January 25th 2015 - DALLAS – On a challenging day when wind gusts were up to 45 mph, Zack Hayward, Scott Roden and Sadie Englemann came away victorious in their respective divisions at the Legend Junior Tour’s seventh annual Winter Classic.
Once an annual event in February, the Winter Classic this year was moved up to officially kick off the 2015 LJT season. The last two Winter Classics were held on Presidents Day Weekend in February.
Hayward, who along with his family is a Dallas Athletic Club member, won the Boys 15-18 division after he posted a stellar even-par 72 in his final round. He started off with a birdie on his first hole and finished with four on the front side. His 1-over 145 tournament total was enough to best Ryan Grider, last year’s LJT Player of the Year, by one shot. Grider fired an even-par 72 in his final round as well.
Cleburne’s Garett Reband finished in third in the Boys 15-18 division, three shots back of Hayward. Brandon Smith and Camden Debonis tied for fourth place.
In the Boys 14 & Under division, Roden matched his first-round 72 with another even-par round and finished tied atop the leaderboard with Tucker Allen. Allen carded the day’s best round with a 2-under-par 70 to match Roden’s two-day total of even-par 144. Roden and Allen went to a sudden death playoff on DAC’s first hole and Roden made a par to win. Forrest Park rounded out the top three in the Boys 14 & Under division.
Englemann, 12 years old, won her first LJT event after she carded a 5-over-par 77, which was phenomenal considering the blustery conditions. Englemann bested Chandler Rosholt by one shot. Rosholt birdied No. 8, her second-to-last hole, but couldn’t make up her two-stroke deficit on the final hole. DAC’s own Hailey Jones finished in third place, three shots back of Englemann.
DAC hosted its seventh straight Winter Classic this weekend. The club was founded in 1919 and is a highly regarded fixture in the metroplex. The Blue Course at DAC was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus and features natural waterways, rolling hills and Bentgrass greens. Along with hosting the Winter Classic, the Blue Course has played host to the 1963 PGA Championship, the 1992 and 2003 Texas Amateur and the 1997 USGA Mid-Amateur Championship.
The LJT heads south for its next event at the inaugural James A. Ragan Memorial at Palmilla Beach GC in Corpus Christi on Feb. 15-16.
To view all the scores from the Winter Classic, click here