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Jenkins, Burton and Clancy Win LJT Winter Classic

Dallas – Garland’s Sam Jenkins captured his first LJT win at the 2022 Winter Classic at 6-under 138 after carding a 5-under 67 in the final round. Mimi Burton came from behind to claim the Girls 12-18 Division title with a final round score of 1-under 71. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Clancy followed up his first round score of 6-under 66 with 2-under 70 to win the Boys 14 & Under Division by five strokes at Dallas Athletic Club’s Blue Course.

Leaderboard:

Boys 15-18 Division
1. Sam Jenkins, Garland 71-67-138
2. David Martinez, Houston 68-72—140
3. Tate Littman, Mansfield 71-70—141
T4. Preston Stout, Richardson 72-70—142
T4. Jayden Song, Plano 71-71—142
T4. Trenton Mierl, Austin 71-71–142

Girls 12-18 Division
1. Mimi Burton, Austin 76-71—147
2. Sarah Reed, Midland 73-76—149
3. Nirjara Gulhane, Cedar Park 75-75—151
4. Lauren Madson, Mansfield 76-77—153
5. Wenyue (Sonia) Hao, Dallas 76-77—153

Boys 14 & Under Division
1. Jack Clancy, Dallas 66-70—136
2. Brooks Harper, Dallas 70-71—141
3. Asher Vargas, Spring 71-74—145
4. Aiden Tiet, Garland 77-70—147
T5. Mitchell Maier, Richmond 77-73—150
T5. Henry Zhong, Irving 72-78—150

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Division Leaders: Sam Jenkins claims his first LJT title at the Winter Classic after posting the low round of the day for the Boys 15-18 Division. Jenkins produced a critical 4-under-par final round score to secure a two shot victory over David Martinez. With three birdies on the front-9, Jenkins turned up the heat on the back-9 with a bogey free 3-under 33. After a final score of 1-under 71, Austin’s Mimi Burton found herself with the solo under-par round in the Girls 12-18 Division. Burton credits her six birdies and one eagle on the par-4 15th hole for her two-stroke victory over round one co-leader Sarah Reed. After posting an 8-under tournament total of 136, Jack Clancy of Dallas cruised to a five-shot victory thanks to a bogey free front-9.

In Contention: In the Boys 15-18 Division, Houston’s David Martinez followed up his first-round score of 4-under 68 with an even-par 72 to pull of a second place finish. Martinez made a total of four birdies on the day. In the Girls 12-18 Division, round one co-leader Sarah Reed of Midland finished second at 5-over 149, Nirjara Gulhane of Cedar Park finishes third place at 6-over par 150. Lauren Madson of Mansfield holds on to fourth place at 7-over 151 and Wenyue (Sonia) Hao of Dallas rounds out the top five at 9-over 153 in fifth. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dallas’s Brooks Harper finished second at 3-under 141. Spring’s Asher Vargas finished solo third after posting a 1-over-par 145.

Weather: The final round of the Winter Classic was delayed thirty-minutes due to frost. Temperatures at Dallas Athletic Club’s Blue Course were around 41 degrees for the first tee time and warmed up into the mid-fifties by the early afternoon. Winds ranged from seven to twelve miles per hour throughout the day.

Course: Dallas Athletic Club is hosting the Winter Classic for the 13th straight year. The Blue Course was originally designed Ralph Plummer and then remodeled by Jack Nicklaus in 1984. Nicklaus won the 1963 PGA Championship, which was held at Dallas Athletic Club. The course stretches out to 6,700 yards in the Boys 15-18 Division, 6,200 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division and close to 6,000 yards in the Girls 12-18 Division.

Tournament Format: The Winter Classic is a 36-hole stroke play event for players with an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. Players ages 12-18 are split into three different divisions. The event is ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek and has AJGA Performance Stars that will be handed out to the top finishers.

What’s Next: The LJT travels to Austin for the Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic at Crystal Falls Golf Club in Leander on February 5-6. You can find more information on the tournament homepage 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 Texas PGA and Houston Golf Association. The Tour operates as part of the Texas Golf Association and its Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Since its inception in 2005, the Tour has provided more than $250,000 to promote junior golf initiatives and exposure to the game to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity across the state.

To learn more about the Winter Classic, click here.

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Feldman and Martinez, Kim and Reed, Clancy Lead LJT Winter Classic

Dallas – Grant Feldman and David Martinez shoot 4-under 68 in the first round of the Winter Classic, leading the Boys 15-18 Division by two strokes heading into the final round at Dallas Athletic Club’s Blue Course. Ashley Kim of Westlake and Sarah Reed of Midland lead the Girls 12-18 Division after posting first rounds of 1-over 73, while Jack Clancy holds a four-shot lead in the Boys 14 & Under Division at 6-under-par.

