Friday, August 04, 2006

Recap: Texas Junior Golf Championships

The Texas Junior Golf Championships, played under the auspices of the Texas Golf Association's Texas Legends Junior Tour, wrapped up on Wednesday at Barton Creek Resort in Austin. Below are the wrapups from the TGA. To view complete results, click here.

Boys 15-18: Moon Claims Second Major Championship
Alex Moon of Dallas felt no pressure going into the back nine of the final round of the Texas Junior Golf Championships at Barton Creek. Moon, who started the day five strokes ahead of his nearest competitor, expanded his lead to as much as twelve strokes through his rock solid play on the front nine. While playing even par golf on the front side, Moon’s fellow competitors Will Griffin and Jordan Russell struggled mightily right out of the gate, failing to put any pressure on the leader. Moon’s margin of victory was only decreased by a couple of late double bogeys well after the title was assured. This is Moon’s second Texas Legends Tour Major Championship title of the season. Alex also won the EDS Byron Nelson Junior Championship in dominating fashion in May at Lakewood Country Club.

Girls 15-18: Vines Does It Again
Austin's Kelsey Vines defended her Texas Junior Golf Championship in dominating fashion on Wednesday, coasting to a five stroke victory in the Girls 15-18 Division. Vines did not allow the Palmer Lakside layout at Barton Creek to give her any problems as she made few mistakes en route to a 75 and a three round total of 217. Vines birdied the first hole and played the first six holes at even par, not allowing her nearest competitors any chance to challenge her lead, although that wasn’t in her mind. “I just go out there and worry about my own game, I can’t worry about what they are doing, it’s out of my control,” said Vines about her mindset coming into the final round. Ashley Watkins shot a second consecutive 76 to finish as the runner up. Kelsey Kirkpatrick shot 74 to finish third.

Boys 12-14: Redfern Chips In on Final Hole For Victory
Brenden Redfern of Austin saved his best for last in the final round of the Texas Junior Golf Championship at Barton Creek Lakeside on Tuesday. Redfern dramatically chipped in for birdie on the final hole of the tournament, leaving a stunned runner up Anthony Paolucci shaking his head. Redfern short sided himself on the 18th hole, missing the green to the left. With a tucked, difficult hole location staring him in the face, Redfern calmly hit a chip with perfect speed the dropped center hole. Meanwhile, before Redfern’s chip, Paolucci had stuffed his approach to about 10 feet giving himself a birdie putt for an apparent outright win. After Redfern’s heroics forced Paolucci to make his putt, Anthony’s aggressive putt rolled well past the hole and he followed by missing the comebacker, making Redfern’s final margin of victory two strokes. Jordan Spieth and Andrew Presley tied for third place, while Tyler Dunlap (who shot a 70 with four straight birdies) and Kramer Hickok tied for fifth.

Girls 12-14: Collins Hangs On For Win
Emily Collins of Colleyville began the day two strokes back of first round leader Christina Stringham but quickly found herself tied for the lead early in the final round Thursday. Collins then turned her game on playing the next eleven holes at two under par, vaulting herself to a four stroke lead at the turn. Collins held on for dear life coming back into the clubhouse, seeing her lead dwindle after a double bogey on #6 and bogies on #4, #5, #7, #8 and #9 (the division teed off on number 10). Stringham simply could not take advantage of Collins cold streak and bogeyed #8 and #9. Collins buried a knee knocking two foot putt on the final hole for the win. “My hands were shaking and my knees were shaking, I’m surprised I made it,” said an ecstatic Collins after her round.

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