Junior PGA Championship - North Qualifier

Davis, Szeryk will represent North Texas at the 37th Junior PGA Championship

156 players will compete at prestigious national championship

ANNA, Texas (June 8, 2012) - Branson Davis of McKinney and Maddie Szeryk of Allen lived up to their lofty status as two of junior golf's best players. Davis, ranked 25th in the AJGA Polo Rankings, won a three-way playoff to win the boys division while Szeryk, ranked No. 43, won the girls division by five shots. Both players will represent north Texas at the 37th Junior PGA Championship, to be held July 31-August 3 at Sycamore Hills in Ft. Wayne, IN.

Branson Davis and Maddie Szeryk

Conducted by the Legends Junior Tour, the Junior PGA Championship North Texas Qualifier featured 60 players from north Texas and Oklahoma. The par-72 Hurricane Creek CC played 6,648 yards for the boys and 5,985 for the girls.

For Davis and Szeryk it was a return to their roots. Both players achieved great success on the Legends Junior Tour before moving on to national competition where they have continued to succeed. Davis, 17, won several events on the Legends Junior Tour and was runner-up for Player of the Year in 2008. Szeryk, 15, swept the Girls 14 & Under division in 2009 winning all six events she entered as well as Player of the Year honors.

The Junior PGA Championship, presented by Under Armour and Heritage F.S.E., is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, winners of the nine PGA Junior Series events and a few other national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have yet not reached their 19th birthdays and who have not started college. Davis and Szeryk will join south Texas qualifiers Lakrareber Abe and Matthew Perrine at this year's Championship. (South results). They join Scott Scheffler and Stratton Nolen who were previously exempt.

Four players share lead at Junior PGA Championship North Texas Qualifier

Szeryk leads girls division

ANNA, Texas (June 7, 2012) - After a lengthy rain delay that lasted more than three hours, the Junior PGA Championship North Texas Qualifier finally began at 10:45 AM. And despite heavy rain that drenched most of north Texas, there were plenty of red numbers on the leaderboard. At the end of the day, Branson Davis of McKinney, Colin Frizzell of Nacogdoches, Philip Delisi of Harker Heights and Preston Dickson of Dallas are tied for the lead in the boys division at 4-under par and Maddie Szeryk of Allen leads the girls division at 2-under par 70.

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Conducted by the Legends Junior Tour, the Junior PGA Championship North Texas Qualifier features 60 players from north Texas and Oklahoma. The par-72 Hurricane Creek CC is playing 6,648 yards for the boys and 5,985 for the girls.

Szeryk, and the entire girls field, began the first round in a steady rain that finally relented around Noon. With lift, clean and place in effect, Szeryk made three birdies, along with one bogey, to take a three stroke lead into tomorrow's final round. Szeryk, 15, will be looking to qualify for her second Junior PGA Championship. She also competed in 2010.

In all, six players in the boys division shot under par; an additional five finished at even-par. It will make for an interesting day tomorrow as 15 players are within five shots of the lead.

The Junior PGA Championship, presented by Under Armour and Heritage F.S.E., is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, winners of the nine PGA Junior Series events and a few other national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have yet not reached their 19th birthdays and who have not started college.

The Junior PGA Championship, presented by Under Armour and Heritage F.S.E., has traditionally been a stepping-stone for many of today's PGA and LPGA Tour professionals as well as current collegiate stars. Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: Stewart Cink, In-Bee Park, Jim Furyk, Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Anthony Kim, Dottie Pepper, Justin Leonard, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Sean O'Hair, Grace Park, Scott Verplank, David Toms, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.

Junior Golfers Ready For 2012 Junior PGA Championship North Qualifier

Junior PGA Championship

DALLAS - Boys and girls are preparing for the 2012 Junior PGA Championship North Qualifier presented by Under Armour and Heritage F.S.E. June 7-8 at Hurricane Creek Country Club in McKinney.

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The winners of the boys' and girls' division of the Junior PGA Championship North Qualifier will qualify to join approximately 150 of the nation's top junior golfers in The PGA of America's flagship junior event, the Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Heritage F.S.E., July 31-Aug. 3, 2012, at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The 37th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Heritage F.S.E., is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, winners of the nine PGA Junior Series events and a few other national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have not reached their 19th birthdays and who have not started college.

The Junior PGA Championship has traditionally been a stepping-stone for many of today's PGA and LPGA Tour professionals as well as current collegiate stars. Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: Stewart Cink, In-Bee Park, Jim Furyk, Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Anthony Kim, Justin Leonard, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Sean O'Hair, Grace Park, Dottie Pepper, Scott Verplank, David Toms, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.

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By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in a multi-billion dollar golf industry.

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About the Legends Junior Tour

The Legends Junior Tour is part of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance, a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association, Northern and Southern Texas PGA and Houston Golf Association. The Tour operates as part of the Texas Golf Association and its Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Since its inception in 2005, the Tour has provided over $250,000 to promote junior golf initiatives and exposure to the game to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity across the state. The Legends Junior Tour is home to such prestigious events as the HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship, Texas Cup Invitational, Jackie Burke Cup and Texas State Junior Championship.

For more information on the Junior PGA Championship North Qualifier or the Legends Junior Tour, please call (214) 468-8955, or visit www.TLJT.org.

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