Leaderboard:

Boys 15-18 Division
T1. Grant Feldman, Austin 68
T1. David Martinez, Houston 68
T3. Rhett O’Rear, Plano 70
T3. Palmer Valdez, Southlake 70
T3. Awesome Burnett, Flower Mound 70
T3. Gabe Post, Southlake 70
T3. Ethan Parker, Austin 70

Girls 12-18 Division
T1. Ashley Kim, Westlake 73
T1. Sarah Reed, Midland 73
3. Nirjara Gulhane, Cedar Park 75
T4. Mimi Burton, Austin 76
T4. Wenyue (Sonia) Hao, Dallas 76
T4. Lauren Madson, Mansfield 76
T4. Raleygh Simpson, Kerrville 76

Boys 14 & Under Division
1. Jack Clancy, Dallas 66
2. Brooks Harper, Dallas 70
3. Asher Vargas. Spring 71
4. Henry Zhong, Irving 72
5. Ross Miller, McKinney 75

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Division Leaders: Austin’s Grant Feldman and Houston’s David Martinez posted the low rounds of the day for the Boys 15-18 Division in the Winter Classic with their 4-under 68’s. Feldman made five birdies on the day, three of which came on the front nine, and leads the Boys 15-18 Division by one stroke. Martinez made four birdies and emphasized his round with an eagle on the par-5 13th hole. Westlake’s Kim and Midland’s Reed finished their rounds at 1-over-par round to lead the Girls 12-18 Division by two strokes. Kim recorded three birdies in her round and achieved a bogey-free front 9. Co-leader Reed also recorded three birdies in the first round. Clancy of Dallas made five birdies in the first round to lead the Boys 14 & Under Division at 6-under-par 66.

In Contention: In the Boys 15-18 Division, Park of Austin, Valdez of Southlake, Burnett of Flower Mound, Post of Southlake, and O’Rear of Plano sit tied for third and are just off the pace by two strokes heading into the final round after each recorded a 2-under 70 in the first round. In the Girls 12-18 Division, Cedar Park’s Nirjara Gulhanek sits at solo third following her round of 3-over 70. Austin’s Burton, Dallas’s Hao, Mansfield’s Madson and Kerville’s Simpson are all tied for fourth at 4-over. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dallas’ Brooks Harper sits at second at 2-under 70. Asher Vargas of Spring is currently third at 1-under 73, while Irving’s Henry Zhong rounds out the top four at even-par 76.

Shot of the Day: Lauren Madson of Mansfield highlighted her round with an ace on the 122-yard, par-3 7th hole on the first day of tournament play at Dallas Athletic Club, her first ever hole-in-one. Madson sits tied for fourth heading into the final round of the Winter Classic.

Weather: Temperatures started in the low thirties when play began and rose into the mid-forties by the afternoon. The players recieved great playing conditions today, as winds only reached upwards of six miles per hour.

Course: Dallas Athletic Club is hosting the Winter Classic for the 13th straight year. The Blue Course was originally designed Ralph Plummer and then remodeled by Jack Nicklaus in 1984. Nicklaus won the 1963 PGA Championship, which was held at Dallas Athletic Club. The course stretches out to 6,700 yards in the Boys 15-18 Division, 6,200 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division and close to 6,000 yards in the Girls 12-18 Division.

Tournament Format: The Winter Classic is a 36-hole stroke play event for players with an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. Players ages 12-18 are split into three different divisions. The event is ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek and has AJGA Performance Stars that will be handed out to the top finishers.

What’s Next: The final round of the Winter Classic is set for Sunday, January 23 with tee times going off the No. 1 and 10 tees starting at 10:00 am. Pairings for Sunday are drawn according to score from the first round and can be found by clicking 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 Texas PGA and Houston Golf Association. The Tour operates as part of the Texas Golf Association and its Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Since its inception in 2005, the Tour has provided more than $250,000 to promote junior golf initiatives and exposure to the game to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity across the state.

To learn more about the Winter Classic, click here.

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Ovard, Ni, Hofferkamp Win Winter Classic

Dallas –Davis Ovard captured his first LJT win at the 2021 Winter Classic at 1-over 145 after carding a 2-over 74 in the final round. Maggie Ni made par on the first playoff hole to win the Girls 12-18 Division. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Austin Hofferkamp came from behind to claim the victory at Dallas Athletic Club’s Blue Course with a final round score of 4-under 68.

