Championships

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.

Byron Nelson Junior Championship

“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 14th 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, Vincent Martino, Ben Arnett and three-time champion Jordan Speith.

Texas State Junior Championship


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. Heading into its 89th 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.
 

George Hannon Junior Invitational

The inaugural Legends Junior Tour George Hannon Invitational was held in 2008 at Spanish Oaks CC in Bee Cave. The George Hannon Invitational was the brainchild of the Hannon Cup Society, a group dedicated to the preservation of the character and ideals of George "Coach" Hannon. Hannon is a PGA Professional who is best known for coaching the University of Texas Golf Team to two National Championships and for recruiting such future Hall of Famers Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite. In 2008, the Hannon Cup Society asked the Legends Junior Tour to administer an elite junior tournament that would showcase Austin's best golfers and golf courses. This annual event rotates between some of Austin's finest facilities, including Austin Country Club, UT Golf Club, and the Hills CC - Signature Course. The legend of George “Coach” Hannon and his commitment to junior golf will continue to be exemplified through the coming years of the George Hannon Invitational.

Texas Cup Invitational

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 Mira Vista Country Club in Fort Worth. 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), Chandler Phillips (2012), Braden Bailey (2013) and Maxwell Miller (2014).

Jackie Burke Cup

The Jackie Burke Cup features 12 players from North Texas versus 12 players from South Texas competing in three forms of play: Four-Ball, Foursomes 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 7-3. This year's event is going to be held November 14-15 at the venerable Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas. Serving as the last Legends Junior Tour event in 2015, 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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