tournament Director Kevin Porter.

The Spring Preview typically boasts a 90-player field, but this year’s event saw more than 250 players sign up to compete. The Legends Junior Tour expanded the field to accommodate the growing demand and now features a 120-player field spread across three divisions.

The Golf Club at Texas A&M opened for play in 1951 and was originally designed by Ralph Plummer. The course sits on the campus at Texas A&M University with Kyle Field in the background of most of the holes. The course took on a complete renovation in 2013 by Texas A&M’s own Jeff Blume and the par-71 course can stretch out to a little more than 7,000 yards.

The tournament has previously been held at The Wilderness at Lake Jackson (2020), Quail Valley Golf Course (2019), BlackHorse Golf Club (2014-18), Woodforest Golf Club (2011-13), The Golf Club at Twin Creeks (2009) and Cimarron Hills Country Club (2005-06).

In last year’s event there was a tie atop the Boys 15-18 Division following 36 holes. Houston’s Jack Gilbert defeated Austin’s Drew Wagner with a birdie on the first playoff hole to capture the title. Houston’s Zoe Slaughter won the Girls 12-18 Division by two strokes, while Austin’s Trenton Mierl emerged victorious in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Past champions of this event include William Zalatoris, Maddie Szeryk, Stratton Nolen, Brad Dalke, Nathan Weant, Brendan Redfern, Travis Vick, Julia Beck, Cole Hammer, Hailee Cooper, Kyle Hogan, Turner Hosch and Hanna Alberto.

The Spring Preview will be ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek. AJGA Performance Stars will be awarded to top finishers in both the Boys 15-18 Division and the Girls 12-18 Division. All three divisions will hand out exemptions into future LJT Invitationals.

For more information on the Spring Preview at The Golf Club at Texas A&M and to follow along with live scoring for the weekend, click here.

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Gilbert, Slaughter and Mierl Win Spring Preview

20 Spring Preview Winners - Boys 15-18

Lake Jackson, Texas – Jack Gilbert of Houston wins the Spring Preview at The Wilderness Golf Club in playoff fashion with a birdie on the par-4 18th. Zoe Slaughter of Houston fired a 3-under 69 to win the Girls 12-18 Division by two strokes, while Trenton Mierl of Austin posts consecutive rounds under par to win the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Leaderboard:

Boys 15-18 Division

1. Jack Gilbert 138*
2. Drew Wagner 138
3. Jacob Salazar 141
4. Tyler Gardner 142
5. Jacob Borow 143

*Won on first playoff hole with birdie

Girls 12-18 Division

1. Zoe Slaughter 139
T2. Jacqueline Nguyen 141
T2. Eubin Shim 141

Boys 14 & Under Division

1. Trenton Mierl 140
2. Daniel Zou 143
3. Austin Hofferkamp 146

Full Leaderboard

Leaders: The Boys 15-18 Division went to a sudden death playoff that ended on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, when Gilbert made birdie to claim his first LJT Boys 15-18 Division win. He made five birdies with one lone bogey on Sunday bringing his total up to eight birdies and two bogeys over 36 holes. After leading the Girls 12-18 Division by one stroke, Slaughter found herself down one stroke with three holes to play. As she did all weekend, she remained calm and steady shooting 1-under during her final three holes to win. With a 1-under 71 in the final round, Mierl posted consecutive rounds under par to win the Boys 14 & Under Division by 3 strokes and his win of the 2020 season. He carded four birdies during his final round, three of which came on his second nine.

In Contention: In the Boys 15-18 Division, Austin’s Drew Wagner came up one putt short when he made par on the first playoff hole. Wagner posted consecutive rounds of 3-under 69 for the championship finishing at 6-under overall. League City’s Jacob Salazar finished in solo third after shooting even-par 72 on Sunday and finishing at 3-under-par. Houston’s Tyler Gardner finished fourth, while Lake Jackson’s own Jacob Borow finished fifth. Shreveport’s Burke Alford and Richardson’s Luke Eckholm tied for sixth and Kingwood’s Brooks Pawlak finished solo eighth.
In the Girls 12-18 Division, Jacqueline Nguyen of Houston and Eubin Shim of Waco finished tied for second at 3-under-par 141. Reagan Gray of Missouri City finished fourth at even-par total, while Amelia Guo rounded out the top-5 at 3-over-par.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Daniel Zou of The Woodlands carded rounds of 73-70 to finish second and three shots back of Mierl at 1-under-par 143. The Woodlands’ Austin Hofferkamp finished third, while San Antonio’s Levi Keith finished fourth. Rhett O’Rear of Plano and Bowen Ballis of Shenandoah finished tied for fifth.

