Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational

Tempest Golf Club
October 30-31

Tournament Information

Updated COVID-19 Guidelines

Dates: October 30-31, 2021
Host Club: Tempest Golf Club
Address: 568 East Wilkins Road, Gladewater, TX 75647
Phone: (903) 984-5335
Tournament Director: Adam Schulte 

Registration Information

Registration Opens: Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Registration Closes: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Tournament Fee: $285
Divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 14 & Under, Girls 12-18
Field Size: 84 Players

Tournament Eligibility: This Invitational Event is for players that have an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. Players will earn exemptions into the field through play within Northern and Southern PGA as well as Legends Junior Tour events.

Entry Procedure: Players with exemptions will be added to the field leading up to the Registration Deadline. Players that sign up without an exemption will be added to a waiting list and added based on available spots in the field following the deadline. 

Championship Information

Practice Round Information: The official practice round date is Friday, October 29 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Players may begin contacting the club up to seven days before the practice round date. The fee for practice rounds is $50.

Registration Information: Players will pick up tee gifts in the registration tent following their first round. 

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: Players will not be permitted a caddie for the  event.  

Spectator Carts: Spectator carts are allowed for the event. Spectators may rent a cart from the club each day. The fee for spectator carts is $32.

Click here to see the full player information

Wednesday, August 4
 9:00 AM - Registration Opens

Wednesday, October 6
 5:00 PM - Registration Closes

Thursday, October 7
 3:00 PM - Field Announced

Friday, October 22
10:00 AM - Players May Begin Scheduling Practice Rounds with Club

Wednesday, October 27
3:00 PM - Pairings Released for First Round

Friday, October 29
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Player Practice Rounds

Saturday, October 30
7:00 AM - Practice Facilities Open
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Round 1 Tee Times

Sunday, October 31
7:00 AM - Practice Facilities Open
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Round 2 Tee Times
3:00 PM - Awards Ceremony

2021 Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational Exemptions

Boys 15-18 Division Exemptions

A. Past Champions: Henry Frizzell, Kevin Watts
B. Top 5 – 2021 Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship: Preston Stout, Jase Summy, Ty Holbrook
C. Top 5 – 2021 Texas Junior Amateur: Aaron Pounds, Zach Heffernan
D. Top 5 – 2021 Texas Cup Invitational: Patrick Kahanek, Awesome Burnett, Garrett Endicott, Julio Alfredo Rios Brache, Byungho Lee
E. Top 3 – 2021 George Hannon Junior Invitational:
F. Top 3 – 2021 Bluebonnet Championship: Matthew Comegys, Trevor Mierl, Keaton Vo
G. Top 3 – 2021 Collegiate Preview: Trevor Algya, Sam Dossey, Reese Roberts
H. Top 3 – 2020 Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational: Matthew Spaulding, Shochiro Kato
I. 2021 LJT Tournament Champions: Davis Ovard, Brian Comegys, Daniel Moon, Grant Doggett, Matthew Foster
J. 2020 Boys 14 & Under POY: Rhett O’Rear
K. NTPGA: Jacob Cole, Kenneth Melendrez Jr.
L. STPGA: James Gardner, Shaunak Nair, Nathan Marion, Clayton Smith, Cade Barone
M. HGA:

Girls 12-18 Division Exemptions

A. Past Champions:
B. Top 3 – 2021 Texas Junior Amateur: Maelynn Kim, Kendall Jackson
C. Top 3 – 2021 Texas Girls’ Invitational:
D. Top 2 – 2021 George Hannon Junior Invitational:
E. Top 2 – 2021 Collegiate Preview: Sophie Biediger, Mallorie Luitwieler
F. Top 2 – 2021 Bluebonnet Championship: Lindsay Lee, Mason Lewis
F. Top 2 – 2020 Texas Junior Golf Alliance Junior Invitational: Jullia Vollmer, Jiyu Han
G. 2021 LJT Tournament Champions: Maggie Ni, Jenna Madden, Mimi Burton, Mia Nixon, Kate Pickrell
H. NTPGA: Emma Hildebrandt, Madison Baer
I. STPGA: Brooke Deebs, Ellee Seung, Savannah Dupre, Khloe Jones, Camille Pazouki, Brielle Burns
J. HGA:

