Wes Artac, of Kingwood, Texas won the Genesis Shootout presented by the Valero Texas Open, Boys Division at Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club today with a three day total of (72-62-70) 204.
Setting a Fair Oaks record on the Live Oak Course, Artac beat the record of 64 by coming in at 10-under-par 62 in the second round on Wednesday.
“When I shot 62 yesterday that was incredible and it gave me confidence today,” remarked Artac shortly after his victory. “My goal today was to come in at 70, so when I made 31 on the front nine, I felt good and confident.”
The only time Artac’s confidence slipped was at “number 9 when I hit a rock and destroyed my club, but when I looked up I saw the ball was flying,” he grinned.
Joining Artac as a first time winner in the event, Kristen Gillman, of Austin, was presented the Girls Division Award with a three day total of (70-70-70) 210.
Artac and Gillman both shot 2 under par in the final round to claim their victories at the event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA).
Gillman said her confidence was up, “but when I made birdie at 11, 12 and 13 I felt very good about my chances.”
“The course was excellent,” Gillman commented. “Phil Wiese (Director of Golf) and Bernie Wise (1st Assistant Golf Pro) of Fair Oaks Ranch did a fantastic job of hosting and maintaining this event.”
On Tuesday AGJA Central Regional Manager predicted the event was wide open with “an enormous amount of talent this year, it is difficult to project potential winners.”
Marijosee Navarro, from Mexico, living in San Antonio, a three-time winner of the event, came in with an impressive third place.
Fair Oaks Live Oak Course par for boys: 36-36—72 and girls: 36-36—72. Yardage: Boys: 6,977, Girls: 6,086. Rating/Slope: Boys 73.8/132; Girls: 76.4/143.
Top Results for the Boys Division:
Wes Artac, Kingwood, Texas (2014) 72-62-70—204
George Gardner, Southlake, Texas (2015) 72-68-69—209
Alvaro Ortiz, Zapopan, Mexico (2014) 68-71-71—210
Maxwell Miller, College Station, Texas (2015) 67-72-71—210
Michael Cotton, Katy, Texas (2014) 74-67-71—212
Klein Klotz, Austin, Texas (2013) 72-69-70—212
Ben Baxter, Flower Mound, Texas (2014) 67-70-75—212
Top Results for Girls Division
Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas (2016) 70-70-70—210
Maria Fassi, (Mexico), Pachuca, Argentina (2016) 71-72-72—215
Marijosse Navarro (Mexico) San Antonio, Texas (2014) 71-75-71—217
Kesaree Rojanapeansatith, Nonthaburi, Thailand (2017) 72-76-70—218
Annika Clark, Highlands, Texas (2015) 70-76-72—218
Maddie Szeryk, Allen, Texas (2014) 68-74-76—218
Hailee Cooper, Montgomery, Texas (2018) 76-72-74—222