Houston, TX – Jackson Koivun of San Jose, California, wins the inaugural Jack Burke Jr. Invitational with a score of 6-under-par 206.
Koivun kept up with the pack for the majority of the week. It was not until the final round that he pulled away and claimed the victory. The 16 year-old shot 5-under-par 66 putting him alone in third by one stroke after the first round. On day two, Koivun had an even-par 71 round and remained one stroke behind the lead. At this point of the tournament, the 2023 graduate recorded 10 birdies and one eagle which came in the first round on hole No. 5.
Koivun came into the event with two second place finishes in 2021 coming at the AJGA Junior at San Jose presented by Live View Sports and AJGA Tucson Junior presented by Hilgers Orthodontics. He began his final round with consecutive pars from No. 1 to No. 8 and finished off his front nine with a birdie. After a 1-under-par 35 front nine, Koivun made the push for the win. It was a birdie on No. 15 that put Koivun in the lead where he would stay until the end of play.
This win is the second of his AJGA career and his first ever invitational win.
"When I tee up the ball on the first tee, I just want to put on a show. I just want to play a good round that I'm happy about. If someone out plays me then that's that, but if I go out and feel like I've played my best, then I'm happy for the day."
Carson Brewer of Jacksonville, Florida, and Keaton Vo of Austin, Texas, finished T2 at 4-under-par 209. Brewer would be the low final round with a 5-under-par 66. Vo's highlight of the week was the eagle he holed on No. 5 during the final round. Aaron Pounds of The Woodlands, Texas, Rex Hargrove of Houston, and Boyd Owens of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, finished T4 at 3-under-par 210.
Zach Kingsland of Austin, Texas, finished in seventh at 2-under-par 211. Reed Lotter of Savannah, Georgia, finished in eighth at 1-under-par 212. Rounding out the top-10 from the week at even-par 213 was Byungho Lee of (South Korea) Plano, Texas, and Logan Kim of La Canada Flintridge, California.
History of Champions Golf Club
When Jack Burke and the late Jimmy Demaret opened Champions Golf Club in 1957, they dedicated themselves to keeping an active amateur golf program in the Houston area.
Four years later, they conceived the Champions Cup Invitational, four rounds of two-man, best ball stroke competition to be played by the country's outstanding amateur golfers. Participation would be by invitation and only to golfers with three handicaps or lower. Both members of the team must be over twenty-five (25) years of age and must also be from accredited USGA golf clubs.
Champions is a club solely devoted to golf, with an unusual number of low handicappers among its membership. The club has 400+ members with single digit handicaps and 150+ of those are five or below.
Since opening in 1957, Champions has been proud to host many national events.
1967: Ryder Cup
1969: U.S. Open
1966,1967,1968,1970,1971: Champions International
1990: Nabisco Championship
1993: U.S. Amateur
1998, 2017: U.S. Women's Mid Amateur
1997,1999,2001,2003: PGA Tour Championship
2020: U.S. Women's Open Championship