Boys 14 & Under Division Exemptions

A. Past Champions: Daniel Zou, Jason Shwartz
B. Top 3 – 2021 Texas Junior Amateur: Austin Hofferkamp, Rhett O’Rear, Shiv Parmar
C. 2021 LJT Tournament Champions: Nicholas Logis, Reese Roberts, Brooks Harper

Host Club/Sponsor Exemptions

A. Host Club Exemptions:
B. Committee Exemptions:

News



Watts, Nguyen and Shwartz Win at Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational

Mont Belvieu – Kevin Watts wins the Boys 15-18 Division of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational at Eagle Pointe Golf Club. Lauren Nguyen wins the Girls 12-18 Division, while Jason Shwartz wins the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Leaderboard:

Boys 15-18

  1. Kevin Watts 140
  2. Shoichiro Kato 141
  3. Matthew Spaulding 141
  4. Tyler Gardner 143
  5. Will Jordan 145

Girls 12-18

  1. Lauren Nguyen 142
  2. Jiyu Han 150
  3. Julia Vollmer 150
  4. Maelynn Kim 152
  5. Sydney Williams 152

Boys 14 & Under

  1. Jason Shwartz 142
  2. Blake Burt 145
  3. Brooks Harper 145
  4. Charlie Wylie 151
  5. Finn Burkholder 151

Full Leaderboard

Champions: Colleyville’s Watts wins the Boys 15-18 Division by one stroke after posting rounds of 68-72 to get to 2-under overall. This is Watts’ first victory with the Legends Junior Tour as he improved on his runner-up finish at this event in 2019. Katy’s Nguyen won the Girls 12-18 Division after shooting consecutive rounds of even-par 71 at Eagle Pointe Golf Club. She added three more birdies in the final round bringing her total up to six for 36 holes. This is her second victory on the Legends Junior Tour in 2020. Bellaire’s Shwartz picks up his first victory with the LJT after shooting 3-under 68 in the final round. He accumulated seven birdies on Sunday to bring his total up to nine and finished three shots ahead of the field.

Top Finishers: Austin’s Shoichiro Kato and Spring’s Matthew Spaulding finished runner-up in the Boys 15-18 Division. Houston’s Tyler Gardner finished fourth, followed by The Woodlands’ Will Jordan in fifth and Beach City’s Grant Doggett in sixth. Jake Maggert and Preston Rouse tied for seventh in the division. Cedar Park’s Jiyu Han and San Antonio’s Julia Vollmer tied for second in the Girls 12-18 Division, while Katy’s Maelynn Kim and Frisco’s Sydney Williams tied for fourth.  Austin’s Blake Burke and Dallas’ Brooks Harper tied for second in the Boys 14 & Under Division, while Houston’s Charlie Wylie and The Woodlands’ Finn Burkholder finished tied for fourth.

About the Texas Junior Golf Alliance: The Texas Junior Golf Alliance was formed in 2012 and offers junior golfers a clear path to the best tournaments in Texas. The alliance is made up of the Legends Junior Tour, the Southern Texas PGA, the Northern Texas PGA and the Houston Golf Association. The alliance allows players a chance to compete at all levels and to grow their games as they progress.

Weather: Temperatures started in the 60s but stayed in the low 70s throughout the afternoon in Mont Belvieu. The wind picked up on Sunday, staying around 10 miles per hour consistently and gusting upwards of 20 m.p.h.

Golf Course: Eagle Pointe Golf Club opened for play in 1999 and was designed by Rick Forester. The rolling hills and elevation changes make Eagle Pointe very different from most Houston area course. The fairways are surrounded by towering pine trees and the Cherry Point Gully weaves its way through the course, while the Old River is the boundary on several holes. The course stretches out to almost 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.

