Wednesday, July 25, 2007

80th Texas Junior Golf Championship Coming Up in Austin

A preview from the Texas Legends Golf Tour, which runs the Texas Junior Golf Championship:

The Texas Junior Golf Championship (TJGC), one of the nation's oldest and largest state junior golf championships, is ready to add another chapter to its rich history. Beginning on July 30 at Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, a field of 291 players (195 boys, 96 girls) will compete for the right to be called "State Champion."

This year will mark the 80th anniversary of the TJGC and the list of past champions is long and distinguished. In addition to trying to join players such as Ben Crenshaw, Bruce Lietzke and Jeff Maggert as champions, participants will also be competing for AJGA exemptions. A total of 27 exemptions will be up for grabs across all divisions.

The TJGC is scheduled for July 30-August 1 with the Boys 15-18 division playing the Fazio Foothills Course and the Boys 12-14 division and Girls divisions playing the Crenshaw Cliffside Course. The Boys 12-14 division and Girls 12-14 division will play 36-holes over two days while the Boys 15-18 and Girls 15-18 divisions will play 54-holes over three days (the field will be cut to the low-50 and ties in the Boys 15-18 division and low-27 and ties in the Girls 15-18 division after 36-holes).

Alex Moon of Dallas will look to defend his title in the Boys 15-18 division while Brendan Redfern of Austin, last year’s 2006 Boys 12-14 champion, will try to unseat him. Emily Collins of Colleyville, the 2006 Girls 12-14 winner, will also move up a division and try to add her name to the trophy once again.

The public is welcome to attend. There is no admission fee. Pairings and tournament information are available at

The Texas Legends Junior Tour has run the TJGC since 2005. That year, the state's three prominent golf associations – the Northern Texas PGA (NTPGA), Southern Texas PGA (STPGA), and the Texas Golf Association (TGA) – joined forces to create the leading year-round tour for serious junior golfers: The Texas Legends Junior Tour. The merger of these respected organizations brings together a powerful combination of experience and expertise in tournament planning and administration, financial stability, along with a far-reaching network of contacts within the golf community.

Proceeds generated from the Texas Legends Junior Tour and outside sponsorships will provide for grants and scholarship, in addition to supporting a number of worthy causes including the Golf-In-Schools program, which introduces elementary and middle school students to the game of golf through the physical education curriculum.

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