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O’Rear leads Boys 15-18 Division, Boys 14 & Under and Girls 12-18 Divisions Suspended due to Lightning

Brownwood — Rhett O’Rear leads the Boys 15-18 Division of the Bluebonnet Championship after shooting a 6-under 66 at Brownwood Country Club.  Aadi Parmar currently sits atop the Boys 14 & Under Division leaderboard at even par, while three groups have yet to finish due to a series of afternoon thunderstorms. The Girls 12-18 Division did not have any groups complete their round and only managed to get through roughly thirteen holes.

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Leaders: Rhett O’Rear of Plano leads the Boys 15-18 Division after shooting 6-under 66 in the opening round. O’Rear started with two early bogeys and followed it up with eight birdies throughout his round. In the Boys 14 & Under division, Aadi Parmar of Selma currently sits atop the leaderboard at even par 72. Parmar played a steady eighteen holes carding just two bogeys and two birdies to play both the front and back nines at even par. Shyla Brown of Dallas currently sits atop the leaderboard for the Girls 12-18 Division at 3-under par through 13 holes. She played the front nine in 1-under par and got off to a hot start on the back nine with birdies on holes ten and twelve.

In Contention: Three players, Gage Doyle, Luke Colton, and Caden Cox, are all one stroke back of the leader in the Boys 15-18 Division after a round of 5-under on Saturday. Joseph Wolfe of Fort Worth and Nathan Miller of Dallas are tied for fifth at 4-under, while there is a five-way tie between A.J Adams, Daniel Macias, Abhay Duggal, Blake Burt, and Blake Goodnight for seventh at 3-under par. In the boys 14 & Under Division, Grant Clapp of Prosper is currently 2-under par through fifteen holes and will have a chance to take the lead from Parmar when play resumes tomorrow morning. Gia Ahlowalia of Southlake is just one stroke behind the leader at 2-under par but is only through nine holes. Claire Wan of Austin and Lauren Madson of Mansfield are tied for third at 1-under par through thirteen holes of play.

Weather: Thunderstorms halted play at 5:15 PM local time. The first round will resume Sunday morning at 8:00 AM.

Course: Brownwood Country Club has hosted the Bluebonnet Championship every year since its inception in 2000. The club sits in central Texas and features ample opportunities for players to go low and make birdies. The par-72 layout stretches to 6,300 yards for the boys and 5,800 yards for the girls.

Tournament History: The Legends Junior Tour continues its tradition of hosting the annual Bluebonnet Championship with the 22nd playing of the event this year.  The Bluebonnet Championship was started by local businessman Bart Johnson in 2002 and has been played at Brownwood Country Club since its inception. The 36-hole championship features three separate divisions: Boys 15-18, Girls 12-18 and Boys 14 & under. This championship is ranked by both Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek. The top three finishers (and ties) in the Boys 15-18 Division will earn a spot in the 2022 Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship and the top five finishers for the 96th Texas Junior Amateur. The winners of the Boys 14 & Under Division and the Girls 12-18 Division will each earn an exemption into the 2022 Texas Junior Golf Alliance Invitational and 2022 George Hannon Junior Invitational. Along with rankings on the Legends Junior Tour, the top finishers in each division will earn AJGA stars based on their finishes.

POY Points Race: Competitors who finish in the top half of the field will gain points towards the LJT Player of the Year Standings. The champions will each get 1500 points towards the statewide honor followed by 1200 for runner-up, 1050 for third, 900 for fourth and 750 for fifth. For the full LJT POY points breakdown, click here.

What’s Next: The final round of the Bluebonnet Championship will begin early Sunday morning with T-times continuing through early afternoon.  Champions in all three divisions will be crowned following the completion of play.

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.