Henry Leads at Texas Cup Invitational After Round 1
ABILENE – High winds and tough conditions kept scores at bay in the first round of the 2022 Texas Cup Invitational at Abilene Country Club Saturday, with just two players, Connor Henry and Parker Sands, shooting under par in the elite junior event.
Scheduled for 54 holes, the event was shortened to 36 holes after Friday’s first round was cancelled due to the weather.
With gusting winds on the Ron Garl and Charles Coody designed par 72 course, Connor Henry was able to put together a solid round to vault himself atop the tightly packed leaderboard.
“I made a lot of eight-foot, ten-foot putts. I was hitting my irons really solid, wedges solid,” said Henry, a junior from Fort Worth. “I think the course is great. It’s definitely gettable if you hit it in the right spots.”
His opening round 69, put him one shot ahead of an elite field in the first major championship for the LJT boys of the year.
Sitting just behind in second is Edmond, Oklahoma’s Parker Sands. Sands rolled in five birdies on the day including four in a row on his back nine.
“I had a bogey early and then I took advantage of some easier holes in my opinion,” said Sands, the sophomore from Oklahoma. “I had four birdies in a row on holes twelve through fifteen and my wedges were super good.”
Belton’s Chandler Cooke carded an even-par round of 72 to put himself in solo third and in contention heading into Sunday’s final round at Abilene Country Club’s South Course. Frisco’s Luke Colton sits in fourth at one-over par after a 73.
A slew of five competitors sit tied fifth with rounds of 2-over 74 to round out the top five on the leaderboard. This includes Austin’s Andrew Tan, Austin’s Hugh Donegan, Austin’s Tyler Blackwell, Boerne’s Price Hill, and David Martinez of Houston.
The Final Round of the Texas Cup Invitational is scheduled for Sunday, Mar. 13 with tee times going off the No. 1 and 10 tees starting at 10:00 AM. To see pairings for the final round, click here.
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LJT Texas Cup Invitational Heads to Abilene
ADDISON – The Legends Junior Tour’s Texas Cup Invitational heads to Abilene Country Club (South Course) on Mar. 11-13 for the first time in the tournament’s 15-year history.
“The Texas Cup Invitational is always a popular event because it’s the first major of the year for the boys. We are excited to head west this year and add new names to an already impressive past champions list,” said Tournament Manager Adam Schulte.
The Texas Cup Invitational is the first boys major on the schedule and will feature an 84-player boys-only invitational field playing 54 holes of stroke play competition. This will be the LJT boys first 54-hole event of the year.
Opened in 1980, Abilene Country Club’s South Course (formerly known as the Fairway Course and Fairway Oaks) was designed by Ron Garl and Charles Coody. Host to PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour events from 1981-1990, the South Course has a well-earned reputation as a long, challenging layout with narrow fairways, numerous water hazards, prominent bunkering and large, undulating green complexes. When the wind blows, as it frequently does, the 7,136-yard, par-72 South Course provides a stern test of skill for even the most accomplished players.
The Texas Cup Invitational has previously been hosted at Ridgewood Country Club (2021), Stonebridge Ranch Country Club (2019-20), Ridglea Country Club (2017-18), Mira Vista Country Club (2013-16) and The Honors Club of Dallas (2008-12), now known as Maridoe Golf Club.
In last year’s event San Antonio’s Patrick Kahanek edged out a packed leaderboard by one stroke after finishing 1-over for the tournament in tough conditions. He fired a final round 2-under 68 to capture the victory.
The tournament has produced some elite past champions including Stratton Nolen (2010), Andrew Winters (2011), Chandler Phillips (2012), Braden Bailey (2013), Ryan Grider (2016), Thomas Bockholt III (2018) and Brian Boles (2019).
The event is ranked by the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Golfweek and Junior Golf Scoreboard and offers numerous AJGA Stars to the top finishers. Additionally, exemptions into future LJT Invitationals will be awarded.
For more information on the Texas Cup Invitational at Abilene Country Club and to follow along with live scoring for the weekend, click here.
Kahanek birdies two of closing three holes Sunday to capture 2021 Texas Cup Invitational
WACO – San Antonio’s Patrick Kahanek birdied two of the last three holes Sunday at Ridgewood Country Club to capture the 2021 Texas Cup Invitational, the first major of the Legends Junior Tour’s season.
