Editor's note: This story has been edited to show Jacob Borow won the Insperity Invitational/Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship.
Lake Jackson’s Jacob Borow captured his first American Junior Golf Association title last week at the Insperity Invitational/Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship.
Borow shot a three-round 217 on June 18 to 20 at the The Woodlands Country Club, tying for the lead before winning the tournament in a playoff.
“It was a pretty big tournament,” Borow said. “It is an AJGA event, so this one gets me into the Rolex Tournament of Champions out in Florida. You can pretty much get into any tournament that is AJGA. Basically this win gets me the opportunity to play in bigger tournaments.”
The Brazoswood senior-to-be shot a 71 on the first day and 70 on the second and trailed by a stroke going into the final round.
“The first two rounds I felt pretty confident,” Borow said. “I was patient. I was calm. I love the greens.”
Despite shooting a 76 in the round three, he ended up tied with Kiko Francisco Coelho. The two went to a playoff and Borow won over his opponent from Portugal on the second playoff hole.
On the final hole of regulation, Borow needed only a double bogey to secure the victory, but on the par-4 18th hole, his third shot ended up in the water. He made a 4-foot putt just for a triple bogey and get into the playoff.
“That was a fun hole,” Borow said.
After both Borow and Coelho made par on the first playoff hole, Borow only had to tap in his final stroke for par after a 40-foot putt put him in that position. Coelho needed to make a 5-foot putt to force a third playoff hole, but his stroke went right of the hole to give Borow the victory.
“The playoff was on the 18th hole,” Borow said. “The kid I beat in the playoffs, I played with him in the first couple of rounds. The second playoff hole, he hit a really bad drive left into the trees. I made my putt for par and he missed his.”
In addition to it being Borow’s first AJGA win, it was his second Top 10 finish within the association. With the win, he earned the honor to go to the Houston Open with Justine and Patrick Reed.
The Rolex Tournament of Champions event Borow qualified for is Nov. 23 through 28.
There were 44 players in the field from six states and four countries.
The first of Freeport Municipal Golf Course’s unique events scheduled for late June and July is approaching.
At noon Saturday, the course will host an 18-hole par-3 challenge where all holes will be played as par 3s. Entry fee is $20 for members and $25 for guests.
All day July 4, the course will feature a flag tournament.
Participants enter by purchasing a flag at the pro shop. A golfer’s handicap will be added to par to give him an allotment of strokes. When that allotment runs out, the golfer places his flag in the ground.
The furthest flag wins.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on July 13, the difficulty of the course will be raised for Greenskeeper’s Revenge.
The format will be 2-man best ball and will feature difficult hole locations and tee boxes. Entry fee is $30 for members and $40 for guests.