Monday, March 31, 2008

Weather Cooperates - Finally - with TLJT

For the first time this year, the Texas Legends Junior Tour was able to get in a full 36-hole tournaments. Its previous starts in 2008 were limited to 18 holes each outing due to inclement weather.

But the TLJT's Heart of Texas Championship in Waco, played at Twin Rivers Golf Club, went the distance. And so did its three champions, Johnathan Sustaita (Boys 15-18), 11-year-old Scott Scheffler (Boys 14-under) and Jinny Kim (Girls 15-18).

Here's the recap from the TLJT:

For the first time this month the Legends Junior Tour was able to complete a 36-hole tournament. The previous two events – Spring Preview and Charles Coody Junior Championship – were shortened to 18-holes due to bad weather. But the sun came out in Waco and a new star was born. Johnathan Sustaita fired rounds of 70-75 to win the Heart of Texas Championship by three-strokes over Alex Ellis of Austin.

"I kind of kept to myself, didn’t pay attention to anybody else," said Sustaita, 17. He made only one birdie, to go along with three bogeys, in windy conditions. The victory earns Sustaita an exemption into this year's EDS Byron Nelson Junior Championship and Texas State Junior Championship. When told about the EDS exemption, the quiet Sustaita cracked his first smile of the day.

Scott Scheffler, 11, continued his dominant play in the Boys 14 & Under division. His second consecutive 77 earned him a one-stroke victory over Jake Gorman. The win is Scheffler's third on Tour this year and earns him another AJGA JAS tournament exemption.

In the Girls division, Jinny Kim of Coppell also notched her first career Legends Junior Tour victory. Her two-round total of 157 was good enough for a four-shot victory over Chelsea Mocio of Ft. Worth. Kim, 16, said she tried not to think about her lead or how her fellow-competitors were playing. "I wasn't nervous, I tried not to care," said a smiling Kim.

The victory earns Kim an AJGA tournament exemption as well as 1000 Player of the Year points.


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