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Hymer, Lynch and Ahn win at Bluebonnet Championship

Briefly: Jackson Hymer won the Boys 15-18 Division of the Bluebonnet Championship at 15-under-par. Adrienne Ahn won the Girls 12-18 Division at 1-under, while JP Lynch won the Boys 14 & Under Division at 3-under-par at Brownwood Country Club.

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Winners: Jackson Hymer secured the title at the Bluebonnet Championship. San Antonio’s Hymer made eight birdies, and no bogies to post a final low round score of 8-under 64. Henry totaled seventeen birdies across both rounds. In the Girls 12-18 Division, Dallas’ Adrienne Ahn captured her first LJT victory of the season after getting to 1-under 143 overall. She played a round of 3-under 69 on Sunday, totaling six birdies to take home the title. Austin’s JP Lynch won the Boys 14 & Under Division at 3-under. Lynch lead the whole way, finishing 3 shots ahead of second place.

In Contention: Austin’s Kaden Frierson, Tomball’s’ Grayson Petru, and Austin’s Jaxon Bandelier tied for second at 12-under 132. Prosper’s Austin Randall, Plano’s Rhett O’Rear, and Midland’s Kellen Young tied for fifth at 10-under 134. San Antonio’s Michelle Lee and Grand Prairies Naomi-Anne Phan finished tied for second in the Girls 12-18 Division after a two-day total of 144 even-par. Destiny McNeil of Castroville finished alone in third in the division at 1- over, while Ava Frazier of Round Rock came in fifth at 2-over. Blake Barlow of Frisco finished runner-up after a Sunday surge of 3-under par. Barlow’s two-day total was 144, even-par, 3 strokes behind the champion. Dylan Knox of Austin and Lincoln Rubis of Farmers Branch round out the top three after finishing 1-over 145 overall.

Weather: Thunderstorms rolled through overnight which cleared the way for a Sunny start to Sundays final round. Afternoon temperatures brought slightly warmer weather with a high of 79 degrees.

Golf Course: Brownwood Country Club, which opened in 1929, has hosted the Bluebonnet Championship every year since its inception in 2001. The club sits in central Texas and features ample opportunities for players to go low and make birdies. The par-72 layout was designed by Leon Howard and stretches to 6,300 yards for the boys and 5,800 yards for the girls.

Tournament History: The Bluebonnet Championship is a 36-hole stroke play event for players ages 12-19 that have an active membership within the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The championship was started by Brownwood businessman Bart Johnson in 2001 and has an impressive list of past champions that include Patrick Reed, Cody Gribble, Scottie Scheffler, Pierceson Coody, Maddie Szeryk, Noah Goodwin, Hailey Jones and Hailee Cooper. The Legends Junior Tour took over the event in 2007 and the field has grown to 144 players from all over the state.

POY Points Race: Competitors who finish in the top half of the field will gain points towards the LJT Player of the Year Standings. By winning, Hymer, Lynch, and Ahn are awarded 1500 points towards the Legend Junior Tour’s Player of the Year standings.

What’s Next: The Legends Junior Tour returns to Dallas and Lakewood Country Club for the Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship on June 4-6, 2024. The championship is the second Major Event for the Boys Division of the year with the top players from Texas vying to etch their name on a trophy along with Jordan Spieth, Pierceson Coody, Cody Gribble and many more. For more information about the championship, 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.

For More information about the Bluebonnet Championship, click here. To see all the scores from Brownwood Country Club, click here.