Jonah Texeira and Brian Carlson have little reason to complain considering the recent success they both have had on the golf course.
Texeira is coming off a victory last week at the San Diego Junior Masters while Carlson took the AJGA Killington Junior two weeks ago.
They will play together Tuesday and Wednesday at the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships in Southern California.
The tournament will take place at 11 courses in the Southern California area. The courses are Torrey Pines’ North and South in La Jolla; Morgan Run Resort in Rancho Santa Fe; Sycuan Resort’s Oak Glen and Pine Glen in El Cajon; Welk Resort’s Fountains in Escondido; Lomas Santa Fe Executive in Solana Beach; and Colina Park Golf Course, Oaks North Golf Course, Country Club of Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Bernando Inn Golf Resort in San Diego.
There are six age-group divisions: 15-17, 13-14, 11-12, 9-10 and 7-8.
The 15-17 field also includes notables Beau Hossler and George Cunningham, both of whom will be grouped together. Hossler is the defending champion and is Golfweek’s highest-ranked junior in the field at No. 4 – 36 spots higher than the next highest-ranked golfer in the field.
That happens to be Texeira, who is coming off his first win in San Diego. He set a tournament scoring record at 7-under 137 and then won a three-hole playoff over Nahum Mendoza to take the victory.
“It’s one of the best tournaments I’ve had so far,” Texeira said after his win.
Texeira trailed by three strokes entering the back nine of his final round. He then turned in a 2-under performance down the stretch to force a playoff – he capped his round with a 6-foot par save on No. 18.
“I didn’t make mistakes and stayed patient,” Texeira said, adding: “I gave myself a chance to birdie every hole.”
Carlson was familiar with birdie chances in Killington, Vermont, and he put most of them away – 13 of them in three rounds – en route to an 11-stroke victory.
He finished at 5-under 205 to beat runner-up Jalen Griffin.
Said Carlson of the win: “It puts my confidence back on top, right where I need to be.”
For both Carlson and Texeira, their recent wins were their first in a long time. Tuesday, they will hope to continue their winning ways.
They have already proved they have what it takes.
WILD FIRE EFFECTS: The PGA Junior Series event June 27-29 at Eisenhower Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colo., was cancelled due to the wild fires in Waldo Canyon and surrounding areas. It was the first time the series has had to cancel a tournament in 17 years. Many residences and businesses, including the host hotel and the U.S. Air Force Academy, were given a mandatory evacuation notice, prompting the event to be cancelled.
WINNERS: Max Greyserman of Short Hills, N.J., shot 9-under 204 to win the Golf Pride Junior Classic at Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. . . . Max McGreevy finished at 3-under 213 to take the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior Open at Bella Vista (Ark.) Village by four strokes. . . . Helped by a final-round, 4-under 68, Raymond Knoll of Naperville, Ill., took the Coca-Cola Junior at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, Mich., finishing at 4-under 212 for the tournament. . . . Victor Fox of Delmar, N.Y., birdied two of his last four holes to finish at 5-under 211 and win the Ravenwood Junior in Victor, N.Y. . . . Franklin Huang of Poway, Calif., finished at 11-under 205 to won the AJGA Junior Open at The Legends Golf Club in Temecula, Calif.
LOOKING AHEAD: In addition to the Callaway Junior Worlds, there is a busy AJGA schedule set for the week. Five tournaments – including the AJGA Junior at River Landing in Wallace, N.C., and the Memorial Junior in Powell, Ohio – will kick off Tuesday, July 10, while one – the McArthur Towel and Sports Future Legends in Hartland, Wis. ¬– will start the following day. . . . The PGA Junior Series will hold an event at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind., July 10-12. . . . The North-South Junior Championship in Pinehurst, N.C., and the Big ‘I’ Junior Classic in Chestefield, N.J., are also on the slate for this week.
Information from the AJGA and Future Champions Tour was used in this report