WALKER FIRES 4-UNDER-PAR 68 TO WIN RAIN-FILLED EFW'S DEFENSE FOR AMERICA CLASSIC
Weaver finishes at even-par to take Girls Division title
FORT WORTH, Texas — Christopher Walker of The Woodlands, Texas, and Lindsey Weaver of Scottsdale, Ariz., survived the heavy Texas rains from start to finish to win the shortened EFW's Defense For America Classic. Weather forced the tournament into a 27-hole, stroke play event for the Girls Division and an 18-hole, stroke play event for the Boys Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the EFW's Defense For America Classic was held at the Southern Oaks Golf Club. The 120-player field featured juniors from 13 states. The course was played at 6,984 yards for the Boys Division and 5,963 yards for the Girls Division.
Walker had a strong start and was able to carry that momentum throughout the rest of his round.
“The eagle on No. 1 really helped start my round and gave me a cushion,” he said. “After I birdied No. 9, I just tried to keep the ball in play and not do anything stupid.”
Walker was able to get 14 holes in before the rains suspended play Tuesday. He was able to finish his first round Wednesday before weather suspended play and prevented the rest of the field from completing their rounds. Once the tournament was declared to be an 18-hole championship Thursday, Walker was awarded the title.
Brad Mason of Dallas, shot 3-under-par 69 to finish second and Trey Sullivan of Aledo, Texas, fired a 2-under-par 70 to take third. Johnathan Schnitzer of Houston, John Darden of Frisco, Texas, and Karsten Majors of Bixby, Okla., all tied for fourth with 1-under-par 71s.
The Girls Division completed their first, 18-hole round over a two-day stretch and began a stipulated 9-hole second round which completed Thursday. Weaver, who was playing in her third event, won her second title with a 27-hole tournament total of even-par 108.
“My putting was really working for me,” she said. “I was practicing in the hotel last night and just kept focusing.”
Weaver will be entering eighth grade in the fall, but is not intimidated by playing with the older players.
“It is natural to go out and play older girls,” she said. “I am used to it.”
Sarah Thead of Poway, Calif., shot a tournament total of 2-over-par 110 to take second place. Natalie Reeves of Euless, Texas, and Lauren Weaver of Scottsdale, Ariz., shot totals of 4-over-par 112 to finish in a tie for third.
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