Course: This year’s Spring Preview is the first time The Wilderness Golf Club is hosting the Legends Junior Tour. Roughly 60 miles south of Houston, the course was designed by Jeffrey Brauer bringing golf and nature together. The course features a naturally rolling terrain nestled in the wetlands of Lake Jackson.

Weather: Sunday’s final round started of overcast with light rain and temperatures in the low 70s. The sun got up in the skies for a beautiful afternoon with temperatures in the low 80s and wind gusts up to 12 mph.

About the LJT: The Legends Junior Tour is part of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance, which is a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association, Northern and Southern PGA and Houston Golf Association. The tour operates as part of the Texas Golf Association and its foundation. Since its inception in 2005, the tour has provided funds to promote junior golf initiatives while conducting some of the state’s top junior championships including the Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship, Texas Junior Amateur and the Texas Girls’ Invitational as well as the Texas Cup Invitational.

What’s Next: The Bluebonnet Championship is the next stop for the Legends Junior Tour in Brownwood. Brownwood Country Club has hosted the Bluebonnet Championship since the tour took it over in 2006. The championship will be conducted May 2-3.
For more information on the Spring Preview, visit the tournament homepage by clicking here.

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Salazar and Wagner Fire 69 and Lead Spring Preview

Lake Jackson, Texas – Jacob Salazar and Drew Wagner posted a 3-under par 69 in the first round of the Spring Preview and lead the Boys 15-18 Division at The Wilderness Golf Club. Trenton Mierl leads the Boys 14 & Under Division, while Zoe Slaughter is atop the Girls 12-18 Division.

Leaderboard:
Boys 15-18 Division

T1. Jacob Salazar 69
T1. Drew Wagner 69
3. Jack Gilbert 70
4. Rex Hargrove 71
T5. Brian Comegys 72
T5. Advait Chutke 72
T5. Colt Tenpenny 72

Girls 12-18 Division

1. Zoe Slaughter 70
T2. Eubin Shim 71
T2. Reagan Smith 71
4. Jacqueline Nguyen 72
5. Kendall Jackson 73

Boys 14 & Under Division

1. Trenton Mierl 69
2. Daniel Zou 73
T3. Levi Kieth 74
T3. Austin Hofferkamp 74
5. Bowen Ballis 75

Full Leaderboard

Leaders: League City’s Salazar and Austin’s Wagner both posted scores of 3-under during the first round of the Spring Preview. Salazar, who started on the par-5 tenth, got off to a strong start with six pars and three birdies on 12, 14 and 17. After making the turn Salazar found trouble early when he made double bogey on the par-5 second. He quickly bounced back with three birdies in his next five holes before making bogey on the par-3 eight, getting him back to even for the side, and 3-under for the round. Wagner also started his round on the par-5 tenth and birdied his first three holes. He had one more birdie before the turn on the par-5 fifteenth to make the turn at 4-under. Wanger’s second nine got interesting when he started bogey, eagle, bogey. His eagle came on the par-5 second. He finished the round with a birdie on 7 and a double bogey on 8 to get him to 1-over on the side, 3-under for the round. Both are tied atop the leaderboard in the Boys 15-18 Division. In the Girls 12-18 Division, Zoe Slaughter leads by one after an opening round 2-under 70. The highlight of her round came when she made eagle on the par-5 second, and birdie on the par-4 fifth. After making the turn at 3-under, Zoe gave one back on the par-5 fifteenth when she made bogey. She finished the nine at 1-over and round at 2-under. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Mierl again finds himself in the lead after posting the only under-par round in the division. He got momentum going early when he made an eagle on the par-5 second before making a bogey on the par-4 third. Mierl regained his momentum before making the turn when he birdied the par-4 ninth to turn at 2-under. The momentum was carried into his second nine with birdies on 11, 12 and 14. He closed his round with a double bogey on the par-4 eighteenth to finish with a 3-under 69.

In Contention: In the Boys 15-18 Division, Houston’s Jack Gilbert sits alone in third at 2-under 70, while Houston’s Rex Hargrove is in solo fourth at 1-under 71. Three players are tied in fifth at even-par 72. In the Girls 12-18, Waco’s Eubin Shim and Missouri City’s Reagan Gray are tied for second and one stroke back at 1-under 71. Jacqueline Nguyen is in solo fourth at even-par 72, two strokes back of the leader. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Daniel Zou of The Woodlands is four shots back in solo second at 1-over 73. San Antonio’s Levi Keith and The Woodlands’ Austin Hofferkamp are tied for third at 2-over 74.

