Burke tears up A&M course to nab 2nd in big AJGA event

Published 3:35 pm Thursday, July 12, 2018

COLLEGE STATION — Little Cypress-Mauriceville sophomore-to-be Jack Burke dazzled at the American Junior Golf Association Tournament at Bryan College Station this week in one of the most prestigious tournaments of the summer at the Golf Club at Texas A&M University.

Burke fired a three-round score of 208 and improved each day, finishing at five under-par.

He had a 72 in round one that put him in ninth. He moved up to fifth-place after a 70 in round two. He then blistered the course on Thursday, shooting the best round of the day with a 66.

Burke finished second behind one of the most heavily recruited players in the nation in Prosper’s Matthew Griggs.

Griggs finished with a 205 after shooting 73-65-67.

Ben Brogden of Little Rock, Ark. And Trent Burns of Fredericksburg, Tx. finished tied for third with 212s.

More than 130 players competed in the elite tournament.

Burke, who was the District 22-4A champion as a freshman this past season, went on to finish second at the Class 4A Region III Tournament and 11th at the 4A State Tournament in his first year as a varsity Bear.

Burke won seven varsity tournaments and finished second in two others.