CALLAHAN CAPTURES TOP HONORS AT RAWLS COURSE AT TEXAS TECH
Trembly leads Girls Division to advance into tournament
LUBBOCK, Texas — Tom Callahan, 17, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., fired a 1-under-par 71 to lead the Boys Division in the Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority Srixon Qualifier. Lizzie Trembly, 17, took home top honors in the Girls Division with a final score of 78.
The Srixon Qualifier for the Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority was an 18-hole event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University and featured 45 players representing four states. Eleven boys and three girls qualified for the three-day tournament.
Callahan carded five birdies on the day en route to his first ever AJGA tournament entry. Callahan took home bragging rights after leading by three strokes and said playing the course the day before, he knew it all came down to ball placement.
“With the wind, the course plays pretty tough,” Callahan said. “I knew it would come down to missing in the right spots, and I guess I did just that.”
Carding 12 pars on the day, Trembly's consistency lead to medalist honors in the Girls Division with a 78. Trembly said the windy conditions at the Rawls Course at Texas Tech University made the game more challenging.
“When I played the course I loved it,” Trembly said. “I felt I could do well on this course but the wind defiantly made for a few club changes.”
Rounding out the Girls Division were Sarah Beth Davis of Victoria, Texas, and Morgan Taylor of Lewisville, Texas.
Also qualifying for the Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority in the Boys Division were Key Young of Coppell, Texas, Justin Lavine of Sugarland, Texas, Michael Turner of Kerrville, Texas, Cabe Joswick of the Woodlands, Texas, Niko Bain of Glendale, Ariz., Tray Sullivan of Aledo, Texas, Robert Gibson of San Antonio, Matt Baum of Albuquerque, N.M., Lance Byars Southlake, Texas, Lance Clinton of DeSoto, Texas, Sarah Beth Davis of Victoria, Texas, and Kalie Presti of Southlake, Texas.
Ben Hargis of Amarillo, Texas, James Kwon of Houston, Chris Watters of San Diego, Chase Newkumet of Midland, Texas, and Austin Reynolds of Dallas decided to have a tournament exemption added to their Performance Based Entry in lieu of playing in this week's tournament.
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The first round of the Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority will be held Tuesday, June 20 at the Rawls Course at Texas Tech University beginning at 7 a.m. For more information please contact tournament headquarters at (806)742-4653.