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Stout, Honea and Mierl Lead Divisions at North Texas Classic

GRAND PRAIRIE

Boys 15-18 Division

  1. Preston Stout 65
    2. Matthew Comegys 66
    3. Ben Gregg                  68

Girls 12-18 Division

  1. Ryann Honea 67
    2. MacKenzie Moore 71
    3. Jenna Madden          72

Boys 14 & Under Division

  1. Trenton Mierl 68
    T2. Corbin Null            69
    T2. Nicholas Logis          69

Leaders: Preston Stout of Richardson fired an opening round 7-under-par 65 to lead the Boys 15-18 Division by one stroke heading into the final round of the North Texas Classic. Ryann Honea of San Angelo shot an impressive 5-under-par 67 and leads the charge in the Girls 12-18 Division. Austin’s Trenton Mierl shot a 4-under-par 68 to the lead the Boys 14 and Under Division by one stroke.

Contention: Richardson’s Stout carded a bogey-free round while closing out the day with a birdie on the par-3 17th and an eagle on the par-5 18th. In the Girls 12-18 Division, Honea recorded a total of six birdies (three on the front and three on the back), with a closing birdie on hole 18. Mierl, who leads the Boys 14 & Under Division, carded back-to-back birdies on the par-4 third and par-5 fourth and again on the par-5 eighth and par-3 ninth to turn at 2-under. He closed with a bogey-free 2-under 34 on the back nine to post 68.

Matthew Comegys of Plano sits in solo second after a 6-under-par 66. He drained an eagle putt from off the green on 18 to leave him just one shot off the lead heading into Sunday. Ben Gregg of Dallas is only three strokes back after carding a 4-under-par 68. In the Girls 12-18 Division, MacKenzie Moore of Trophy Club carded 4 birdies en route to a 71 and is four strokes behind Honea. McKinney’s Jenna oneHonMadden is third and five back at even par. Corbin Null of Woodway and Nicholas Logis of Austin are tied second in the Boys 14 & Under Division and currently one-stroke back of Mierl with 18 holes to play.

Tournament Format: The North Texas Classic is a 36-hole stroke play event for golfers ages 12-18 that have an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The event is split into three divisions: Boy 15-18, Girls 12-18 and Boys 14 & Under. Players earned their way into the field by playing in Alliance Partner Events and attaining status with the Legends Junior Tour.

Weather:  Clear skies with a high of 88 degrees.

Tournament History: This is the sixth year of the North Texas Classic and the fifth year hosted by Tangle Ridge Golf Club. In 2015 the Legends Junior Tour added the event to the fall schedule to better accommodate the growing demand for more events for junior golfers. The event has seen signups grow each year and the North Texas Classic has quickly become one of the top-ranked Open Events on the LJT schedule.

Next Up: The final round of the North Texas Classic is scheduled for an 8:00 am start on Sunday with players going off No. 1. Once all the scores are in, awards will be handed out to the top five finishers in the Boys 15-18 Division and the top three finishers in the Girls 12-18 and Boys 14 & Under Divisions.

What’s at Stake: Along with an LJT victory, players are also jockeying for position to earn valuable Player of the Year points as well as exemptions into future LJT Invitational and Major events and AJGA PBE Stars. The Player of the Year Standings are used to determine player of the year along with entry into the Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational and set the teams for the Jackie Burke Cup matches later this year.

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North Texas Classic Returns to Tangle Ridge Golf Club

GRAND PRAIRIE – The North Texas Classic is set to kick off the LJT Fall Schedule on Sept. 12-13. The 120-player field returns to Tangle Ridge Golf Club as the race for LJT Player of the Year ramps up.

Tangle Ridge was designed by Jeff Brauer and is nestled between Joe Pool Lake and Mountain Creek Escarpment. The public championship golf course has hosted the North Texas Classic five of the last six years. The gently rolling hills create magnificent panoramic views of the DFW area to the north and it features a layout with elevation changes of more than 50 feet.  The course can stretch out to 6,835 yards.

The North Texas Classic is split into three divisions: Boys 15-18, Girls 12-18 and Boys 14 & Under. The champion of the Boys 15-18 Division will earn exemptions into the Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational, 2021 Texas Cup Invitational, 2021 Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship and 2021 Texas Junior Amateur. The champion of the Girls Division will earn exemptions into the Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational and 2021 Texas Girls’ Invitational. The Boys 14 & Under champion will also earn an exemption into the Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational.

Including the North Texas Classic, only four LJT tournaments remain before the Player of the Year Points List will determine the teams for the Jackie Burke Cup, as well as the overall Players of the Year for each division. Sam Dossey of Austin leads the Boys 15-18 Division. Lauren Nguyen leads the Girls Division while Trenton Mierl leads the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Temple’s Dallas Hankamer outlasted a crowded leaderboard to win last year’s North Texas Classic in a sudden-death playoff over Matthew Spaulding of Spring. He carded rounds of 69-66 to post 9-under-par 135 for the championship and will look to defend his title this year.

In the Girls Division, Tillie Claggett of The Woodlands began the final round five shots behind the leader. She fired a closing 4-under-par 68 to get into a sudden-death playoff with Lauren Nguyen of Katy and Summer Lee of Plano. Claggett birdie the second playoff hole to claim the title.

Andrew Petruzzelli of Dallas won the Boys 14 & Under Division following rounds of 69-67. He carded six birdies in his final round to post the lowest 18-hole score of the championship and win by three strokes.

Hankamer, Claggett and Petruzzelli add to the list of North Texas Classic past champions. It includes 2017 Texas Junior Amateur Champion Jansen Smith, 2019 Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Champion Gaven Lane, three-time LJT Player of the Year Hailey Jones as well as Zach Kingsland, Kaylee Vesely, Mark Reppe, Dawson Ovard, Jennie Park, Jun Min Lee, Cole Sherwood and Serena Shah.

The first round of the North Texas Classic is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12 with tee times starting at 8 a.m. off No. 1. The final round pairings will be redrawn according to scores from the first round and will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13.

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