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At Moody Gardens Golf Course in Galveston, Hunter Drotts, Michelle Becker, Stevie Albright, and Drew Wagner gallantly earned victories in the Srixon Prestige Tour STPGA Challenge. On Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3, the Gulf-side course hosted junior golfers who provided some early Independence Day fireworks. In the end, it was Drotts, Becker, Albright, and Wagner who sparkled the most and won the four different age divisions, getting their holiday celebration off to an early start.
Hunter Drotts recorded the lowest score in the Boys 15-18 Division and the lowest score of the entire field, with his 145 (+1) 36-hole total. After shooting 75 (+3) in the first round, a 70 (-2) in the final round springboarded Drotts to his first career victory on the Srixon Prestige Tour. With this victory, Drotts earned an exemption on the 2018 STPGA Ben Hogan Junior Cup Matches team, while he and runner-up Eric Breeding secured spots in this year’s Texas State Junior.
Michelle Becker made the STPGA Challenge her second consecutive victory on the Srixon Prestige Tour. After winning the Dual at Comanche Trace in Kerrville, Becker finished with a total score of 147 (+3) at Moody Gardens to successfully go back to back in the Girls 15-18 Division. Because her victory at Comanche Trace already gained her entry into the Ben Hogan Junior Cup Matches, runner-up Jackie Feldman, who finished at 149 (+5), will join Becker and Drotts next month at Shady Oaks Country Club for this year’s competition against the Northern Texas PGA.
Stevie Albright used a final round score of 77 (+5) to propel her to a twelve shot margin of victory in the Girls 13-14 Division after she concluded her tournament at 159 (+15). The STPGA Challenge is Albright’s first Srixon Prestige Tour victory and her second overall victory this season, as she claimed a Junior Tour title at River Crossing Golf Club last month.
Drew Wagner shot two consecutive rounds of 73 (+1) to win the Boys 13-14 Division with his 146 (+2) total. After being the runner-up in the Dual at Comanche Trace and at the Southern Texas Boys Junior PGA Championship, Wagner’s breakthrough victory launches him up the season-long points list and submits him as one of the most consistent players in any age division so far this summer.