Avery Zweig of McKinney won the Volunteers of America Classic Girls Championship, and Farah O’Keefe of Austin finished second Wednesday to earn exemptions into next week’s LPGA Volunteers of America Classic.Zweig, 14, who will be a high school freshman in the fall, matched par with a 71 to finish at 1-over 216, a shot ahead of O’Keefe. The first two rounds were played at Golf Clubs at The Tribute’s Tribute Golf Links. The final round was played at Old American Golf Club, site of the LPGA event.Michelle Zhang of Plano, who tied for third with Tillie Claggett of The Woodlands, and Jiyu Han of Cedar Park, who finished fifth, earned spots into Monday’s qualifier for the Volunteers of America Classic.In April, Zweig and Gianna Clemente of Warren, Ohio, made the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball at Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton.Six DISD graduates earn Deloitte/NTPGA scholarshipsSix Dallas ISD graduates were awarded $20,000 Deloitte/NTPGA Fairway To Success scholarships, and Noelia Espinosa, a graduate of Thomas Jefferson’s Early College High School, was awarded a four-year scholarship to UNT-Dallas, the Northern Texas PGA announced.Erin Crittendon (Carter), Analee Loredo (Samuell), Antonio Segura (Samuell), Catalina Salazar (Samuell), Alejandra Resendez (Thomas Jefferson)and Mykielia Lovgren (Lincoln) each received $20,000 scholarships.”Our growing urban university is built on the belief that everyone should have access to education, and that’s what this program is all about,” said UNT Dallas President Bob Mong, a former Dallas Morning News editor.The Fairway To Success scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, community involvement and financial need. The program covers DISD high schools Samuell, Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln and Carter.Deloitte partners, principals, managing directors and professionals in North Texas have funded $1.3 million in scholarships for 68 students in the last decade, the news release said.Briefly: Buffalo Creek Golf Club has begun a three-month course renovation project as part of its multi-year $6.5 million enhancement plan since the Perry family took over the property 12 months ago. Tee boxes are being leveled and bunker sand is being replaced with Premier White sand. The course remains open for play during the project. … Canton’s Mia Nixon won the Girls 12-18 division of the Legends Junior Tour’s Flodder Financial Shootout by five strokes at the Club at Falcon Point in Mont Belvieu. Plano’s Rhett O’Rear needed one extra hole to win the Boys 14 and under division. Grant Doggett of Mont Belvieu won the boys 15-18 division after a three-hole playoff.Find more golf coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
McKinney 14-year-old Avery Zweig qualifies for LPGA Volunteers of America Classic