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Embry, Lewis, Sherman Lead at North Texas Classic

Briefly: Tyson Embry cards a first round 66 to lead the Boys 15-18 Division of the North Texas Classic at Indian Creek Golf Club. In the Girls Division, Carly Sherman leads at 3-over, while Cameron Lewis leads the Boys 14 & Under Division at 2-under.

Tournament Leaderboard

Leaders: Highland Village’s Tyson Embry had the hot hand on Indian Creek’s Lakes Course during Saturday’s first round. Embry racked up seven birdies en route to a 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead in the Boys 15-18 Division. Embry recorded five of his seven birdies in a 6-hole stretch on the back nine. Embry will be on the hunt for his first LJT victory in tomorrow’s final group. Bastrop’s Carly Sherman holds a one-shot lead in the girls division heading into Sunday’s final round. On a tough scoring day for the Girls Division, Sherman played a steady round with three bogeys and a birdie on the par 5 11th. Dallas’ Cameron Lewis leads the Boys 14 & Under Division by two strokes after an opening round 70 on Saturday. Lewis started off steady, playing his first nine at even par, before recording a pair of birdies to play the back side at 2-under.

In Contention: In the Boys Division, Austin’s Daniel Macias sits three shots back in second after his 3-under 69. Austin’s Trenton Mierl and The Woodlands Alex Malanga are both tied for third at 2-under 70. Houston’s Austin Le, Tomball’s Joshua McGown, and Dallas’ Deacon Dortch are all tied for fifth after posting rounds of1-under 71.

In the Girls Division, Prosper’s Lucy Kate Smith is in second at 4-over, while McKinney’s Kate Bennett, Plano’s Lindsey Li, and Frisco’s Megan Lee are all tied for third at 5-over.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, The Woodlands’ Tripp Depoy trails by Lewis by two strokes after a round of even par 72, with Selma’s Aadi Parmar sitting in third at 1-over 73.

Golf Course: Indian Creek Golf Club is hosting the North Texas Classic for the first time in the tournaments nine-year history with the Legends Junior Tour.  Located in Carrolton, the Lakes Course offers a challenge to the field, stretching out to 7,000 yards in the Boys Division, 6,500 yards in the Boys 14 & Under Division and 5,900 yards in the Girls Division.  The Lakes Course was completely renovated back in 2019 and included new greens and fairways.  The Lakes Course lives up to its name with water present on 16 of the 18 holes.

Weather: The Carrollton area experienced some early morning showers, which cooled off the temps to the mid 70’s for the first tee times at 8:00 AM.  Sunny skies prevailed as the day went on, and temperatures rose to a high of 95 degrees by midafternoon.  A steady 10 mile per hour west wind was present throughout the day.

Tournament Format: The North Texas Classic is a 36-hole stroke play event for players 12-18 years old. All players in the field are required to have an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The North Texas Classic kicks off the Fall Swing of the Legends Junior Tour schedule.

Texas Junior Golf Alliance: The Alliance is a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association, Northern and Southern Texas PGA and Houston Golf Association. The goal of the Alliance was to allow junior golfers a clear path to the best tournaments in Texas. Each of the three tier-two organizations (STPGA, NTPGA, HGA) conduct events that serve as qualifiers into the statewide tier-one events run by the Legends Junior Tour (LJT). This allows players to compete in local events in which they can earn spots to play in statewide tournaments.

Next Up: The Final Round is scheduled to begin at 8:00 am off the No. 1 and 10 tees on Sunday, September 11. To see the pairings for the Final Round, click here.

For more information on the North Texas Classic, click here. To see all the scores from Indian Creek Golf Club, click here.