Rain continues to be story at 90th Texas State Junior Championship
THE WOODLANDS, TX (July 28, 2016) -- Heavy rain and lightning halted play once again in the second round of the 90th Texas State Junior Championship presented by Merrill Lynch.

The first round, which was suspended due to darkness at 8:20 PM on Wednesday, resumed at 8:00 AM on Thursday. Those players that finished their first round Thursday morning then started their second round right away. They were able to get in between 5- 11 holes before play was halted again at 11:50 AM.

Mansfield’s Peyton Coursey was able to finish his opening round, posting a score of 5-under 67 at The Woodlands Country Club’s Tournament Course. Coursey made seven birdies in his first round, including four in a row on holes No. 13-16.

Trailing Coursey by one stroke is Plano’s Parker Coody, The Woodlands’ Shuai Ming Wong, Houston’s William Moll, Mission’s Jun Min Lee and Richmond’s Logan Pate. Coody and Wong finished runner-up and third, respectively, in the Byron Nelson Junior Championship last month.

Plano’s Pierceson Coody, who is the reigning Boys 15-18 Division Player of the Year, and Fort Worth’s Zachery Cole sit three strokes back at 2-under 70 after the completed first round. McKinney’s Jake Kuwitzky, Austin’s Michael Anthony Rome and Boerne’s Jake Stevenson are at 1-under 71.

The Legends Junior Tour Championship staff shortened the championship to 36 holes once play was suspended for the day. Play will resume at 8:00 AM on Friday for players that started their second round on Thursday. Tee times for the second wave of the second round begin at 10:00 AM on Friday and continue until 11:30 AM.

This is the first time in more than 10 years that the Texas State Junior Championship has been shortened due to rain.


The opening round of the 90th Texas State Junior Championship presented by Merrill Lynch saw two separate rain delays, but Richmond’s Logan Pate and Houston’s William Moll finished at 4-under 68. The first round was suspended at 8:20 PM due to darkness and will continue Thursday at 8:00 AM.

The 120-player field was split into two waves of 60 players. The morning wave teed off at 7:30 AM before rain hit. Play was suspended at 9:30 AM due to heavy rain and lightning in the area. Play resumed back at 12:20 PM and players were able to get in almost of hour of play before the horns were blown at 1:30 PM again. The lightning let up at 2:40 PM and players were let back out on the course for the remainder of the day.

Moll , who teed off at 8:00 AM, started his day with five birdies in his first 16 holes before making bogey on the par-3 eighth hole. Pate, whose original tee time was 12:30 PM, made six birdies on Wednesday, including three of his last four holes. He shot 32 on the back side at The Woodlands Country Club’s Tournament Course. He tee off at 4:00 and was the last group to finish, nearly four hours and 30 minutes later.

Parker Coody currently sits at 4-under, but the Plano native is only through 16 holes in his opening round. Coody was the runner-up in the Byron Nelson Junior Championship last month. Shuai Ming Wong, who finished behind Coody in the Byron Nelson, is tied with the leaders through 16 holes also.

Zachery Cole of Fort Worth finished his first round 2-under, 70, while Jake Stevenson of Boerne, Jake Kuwitzky of McKinney and Michael Anthony Rome of Austin finished at 1-under 71.

Play will resume at 8:00 AM for those players that did not finish their first round. Tee times for the second round will be delayed one hour and 30 minutes and will start at 9:00 AM off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees.

The Woodlands Country Club is hosting the Texas State Junior Championship after the tournament spent six years at Horseshoe Bay Resort and Country Club. The Tournament Course is host to numerous tournaments throughout the year, including the Insperity Invitational on the Champions Tour.

ABOUT THE Texas State Junior

The Texas Boys Junior Championship is one of the largest in the country. Past champions of this prestigious event include Ben Crenshaw, Jeff Maggert, Bruce Lietzke, and Scott Verplank. 54-hole stroke play championship with a cut after 36 holes. All players must be a resident of Texas and have not yet enrolled in college.

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