THE WOODSLANDS, TX (July 29, 2016) -- Logan Pate
wins the weather-shortened 90th Texas State Junior
Championship presented by Merrill Lynch at The
Woodlands Country Club’s Tournament Course in a
Richmond’s Pate was tied with Pierceson and Parker
Coody of Plano at the conclusion of play on Friday,
sending the three players into a sudden-death playoff
on the 18th hole. No. 18 is a 442-yard par four with
water in front of and to the right of the green.
Pate was first to play and found the left rough with
his tee shot. Pierceson Coody’s drive caught a tree and
ended up short in the left rough, while Parker Coody
drove it into the right rough in front of the water
hazard. Both Coody brothers punched out to the fairway
with their second shot, while Pate was able to escape
the trees and find the green. Pate was left with a little
over 60 feet for birdie and lagged up to a couple of feet
short. After Parker hit his third shot in the water,
Pierceson hit the green just beyond the hole for his third
shot. Pierceson missed his par putt, while Pate sank his
to seal his victory.
The championship was shortened to 36 holes after
rain and lightning suspended play in both the first and
second rounds. There were two delays on Wednesday
and one delay on Thursday. All three players finished
their second rounds early on Friday and had to wait out
the second wave to begin their playoff.
Despite all the rain delays, Pate was able to stay
focused on the golf course. “I just kept to my routine
and the birdie on No. 7 helped keep me close,” said
Pate, “Relaxing with friends helped keep me patient
during the delays.”
In both rounds, Pate was able to make nine birdies
including the par-5 first and the par-4 seventh holes
both rounds. Pate birdied three of his final four holes in
the first round to shoot 4-under 68.
Parker was tied with Pate after the first round,
making seven birdies en route to his 4-under 68. Parker
shot even-par in the second round, making a birdie on
his final hole, the par-4 ninth, to 4-under overall. He
was the runner-up at the Byron Nelson Junior
Championship last month, losing in a playoff.
Pierceson fired back-to-back rounds of 70 to get to
4-under overall. Pierceson, who is the reigning Boys 15-
18 Division Player of the Year, was the runner-up in the
2015 Byron Nelson Junior Championship, losing in a
playoff. Pierceson made four birdies and 13 pars in his
first 17 holes on Friday, before a double-bogey on the
par-4 ninth pushed him back to 4-under.
Houston’s William Moll, who was tied with Parker
and Pate after the first round, finished fourth in the
championship at 3-under 141. Dallas’ Turner Hosch,
who won the Spring Preview earlier this year, finished
tied for fifth with Jun Min Lee of Mission and first round
leader Peyton Coursey of Mansfield.
Austin’s Michael Rome and Fort Worth’s Zachery
Cole finished tied for eighth while Austin’s Nicholas
Costello, Conroe’s Chad Sewell, Dallas’ Andy Lopez and
Austin’s Trey Bosco finished tied for 10th at 1-over 145.
The Woodlands Country Club hosted the
championship after it spent six years at Horseshoe Bay
Resort. The Tournament Course at The Woodlands CC is
home to several prestigious tournaments including the
Insperity Invitational, a Champions Tour event. Robert
von Hagge, a renowned golf course designer, created
the Tournament Course.
The top five finishers of the championship earned
exemptions into the George Hannon Junior Invitational,
while the top finishers gained entry into the Texas Cup
Invitational and the 2017 Byron Nelson Junior
Championship. Player of the year points were doubled
for this major championship and numerous AJGA Stars
were given to the top finishers.
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