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Comegys, Honea and Ballis Win Divisions at Bluebonnet Championship

Briefly: Matthew Comegys wins the Boys 15-18 Division of the Bluebonnet Championship after making par on the first playoff hole at Brownwood Country Club. Ryann Honea won the Girls 12-18 Division, while Bowen Ballis won the Boys 14 & Under Division.

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Winners: Comegys and Honea have now won back-to-back Legends Junior Tour Events after winning at the North Texas Classic earlier this month. Plano’s Comegys was the overnight leader after round one of the Bluebonnet Championship and shot rounds of 65-72 to get to 7-under overall and into a tie for first. Comegys found the rough on the left of hole No. 1, which was the first sudden-death playoff hole. He managed to hit his second shot up on the front of the green and then two putted for par to win the championship. San Angelo’s Honea shot 4-under 68 on Sunday to vault up the leaderboard and into first place and two strokes ahead of the Girls 12-18 Division. Ballis continued his good play and made seven birdies on the day, five of which came on the back nine, and posted a final round score of 5-under 67. Ballis claims the Boys 14 & Under Division title by seven shots after finishing with an overall score of 6-under 138.

In Contention: In the Boys 15-18 Division, Shreveport’s Holden Webb finished second after making bogey on the first playoff hole. He played well on Sunday, making birdie on his final three holes to shoot 4-under and get to 7-under overall. Trent Griessel and Ty Holbrook finished tied for third at 5-under, while Christian Clark and Connor Adams finished tied for fifth. Treed Huang, Ben Delarosa, Davis Ovard and Jack Lawlor tied for seventh and rounded out the top 10. In the Girls 12-18 Division Dallas’ Sophie Biediger used a final round score of 1-under 71 to finish in second place at 3-over 147. Annika Saidleman of Austin rounds out the top three at 4-over 148, after recording a final round score of 1-over 73. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Plano’s Rhett O’Rear finished runner up at 1-over 145 after posting a final round score of 2-over 74.  Lakeway’s Tyler Neidel and Katy’s Shaunak Nair both finished tied for third at 3-over 147 after final round scores of even-par 72

Golf Course: Brownwood Country Club has hosted the Bluebonnet Championship every year since its inception in 2000. The club sits in central Texas and features ample opportunities for players to go low and make birdies. The par-72 layout stretches to 6,300 yards for the boys and 5,800 yards for the girls. The tournament will return to Brownwood Country Club and it’s original May date in 2021.

Tournament Format: The Bluebonnet Championship is a 36-hole stroke play event for players ages 12-19 that have a valid membership with a member of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The tournament field featured 120 players across three divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 14 & Under and Girls 12-18.

Weather: The wind was blowing at Brownwood Country Club for the first round. Temperatures crept up into the mid-90s in the afternoon and the steady wind continued at 15 miles per hour with gusts upwards of 30 miles per hour.

What’s Next: The Legends Junior Tour heads down to Corpus Christi Country Club for the James A. Ragan Memorial on Oct. 11-12. The 84-player field will take on the windy challenges that present themselves down on the Texas coast.

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Comegys Fires 65 to Lead Boys 15-18 Division of Bluebonnet Championship

Briefly: Matthew Comegys shoots 65 and leads the Boys 15-18 Division of the Bluebonnet Championship at Brownwood Country Club. Karina Duran leads the Girls 12-18 Division, while Bowen Ballis and Rhett O’Rear are tied atop the Boys 14 & Under Division.

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Leaders: Comegys is coming off a win at the North Texas Classic at Tangle Ridge Golf Course earlier this month and leads the Boys 15-18 Division by three strokes heading into Sunday’s Final Round. The Plano native made five birdies and two eagles in his round and played the par 5s at 6-under on the day. Duran leads the Girls 12-18 Division by one stroke at 1-under. The Schertz native made three birdies and an eagle in the first round to get under par. Ballis and O’Rear are tied for the lead in the Boys 14 & Under Division at 1-under. Shenandoah’s Ballis made four birdies, including two in his final three holes, to shoot 71, while Plano’s O’Rear made five birdies on Saturday. Both are seeking their second victory in the LJT’s Boys 14 & Under Division.