Course: This year’s Spring Preview is the first time The Wilderness Golf Club is hosting the Legends Junior Tour. Roughly 60 miles south of Houston, the course was designed by Jeffrey Brauer bringing golf and nature together. The course features a naturally rolling terrain nestled in the wetlands of Lake Jackson.

Weather: Saturday’s first round consisted of cloudy skies for a majority of the day with temperatures in the mid to high 70s. The sun shinned periodically in the afternoon with winds up to 13 mph.

About the LJT: The Legends Junior Tour is part of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance, which is a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association, Northern and Southern PGA and Houston Golf Association. The tour operates as part of the Texas Golf Association and its foundation. Since its inception in 2005, the tour has provided funds to promote junior golf initiatives while conducting some of the state’s top junior championships including the Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship, Texas Junior Amateur and the Texas Girls’ Invitational as well as the Texas Cup Invitational.

What’s Next: The Final Round of the Spring Preview is scheduled for Sunday, March 15th with tee times going off the No. 1 and 10 tees. To see pairings for the final round, click here. For more information on the Spring Preview, visit the tournament homepage by clicking here.

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LJT Spring Preview Moves to The Wilderness GC

LAKE JACKSON The Legends Junior Tour’s Spring Preview heads to The Wilderness Golf Club on March 14-15 for the first time in the tournament’s 15-year history.

“We’re more than excited to bring the Spring Preview to Lake Jackson for the first time,” LJT Tournament Coordinator Adam Schulte said. “The Wilderness Golf Club’s commitment to junior golf and top-notch golf course make it a perfect fit for this event.”

The Wilderness GC opened in 2003 and was designed by Jeff Brauer. The 18-hole championship course is nestled in the wetlands just 10 miles north of the Texas Gulf Coast. Brauer framed the greens with dramatic bunkers and elevated faces. Players will not find a house or condo on the naturally beautiful golf course.

“The Wilderness Golf Club takes personal pride in its mission to help grow the game and share our love of golf with aspiring junior golfers from all over the state,” The Wilderness GC General Manager Doug Borow said.

The tournament has previously been held at Quail Valley Golf Course (2019), BlackHorse Golf Club (2014-18), Woodforest Golf Club (2011-13), The Golf Club at Twin Creeks (2009) and Cimarron Hills Country Club (2005-06).

The highest ranked junior boy in the field is Lake Jackson’s own Jacob Borow. The 2020 University of Houston commit’s father, Doug Borow, is The Wilderness GC general manager. Borow, who finished tied-fourth at last year’s Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship and runner-up at the 2018 Texas Junior Amateur, seeks his first LJT title. Andrew Spualding of Spring, Jacob Salazar of League City and Connor Adams of Dallas also feature the Boys 15-18 Division.

In the Girls 12-18 Division, Lauren Nguyen of Katy will look to win her first LJT title of the 2020 season. The 2021 high school graduate was the 2019 LJT Girls Player of the Year. Zoe Slaughter of Houston will also look to find the winner’s circle for the first time this season. The 2020 University of Houston commit’s last LJT victory was the 2017 Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship. 

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, the current leader in the Player of the Year Standings, Trenton Mierl of Austin, looks to win for a second time this season, while Bowen Ballis of Shenandoah defends his 2019 title.

At last year’s Spring Preview, McKinney’s Reed Foster won the Boys 15-18 Division after carding back-to-back 2-under 69s. It was Foster’s first LJT victory. In the Girls 12-18 Division, Sky Sudberry of The Woodlands clinched the title on the fifth sudden-death playoff hole, while Ballis claimed the Boys 14 & Under Division with consecutive rounds of even-par 71.

Past champions of this event include Will Zalatoris, Maddie Szeryk, Stratton Nolen, Brad Dalke, Nathan Weant, Brendan Redfern, Travis Vick, Julia Beck, Cole Hammer, Hailee Cooper, Kyle Hogan, Turner Hosch and Hanna Alberto.

The Spring Preview will be ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek. AJGA Performance Stars will be awarded to top finishers in both the Boys 15-18 Division and the Girls 12-18 Division. All three divisions will hand out exemptions into future LJT Invitationals.

To see full field of participants for the Spring Preview, click here. For more information on the Spring Preview at The Wilderness Golf Club, click here.

