The Legends Junior Tour, a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association and the Northern and Southern Texas Sections of the PGA, was established in 2005 under the umbrella of the TGA foundation. By joining forces a tour was created that is the place for top-tier junior golfers to compete, and is unrivaled with respect to depth and quality of the starting fields, as well as providing access to some of the best courses in the state. Junior players, both male and female ages 12-18, who have exhibited the skill level necessary to compete on a more distinguished stage, have the opportunity to compete in professionally managed events conducted by the three leading golf organizations in Texas. Now in its ninth year, the Legends Junior Tour has grown into one of the most prestigious in the country, conducting 12-14 events throughout the year, some of which are highlighted below.
“Winners are different. They're a different breed of cat.” – Byron Nelson. This Texas Legend certainly knew something about winning, having won 11 consecutive tournaments in 1945. The HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship draws the world's top junior golfers and warrants them an opportunity to live up to the high standards set by one of golf's greatest ambassadors. Celebrating its 13th anniversary last year, the HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship has quickly become the top invitational junior event in Texas. Held annually at Dallas' Lakewood Country Club, past champions have included Ryan Baca in 2000 and 2001, Justin Fraley, KT Livingston, Charlie Holland, Eric Durbin, Alex Moon, Cody Gribble, three time champion, Jordan Speith, Vincent Martino, and Ben Arnett.
The Texas State Junior Championships boasts one of the best fields in the state, with over 250 top-level competitors participating. The Championship is held at Horseshoe Bay Resort, and divides the field into four divisions; Boys 15-18, Boys 14 & Under, Girls 15-18 and Girls 14 & Under. Headed into its 87th year, this premiere championship annually grants a chance to the best junior golfers in Texas to be crowned a ‘State Champion,' and join an impressive list of past winners including Ben Crenshaw, Jeff Maggert, Bruce Lietzke, Scott Verplank and Angela Stanford.
In just four years, the Texas Cup Invitational has become one of the elite junior events in Texas. Participants are invited based on their play throughout the year on the Legends Junior Tour, Golfweek ranking, and nearby 'State Champions. This year the Texas Cup returns to The Honors GC in Carrollton October 20/21. An elite field of juniors from Texas and the surrounding region will be looking to join a distinguished list of past winners including Drew Allenspach (2005), Ricky Fowler (2006), Devin Miertschin (2007), and Jack Lempke (2008), Tanapol Vattanapisit (2009), Stratton Nolen (2010), Andrew Winters (2011), and Chandler Phillips (2012).
The Jackie Burke Cup features 12 players from North Texas versus 12 players from South Texas competing in three forms of play: Foursomes, Four-Ball and Singles. Much like the Ryder Cup, participants earn a place on their respective team by virtue of their play throughout the year. Each team consists of the top-8 players in the Boys 15-18 division, top-2 Boys 14 & Under and top-2 Girls from each region. The South has dominated the event, leading the series 6-2. This year's event is going to be held November 2-3 at Traditions Club in Byran. Serving as the last Legends Junior Tour event in 2013, the Jackie Burke Cup will once again allow either the North or South to stakes its claim as the premiere region in Texas.
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