In Contention: In the Boys 15-18 Division, three players are tied for second at 4-under. Highland Village’s Trevor Algya made eagle on the par-5 18th to shoot 68, while Dallas’ Pierce Johnson made five birdies and The Hills’ Jack Lawlor poured in six birdies in his round. Four players are tied for fifth at 3-under, while six players are tied for ninth in the Boys 15-18 Division at 2-under. In the Girls 12-18 Division Austin’s Darrelyn Webster and Chaemin Kim trail Duran by one stroke after shooting even-par in the first round. Mexico’s Alexa Saldana and Cypress’ Maggie Ni are tied for fourth at 1-over. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Bridgeport’s Brady Mann trails the leaders by two strokes at 1-over 73 followed by The Woodlands’ Finn Burkholder at 2-over and three other players tied for fifth at 3-over.

Golf Course: Brownwood Country Club has hosted the Bluebonnet Championship every year since its inception in 2000. The club sits in central Texas and features ample opportunities for players to go low and make birdies. The par-72 layout stretches to 6,300 yards for the boys and 5,800 yards for the girls.

Tournament Format: The Bluebonnet Championship is a 36-hole stroke play event for players ages 12-19 that have a valid membership with a member of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The tournament field features 120 players across three divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 14 & Under and Girls 12-18.

Weather: The wind was blowing at Brownwood Country Club for the first round. Temperatures ranged throughout the 80s all day with a steady wind of 15 miles per hour and gusts upwards of 30 miles per hour.

What’s Next: The final round of the Bluebonnet Championship will begin at 8:00 am on Sunday, September 27. Players will tee off the No. 1 tee throughout the day, with the Girls 12-18 Division going first, followed by the Boys 14 & Under Division and then the Boys 15-18 Division.

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Bluebonnet Championship Set for its 19th Year

BROWNWOOD – The Legends Junior Tour continues its tradition of hosting the annual Bluebonnet Championship after rescheduling the premier junior tournament from its original May 2-3 dates to Sept. 26-27. Despite being postponed to the fall due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the championship returns to Brownwood Country Club and will host 120 of the best juniors in Texas.

“Brownwood Country Club has always been an amazing host for the Bluebonnet Championship and didn’t hesitate to help us find a new weekend in the fall when we were unable to play in May,” Legends Junior Tour Tournament Director Kevin Porter said. “This has always been one of the most competitive and fun events each year and the LJT is thrilled to keep it on the 2020 schedule.”

The Bluebonnet Championship was started by Brownwood businessman Bart Johnson in 2001 and has been be played at Brownwood Country Club since its inception. The par-72 course was designed by Leon Howard and opened in 1929. It features an open layout that gives players ample opportunities at making low scores. However, the greens can be challenging and guard against a lack of focus. The 36-hole championship features three separate divisions: Boys 15-18, Girls 12-18 and Boys 14 & Under.

Last year, Brody Hanley of Lantana carded rounds of 68-66 to post 10-under-par 134 and tie Jackson Davenport of Austin through 36 holes. Hanley carded a birdie on the first sudden-death playoff hole to capture the Boys 15-18 Division title. In the Girls 12-18 Division, MacKenzie Moore of Trophy Club edged out three-time LJT Player of the Year Hailey Jones as well as top-ranked junior Calynne Rosholt by two strokes with rounds of 68-73. Moore will look to defend her title this year and win back-to-back LJT events following her victory at the North Texas Classic earlier this month.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Trenton Mierl of Austin is also seeking to defend his 2019 title and win back-to-back LJT tournaments. Like Moore, he recently claimed the North Texas Classic by four strokes after posting 10-under-par 134 through 36 holes.

Hanley, Moore and Mierl are just a few of the decorated past champions of this prestigious junior championship. The impressive list of past Bluebonnet Championship winners includes two PGA Tour winners, Patrick Reed and Cody Gribble, as well as 2020 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Scottie Scheffler, Brett Spencer, Cory Whitsett, Charles Kim, Cooper Dossey, Maddie Szeryk, Greta Bruner and Stratton Nolen. After not being held in 2006, the Legends Junior Tour took control of the tournament in 2007 and it has consistently produced one of the largest and strongest fields of the year.

This championship is ranked by both Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek. Competitors who finish in the top half of the field will gain points towards the LJT Player of the Year Standings. The top five finishers in the Boys 15-18 Division will earn a spot in the 2021 Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship and the 95th Texas Junior Amateur. The winners of the Boys 14 & Under Division and the Girls 12-18 Division will each earn an exemption into the 2020 Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational and 2021 George Hannon Junior Invitational.

Along with rankings on the Legends Junior Tour, the top finishers in each division will earn AJGA stars based on their finishes.

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