HEALEY TAKES TOP SPOT IN STARS OF TEXAS JUNIOR PRESENTED BY HORSESHOE BAY RESORT QUALIFIER AT 6-OVER-PAR 77
Newlin beats field by five strokes to medal in Girls Division
HORSESHOE BAY, Texas â€” Dylan Healey of Franklin, Tenn, posted a 6-over-par 77 in windy conditions winning medalist honors at Horseshoe Bay Resort â€” Ram Rock Course Sunday. Taylor Newlin of Frisco, Texas, carded a 12-over-par 83 to claim the top spot in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Stars of Texas Junior Presented by Horseshoe Bay Resort Qualifier was an 18-hole stroke play event held at the Horseshoe Bay Resort â€” Ram Rock Course. The 94-player field featured players from 11 states and China. The Boys Division played the par-71 course at 6,610 yards while the Girls Division played at 5,894 yards.
Healey started his round strong with a birdie on his third hole of the day. With winds reaching 20-25 mph, Healey was thankful to not make any costly mistakes.
â€śI fought my way through some tough spots,â€ť Healey said. â€śI played pretty steady golf. That's what you have to do in the wind.â€ť
Healey chose to accept one tournament exemption in lieu of playing in this week's tournament.
Qualifying for the Stars of Texas Junior presented by Horseshoe Bay Resort were Ryan Eibner of The Woodlands, Texas, Corbin Wallace of Tulsa, Okla., Scott Stark of San Antonio, Connor Ligon of Richardson, Texas, Parker Hensley of San Antonio, Hunter Smith of Baton Rouge, La., Paul Otte of Austin, Texas, David Saka of Waipahu, Hawaii, Kyle Huett of Bulverde, Texas, Sam DeStefano of Bryan, Texas, Jared Street of Lake Dallas, Texas and Preston Standley of Plano, Texas.
Also qualifying but opting to take a tournament exemption were Patrick Burke of Houston, Brandon Wilhide of Richmond, Texas, Brandon Pederson of Austin, Texas, Jimmy Elliot of Katy, Texas, Tyler Bell of Lubbock, Texas, Jes Sanders of Rogers, Ark., Guang Dian Huang of Cheng Du, China, Sarosh Adi of Frisco, Texas, Kevin Foley of The Woodlands, Texas, Mike Kuoni of The Woodlands, Texas, Brian Smith of Corpus Christi, Texas and Scott Ward of Spring, Texas.
In the Girls Division, Newlin carded two birdies on the day and thought her strong play on the green helped her throughout the round.
â€śMy putting was pretty good even though the greens were kind of fast,â€ť Newlin said.
Newlin, along with Ellese Dias of Crockett, Calif., opted to take a tournament exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
Qualifying for the tournament were Danielle Campbell of Bixby, Okla., Kelly Gonyea of Harker Heights, Texas, and Samantha Brackett of Lebanon, Mo.
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The opening round of the Stars of Texas Junior Presented by Horseshoe Bay Resort will be Tuesday, June 10 with tee times running off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees from 7:30 â€” 9:09 a.m. and Noon â€” 1:39 p.m. For more information about the Stars of Texas Junior Presented by Horseshoe Bay Resort, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (770) 601-8922.
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