Brandon Massey Wins Texas Cup Invitational
MCKINNEY – Brandon Massey of Fort Worth fired a second consecutive 2-under-par 69 to win his second Texas Cup Invitational by four strokes. The 2020 Texas Christian University commit battled all week at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club’s Dye Course to become the first two-time champion of the boys-only invitational.
“I haven’t won in a while,” Massey said. “I haven’t played in an individual tournament in a while so it’s huge for me.”
Massey, who won at Ridglea Country Club in 2017, displayed poise throughout the 54-hole championship. On Wednesday, the senior at Arlington Heights High School continued to demonstrate his composure.
After finding the left fescue on the par-5 third hole, Massey tried to punch his ball low under some overhanging branches. He didn’t get the ball high enough to clear the thick grass and only advanced it five yards. Massey punched his third shot down the fairway, played his approach shot to the green and two-putted for a bogey.
He made another bogey on the par-4 sixth and was four shots off the lead. However, as he had done all week, he didn’t waiver nor count himself out of the tournament. Massey strung together three consecutive birdies to card an opening nine 1-under-par 35.
He carried the momentum into the back nine and with a birdie on the par-3 12th was tied for the lead with Jacob Borow of Lake Jackson. Borow, who held a share of the 36-hole lead, struggled down the stretch and opened the door for the groups ahead of him.
Massey birdied the par-5 16th to take a one-shot lead with two holes to play. His tee shot on the par-3 17th was long, left and found the thick fescue over the green.
“I really wanted to make a par there and get out of there with a three,” Massey said. “I saw my lie and didn’t have much. I couldn’t go right at the flag so I took it a little left and hit it perfect.”
Massey pulled off an incredible pitch and found the putting surface 15 feet from the hole. He drained the par-putt to stay one-shot ahead of the field. After a routine par on the par-4 18th, Massey signed for his second 2-under 69 for the week and the low-round of the day. He finished at 3-over-par 216 for the championship.
The final two groups continued to struggle down the stretch. Borow and Ethan Fang of Plano carded 5-over-par 76s, while Byungho Lee of Houston posted a 3-over-par 74. In the end, Massey’s victory was a four-stroke margin.
“I struggled the first day, but you know we got it back on track,” Massey said.
On Monday, 25 mph gusts and rain showers in the morning made the playing conditions very difficult. He carded an opening round 7-over-par 78 and was tied for 26th.
Massey began the second round five shots off the lead, but he made a statement on moving day. He carded five birdies en route the lowest round of the day and climbed 21 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for fifth. Massey’s goal on Wednesday was to climb five spots and he did for his second Texas Cup Invitational title.
“I hope to carry this momentum throughout the season and into the summer,” Massey said.
He plans to compete in the 21st Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship in June as well as a few USGA qualifiers before attending TCU in August.
Borow, Fang and Lee finished in a tie for second at 7-over-par 220. Andrew Spaulding of Spring, Jackson Drake of Lubbock and Nicholas Hance of Irving finished tied fifth at 10-over-par 223. Trevor Mierl of Austin and Jackson Naeger of Keller finished tied eighth at 11-over-par 224, while Alejandro Gonzalez of Queretaro, Mexico, Frisco’s Shivam Patel and Songge Jiang and Garrett Endicott of San Antonio rounded out the top-10 at 12-over-par 225.
The Texas Cup Invitational plays Stonebridge Ranch CC’s Dye Course as a par 71. The normal par-5 13th hole is played as a long par-4 for the championship. The second round was played at 6,841 yards.
The Texas Golf Association extends its sincere appreciation to the staff and members of Stonebridge Ranch Country Club as well as our volunteers for their integral part in making the 2020 Texas Cup Invitational a memorable and success event. To view the Final Leaderboard, click here. For more information on the Texas Cup Invitational, click here.
Borow and Fang Lead Texas Cup Invitational
MCKINNEY – Jacob Borow of Lake Jackson and Ethan Fang of Plano lead the Texas Cup Invitational through two rounds at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club’s Dye Course.
Tuesday brought much different weather than Round 1. The wind never exceeded 10 mph and the temperature hovered around 74 degrees. Many players in the field took advantage of perfect scoring conditions.
The 18-hole co-leader, Fang, carded two double-bogeys and two birdies on his opening nine. He bogeyed the par-4 first hole and was 3-over-par through his first 10 holes. However, the Plano West High School freshman found something with a birdie on the par-4 second hole. Fang played his closing eight holes in 3-under-par to card an even-par 71.
Fang, who won the Winter Classic at Dallas Athletic Club in January, will look to become the first player to win multiple LJT titles this season.
Tied with Fang at the top, Borow sits in a much different position heading into Wednesday’s final round. He seeks his first career LJT victory.