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Division Leaders: Davis Ovard claims his first LJT title at the Winter Classic after starting the day three shots back. Ovard hung on with to a one-shot victory in thanks to a final round score of 2-over 74. He played his final three holes 1-under par, with a par saving up and down on 18, to complete the comeback. After a final score of 4-over 76, Maggie Ni found herself in a three-way tie for first. Ni was able to two-putt from eight feet for par to secure the win on the first playoff hole.  After starting one shot back of the lead at the start of the day, Austin Hofferkamp cruised to a six-shot victory thanks to a bogey free 4-under 68.

In Contention: In the Boys 15-18 Division, Austin’s Ethan Parker, Flower Mound’s Awesome Burnett and Lucas’ Jay Pabin all finished tied for second at 2-over 146. Gage Doyle of Colleyville and Ty Holbrook both finished tied for fifth at 4-over 148.  In the Girls 12-18 Division, Austin’s Caroline Dasch and Cedar Park’s Jiyu Han finished in a tie for second at 7-over 151. Maelynn Kim of Katy finishes in fourth place at 9-over par 153, and Farah O’keefe of Austin rounds out the top five at 11-over 155 in fifth. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dallas’ Reese Roberts finished runner up at 3-over 147, while Plano’s Rhett O’Rear finished in third at 6-over 150.

Shot of the Day: Westy McCabe had the shot of the day with a hole in one on the par 3 seventh. Using an eight iron from 164 yards, McCabe recorded his first ever hole in one.

Weather: Temperatures at Dallas Athletic Club’s Blue Course were around 41 degrees for the first tee time and warmed up into the mid-fifties by the early afternoon. Winds ranged from seven to twelve miles per hour throughout the day.

Course: Dallas Athletic Club is hosting the Winter Classic for the 12th straight year. The Blue Course was originally designed Ralph Plummer and then remodeled by Jack Nicklaus in 1984. Nicklaus won the 1963 PGA Championship, which was held at Dallas Athletic Club. The course stretches out to 6,700 yards in the Boys 15-18 Division, 6,200 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division and close to 6,000 yards in the Girls 12-18 Division.

Tournament Format: The Winter Classic is a 36-hole stroke play event for players with an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. Players ages 12-18 are split into three different divisions. The event is ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek and has AJGA Performance Stars that will be handed out to the top finishers.

What’s Next: The LJT travels to Austin for the Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic at Lakeway Country Club’s Live Oak Course on February 6-7. You can find more information on the tournament homepage 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 Texas PGA and Houston Golf Association. The Tour operates as part of the Texas Golf Association and its Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Since its inception in 2005, the Tour has provided more than $250,000 to promote junior golf initiatives and exposure to the game to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity across the state.

To learn more about the Winter Classic, click here.

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Burnett, Dasch, and Roberts Lead at Winter Classic

Dallas – Awesome Burnett shoots 4-under 68 in the first round of the Winter Classic and leads the Boys 15-18 Division by one stroke heading into the final round at Dallas Athletic Club’s Blue Course. Caroline Dasch leads the Girls 12-18 Division after posting a first round of 1-over 73, while Reese Roberts holds a one-shot lead in the Boys 14 & Under Division at even-par.

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Division Leaders: Flower Mound’s Burnett posted the low round of the day in the Winter Classic with his 4-under 68. Burnett made eight birdies on the day, five of which came on the front nine, and leads the Boys 15-18 Division by one stroke. Austin’s Dasch finished the first round at 1-over-par. Dasch holed five birdies in her round and leads the Girls 12-18 Division by two strokes. Roberts of Dallas also recorded five birdies in the first round to lead the Boys 14 & Under Division at even-par 72.

In Contention: In the Boys 15-18 Division, Jay Pabin of Lucas is just off the pace by one stroke heading into the final round after his score of 3-under 69 in the First Round. Frisco’s Davis Ovard, Granbury’s Ty Holbrook, Austin’s Ethan Parker, and Dallas’ John Vassallo all are tied for third at 1-under 71. In the Girls 12-18 Division, Austin’s Chaemin Kim, Cypress’s Maggie Ni, and Cedar Park’s Jiyu Han are all tied for second at 3-over, followed by Maelynn Kim of Katy in fifth place at 4-over 76. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dallas’ Brooks Harper and The Woodlands’ Austin Hofferkamp are tied for second at 1-over 73. Matt Pawly of San Antonio is currently fourth at 2-over 74, while Austin’s Nicholas Logis rounds out the top five at 4-over 76.

Weather: Play was delayed for an hour and a half this morning due to frost. Temperatures started in the high thirties when play began and rose into the mid-fifties by the afternoon. After 20 miles per hour winds the day before, the players recieved much better playing conditions today, as winds only reached upwards of eight miles per hour.

