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NTPGA - Azalea Trail Classic

Boys 7 - 9

 Holly Tree GC

Kyle - 1st; Kade - 3rd; Christopher - 4th; Benjamin - 2nd; Reece - 5th

The East Texas Chapter of the NTPGA kicked off the 2008 season by holding it's 2nd annual Azalea Trail Classic Golf Tournament.  Last year, as a 6 yr old - Kyle took first place in the 2 day event.  This year, the format was changed to a one day event and Kyle was eager to go and defend his title.  Playing the back 9 of the Holly Tree Golf Course in Tyler, Kyle shot a 1 over par 37 to win his division by 14 strokes. 

Mutual of Omaha's Drive - Chip - Putt

Local Qualifier

 7 - 8

Twin Wells GC

Kyle & Paul show the winning plaque and medals

On May 13, 2008 Kyle entered his first Drive, Chip & Putt Contest, presented by Mutual of Omaha and The Golf Channel held at the Twin Wells Golf Course in Irving.  The competition has Local events all over the US and the top 3 overall winners are eligible to participate at the Regional level.  Only the top finishers at Regionals are invited to the National Event in Florida at the end of the summer.

Kyle had 2 chips in the inner circle for 10 points and 1 in the next closest for 4 points, giving him the highest total in the 7-8 Division.  He sunk his 5 ft putt in one shot and 2 putted the 15 footer and drove his ball almost 200 yards, meaning he was in the top 5 for all three divisions and declared the Overall Champion of his division.  He was the only one among the 7 -8 yr olds to place in all 3 events and so we will travel to Austin this weekend to the Harvey Penick Golf Campus to compete against the local winners from Houston, Austin and San Antonio. 

He is joined by Angelique Francis, daughter of his former Coach Wesley Francis and Kai Greywall, who also competes on the NTPGA. 

Wish us luck!!

Kyle shows his winning form at chipping.

Kyle drives down the range.

Kyle, Angelique and Kai with their prizes.

Drive Chip & Putt Regionals
Harvey Pennick Golf Campus
Austin, Tx

Kyle placed first in Driving, second in Chipping and was 2nd overall in the 7-8 yo division. 

Southwest Junior Golf Tour

Lone Star Memorial

Boys 8 - 9

 Bear Creek GC

Lone Star Memorial Golf Tournament
Kyle displays his trophies

This year's Lone Star Memorial for the Southwest Junior Golf Tour was held on the East Course of Bear Creek Golf Course, in Euless Texas.  Kyle celebrated his birthday by moving up to the Boys 8-9 yo division and got to play 18 holes each day.  Day 1 put him in 3rd place with a 76, but he battled back on day 2 for an under-par 70 and leapfrogged into 2nd Place.  He also won the Longest Drive for his division by launching a booming tee shot just 10 yards off the green on a 220 yard, par 4 hole.

Lone Star Memorial Winners 2008
Kyle 2nd & Longest Drive. Travis 1st.. Cade-closest to the pin. Colten 4th. Lawson 3rd.

Starburst Junior National Championship

Boys 7 - 8

Connally GC and The Lakes GC

2008 Starburst Champion Boys 7-8
Kyle & Coach Suckki Jang display the winning trophy

The Starburst Golf Classic, held in Waco, TX celebrated it's 10th anniversary this year.  With 1025 entrants from 17 states as well as Malaysia, Phillipines and Mexico it is becoming a prestige event in the Junior Golf World.  Kyle entered his first Starburst last year, just 2 weeks after turning 7 and came away with a 3rd place trophy.

This year, he stated that he wasn't going to be happy with anything less than first.  So 8 yo Kyle returned to the Boys 7-8 division and shot a 37-38-36 over three days to take a six stroke lead and the Championship.  The weather was mostly cooperative except for heavy winds that had been roaring through the state for over a week.  Kyle's 111 over three rounds was 6 strokes better than his last year's score.

Kyle is presented his winning trophy

Garrett - Kyle - Gavin

Texas Mexico Junior Cup 

Boys 8 - 9

Pecan Valley GC


It's the 2nd Texas Mexico Junior Cup and this year it was at the Pecan Valley GC, home of the 50th PGA Championship.  The field was increased from 46 Texas Junior Golfers ages 7 -13 to 60 golfers, ages 7 - 18.  Texas won the cup last year, therefore we would need 60 points to retain the trophy.  

This is an invitational tournament and players are selected by tournament director, Robert Valero.  Kyle had to earn his slot by competing on Robert's Junior Mini tour last fall. Being one of two 8 year olds, and moving up to Boys 8-9 meant his match play would be over 18 holes on a 4300 yard set-up.  Kyle had met his partner, Garrett Reband (from Cleburne) when they played together at the Starburst Junior Championship last month and Garrett came in 2nd.  He and Kyle played Better Ball on Day 1 and won their match 4-up with 3 holes to play.  They remained paired for Day 2 Alternate shot and it was an assignment that played to both boys' strengths and they won 7 & 5.

The Boys 8-9 division shuffled for the Singles Matches and Kyle played with Reese Ramsey.  The two boys finished their matches 6 up and at the end of the tournament, Boys 8-9 finished with an overall record of 11 matches won and only 1 loss. 

Texas won 8 of the 12 divisions and the Cup will stay in Texas until next year.  We were grateful for the opportunity to play this format as we would be submitting Kyle's resume for the 2010 World Youth Team Challenge.

Boys 8 - 9
James, Ryan, Reese, Garett, Kyle & PJ. Kyle & PJ were the two 8yr olds

Kyle tees off in Better Ball Match

Dallas Junior Golf Championship

Boys 7 - 8

Keeton Park

Kyle displays the 1st Place Trophy

Now in its 85th year, the Dallas Junior Golf Championship is the oldest tournament in Dallas.  Justin Leonard won his division when he started playing golf and this was Kyle's first time to compete in this event.  Played over 2 days at Keeton Park, the field doubled from last year - growing from 13 contestants in Boys 7-9 to 25 and it's a course Kyle is familiar with through USKids Golf.  Kyle held on to a 3-stroke lead after the first round to win by 2 over last year's champion Stewart Ligon.  Noah Goodwin went 4 strokes better than his 1st round score to vault into 3rd place.

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