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LJT Alamo Shootout Set for Dec. 14-15

FAIR OAKS RANCH – The Alamo Shootout will be played at Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club on Dec. 14-15.
The first Alamo Shootout was played in 2010, and after a brief hiatus between 2012-16, the only Legends Junior Tour championship played in the San Antonio area returned to the schedule in 2017.
“The Legends Junior Tour really benefits from having great junior golfers from all over the state and the golf courses in San Antonio are some of the best,” LJT Tournament Director Kevin Porter said. “Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club will be a great test for our players, and the Alamo Shootout has secured a strong field each year since it was put back on the schedule.”
Last year, Hayes Hamilton of Kingwood fired a final round 3-under 69 at Sonterra Country Club’s North Course to capture the Boys 15-18 Division. Houston’s Sora Kim climbed back from five shots behind the first-round leader and won the Girls 12-18 Division by three. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Daniel Moon of Temple carded rounds of 76-73 to run away with the title by nine strokes.
The 2019 field includes some of the top LJT players and will be divided into a Boys and Girls Division. Scheduled for 36-holes of individual stroke play, the 84-player field will look to earn exemptions into 2020 LJT championships.
The 93rd Texas Junior Amateur Champion, Zach Heffernan, hopes to add another LJT title to his 2019 season. The Fair Oaks Ranch native will tee it up against 60 players in the Boys Division, including three who finished in the top-10 of the Boys 14 & Under Player of the Year Standings: Trenton Mierl and Kevin Mu of Austin and Nathan Marion of San Antonio.
Nicole Vivier of Austin highlights the Girls Division. The 2024 Southern Methodist University commit won the 93rd Texas Junior Amateur and finished runner-up at the Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship. The Girls Division also includes Tillie Claggett of The Woodlands who won the North Texas Classic and finished runner-up at the Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational in Oct.  
“This is the first year the LJT has moved the Alamo Shootout into December and it will be the first time since I started (2014) we’ve had an event this late in the year,” Porter said. “Golfers are always looking for a chance to compete and the Legends Junior Tour features some of the best players not just in the state of Texas, but across the country.”
Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club’s Live Oak Course will play host to the Alamo Shootout for the first time. The 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Gary Player and Ron Kirby in 1993. The oak tree-lined fairways and rolling terrain of the Hill Country create a scenic test of golf for players of all skill levels.
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