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Regional Amateurs Set for Aug. 6-8

The 2021 North and South Regional Amateur Championships will be held concurrently from Aug. 6-8.

The North Regional Amateur will be contested at The Bridges Golf Club in Gunter. Galveston Country Club will host the South Regional Amateur.

Located about 50 miles north of Dallas, The Bridges Golf Club is a Fred Couples Signature Design and opened for play in 2008. Galveston Country Club, which traces its roots back to 1898, moved to its current location at Pirates’ Beach in 1946 and was designed by Carlton Gipson and Ralph Plummer. The course has undergone several renovations over the years, most recently in 2003 overseen by Jacobsen Hardy Golf Design.

First played in 2003, the Regional Amateurs are open to male amateur golfers who belong to a TGA Member Club, have a World Handicap System Index of 8.4 or less and reside in the region relative to their respective championship. The TGA uses the 31st parallel in Salado as the delineation between the North and South regions.

The format for the 84-player starting field in both Regional Amateurs is 54 holes of individual stroke play with no cut. The winner and runner-up in each championship, if eligible, earn exemptions into this year’s Texas Mid-Amateur to be held Sept. 10-12 at The Clubs at Houston Oaks in Hockley. Additionally, the top three finishers will receive automatic exemptions into the 2022 Texas Amateur.

The 2020 championships were canceled due to health concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Will Adams of Odessa won the 2019 North Regional Amateur on the second playoff hole over Tom Bevington of Frisco and Christopher Wheeler of Addison. The three players were tied at 8-under-par 208 after 54 holes of regulation play at The Courses at Watters Creek in Plano. At the 2019 South Regional Amateur held at Sterling Country Club in Houston, local resident Cody Banach finished at 13-under 203 to win the title by five strokes over runner-up Tyler Uhlig of Magnolia.

Live scoring updates, daily recaps, as well as tee-times and pairings, will be available once the action gets underway from The Bridges Golf Club and Galveston Country Club.

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Foster, Pickrell and Harper Win at Lanny Wadkins JC

Briefly:  Dallas’ Matthew Foster shot 8-under on Tuesday to win the Boys 15-18 Division of the Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship at Oakmont Country Club. Austin’s Kate Pickrell won the Girls 12-18 Division at 5-under, while Dallas’ Brooks Harper won the Boys 14 & Under Division at 9-under.

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Champions: Matthew Foster of Dallas captured his first victory with the Legends Junior Tour after posting rounds of 68-64. His 12-under total was one stroke better than the field as he amassed 13 birdies and one eagle over 36 holes. The eagle came on the par-5 15th in the final round and he followed it up with a birdie on the par-4 16th, which played as the toughest hole on Tuesday. He made par on the final two holes and secured his victory.

Austin’s Kate Pickrell won the Girls 12-18 Division after shooting rounds of 69-70 to get to 5-under overall and three strokes ahead of the field. She made one bogey in 36 holes with six birdies to capture her first win with the Legends Junior Tour.

Dallas’ Brooks Harper won the Boys 14 & Under Division at 9-under overall after rounds of 67-68 at Oakmont Country Club. He totaled five birdies in Tuesday’s final round, including three straight on holes 13-15. This was his first victory with the Legends Junior Tour.

Top Finishers: In the Boys 15-18 Division, Trevor Algya of Highland Village came just shy of a second-straight victory with the Legends Junior Tour. Coming off his win at the Collegiate Preview on June 28-29, Algya made seven birdies in the final round to get to 11-under overall. Mansfield’s Cameron Beck finished third in the division followed by Jonathan Kim of Round Rock in fourth and Dallas’ Logan Johnson tied with Frisco’s Jaxon Copeland for fifth.

In the Girls 12-18 Division, three girls tied for second at 2-under. Southlake’s Makayla Tyrrell, Rogers’ Elizabeth Whalen and Prosper’s Lucy Kate Smith made up the three-way tie with Argyle’s Madison Baer and Austin’s Ally Black tying for fifth. Jenna Madden and Nitisha Manikandesh tied for seventh, while Sidney Robertson finished ninth and three girls tied for tenth.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dallas’ Reese Roberts finished second at 6-under. Allen’s Elijah Estonilo finished third at 5-under, followed by Corinth’s Nathan Zmolik in fourth and Richmond’s Grayson Sebastian in fifth.

