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Hurd, Givens, and Clancy Win at Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic

LEANDER – Austin’s Sterling Hurd shot an impressive one-under-par 71 to win the Boys 15-18 Division with a two-day total of even par 144.  Jack Clancy of Dallas made a birdie on the first playoff hole to capture the win in the Boys 14 & Under Division.  Sidney Givens of Austin won the Girls 12-18 Division by two shots with a two-day total of four-over-par. 

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Division Leaders: Hurd started out the day strong with a birdie on the 1st hole.  He kept the 4 streak going until he got to the par 5 hole 7 where he made a par.  Hurd carded 4’s on both hole 8 and 9 to make the turn at one-over-par.  He kept the momentum going on the back nine with two birdies on holes 12 and 16 helping him shoot a two day total of even par and winning the Boys 15-18 Division by one shot. 

Clancy started off the day a bit rocky by making a double bogey on the par 4 hole 12th, but he turned it around when he made birdies on holes 11 and 14.  He then strung 9 consecutive pars together before making a bogey on the par 5 7th.  Clancy finished up his round with pars on hole 8 and 9 carding a three-over-par 75 on the day.  He found himself in a three way tie with Austin’s Luciano Follmer and Yi Wen Huang.  They went to the 18th hole where Clancy made a 6 foot putt for birdie to win the Boys 14 & Under Division. 

Austin’s Sydney Givens shot a consistent even par 36 on her first nine carding only 4’s.  When she made the turn to the front nine, she stayed consistent by paring the first 8 holes and ending her round with a bogey on the par 4 hole 9.  Givens shot one-over-par on the day giving her a four-over-par two day total to win the Girls 12-18 Division by 2 shots. 

In Contention: In the Boys 15-18 Division, Kuan Zhou of Sugar Land and Ben Delarosa of Dallas both shot two-day totals of one-over par 145. Richmond’s Eli Walker Campbell and Dallas’ Matthew Foster both carded rounds of four-over-par 76 today to finish tied for fourth with a tow-day total of two-over-par 146. 

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Austin’s Luciano Follmer shot five-over-par 77 on the day while Austin’s Yi Wen Huang carded a six-over-par 78 tying them with Clancy for the lead.   

In the Girls 12-18 Division, Amelia Guo of Seabrook shot an even par 72 to tie for second with Cedar Park’s Nirjara Gulhane’s at 6-over 150 overall. 

Course: Crystal Falls Golf Club is in the picturesque Hill Country with a peaceful atmosphere and abundant wildlife. With numerous penalty areas and steep elevation changes, this 6,654 yard golf course may be short, but it still poses a formidable challenge. 

Tournament Format: The Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic is a 36-hole stroke play event for players with an active membership with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. Players ages 12-18 are split into three different divisions: Boys 15-18, Girls 12-18 and Boys 14 & Under.  The event is ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek and has AJGA Performance Stars that will be handed out to the top finishers. 

What’s Next: The LJT will host their Bluebonnet Championship on May 7-8 at Brownwood Country Club.  For information about the tournament, click here. 

About the LJT: The Legends Junior Tour is part of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance, which is a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association, Northern and Southern PGA and Houston Golf Association. The tour operates as part of the Texas Golf Association and its foundation. Since its inception in 2005, the tour has provided funds to promote junior golf initiatives while conducting some of the state’s top junior championships including the Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship, Texas Junior Amateur and the Texas Girls’ Invitational as well as the Texas Cup Invitational.