Claggett Claims Texas Girls’ Invitational Victory
MONTGOMERY— Tillie Claggett won the Texas Girls’ Invitational with an overall score of 4-under 212 at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club’s Weiskopf Course on Sunday. The victory marks Claggett’s second victory with the Legends Junior Tour, but first major victory. She joins the likes of fellow champions Jaravee Boonchant, Maddie McCrary and Anne Chen as players with their names etched onto the Nez Muhleman Trophy.
The Woodlands-native was the only player under par and posted rounds of 71-68-73. She started her final round with a birdie on No. 2, but dropped a shot with a bogey on No. 9 to turn at 5-under overall. She made a birdie on the par-5 11th and finished with bogeys on holes 15 & 16 to get to 4-under and finish with four strokes ahead of the field.
The Texas Girls’ Invitational is a 54-hole stroke play event for girls that are members of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The event is one of the top-ranked tournaments in Texas.
Katy’s Maelynn Kim continued to improve her level of play as the tournament progressed. Starting the day three groups ahead of Claggett, Kim carded a final round 3-under 69 to finish in second place at even par 216. Kim was the only player under par in the final round and finished strong with three birdies in the final five holes.
Austin’s Darrelyn Webster finished third in the Texas Girls’ Invitational at 1-over 217. Webster matched her second round and posted a score of even-par 72 in the final round. Ashleen Kaur of Houston finished fourth in the event at 2-over 220. Cedar Park’s Jiyu Han and San Antonio’s Grace Jin both finished tied for fifth at 3-over 219, after matching final round scores of 5-over 77.
Yvonne Chamness of Austin finished in solo seventh at 4-over 220. Chaemin Kim of Austin and Sara Tomaszewski of Mexico finished tied for eight at 5-over 221, and San Antonio’s Lindsay Lee rounded out the top ten at 6-over 222.
Bentwater Yacht & Country Club hosted the Texas Girls’ Invitational for the sixth time in the tournament’s history. The event returned to the Weiskopf Course for the second year in a row. The course was designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish and stretched out to 6,125 yards for the tournament.
The day started with temperatures in the mid to low 70’s and rose into the low 90’s by the end of play. The sun was shining all day and winds remain relatively calm; wavering between 6-10 mph throughout the round.
Next up for the Legends Junior Tour is the North Texas Classic at Tangle Ridge Golf Course in Grand Prairie. The North Texas Classic routinely features one of the best tournament fields on the LJT Open event schedule.
Tillie Claggett Leads Texas Girls’ Invitational
MONTGOMERY – Tillie Claggett fires a 4-under 68 in the second round of the Texas Girls’ Invitational and leads by three strokes at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club heading into Sunday’s final round.
Claggett posted rounds of 71-68 on Saturday to take the lead in the final major of the LJT season. She played two consistent rounds, totaling eight birdies over both rounds to reach the 5-under mark. Her second round of 68 in the afternoon consisted of five birdies and only one bogey.
The Texas Girls’ Invitational is a 54-hole stroke-play event for girls and is playing as the final Major Tournament on the Legends Junior Tour Schedule. The event was rescheduled from February due to the winter storm and is being contested over two days. Rounds 1 & 2 were played in morning and afternoon tee times Saturday, with the final round set for Sunday morning. Players earned their way into the field by playing in Texas Junior Golf Alliance Events. Claggett is seeking her first major victory at the Texas Girls’ Invitational and her second win with the Legends Junior Tour.
Trailing Claggett by three strokes is Grace Jin of San Antonio and Jiyu Han of Cedar Park. Jin was the co-leader with Claggett after the first round, and ultimately posted rounds of 71-71 to get to 2-under 142 overall. Jin played the stretch of holes 15-18 at 6-under over both rounds. Han matched Claggett’s second round of 4-under 68 and rebounded from her opening round of 2-over 74 to make the final group on Sunday.
In fourth is Houston’s Ashleen Kaur. Like Han, Kaur also bounced back in the second round by posting 2-under 70 to finish at even-par 144 overall. Mexico’s Sara Tomaszewski, Fulshear’s Tristan Gabbard, and Austin’s Darrelyn Webster are all tied for fifth at 1-over 145.
