Spots reserved for juniors in North Texas LPGA Shootout

Summar Roachell during Day 1 of the AJGA's Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship.

Summar Roachell during Day 1 of the AJGA's Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship.

Two spots have been reserved for top junior girls in this month’s North Texas LPGA Shootout. A field of 18 of the top juniors in the region have been selected to play in a unique Monday qualifier for the LPGA event, the first tour stop in Texas since the 2009 LPGA Championship.

The top two finishes in the April 22 qualifier, named the North Texas High School Shootout, will get to play in the LPGA event that begins April 25 at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas.

The format for the North Texas High School Shootout has nine groups, each of which includes two high school players, one LPGA professional, and two sponsor-amateurs. The top two high school finishers in the 18-hole stroke-play competition earn playing positions in the LPGA tournament starting on April 25.

A similar event, the North Texas College Shootout, was played on March 15. North Carolina’s Casey Grice and Texas’ Madison Pressel earned tournament exemptions out of that event.

“We are tremendously fortunate to have such an outstanding collection of high school athletes for this first-time event,” said Mike Shearburn, leader of the selection committee for North Texas High School Shootout. “Creating special opportunities like this for young women is exactly what The Nexus Club is about. These high school players will play with an LPGA pro on the tournament course at Las Colinas Country Club on April 22 and the top two finishers will compete against the pros just three days later.”

The field includes eight of the top 11 Texans girls in Golfweek’s Junior Rankings: Marijosse Navarro, Sierra Sims, Lakareber Abe, Maddie Szeryk, Kristen Gillman, Cheyenne Knight, Lindsey McCurdy and Emily Campbell. Top Arkansas juniors Summar Roachell and Madison Talley also will play, as well as Katie Page from Kentucky.

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