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Foster, Sudberry and Ballis Win LJT Spring Preview

Briefly: Reed Foster of McKinney shot 2-under 69 to win the Boys 15-18 Division in the Spring Preview at Quail Valley’s El Dorado Course. The Woodlands’ Sky Sudberry won the Girls 12-18 Division after making par on the fifth playoff hole, while Bowen Ballis of Shenandoah won the Boys 14 & Under Division after playing even-par 71 for consecutive days.

Leaderboard:

 

Boys 15-18 Division
1. Reed Foster, McKinney, TX – 138
T2. Zachary Kingsland, Austin, TX – 144
T2. Shaheen Momin, Sugar Land, TX – 144
T2. Damin Strydom, Kingwood, TX – 144
T2. Holden Webb, Shreveport, LA – 144
 
 
Girls 12-18 Division
1. *Sky Sudberry, The Woodlands, TX – 149
T2. Carly Whittington, Kinder, LA – 149
T2. Emma McMyler, San Antonio, TX – 149
4. Maggie Ni, Cypress, TX – 151
5. Sora Kim, Houston, TX – 155
 
Boys 14 & Under Division
1. Bowen Ballis, Shenandoah, TX – 142
2. Ben Delarosa, Dallas, TX – 147
T3. Grant Yerger, Driftwood, TX – 150
T3. Nathan Marion, San Antonio, TX – 150
T5. Kevin Mu, Austin, TX – 151
T5. Andrew Petruzzelli, Dallas, TX – 151
 
*Won in Playoff

Golf Course: Quail Valley’s El Dorado Golf Course is hosting the Spring Preview for the first time in the tournament’s 14-year history. The par-71 is playing to 6,689 yards in the Boys 15-18 Division, 6,266 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division and 5,865 yards in the Girls 12-18 Division. The course maneuvers its way through the residential areas of Missouri City and is littered with penalty areas around the course.

Weather: The weather took a turn for the worse on Sunday, as the winds picked up and the clouds littered the sky. There was a steady drizzle in the morning that went away around noon. The winds didn’t stop all day however, blowing around 15 miles per hour with gusts upwards of 25 mph.

The Winners: Foster picked up his first win in the Boys 15-18 Division following consecutive rounds of 2-under, making eight birdies in two days and an eagle. The eagle came on the final hole of the tournament, the par-5 18th, which plays to 540 yards in the division. Sudberry’s win in the Girls 12-18 Division is her first and came after three players finished tied for first at 149 overall. Sudberry made five straight pars and survived the sudden-death playoff to win the division. Ballis won his first Boys 14 & Under Division title by five strokes after posting consecutive rounds of even-par 71. He made birdie on holes two and four but dropped shots on the par-4 third and the par-5 seventh. He turned at even-par and finished with nine straight pars for a solid 71 in steady winds.

The Field: Four players tied for second in the Boys 15-18 Division behind Foster. Austin’s Zachary Kingsland, Sugar Land’s Shaheen Momin, Kingwood’s Damin Strydom and Shreveport’s Holden Webb all finished at 144 overall. Carly Whittington of Kinder, La. and Emma McMyler of San Antonio were in the playoff against Sudberry in the Girls 12-18 Division. McMyler dropped out after the first playoff hole, while Whittington and Sudberry traded pars until the par-4 fifth, which is 347 yards and has water surrounding the green. Whittington missed her par putt to fall back into a tie for second. Cypress’ Maggie Ni finished fourth in the division, while Houston’s Sora Kim finished fifth. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dallas’ Ben Delarosa finished runner-up at 5-over 147. Delarosa made three birdies in the final round and four total for both days. Driftwood’s Grant Yerger finished tied for third with San Antonio’s Nathan Marion, while Kevin Mu of Austin and Andrew Petruzzelli of Dallas finished tied for fifth in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

What’s Next: The Legends Junior Tour heads to McKinney for the Texas Cup Invitational on March 11-13 at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club’s Dye Course. The 84-player boys field will compete over 54 holes of stroke play competition in the first Major Tournament of the season for the Boys 15-18 Division.

About the LJT: The Legends Junior Tour is part of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance, which is a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association, Northern and Southern Texas PGA and Houston Golf Association. The Tour operates as part of the TGA and its foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Tour is home to such prestigious events such as the Byron Nelson Junior Championship, Texas Cup Invitational, Texas Girls’ Invitational and Texas Junior Amateur.

More Info: For more information on the Spring Preview, you can visit the tournament homepage here. To see all the scores from Sunday’s action at Quail Valley, click here.