The Antonian High School senior, who will play golf at UTSA this fall, fired a final round 68-211 54-hole total. He recorded a one-shot win over Hunter Drotts, final round 72, and Awesome Burnett, who shot a closing 64.
Byungho Lee, Garrett Endicott and Julio Alfredo Rios Brache all tied for fourth at 213 with scores of 69, 68 and 68, respectively.
“On the back nine, my caddy was looking at the scores and he said a couple of birdies could really help me, so that’s what I tried do,” Kahanek said.
Indeed it could as he rolled in a 15-footer on the par 3 16th for a birdie which moved him into a share of the lead, after early third round leader Drotts made double bogey on the same hole one group later.
Both Kahanek and Drotts pared the 17th hole, a par four, only to set up the drama on the closing challenge, the par 4 18th at Ridgewood on the shores of Lake Waco.
Kahanek had 83 yards to the green after his drive and hit a 58-degree wedge to within five feet of the hole for the closing birdie.
“The club felt really good in my hand and the yardage was right for me. I just got it up in the air, rode the (jet) stream and it was money.”
After Drotts failed to make a birdie of his own on 18, Kahanek owned the biggest victory of his LJT junior golf career.
“This is what we work for, to birdie 18 and take home the win. I’ve been doing a lot of work on my putting and it’s really paid off today.”
Drotts, who didn’t get into the tournament until the last minute, held a three-shot lead on much of the back nine, but the par 3 16th proved to be his undoing.
“I just plugged my tee shot in the back bunker and from there, where the pin was, there wasn’t much I could do. I pitched it out, but it rolled all the way to the front of the green and the overhanging trees blocked my approach.
“I gave it a good run today and almost got it done. For getting in the tournament at the last minute, I’m pleased with what I was able to accomplish. I’ve got a lot of good things to take away from this”
So does Burnett, who tied his personal tournament low, with a six-under-par 64 final round, three shots off the competitive course record at Ridgewood.
The freshman from Flower Mound got his round off to a great start by holing out from the second fairway from 68 yards for an eagle two. On the fifth hole, he made a 20-foot birdie putt from off the green en route to a front nine 30. He only added one birdie on the back side, but said it was thrilled with his round.
“I played great today. The eagle at number two really got my round going and I was able to keep it going with a bunch of putts on the front nine.
“I love this course at Ridgewood, I’ve won a couple of Starburst (junior) tournaments here and it always feels good to be back.”
While he may not return as a junior golfer, Kahanek said he felt the same about the site of his greatest junior golf win to date.
“I’ve been doing a lot of work and had some good finishes, but this is my first win in a long time. This feels like a real breakthrough for me.”
The LJT will head to Brownwood next for the Bluebonnet Championship in early May. For final scores at the Texas Cup Invitational, click here
Webb Shoots Low Score at Texas Cup Invitational, leads Second Round by One
WACO – Holden Webb shot the low round of the 2021 Texas Cup Invitational, a second round 66 Saturday, to take a slim one-shot lead over late-arriving Hunter Drotts after 36 holes of the first major of the Legends Junior Tour Season.
Webb, a Shreveport, Louisiana native, whose dad Craig briefly played on the PGA Tour, had six birdies at Ridgewood Country Club, including a 30-foot birdie putt on 17, with only two bogeys. It gave him a two-day total of 140 and a chance to get a prestigious win in his first individual tournament of the year.
Webb finished second with a two-day total of 139. Drotts shot a second round 68-140. Ryan Shellberg from Prosper was alone in third place with a second round even-par 70-141 total. Spring’s Andrew Spaulding was solo fourth at 70-142.
The second round leader used some local course knowledge after he played Ridgewood 4 years ago in the Starburst Junior Tournament and said it began to come back to him after a practice round this week. He is also a product of the prestigious David Toms 265 Golf Academy, which has already produced professional golfers Sam Burns and Phillip Barberee.
“That motivates me out here because I’ve seen what they have done on the Tour and I came from the same place.”
In his tournament low round, Webb got off to a fast start with a birdie on number one and seven, then got on a role with birdies on 9-10-11 before his birdie bomb on 17th.