Course: Dallas Athletic Club is hosting the Winter Classic for the 12th straight year. The Blue Course was originally designed Ralph Plummer and then remodeled by Jack Nicklaus in 1984. Nicklaus won the 1963 PGA Championship, which was held at Dallas Athletic Club. The course stretches out to 6,700 yards in the Boys 15-18 Division, 6,200 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division and close to 6,000 yards in the Girls 12-18 Division.

Tournament Format: The Winter Classic is a 36-hole stroke play event for players with an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. Players ages 12-18 are split into three different divisions. The event is ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek and has AJGA Performance Stars that will be handed out to the top finishers.

What’s Next: The final round of the Winter Classic is set for Sunday, January 17 with tee times going off the No. 1 and 10 tees starting at 8:00 am. Pairings for Sunday are drawn according to score from the first round and can be found by clicking 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 Texas PGA and Houston Golf Association. The Tour operates as part of the Texas Golf Association and its Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Since its inception in 2005, the Tour has provided more than $250,000 to promote junior golf initiatives and exposure to the game to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity across the state.

To learn more about the Winter Classic, click here.

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Winter Classic Set for Jan. 16-17

DALLAS – For the eighth straight year, the Winter Classic will be the first event of the Legends Junior Tour season. Since its inception in 2010, the field has proved to be one of the top-ranked LJT events on its schedule.

“The LJT is excited to get back to work with the Winter Classic,” LJT Tournament Director Kevin Porter said. “We will continue to prioritize the health of our players, spectators, volunteers and staff throughout this season. We look forward to starting off this year with another safe and competitive championship at Dallas Athletic Club.”

DAC’s Blue Course will play host for the 12th consecutive year. It was originally designed by Ralph Plummer in 1954. Thirty years later, Jack Nicklaus, who won the 1963 PGA Championship held at DAC, remodeled the course to its current layout. The esteemed 18-hole championship venue has hosted many elite amateur events including the 110th Texas Amateur in 2019, as well as the 2012 Texas Mid-Amateur. The par-72 layout stretches to 6,922 yards.

The 84-player field is divided into three different divisions: Boys 15-18, Girls 12-18 and Boys 14 & Under. Players eligible for the tournament have an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance and have earned their way into the field by way of the LJT Priority Entry Status.

This year’s Winter Classic boasts another strong cast of competitors across all three divisions. Trenton Mierl of Austin and Connor Adams of Dallas highlight the Boys 15-18 Division. Mierl played last season in the Boys 14 & Under Division and finished second in the Player of the Year Standings. He won three times, including last year’s Winter Classic, and recorded top-10 finishes in all nine events he played. Adams, who is playing his final LJT season, closed out 2020 with three straight top-5 finishes, including a win at the James A. Ragan Memorial. Mierl and Adams will tee it up against a host of great players, including Trevor Mierl of Austin, Preston Stout of Richardson and Andrew Petruzzelli of Dallas.

In the Girls 12-18 Division, two players who won last season are in the field. Natalie Cao of Sugar Land won the Flodder Financial Shootout, while Farah O’Keefe of Austin won the Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship. Maelynn Kim of Katy, Mimi Burton of Austin, Jiyu Han of Cedar Park, Jenna Madden of McKinney and Sophie Biediger of Dallas are also players to watch and all finished in the top-12 of the 2020 Player of the Year Standings. This year, four out-of-state junior girls gained entry into the field through their national rankings and will compete in an LJT event for the first time.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Rhett O’Rear of Plano will look to start his 2021 campaign right where he left off last fall. The 2025 high school graduate earned last year’s Boys 14 & Under Player of the Year honors and won twice. He registered nine top-10s and never finished worse than T11.

“The Winter Classic usually has a strong field as players are looking to get back into competition following a brief break over the holidays,” Porter said. “This year’s field is no different and will be a great way to start the 2021 season.”

Last year, Ethan Fang of Plano carded back-to-back rounds of 3-under-par 69 to run away with the Boys 15-18 title and win by seven strokes. Kaylee Vesley of Austin, who currently plays for the University of Oklahoma, won the Girls 12-18 Division with rounds of 71-78, while Trenton Mierl of Austin clinched the Boys 14 & Under Division by one stroke. Other past champions include Brad Dalke, Cole Hammer, Brandon Smith, Annika Clark, Hailey Jones, Grace Choi and Sadie Englemann.

The Winter Classic is the first of 10 open LJT events. The open events are available to any member of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance, which is made up of the TGA, NTPGA, STPGA and HGA. Players earn entry into the open events through their play on the LJT and in Texas Junior Golf Alliance events.

Tee times begin Saturday, Jan. 16, at 8 a.m. The final round takes place on Sunday, Jan. 17. For more information on the Winter Classic or the LJT, click here.