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Junior and Senior Club Championships 2020 in the Books

By Corey Roberson  ::  Photography by Kelsey Grudle

We were happy to host the Junior and Senior Club Championships on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday June 14. The weather was great, and Jeff Eldridge and his team did a fantastic job prepping the course for the event. A special thanks goes out to the participants and congratulations to the winners.

Our fall tournament schedule is set and filling fast:

Ladies’ Club Championship: September 16-17
Men’s Club Championship: September 18-20
CWGA Lone Star Cup: September 30
C-Star Member/Guest: October 8-10
MGA Cup/Fall Stableford: October 24
CWGA Halloween: October 28
CWGA Season Final: November 4
Cordillera Cup: November 7-8
Azalea Invitational: November 13
MGA Turkey Shoot: November 21
The Gauntlet: December 5

Junior Club Recap  

In the Junior Club Championship, we had three players competing in the 13 & Under division that was contested over 36 holes. Jaxon Baize claimed the championship by besting Tommy Turturro and Harlen Mangum. In the 14 & Over division, there were eight juniors battling for their name on the rock in the Champions’ Gallery. Zach Heffernan had a 4-shot lead through 18-holes and extended that lead to 6 through the front 9 on 

Sunday. Jacob King made a run on the back 9 with birdies on 14, 15 and 17 which brought Heffernan’s lead down to 3 coming up the 18th fairway. It wasn’t enough to catch Heffernan who finished with a birdie on the 36th hole for a 4-shot win in his third straight Junior Club Championship victory. Aiden Leer finished 3rd with rounds of 76-74.

Zach Heffernan – 2020 Junior Club Champion

Jaxon Baize – 2020 13 & Under Junior Club Champion

Senior Club Recap  

The Senior Club Championship was contested in conjunction with the Junior Club Championship. In the Super Senior Division, Jerry Merck captured the gross title with rounds of 78-80 for a two-day total of 14-over par. He bested Fred Pietsch by 3 shots. In return, Pietsch captured the net title with net rounds of 71-72 for a two-day total of 1-under par to best Merck by 1 shot in the net competition. In the Senior Division, 37 men competed for the honor of having their name engraved in the Champions’ Gallery. Marc MacAluso ran away with the net competition shooting net rounds of 66-69 for a 9-under par 135 besting Jeff Smith and Steve Wade by 7 shots. In the gross competition, David Cottrell came out of the gates hot with a round of 75 to sleep on a 1-shot lead over Nick Vanderpool. Steve Wade, Barry Harkness and John Long all fired a first round 77.  The front 9 on Sunday narrowed the championship down to Vanderpool and Long who traded blows coming down the stretch. They were tied coming up the 18th fairway where Vanderpool missed his approach short left. Long answered by stuffing a wedge to about three feet. After a missed chip by Vanderpool, Long buried his short birdie putt to capture his second straight Senior Club Championship.

Marc MacAluso – 2020 Net Senior Club Champion

John Long – 2020 Senior Club Champion

Fred Pietsch – 2020 Net Super Senior Champion

Jerry Merck – 2020 Gross Super Senior Champion

Corey Roberson is the Director of Golf at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at croberson@cordilleraranch.com or 830.336.4653.