In Round 2, the Lake Jackson native carded a bogey-free 1-under 34 on his opening nine. After a bogey on the par-4 first hole (his 10th of the day), he bounced back with a birdie on the par-4 second. Borow bogeyed hole three, but closed with an 18-foot birdie on the par-4 ninth to finish 1-under on the day.
“I’m pretty confident with my putter right now,” Borow said. “With scores so close it’s kind of like a match play format toward the end.”
Borow and Fang will tee it up on Wednesday with Houston’s Byungho Lee. Lee sits two-shots back and tied for third with Nicholas Hance of Irving. Hance, who won the 2020 North Four-Ball with Matthew Griggs at Stonebridge Ranch CC’s Dye Course in February, fired a 2-under-par 69 and lowest round of the day.
The 2017 Texas Cup Invitational Champion Brandon Massey of Fort Worth matched Hance for the low round. The 2020 Texas Christian University commit jumped 21 spots on moving day. Massey is tied fifth and just three shots off the lead. He will look to become the first two-time winner of the Texas Cup Invitational.
"I'll just remain patient," Massey said. "Birdies will come if you're playing well, so just go out there and stay patient."
Songge Jiang of Frisco, Garrett Endicott of San Antonio, Shivam Patel of Frisco and Trevor Mierl of Austin are all tied fifth with Massey.
The Texas Cup Invitational plays Stonebridge Ranch CC’s Dye Course as a par 71. The normal par-5 13th hole is played as a long par-4 for the championship. The second round was played at 6,842 yards.
The final round will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11. To view the Full Leaderboard, click here. For more information on the Texas Cup Invitational, click here.
Mason Roberts and Ethan Fang Lead Texas Cup Invitational
MCKINNEY – Ethan Fang of Plano and Mason Roberts of Lubbock fire 2-over-par 73s on a difficult day at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club’s Dye Course. Despite the gusts of wind reaching 25 mph in the afternoon, Fang and Roberts remained patient and share a one shot lead following Round 1.
Fang stood on the seventh tee box following a double bogey on the par-4 sixth. He was 3-over-par with 12 holes to play. The wind was blowing straight back into his face on the long par-5. The freshman at Plano West High School found the fairway, laid up to comfortable distance and hit a wedge to 15 feet. Fang made his birdie putt and carried the momentum throughout the rest of his round.
He followed a par on the par-3 eighth with back-to-back birdies on holes nine and 10. Fang would drop two shots on his closing eight holes, but he shares the clubhouse lead at 2-over.
“I just tried making par on every hole and to eliminate the big numbers,” said Fang, who won the Winter Classic is January.
Tied with Fang at the top, Mason Roberts battled through adversity on Monday. The senior at Lubbock-Cooper High School was 4-over-par through his first four holes. He settled in on the par-4 14th and played his next eight holes 2-under. However, the wind picked up and he made three straight bogeys. Roberts was 5-over with three holes to play.
“I’ve been working on overcoming adversity a lot these past couple weeks,” Roberts said.
The Lubbock native didn’t waiver. He finished with three consecutive birdies to card a 1-under back-nine and 2-over-par 73.
“I think living in Lubbock has taught me a lot,” Roberts said. “Knowing you can’t force it in this weather and that you just got to stay patient and let the game come to you.”
Stonebridge Ranch CC’s Dye Course is playing host to the Texas Cup Invitational for the second consecutive year. The demanding Pete Dye design showed its teeth on Monday and resulted in an 9-over-par scoring average.
“It was pretty difficult,” said Jacob Borow of Lake Jackson, who carded an opening round 74. “I know making as many pars and making as few mistakes as I can that the birdies will just come.”
Borow also showed poise in Round 1. The 2020 University of Houston commit carded a 3-over 39 on his front nine and double bogeyed the par-4 10th. He played his next eight holes at 2-under-par to finished 3-over on the day and one shot behind Fang and Roberts.
Michael Heidelbaugh of Dallas is also just one shot off the 18-hole lead. The 2020 Texas A&M University commit came into the week as the highest-ranked junior in the field. After getting off to a great start with two birdies through his opening five holes, Heidelbaugh finished his front side with three straight bogeys. He battled the elements throughout his second nine and finds himself in contention once again.
Five players carded rounds of 4-over-par 75. Matthew Foster of Dallas, Byungho Lee of Houston, Jackson Naeger of Keller, Shivam Patel of Frisco and Andrew Spaulding of Spring sit two shots back and tied fifth.
The Texas Cup Invitational plays Stonebridge Ranch CC’s Dye Course as a par 71. The normal par-5 13th hole is played as a long par-4 for the championship. The first round was played at 6,841 yards.
Round 2 will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10. To view the Full Leaderboard, click here. For more information on the Texas Cup Invitational, click here.