What’s next: The Legends Junior Tour season finishes up with the Jackie Burke Cup matches at The Clubs at Houston Oaks on Nov. 14-15. The Jackie Burke Cup features the top players from the LJT Player of the Year Standings competing against each other in 12-player teams based on their locations. The North Team looks to win its seventh straight this year and leads the overall series 8-7 over the South Team.

For more information on the Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational, click here.

News



Watts, Nguyen and Burkholder Lead Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational

Mont Belvieu – Kevin Watts shoots 3-under 68 at Eagle Pointe Golf Club and leads the Boys 15-18 Division of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational. Lauren Nguyen leads the Girls 12-18 Division at even-par, while Finn Burkholder leads the Boys 14 & Under Division at 1-under.

Leaderboard:

Boys 15-18

  1. Kevin Watts 68
  2. Bryant Hiskey 69
  3. Preston Rouse 69
  4. Shoichiro Kato 70
  5. Two tied 71

Girls 12-18

  1. Lauren Nguyen 71
  2. Maelynn Kim 76
  3. Emily Mu 77
  4. Avery Thompson 77
  5. Chaemin Kim 77

Boys 14 & Under

  1. Finn Burkholder 70
  2. Brooks Harper 71
  3. Blake Burt 72
  4. Jason Schwartz 74
  5. Two Tied 75

Full Leaderboard

Leaders: Watts is looking to win his first LJT event after finishing second at the Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational in 2019. The Dallas native made three birdies and zero bogeys on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Boys 15-18 Division. Nguyen, who is the reigning LJT Girls Player of the Year leads the Girls 12-18 Division after making three birdies and three bogeys in the first round. She finished sixth in last year’s Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational. The Woodlands’ Burkholder started his first round with a double-bogey 7 on No. 1, but settled down making four birdies in his final 17 holes including a bogey-free final nine holes.

In Contention: Trailing Watts in the Boys 15-18 Division are Houston’s Preston Rouse and Bryant Hiskey, who both sit at 2-under 69. Austin’s Shoichiro Kato sits alone in fourth at 1-under, while Van Miller of Katy and Matthew Spaulding of Spring are tied for fifth at even-par. In the Girls 12-18 Division, Katy’s Maelynn Kim trails Nguyen by five strokes after shooting 5-over 76 on Saturday. Five players are tied for third in the division at 6-over. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dallas’ Brooks Harper is in second at even-par, followed by Austin’s Blake Burt at 1-over and Bellaire’s Jason Schwartz at 3-over.

Event Format: The Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational is a 36-hole stroke play event with players competing in three divisions: Boys 15-18, Girls 12-18 and Boys 14 & Under. The field was selected using exemptions from Texas Junior Golf Alliance Events throughout the year and through the LJT Player of the Year Standings which players earn points in by competing in Alliance events.

About the Texas Junior Golf Alliance: The Texas Junior Golf Alliance was formed in 2012 and offers junior golfers a clear path to the best tournaments in Texas. The alliance is made up of the Legends Junior Tour, the South Texas PGA, the North Texas PGA and the Houston Golf Association. The alliance allows players a chance to compete at all levels and to grow their games as they progress.

Weather: Temperatures stayed in the mid-60s throughout the day and crept up to 70 degrees on Saturday. Players faced little to no wind in the first round and enjoyed sunshine throughout the afternoon.

Golf Course: Eagle Pointe Golf Club opened for play in 1999 and was designed by Rick Forester. The rolling hills and elevation changes make Eagle Pointe very different from most Houston area course. The fairways are surrounded by towering pine trees and the Cherry Point Gully weaves its way through the course, while the Old River is the boundary on several holes. The course stretches out to almost 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.

What’s next: The Final Round of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational is scheduled for an 8:00 am start on Sunday, Nov. 1 with tee times going until 12:00 pm off the No. 1 tee. At the conclusion of play on Sunday, the top finishers will be awarded.

What’s at Stake: The event is ranked by Golfweek as well as Junior Golf Scoreboard and players are competing for points towards the LJT Player of the Year Award and a spot on their respective Jackie Burke Cup teams. The Legends Junior Tour Players of the Year will be determined following this weekend.

For more information on the Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational, click here.