Golf Course: Oakmont Country Club is hosting the Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship for the first time in the tournament’s 13-year history. The par-72 layout features champion Bermuda grass greens and Bermuda fairways surrounded by towering oak trees and 51 bunkers.

Weather: Tuesday’s weather was similar to Monday’s with the sun out and temperatures in the mid-90s. The winds were a little heavier ranged from 10-12 miles per hour, but conditions remained ideal for lower scores.

Tournament Format: The Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship is a 36-hole stroke play event for players ages 12-18 years old. Membership with a Texas Junior Golf Alliance Partner is required to play in Legends Junior Tour events.

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 Legends Junior Tour heads to The Clubs of Kingwood on July 26-28 for the 95th Texas Junior Amateur. The 240-player field is split between four division: Boys, Girls, Boys 14 & Under and Girls 14 & Under. The Boys Division will play the Island Course, while the Girls Division and both 14 & Under Divisions will play the Lakes Course.

For more information on the Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship, click here. To see all the scores from Oakmont Country Club, click here.

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Kenlie Barrett Earns Medalist Honors at 100th Women’s Texas Amateur

Kenlie Barrett of The Woodlands shot a 2-under-par 68 to earn stroke play medalist honors in the 100th Women’s Texas Amateur Championship at River Crest Country Club.

The 21-year-old Barrett, who recently transferred to Western Kentucky University after a three-season stint at Sam Houston State, edged three 19-year-olds, Audrey Tan of Denton, defending champion Bentley Cotton of Austin and reigning TGA Women’s Stroke Play champion Emma McMyler of San Antonio by one stroke for the No. 1 seed in the Championship Match Play Bracket. Tan, a recent graduate of the University of North Texas, Cotton, a sophomore at the University of Texas, and McMyler, a sophomore at Xavier University, finished at 1-under 69.

“I started off really well and made a lot of putts on my first nine,” Barrett said. “I stayed consistent with my irons, but my tee shots got a little iffy later in the round. I just tried to stick to my game plan and ‘manage the damage’ when I got in trouble.”

It looked for the longest time that Barrett would run and hide from the 88-player starting field. Beginning her round on No. 10, Barrett played the first nine holes in 5-under 30 and birdied the 10th to get to 6-under for the day before falling back with four bogeys on her last eight holes.

Cotton, who won the 99th Women’s Texas Amateur last year at UT Golf Club in Austin, was also looking to go low on Tuesday. She was 4-under through 11, but then carded a double bogey on the 12th and bogey on the par-5 14th. Despite the slight stumble home, Cotton feels good about her chance of pulling off a repeat.

“I’ve been playing well leading up to this week’s championship and I love the golf course,” Cotton said. “I’m extremely excited about match play. I love the format so much.”

Missouri City’s Reagan Gray, 18, an incoming freshman at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, finished fifth with an even-par 70 on the 6,117-yard layout. Five players tied for sixth place at 1-over 71.

The cut for the 32-player Championship Match Play Bracket came at 6-over 76, with 11 competitors playing off for two spots. Cari Denson, 19, of Hankamer was first in with a birdie on the second playoff hole, the par-4 18th, and Tiffany Cao, 18, of Midlothian secured the final spot with a par on the fourth playoff hole (No. 18).

The remaining players will be divided into seven additional flights.

The Rounds of 32 and 16 in the Championship Match Play Bracket will be played Wednesday, starting at 8 a.m. Live scoring updates will be available once the action gets underway from River Crest Country Club. For more information on the 100th Women’s Texas Amateur, including final results from the stroke play qualifying round, click here.

In celebration of its Centennial Championship this year, the Women’s Texas Amateur has returned to the place where it all started. Opened in 1911, River Crest Country Club hosted the first-ever Women’s Texas Amateur in 1916 and then again in 1922, 1932 and 1949. The historic club on the western edge of downtown also was the site of the Texas Amateur in 1917, 1922 and 1954.