Thursday, August 10, 2006

Little Linksters Championship

While the Southern Texas PGA's Junior Tour Championship was being played earlier this week on the Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club in Spring (see post below), the STPGA's Little Linksters Tour Championship was also ongoing. This tour is for the younger kids, and let's give them some ink, too. Here are the division winners:

  • Boys 10-12: Dylan Siebenaler, Sugar Land
  • Girls 10-12: Tezira Abe, Angleton
  • Co-ed 7-9: Chandler Phillips, Huntsville

Perhaps Dylan or Chandler is the next Justin Leonard, or Tezira the next Angela Standford.

Here's the recap from the STPGA:

Dylan Siebenaler of Sugar Land carded an 18-hole score (nine holes today, nine holes yesterday) of 38-34--72 on the Creek Course at Cypresswood Golf Club in Spring to win the Boys 10-12 Division of the 2006 Southern Texas PGA Little Linksters Tour Championship.

“I always wanted to win this tournament and it feels great,” said Siebenaler. “My iron game was great today and I made a couple of key putts.”

Siebenaler made birdies on the fourth, fifth and ninth holes during the final nine en route to a 6-stroke win. Four juniors ended up in a second-place tie at 78 after regulation play. Cody Hebert of Katy won a scorecard playoff for second place, with Kaleb Robinson of Spring finishing third, Wes Artac of Kingwood fourth and Benjamin Arnett of Houston fifth.

The Girls 10-12 Division featured a sister act for the top two spots, with Tezira Abe of Angleton edging out her sister, Lakareber, by a four strokes.

“I didn’t start out very well today, but the last five holes, I was chipping and putting well,” said Tezira Abe, who finished at 44-46—90. Lakareber Abe finished at 48-46—94.

“I was leading (my sister) by four shots going into today, and I usually beat her,” said Tezira with a smile.

Houston’s Chandler Phillips, Conner Bjugstad of San Antonio and Travis Ola of Houston finished in a three-way tie for first place in the Co-Ed 7-9 Division of the tournament. Ola, who made the playoff with a 34-41—75 total, suffered a bogey on the second hole of the ensuing sudden-death playoff to drop out of the race.

Phillips, with a regulation score of 39-36—75, scored a bogey on the fourth hole of the playoff to win the championship. Bjugstad finished in second place at 37-38—75.

“I think this is the most wonderful thing that’s happened to me,” said Phillips of his win. “I was nervous both days, but I knew I had to play good to win.”

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