“I was just trying to keep the ball in front of me and makes some putts when I got the chance. I hit a lot of club today on a lot of holes because the wind came from everywhere. I did a lot of work in the off season and it’s good to seeing it’s paying off.”
Drotts’ only motivation was a late Thursday afternoon phone call informing the League City resident he was in the tournament and needed to get to Waco and Ridgewood ASAP.
“I had applied and didn’t get in. So I sent them (LJT) an email saying I was still available and they told him I was the fifth alternate. One guy dropped out and I guess the other three couldn’t make it, so I got the call,” Drotts said.
He dropped everything he was doing at home, to get ready to make the 4-plus hour trip, going through College Station to pick up his buddy Cole Stock who is serving as his caddy this week.
They arrived in Waco late Thursday night, too late for a practice round, and without a place to stay because they were below the minimum age to rent a hotel room on their own. They were able to find another friend in town to crash in his room and then made it to the course early Friday morning.
Without ever seeing the course, he fired an opening 73, then turned in his two-under 68 on a windy Saturday on the shores of Lake Waco, to get within a shot of the lead.
The senior Cameron University commit had birdies on holes 2-7-9-10 and 15, the last coming with a 20-foot putt which caught the edge of the cup and tumbled in. He missed a two-foot par putt on 18, but said he was overall pleased with his round.
“I made so many putts, I’m not going to complain about the one I didn’t make. My caddy and I were talking coming up there, this could be our chance. It didn’t work out for them (other alternates) to get into the tournament, but it worked out for me and I’m going to take advantage of it.”
The final round of the Texas Cup Invitational will begin Sunday morning at 8:15 AM. For final round pairings, click here.
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Gonzalez Leads at Texas Cup Invitational After Round 1
WACO – High winds and tough conditions sent scores soaring in the first round of the 2021 Texas Cup Invitational at Ridgewood Country Club Friday, with just a single player, Texas commit Alejandro Gonzalez, shooting under par in the elite junior event.
With gusting winds on the classic Ralph Plummer designed par 70 course, on the shores of Lake Waco, the average score for the first day of the 54-hole event was 75.93. There were 24 scores at 78 or higher compared to only 11 of 72 or lower.
“I thought I played pretty good today, putted good, hit it well, but that wind was tough today. It could come from anywhere,” said Gonzalez.
His opening round 68, put him two shots clear of the best junior golfers in the state in the major championship for the Legends Junior Tour.
Tied for second was Austin’s Prayaag Oruganti and Andrew Spaulding from Spring at even par 70. A total of 6 players were tied for fourth at 71, including Dallas’ Parker Heath. He held the back nine lead at 3-under-par after a birdie on the par 4 14th hole, only to finish bogey, double bogey, bogey, par.
Even Gonzalez, from Queretaro, Mexico, who played in an early group, fell victim to the tough Central Texas conditions. He had a triple bogey seven on the par 4 sixth hole, but rebounded with birdies on 1, 4, 8 and 15, plus a chip in eagle on the par 4, 14th.
“It was tough out there today. On the 6th hole I hooked it left and then just started chipping it out,” he said. “But I was able to come back.”
Indeed he did with birdie putts all less than 15th feet and the eagle chip in he said was as lucky as it was good.
“I was 50 yards out to the side off the fairway and was trying to hit a high shot which would bounce on the green. Instead, I hit it low and running. I didn’t see it, but they said it hit the pin and went in. It was a lucky bounce.”
But the star junior who has worked for the last five years with Jordan Spieth teacher Cameron McCormick said it was another good day on a course he had never seen before two days ago.
“There are some blind tee shots out here you have to be ready for, but it’s a nice course, great condition and really good greens. Working with Cameron has helped my game so much in a lot of areas.”
Baylor University commit Sam Dossey led a group of players tied for 12th at 73, three-over-par, while Waco’s Brayden Bare had the lowest local score of 78.
The Second Round of the Texas Cup Invitational is scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 13 with tee times going off the No. 1 and 10 tees. To see pairings for the final round, click here.
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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.
Boles Wins Rain-Shortened Texas Cup Invitational
McKinney, Texas – Brian Boles of Lubbock won the 2019 Texas Cup Invitational after the final round was cancelled at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club due to unplayable course conditions on Wednesday.
