North Team surges to lead at Jackie Burke Cup
DALLAS, Texas — After 36 holes of play on Saturday, the North Team leads the South Team 13 points to 11 points at the 2015 Jackie Burke Cup at Brook Hollow Golf Club, needing only 11 points to retain the cup.

During the morning Four-Ball matches, Cole Hammer and Mason Nome of Houston struck first for the South Team, winning the first match of the day 2&1 over Ryan Grider of Lewisville and Jackson Markham of Westlake after a birdie from Nome on the 17th hole to clinch.

The North Team didn’t stay down for long however as they went on to win the following two matches, both on the final hole.

The South pairing of Nicholas Duggan and Levi Valadez of San Antonio took the morning spotlight with a landslide victory over Tommy Boone of Richardson and Jackson Howes of McKinney, finishing on the 16th hole winning 4 & 2.

With the teams tied heading into the second round, it was the North Team that would takeover in the afternoon Foursomes.

Captained by Dallas native, and Texas A&M Senior Callie Scheffler, the North Team got off to a hot start in the afternoon and utterly dominated their first two matches. Grider and Markham were paired together once more against the Houston duo of Hammer and Nome, but this time the story was different. Losing only one hole, the North pairing took over the Foursome match early, winning holes 5-8, and closing out the match on the 13th hole to win 6 & 5.

Immediately following the Grider/Markham rout, the brothers Coody (Parker and Pierceson) from Plano each recorded their second win on the day for the North Team with an impressive victory over Cedar Park‘s Thomas Critch and Pearland’s Pryce Beshoory, ending the match on the 14th hole to win 5 & 4.

The South Team, captained by University of Texas Junior and Austin Native Julia Beck, managed to make a late afternoon charge by winning their final two matches to keep them in the hunt of the Cup.

The ladies of Austin, Kaylee Vesely and Sadie Engelmann, proved to be the most dependable for the South Team, claiming victories in both of their rounds together and heading into the final day without a loss.

The North Team heads into the final round with a two- point lead, needing only 11 more to retain the Cup. The North Team trails the overall record 7-3 and has never won the cup in back- to-back years.

First conducted in 2005, the Jackie Burke Cup Matches are modeled after the Ryder Cup and features 12 players from each region competing in three separate formats: Four-Ball, Foursomes (alternate shot), and Singles. Each match is worth two points, allowing for 48 total points available.

Named after one of the game’s all-time greats, the Jackie Burke Cup Matches are a way of honoring the Lone Star legend that is an inductee in both the Texas and World Golf Hall of Fames and one of the co- founders of Champions Golf Club in Houston.

Players earned their way on to their respective team by virtue of their performance throughout the year on the LJT and the Texas Junior Golf Alliance. Players are selected based on the Legends Junior Tour’s College Golf Camps of America Points List following the Texas Cup Invitational.

ABOUT THE Jackie Burke Cup

Season finale of the Texas Legends Junior Tour tournament series. Ryder Cup style team competition between North Texas and South Texas teams. Qualifying for the Jackie Burke Cup is determined solely by the Player of the Year standings. Each team will be made up of the Top 4 Boys 15-18, Top two Boys 12-14, and Top 2 Girls from its respective geographical region. Must be a Legends Junior Tour member.

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