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Kingwood's Strydom Shoots 3-under and Leads Spring Preview

Briefly: Damin Strydom of Kingwood shoots 3-under 68 in the opening round of the Spring Preview and leads the Boys 15-18 Division by one stroke. The Woodland’s Sky Sudberry leads the Girls 12-18 Division after shooting 1-under 70 in her first round, while Bowen Ballis of Shenandoah and Rex Hargrove of Houston are tied for the lead in the Boys 14 & Under Division at even-par 71.

Leaderboard:

Boys 15-18 Division
1. Damin Strydom, Kingwood, TX – 68
2. Reed Foster, McKinney, TX – 69
T3. Holden Webb, Shreveport, LA – 70
T3. Josiah Crews, Ninnekah, OK – 70
Girls 12-18 Division
1. Sky Sudberry, The Woodlands, TX – 70
2. Carly Whittington, Kinder, LA – 71
T3. Emma McMyler, San Antonio, TX – 72
T3. Sora Kim, Houston, TX – 72
Boys 14 & Under Division
T1. Bowen Ballis, Shenandoah, TX – 71
T1. Rex Hargrove, Houston, TX – 71
3. Nathan Marion, San Antonio, TX – 72
T4. Ben Delarosa, Dallas, TX – 73
T4. Grant Yerger, Driftwood, TX – 73

Golf Course: Quail Valley’s El Dorado Golf Course is hosting the Spring Preview for the first time in the tournament’s 14-year history. The par-71 is playing to 6,689 yards in the Boys 15-18 Division, 6,266 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division and 5,865 yards in the Girls 12-18 Division. The course maneuvers its way through the residential areas of Missouri City and is littered with penalty areas around the course.

Weather: After getting more than two inches of rain leading up to the Spring Preview, the rain stayed away on Saturday and the sun came out for most of the day. Temperatures crept all the way up to 75 degrees in the first round and the course dried up a little for the field.   

The Leaders: Strydom made four birdies on Saturday, including back-to-back birdies on holes 10 and 11. He played his final
nine holes in 3-under-par to gain his one-stroke lead. Sudberry made three birdies in her round, including the 350-yard 17th, which played as the toughest hole on the day, only surrendering four total birdies across all three divisions. Ballis played consistently throughout the first round, making six straight pars before dropping a bogey on the par-5 seventh and then answering with a birdie on the par-4 ninth. He made nine more pars on his back side to finish at even-par. Hargrove made three birdies and three bogeys in his first nine holes to shoot 35 on the front and then started with a bogey on 10, but made birdie on the 11th followed by seven pars to shoot 36 on the back and even-par overall.

In Contention: Trailing Strydom in the Boys 15-18 Division is McKInney’s Reed Foster, who posted a round of 2-under 69 in the first round. Holden Webb of Shreveport, La., and Josiah Crews of Ninnekah, Okla. are tied for third heading into the final round at 1-under 70, while seven boys tied for fifth in the division at even-par. In the Girls 12-18 Division, Carly Whittington of Kinder, La. Is one stroke back of Sudberry at even-par. San Antonio’s Emma McMyler and Houston’s Sora Kim are tied for third at 1-over, while Cypress’ Maggie Ni sits in fifth place at 4-over. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, San Antonio’s Nathan Marion sits in third place and one stroke back of the leaders at 1-over. Dallas’ Ben Delarosa and Driftwood’s Grant Yerger are tied for fourth

What’s Next: The final round of the Spring Preview is set to begin at 8:00 am on Sunday at Quail Valley’s El Dorado Course. Players will be paired according to scores from the first round and sent off the No. 1 tee in 9-minute intervals. To see all the pairings for the final round, click here.

About the LJT: The Legends Junior Tour is part of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance, which is a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association, Northern and Southern Texas PGA and Houston Golf Association. The Tour operates as part of the TGA and its foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Tour is home to such prestigious events such as the Byron Nelson Junior Championship, Texas Cup Invitational, Texas Girls’ Invitational and Texas Junior Amateur.

What’s at Stake: Along with points towards the LJT Player of the Year Standings, which determines the Jackie Burke Cup teams at the end of the season, players are competing for AJGA Performance Stars as well as exemptions into future LJT Invitational events. The tournament is ranked by Golfweek and Junior Golf Scoreboard.

More Info: For more information on the Spring Preview, you can visit the tournament homepage here. To see all the scores from Saturday’s action at Quail Valley, click here.