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Valdez and O’Keefe Win Alamo Shootout
Valdez and O’Keefe Win at Alamo Shootout
Kerrville – Palmer Valdez cards a final round of 2-under 70 to win the Boys Division of the Alamo Shootout at 4-over 148. Farah O’Keefe fires 2-under 70 and comes out on top in a two-player playoff to win the Girls Division at 4-over 148.
1. Palmer Valdez 148
T2. Kuan Zhou 150
T2. Henry Stone 150
T4. Four Tied 151
1. Farah O’Keefe 148 *Won in Playoff
2. Marissa Loya 148
3. Mimi Burton 149
4. Darrelyn Webster 152
5. Sarah Reed 154
Champions: Palmer Valdez, of Southlake, wins the Boys Division by two strokes after carding rounds of 78-70 to finish at 4-over 148. Palmer’s final round of 2-under 70 was powered by five birdies and was the only sub-par round in the Boys Division for the event. In the Girls Division, Austin’s Farah O’Keefe came from behind to force a playoff at 4-over 148. O’Keefe’s final round 2-under 70 was the only score under par in the Girls Division, and she closed out the victory on the fourth playoff hole.
Top Finishers: Austin’s Henry Stone, who held the lead following the first round, finishes tied for second with Kuan Zhou of Sugar Land at 6-over 150. Stone had six birdies for the event, including a stretch of three in a row during the final round. The Hills’ Ethan Dufresne, Austin’s Grant Yerger, Dallas’ Aidan Dortch, and Temple’s Daniel Moon finished tied for fourth at 7-over 151. In the Girls Division, San Antonio’s Marissa Loya finished runner-up following a four-hole playoff. Loya’s finsihed with an overall score of 4-over 148. Austin’s Mimi Burton finished third at 5-over 149 and Austin’s Darrelyn Webster finished in fourth at 8-over 152.
Event Format: The Alamo Shootout is a 36-hole stroke play event with players competing in two divisions: Boys 12-18 and Girls 12-18. The field was selected based on the order of player signups.
Weather: Play was delayed and suspended due to frost for half an hour this morning, resuming at 9:30 AM. During play, competitors enjoyed low winds and temperatures that steadily climbed into the low-60’s by midday.
Golf Course: Designed by close friends Joe Finger and Byron Nelson in 1974, Riverhill Country Club’s 18-hole course is a premier location for golf in Texas and the United States. Based in the heart of Hill Country, the course boasts its rare bent-grass greens and a 7,137 yard, 72-par challenge featuring scenic creeks, hills and a lake throughout the property. Over time, the course became Nelson’s favorite, where he was quoted saying, “If I had only one golf course to play, it would be Riverhill.” The Boys Division played from approximately 6,800 yards while the Girls Division played the course at approximately 5,950 yards.
What’s next: The LJT starts the 2022 golf season on January 15-16 with the Winter Classic at Dallas Athletic Club’s Blue Course.
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