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[JUNE 18-19 | MCKINNEY, TX] It was a tale of two rounds at the CEC-Patriot Major sponsored by Callaway Golf, as the Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club played up to its Dye-abolical nickname during Round 1, but the Hills Course – the host of Round 2 – served as the backdrop for a birdie-fest, allowing for a showdown over the final nine holes in both the Boys and Girls Divisions.
Monterrey, Mexico’s Mauricio Cavazos claimed his second major title of the year on the TJGT by firing a 2-under-par 70 on Day 2, including a birdie on his final hole, to claim a 3-stroke victory over Round 1 leader Tanner Bevill of Southlake.
The story of the tournament in the boys division was the difficult Dye Course on round 1, which confounded the field with high winds, firm and difficult Bermuda greens and giant waste bunkers and native grass areas, a Pete Dye signature. Possibly the round of the tournament went to Bevill, who shot 2-over 74 on the Dye Course, which could have been lower except for three bogeys to finish his round.
The Dye Course averaged more than 5 shots more difficult that the Hills Course for the boys, including almost 4 more putts per player. Only five players broke 80 on day 1, compared to 20 on day 1, which included two rounds under par.
Following Cavazos and Bevill was Hallsville’s Chase Baxter, who finished solo third by firing a one-under 71 on day 2. Wil Griffin of Hot Springs, Ark., finished fourth, and there was a three-way tie for 5th between Southlake’s Daniel Fuller, Westlake’s Daniel Choi and McKinney’s Thomas Zorn.
In the Girls Division, Frisco’s Caroline Kent set the pace in round 1, firing an extremely impressive 75 on the Dye Course, the second-lowest score of the opening round across all players.
Much like the in the boys division, the Dye Course proved much more difficult for the girls than the Hills Course, as Round 1 scores were more than 6.5 strokes higher than Round 2, especially the par 5s, which each played a half a shot tougher on the Dye Course.
The biggest jump in the girls division went to McKinney’s Avery Zweig, who found herself in 15th place after Round 1, but shot a 2-under-par 70 on Day 2 to move all the way up into solo 3rd place.
Kent was also under par on Day 2, shooting 71 to cruise to victory, five shots clear of Jessica Osden of Los Alamos, NM. Mia Nixon of Canton and Daniela Alonso of Guadalajara, Mexico.