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A challenging host course in Comanche Trace along with a significant amount of wind ensured that the best players were identified at the Srixon Prestige Tour Dual at Comanche Trace. The Kerrville facility hosted STPGA juniors on Sunday, June 24 and Monday, June 25 in conditions that featured steady high winds throughout both rounds and occasional rain showers during Monday’s final round. Cooper New, Michelle Becker, Daniel Moon, and Darrelyn Webster thrived in the challenging environment to claim victories in the four age divisions to cap off an exciting tournament.
Cooper New’s 36-hole score of 147 (+3) earned him the trophy for the Boys 15-18 Division following a two-hole playoff against Trent Tepera. New and Tepera each made par on their first extra hole and another par from New on the second hole of the sudden death playoff secured him the victory. For New, this is his first victory on the Srixon Prestige Tour and second overall win this year in the Southern Texas PGA Junior Golf Program, having won a Junior Tour event at Riverhill Country Club in March. New’s victory and Tepera’s second place finish at Comanche Trace earn them exemptions into the Texas State Junior, while the victory for New also assures him a spot on the 2018 STPGA Ben Hogan Junior Cup Matches team.
Michelle Becker locked up the Girls 15-18 Division title with a four-shot margin of victory after shooting 154 (+10) and is experiencing a season very similar to that of New. The Dual at Comanche Trace was her first win of 2018 on the Srixon Prestige Tour. She also has a Junior Tour victory previously in the season to go along with this recent title, as she prevailed at Fort Sam Houston’s La Loma Course earlier this month. While Becker and New have had comparable seasons thus far, they will only continue to be more alike as the season progresses when Becker joins New at this year’s Ben Hogan Junior Cup Matches, as she also earned a spot on Team STPGA following her victory.
Daniel Moon won the Boys 13-14 Division with a 36-hole score of 150 (+6) and based on how his season has gone so far, winning has become a common theme for the Temple resident. The Dual at Comanche Trace is Moon’s fifth victory across the Southern Texas PGA this year, already having four wins on the Junior Tour, but with a Srixon Prestige Tour title added to his resume, Moon is among the junior golfers in Southern Texas that has collected the most first place trophies in 2018.
Darrelyn Webster has intentions of joining Moon among the most successful junior golfers in Southern Texas this year, as her win in the Girls 13-14 Division at Comanche Trace bolsters what has already been a tremendous year for her. Webster’s score of 152 (+8) was good enough for a one shot margin of victory and her first win on the Srixon Prestige Tour. Four wins on the Junior Tour, a tie for first place in another Junior Tour event, and now a Champion on the Srixon Prestige Tour, makes Webster another junior golfer to consider as one of the brightest stars in Southern Texas.