Chaemin Kim of Austin, and Lauren Madson of Mansfield are tied for eighth at 2-over 146. Madson used a stretch of four straight birdies in her second round to pull within the top ten. Yvonne Chamness of Austin and Maelynn Kim of Katy both finished tied for 10th at 3-over 147.
Bentwater Yacht & Country Club is hosting the Texas Girls’ Invitational for the sixth time in the tournament’s 12-year history. The Weiskopf course was designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish and features rolling fairways and greens that seem to emerge form the thick forests of hardwood pines. The Weiskopf course features a great closing nine that is highlighted by four holes that play along the shores of Lake Conroe.
The weather at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club cooperated for each round with temperatures peaking in the high-80s and working down to the low-80s in the afternoon, thanks to passing rain showers in the area. The sunshine was out until 2:00 pm until intermittent showers left the rest of the day wet and cloudy. Winds ranged from three mph in the morning, to 8-10 mph in the late afternoon.
Pairings for the final round of the Texas Girls Invitational were redrawn according to scores from the first two rounds. The final round will begin off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees starting at 8:00 AM. To see all the pairings for the final round, click here.
Texas Girls’ Invitational Returns to Bentwater Yacht & Country Club
ADDISON – The Texas Girls’ Invitational returns to Bentwater Yacht & Country Club on Aug. 28-29 with the girls-only event set to take on the Weiskopf Course. The tournament was originally scheduled for Feb. 13-15 but was postponed due to the winter storm.
Conducted by the Legends Junior Tour, the Texas Girls’ Invitational is a 72-player girls-only field that has become one of the top events in the state. The event began in 2010 with 12 players and has become one of the most competitive fields on the LJT calendar.
The championship was originally 36 holes and ranked by Golfweek and Junior Golf Scoreboard and was held in the fall. In 2019, the event was moved to February and became a 54-hole championship with World Amateur Golf Ranking points up for grabs. The tournament also offers numerous AJGA Performance Stars to the top finishers including 12 for the champion.
Bentwater Yacht & Country Club is hosting the Texas Girls’ Invitational for the seventh time in the championship’s history. The dedicated TGA member club was originally built in 1993 by two renowned golf course architects, Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish. Their efforts created broad, rolling fairways and TiffDwarf greens that wind through the signature forests of hardwood and pines along Lake Conroe. The Texas Girls’ Invitational was played at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club from 2012-2016 and in 2020.
“We are very excited to host the Texas Girls’ Invitational again and welcome some of the best junior girls back to Montgomery,” Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Head Golf Professional Cord Roberson said. “The camaraderie among the juniors is great and hosting this event has had a positive impact on our community as well.”
Last year’s Texas Girls’ Invitational was conducted over two days. The field played 36 holes on Sunday and finished the 54-hole championship on Monday. Ashley Yen of Houston carded rounds of 72-69-73 to finish at 2-under par overall and win by three strokes.
The Texas Girls’ Invitational champion will have her name engraved on the ‘Nez Muhleman trophy. Inez “Nez” Muhleman of Houston was known for her dedication to junior golf. Muhleman never missed a girls’ national championship until she retired in 2010. In 2011, she received the USGA Joe Dey Award, which is the organization’s highest honor for volunteerism, for her service to the game and for establishing the Junior Girls’ Travel Fund to help young Texans afford travel expenses to the U.S. Girls’ Junior.
Past champions of this girls-only championship include Kaci McCartan, Lakareber Abe, Maddie McCrary, Vanessa Ha, Jaravee Boonchant, Anne Chen, Makenzie Niblett and Hailey Jones. This is the final Major Championship for the girls of the 2021 LJT season.
For more information on the Texas Girls’ Invitational, please click here.
About the LJT: The Legends Junior Tour is part of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance, which is a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association, Northern and Southern PGA and Houston Golf Association. The tour operates as part of the Texas Golf Association and its foundation. Since its inception in 2005, the tour has provided funds to promote junior golf initiatives while conducting some of the state’s top junior championships including the Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship, Texas Junior Amateur and the Texas Girls’ Invitational as well as the Texas Cup Invitational.