THE WOODLANDS, TX --- Eleven champions were crowned at the 2019 STPGA Effex Management Solutions Junior Championship presented by AHEAD and Sam Houston State University PGA Golf Management Program, one of the most anticipated events the Southern Texas PGA hosts each year. The Junior Championship featured over 240 Southern Texas PGA junior golfers ages 6-18.
This year’s Championship took place at The Woodlands Country Club (Palmer Course) for the third consecutive year. Over the course of the two days, the Little Linksters players played 18-holes on the Deacon Course, while the Junior Tour players played 36-holes on the King and General Courses.
In the Little Linksters Co-Ed 6-8 Division, Cody Borden and Trevor Lane both entered the clubhouse with an 18-hole score of 76 (+4) to force a playoff. After three extra holes, Borden, playing in his first-ever playoff, emerged as the champion to win his first STPGA Junior Golf Championship. In his final round, he recorded an eagle on Hole 8 of the Deacon Course.
“It was very nerve-wracking,” said Borden. “But I ended up winning.”
The Little Linksters Girls 9-10 Division also saw extra golf. Lindsay Kneer bested Katelyn Allen in the first hole of the sudden-death playoff to claim the victory. Kneer finished the two-day event with a total of 79 (+7).
In the Boys 9-10 Division, Brock Weaver of Kingwood recorded six birdies over 18-holes to finish atop the leaderboard. Weaver finished the Championship with a three-under-par 69.
“I’m pretty excited that I won,” said Weaver. “I had a lot of good putts and a lot of chances to make birdie. This is a big championship so it’s pretty fun to be a champion.”
The STPGA Effex Management Solutions Junior Championship was the last qualifying event for the Texas Junior Cup Matches presented by TCG Advisors. The champion of the Little Linksters Boys 11-12 and Girls 11-12 Divisions as well as the Junior Tour’s Boys 11-12 and Girls 11-12 Divisions earned a spot on the Southern Texas PGA’s 2019 Texas Junior Cup Matches team.
Dresden Bounds of San Antonio will be making her second consecutive appearance for Team STPGA in the Matches after winning the Little Linksters Girls 11-12 Division in a sudden-death playoff against Kendance Lee. Bounds and Lee each posted two-day totals of 80 to force the playoff.
“I played pretty well in both rounds,” said Bounds. “But definitely more solid in the second round.”
In the Little Linksters Boys 11-12 Division, Kaden Frierson, who will be making his first appearance in the Matches, lead the way through both rounds of the Championship. The Austin native shot 37-39 for an 18-hole total of 76 (+4) to defeat Grayson Petru of Cypress by one-stroke. To determine third-place a scorecard playoff was needed. With a final-round score of 39, Octavio Cantu claimed the spot over Ben Montreuil, who shot 40 in Round Two. They both posted final scores of 80 (+8).
“It’s an honor to make the Texas Junior Cup Matches team,” said Frierson. “It is a big accomplishment and I’m excited to see a lot of my friends.”
Joining Bounds and Frierson will be Sterling Hurd and Carly Sherman. Hurd finished the 36-hole event with a one-under-par 143, while Sherman shot 75-80 for a total of 155 (+11) to win the Junior Tour Boys 11-12 and Girls 11-12 Divisions, respectively. This marks the first Texas Junior Cup Matches appearance for Hurd and Sherman.
“It feels really great to make the STPGA Texas Junior Cup Matches team,” said Sherman. “I’m really excited to be a part of the team.”
In the Junior Tour Girls 13-14 Division, Bella Flores of Kingwood led the way with a total of 154 (+10). Twelve-stokes behind Flores at 166 was Sofia Bastidas. Morgan Ankenbrandt rounded out the top-three with a two-day total 167 (+23).
Jackson Hymer was crowned champion of the Junior Tour Boys 13-14 Division after shooting a 36-hole total of 145 (+1). He was followed by Dylan Villarreal, who’s 76 in the final round secured him the second-place finish. Lex Myers rounded out the top three.
Thirteen-year-old San Antonio native, Julia Vollmer, added a trophy to her case after winning the Junior Tour Girls 15-18 Division. Vollmer topped the leaderboard with a 36-hole total of 152 (+8), four-strokes ahead of second-place finisher Maria Fernanda Ortiz Zamora at 155 (+11). Vanessa Campos finished in third after shooting 85-73 for a total of 158 (+14).
Christian Barber, the incoming High School Senior from Spring, ended his summer on a high. Barber won the Junior Tour Boys 15-18 Division with a three-under-par 141. He was followed by Zachary Morvant and Holden Kittelberger, who finished with totals of 143 ( -1) and 145 (+1), respectively.
“This win means a lot to me,” said Barber. “This is probably the best tournament I’ve ever played in. I had to fight this week. I learned a lot and hope to continue to.”
The Southern Texas PGA Junior Golf Program would like to thank PGA General Manager Paul Earnest, PGA Director of Golf Darrell Fuston, PGA Head Professional Matt Nyren and the entire staff at The Woodlands Country Club (Palmer Course) for hosting such a great event.