Afte the second round, Boles sat at 1-over-par 143 overall and one stroke ahead the field. A storm rolled in overnight with winds gusting near 60 miles per hour and rain that fell from 3:00 am until 10:00 am. The round was initially delayed one hour to start and eventually pushed back to a 12:00 pm shotgun start, but the Dye Course was unable to dry up from the overnight deluge. The Legends Junior Tour staff decided to cancel the final round.
The Texas Tech University commit earns his first victory in the Boys 15-18 Division and vaults to the top of the Player of the Year Standings. His win earns him an exemption into the Byron Nelson Junior Championship and the Texas Junior Amateur later this year.
Heath’s Matthew Watkins finished second in the Texas Cup at 2-over 144, while Lubbock’s Logan Vargas, Temple’s Dallas Hankamer and 2017 Texas Cup Invitational Champion Brandon Massey of Fort Worth tied for third at 148 overall.
Logan Hamak of Sartell, Minn. finished sixth, while Niko Nebout of League City, Greg Seo of Carrollton and Jase Summy of Keller finished tied for seventh. Granbury’s Ty Holbrook finished 10th.
This was the first Major Tournament on the Boys 15-18 Division, earning double points towards the Player of the Year Standings. The Texas Cup Invitational is ranked by the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Golfweek, and Junior Golf Scoreboard, as well as offering numerous AJGA Performance Stars.
The next event up on the Legends Junior Tour is the Bluebonnet Championship, which returns to Brownwood Country Club on May 4-5.
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Boles Holds One-Stroke Lead After Two Rounds at Texas Cup Invitational
McKinney, Texas – Brian Boles fought through an steady drizzle and an hour lightning delay on Tuesday to shoot 3-over 74 and keep his lead atop the Texas Cup Invitational leaderboard at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club’s Dye Course.
The Lubbock native has posted rounds of 69-74 to get to 143 overall and one stroke ahead of the field.
“I was hitting the ball well again today,” said Boles, “Just like yesterday, I was striking the ball and making putts.”
Play was suspended at 11:40 am during the second round due to lightning in the area. Boles’ group was on the par-3 12th hole when the suspension occurred, but the Texas Tech University commit stayed focused.
“I knew it was going to be wet and I would have to grind, but I was going to stick to my game plan after the delay,” said Boles.
Play resumed at 12:40 pm, exactly one hour after the horn was blown. Boles made his par putt on the 12th green, but dropped shots with bogey on the 13th, 15th and 17th. He made a birdie on the 415-yard 18th hole, but struggled with a bogey on No. 1 and a double-bogey on No. 2 after he sailed over the green on the 337-yard hole.
“I told my caddie, that I was going to get those back and that this wasn’t over,” said Boles on the No. 3 tee.
He bounced back with back-to-back birdies on No. 3 and No. 4 and made five straight pars coming home to shoot 3-over 74.
Trailing Boles for the second straight day is Heath’s Matthew Watkins, who tied the low round of the day with a 2-over 73. The 2019 LJT Winter Classic Boys 15-18 Division Champion made four birdies in his second round, including the par-3 17th, which got him to 2-over overall.
Fort Worth’s Brandon Massey, who won this event in 2017 at his home club of Ridglea Country Club, tied Watkins for the low round of the day by making 16 pars and two bogeys en route to his 73. Tied with Massey for third is Lubbock’s Logan Vargas and Temple’s Dallas Hankamer at 6-over 148 overall.
Vargas has played consistently over two days, posting consecutive 74s in the first two rounds. Hankamer posted rounds of 73-75 and is five strokes behind the leader.
Logan Hamak of Sartell, Minn. sits alone in sixth place heading into the final round, while League City’s Niko Nebout, Carrollton’s Greg Seo and Keller’s Jase Summy are tied for seventh at 8-over 150.
Granbury’s Ty Holbrook rounds out the top ten in the field at 9-over 151, while three are tied for 11th at 152 overall and three are tied for 14th at 153 overall.
Stonebridge Ranch Country Club is hosting the Texas Cup Invitational for the first time in the tournament’s 12-year history. The Dye Course was designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1988. The course is stretched out to 6,893 yards for the tournament.
The final round of the Texas Cup Invitational is set to start at 8:30 am on Wednesday off the No. 1 and 10 tees. Players were repaired according to scores from the first two rounds. To see all the pairings for the final round, click here.