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Third Annual Collegiate Preview Returns to Hurricane Creek CC

DALLAS—Hurricane Creek Country Club is set to host the Legends Junior Tour’s Collegiate Preview for the second consecutive year on March 7-8.

The tournament features players 14 years and older who are members of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. The Collegiate Preview is a 54-hole event that is ranked nationally by Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek and the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The 78-player field is set up like a collegiate event in that competitors play 36 holes on the first day and 18 on the second. This format helps prepare players for the next step in their golf careers.

“Our tagline is ‘College Golf Starts Here’ and we think this is an important step in getting our players ready for college golf,” said LJT Director of Operations Kellen Kubasak. “This event is modeled after the college format and it is good experience for the kids who are looking to make the leap to play college golf.”

Lewisville’s Ryan Grider and Montgomery’s Hailee Cooper won the Boys and Girls Division last year and the inaugural year at Ridgewood Country Club in 2014. The third-annual Collegiate Preview features another strong field that includes 2015 Boys 15-18 Player of the Year Pierceson Coody, 2015 Boys 14 & Under Player of the Year Turner
Hosch, who is coming off a win at the Spring Preview, and Girls 12-18 Player of the Year Hailey Jones, who has two victories on tour this season.

Hurricane Creek CC was designed by Leon Howard and sits just north of the DFW Metroplex. Hurricane Creek features bentgrass greens and challenges golfers to hit different types of shots throughout the course.

Along with points towards the LJT’s Player of the Year Points List, AJGA Performance Stars are awarded to the top-10 finishers in the Boys Division and to the top-five finishers in the Girls Division.

Exemptions in future LJT Invitational Tournaments also are up for grabs with the top-five finishers in the Boys Division earning spots in to the Byron Nelson Junior and the Texas State Junior Championship, while the top-three finishers become exempt in the George Hannon Invitational and the Texas Cup Invitational.

The champion of the Girls Division receives a spot in the George Hannon Invitational and the top-five finishers become exempt in the Texas Girls’ Invitational later this year at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club.

For more information about the Collegiate Preview, click here.

About the Legends Junior Tour

The Legends Junior Tour is part of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance, a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association, Northern and Southern Texas PGA and Houston Golf Association. The Tour operates as part of the Texas Golf Association and its Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Since its inception in 2005, the Tour has provided over $250,000 to promote junior golf initiatives and exposure to the game to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity across the state. The Legends Junior Tour is home to such prestigious events as the Byron Nelson Junior Championship, Texas Cup Invitational, Jackie Burke Cup and Texas State Junior Championship.